Beautiful Autumn Destinations in Europe

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We've always been advocates of shoulder season travel, especially in Europe. We believe one of the best times to travel to Europe is during the autumn months. Europe in October is especially beautiful and the weather still pleasant.The shoulder season of autumn is the perfect time to experience the best of Europe.There are literally hundreds of amazing things to do in Europe, but from mid to late September is one of the best times of year to visit Europe. After the high season of summer has finished, the crowds have thinned, and travel rates have dropped.There are many scenic outdoor opportunities with beautiful fall foliage and local festivals celebrating everything from beer to truffle hunts to wine harvests. And for the sun worshipper, there's still plenty of warm weather getaways in Europe right up into November.Autumn in Europe is from September to November with the peak fall month being October.October is a great time to travel to Europe. It is when the fall foliage colours are at their best and the peak summer season crowds have left for the year. It is also when you will find many of the best autumn festivals in Europe.Here are just a few of Europe's best places to visit in autumn to experience the most beautiful fall foliage. Celebrate the harvest and the change of the seasons or chase that last bit of sun before winter.The capital of Slovenia, the delightful city of Ljubljana was voted the Green Capital of Europe in 2016 thanks to the beautiful traffic free, pedestrian-friendly old town along the banks of the Ljubljanica River.During the autumn months, the city comes alive in a show of autumn colour and festivals.The renown Slovenian Wine Festival, the Vinarium Festival - Lendava Grape Harvest and, the Old Vine Festival; a culinary and cultural tribute to the oldest vine in the world. These are just a few of the culinary celebrations that might sway you towards this tiny city.In late autumn when night starts to fall in the late afternoon, the city shines with The Festival of Night and Fiery Ambiences.Fiery art installations ignite corners of the city creating a magical ambience and a delightful night walk of the city. Visitors are encouraged to make their own lanterns and illuminated hats at workshops around the city.For one of the most enchanting scenes in Europe head to Bled only a short drive from Ljubljana. Lake Bled in October is one of the most spectacular displays of autumn foliage you will see anywhere in the world.The Alpine lake has the only island in Slovenia, world renown for its natural beauty, legend and supposed restorative powers. Take in the spectacular scenery from the heights at Bled Castle before taking a traditional handcrafted Pletna boat to Bled Island.Legend has it if you climb the 99 stone steps to the Assumption of Mary Church you can ring the church bell and your wishes will come true.Croatia has become the hottest destination for summer travellers and who could blame them. What most travellers don’t know is Croatia’s climate and coastal waters stay warm right through until October and sometimes as late as November.The best time to visit Croatia is the shoulder season months of May and June and September and October, autumn being our favourite.Enjoy late season swimming and kayaking in the Adriatic, some of the most spectacular fall displays and indulge in Croatia’s hottest attractions without the crowds.Croatia’s most well-known natural wonder, Plitvice Lakes is a chain of 16 lakes filled with vivid blue water linked by a series of waterfalls. Water flows from one lake to the next over tufa barriers built up over time.