Here are some of our most loved Muslim-friendly Autumn destinations in Europe that won’t break the bank.
As a Muslim traveller, I am always looking for halal-friendly cities in Europe I can visit, especially on low-cost airlines.
Autumn in Europe is a particular time of year. The leaves are changing colour, the air is crisp and fresh, and there is a feeling of anticipation in the air.
Autumn is the perfect time to take a long weekend break in Europe, especially if you can travel outside the kids’ school holidays.
There are plenty of cheap flights and accommodation options during the fall season; most tourists have left, so you can easily find a place to stay. You can also take advantage of the quieter tourist season and explore some of the less crowded areas.
One of the things I love about weekend gateways is that they are easy to do but yet they can help you recharge your batteries so fast.
With flights only 2-3 hrs away from the UK, you can be in a different country and experience a new culture in the blink of an eye.
Below are my top ten Muslim Friendly autumn destinations that won’t break the bank but also offer halal food options and places you can pray.
I consider Malta one of the most Muslim-friendly destinations in Europe but also one of the most stunning ones.
There is so much history and beauty in this small island country, as well as a small community of Muslims and a lot of Islamic heritage weaved in the island’s history.
It is close to the UK and has mild weather all year round and low-cost airlines. Thank you, Ryanair, Easyjet, and the rest.
Believe it or not, Malta is 24C in October, making it perfect even for daring swimmers. Plus, 9-10 hours of sunshine is still great for exploring the island’s beauty.
Halal Food in Malta
We have a complete guide on halal food places in Malta on the website that you can enjoy and a destination guide. As I said, I love Malta.
Mosque in Malta
Mariam Al-Batool Mosque, Corradino Rd, Paola PLA 9037, Malta
I love Skyscanner and their calendar view option; finding the best dates to fly out is super easy.
Flights to Malta in October / November are about £55 in return. You can check the whole month here.
There are so many accommodation options in Malta, last time I visited, we stayed in the Hilton Malta, and I loved the location and the views. You can even rent an Airbnb villa with your private pool for under £100 daily. If the weather is nice, you can swim and sunbathe as well.
You can explore Malta hotels here.
2. Palma Majorca, Spain
When you think of Palma, you think of hot summer weather and plenty of tourists, and that is because it is true. But I also know that many Muslims don’t want to visit these locations when it is full of tourists, and the beaches are not that modest.
That is why when I went, I visited the island in April, and it was perfect for a hijabi Muslim traveller. The weather was beautiful and sunny but not too hot, and there were fewer tourists, which meant cheaper rentals.
Yes, many seaside hotels were closed, but the city was full of tourists and so much less crowded.
A visit to Majorca is a must. There is so much beauty and history on the island you will be able to fill your days. The weather is good, and September-October is in its 20sC, plus the flights are cheap.
Halal Food in Palma
There are several halal food restaurants in Majorca for you as a Muslim. Nawaab Halal Food restaurant in PalmaCalle Olmos 27, 07003 Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
Mosque in Palma de Mallorca
Mezquita Abderrahman Carrer Joan Mestre, 12, 07005 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Flights from the UK to Palma start from £37 in October / November pp return. . You can check flights with Skyscanner here.
There are many options in Palma, and the super luxurious accommodations to the summer-type rented apartments. You can find more about Palma hotels here.
3. Sofia, Bulgaria
Sofia is not on the list of many Muslim travellers, but it should be. The country has many Muslims, and you can enjoy some of the natural or historical sites, ski in Pamporovo, or even enjoy a natural mineral water spa in Pancharevo, Sofia.
If you want to explore the city or visit some of the places mentioned above, I suggest renting a car. Just keep in the slow lane, and you will be ok, as driving in Bulgaria can be intimidating.
The weather is a little cooler at about 10C, but if there is snow, you can even ski in the resorts of Pamporovo for the weekend.
Halal Food in Sofia
There are several Halal restaurants in Sofia for you to enjoy, but Yam Yam Syrian Restaurant, bul. “Hristo Botev” 62, 1303 Sofia Center, Sofia, is well recommended
Mosque in Sofia
There are several mosques in Sofia, but I would strongly suggest you visit the old mosque in the city centre, Banya Bashi Mosque boulevard “Knyaginya Maria Luiza” 18, 1000 Sofia Center. From there, you can enjoy the rest of the city and Vitosha street.
Thanks to Ryanair, flights are cheap, with a return costing about £28 from London. You can check the full details here.
