Autumn has arrived once again and, whilst many would mourn the end of the summer sun, we think that there is a lot more magic to be found at this time of year. The changing of the seasons is never more dramatic than with the change in autumn leaves and the entire transformation of the landscape before your very eyes. For the perfect autumn getaway, many will already know of New England’s proud reputation for offering a spectacular “fall”, but we think there is a wealth of beautiful seasonal discoveries to be found outside North America. If you are looking for the most beautiful autumn experiences, why not consider one of the following locations instead?
The New Forest, UK
Closer to home, a visit to the south coast’s national park will convince anyone that you do not need to visit New England to enjoy the majesty of the colours of Autumn. This ancient and historical deciduous woodland, the New Forest landscape is like a scene from The Hobbit with meandering rivers and open heath. Naturally spectacular in the autumn, the tree canopy bursts into a spectrum of colour and carpets the landscape around it.
Whether it is the light or the foliage, England is at its most beautiful in the autumn. The New Forest is a beautiful, semi-tamed wilderness, where the country’s most diverse species find a habitat. From otters and polecats to deer and New Forest ponies, the woodland lets you catch a glimpse of wild Britain roaming free in a colourful setting.
The capital of West Flanders, Bruges is a picture postcard city of history and culture, whose atmosphere and character bursts into life during autumn. A city of medieval architecture, cobbled streets and tranquil canals awaits you.
Bruges today offers one of the most memorable tourist destinations in northern Europe. Its market square is a designated UNESCO world heritage site, and its abundance of fine eateries and cultural attractions are all located around this familiar centre point. But it is a boat trip along the waterways that will truly reveal the hidden secrets of this magical city. If you are travelling from the UK, then ferries to Belgium will get you there, with a short onward journey on arrival.
Further afield; for an exotic seasonal retreat, why not take in the wonders of the Orient in Japan? The neon playground that is Tokyo may be one of the most exciting, colourful and vibrant cities on the planet, but it also plays host to some rather spectacular scenery come the autumn. Japanese culture pays particular homage to the changes in the seasons and the power of nature, and as autumn approaches, the locals prepare for a celebration known as Takaosan Momiji Matsuri, or “Maple Leaf Festival”.
Taking place throughout November around Mount Takao on the outskirts of Tokyo, the Maple Leaf celebrates the new season with street performances, entertainment and of course the drinking of sake! The mountain top and cable car rides offer some of the most spectacular views of the bright red autumn leaves of the maple tree.
This article was written by Presley Wayne on behalf of P&O Ferries. The information and views in the article do not necessarily reflect the views of P&O Ferries.