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20 Best Europe destinations in October of 2017

October is one of the best months of the year to visit the cultural capitals in Europe, and there are still a few beach destinations that are warm enough in the first half of the month. This is the first month since March when you will start getting some really good hotel rates, even in the most famous cities.

Airfares to Europe are less expensive in October than they are in summer as well, so those who can wait until mid Autumn like this will be rewarded with smaller crowds and noticeably lower prices on flights and accommodation. If this is your first trip to Europe you may also be interested in our recommendations for best first-time Europe itineraries of your own.

Below you'll find

  1. Europe's 4 best October beach destinations
  2. Europe's 16 best October city destinations

Europe's 4 best October beach destinations

Costa del Sol/Malaga, Spain

  • October avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • October avg low: 58°F/14°C
  • October avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Being honest, you will probably get pretty decent “beach weather” early in October, but by the end of the month it will likely feel too cold and windy to enjoy time on the sand. If you can't get away for your summer holiday until October this is still a good choice because hotels and apartment rentals are much cheaper and obviously it's not going to be too crowded.

Malaga is actually a very interesting city even during the cooler months, so those who don't insist on sitting on a beach chair every day will have plenty to see and do. If you really need to sit in the sun in October, then the Canary Islands (see below) are probably your best choice.

>>>Malaga prices and travel tips


Algarve/Faro, Portugal

  • October avg high: 74°F/23°C
  • October avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • October avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

Very similar to the Costa del Sol (mentioned above), the sunshine scene in Portugal's Algarve region is winding down as October goes on. This is really the last month until next May to have any hope of any real beach weather on the European continent, so you might have to take what you can get.

>>>Faro prices and travel tips


Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • October avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • October avg low: 68°F/20°C
  • October avg precip: 0.7″/1.8cm

Those wanting a proper sunshine holiday in October while techinically staying in “Europe” are probably going to want to head to the Canary Islands. Tenerife is the largest of these islands and also the best choice for those who speak English rather than Spanish. The October weather is pretty much ideal and it comes after the months when Tenerife can really heat up a bit too much.

Flights into both Tenerife airports are reasonably priced in October because it's the low season in spite of the ideal weather. The highest concentration of hotels and holiday rentals is around the Los Cristianos area in the southwest corner of the island.

>>>Tenerife prices and travel tips


Antalya, Turkey

  • October avg high: 81°F/27°C
  • October avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • October avg precip: 3.4″/8.5cm

Even though Antalya is officially well into the Asian part of Turkey, it's filled mostly with Europeans during all of the warm months, including October. You can still find cheap flights from all major European airports, and excellent deals at the hotels along the beach as well as those in the lovely historic town center.

Since the Turkish Lira has weakened in recent years, this is quite an amazing value, especially for the Mediterranean. This area is also one of Europe's cheapest all-inclusive destinations, with modest hotels and large resorts all along the beaches both east and west of the city center.

>>>Antalya prices and travel tips


16 Best non-beach destinations in Europe in October

Rome, Italy

  • October avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • October avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • October avg precip: 3.7″/9.3cm

After a scorching summer that can stretch into parts of September, Rome has pretty much ideal weather in October, although it can rain just a bit. In fact, October might be the best month of the year to visit Rome and all of Italy because the crowd sizes are smaller, hotels are cheaper, and yet the weather is nearly perfect.

Most first-time Italy visitors head to Rome first and then move north to Florence and Venice. That is a fantastic little trip to hit the so-called Big 3.
Anyone interested in a longer visit to Italy should consider heading south from here for a stop in Sorrento, which is a bit south of Naples. It's far less crowded than Venice or Florence and it's the perfect base to visit Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, and the isle of Capri.

>>>Rome prices and travel tips


Florence, Italy

  • October avg high: 70°F/21°C
  • October avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • October avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

Since we are heading north from Rome you can expect that things are a bit cooler in Florence, but it's still very pleasant, especially for those who are walking between sights all day. Florence is the heart of Tuscany and it's also one of the world's great art capitals, which are two great reasons to visit.

As with Rome, the hotel prices and crowds in Florence are much more manageable than during the hotter months. Florence is also a good base for day trips to nearby Pisa, Siena, and even the Cinque Terre.

>>>Florence prices and travel tips


Venice, Italy

  • October avg high: 65°F/18°C
  • October avg low: 49°F/9°C
  • October avg precip: 2.7″/6.8cm

Venice is insanely crowded pretty much every day of the year, and that can be even more frustrating when it's hot outside. In October you don't have to worry about scorching days, and the crowds are a bit smaller than during the summer months as well.

