Best Places to Spend Autumn in Europe with the Kids

Autumn can be a great time to take the kids on an exciting European vacation.  Not only are the temperatures usually pleasant – not too hot and not too cold, but the prices are often lower too.  You can also beat a lot of the crowds that are usually associated with the summer months.  A wide array of activities and attractions both indoors and outdoors ensures that you and your little ones can have loads of fun, no matter what the weather is like.  Rain showers are common, however, so make sure that you have umbrellas and / or rain coats handy!  Wearing layered clothes is also recommended to be fully prepared.

Here are some fantastic places to visit in Europe with the kids during the autumn months:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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The temperatures are still warm enough to enjoy Duvrovnik’s wonderful sandy beaches along the Adriatic Coast, but the vast majority of the summer crowds have long headed home – leaving you and your kids free to enjoy the seaside in a calmer and less crowded atmosphere.  Prices are generally very affordable and the surrounding countryside has plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, and nature spotting.  Plus, the trees are going through their autumn changes, displaying many lovely orange, red, and golden hues.  The walled old part of the city has many narrow twisty lanes to explore and an abundance of fabulous old architecture.  Your family can enjoy a beautiful and charming city and the coast all in the same vacation, and there are several small islands that are perfect for day trips.

The Algarve, Portugal

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With more than 300 sunny days each year, a warm autumn sea, and temperatures that are pleasant but not scorching, many families choose to enjoy the scenic Algarve later on in the year.  Swim in the sea, frolic on the sand, and enjoy a quieter atmosphere than that of the height of summer.  Your kids can try their hand at various water-based activities too, such as kayaking, windsurfing, and wakeboarding, and the lower temperatures make exploring the nearby countryside areas particularly appealing.  You can see lots of colourful wildflowers as well as many different kinds of migratory birds.  There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from, and the lower visitor numbers mean that you won’t have to wait too long for your hungry little kids to be fed!  There are several charming villages and towns to explore if you fancy a change from the beach.

Vienna

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Austria’s capital city makes for a terrific autumn break with the kids.  You can still enjoy all the liveliness of city life but without so many crowds as during the summer.  The imperial past has led to many glorious traditional buildings around the city to admire, but there are also plenty of modern delights too.  Kids usually love the fun amusement park of Prater and a boat trip along the River Danube.  Schonbrunn Palace is not nly a fabulous example of fine architecture, but it is also home to the oldest zoo in the world and a cool Children’s Museum.

Barcelona

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A fabulous place at any time of the year, take advantage of the cooler weather to treat the kids to the abundant fairytale-like architecture that can be found all around the city.  Marvel at Gaudi’s numerous delights, enjoy tapas aplenty, take long walks along the nearby beaches or in the countryside, and enjoy the many festivals that fall at this time of year.

Other fantastic places for an autumn family break include Cumbria and the UK’s Lake District, Germany’s Bavaria, Norway’s capital city of Oslo, Hungary’s capital of Budapest, Aragon in Spain, and Prague in the Czech Republic.

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