Every week, Skyscanner scours the net to find the cheapest flights to the best events and destinations in Europe. This week, we look at the best spots in Europe to see the autumn colours changing.
Tree lovers and foliage fans rejoice – autumn is here which means the leaves are turning, bringing fiery reds, golden browns and bright yellow blazes of colour to the mountains, hillsides and parks of Europe. Skyscanner introduces five of the best places to sample the trees in all their fall glory, not to mention the pleasures of autumn’s lower prices and lack of crowds.
Samedan, Switzerland – autumn in the Swiss Alps is an excellent time to visit; the summer crowds have gone home, the winter crowds are yet to arrive and the mountains are blessed with cool, crisp weather and fantastic foliage. As the larch forests begin to change, an impressive rainbow of colour is seen in the hills above the town, which offers hikers an ample choice of trails from short rambles to multiday treks.
Find cheap flights from London to Geneva, prices start from £39 (return, including taxes)
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Lot Valley, France – criss-crossed with walking, cycling and riding paths, the valley’s orchards and vineyards glow with golden leaves come autumn, making it an ideal spot for long walks through the wooded hills. Wildlife including several species of birds of prey is in abundance in this unspoilt region which is perfect for a quiet retreat.
Find cheap flights from London to Toulouse, prices start from £53 (return, including taxes)
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High Tatras, Poland – these eastern mountains are known for their skiing, but before the snow arrives, they descend into a world of colour as the birch, larch and oak trees put on their autumn garb. Zakopane, a pleasant mountain town makes the perfect base for excursions into the mountains, where visitors can enjoy glacial lakes, local fauna and a good range of hiking trails.
Find cheap flights from London to Krakow, prices start from £44 (return, including taxes)
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Lake Bled, Slovenia – as if a crystal clear lake surrounded by wooded mountains, blessed with a solitary island upon which a fairly tale church stands wasn’t quite picturesque enough, if you visit Lake Bled in the autumn you’ll also find the glacial waters reflecting the fiery blaze of the turning trees that surround it. Hire a rowing boat and take your lover for a tour – it doesn’t get much more scenic that this.
Find cheap flights from London to Ljubljana, prices start from £49 (return, including taxes)
Bruges, Belgium – it’s not just trees that are good for autumn viewing; Bruges’ vine covered buildings create an impressive display of the rich tones of fall in the heart of one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Stroll along the canals or hop on a boat to see the best of Bruges, and don’t forget to sample the beer whilst your there.
Find cheap flights from London to Brussels, prices start from £64 (return, including taxes)
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