Autumn short breaks

Great destinations for Autumn short breaks

Russell Bowes

Russell Bowes
HomeAway travel expert

Autumn short breaks With the summer gone and winter just around the courner, autumn is a great time to get away and soak up a last blast of sun. The crowds of the summer give way to quieter autumn days where you can enjoy spacious beaches to yourself as well as museums, galleries and attractions without the queues. Whilst the weather may not be blistering like the summer months the calmer temperatures make it perfect for walking, whether through the city or on long rambles through the countryside.

Best of all travelling in the autumn allows you to take advantage of lower rates for travel and your stay. In many locations the price of attractions also falls as the summer crowds disperse. Whether you are looking for a autumn city break, a quiet rural retreat or a last bit of beachside relaxation HomeAway has apartments and villas to suit.


Top destinations for autumn short breaks


Autumn short breaks in Edinburgh Autumn short breaks in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a heady blend of a contemporary culture capital and a historic city. Edinburgh is perfect for short breaks as a compact city, walkable city. Around every corner there is either a piece of history or culture. The autumn is the perfect time to visit the city, the summer crowds in town for the festival have left and the city turns golden in the autumn sun. Edinburgh is home to world class events such as the Mela celebration of Asian culture. Top of the list of places to visit has to be historic Edinburgh castle the home to the monarchy of Scotland. From here you will get a stunning view of the city below. Don’t miss the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens of the world famous Princes Street for shopping. Edinburgh is a city which never sleeps with more restaurants per head any UK city as well as trendy bars and clubs where you can sample plenty of Scotland’s famous whisky.

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Autumn short breaks in Paris Autumn short breaks in Paris

Paris in the summer can be hot and stuffy. The autumn brings cooler weather, hot summers days give way to long afternoons with crisp air. Stroll the boulevards or walk through the stunning Jardin du Luxembourg to appreciate the golden tree lined walkways. Flights and accommodation are also cheaper as the summer draws to a close and the high season ends. From September through the autumn and winter months there is the Paris festival, a celebration of cinema, music and theatre. No trip to Paris would be complete without visiting the winding artistic streets of Montmartre as you climb the hill to the famously romantic Sacre Coeur.

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Autumn short breaks in the Lake District Autumn short breaks in the Lake District

Closer to home the Lake District in the autumn can be prefect for a short break. The Lake District is many things to many people. It is a tranquil and peaceful retreat where you can boat or walk for hours through stunning vistas like Lake Windermere where aside from beautiful golden walks, such as the high dam at Finawaithe or the view over the lakes from Orres head. The spectacular landscapes are dotted with picture perfect small villages, perfect for a traditional cream tea. The Lake District is great for short autumn family holidays like canoeing, and rock climbing. Celebrate Halloween in one of the many castles or see the spectacular Carlisle fireworks display, one of the countrys top display’s. The spectacular landscapes are dotted with picture perfect small villages to explore.

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Autumn short breaks in Amsterdam Autumn short breaks in Amsterdam

Autumn see’s the wide tree lined canals of Amsterdam turn golden. Though crisp in the mornings the weather is still warm and sunny enough to enjoy walks through the city, though you may sometimes need a brolly. The high season draws to a close in September and with it the crowds disperse. In the autumn the streets are quieter and the queues much shorter at world famous galleries and museums in and around Museumplein. On sunny days stroll the rings of the canal lined with traditional tall buildings or through Vondelpark. Holland built its wealth on Tulips and a trip to the floating flower market is a real must. On the odd rainy day lose yourself visiting the Rijksmuseum detailing the history of the Netherlands or in the Van Gogh Museum and gallery.

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Autumn short breaks in Andalucia Autumn short breaks in Andalucia

Autumn in Andalucia is still gorgeously warm with temperatures up to the low 30s. In the autumn the beaches are far quieter than the high season of July and August. The waters of the mediterranean are warm and inviting for the autumn traveller. Is one of Spain’s larger regions and encompases many popular beach side resorts such as the Costa del Sol. Further along the coast is the Coast Almeria, one of the most diverse of the Spanish costa’s with everything from popular beachside resorts to rocky coves and some of the least most visited beaches in southern Spain. Take some time to go in land for excellent walking routes through the Sierra de Aracena national park, just north of Seville. Whether you are looking to relax by the beach or wander through whitewashed villages there is always more of Andalucia to see.

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As the summer draws to a close keep the cold days of winter at bay a little longer with a last gasp of sun on an autumn short break. At HomeAway you can find destinations and accommodation to suite any taste or budget. Whether you long for peaceful walks through the country, the bustle of a city which never sleeps or rich culture and museums, Autumn can be a beautiful, romantic  time in cities like Paris or Amsterdam strolling through wide boulevards. There is also plenty of sun left for last minute trips to the beach.

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Saint Germain: Quiet 2 BR, 1 Minute Walk to the River (Guen)

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Champs Elysées : Luxury/Modern Studio Apartment (Fbsto155)

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Place Dauphine: Stylish Parisian 1 BR Apartment (Dauph21)

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Rue Saint Honoré : Chic Two Bedrooms Apartment (Colette)

Location. Located in the very chic part of Rue Saint Honore, this short term apartment rental in Paris is ideally located. The famous and illustrious store Colette is a few minutes steps away. The Louvre, the Tuileries and the Opera Garnier are...

Saint Germain : Charming and Modern One Bedroom Apart (Bepa5)

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