Fill your life with colour by visiting these vibrant destinations
As summer draws to a close and we head into autumn, it can often feel like all the colour has drained from the world, with sun-drenched afternoons and vivid flowers making way for cloudy, rainy days that never seem to end. If you’re feeling the autumn blues already, then you’re not alone, and the prospect of a long, cold winter might seem utterly demoralising – but with a raft of spirited destinations waiting for you just a plane ride away, an autumn getaway could help you to see in colour again.
Lively and dynamic, there are some places that just never stop – come rain, shine, or otherwise. So, whether you’re hankering after sunnier climes or just need to break free of routine, these vibrant destinations could be just the job.
From colourful souks and bazaars to buzzing markets and to intricately decorated riads, Marrakech is Morocco’s most vibrant city and a popular spot for tourists looking to immerse themselves in the nation’s cultural appeal. The weather in Marrakech during autumn will still be pleasantly warm, and you’ll be avoiding the sweltering summer sun, meaning that you can spend more time out and about exploring.
Discover the presence of ancient history and culture in the Medinas of Marrakech, then get out of the city and enjoy the surrounding countryside. Visit traditional farming communities in the High Atlas Mountains, savour scenic walks around Lake Takerkoust, Plateau du Kik and the Atlas Mountains National Park – then unwind at Marrakesh’s Local Hammams where you can enjoy the nation’s traditional spa therapies.
Often referred to as ‘the pink city’, Jaipur is steeped in rich history, offering an amalgamation of tall, colourful buildings, bustling open air markets and mouth-watering cuisine. Its people are as vibrant as its breath-taking cityscapes, and despite the throng – which can at times be overwhelming – Jaipur is the ultimate destination of adventure and discovery.
The capital of India’s Rajasthan state, here you can visit a range of intriguing sites, from the City Palace to Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar – but the real appeal here is the people. Exploring Jaipur is an experience you’re unlikely to forget – and offers the perfect burst of energy and wonderful, hot weather at a time when you thought you’d seen the last of it for the year.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
One word: Carnival. It might not be the right time of year, but Rio de Janeiro always finds a way to continue the parties and parades. One of South America’s best-loved destinations, this high-energy city is forever alive with quality music festivals and sports, and despite the laid-back beach vibes, there’s a buzzing atmosphere at all times. Not only that, but with a breath-taking cityscape set against some truly remarkable scenery and sites, it’s a must-visit city that is like no other you’ll ever see.
If drinking a cold beer on Copacabana by day or heading to the lively neighbourhood of Botafogo for a few more by night is not enough to keep you entertained, thrill-seekers can get their adrenalin pumping with a spot of surfing and hang gliding. Or, if you’re after something a little more cultural, why not learn some samba with the locals or sample the local delicacies?
It may be autumn across Europe, but in Barcelona, temperatures remain in the high twenties. Awash with eye-catching architecture, show-stopping art and incredible food and drink to boot, it’s the perfect short-haul destination for a last dose of sunshine before the year ends. Bo and with both city and beach vibes on offer, it’s the best of everything, all rolled into one. If you arrive during the day, you can quite easily use public transport to get from the airport to the city centre, infact using the train allows you to avoid sitting in rush hour traffic. However, if you’re arriving later on you may feel safer having an airport transfer booked and paid for in advance that will take you safely to your accommodation.
Full of stories to tell and unique experiences to savour, this cultural and cosmopolitan destination is synonymous with the Mediterranean and has maintained its own roots, making it one of the main tourism, economic, commercial and cultural centres in the world. Visit the impressive and colourful Park Guell – one of the masterpieces of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, and marvel at the impressive La Sagrada Familia – set to become the world’s tallest church when it is eventually finished in 2026. Once you’ve done that, grab a cocktail and head to the beach!
Las Vegas, USA
One of world’s most famous gambling destinations, Sin City is alive with bright lights and attracts high rollers and good timers with money to burn. But it’s not all about casinos, with its theme park feel and worldwide themes, it’s a real assault on the senses. Wander the buzzing strip at night, see a famous concert or exhibits and enjoy some of the most lavish accommodation anywhere in the world.
If the chaos of the city is too much to bear, then head out to the Nevada desert or take a plane ride over the Grand Canyon for a truly memorable experience.
If you’re keen to shake those autumn blues, then these destinations are sure to inject some colour back into your life – and it’s excitement, thrills and sunshine all round.