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City Breaks for Autumn 2016

It’s officially September, meaning it’s the perfect time to take a culture-rich city break! Whilst some of us might be crying into our bathroom cabinet as we pack away our sunscreen for another year, others will relish the opportunity to slather on the thicker moisturiser and jet-off to cooler climates. Whether you’re planning a romantic city break with the other half, or a long weekend with the family, we’ve put together our favourite city breaks that will give any culture vulture a hit this month.

Venice, Italy

Venice

It’s wildly considered to be one of Italy’s most beautiful and romantic cities. Whilst the summer welcomes some of the city’s most daunting crowds, the cooler months makes room for a quieter city – perfect for those who love exploring the haze of the age-old alleyways without the stress of the bustling crowds.

Being one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, the city’s famous Gondola rides are often overcrowded during the summer months. Visiting the ‘City of Water’ during the autumn months means you can ride the Grand Canal without the ridiculous crowds, astronomical prices and oppressive heat of the high season.

Average temperature during September:  20°C

Our hotel pick: Palazzetto Pisani. Located in a 16th Century building and with direct access to the Grand Canal, it’s the perfect location for a romantic weekend away. Prices start from around £215.00 per night.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest

One of the largest cities in the EU, the Hungarian capital has taken a spot in the ‘top cities to visit’ list over the last couple of years. Divided by the River Danube, the capital is rich with beautiful architecture, local cuisine and independent shops.

But, you can’t visit Budapest without taking a dip in the city’s medicinal baths. They’ll be no need for expensive spa treatments as just one dip in the pool leaves the body infused with the most amaing nutrients – leaving you refreshed, energised and calm.

Average temperature during September:  17°C

Our hotel pick: Hotel Palazzo Zichy. Housed in a historical 19th Century building, this contemporary hotel has a 5 star rating on Tripadvisor. Situated just inside the Great Boulevard, one of the busiest parts of Budapest, the hotel is just a 15 minute walk away from tourist favourites such as Váci utca and the Parliament building. Prices start from around £150.00 per night.

Paris, France

Paris

Paris is the classic of all European city breaks. After a hot, sluggish August, the city comes alive again in September. The city’s Autumn Festival kicks off on September 7th where an array of dance, music, film and theatre acts will flood the city for a season of Parisian fun.

Whilst there are lots of classic landmarks to visit in the city, such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame church, its also littered with attractions not so well known. Get lost in Luis Vuitton’s world of art at the Fondation modern art gallery in the Bois de Boulogne or take a boat ride down the picturesque River Seine.

Not forgetting that Paris Fashion Week kicks off on September 27th, meaning that the city will be awash with style icons for those fashionistas among you.

Average temperature during September: 16°C

Our hotel pick: Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysees. Set on the trendy and famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées, these stunning suites are beautifully decorated in modern Parisian style whilst providing all the facilities you need. Prices start from around £280.00 per night.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland

Prepare to be wowed at everything the Icelandic capital has to offer. Its natural wonders include glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, ice caves, icebergs and bubbling mud pools.

But, lets not forget about one of nature’s most spectacular displays, the Northern Lights. They’re best seen between September and April. You can even take a night tour around Reykjavik where you can catch a world-class glimpse of the stunning display.

Average temperature during September: 7°C

Our hotel pick: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina. Set in the popular 101 harbour district of the city, each room comes with stunning views of the city or the Marina. Prices start from around £280.00 per night.

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva

Surrounded the mountainous terrain of the Swiss Alps, Geneva is the perfect location for an adventurous explorer.

Inside the picturesque landscape is a sleek, slick, cosmopolitan city offering unique events, cuisine and wonders for every travel lover. Whether it’s an afternoon pamper, a stroll down Lake Geneva, or a zip line adventure you’re after, Geneva is a city which has something to offer everyone!

September welcomes a number of exciting events such as the ‘Taste of Lake Geneva’. The annual event enables visitors to sample some of the city’s finest cuisine including small plates and samples from some local eateries.

Average temperature during September:  17°C

Our hotel pick: Mandarin Oriental, Geneva. Located just a 14 minute walk away from the beach, this luxurious offering boasts two gourmet restaurants a 24 hour gym and a beauty studio – making it the perfect place to rejuvenate after a long day exploring. Prices start from around £385.00 per night.



Amy Nicholson

Amy Nicholson

Beauty Editor