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In a perfect world, every summer vacation would include clear skies and minimal crowds. Of course, this is rarely the case. That’s why, if one is fortunate enough to have travel flexibility throughout the year, autumn vacations are such a great option. If you’re a world traveler looking for fun this autumn, try some of these great European destinations.

Croatia

Croatia is a popular travel destination in the summertime, but don’t feel that’s the only time you should visit! Located on the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is a beautiful place to visit year-round. From forest-filled Zagreb to historic Pula, Croatia has plenty of culture and charm that make for a stunning autumn getaway. If you love the aesthetic of fall foliage, there’s no better destination than Croatia! And, for a taste of culture, visit a football matchup, music festival, or Hand Made Fest, all of which take place in the autumn months!

Italy

Italy is known for many things: museums, wine, and impeccable food. Fortunately, none of these pleasures are limited to just the summer months. Lombardy’s Lake Como is just one Italian destination where tourists can experience the beauty of fall, both in the pleasant weather and the colors of the trees. If you want to be part of the action, football games in Turin and festivals on the coast offer opportunities to eat, drink, and be merry.

Spain

Spain is a well-established fall destination. Thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate and clear skies, the sandy shores of Barcelona and Valencia are the perfect places to kick back and enjoy the last warm days of the year. Barcelona is a particularly fantastic autumn travel destination due to affordable accommodations and fabulous fall fashion trends! If you’re a foodie, Barcelona’s seafood paella is a must-have.

France

Is there ever a bad time to go to France? The capital city, Paris, is known around the world as the ideal romantic getaway. Autumn is the season for wine festivals in Paris, and with Parisians returning from their summer breaks, the city will be bustling with activity. That’s not to say it will be crowded—rather, it means there’s plenty to do! Paris’ annual réntree, the start of a new cultural season, takes place at this time of year. If you’re a lover of all things art, Paris is the place to be!