Where to go in October in France?
After all, the leaves fall off, but they are decked out in a thousand flamboyant colors; the rain falls, but it rolls off the rooftops in a crystalline symphony; the cold sets in, but it allows you to breathe fresh, invigorating air.
And what if, in the end, October wasn't so boring or sad at all? J
ust because the summer vacations are over doesn't mean you can't travel anymore, on the contrary: there are many places to visit, even in France.
Enough to definitively make peace with the month of October.
Are you comfortable?
Then let's go: let's check out together where to go in October in France.
1. Where to go in October... And if you considered Le Jura?
I'm sure you didn't see it coming... However, Le Jura offers a lot of opportunities to take advantage of for a nice getaway in October.
You will have understood it: going to Le Jura in October is a unique encounter with a colorful landscape. Valleys, plains and woods, this contrasted territory offers many hiking trails.
And no, just because the days are getting shorter and colder doesn't mean that you shouldn't go on excursions in the middle of nature; I would even say that on the contrary, the autumn temperatures offer more pleasant walks.... And that the end of the day offers you some of the most dazzling sunsets.
So take your sunglasses; you'll be amazed.
Then imagine yourself in the heart of Le Jura massif, at an altitude of 1540 meter. Can you visualize the immense colorful forests around you?
In 2 hours of walking, you can take advantage of the paths of the Valserine valley and the Forens stream to melt into nature. Located in the heart of the Jura Regional Natural Park, the Crêt de Chalam will allow you to admire the spectacular colors of the autumn month as well as a breathtaking view of the Mont Blanc.
Having had the chance to go there, I can only recommend this itinerary if you are looking for an accessible hike with beautiful panoramas at the key of your efforts.
To be enjoyed with family, friends, or alone; the pleasures are not reserved only for the group. Why not try a solo getaway?
Beautiful photos are in perspective in this little-known region. In fact, the entire Jura massif abounds with trails to discover: it's up to you to choose what your next adventure will be in this beautiful region that I invite you to explore.
I have to admit that I'm not totally objective: I spent 5 years between La Savoie and Haute-Savoie.
But, let's face it: between lakes and mountains, towns and heritage, this territory is full of places to visit in October.
Popular with tourists in summer, the city is much more accessible in autumn, and its proximity to the mountains will allow you to go hiking to enjoy its exceptional setting.
Did you know, for example, that it rests on thousands of stilts, like Venice?
Indeed, the city of Chambéry was founded on an ancient swamp. Decidedly, these Savoyards have (practically) nothing to envy their Italian neighbor.
Famous for its water coming from mountain springs, it is even the second largest glacial lake in France...
And if you are still not convinced by the beauty of the place, just contemplate the Alps that stretch around the lake.
In autumn, the mountains take on an orange mantle that contrasts sharply with the blue of the water: it is even more stunning at sunset (or at sunrise for the most daring...)
If you have already enjoyed Annecy Lake, there are others to discover: Lake of Bourget, Aiguebelette Lake... There is no shortage of choices in the region.
3. New Aquitaine: the French version of the West Coast
If, like me, you love the vineyards as much for their autumn colors as for the wine (you need to hydrate when you walk!), then you won't be able to resist a wine getaway on the outskirts of Bordeaux to travel in October.
This is a piece of advice from Amélie: after visiting Bulgaria during her unlikely girls trip, she decided to go around this region on her own!
If you think that your region should also be one of the must-sees of autumn, why not welcome a few female solo travellers into your home?
Located in the heart of a former submarine base built by the German troops in 1940, it has now been rehabilitated to host the largest digital art center ... in the world!
This historic site has thus become an important art center, where various temporary exhibitions are proposed according to the themes of the moment.
To find out more about the current exhibitions, click here.
Who said that autumn lacks lights?
4. Go to Alsace or rather "im Elsàss"!
I was born in the Haut-Rhin (Southern part of Alsace) but believe me, it is not only out of patriotism that I recommend you to go to Alsace in October.
The pink Vosges sandstone, this typical stone of the region, shines brightly under the auburn sun of October.
The houses are also particularly colorful, and it is all the more enjoyable to admire these shards in a shimmering setting.
The little extra is to enjoy a good pretzel during your walks.
A warm region that contrasts with the cold of its autumns.
Not yet convinced? But there is no lack of activities.
Built in the 12th century, this fortified castle stands on top of a hill and offers an incredible view of the different valleys of the Vosges foothills.
The interior is just as edifying: perfectly renovated, it allows a real immersion in the Middle Ages. Drawbridges, dungeons, weapons rooms, each room is more surprising than the previous one and allows you to follow nearly nine centuries of history as if you were there.
A history book that will take you back in time to make you discover jewels of the old days.
I'm not going to lie to you: yes, bad weather is common in October and yes, it is colder in autumn. Now that I have told you these two truths, let me explain why I decided to tell you about Brittany as a destination to go to in October.
The Brittany coast under the swell is a magnificent sight not to be missed, especially in case of a storm. Imagine a sea raging against cliffs, the wind blowing in your hair, in a landscape emptied of its tourists... Just nature and you.
Isn't there anything more stimulating than this wild environment that only you can enjoy?
The deserted beaches are calling out to you; and why not let yourself be tempted by a sand yacht activity to hurtle down the miles of sand pushed by the wind?
Go to a local crêperie to enjoy a good invigorating meal and a glass of chouchen (Breton mead). Atmosphere and good mood guaranteed!
You will learn more about our oceans and the most unknown marine species.
The first one will certainly have evoked the famous submarine and indeed, you will have the opportunity to board this attraction to discover the ecosystems of nearly 5000 fish in immersion.
The Abyssal Descender for its part is a simulator which will certainly make you want to dive into the meanders of the stories of Jules Vernes...
However, it is the most colorful season; and it would be a shame not to take advantage of it.
After all, why would the holidays stop in summer?
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