September is more preferable for a vacation than summer months. The heat reduces together with the prices, and the noisy schoolchildren release the beaches and museums from their burdensome presence. It is the very time to enjoy your rest in silence and for little money. We offer you 10 ideas for a September vacation.
In September the city comes back after the summer tourists’ influx. The weather is not very hot and it is possible to walk quietly, without rushing into shops all the time to buy a bottle of water. In the middle of the month the yearly Autumn Festival starts, which is dedicated to all types of modern art, from the literature and music to circus and painting. Up to September 7 it is absolutely obligatory to drop in Louvre, on the exhibition “ Apogee of European clock technique “, dedicated to Avraam-Lui Brege, the father of all modern clock models. That is he, whom we are obliged to for the appearance of a large number of pocket and wall clocks. The first wrist-watch, made already after the master’s death, borrowed a lot of things from his inventions.
2. Harvest in Burgundy
You can go to Burgundy anytime, as it is always good here. But September is a special period, when you can see the harvest and the process of wine making with your own eyes. On the 5th of September the Dijon folklore and wine festivals will be held where the national work lovers can admire performances of two hundred collectives from around the world, and the lovers of eating and drinking will get an opportunity to taste the wines of the region in unlimited quantity all day long. Those who will not manage to taste in full, can go to the festival of wine-pressing in Shenov, which will be held on September 18 and 19 this year. In 1238 the dukes of Burgundy constructed wine-pressing factories where first-class wine was produced for 600 years. Nowadays these wine-pressing factories are monuments of state level, and one of them is completely restored. It is the very place where the festival will be held, and the visitors of which will be able to see the whole process of making wine, and at the same time to taste its different sorts. Besides that the program includes jazz bands’ performances, folk songs and dances, and cart rides. And, of course, they won’t do without the village sausage, fried pork and traditional Burgundy snails.
If you are lucky with the weather, then you will still be able to bathe in September. Though, in the evening you will, probably, have to put on something warmer than a shirt and shorts. In any case, Barcelona is a city not depending on the weather, since the weather in Spain is the thing you have in your soul, not in the sky. But the quantity of tourists in the streets is significantly smaller, and it is possible to stroll in the Guell park or to climb the Sagrada Family. As to the Port Aventura, which is in an hour’s distance from the city, queues to attractions will be significantly shorter, thanks to the fact that the majority of children went to school already.
If the capital of Catalonia is already visited, then it is time to go to Andalusia – the most southern and the merriest part of the country. The sea is the warmest here, and the summer is the longest. And, certainly, it is worth going far away from the cost to the foot of Sierra Nevada Mountains, firstly, in order to get to Granada, which in Middle Ages was the center on Muslim state. Besides Alhambra, about which the Spaniards say, despite its Mauritanian origin: “who hasn’t seen Alhambra, he hasn’t seen Spain». It is necessary to stroll along the Mauritanian block Albasin, to drop into a bakery with traditional Arabic sweets, and to visit Arabic baths, consisting of a lot of pools, one warmer than the other. And, of course, you shouldn’t lose the opportunity to see a real flamenco and to walk along the gypsy quarter. As to the nature fans, they’d better set for a horse hiking along the foothills of Sierra Neveda, which are offered by local companies in a large number. Choose those places where night staying is offers in the cave hotels, since spending the night in handmade cave, equipped with all the comforts of civilization, can be rather curious.
The clubs of Ibiza are impossible to imagine without crowds of people and the atmosphere in empty places will hardly seem attractive. The peak of parties is in August-September, when famous DJs and residents of the most famous clubs of the world gather at the island. And still, going to the cult island, it is worth waiting for September. Clubbers will be in sufficient number again, but not so many to feel like sprats in a tin in any place. There will not be little joy in the first autumn month, but without traditional August craziness with jumping prices and impossibility to hire a car.
6. Apouly (Italy)
In September it is still summer on the hill of the Italian boot. The sea is warm and the supermarkets are filled with fresh vegetables and fruit of local origin. Tomatoes, or oranges, and especially figs are soft, juicy and unusually tasty. In ancient Rome this district used to be specialized in bread producing; now it is famous for its cheeses. In the first half of September, a festival of cheeses is held, when in every small village the local people boast of their production. Cheeses for tasting are put on the tables in the middle of the street, and it should be drunk down by traditional local wines “Castel Del Monte”.
If music always sounds in the head and there is a wish to enjoy it in full, then your road should lead you to Vienna. In September, the musical season starts in Vienna. Almost every evening concerts of classical music are held in magnificent Vienna philharmonic. Besides that 2009 is declared the Hayden year, and a separate rich program of philharmonic is dedicated to the composer’s works. Autumn is also the season of first nights in Vienna Opera.
8. Czech Republic
Traditionally Czech Republic is famous for its beer, but in September it is habitual to come here to the Znoimen wine festival. And this year it will be held on September 11-12. As usual, here it will be possible not only to enjoy the favorite drink, to see knight tournaments, to buy souvenirs at the fair of ancient trades, and to eat fresh bourchak. This traditional drink, which, in a way, reminds of fizzy mustard, in reality, is sweet and at the same time piquant partly fermented wine. According to the legend the man who will drink seven liters of bourchak at once, will be able to boast of his excellent health for a long time.
In September the heat in Athens reduces, the average temperature sets at about 24 degrees, and it is possible to walk along the ancient ruins, without the fear that the shining sun will melt your brain. This month is the most suitable time to evaluate the latest tourist improvements of the Greek capital. For example, the prohibition for car movement around Acropolis or the new museum, where since last autumn the statues of Golden Age of Athens democracy and other exhibits have been guarded, those which in the former time could hardly be placed in the small museum at the top of Acropolis.
If you want some exotics and magnificent sandy beaches, then the best of all is to go to Seychelles in September. Besides the traditional tropic fairy-tale, this is the time when you can observe the whales, sharks and cramp-fish in one of the national parks.