Where to travel in October?

Whereto travel in October?

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Best countries to visit in October

In October, the majority of people in the northern hemisphere have returned to work. The beaches and tourist destinations have regained their peacefulness, so it is the opportunity to enjoy it in tranquility. Indeed, even if Autumn is coming in the northern hemisphere, many countries keep offering sunny weather conditions. And if like me, you live in a country where Autumn is often synonymous of grey sky and rain, why not changing of hemisphere and enjoy spring time in destinations like Madagascar, Argentina or New Caledonia for example.

So, where to travel in October? First, let me start with overall thoughts by continent, then by destination, and finally based on my own experience.

Where to travel in Europe in October?

In Europe, the whole continent is entering a new season: autumn. Nevertheless, the Mediterranean countries are still attractive destinations in this time of the year because the sunshine is good and the temperatures are very mild during the day. If some prefer to stay in southern Italy, Sardinia, Corsica, Andalusia and Spain, you can also discover more to the east the Greek Islands, Cyprus, Malta or Turkey for example. More of that, in these places, the tourist influx is much lower in October.

Blue lagoon on Comino island in Malta is a place where to travel in October

Blue lagoon on Comino island in Malta

Where to travel in Africa in October?

In Africa, the climate is still favorable for the discovery of the Maghreb countries. Indeed, it’s the end of very hot temperatures, both in Morocco and in the Tunisian desert. Whether it’s for a cruise on the Nile or an excursion inside the country, Egypt will welcome you with very mild temperatures. The season is also suitable to discover South Africa, Tanzania and Comoros Island for example.

Hammamet beach in Tunisia

Hammamet beach in Tunisia

Where to travel in America in October?

In America, it’s the beginning of the Indian summer in Canada and in the United States, so the climate is still favorable for the discovery of many states, such as Georgia, Utah, Texas or California. Brazil, Argentina and other Central American countries have almost summer temperatures in October, so you will enjoy warm, dry weather there.

Caminito street in La Boca district in Buenos Aires is where to travel in october in america

Caminito street in La Boca district, Buenos Aires

Where to travel in Asia in October?

In Southern Asia, the monsoon season is over. Consequently, the bad weather ends to make way for the tourist season. You can start to find a good climate in India, Laos or north of Vietnam for instance. China and South Korea are also becoming a very welcoming destinations in this period of the year. If you are fond of trekking, it is the right time to do some in Nepal. On the other side of the Asian continent, Jordan or Iran for example have also good weather to offer.

The great Chinese wall in China is a place where to travel in October

Great Chinese wall near Beijing in China

Where to travel in Oceania in October?

In Oceania, the northern and eastern parts of Australia are good to visit because it offers great weather conditions to explore towns like Brisbane or Sydney for instance. It is also a perfect time to discover the amazing islands of New Caledonia.

Lifou island in New Caledonia is a place where to travel in October

Lifou island in New Caledonia

In October, pay attention to certain regions of the world, especially those subjected to the passage of cyclones or typhoons that can be violent like in South East Asia, in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Caribbean.

Map of the countries where to travel in October

Best destinations to go in October?

Good places to visit in October

This list of destinations is mainly made according to the weather. These places are indeed selected because they have very favorable climatic conditions in October. For each destination, you will find the average maximum and minimum temperatures, as well as the average number of rainy days in the month. Although it often goes hand in hand with favorable weather, this list of destinations does not precisely take into account all of the local cultural events celebrated there during the month of October, or even the tourist influx.

My favorite destinations in October

Buenos Aires in Argentina

Buenos Aires is the largest city and the capital of Argentina. Among the things to see during your city trip, you cannot miss the Plaza de Mayo. This is the main square of Buenos Aires, one of the oldest in the city, built in the 16th century. It can be considered as the historical and political center of the Argentine capital. You will admire the Rosada house there, which houses the offices of the President of the Argentine Republic.

One of the most touristic districts that you should certainly not miss is La Boca. The neighborhood has many restaurants and shops. La Boca is also very often animated by street artists around Caminito, an alley lined with sheet metal houses of bright colors. For soccer fans, go visit and feel the atmosphere of the legendary stadium of the Boca Juniors team: the Bombonera.

