Top 10 Autumn Days
As you'll see from this Top 10 Autumn Days, there are plenty of reasons why we like this season of changes.
It’s not just the turning leaves to look forward to, but also quiet paths, the grape harvest, near-deserted beaches, crisp blue skies… Here are our favourite ways to spend a sunny autumn day.
Admiring the autumn colours in the Apennines
For fantastic autumn colours, it has to be a walk in Italy's Apennine Mountains
, where wonderful paths wind up the mountain slopes, offering superb views over expanses of oak, beech and chestnut woodland to the peaks beyond. Autumn is also synonymous with truffles and wild mushrooms here, which add extra flavour to the delicious regional cooking.
Relaxing on a beach in Almería
One of the best things about the arrival of autumn in Almería
is the near-empty beaches. This part of Andalucia boasts some of the warmest waters in the whole of mainland Spain, meaning you can swim in the sea virtually all year round.
Wine-tasting in Piedmont
Autumn heralds the start of the grape harvest, bringing a wonderful bustle to the vineyards. Book our gastronomic Piedmont’s Hills & Vineyards walk
, and you can spend your days exploring the gently rolling hills, visiting the timeless villages clustered around crumbling castles, and calling in at wine producers for tastings of their velvety reds.
Tuscany is arguably at its best in autumn, once the summer tourists have left. With a week at one of our self-catering properties
, you can take your time to admire the art treasures you come across, and stroll at your leisure through the winding streets of the medieval hill-top towns.
Watching migrating birds in southern Catalonia
Our Meander along the Ebro cycle
explores southernmost Catalonia, where the wetlands of the Ebro Delta are an important haven for birds. Be patient, and you may well be rewarded with the sight of a flock of flamingos or other birds flying overhead.
Joining in fiesta celebrations in northern Spain
Some of the villages on our Picos de Europa walk
celebrate their fiestas in September. As well as colourful religious processions, these usually involve lots of merriment – one member of staff once chanced upon a fiesta in the mountains, where the whole village, from toddlers to nonagenarians, gathered in the square to watch local bands perform. The most important is La Virgen de la Guía in Llanes on 8 September, of which the highlights are the torchlit procession the night before and the performances of the Danza de Arcos, a traditional dance performed by children.
Walking in the Garrotxa
Like the Apennines, this little-known corner of Catalonia
is a good choice for admiring the displays of autumn colours. The beech woods that coat the slopes of the ancient volcanoes provide a rich tapestry of colours, adding an extra dimension to walks here.
Enjoying the sunshine in the Canary Islands
If the rain and shortening days of the British autumn leave you wishing for a little sunshine, head to the Canary Islands and discover the great variety of landscapes on Lanzarote
, La Gomera
, La Palma
, El Hierro
and Gran Canaria
, which boast average temperatures of 25°C in October and 23°C in November.
Exploring the Catalan Coast
Our Collioure to Cadaqués walk
is perhaps best enjoyed in autumn, when you can walk along near-deserted beaches. A real highlight is the route around the rugged Cape Creus headland, from where you can look back to the Pyrenees.
Savouring chestnut dishes in the Cévennes
The Cévennes is a land of chestnut trees, which, as well as creating a colourful backdrop, bear plenty of nuts. Stay at the Hotel Balme on our Beneath Mont Lozère walk
and you may well be treated to some of Monsieur Gomy's delicious chestnut dishes – some of his menus feature chestnuts in every course. The chestnut gateau served with chestnut ice cream for dessert is particularly delicious, and a lovely way to end a Top Ten Autumn Day!
If our Top 10 Autumn Days has inspired you to get away this autumn, please contact
our friendly reservations team.