The truth is, Venice is so beautiful and unusual that you should visit any time of year if you are in the area. One nice thing is that it's compact enough that you can hit all of the most interesting sights in about 24 hours or so if you want to. The key is to get up early and be out before the herds from the coach tours arrive, and also be out in the evening after they have left for the day.

>>>Venice prices and travel tips


Split, Croatia

  • May avg high: 68°F/20°C
  • May avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • May avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

If you are like most people you have probably heard of Dubrovnik, but not Split. We recommend Split of the two because it's very similar, actually slightly older, and it's far less crowded than Dubrovnik. Split is also quite a bit cheaper because it's not filled with cruise-ship passengers who are willing to overpay for everything.

The October weather in Split is very pleasant, even if it's not warm enough to spend the day on the sand. This is also the main transit hub of southern Croatia, so you can take the train here or bus, and depart by ferry to Italy or one of the nearby holiday islands.

>>>Split prices and travel tips


Paris, France

  • October avg high: 61°F/16°C
  • October avg low: 51°F/11°C
  • October avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

October is a busy month in Paris, partly because this is also a business city that hosts many conferences and meetings. The October weather is cool but pleasant and it usually doesn't rain much, so you should be able to see everything without interuption.

Paris is another city that is so beautiful and unique that you will want to visit no matter what month it is. October is one of the better ones, as the winter temperatures can be chillier than is comfortable for outdoor sightseeing. If you are interested in visiting the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and taking the wonderful hop-on, hop-off bus tour, you should look into the Paris Pass.

>>>Paris prices and travel tips


Barcelona, Spain

  • May avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • May avg low: 55°F/13°C
  • May avg precip: 3.6″/9.0cm

This Mediterranean city gets quite hot in the peak summer months, and it's still packed with tourists through September. It will feel crowded when you get there in October, but at least you have mild weather and slightly lower hotel prices to make things better.

If this is your first trip to Barcelona you should also take the 2.5-hour high-speed train to Madrid and spend 3 additional days there. The cities are very different from each other and both excellent for first-time visitors. Barcelona is known for its architecture and its seaside location, but it's also got some of Europe's best restaurants and fantastic nightlife as well.

>>>Barcelona prices and travel tips


Madrid, Spain

  • May avg high: 66°F/19°C
  • May avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • May avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

As Madrid is in the center of Spain, it gets a bit cooler by the time October rolls around than Barcelona (see above). But the days are still very pleasant for sightseeing and you'll probably get no rain at all this month unless you are very unlucky.

Again, it's ideal to spend 3 nights in each of these two huge cities and take the quick high-speed train between them. Madrid is also famous for its late-night dining and later-night nightlife, but this is also where you find the royal palace and the Prado, which is one of Europe's finest museums.

>>>Madrid prices and travel tips


Lisbon, Portugal

  • October avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • October avg low: 58°F/14°C
  • October avg precip: 3.1″/7.8cm

Among the best things about Lisbon is that it arguably has continental Europe's best year-round weather, and of course October is yet another lovely one. The winds off the Pacific keep the summers from getting too hot, and they keep the rest of the year fairly mild as well.

Lisbon is an underrated city that is also one of Europe's better travel bargains. Its location on the far edge of the continent means that no one arrives here by accident. You can get here by overnight train from Madrid, but honestly flying in is probably the better idea for most people.

>>>Lisbon prices and travel tips


Interlaken, Switzerland

  • October avg high: 58°F/14°C
  • October avg low: 42°F/6°C
  • October avg precip: 3.1″/7.8cm

It seems that almost everyone wants to “visit Switzerland” but most of them don't know exactly where to go. That is why I wrote an article about where to go in Switzerland on a short visit and the short version is that if you want to see the most amazing views of the Alps, Interlaken is the best place to base yourself.

The October weather isn't ideal, but it's still nice enough that you'll be able to see the main sights without much delay. The Alps can be rainy in summer, and by October you are less likely to get those quick storms, although it can be cloudy or foggy any day of the year. If you want to visit a second place in Switzerland to admire the unusual beauty, Lucerne is your best bet.

>>>Interlaken prices and travel tips


London, England

  • October avg high: 59°F/15°C
  • October avg low: 48°F/9°C
  • October avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Even though London has a reputation for being rainy, it's really the mist that you are most likely to encounter in October, and even then probably not much of that. London is obviously one of the world's great cities so you will want to visit in whatever month you are coming to Europe. Fortunately, October is actually one of the nicer ones, with smaller crowds and cheaper hotel rates.

