For many people, a trip to Europe is at the top of their wish list, and rightly so. With all the history, art, cafes, pubs, and diverse array of cultures, Europe is a destination that everyone should visit in their lifetime.
But when is the best time to visit? Like many tourist destinations, there are busy times and not so busy times to visit, but the decision really comes down to what you want to experience. To get a better idea of when to plan your trip, let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of visiting Europe depending on the time of year you plan on traveling.
When it comes to visiting Europe, summer is one of the best times to book a trip. Not only is the weather warm and ideal for picnics, but summertime also kicks off the festival season in cities across Europe. From France to Ireland, Germany, Italy, and more, you’re likely to enjoy a variety of parades, music concerts, and other celebrations during your trip. Sounds fun, right?
Traveling during the warm summer months has its downsides, though. For example, summer is tourist season in Europe, so as you’re leaving your hotel room for a concert near the Louvre, you’ll likely be joined by large crowds of other people vying for a glimpse of the band and nearby tourist attractions. That said, the large crowds can make your dream vacation stressful. To make matters worse, traveling accommodations, such as hotel rooms and airfare, tend to be more expensive during the summer compared to other seasons.
Autumn is an ideal time to visit countries in southern Europe, including Italy, Greece, and Spain. During the summer months, the heat in these countries tends to be a lot to handle for many tourists, prompting many to push off their trips until the milder autumn months. But it’s not only southern Europe that’s beautiful in the fall. Other European countries offer mild temperatures, blue skies, and beautiful sights as the leaves begin to change colors. In addition, the cost to fly and stay in a hotel in Europe is also cheaper during the fall than the summer, and harvest festivals offer a fun array of fun activities and attractions to visit during your trip.
Despite these positives, however, traveling to Europe in the fall leaves you vulnerable to sudden temperature drops and rainier weather. On top of that, some local businesses often shorten their hours as tourist season draws to an end.
Despite the cold, winter can be a beautiful time to visit Europe. With snow-covered cobblestone streets alight with Christmas decorations and bustling with holiday markets and concerts, it’s a great time to see the sights and splurge on homemade gifts, foods, and drinks. As an added benefit, flights to Europe during the winter months are cheaper and the crowds will be smaller.
The downside to winter travel is the weather. Oftentimes, you’ll have to bundle in heavy layers. In addition, the days are shorter, so you’ll have to cram all your sightseeing into a shorter block of time.
Like autumn, traveling to Europe during the spring is cheaper than the summertime and the crowds tend to be smaller. It’s also a great season to visit because the weather is beginning to warm up. In addition, many cities across Europe will be celebrating Easter festivals and other fun cultural events for your amusement.
However, if you’re planning a spring trip, pack your rain gear. Springtime in Europe is very wet and rainy.
There are many pros and cons to visiting Europe, no matter the season. What time of the year would you plan a European adventure?