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Where to go in September: Our Top Picks

September offers an ideal window to explore Europe, as the summer crowds disperse, pleasant weather prevails, and the vibrant autumn hues begin to grace the landscapes.

24 August 2023
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Ahead of each new month, we compile a list of destinations across Europe which are perfectly suited to visit that month. Considering things like weather, busyness, natural and cultural events, and other factors, our top picks for September are the idyllic Cotswolds; historic Burgundy, France; home of the pretzel, Stuttgart; and the vibrant Istria peninsula in Croatia. Check out our highlights and favourite sites below.

September beckons adventurers to England with its golden-lit countryside and cultural allure. In France, a tapestry of fall colours paints a mesmerising backdrop to iconic landmarks. Germany's crisp air complements its historic charm, while Croatia's azure coast is bathed in a gentle, lingering summer glow.

View of Castle Combe, a village and civil parish within the Cotswolds Area of Natural Beauty in Wiltshire, England
Castle Combe

Cotswolds, England

The rolling hills are swathed in a rich tapestry of warm, golden hues as the leaves begin to turn. The summer crowds have subsided, allowing for peaceful strolls through picturesque villages adorned with charming thatched cottages and vibrant gardens. Enjoy leisurely walks along tranquil trails, relish in the local culinary delights at cosy pubs, and immerse yourself in authentic rural culture. September provides the perfect balance of pleasant weather, fewer tourists, and the breathtaking beauty that defines this idyllic English countryside.

Charming Villages The Cotswolds is renowned for its quintessential English villages, each exuding timeless charm. Bourton-on-the-Water's picturesque river, Bibury's iconic Arlington Row cottages, and Castle Combe's medieval streets are just a few of the region's enchanting spots.

Stunning Countryside
The Cotswolds boasts rolling hills, meadows, and ancient woodlands that create a breathtaking natural backdrop. Explore walking trails like the Cotswold Way for panoramic views, or enjoy leisurely drives through winding lanes that reveal hidden vistas at every turn.

Historic Sites and Architecture
Immerse yourself in history with visits to historic sites such as Sudeley Castle, Blenheim Palace, and the medieval ruins of Tintern Abbey. The Cotswolds' architecture, characterised by honey-hued stone buildings, showcases a blend of medieval, Tudor, and Georgian influences that make every village and town a visual delight.

Suggested campsites
Broadway Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

The gateway to the Cotswolds, Broadway Caravan and Motorhome Club site is conveniently located for all the major historic towns. The site on the outskirts...

Moreton-in-Marsh Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

Moreton-in-Marsh Caravan and Motorhome club site is an excellent busy but rural site attractively located within mature woodland in the heart of the Cotswolds and...

Bourton-on-the-Water Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

Bourton-on-the-Water Caravan and Motorhome Club site is set high up in the Cotswolds and graded as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bourton on the...

Quincie-en-Beaujolais in Beaujolais
Quincie-en-Beaujolais in Beaujolais

Burgundy, France

The vineyards that sprawl across the landscape are alive with the anticipation of the grape harvest, offering a unique chance to experience the region's renowned wine culture. The weather is pleasantly mild, allowing you to explore the medieval towns of Vézelay and Beaune, and the city of Dijon without the summer heat or winter chill. September also marks the beginning of the region's truffle season, inviting you to savour the earthy delicacies at local markets. With fewer tourists, you can leisurely discover Burgundy's historic castles, centuries-old abbeys, and indulge in its exquisite gastronomy at your own pace.

Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tours Burgundy is renowned for its world-class wines, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties. Explore the prestigious vineyards of the Côte d'Or and Côte de Nuits regions, where you can participate in wine tastings and guided tours. The Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction is a highlight, showcasing the region's finest wines and contributing to a centuries-old tradition.

Exploring Historic Towns and Cities
Burgundy is dotted with charming towns and cities that offer a glimpse into its rich history. Wander the cobbled streets of Beaune, known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and the Hospices de Beaune. Dijon, the regional capital, boasts stunning Gothic and Renaissance buildings, including the Ducal Palace. Autun is home to Roman ruins, while Cluny features the impressive remains of a medieval abbey.

Culinary Delights and Food Markets I
ndulge in Burgundy's gastronomic wonders. Taste traditional dishes like Boeuf Bourguignon and Coq au Vin at local restaurants. Don't miss the opportunity to visit local food markets, where you can sample fresh cheeses, cured meats, and artisanal products. The markets of Dijon and Beaune are particularly popular, offering a feast for the senses.

Whether you're a wine enthusiast, a history buff, or a food lover, Burgundy offers a diverse range of experiences that capture the essence of this picturesque region.

Suggested campsites
Château de l’Epervière

Castel Camping Château de l’Epervière is a popular high-quality site, peacefully situated in the wooded grounds of a 16th-century château, close to the A6 and...

Camping le Manoir de Bezolle

From the terraces of Le Manoir de Bezolle you can admire the peaceful hills of the Morvan Natural Park which give all their charm to...

l’Etang de la Fougeraie

This is a tranquil and spacious campsite laid out on a hillside deep in the Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan, with views over their lake...

