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July and August holidays are over, yet that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to go on a trip. More and more Europeans are traveling off-season, taking advantage of more attractive prices in September and October, while still enjoying nice weather. Because, let’s face it, between the price of the hotel, cultural events, and transport, traveling on the Old Continent can get quite expensive. Especially if you compare it to going to some of the more distant destinations, such as Asia. That’s why we came up with 8 ideas for cheaper destinations to visit in Europe in September. Check it out below!
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The Netherlands (for Heritage Days)
Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Maastricht… in these cities, every second weekend of September, national museums and monuments are open to the public free of charge. Over 80% of municipalities play the game. If you’re looking for some ideas, go for the fortifications of Utrecht, dating back to 1664!
Faro | Portugal
Faro, in the Algarve region, is an ideal location to enjoy sunshine all year round. But going there in September is a good idea: you avoid the bulk of the tourist crowds, enjoy water at a little over 20 degrees and above all still very low prices, the low-cost still serving the massively destination.
Florence | Italy
Here is another destination well served by low-cost companies and which remains cheaper than Rome or Venice. The train in Tuscany (in all of Italy for that matter) is not very expensive and quite comfortable. Over a week, it is thus possible to visit Pisa, Siena and Florence by rail, and saving a lot of money. Tested and approved.
Zadar | Croatia
Slightly forgotten north of Dubrovnik, Zadar has a lot to offer. Popular with Croats from the center of the country in summer, it becomes quieter in September, left to the noise of fishing boats, still in service. Zadar is not easily accessible by direct line from France for example. But a flight to Zagreb and and a short trip by bus or train will allow you to reach this small paradise.
Budapest | Hungary
Overall a little cheaper than Prague, its Czech neighbor, Budapest has a lot to show, especially in September, when hotel prices drop a little and the climate is still mild. Easyjet and Ryanair serve the destination from many cities in Europe. September is also a highlight: the Budapest International Wine Festival, which will give you a taste of what the country’s beautiful vineyards produce. A beautiful immersion.
Paros | Greece
The Greek Islands in September (or even October), it’s always a good plan. The off-season still promises good temperatures and therefore guarantees you some memorable swims. Then, flights, especially to Athens, are cheaper than in June, July or August. With a morning flight, a metro ride to the port of Piraeus, and a mid-afternoon ferry, you should be sipping your cocktail on Paros Island after dark.
If you’re looking for cheap destinations to do in Europe in September, it’s hard to overlook Albania – a country that is cheap all year round. Long underestimated, the Albanian coast, in terms of landscapes, has nothing to envy of its Greek and Croatian neighbors. With temperatures between 15 and 27 degrees at this time of year, you make sure to extend the summer a bit for a fairly low cost of accommodation and food.
Barcelona | Spain
Visiting the Catalan capital in September is definitely a good idea. You avoid on the one hand the horde of students celebrating the end of classes and bachelorette parties in the spring, and on the other hand the crowds of tourists of all ages who come in the summer. With the added bonus of a still very mild climate and an unmissable event for Catalans: the Festival de la Mercè, to celebrate the start of autumn.
Here we are, our small selection of cheap destinations to travel to in September in Europe is finished. If you have other ideas, please share them in the comments. We would be happy to add to this list.