A symphony of autumn is mostly played in small towns often off the beaten path, but these are cities not to be underestimated. In fact, this is why from Morocco to Maine awaits a brilliant meeting with some of the brightest pearls of this season.
SWANSEA ( WALES )
It overlooks Dublin Bay and ends in the south -west of the sea in the elegant suburb of Mumbles, at the beginning of the Gower Peninsula. Swansea is undergoing a regeneration program similar to that achieved in Cardiff, but today this town makes up for its shortcomings with a visceral charm to say the least, made even more impressive by the autumnal festival dedicated to Dylan Thomas ( October the 27th to November the 9th ), the great poet who was born there.
Do not miss: the Swansea Museum, Dylan Thomas defined by “the museum that should be kept in a museum”. Its pride is the mummy of Hor , kept here since 1887. Also, do not forget to opt for Gower peninsula holiday cottages, where you will live the real Welsh life & traditions.
How to get there: an hour from Cardiff on board Arriva Trains Wales.
MOULAY BOUSSELHAM (MOROCCO)
At about 150 km to the south from Tangier, the place encounters the splendor of this idyllic fishing village. A place that deserves to open up our top ten for its wide almost deserted beach for most of the year , but especially for its friendly people and the restaurants specializing in fish dishes.
Do not miss: the Moroccan town gives the best of itself away from the summer months, when you have to yourself waves for surfing and sites such as the shrine of Moulay Bousselham and the Egyptian saint of the tenth century which gives its name to the town – I think it is something unique.
How to get there: bus, taxi and train are the best public transport to get to there.
Passing to the steel mills of Karabük you might ask yourself what Safranbolu is doing in the top 6 cities. Going down the slope, however, you will come across the city’s best-preserved Ottoman Turkey and you will not hesitate to think the same.
Do not miss: go around the area of Çarşı, which is a feast for the eyes. Safranbolu , the city ‘s best-preserved Ottoman Turkey, where all the houses in the neighborhood are authentic and year after year new buildings are saved from deterioration.
Directions: get there from Ankara, Istanbul and other places by direct buses scheduled in Safranbolu.
Jaen, Andalusia (Spain)
It is the most attractive part of Andalusia and the more rural and underappreciated. Few travelers know Jaén and its provinces, but many connoisseurs appreciate the value of its treasures, beginning with the greeting “gold liquid ” , and the oil that is extracted from the surrounding vineyards.
Do not miss: the wonderful Cathedral built between the sixteenth and seventeenth century, a renaissance of projects and then a free visit to the wonderful Palacio de Villardompardo .
How to get there: by bus or train from Granada, Córdoba, and Seville Úbeda .
Crowned by a beautiful castle on the hill, with the emerald waters of the Ljubljana flowing at its feet, Ljubljana is a wonderful discovery for an autumn weekend. Its small size allows it to be a mix of culture, activities and fun, arousing a hint of envy in larger cities. Everything is at your fingertips, accessible on foot or by bicycle.
Do not miss: one of the outdoor tables of Kavarna Tromostovje ( Prešeren 1 ) , an evening in the pub in the Old Town and the event of City of Women, dedicated to all forms of female artistic expressions (5-15 October) .
How to get there: flights at Brnik airport, which is 27 km from the centre.