Where to Travel in October

Taking you from Seville’s citrus tree-lined streets to a sleepy Mexican surf town, these are our favourite destinations to visit this month

Whether you're seeking one last shot of sunshine or are plotting a crisp city break, October has you covered. But where to go? How about the coral-coloured havelis of India? Or perhaps the wild and windswept corners of the Inner Hebrides? Whatever your ideal getaway looks like, don't pack your bags before perusing our monthly round-up.

Autumn adventures: the best destinations to visit this October

Seville, Spain



A well-established favourite among foodies and flamenco fans, Seville is a delightful destination. Mudéjar palaces and baroque churches await down winding medieval lanes that are shaded from the midday heat by leafy citrus trees. After working up an appetite, head to the Moorish capital's historic centre to discover Seville's robust gastronomic offering. Tapas is best enjoyed in a crowded bar and, according to young locals, La Brunilda Tapas is the place to make a beeline for. When you've conquered the sights, take off on a day trip to the ancient Andalusian city of Córdoba.

Rennes, France



Rennes, the storybook-like capital of Brittany, charms with its cobbled alleys and sprawling gardens, while its many cafés, boutiques and landmarks ensure visitors won't get bored. Almost entirely rebuilt following a fire in 1720, the city is home to a dizzying blend of historic half-timbered houses and acclaimed avant-garde architecture, showcasing the creative spirit that flows through its street art-stamped streets. Pick up a buckwheat galette - a pancake-like local speciality that comes in countless sweet and savoury combinations - stroll along the banks of the River Vilaine, which sweeps through the city centre, then finish your day among the Picassos, Gauguins and Gaudís at the Musée des Beaux-Arts.



Monsaraz is a medieval hillside village in the back-to-nature Alentejo region. It overlooks the vast Alqueva dam and reservoir (one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe's), with views stretching all the way to the Spanish border. Expect whitewashed buildings and quiet cobbled streets, traditional potters and traditional textile producers. All roads lead up the hill to Monsaraz Castle. This being one of Portugal's most important agricultural regions, the surrounding landscape is home to vineyards, olive groves and farmland. A small population means low levels of light pollution, which has led to a recent designation as a Dark Sky Reserve, so get out the binoculars come nightfall. For the best beaches, head to Costa Vicentina.

Matera, Italy



Bond fans will no doubt recognise Matera from its starring role in No Time to Die - for others, kindly let us introduce you to one of Italy's most magical ancient sites. Situated in the country's south, this hilltop city is seemingly cut into two by the sparkling Gravina River. With its clusters of limestone-cave villas in the Sassi area, winding dirt-track roads and great swathes of verdant terrain, the Unesco World Heritage site has, unsurprisingly, become a popular big-screen backdrop. To make the most of its rugged landscape, base yourself at Le Grotte della Civita, where you can bed down in a centuries-old cave.

Phu Quoc


While island-hopping in Southeast Asia remains a common gap-year pastime, Phu Quoc has remained relatively undisturbed by overexcited teens. Arrange a hike through the tropical greenery of the national park, a Unesco Biosphere Reserve, to look for rare species such as silvery langurs and brightly coloured hornbills. Meander down to Duong Dong Market to taste your way around food stalls selling everything from freshly caught seafood to zingy tropical fruit juices. In the afternoon, head to Dinh Cau Rock - a temple perched atop a collection of boulders at the mouth of the Duong Dong River. Hop over 29 stone steps to reach this Buddhist shrine, built in 1937 to honour Thien Hau, the goddess of the sea.



If you've ever wondered where hip history buffs holiday, this is it. Located in the north-west of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mérida sits just 35km off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, its centuries-old architecture speaking of its rich heritage. Today, some refer to Mérida as "the White City", due to its limestone buildings, though many of their facades are painted in arresting shades of marigold, fuchsia and cobalt. Spend the day flitting between hammock and gin-clear waters, before snagging a chair at Pizzeria Raffaello, where plates come piled high with sublime slices cooked in a wood-fired oven.