If you want to visit somewhere else in Britain then Edinburgh is the best choice for most people. You can get there on a high-speed train that is surprsingly cheap if you book at least a couple weeks in advance. Here are some of the other best England, Scotland, and Wales itinerary ideas.

>>>London prices and travel tips


Berlin, Germany

  • October avg high: 56°F/13°C
  • October avg low: 44°F/7°C
  • October avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

Berlin has arguably been Europe's trendiest tourist city for a decade or more now, so it's now the most popular stop in Germany. It lives up to the hype for most people, and it's refreshingly cheap as well. You can get 4-star hotels here for what you'd pay for a 2-star in Rome or London.

The October weather is decent and you probably won't get any rain. The former East Berlin is cheaper and more interesting than the former West Berlin, but the West does have better high-end shopping if that interests you. Berlin is cheap even compared to Munich or Hamburg. Another bonus is that everyone you encounter will speak enough English (or fluent English) so you don't even have to ask before speaking to them.

>>>Berlin prices and travel tips


Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • October avg high: 57°F/14°C
  • October avg low: 46°F/8°C
  • October avg precip: 4.1″/10.3cm

London is more famous for kind of crappy weather all year round, but Amsterdam might even have them beat. October is nice enough that you won't have to bundle up, but you might get a rainstorm or two in any given few days of a visit. Still, this is one of the world's most beautiful city and most of the famous attractions are indoor ones, so the weather usually isn't much of an issue.

You can reach Amsterdam from Paris in a bit over 3 hours by high-speed train, and from London in only a little longer using the Eurostar train and then a change in Brussels. Hotels in the main canal ring area are expensive, but it's worth paying a bit more for the better location here. Book early for the best hotels at reasonable prices.

>>>Amsterdam prices and travel tips


Krakow, Poland

  • October avg high: 56°F/13°C
  • October avg low: 41°F/5°C
  • October avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Krakow is honestly on the borderline in October because it does get a bit chilly here this time of year. The reason it still makes the list this month is that it's arguably Europe's best travel bargain in general. The historic center is gorgeous and fun, and the prices here are shockingly cheap considering how nice and interesting it is.

You'll want to do a half-day bus trip to Auschwitz, and there is a nearby saltmine attraction that is worth a look as well. Aside from those you'll probably spend most of your time in the historic center, which is circled by an extremely pleasant and photogenic park.

>>>Krakow prices and travel tips


Prague, Czech Republic

  • October avg high: 58°F/14°C
  • October avg low: 43°F/6°C
  • October avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

Prague is one of those famously crowded European cities that is so nice that you have to come anyway. October is a good month because crowds are a bit smaller and the weather is still nice enough that a light jacket or sweater will keep you comfortable. You'll also probably get no rain at all.

The architecture here is an amazing mix of many styles, and the castle overlooking the river is a major highlight as well. Hotels are a bit pricey, but food and especially beer is quite cheap here. If you want to spend a bit more time in Czechia, head to Cesky Krumlov, which is 3 hours away on a scenic bus ride or train. It's lovely, quiet, and even cheaper than Prague.

>>>Prague prices and travel tips


Budapest, Hungary

  • October avg high: 61°F/16°C
  • October avg low: 44°F/7°C
  • October avg precip: 1.8″/4.5cm

Budapest has a lot in common with Prague (above), but it's different enough that it's worth visiting both of them if you have at least 2 or 3 days to dedicate to each. The October weather is a bit warmer and most things are cheaper in Budapest than in Prague as well.

October might be too cold to spend time in one of the city's famous mineral spas, but there is still plenty to do all the same. Hotels and restaurants right along the river can seem pricey, but if you go a bit inland you will get much better value and also more authentic food.

>>>Budapest prices and travel tips


Istanbul, Turkey

  • October avg high: 68°F/20°C
  • October avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • October avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

Istanbul is one of the world's most historic and fascinating cities, and thanks to a currency situation, it's also very cheap these days as well. The October weather is almost perfect as the days are warm and the nights are still comfortable.

After a few days in Istanbul you might even want to head somewhere else in Turkey, where things are even cheaper. The Cappadocia area is a short flight or reasonable bus ride from Istanbul, and the sights there are like nowhere else on earth. The coastal towns of Antalya (mentioned above) are still warm enough in October to get in some tanning time.

>>>Istanbul prices and travel tips

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