Enjoying a holiday in late summer or early autumn can be great if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of a summer escape. Choosing to holiday later in the year can sometimes make for a more relaxing experience as you can enjoy quieter campsites, quieter towns and quieter roads.
Of course, when its approaching autumn and you’re planning a break to Europe, the weather can be a key factor in deciding where to go. Although, in the UK, we’re of the opinion that you could pop a pin anywhere in the campsite map and can almost rest assured that the weather will be better there. Perfect excuse for a holiday!
Côte d’Azur – Late summer sun
If you’re a sun worshipper, maybe the idea of going on a ‘summer’ holiday outside of July and August gives you the chills. If this is the case, you may want to consider the Cote d’Azur as it boasts temperatures with highs of 25°c in September and 22°c in October. The only downside may be that the area can occasionally be frequented by showers and thunderstorms. Holiday Marina which is open until 1 November, is the perfect late summer holiday spot from where you can explore the glamorous St Tropez or enjoy stunning coastal walks. Alternatively, the lovely pool area or white sandy beach awaits you for some relaxation time.
Normandy – A quick jaunt
If you’re lucky enough to squeeze in a second ‘summer’ getaway, you may be looking for a quick fuss-free escape – no long drives, long flights or hectic journeys. A destination where you can just load everything you need into the car and hit the (quieter) road. If you don’t mind taking a slight risk with the weather then take the short hop across the channel to Normandy. Whilst it won’t be hot, it won’t be freezing either as the area is found to enjoy pleasant temperatures of between 14°c and 19°c in September; and between 7°c and 15°c in October. It may be best to take a brolly as the area can experience some rainy spells. Yelloh! Village la Vallée, open until 1 November, is located on the coast just 15 miles from Caen and 204 miles from Calais making it nice and easy to get to. For those wanting a slightly different holiday and with an interest in history, this may be the perfect spot for you. The site is located a twenty-five minute drive from the D-Day landing beaches with the surrounding area home to many museums and historical sites.
City Break – Rome
September and October can be great times of year to enjoy a city break as flight prices are lower and the cities are usually quieter. Rome is a stunning city with plenty to see and lots of culture to soak up – pack a good pair of walking shoes, and maybe some loose trousers – we all know how good Italian food is!
Camping Fabulous, open until 1 November, is located 16 miles from Rome making it a great base to combine the energetic part of exploring every nook and cranny of the city, and then having a lovely place to relax and get your breath back. The area has very pleasant temperatures for later in the year with September usually around 19-23°c, and 14-19°c in October. Apparently the sea stays at around 22°c so take your swimsuit if you fancy a dip – although for the less adventurous, the site also has two great pools. If you’re a keen camper, be sure to note that the last night the tents are open is the 13 September but after that there’s plenty of other comfy accommodation to choose from.
Lake Garda – Lakeside living
If you’re still in search of relaxation but with options for interesting day trips, beautiful surroundings and good food to enjoy in the lazy late summer sun then head south to Lake Garda. Camping Butterfly is open until the 31st of October, when temperatures are still rather nice – around 18°c but being close to the water it may feel slightly chillier so pack a few layers. Venice, Verona and Milan are all easily reachable for a day trip from here but there’s plenty to see in the surrounding area too. For the adventurous types, pack your swimsuit and take to the Lake! Or keep your feet on dryland at Gardaland theme park.
If none of the above suggestions have tickled your fancy, check out our ‘Find a Campsite‘ tool to help you plan your perfect late season escape.