Somerset, UK

Orchards unfurl across meadows threaded by the River Brue; lanes flanked by hedgerows overflowing with cow parsley give way to narrow streets lined with hamstone cottages and medieval churches. As locations go, it's an unassuming spot for a cosmopolitan enclave of bon vivants. Tucked between Yeovil and Frome, with a population that hovers around 3,000 and a social life that hugs a single street, this South Somerset bolthole proves that good things come in small packages. Since the internationally renowned Hauser & Wirth gallery opened here in 2014, Bruton has enjoyed a flourish of popularity. Today, it punches far above its featherweight when it comes to world-class contemporary art, design-driven boutique hotels, sustainable farm-to-table restaurants and idiosyncratic shops that have earned it cult status among those in the know.


New York, US

Although its remote location at the very tip of Long Island has earned it the ominous moniker "The End", Montauk has much to offer the active traveller. With six sprawling state parks, more than 2,000 hectares of pristine beaches and some of the best seafood in the US, this is a must-visit destination for lovers of the great outdoors. Rise with the sun and head to a sandy cove to join local surfers catching the early-morning waves - Turtle Cove is our favourite spot. Spend afternoons exploring farmers' markets or hiking through Montauk Point State Park. By October, the summer crowds have returned to the Big Apple, while the weather remains warm and sunny.

Brno, Czech Republic


Czech Republic

Known as the "hidden heart of Europe", Brno is garnering well-deserved recognition as a charming city-break destination. Mornings are best spent eating pastries and sipping coffee in Náměstí Svobody, the city's main square, where locals gather beneath traditional Czech townhouses for a chitchat. Stroll around Brno's centre, with its cosy cafés sandwiched between towering cathedrals and crumbling churches, then, come evening, slip down side streets to find intimate wine bars hidden inside modernist Czech architecture. In autumn, the parks fill with colour - October is when the Moravian Autumn Festival takes place, along with the Exposition of New Music, which showcases performances by orchestras from across Europe.

Pittsburgh, US


Pennsylvania, US

Pennsylvania's second-largest metropolis (after Philadelphia) is quickly stealing the state's spotlight - and it's easy to see why. Pittsburgh is dusting off its rust-belt reputation and undergoing a post-industrial revival. Local icons such as the Senator John Heinz History Centre, The Carnegie Museums of Art and The Frick Pittsburgh remain, but they've now been joined by a generation of creatives intent on pushing the boundaries of the city's food, tech and cultural scenes. Consult the city's packed calendar when booking your trip - the Three Rivers Arts Festival is a summertime favourite, while the surrounding hills are prime leaf-peeping territory in October.

Jaisalmer, India



India's largest state, Rajasthan accounts for 10 per cent of the country's total area. Between the rose-hued streets of Jaipur, the ethereal Narlai village and Jawai's sprawling hills is a romantic settlement of epic sandcastle forts, crumbling havelis and wild desert scenery: welcome to "the Golden City", aka Jaisalmer. Found on the westernmost edge of Rajasthan, this dusty, dazzling destination is known for its coral-coloured architecture, vibrant bazaars and a looming fort that seemingly springs straight from the sandy plains. Behind the jungle of sandstone buildings is a labyrinth of narrow passageways lined by Jain temples, gorgeous guesthouses, fragrant restaurants and boutiques swathed in colourful textiles. Buckle up your sandals and prepare to explore the abundance of cultures and traditions found in Jaisalmer's sun-bleached streets for yourself.



In the western part of Mexico's Guerrero state, the once go-slow fishing village of Zihuatanejo has recently seen a creative and vibrant energy trickle through its streets. Backed by the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains, pockets of subtropical shrubs and snaking vines contrast with white-sand beaches and rocky coves, while, along the coastline, a slew of rooftop bars, colourful market stalls and hammock-fringed restaurants have started cropping up. This is a place to join locals catching a wave, before rubbing shoulders with a free-spirited bunch in one of the town's edgy eateries. Ready for bed? You'll be spoilt for choice: Zihuatanejo is home to some of the most sublime botlholes we've ever seen.

