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Our 7 favourite Autumn escapes
Face it, the UK summer has checked out.
Your new barbeque and paddling pool lie neglected in a corner of the garage, next to that exercise machine you promised you’d use to get beach buff. We know it can be hard, especially if you’ve still got that holiday itch. That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of our favourite European autumn holiday destinations. Whether you’re a culture vulture or a sophisticated spender, we’ve got a holiday that’s right up your alley. And if you’re not sure what kind of holiday suits you, take our quiz to find out: bit.ly/o2travelquiz
Gauja National Park, Latvia
Suits: Thrill seeker
The “pearl of the Baltic States” wouldn’t necessarily be your first thought when planning an autumn break, but Latvia boasts plenty to keep you busy. Far from the buzzing metropolitan capital of Riga is Gauja, Latvia’s first and arguably most impressive national park. Take in the beautiful scenery on foot, by bike or canoe along pine scented rivers. Like a more exotic Centre Parcs, for the more adventurous.
Suits: Culture vulture
The Barbagia mountains in Sardinia come alive in autumn with a series of festivals from local craft workshops to street markets, giving you a real taste of Italy. Whether you wander aimlessly through the foot hills or spend your days filling up on the local delicacies, there’s something for everyone.
Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Suits: Live like a local
Ireland’s most scenic tourist trail only becomes more majestic once the forests turn autumnal gold. The Kerry Way, Ireland’s longest and oldest walking route, takes visitors along one Europe’s most picturesque tracks, although at over 200km long you may want to pick some highlights. We recommend the coastal town of Kenmare, red deer spotting in Killarney National Park and a long foot soak followed by a Guinness in the evening!
Saint Tropez, South of France
Suits: Sophisticated spender
Initially made famous by Brigitte Bardot, these days this Côte d’Azur resort is better known as a playground for the rich and famous. As the summer comes to an end and the temperatures drop to a balmy 25 degrees St Tropez takes on an alter ego of relaxed luxury, and more importantly, relaxed prices.
This fortified city is a slice of living history, characterised by its spectacular baroque architecture which overlooks the Mediterranean. Malta has the largest density of historic sights on earth. Autumn temperatures are perfect for leisurely exploration, giving you no excuse not to discover all this extraordinary city boasting over 7000 years of heritage has to offer.
Suits: Party animal
October isn’t a notorious party month. Unless you’re in Munich of course. For those that don’t want the party season to end, grab your lederhosen or durndel and head to Bavaria for the world’s most famous beer festival, complete with fairground rides, stalls and sausages. Seriously, what more could you ask for?
Suits: Poolside dweller
Boasting some of the hottest October temperatures in Europe Sicily is ideal if you want to escape the real world for a week. Grab your kindle, a mojito and claim a sun lounger to enjoy some well-earned relaxation. Most Sicilian bars and restaurants stay open throughout October too so you can get a real taste of the Med. It’s a hard life, but someone has to do it.
Whichever destination you choose, and whatever you get up to while you’re there, O2 have you covered. Whether you’re sending panoramic pictures of Kerry Way or getting directions around Valletta, with O2 travel you’ll pay just £1.99 for unlimited data on pay monthly or 50mb on pay as you go. So go on, treat yourself.
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