12 beaches in Europe that are best in the fall, without the crowds or peak temperatures

Europe’s vast and varied coastline offers beaches for all, whether you’re into all-out resorts or quiet little coves. But summer can be an oppressive time to visit this continent, with crowds flocking to the sparkling waters of the Med to get their sun fix and temperatures edging into almost triple digits.

Thankfully, September through October brings cooler days and quieter coasts, and it’s all still as gorgeous. If you’re booking a coast trip, these are Europe’s best beaches in the fall.