Europe’s 6 Best Autumn Getaways


Trees in fiery hues, the nostalgic scent of bonfires, the first hint of crispness in the air – autumn is an intoxicating season. For travellers, it offers lingering sunshine, blissfully uncrowded streets and harvest food festivals. From Valletta’s history-steeped streets to a blaze of colour in the Scottish Highlands, SL contributor Olivia Rawes reveals six European destinations that come into their own at this time of year.
Photography Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik

1. Catch The Grape Harvest In Dubrovnik

Sea-battered Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s best-preserved walled towns, its sun-bleached buildings gazing out across the Adriatic Sea. The city’s beauty – and its appearances in Game of Thrones – has seen it crowned Croatia’s most popular tourist destination. That means it’s full to the brim in summer, so visit in autumn instead. Walk the ancient walls, admire the Baroque churches and, with summer’s warmth still enduring, dip into the crystal-clear waters. Need any more persuading? The grape harvest is in full swing on the nearby Peljesac peninsula, making this the perfect time for a wine tour. 

Where to eat: Proto 

Where to stay: Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik

2. Adventure In The Highlands 

In autumn, the Scottish Highlands are at their finest. The midges and tourist crowds have gone, replaced by a blaze of colour. Experience the landscape at its most splendid: moors draped in russet-red, leaves crunching underfoot, a crispness in the air. For walkers, relatively unknown Glen Affric hides some of Scotland’s best-hidden scenery – a glorious blend of ancient forests, lofty peaks and rushing rivers. Or take a road trip on the North Coast 500, which wriggles and loops around the north and northwest Highlands.  

Where to eat: The Captain’s Galley

Where to stay: Dornoch Castle Hotel

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