Village of Esslingen am Neckar, Stuttgart
Village of Esslingen am Neckar, Stuttgart

Stuttgart, Germany

September is a wonderful time to visit Stuttgart for several compelling reasons. The weather is comfortably mild, making it ideal for outdoor exploration without the heat of summer or the chill of winter. The city's parks, like the expansive Rosenstein Park and the Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden, are adorned with early autumn colours, creating a serene and picturesque atmosphere.

With fewer tourists than the peak summer months, September allows you to fully enjoy Stuttgart's attractions, events, and local life at a more relaxed pace, making it an excellent time to explore this dynamic German city.

Mercedes-Benz Museum A must-visit for automobile enthusiasts, this stunning museum chronicles the history of the Mercedes-Benz brand and showcases an impressive collection of vehicles spanning from the earliest models to futuristic concepts. The museum's unique architecture and interactive exhibits make it a captivating experience for all visitors.

Stuttgart State Gallery (Staatsgalerie Stuttgart)
Art lovers will appreciate this world-class museum that houses an extensive collection of European artwork from the 14th to the 20th century. The museum features works by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet, and Picasso, displayed in a beautifully designed modernist building.

New Palace (Neues Schloss) 
This grand Baroque palace is a testament to Stuttgart's historical significance. Visitors can explore its opulent rooms, admire the stunning architecture, and enjoy the surrounding gardens and courtyards.

Stuttgart's diverse attractions encompass art, history, technology, nature, and culture, ensuring that visitors of all interests can find something captivating to explore and enjoy.

Suggested campsites
Campingpark Bad Liebenzell

Privately owned, this former municipal site is attractively situated on the outskirts of the pleasant little spa town of Bad Liebenzell in the northeast Black...

Neckarcamping Tübingen

This is a quiet and friendly community site which borders the river Neckar on the outskirts of the old and attractive university town of Tübingen...

Old town of Rovinj
Old town of Rovinj

Istria, Croatia

Warm and pleasant, the weather is perfect for exploring the region's charming coastal towns, historic sites, and picturesque landscapes. The summer crowds have dwindled, allowing you to relish the Adriatic coastline's pristine beaches, coves, and crystal-clear waters in a more tranquil setting. Here are the top three cultural attractions and events in the region:

Pula Arena
The Pula Arena is one of the best-preserved Roman theatres in the world, showcasing Istria's ancient heritage. This colossal structure dates back to the 1st century AD and could accommodate over 20,000 spectators for gladiatorial contests and other events. Today, it hosts concerts, film screenings, and other cultural performances, providing a captivating link between the past and present.

Euphrasian Basilica, Poreč
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a stunning example of Byzantine architecture. The Euphrasian Basilica, located in Poreč, dates back to the 6th century and features intricate mosaics that depict biblical scenes and early Christian symbols. The basilica complex also includes a baptistery and an episcopal palace, providing a fascinating glimpse into the region's religious history.

Truffle Festivals
Istria is famous for its truffles, and September marks the start of the truffle season. Throughout the month, various truffle festivals take place in different towns across the region, such as Buzet and Livade. These festivals celebrate the prized fungi with truffle-hunting demonstrations, tastings of truffle-infused dishes, cooking competitions, and cultural events that highlight Istria's truffle-hunting traditions.

These cultural attractions, along with Istria's lively festivals, local artistry, and traditional events, showcase the region's rich history and heritage, making it a captivating destination for travellers seeking an authentic cultural experience.

Suggested campsites
Arena Camping Stoja

Included in our guides:


Camping Stoja in Pula is an attractive and well-maintained site on a small peninsula and, therefore, almost surrounded by the waters of the clear Adriatic...

Camping Amarin

Included in our guides:


Situated 4 km. from the centre of the lovely old port town of Rovinj, this site has much to offer. The complex is part of...

Lanterna Premium Camping Resort

This is a well organised site and one of the largest in Croatia with high standards and an amazing selection of activities, and is part...


England In September, England boasts milder weather, diminished crowds, and stunning autumn landscapes. It's perfect for exploring the picturesque Cotswolds, surrounding historic sites, and enjoying local festivals.

France September in France brings pleasant weather, fewer tourists, and vibrant autumn colours. Burgundy's wine regions come alive, and the region's attractions are more relaxed, offering a blend of cultural experiences.

Germany Mild temperatures arrive, perfect for exploring. Stuttgart and its parks, historical sites, and the Cannstatter Volksfest are highlights, with a balance of cultural and outdoor experiences.

Croatia Istria shines in September with temperatures floating around the low twenties, fewer crowds, and the iconic truffle festivals. Enjoy the Adriatic coast's beauty, authentic cultural events, and culinary delights, making it a serene and enriching getaway.

In August we suggested...
🇬🇷 Pelion Peninsula, Greece - Cool off in balmy waters
🇭🇺 Eger, Hungary - Explore the opulent Baroque city
🇮🇹 Ligurian Coast, Italy - Spot a dolphin or just relaaax
🇫🇷 Languedoc-Rousillon, France - Cruise along canals and discover gastronomy

🇨🇭 Locarno, Switzerland - Grab some Mediterranean vibes in the mountains
🇧🇬 Rila Mountains, Bulgaria - Tackle mountain-clinging roads and pitch up amongst fjords, waterfalls and forests
🇳🇴 Romsdalen Valley, Norway - Dive into a spiritual and deeply cultural heritage
🇵🇱 Gdańsk, Poland - Wander the magnificent streets and browse Europe's largest open-air market