Status: 03.10.2023, 08:13 a.m.
By: Franziska Kaindl
Saying goodbye to summer is not always easy. With a cleverly chosen city trip, however, you can extend your year by a few sunny days.
After the great heat in summer, one or the other longs for slightly cooler temperatures. Others, on the other hand, can't get enough of the sun – after all, the days are getting shorter and shorter and there are still a few months to go until next spring. The thought of a trip to sunnier regions is quite tempting. And the autumn city trip has another advantage: Because it is usually the low season, there is less going on on the streets, so you can soak up all the impressions in a relaxed manner.
Rome – the Eternal City
Rome is a top destination for those who want to experience a lot of culture and marvel at sights. However, if you choose the hot August for a holiday, you often have to torture yourself through the streets under scorching heat. It is much better to travel to the Eternal City in autumn. In October, the temperatures are still a pleasant 20 degrees, at which the metropolis can be explored comfortably. At the same time, there are still six hours of sunshine a day, so you can enjoy the summer feeling a little longer.
Top sights: Colosseum, Vatican City, Castel Sant'Angelo, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum
In Rome, tourists can expect a wealth of sights. © Panthermedia/Imago
Barcelona – a vibrant city
Barcelona is also a great destination for a city break: Here you will experience a great mix of historical and modern buildings that give the Spanish metropolis a very special charm. In October, you can expect up to 20 degrees and about five hours of sunshine per day - ideal for a relaxed stroll through the streets.
Top sights: Sagrada-Familia, Park Güell, Casa Battló, Casa Milà, Picasso Museum, Las Ramblas
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Lisbon – nostalgic charm
Portugal's capital is also an enticing destination for autumn. Sun-seekers can look forward to seven hours of sunshine per day, and temperatures of up to 20 degrees are also possible. This weather can be used wonderfully to take a look at the colorful house facades and explore historic buildings. What should not be missed on a trip to Lisbon: A ride on the yellow tram, which is one of the city's most famous landmarks.
Top sights: Alfama, Belém, Castelo de São Jorge, Elevador de Santa Justa, Sé de Lisboa Cathedral, Ponte 25 de Abril
Lisbon is known for its yellow trams. © Dmitry Rukhlenko/Imago
Athens – between antiquity and modernity
In recent years, Greece has repeatedly experienced peak temperatures of over 40 degrees in midsummer – far too hot to explore cities and sights. So if you want to experience some culture, you should rather choose autumn as your travel time to escape the great heat. In October, temperatures in Athens still reach up to 22 degrees, and you can still enjoy about seven hours of sunshine a day.
Top sights: Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Plaka Historic District, National Archaeological Museum, Olympieion, Syntagma Square
Nice – a pearl on the Côte d'Azur
The Côte d'Azur is considered to be particularly popular among the "rich and famous" - the port city of Nice in particular attracts numerous tourists with its lively old town and French delicacies. In October, with around 18 degrees, it is a little cooler than in the cities mentioned above, but still pleasant. Every day, the sun shines for about seven hours, so you can definitely enjoy an extended summer.
Top sights: Promenade des Anglais, Colline du Château, Old Town of Nice (Vieux Nice), Le Negresco, Saleya Market, Basilica of Notre Dame de Nice