Where to travel in September: five of the best destinations

4. Cornwall

September is a good time to visit Cornwall, when sea temperatures are at their warmest, honeypot towns such as St Ives and Padstow are free from traffic jams and summer crowds, and the beaches are also much less frequented. For two weeks each September, St Ives celebrates the arts with a festival of film screenings, art exhibitions, comedy and concerts – from folk to rock, classical to choral – as well as lectures and guided walks in and around the city, covering everything from local history at the megalithic tombs and Virginia Woolf’s Talland House. September is also the time to Heritage Open Days (September 9-18), when iconic buildings across the country, usually closed to the public, open their doors for tours. There are a few notable addresses in Cornwall.

Sustainable Travel Tip: Ditch the car and explore by bike. Cornwall has a growing number of coastal and rural cycle routes linking its many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The last trail open in 2021: the West Kernow Way is a 140 mile loop route starting in Penzance and passing iconic sites such as Land’s End, St Michaels Mount and Lizard Point.

5. Slovenia

This is last call for hiking in the Alps, where the hiking season ends in autumn as the weather reduces access to the mountain. September is a spectacular month to be at altitude, being still hot, dry and sunny, while the trees put on a fiery seasonal spectacle. Slovenia’s Julian Alps, at the eastern end of the mountain range, are defined by jagged limestone peaks offering an ever-expanding range of marked hiking routes. In the heart of the mountains, Mount Triglav, 9,400 feet high, is the highest peak in Slovenia, towering over the beautiful glacial lakes of Bohinj and Bled. The Juliana hiking trail is a newly mapped 270km network of trails in northwest Slovenia, encompassing Triglav National Park and traversing some of the most spectacular alpine terrain in the country over 16 16km sections.

Sustainable Travel Tip: To find the most eco-responsible hosts and campsites, consult Slovenian Tourism Green Program Lists.

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