Hotels in Sofia are plentiful and also cheap. You can find great deals starting from £30 a night, and even the Sofia Balkan hotel in the city centre costs £65.
You can find more accommodation options here.
4. Dublin, Ireland
Sometimes we think of faraway destinations and forget to explore the nearest to us. You can do so many things in Dublin, but I recommend you start with a walking tour of the city.
If you like exploring, you can rent a car and visit the Cliffs of Moher. The weather might not be all smiley, but even that has its charm sometimes.
Halal Food in Dublin
There are plenty of halal food options in Dublin that you won’t go hungry as a Muslim tourist. Damascus Gate, 10 Upper Camden Street Dublin 2, Dublin.
There are so many that you can choose from, so here is a list of them all.
Mosque in Dublin
There are so many mosques in Dublin, thanks to the large Muslim community in the city, that you won’t have a problem finding a place to pray.
Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, 19 Roebuck Rd, Friarland, Dublin 14, D14 YD91.
Flights to Dublin are available from almost all UK airports and cost as little as £15, and you really can’t beat a £15 flight for a weekend away. You can check all flight prices here.
There are accommodations for every budget to choose from, starting from as little as £50 a night for the Hilton Dublin.
To find the best option check out the hotels.com website.
5. Copenhagen – Denmark
I loved Copenhagen. It is such a beautiful city with super friendly people. Easy to navigate, clean and safe. They were also very welcoming to Muslims, and we didn’t experience any problems as Muslim travellers.
Yes, food can be expensive, but we also enjoyed some street food and kept the budget low. Walking along the river and then enjoying a coffee with the colourful buildings in Copenhagen was one of my favourite things.
The weather can be a little chilly at around 10C degrees, but it is still manageable.
It can be gloomy, but nothing that you cannot brave. We did go in October, and it was still very nice.
Halal Food in Copenhagen
You can enjoy various delicious halal foods from Aamanns. This Muslim-owned restaurant specialises in traditional halal Danish dishes.
The menu includes a wide range of starters, main course, and dessert options, sure to please even the most discerning palates.
Mosque in Copenhagen
You will surely love to visit the Hamad Bin Khalifa Civilisation Centre. This mosque in Copenhagen, Denmark, was opened in 2019.
Flights from the UK to Copenhagen start from as little as £15, which is a bargain for such a beautiful, close-by destination. You can find more flight options and dates here.
Hotel prices also vary, but there are some good deals a little further away. We stayed in the Crown Plaza Copenhagen near the airport, and it was an easy train ride into the city.
To check out Copenhagen hotels, go here.
With its sunny weather and rich cultural offerings, Athens is the ideal destination for a fall vacation.
The weather is still warm enough to swim along the Athenian Riviera, but plenty of fall activities can also be enjoyed.
Take a stroll through Athens’ many parks and admire the fall foliage, or visit one of the city’s museums and art galleries. Autumn is also a great time to sample some of Greece’s delicious food and wine.
Read our article on Exploring Athens like a Local here.
Halal Food in Athens
Finding halal food in Athens is not a problem in the capital city of Greece. Aladdin’s Restaurant 88, Areos 84, Palaio Faliro, Athens is my favourite as you can try traditional halal souvlaki here.
Mosque in Athens
With the official mosque in Votanicos open now can enjoy your prayers without a problem.
Thanks to low-cost airlines, it is easy to get to Athens with prices starting from £50 return during October / November.
Athens has plenty of hotel options, from budget-friendly to luxury, depending on your needs. Hotel prices start from £30 a night in the city centre of Athens.
On my recent trip to the city, I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Athens. Can you can read my review here.
7. Paphos, Cyprus
Over the last several years, Paphos has become a popular destination among Muslim travellers. Probably because it has everything you might need for a weekend-long weekend escape. Paphos enjoys long sunny days and mild temperatures even in autumn in the mid-20Cs.
This makes it the perfect place to escape the cold weather at home and enjoy some sunny autumn days by the sea. The city is also rich in history and culture, with plenty of monuments and archaeological sites to explore.
When fall comes to Paphos, the whole area is shrouded in Autumn colours. And adding to those gorgeous panoramic views are the likes of vineyards laden with ripe grapes, fields of wheat ready for harvest and olive trees heavy with fruit.
So, if you’re looking for a fall escape off the beaten path, make your way to Paphos for an unforgettable experience.
Halal Foods in Paphos
Muslim tourists in Paphos, Cyprus, you can enjoy Halal fast food in the Rose restaurant. The restaurant offers a wide range of halal-certified dishes, including pizzas, burgers, pasta and kebabs.
