Ah, it’s fall again. While the changing color of leaves and the crisp air are welcome, don’t you secretly wish you could squeeze out a few more ounces of summer sunshine? Well, you can if you visit these 7 great destinations around the world.
Tango in the streets, great barbecued meat, and a passion for soccer — Argentina basks in the Southern hemisphere springtime with plenty of sunshine on hand for visitors. The capital of Buenos Aires sees temperatures between the high 60s and lower 80s, while the Paseo del Rosedal (Rose Garden Walk) explodes with the colorful varieties of roses in bloom. Try visiting the charming city of Cordoba, famous for its 17th-century Spanish colonial architecture, or the city of Mendoza, the main location for Argentina’s wine industry and home to some of its finest Malbecs.
November is one of the best times to visit the Rainbow Nation, when temperatures hover in the 70s. Fly in to sunny Cape Town, the beautiful port city that lies at the foot of Table Mountain, where you can bar hop on Long Street and pay a visit to Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned). Make a stopover at Johannesburg, where there’s always a buzz around its energetic arts and music scene and a party is never far away, or visit Pretoria, the historic city that’s full of museums and monuments.
The samba never dies down, even in the months of October-December, and the party goes on in temperatures hovering in the 80s. Rio de Janeiro is an unforgettable stop you have to make, famous for its balmy beaches, vibrant nightlife, iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, and laid back people. You can also visit the city of Salvador in the state of Bahia, well known as an Afro-Brazilian cultural hub, full of narrow cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, and musicians and Capoeira martial artists. Sao Paulo City is another bustling city to see, and interestingly home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan.
Whether it’s visiting the Parthenon and Acropolis in ancient Athens or dancing the night away on the island of Mykonos, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Greece during the fall months, when the temperatures are mild and welcoming. The sun-kissed island of Santorini is often claimed to be one of the most scenic places on earth, complete with the bright white walls of its homes and its rugged volcanic landscape.
You’ll love the low 70s weather that creeps into Morocco during the fall months. Enjoy the magic of Marakkesh, where you can explore its labyrinth of alleys filled with souks selling all kinds of wares and dig into some hot maakouda (potato fritters served with a spicy sauce) while walking through the famous Jmaa el-Fnaa square. Also, don’t forget to visit the commercial hub of Casablanca, which boasts a fine mix of romantic French colonial architecture and old Moorish designs.
Bondi beach, surfing, and sunshine during the Northern hemisphere fall months make Down Under the place where every day is a “g’day mate” sort of day. You’ll love the relaxed atmosphere and cultural and culinary mix that spices up cities like Melbourne, and you’ll also be able to admire the iconic Opera House and harbor in the city of Sydney. If you’ve got time, it’s worth visiting Cairns, a city in the tropical Far North Queensland, which boasts lush rainforests and serves as a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
Rome is beaming with la dolce vita during the months of October and November. Take in epic sights like the Colosseum and see the leaves turn red as you walk through Borghese Park. The fall harvest season also ushers in seasonal dishes featuring fresh pumpkins, chestnuts, and truffles, and in some regions, wild boar. Other places you’d love include Venice, where you can enjoy a romantic gondola ride even in the low 70s weather, and Florence, where you can enjoy “the cradle of the Renaissance” with beautiful art in abundance everywhere.
Looking for some sunshine during the fall months? It’s the perfect time to plan your next vacation!