Spetses, Greece



Nestled in the Attica region of Greece, the sleepy isle of Spetses sways to a slower beat than that of its Sarconic siblings. Think secluded coves flanked by tangled olive groves, sprawling pine and citrus trees, warm-hued passageways peppered with whitewashed villas and old-school tavernas, and a local community that takes huge pride in its culture and traditions. Just 27km in length, and having only one dusty main road leading into town, this is an island best explored on two wheels - visitors are banned from bringing cars. We suggest getting your hands on a bicycle and swinging by the Psaragora, the daily fish market, to pick up the catch of the day to cook for lunch. After that, head for a splash in the crystal-clear waters of Agia Marina's beach, before taking a scenic stomp along the seafront from Kounoupitsa village to the old harbour, Palio Limani.

Riga, Latvia



In recent years, Riga, Latvia's capital and largest city, has fast become a go-to destination for design lovers looking for a long-weekend getaway. Its colourful streetscape seamlessly blends old and new, with graceful, art nouveau buildings sitting alongside cutting-edge feats of contemporary engineering. Slotted on the Gulf of Riga, bordered by the Baltic Sea, the small, verdant, art-filled city is known for its manicured gardens, secret beaches and dystopian Soviet ruins, and is home to a proud and fiercely creative community. Visitors won't have to search very hard for evidence of this being a place that constantly looks to the future while honouring and respecting its past: from a master mixologist conjuring up magic behind a sophisticated bar to a sublime seasonal brunch menu worth setting the alarm for, inspiration is all around.

Kamil, Albania



Kissing the border of Greece and separated from sun-baked Puglia by a slither of water, the craggy coastline of Albania is fast becoming a favourite destination among serenity-seeking travellers. Blessed with tranquil shores and rugged cliffs, plus a striking display of autumn leaves at this time of year, the region offers plenty of pretty towns to explore. Our choice? The sleepy and stunning Ksamil. Sitting pretty on the country's southern tip, the town's white-sand beaches, azure waters and hip hangouts rival those of many better-known Ionian hotspots, at just a fraction of the price - and minus the crowds. Spend October days rambling around ancient ruins, dancing beneath bamboo-clad beach shacks and feasting in ridiculously cool restaurants.

Wroclaw, Poland



Located in the Silesia region of southwestern Poland, the handsome city of Wrocław is home to 12 islands,130 bridges and a population of around 670,000. With a history dating back to the 10th century, its streets are notable for an unusual blend of architectural influences, including Hungarian, Prussian-German and Austrian. The perfect day? Begin with a stroll through the vibrant passageways of the Old Town to the marvellous Market Square, where you'll find plenty of artisan coffee houses at which to grab a cup of joe and watch the world go by - our favourite is OTO Coffee Bar. Wander past Flemish-style villas and baroque palaces, before carving out some time to visit the National Forum of Music, Architecture Museum and Polish art-filled Four Domes Pavilion.


Inner Hebrides, UK

One road. One pub. One distillery. It's a holy trinity that serves this tiny island's tight-knit community well. Part of the Inner Hebrides, Jura is one of the wildest corners of Scotland, with its 200 inhabitants outnumbered by 5,000 wild deer. As for its whisky, many believe it's the best in the world. Make one of Black Tomato's ultra-luxe Blink glamping pods your base, where activities on offer include RIB trips to the whirlpools of Corryvreckan - and the chance to spot sea eagles, porpoises, dolphins and seals.

Munich, Germany



The Bavarian capital may be the grand old duke of Germany's cities, but don't let the lederhosen-wearing gentlemen ambling through its streets give you the wrong impression: there's much more to Munich than felted hats and leather shorts. Positioned in the country's most southern (and conservative) state, this dynamic destination looks to its alpine neighbours for inspiration on city living, giving it the well-worn moniker of "Italy's most northern city". Visit in autumn to join residents flooding beer gardens, setting aside some time to hop on the well-run train system to reach the glistening waters of the lakes that ring the city.

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