September is a lovely month to be beside the seaside. The summer crowds have gone back to work and taken peak prices with them, but it’s still hot enough for swimming and hiking.

Cow's Ball, Slovenia

This Slovenian mid-September weekend of folk dancing, music, eating and drinking in Bohinj marks the return of the cows from their high pastures to the valleys in typically ebullient Balkan style.

Kavadarci Wine Carnival, Macedonia

The wine harvest in Macedonia's Tikveš wine region is celebrated with a costumed parade, public wine tasting and merrymaking in early September each year.

Bitef, Serbia

The renowned Belgrade International Theatre Festival (www.festival.bitef.rs) is a week-long showcase of experimental and traditional European theatre in late September.