I also advise you to see the Recoleta cemetery which is one of the most famous places in Argentina. Near the cemetery you will also find a church called Our Lady of Pilar, which is definetely one of the most impressive of the capital. Not far also, have also a look to Floralis Genérica, a mobile sculpture in steel and aluminum made by the architect Eduardo Catalano. Finally, Buenos Aires also offers other unique cultural beauties such as the Colon Theater and the Malba Museum, with works by Frida Khalo, Candido Portinari and Diego Ribera for instance.

Floralis generica in Buenos Aires

Floralis generica from Eduardo Catalano

Tango dance in restaurant of Buenos Aires

Tango dance show in restaurant

Colorful havanna Café Caminito in boca district in Buenos Aires is a place where to travel in October

Colorful havanna Café Caminito in La Boca

Udaipur in India

Udaipur, the elegant and romantic white city, is located in the region of Rajasthan in India. This city is famous for its Pichola Lake, a huge body of water that will keep you company throughout your visit of Udaipur. Cruises are also organized there (magnificent at sunset) to discover the city and its wonderful buildings from another angle. You can also visit Jag Mandir, a palace built on an island in Lake Pichola.

It will probably take you only a few days to visit the main attractions, such as the Hindu Jagadish Temple, located not far from the City Palace. This huge palace, the largest in Rajasthan, looks like a labyrinth in which you can easily get lost through its sumptuous rooms, its hidden courtyards and its beautiful furniture. It is also possible to visit the Monsoon palace which, perched on a mountain, dominates the city from above. Beyond these flagship monuments, simple strolls through the streets of Udaipur will bring you a lot of wonder and surprises on every street corner.

Monkey stealing food at Udaipur market

Monkey stealing food at Udaipur market

Jag Mandir Lake Palace in Udaipur

Jag Mandir Lake Palace

City Palace of Udaipur in India is where to go in October

City Palace of Udaipur

Cadiz in Spain

Cadiz is one of the must-see destinations in Andalusia. Located in the southwest of Spain, Cadiz is considered the oldest city in Western Europe. The traces of its past (Phoenicians, Romans, Moors…) are found everywhere in the architecture of its historical center. The Plaza de San Juan de Dios is located just opposite the port of Cadiz and is the starting point for entering the narrow streets of the old town. From the top of Torre Tavira, a watchtower that has remained intact, you will enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the entire city and its hundred watchtowers.

You can also stroll through the central market of Cadiz which offers a large choice of colors and flavors, on its stalls offering an infinite number of different products. Overlooking the sea, the castle of San Sebastián is located on an islet near La Caleta beach. It is the most famous beach in the city, where you should definetely rest for a moment. Located next to La Caleta, on the other side is the Castle of Santa Catalina. It now houses exhibitions and concerts. Finally, do not miss a visit to the Cadiz Museum which houses many works of art and archaeological finds, as well as the magnificent cathedral of Cadiz dating from the 18th century and which is located near the waterfront.

Cadiz seaside in Spain

Cadiz seaside

La caleta beach in Cadiz in Spain

La Caleta beach

Magnificient Cadiz cathedral in Spain

Cadiz cathedral

Shanghai in China

Shanghai, the most populous city in China, with around 25 million inhabitants, is fascinating. The financial district of Pudong, for example, which overlooks the Huangpu River, and which is made up of a series of tallest skyscrapers. Among the symbols of the city, you should visit the famous Oriental Pearl tour, which houses a revolving restaurant, a museum and a hotel. The Jin Mao Tower is a huge pagoda with a non-stop elevator taking less than a minute to reach the highest point at the 53rd floor and thus enjoy a breathtaking view.

To observe on one side these recent huge skyscrapers, and on the other side colonial buildings, the best place is to walk the often crowded promenade of the Bund. Nearby, do not hesitate to stroll down Nanjing Street which is one of the main shopping streets in the historic center of Shanghai. This busy and touristy street has the reputation of being the most commercial street in all of China.

If you want to see more traditional style Chinese streets, don’t miss the Yu Garden District, Old Street and the Temple of God for instance. Completely restored, the historic buildings overlooking the narrow streets of Old Street are a real spectacle.

Yu Garden district in Shanghai in China

Yu Garden traditional district

The bund view by night in Shanghai in China is where to go in October

The bund by night

Crowded Nanjing Street in Shanghai in China

Always busy Nanjing Street

Pretoria in South Africa

Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. If you are going to Johannesburg, be sure to visit Pretoria as it is very close. Among the places to visit are Voortrekker monument, which pays homage to 19th century Afrikaner settlers from the Cape Colony. You can climb to the top and enjoy the view of Pretoria. Discover also the Union buildings, which are the seat of the South African government and where the president has his offices. These buildings are one of the most important political centers in South Africa. They are the icon of the city and one of the most visited places.You will see there the superb statue of Nelson Mandela with open arms symbolizing reconciliation in the country. This is the place where Mandela was elected president of South Africa in 1994.

