With the peak tourist season over and everyone returning from their August vacations, September is a great time to travel, so we've chosen the best European cities to visit in September. The weather is cooling off, but swimming is still an option, and flight prices drop in the middle of the month for cheaper travel. Here are the top five destinations we think everyone should consider this September.
1. Ibiza, Spain - If you're still hoping for some beachside fun in September, this small Mediterranean island is for you. With sites like the Cathedral of Santa Maria d'Eivissa, located at the top of the Dalt Vila, the Punic necropolis of Puig des Molins, the Cala Comte beaches, and the Castle of Ibiza, this vibrant city has quite a lot to offer. Nearby, you'll find the monument of Christ, a 75-feet-tall statue that overlooks the town. At night, the city comes to life with some of Europe's best clubs and restaurants. When you need to refuel, be sure to check out Peter Pan Ibiza, famous for their Mediterranean foods.
2. Cassis, France - A beautiful seaside commune with bright colors and plenty of outdoor activities, located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France, Cassis easily made our list of the best places to visit in Europe in September. With old fountains, architecture, markets, and harbors, be sure to drive your France rental car by the Chateaux de la Maison des Baex, a historical chateau that, unfortunately, isn't open to public, but whose exterior and stunning views of the water make it worth seeing. The beaches Plage du Corton and Plage de l'Arène are on the coast just to the south of the village, and they are an amazing way to spend the day.
3. Margate, England - This historical city in England buzzes with artistic energy. From traditional town charm and a world-class art gallery to sandy beaches and sparkling bays, Margate was a logical choice for the best European cities to visit in September. Boasting a cool café culture and tempting retro shops, Margate is in the midst of a cultural renaissance. Be sure to check out the Theatre Royal and the Tom Thumb Theatre, one of the smallest theatres in the world! The Margate Clock Tower is stunning, as is the Shell Grotto. To finish your day, sit at one of the many outdoor cafes with a cappuccino.
4. Bruges, Belgium - A city of canals, Bruges is often referred to as "the Venice of the North." Although the city boasts a well-known collection of art-filled churches and museums, including Michelangelo's "Madonna and Child" at The Church of Our Lady, a less obvious but equally compelling destination is the Frietmuseum on Vlamingstraat, which describes itself as the only museum dedicated to the potato in all its golden-fried splendor. To relax, visit The Old Chocolate house for the best cup of hot coco you will ever have. Rent a car in Bruges and make sure you don't miss a thing!
5. Siena, Italy - Prettier than the postcards and more elegant than you can imagine, Siena had to be on our list of the best places to visit in Europe in September. With great weather during the fall, the Palio di Siena horse race is still going strong some eight centuries after starting here. The cathedral's black-and-white striped marble columns, towering up to a lapis-painted, barrel-vaulted ceiling, can make you feel the smallness of being human. In a nutshell, Siena's history is apparent in the brick and mortar of its buildings. Be sure to stop and see the Botanical Gardens, Siena's Cathedral, or The Hard Rock Café just a short drive away in your Siena car rental.
No matter where your vacation takes you, the great thing about the best places to visit in Europe in September is that you won't run into as many tourists as in the previous months. Crowds might still show up at major sites, but you'll have much more time and room to spend time at your favorite sites. With the temperate climate and vibrant scenery, these destinations are worth a trip!