Where to travel in September?
Where to travel in September?
My favorite destinations in September
Telč in Czech Republic
Telč is a town in the Vysočina region of the Czech Republic. The city is famous for its city center registered since 1992 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is indeed a fairytale city, with the atmosphere of an old postcard. Go back in time with a coffee on the elegant trapezoid-shaped Telc Square or visit the sumptuous Renaissance palace built on the remains of an ancient Gothic fortress by the bohemian nobleman Zaccaria de Hradec. You can also visit the municipal gallery located in the old fire station on the main square, which hosts temporary exhibitions.
At the southern end of Telč, near the pond in the old town, you can admire the remains of a giant steam mill. Telč offers beautiful walks thanks to its dense network of urban routes and marked trails that cross the city and its surroundings. Finally, if you are looking for a beautiful view of the city, climb to the top of the Saint James church (Kostel sv. Jakuba).
Istanbul in Turkey
Istanbul is the city that unites two worlds, the East and the West. The millennial history of melting cultures make it an extraordinary place to visit, with countless things to admire. A visit to the city’s magnificent religious buildings is a must. The Blue Mosque, for example, is one of the most spectacular in Istanbul. It has six minarets (only the mosque in Mecca has one more). The Hagia Sophia is also not to be missed: it was an Orthodox church, a mosque and now a museum. Not far from there, discover the Topkapi Palace and its archaeological museum which consists of three parts (the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of the Ancient Orient and the Museum of Islamic Art).
The Bosphorus, a symbolic place of Istanbul, is the strait which connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and which marks the southern limit between the Asian and European continents. Be sure to take one of the many cruise ships for a different view of the city. Finally, (if you only visit the most emblematic sites of Istanbul, do not miss visiting the spectacular Basilica Cistern “Yerebatan Sarnıcı”, as well as the Istanbul Grand Bazaar with its more than 4000 shops, kiosks and very beautiful stalls. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. From a general point of view, Turkey is a good country where to travel in September.
Algarve region in Portugal
Algarve is the most southern region of Portugal, covering about 170 km of coastline. The charm of Algarve lies among other things in its magnificent beaches with chiseled rocks, its lively towns and fishing villages, its generous gastronomy and the friendliness of its inhabitants. Don’t miss discovering the capital of Algarve: Faro, with its old town and its cobbled streets, or its cathedral. Further east, head to the picturesque and relaxing town of Tavira with its medieval castle which offers breathtaking views and its majestic Church of Santa María do Castelo. On the other side, west of Faro, do not miss the seaside towns of Albufeira, Portimão or Lagos for example.
For a more cultural visit, Silves is a pleasant historic city, which was once the capital of Algarve. In addition to its open-air cafés, cobblestone streets and peaceful pace of life that exude Portuguese authenticity, you will discover remarkable historical places such as the imposing Al Hamra castle, with its impregnable walls made of red bricks and built by the Moors between the 8th and the 12th century, and also its incredible Gothic cathedral.
When it comes to beaches, there are many magnificent places. Among the most beautiful in Algarve, is the Ilha da Barreta, accessible only by boat, or the Ilha do Farol. Finally, one of the symbols of Algarve is the Benagil cave, considered among the most spectacular sea caves in the world for its sumptuous rock formation and for its “secret beach” which is located inside. Portugal in general is a country where to travel in September, from Porto in the North or Lisbon more in the south.
Kruger Park in South Africa
The Kruger National Park is undoubtedly one of the most famous nature reserves in Africa. In this area, which covers approximately 20,000 km2 in the north of South Africa, on the border with Mozambique, some of the largest mammals on the planet live, such as the famous “Big 5” which designates the largest mammals on the planet including elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, lions and leopards.
If you wish to go on a safari in South Africa, this park is clearly a safe bet. Whether you decide to take a guided tour or visit the park on your own, there will be plenty of opportunities for close encounters with the animals in Kruger Park! To give you an idea, Kruger National Park is inhabited by around 147 species of mammals, 114 of reptiles, 33 of amphibians, 55 of fish and 517 bird species.You will be satisfied, for sure. If you are looking for more information, check this website from the South African national parks.
Marseilles in France
Marseilles, is the 2nd largest city in France and has many tourist attractions to visit. Notre-Dame de La Garde basilica for example, which overlooks Marseille and from where you can admire a magnificent panorama. Another must for each visit to Marseilles, the Old Port, which is the synthesis of the spirit of the city. The fish markets, the boats returning to the port, the restaurants create a typical landscape. Since 1600, the entrance to the port has been controlled by the massive presence of two forts: the one of St-Jean and the one of Saint-Nicolas.
