September is the arrival of autumn in the northern hemisphere, while it’s the herald of spring in the southern hemisphere. So if you’re wondering about the best countries to visit in September, we have some good news for you! Sweet September offers you several amazing destinations due to the favourable climate and wonderful seasons across the two hemispheres during this month.
The south of Europe celebrates plenty of cultural festivals during September while in the mighty Russia, it’s the season of fall – a move from its pleasant summers to the harsh winters. Vietnam’s northern hills are ideal in September for traversing the lush green rolling farms and riverine deltas while the majestic hikes of New Zealand are among the greatest travel experiences for your September holidays!
Check out 9 amazing destinations that are perfect to travel in September!
1. New Zealand
September heralds spring in New Zealand and is the time for spring break school holidays towards the end of the month. Icy cold conditions elevate across the country while flowers bloom in full glory during this month. Frosty and snow across the scenic nature parks gives way to wildflowers. School holidays during the last week of September also makes it easier for families to travel within the country. Overall, September is not a busy travel month despite the favourable climate and plenty of scenic beauty. Some of the key festivals in New Zealand during September are the International Film Festivals in several cities, New Zealand Fashion Week in Auckland, World of Wearable Arts Awards Show in Wellington, and the Spring Blossom Festival in Alexandra, Central Otago.
Your search for best places to visit in September in Europe ends in the land of delicacies! Italy in September should be among the top priority destinations for foodies as the entire country indulges in festivities surrounding harvest, food and wine. September is also the month when summer slowly moves towards the fall season and is considered as among the most favourable time to Italy without the touristy crowds. September is also known for its popular festivals like the Regatta Storica (historic boat race day) of Venice, Feast of San Gennaro in Naples, and the International Film Festival in Venice.
The Spanish summer continues till September but it’s not like the intense heat of the peak summer months. September is sunny across the length and breadth of Spain and is also known for several festivals related to harvest, film festivals, food and wine, Flamenco, historic traditions, and art and culture. Some of the key festivals of Spain in September include the likes of the San Sebastian Film Festival, Fiesta de la Merce in Barcelona, Flamenco Festival in Seville, and Catalan Day in Barcelona among others.
September and October are the last two months before the harsh winters of Russia set in. September is considered among the best months to visit Russia due to its gorgeous fall colours. The autumn season bathes the classical cities of Moscow, and Saint Petersburg in shades of red, orange, gold, and ochre. September is also a special month for Muscovites as the city celebrates Moscow City Day, the birthday of the Russian capital with spectacular military tattoos, firework displays, musical concerts, creative workshops, street theatre performances, art and cultural shows, food festivals for several days.
September is among the least rainy months of Singapore and is known for hot and humid climate. However, due to strong winds and misty conditions, it’s not an energy sapping month for travelling. The month of September is often considered as among the best months to visit Singapore due to the exciting and highly glamorous Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, the world’s one and only night race. Apart from the highly popular F1 Grand Prix of Singapore, there are plenty of amazing festivals like Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Studios, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s performances, and The Great Food Festival featuring several Michelin starred chefs.
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6. South Korea
South Korea’s magical landscapes and cities turn into shades of red, orange and yellow in September as the country gradually moves towards the three-months long autumn season. It’s the most photogenic time to travel to South Korea and closely rivals the spring months when the entire country turns pink due to abundant cherry blossoms. It’s the time of harvest related festivals including the famous Harvest Moon Festival (Chuseok) that stretches into the first week of October. Another key festival is the Andong Mask Dance Festival, a rich Korean tradition that features several masked dancers and artists enthralling the audiences during the last week of September.
September in Vietnam is known for its mixed weather. Up north, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa Valley, Mu Cang Chai, and Ninh Binh are known for pleasant temperatures and golden hues of harvest. While in Central Vietnam, Hoi Ann, Danang, Hue, and Nha Trang Bay are also ideal to visit in September. There are several harvest related festivals scheduled in mid-September during the Full Moon days. Cities in Vietnam are mostly decorated with colourful lanterns, toys, colourful parades featuring costumes, traditional musical instruments, and plenty of delicious street food and are great cheap places to travel in September.
September is the winter month in Mauritius and is also the driest month in the country. It receives plenty of sunshine and pleasant average high temperatures. The dry weather gives you ample time for beach lounging and sightseeing in the country. Plenty of sea breeze and trade winds bring relief while exploring the coastal areas of Mauritius. Cultural experience seekers can also be part of the annual celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi held in the mid-September. The average sea temperature is also ideal, allowing ample opportunities for water sports and sea diving, making Mauritius one of the best September beach vacations.
The Caucasian country of Azerbaijan boasts of a good climate throughout the month of September. There is ample sunshine, bearable humidity, and less chances of rainfall, thus making Baku one of the best holiday destinations in September. Cities like Ganja, and Lankaran are also ideal for exploring during the September months without the jostling summer crowds. Some of the key festivals in Azerbaijan in September are the III Shaki International Theatre Festival in Shaki and Uzeyir Hajibayli X International Music Festival in Baku.
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