Pretoria is also called the City of Jacaranda trees as there are thousands of them in its streets. They are indeed everywhere in the city. Between October and November, spring in South Africa, the city becomes purple and allows you to take superb walks and magnificent photos.

Union buildings in Pretoria in South Africa

Union buildings

Jacaranda trees in the streets of Pretoria in South Africa

Beautiful purple jacaranda trees

Nelson Mandela statue in Pretoria in South Africa

Superb statue of  Nelson Mandela

Noumea in New Caledonia

Noumea is the capital of New Caledonia. The city is located on a peninsula in the southwestern part of Grande Terre, the main island and the largest one in the archipelago. The majority of residents are European, indigenous and metropolitan citizens. There is also a high percentage of Kanaks, Polynesians and Asians such as Indonesians, Vietnamese or Chinese. It is therefore a cosmopolitan city but European culture prevails, the one of France in particular. Among the interesting places not to be missed, we can highlight St. Joseph Cathedral of Noumea and the very aesthetic cultural center Tjibaou. Built by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano, this place promotes Kanak heritage. Indeed, you will admire the architectural beauty as well as the artistic creations from Kanak culture. Noumea Zoological Park and the Maritime Museum of New Caledonia are also interesting attractions to visit when you go on holiday in Noumea

If you like to bask in the sun or to dive in the sea, you can take advantage of the few beaches of the city like the one of the lemons bay for example. Taking a small boat, you can also relax on the duck island which is very close from Noumea.

Running on Noumea seaside in New Caledonia is where to go in October

Running on beautiful Noumea seaside

Cultural center Tjibaou in Noumea New Caledonia

Cultural center Tjibaou

Duck island in Noumea New Caledonia

Ducks island

Sardinia in Italy

Sardinia is a large Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea with magnificent beaches, charming towns and villages, historical monuments and other stunning natural landscapes to discover. With 2,000 km of coastline, Sardinia is the dream of those who like to discover a new beach every day. It is also a paradise for adventure seekers thanks to its mountains, caves and rocky peaks.

Lovers of picturesque villages, good food and archaeological remains will not be disappointed either. You will indeed be able to discover among others the famous nuraghes. They are megalithic buildings in the shape of a round conical tower, built in Sardinia between 1900 and 730 BC. J.-C!

For my part, I mainly visited the south of Sardinia and I recommend in particular the city of Cagliari, the discovery of the Sant’Antioco island with a swim in the magnificent waters of Calasetta, as well as the archaeological site of Su Nuraxi . I will definitely come back to this island to explore it in more detail.

Nuraghe archaeological site in Sardainia in Italy

Nuraghe archaeological site

Cristal clear water at Calasetta beach in Sardainia is a place where to travel in October

Calasetta beach

Cathedral of Saint Mary of Cagliari in Sardaigna

Cathedral of Saint Mary in Cagliari

Marrakech in Morocco

Marrakech, in central Morocco, is a dynamic, eclectic and multifaceted city. There are many interesting cultural and historical places in this city such as the 19th century Bahia Palace or the Koutoubia Mosque built in the 12th century. Another magical place where it is good to stroll in peace is the Majorelle garden. It is an oasis in the new city of Marrakech with its iconic Art Deco villa and its Berber history museum.

Do not miss the famous Jemaa el-Fna square in the southwest of the medina. This square is always very lively, day and night. The cultural space of Jemaa el-Fna square has been listed as an intangible cultural heritage since 2008. You can continue the visit with, for example, the Madersa Ben Youssef, a jewel of Moorish architecture, which is a former Koranic school, the most large and the most beautiful in Morocco. Going to a hammam is also an experience to live in Morocco, as well as a visit to the souks, which are part of the soul of Marrakech. Finally, your Moroccan experience would not be complete without enjoying its delicious gastronomy in one of the many restaurants in the city.

Quad in Marrakech desert, Marocco

Quad in desert near Marrakech

Majorelle garden in Marrakech, Marocco is a place where to travel in October

Majorelle garden

Jemaa el-Fna square in Marrakech Marocco

Jemaa el-Fna square

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