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Where to go in October: Our Top Picks

Why October is an ideal month to explore the diverse landscapes of Southern Spain, Denmark, Scotland, and the Channel Islands

25 September 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 October are the Spain's southern gem, Seville; cultural Copenhagen; the stunning North Coast 500; and the Franco-British fusion island of Guernsey. Check out our highlights and favourite sites below.

October is an ideal month to explore the diverse landscapes of Southern Spain, Denmark, Scotland, and the Channel Islands. In Andalucia, the scorching summer heat gives way to a more temperate climate, offering comfortable exploration. Autumn's golden hues adorn Denmark's charming towns and picturesque countryside, while Scotland's misty moors and ancient castles evoke a sense of timeless enchantment. Meanwhile, the Channel Islands bask in tranquil autumnal beauty, with their coastal cliffs and pristine shores inviting visitors to revel in nature's artistry.

Street looking towards the Cathedral and Giralda Tower
Street looking towards the Cathedral and Giralda Tower

Seville, Spain

As the stifling summer heat subsides, Seville comes alive with pleasant weather, making strolls through its enchanting streets and squares truly enjoyable. You'll have the privilege of savouring the city's exquisite cuisine and exploring its architectural marvels, such as the stunning Alcazar Palace and the iconic Giralda Tower, without the crowds that flock during the hotter months. Seville in autumn is a harmonious blend of culture, climate, and charm, beckoning you to immerse yourself in its timeless allure.

The Alcazar of Seville This stunning royal palace is a masterpiece of Moorish and Gothic architecture. Its intricate tilework, paradisiac gardens, and ornate rooms will transport you to a bygone era of opulence.

The Giralda Tower
Originally built as a minaret during Islamic rule, the Giralda Tower is now the bell tower of Seville Cathedral. Climbing to the top rewards you with breathtaking panoramic views of the city, and the ascent itself is a journey through history as you ascend via ramp instead of stairs.

Flamenco Shows
Seville is the heart of Flamenco in Spain, and witnessing an authentic Flamenco performance is a must. The passionate music, dance, and singing will immerse you in the soul of Andalusian culture.

Suggested campsites
Camping Villsom

This site on the edge of Dos Hermanas, south of Seville, was one of the first to open in Spain and it is still owned...

Camping Huttopia Parque de Doñana

Situated in the heart of Andalusia, Huttopia Parque de Doñana is the perfect base for exploring the region amid the Andalusian provinces of Huelva, Seville...

Camping la Aldea

Camping La Aldea lies on the edge of the famous Parque Nacional de Doñana, southwest of Seville. This important park is a UNESCO World Heritage...

Copenhagen Canalside
Copenhagen Canalside

Copenhagen, Denmark

October brings warm, golden autumn hues, creating a picturesque and cosy atmosphere in Copenhagen. The weather is crisp but not overly cold, making it perfect for leisurely walks along canals and historic neighbourhoods. Crowds begin to thin out after the peak summer tourist season, allowing you to explore popular attractions like Tivoli Gardens and the Little Mermaid statue without the usual throngs of visitors.

Additionally, Copenhagen's cultural scene is in full swing, with various art exhibitions, music performances, and food festivals taking place. You can savour seasonal delights at local markets and cosy up in cafes to enjoy traditional Danish pastries.

The National Gallery of Denmark - The Cultural Highlight 
This renowned museum houses an extensive collection of Danish and international art spanning centuries. From classic masterpieces to contemporary works, it offers a comprehensive overview of artistic expression. The museum's architecture itself is a masterpiece, and it's a must-visit for art enthusiasts.

Rosenborg Castle - The Historical Highlight
Step back in time at Rosenborg Castle, an elegant Renaissance palace built in the early 17th century. It's famous for housing the Danish Crown Jewels, but it also offers a fascinating glimpse into the royal history of Denmark. Explore the opulent chambers, the Royal Treasury, and the castle's stunning gardens.

 - The Foodie Highlight
Indulge in the quintessential Danish culinary experience by savouring Smørrebrød. These open-faced sandwiches are adorned with a variety of toppings, including herring, roast beef, cheese, and pickled vegetables. They are delicious and a cultural delight, often enjoyed in traditional settings like historic taverns or modern cafes.

Suggested campsites
Feddet Strand Camping

This interesting, spacious site with ecological principles is located on the Baltic coast. It has a fine, white, sandy beach (Blue Flag) which runs the...

Röstånga Camping

Röstånga Camping is a family-friendly campsite located in the heart of the Söderåsen National Park in southern Sweden. The campsite is situated on the banks...

First Camp Åhus – Kristianstad

First Camp Åhus – Kristianstad is in the Skåne province on the South Baltic coast, set in a natural environment amongst mature pine trees which...

Kylesku Bridge crossing the Loch a' Chàirn Bhàin
Kylesku Bridge crossing the Loch a' Chàirn Bhàin

North Coast 500, Scotland

The North Coast 500 offers breathtaking landscapes and lets you witness the region's dramatic autumnal transformation. The changing colours and crisp air create a stunning backdrop for your journey. The summer tourist crowds have typically dwindled, and the weather, although famously unpredictable, is often milder than the colder winter months, allowing for a more peaceful and enjoyable drive along the route.

