Best City Breaks for Autumn 2019

The end of the sunny season may signal a finish to your pool-side holidays, but doesn’t mean the vacation is over! Autumn is the perfect time to grab a getaway in Europe; the scorching sun is gone, the crowds have diminished and the inflated summer prices are no more.

With our city break recommendations, you can soak up the more relaxed pace of these European destinations, while taking in the beautiful autumnal atmosphere as the leaves begin to fall. 



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Recently the winner of the Best City/Short Break Destination of the Year with the Irish Travel Media Awards, Lisbon is certainly having its time in the sun! Portugal is traditionally famous for its golden Algarve beaches and thumping nightlife on the strips of Albuferia, but 2019 has seen a surge in visitors to Lisbon and it’s easy to see why.

A city that effortlessly combines coastal views with urban city life, Lisbon’s cobbled streets are easily navigable and filled with boutique hotels that won’t break the bank. 

Meander the glossy tiled avenues with a coffee and pastéis de nata (custard tarts) in hand, or maybe charter a yacht around the harbour and take in those breezy sea views.



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Thanks to a superb 2019 tourism initiative Year of Discovery by Visit Wales, tourists have been flocking to the capital city of Cardiff to discover the unique Welsh culture.

Traditionally seen by us Irish as a boozy weekend for rugby fans, Cardiff is quickly transforming into an up-and-coming foodie destination steeped in Medieval history.

While the city centre is small, a great way to get your bearings and go off-the-beaten track is with a food tour around the city. 

Cardiff is gaining a reputation as a chic, cosmopolitan British city, but the historical charm of the old city still survives. The castle stands proud in the town centre, open to daily tours, while the city park provides a natural oasis to those who want to escape the hustle and bustle. 



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Amsterdam is the quintessential autumn destination with its quaint canals, leafy parks and picturesque townhouses. 

The Dutch capital has a quirky charm like no other and whether you’re a newbie to the ‘Dam or a veteran visitor, there are a few bucket list items everyone must tick off during a trip to the famed city!

There’s something for everyone in Amsterdam. Art lovers will enjoy a plethora of museums, while history buffs will want to buy tickets in advance to visit the Anne Frank Huis. Wander through the infamous Red Light District, or take the weight off your feet and book a relaxing cruise through the centuries-old canals.



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For those looking for an autumn break closer to home, Belfast is just a two hour drive from Dublin and is jumping with activity 365 days a year.

The epicentre of Northern Ireland and Game of Thrones fandom, Belfast’s rugged coastline and historic castles will charm any traveller looking for a new favourite destination.

For all you Winterfell lovers out there, take a Game of Thrones tour from Belfast and discover the real Seven Kingdoms through the filming locations of the hit HBO show.

Belfast’s Autumn Fair also returns for another year in September, where a weekend of food, flowers and free family fun is on the agenda in the stunning Botanic Gardens.



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Spain is no stranger to offering some great city break deals, but none is more popular than beautiful Barcelona.

This cosmopolitan capital of the Catalonia region is a hub of culture, food and architecture, drawing millions of tourists each year. Unlike Lisbon’s laid-back vibes, the beat of Barcelona is fast-paced, with visitors flocking in for sun, sea and soccer!

This urban jungle is also home to stunning sandy beaches, giving holiday-makers the best of both worlds. In autumn, numbers drop considerably, leaving a pleasant buzz around the city with room to breathe!

Take advantage of the lesser crowds and visit the Barcelona FC stadium Camp Nou, or take in a bit of culture with a trip to one of the many museums in the city like Museu Picasso or Museu de la Ciutat.


This is just an example of some of the amazing adventures to be had this autumn! Take a look at our great deals for some inspiration for your next city break.

Keelin Riley
Keelin Riley

Keelin is an Irish travel writer with a degree in journalism and a background in the Irish media. Keelin’s travel writing has been published in various media publications, and when she’s not off gallivanting around the globe, she enjoys keeping Sun Scribes up-to-date for all those fellow budget travellers out there!

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