One of the most important aspects of planning a vacation is deciding when to visit- but it isn’t as simple as it may seem. Europe is one of the most favorite destinations for both holidaymakers and travelers. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, flora, and fauna and most importantly with its history, Europe has seen a considerable amount of spike in the tourism industry.
If you are planning a holiday, then Europe should be on top of the list. The best Time to Visit Europe is during the summer ( June to September). During this time , the sun is high, the beaches are warm and the weather is sunny. Also, this is when most of the countries boast of cultural events, galas, and season fashion sales. This is also an ideal time for many adventurous activities such as hikes, road trips, etc.
If you have planned your trip during winter, keep in mind that there are high possibilities of showers and snow. However, if seeing the northern lights is on your bucket list, then definitely winter would be the perfect time for you to plan a Europe trip.
Europe spans over 50 countries, with diverse climate and geography. So before you book your Europe trip, you should also remember that not all the countries will have the same weather at the same time. If Southern Europe is warm, then there are high chances of Northern Europe having the same weather is just minuscule.
So finding the best time to visit Europe depends on many factors such as the cities you plan to visit, your personal preference and holiday budget. With that keep in mind, we have broken down the year into key travel seasons for Europe, outlining what you can expect from each of them.
⦁ European Summer
European summer runs from June to August. Many travelers consider those months to be the best time to go to Europe. During this time the weather is warmer, the days are longer and the buzz is higher. But keep in mind that traveling to Europe during peak time comes with certain important things.
First and most importantly, except to find a crowd of other tourists wherever you go, mostly in popular cities like Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, etc. This can expand your waiting times whether to get into a popular tourist attraction or simply have a meal at a normal restaurant. But it is also very easy to find tickets for key tourist attractions in advance and also can make restaurant reservations a few weeks prior.
By planning out your day you can save yourself from all the trouble. Still, you will face a huge amount of tourists and this can be a pretty overwhelming experience for you.
In addition to the crowds, traveling during this time will be more expensive. Make sure that you book your flight, hotel, and rental car in advance. Only pre-booking can save you from facing unnecessary high prices.
Having said that, Europe in summer is stunning. For some key cities especially for beach destinations, summer is the best time to visit Europe. You can experience festivals such as celebrating Bastille Day in France, La Tomatina festival in Spain only in the summertime. Most importantly if you are traveling with your kids, they will enjoy the hustle of peak season.
⦁ Off-Peak Season
The months before and after – April to June and September to November are a smart choice to visit Europe. The months before and after the summer can be the best option to go to Europe. You can enjoy nice warm weather and long days without the crowds of tourists. This also allows you to maximize your time and have a more authentic experience in every city.
Also during this time flight tickets will be cheaper, hotel rooms will be more reasonably priced, and the car rental or city tours will be lower as well.
The only downside of traveling during these times is the unpredictable weather.
You have to choose between spring and autumn. As we mentioned earlier, certain experiences can only be had during certain seasons. For example, the Tulip Festival in Amsterdam takes place in spring and the iconic Oktoberfest in Munich takes place in Autumn.
⦁ European Winter
European winter runs from November to March and it allows you to see a whole different side of Europe. These are the cheapest months to visit Europe. Besides, you will also have the opportunity to visit tourist attractions thoroughly in your own time, without being overwhelmed.
While the days are shorter and the weather is cooler, winter in Europe is a whole different experience. You will have the opportunity to see the celebration of Christmas, which is the biggest holiday across Europe. If you are looking to spy the Northern lights, winter is the best choice for you. Just make sure you pack your most trusty winter jacket and woolens.
It is clear that Europe has lots of delightful activities and experiences to offer for every traveler in every season. So book your Europe tickets depending on your own interests to make sure to have the Europe trip of a lifetime.