Things to remember

  • Be prepared and pack sensible clothing - you're in Scotland, not Seville!
  • October sees shorter daylight hours, so plan your route and sightseeing accordingly.
  • Be aware that some tourist facilities, accommodations, and attractions may be closed or operate reduced opening hours out of high season.

Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle) This iconic mountain pass on the Applecross Peninsula is a highlight for any adventurous traveller. It's one of the most challenging and scenic drives in the UK, offering awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and lochs. The hairpin turns, and steep gradients make it an exhilarating journey for those seeking a driving adventure.

Dunrobin Castle
 Dunrobin Castle is a fairy-tale-like castle in the northeastern part of the route that evokes images of a French château. Its stunning architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens are a testament to Scottish aristocracy. Don't miss the daily falconry displays in the castle gardens.

Loch Ness 
The North Coast 500 takes you near the famous Loch Ness, home to the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Even if Nessie doesn't make an appearance, the loch itself is a sight to behold. You can explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle on its shores and enjoy a cruise to learn more about the history and mysteries surrounding the loch.

Suggested campsites
Culloden Moor Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

Culloden Moor Caravan and Motorhome Club site is a quiet and tranquil place perfectly located for exploring the city of Inverness and the surrounding areas...

Dornoch Camping

Dornoch Caravan and Camping Park Situated in the Royal Burgh of Dornoch on the east coast of Sutherland, can be found next to Dornoch’s award...

Brora Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

Situated just north of Brora on the east coast of Sutherland, Brora Caravan and Motorhome Club site is set in a sheltered saucer of land...

Sango Sands Oasis Caravan & Camping Site

Sango Sands Oasis Caravan & Camping Site is a quiet, ten-acre site overlooking the beautiful Sango Bay, a Blue Flag beach. The site was established...

Saint Peter Port Harbour, Guernsey
Saint Peter Port Harbour, Guernsey

Guernsey, Channel Islands

The arrival of milder autumn weather allows you to explore this picturesque island without the summer crowds. Meander through charming St. Peter Port, enjoy coastal walks, and savour local cuisine. Outdoor activities like hiking and exploring historical sites are well-suited to this season, making it an ideal time to experience Guernsey's natural beauty and cultural heritage.

The Channel Islands hold a unique position in Western Europe's historical narrative, with strong ties to both Britain and France. The island's history is marked by its status as a British Crown Dependency with Norman-French origins. During World War II, Guernsey was occupied by German forces, and remnants of that period, including bunkers and fortifications, can still be explored today. This complex history adds depth to Guernsey's identity and provides insight into its resilience during times of adversity.

German Occupation Museum - The Historical Highlight
Guernsey's historical highlight is the German Occupation Museum, a poignant reminder of the island's occupation during World War II. The museum houses an extensive collection of artefacts, including uniforms, weapons, and personal items, offering a comprehensive look at life during the wartime years. It provides valuable insights into Guernsey's resilience and its people's experiences during this challenging period.

Hauteville House - The Cultural Highlight
Hauteville House is the former home of renowned French writer Victor Hugo, who lived in exile in Guernsey during the mid-19th century and penned some of his most famous works here. The house is a living testament to his creative genius, with beautifully preserved rooms and furnishings that reflect his eclectic taste. Visiting Hauteville House provides a unique glimpse into the literary heritage of Guernsey.

Coastal Paths - The Natural Highlight
Guernsey's dramatic coastline, with its rugged cliffs and hidden coves, offers breathtaking panoramic views towards the neighbouring islands of Herm and Sark to the east and the surrounding English Channel. Take a hike along the extensive coastal paths, and you may spot seabirds nesting on the cliffs. Among the notable spots is Fermain Bay, a picturesque cove with crystal-clear waters, making it an inviting destination for swimming.

Suggested campsites
Pomme de Chien Campsite

‘The island where time stands still’ is an apt description of Sark, one of the smallest inhabited Channel Islands, some 45 minutes from Guernsey by...

The Palms Campsite

Previously known as Daisy Cottage, The Palms is the only campsite in the west of the island. A camping retreat with an associated natural therapies...

In Summary

Seville October brings pleasant weather, a vibrant cultural scene, and fewer crowds. With the scorching summer heat waning, you can explore the city comfortably and get a real taste of Andalusian culture against a backdrop of autumnal beauty.

Copenhagen As the city dons a picturesque autumnal palette, the crisp weather, fewer crowds, and exciting cultural events make Copenhagen an enjoyable destination for October. Relish the city's historical and culinary delights amid a cosy and vibrant atmosphere.

North Coast 500 October's golden hues transform the NC500 into a canvas of deep colours. With fewer visitors, you can savour the dramatic scenery and picturesque villages at your own pace. The milder weather ensures comfortable exploration, while shorter days add a cosy charm to the journey, making it the perfect time to experience Scotland's iconic road trip.

Guernsey Now is the prime time to delve into the island's rich history, from its dual British and French heritage to its WWII relics; the mild weather allows for unhurried exploration without the summer crowds.

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