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Top 10 autumn days

Top 10 autumn days    

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
Autumn 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
The coast of Almeria
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.
Exploring Tuscany
San Gimignano
Tuscany is arguably at its best in autumn, once the summer tourists have left. Choose one of our touring holidays and you can take your time to admire the art treasures you come across, and stroll at your leisure through the winding streets of its medieval cities.
Watching migrating birds in Provence
Birdlife in the Ebro Delta
Our Impressions of the Camargue cycle explores southernmost Provence, where the wetlands of the Camargue are an important haven for birds. Be patient, and you may well be rewarded with the sight of a wide variety of waders and raptors.
Joining in fiesta celebrations in northern Spain
Asturian traditional dress
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
Garrotxa in autumn
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, Tenerife, La Palma, Fuerteventura, 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 in southern France is a land of chestnut trees, which, as well as creating a colourful backdrop, bear plenty of nuts. These feature in a variety of dishes, especially at this time of year, and our advice is to try them if you get the chance. One member of staff recalls the dessert of chestnut gateau served with chestnut ice cream that she enjoyed at one hotel as a lovely way to end an autumn day.

If our Top 10 Autumn Days has inspired you to get away this autumn, please contact our friendly reservations team.