Mosque in Paphos
Kato Pafos Mosque is a beautiful and peaceful place with intricate architecture and a tranquil setting.
Off-season flights to Paphos are cheap, thanks to the many low-cost airlines. You can find flights for October / November from as little as £50 return pp.
There are several accommodation options in Paphos to fit every budget. If you are travelling with family, you can choose an aparthotel so you can cook or save on breakfast.
There are several options on Airbnb and Hotels.com, starting from as little as £30 a night.
Paphos also drive on the right side, similar to the UK, so if you want to rent a car and explore on your own, it is a great option which is what we did when we visited.
Oslo is best known as a winter destination, but fall is the best time to visit since you avoid the cold winter and the expensive summer season.
The mild weather and the leaves are turning, making for some beautiful scenery. You’ll still be able to enjoy all the best that Oslo has to offer, from the museums and galleries to the cuisine.
As a Muslim in Oslo, you will find plenty of options in terms of halal food and also places to pray.
A favourite halal restaurant in Oslo is Gazakjøkken, Møllergata 10, 0179 Oslo.
Food can be pricey in the city, so you might want to consider an apartment to save on meals.
There are several mosques in Oslo that you can pray in, but the Islamic Cultural Centre, Norway, Tøyenbekken 24, 0188 Oslo, is one of the most popular.
Flights from London with Ryanair during October / November start from as little as £25 pp return.
Accommodation in Oslo is some of the most expensive in this article, starting from £100 a night. However, Airbnb options are cheaper, with prices from £80, which can be a good thing as you can also save on meals while in the city.
Without a doubt, London is a halal-friendly destination. With millions of Muslims living in the UK and London, you can easily find everything you need as a Muslim traveller.
London is one of the best places to visit in the fall season. As the summer crowds disperse and the leaves turn golden, the city’s parks provide a colourful backdrop for autumnal strolls, and cosy pubs serve comfort food in front of crackling fires.
The best time to see the fall colours is from mid-October to early November, and London’s parks are ablaze with red, yellow, and orange leaves during this time. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, there’s no better place than London in the fall.
We have a complete guide on exploring and experiencing London here.
Halal Foods in London
Halal food options are plentiful in London, you can find an array of restaurants on Edgware Road, and you can even enjoy a halal afternoon tea, which is the most quintessentially British thing you can do in London.
Mosque in London
You can also enjoy a Michelin star restaurant experience with our halal fine dining guide in London here.
The best place to pray in Central London will be at the London Central Mosque 146 Park Rd, London NW8 7RG.
If you live in the UK, of course, the easiest way to get to London is the train. If you are a Muslim tourist visiting from other parts of the world, you have some of the most competitive prices in Europe.
You can use Skyscanner to find the best option.
The choices for accommodation are plenty in London. You can find options for as little as £30, especially if you book in advance. For families, I recently stayed at the Premier in King Cross, which was fantastic and very budget-friendly. I also love the Hyatt Regency Churchill hotel, and I have a review here. For the latest prices, check out Hotels.com
10. Prague, The Czech Republic
Prague is a magical time when you are looking for a great Autumn budget destination. The city comes alive as the leaves start to turn, creating a stunning autumnal palette.
The views from the castle across the rooftops are especially stunning at this time of year, as the soft light brings out the best in the city’s gorgeous architecture.
The cafes are also a real treat in October, as they serve delicious hot chocolate and pastries to warm you up on chilly autumn days. So if you’re looking for a European city that comes alive in autumn, Prague is the perfect place to visit.
Halal Food in Prague
Prague offers also plenty of halal food options for Muslim travellers Jaffa restaurant Na Příkopě 12, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia. The restaurant has a garden patio where diners can enjoy the warm weather. For more halal food in Prague, check out here.
A local mosque to pray in Prague is AL Nour Mosque Opatovická, Národní 160/18, Nové Město, 110 00 Prague
You won’t break the bank with several low-cost flights to Prague. Flights from the UK start from as low as £36 return pp for October / November.
Accommodation in Prague
There are many budget hotels in Prague starting at as little as £50 per day. The Hilton Prague is a favourite option with prices starting from £60 a night.
Europe is one of these places where you can find a different culture, experience new things and enjoy halal food as a Muslim traveller. So many places in Europe are Muslim-friendly, and you should consider them.
From the stunning scenery of Malta to the historic cities of London, there is something for everyone. And best of all, you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy a weekend break in one of these beautiful destinations.
Autumn travel also makes it so much more affordable.