Europe in Autumn
In autumn, Europe turns to gold as the trees don their autumn jackets and the continent begins to wrap up warm for winter. In the south, long, warm days prevail, making pockets of the Med ideal for a dose of last minute winter sun. Elsewhere in Europe's cities, the crowds of summer have all but disappeared making it the perfect time of year for a spot of sightseeing.
Steal away for an autumnal break on the Algarve in Portugal for a family getaway that ticks the boxes for both young and old. Pine Cliffs is not only home to an Explorers kids club, but also offers a host of other activities for younger guests. From learning the ropes from a tennis professional to trying their hand at golf on the 9 hole golf course, Pine Cliffs is a fantastic resort for active families.
Throughout the year, Tenerife stays warm and temperate, confirming it as a fail safe destination for sunseekers looking to escape autumn's chill. The Ritz Carlton Abama is renowned for its on site golf course as well as the two Michelin starred restaurants that call the resort home. For young ones, the kids programme promises endless entertainment and for adults, the spa and beach club are perfect for some R&R.
Home to an award winning spa, as well as two excellent golf courses and a catalogue of sports facilities, the Verdura Resort is a favourite amongst parents and children. The perfect base from which to explore the surrounding Sicilian countryside and enjoy some quality family time together.
Known for its world-class wine production, Portugal’s north is a delight in the autumn, when the Douro Valley comes alive for harvest season. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere of bustling Porto and, after admiring its colourful architecture, discover the reason for its fame in the port houses which line the banks of the Rio Douro. Continue along the river to the Douro Valley, where stunning autumnal colours transform the vineyards and the grape picking is in full flow.
Beat the post-summer blues and discover Istanbul as well as Turkey's wonderful coastline. From the cultural melting pot of the capital, where you can spend your days perusing ancient markets, ogling at magnificent architecture and sampling mouthwatering cuisine, to the turquoise seas of the Bodrum Peninsula, where lazy days by the ocean await, this is a lovely itinerary for couples and perfect for an autumn break.
Combining the hustle and bustle of Florence with the peaceful splendour of Tuscany, this itinerary offers the best of culture, relaxation and, of course, Tuscan wines. Get under the skin of the fascinating history of Florence, visiting its renowned art galleries and admiring its magnificent architecture, before unwinding among the rolling hills of rural Tuscany. The autumn months offer the perfect opportunity to taste the local wines, hunt for truffles and explore the stunning scenery.