Beyond the Campus: A Guide to the Coolest Cities to Visit in the Fall

Leonor Amaral

It’s not a lie that many university students often seek a well-deserved break from their academic pursuits and are often presented with the challenge of not knowing where to go. From quaint cobblestone streets to Instagram-worthy landscapes, Europe is the home to many cities that simply come to life during the fall season. But fear no longer because, in this article, I will be guiding you through some of the best places in Europe to visit during the fall season as a fellow university student. 

  1. Granada, Spain

In the heart of Andalusia, the city of Granada has a unique charm that is sure to sweep anyone and everyone off their feet from the second they step foot in it. Although it may be a bit chillier in the fall than in the summer, Granada will still be warm enough for you to occasionally soak up some rays or even if you just feel like having a pleasant sunset stroll. If this sounds like you, make sure to visit the beautiful beaches of Almuñécar and La Herradura, where the golden sands meet the dazzling Mediterranean Sea. The river walks around the province are also a go-to destination, or if you just fancy a change of scenery, head to the stunning Sierra Nevada ski station, a winter wonderland that promises exhilarating adventures and breathtaking mountain views. Indulge in the vibrant nightlife of Granada with iconic clubs like Mae West, Granada 10, Babilonia, and more. Granada has countless experiences waiting just for you, where every moment is a celebration of warmth, culture, and unforgettable adventures.

  1. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is a charming yet simple gem waiting to be explored. Soak in the thermal baths, visit the TikTok famous Cookie Beacon Brunch, and explore the vibrant ruin bars. If you choose to go here, visit St. Stephens Basilica, the Parliament building, the Fishermans Bastion and the Buda Castle. Have a cheeky drink at IceBar or even just have a walk in Budapest’s stunning parks, or why not even go on a night-time river cruise? Oh, and most importantly… don’t forget… nights out in Budapest are supposedly some of the best you’ll ever have. Don’t miss the chance to create lasting memories and experience the magic that Budapest has to offer – a city that effortlessly weaves together tradition and modernity, leaving an everlasting mark on every visitor’s memory.

  1. Lisbon, Portugal 

Now, I won’t lie, without trying to be biased (don’t be fooled, dear readers, I’m Portuguese, so this one is 100% biased), I wholeheartedly think this will be your best option. It’s budget-friendly and just an overall absolutely drop-dead gorgeous city. Whether you wish to go to our eccentric capital for the views or wish to dabble in some art and history, Lisbon really has it all. From cheap beer to sunny weather to mouth-watering food to impressive architecture, Portugal will satisfy everyone’s needs. With flight prices at an incredibly affordable price, Lisbon is known for being a budget-friendly destination, making it ideal for students. Accommodations, food, and transportation are relatively affordable compared to many other European cities, allowing students to make the most of their travel budget. The coastal region also boasts pleasant seaside towns, providing a refreshing contrast to the urban landscape.  During the day, make sure you visit the classics such as the Padrão de Descobrimentos, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Belém and Chiado. At night, Bairro Alto comes alive after dark with its eclectic mix of bars, clubs, and Fado houses. And lastly, you can’t leave without having a pastel de nata…They say save the best for last for a reason…

Each one of these destinations will unfold their own unique story, and is sure to provide you with its own noteworthy experience, that is sure to be one for the books. So, fellow students, I plead with you to pack your bags, grab your passport and go embrace the unknown. The world awaits you. 

Leonor Amaral

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