In addition to the many churches and museums such as the very interesting MUCEM, which make up the essential cultural heritage of the city, do not miss a visit to the famous If castle and the Frioul islands. This small archipelago located 20 minutes by ferry from Marseille is made up of 4 islands: Pomègues, Ratonneau, If and Tiboulen.
Finally, do not hesitate to wander the typically Marseilles streets of neighborhoods like the Panier, take a boat trip in the magnificent coves of Marseille, take a walk along the Corniche or not very far from there, at Borély park.
New York in the USA
Whether you are in the Big Apple for a few hours or for several days, you will always have a lot to discover in this city. Start the tour of New York from Lower Manhattan for instance, with the famous Statue of Liberty, the photogenic bull on Wall Street, or the breathtaking view from the Empire State Building which are well known symbols of New York. For another panoramic view not to be missed, climb to the top of a very large Rockefeller Center complex, called the Top of the Rock. Continuing further north, go through Time square and discover its electric atmosphere. For a little more peace of mind, jogging or a bike ride, you absolutely have to go to the famous Central Park.
Other districts of New York are really worth visiting, like Brooklyn among others, with its legendary bridge, of course, but also with many other interesting places to visit. Finally, if you are a street art lover like me, I recommend in particular the Bushwick district in Brooklyn.
Huahine Island in French Polynesia
Are you looking for paradise for a vacation you will remember for the rest of your life? For an unforgettable discovery, for a honeymoon or if you are looking for a dream island: Huahine in French Polynesia is the perfect destination. Huahine is an island which is part of the Leeward Islands in the Society archipelago. It is made up of two islands: Huahine Nui to the north and Huahine Iti to the south, but connected by a small sea strait which at low tide leaves only a line of sand separating the islands.
If you are a pearl lover, Huahine’s pearl farm is for you. Accessible by boat, you can see and learn more about the birth of pearls and their transformation. At the archaeological site of Maeva you can also admire 200 stone structures such as ancient Polynesian houses, religious monuments and even the remains of a sacred temple. Do not miss a visit to the main town Fare, among other things to stroll through the market where local products of fruits and vegetables are sold. Finally, on the nature side, also go to the small village of Faie where you can discover the giant sacred eels which undulate in the river which crosses the village.
Sorry that all these pictures include myself, but I went on this island for a weekend with a colleague during a business trip in Tahiti more than 10 years ago, and I didn’t have my camera, neither photographic skills at that time 😅 .
Krakow in Poland
Krakow is an ideal city to spend a long weekend in southern Poland. It is now very well served by low cost airlines from major European cities. Krakow is known for its well-preserved medieval center and its Jewish quarter. The old town, surrounded by Planty Park and the remains of the city’s medieval walls, concentrates many tourist points of interest such as its famous market square Rynek Glówn, which is surrounded by large town houses adjoining three or four floors called kamienice, palaces and churches.
Other buildings of great historical and religious interest include the Cathedral of Saint Stanislaus, the magnificent Basilica of Saint Mary and the imposing Wawel Castle overlooking the hill of the same name. Also don’t miss the Czartoryski Museum, which presents the oldest art collection in Poland, including one of his masterpieces: the famous Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Beyond this very attractive and lively city, I advise you to absolutely visit the Wieliczka salt mines, which are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and where you can admire its galleries, chapels and other historic sculptures at several hundreds of meters underground.
Finally, for its historical interest, and if you can bear it, a visit to the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp is also an important place to see in the region.
Johor Bahru in Malaysia
Johor Bahru is the capital of the state of Johor in the south-east of Malaysia. The city is the main transit point between Malaysia and Singapore. It is the second largest city in the country (with more than a million and a half inhabitants). Although the city is not a popular tourist resort in itself, it does have some attractions and entertainment like Legoland. On a cultural level, you can discover the mosque of Sultan Abu Bakar and the old Chinese temple. Not far from there is the Grand Palace or “Istana Besar”, which is the royal palace of the Sultan of Johor and where you can visit the museum.
In addition, in Johor State, you will find many holiday activities such as trekking in the Endau-Rompina National Park, diving in the Sibu Islands, excursions to the Gunung Ledang Park, or simply enjoying beautiful beaches and islands off the coast.