Best Time to Visit Europe 2022/2023

Best Time to Visit Europe in 2022/2023

Slovenia, Ljubljana, cityscape with Franciscan church, Saint Nicholas church and the Castle - Best Time to Visit Europe - Planet Travel Advisor
Slovenia, Ljubljana, cityscape with Franciscan church, Saint Nicholas church and the Castle – Best Time to Visit Europe

Europe welcomes visitors throughout the year, and each season has a unique atmosphere and experience. Character seasons of tourism in Europe which can be divided into three seasons: The peak season starts from mid-June to August. The middle season starts from April to mid-June, and from September to October. Off-Season starts from November to March, and every season of the three has its advantages and disadvantages features. In this article, we will discuss all the important details about what is the best time to visit Europe updated to 2022/2023, so let’s start with tourism season types in Europe.

Tourism Seasons Types in Europe and the Best for Travel

1-Peak Season

Oradea Aerial view from the city hall tower over Oradea town center with historic buildings and churches - Best Time to Visit Europe - Planet Travel Advisor
Oradea Aerial view from the city hall tower over Oradea town center with historic buildings and churches – Best Time to Visit Europe

Definitely, summer is the best time to travel and enjoy holidays except for large crowds, high temperatures, sunny weather, and days long. Most type of travelers during this season is families with school-age children they have choices only during the summer peak season for travel, so when you decide to travel during this season you should consider that there will be many crowds and enjoy the places as early as you can before you get crowded or late after the low crowds. You should keep in mind that prices will be higher than normal during the high season, especially at tourist attractions and beaches.

During the high season, popular tourist destinations in Europe are better to visit at night, especially large tourist resorts because they are quieter and less crowded at night, but there are many places where the best time to explore them is during the high season like the countries of Britain and Ireland.

Here Are Some Tips While Visiting Europe in the High Season:

1-Arrange Your Trip

Arrange Your Trip to Europe - Best Time to Visit Europe - Planet Travel Advisor
Arrange Your Trip to Europe – Best Time to Visit Europe

Go as early or as late as possible to the busy places in peak season, Consider, for example, a six-week European tour starting on June 1, half of which is a railcard to see the famous sights of Austria and Italy, and the other half to visit relatives in Scotland. It would be of wisdom to take the railway traffic department first, enjoy fewer crowds, Then spend some time with your family during the last half of your vacation when Salzburg and Florence are full of tourists. Salzburg is completely different on June 10 from Salzburg on June 10 July.

2-Spending the Night

Night view of Plovdiv hills with Aliosha statue, Eastern Europe, Balkan peninsula, Bulgaria - Best Time to Visit Europe - Planet Travel Advisor
Night view of Plovdiv hills with Aliosha statue, Eastern Europe, Balkan peninsula, Bulgaria – Best Time to Visit Europe

Day trip destinations near major cities and resorts take a more peaceful and enjoyable night out such as San Marino (close to Italy’s huge beach resorts), Toledo (near Madrid), and San Gimignano (near Florence), Travelers retreat to the expected plumbing in their large cities or beach resort hotels.

Small towns usually lack large enough hotels for tourist groups and often cannot be reached by large buses. So, at worst, they face crowds in the middle of the day. Similarly, popular destinations for cruise ships, such as Dubrovnik and Venice are crowded during the day, but more affordable at night, when crowds of cruise ships sail.

3-Prepare for Extreme Heat

Rio Verde Beach in Marbella, Malaga, Spain - Best Time to Visit Europe - Planet Travel Advisor
Rio Verde Beach in Marbella, Malaga, Spain – Best Time to Visit Europe

Europeans say that the weather gets hotter each year. Even restaurants in cold climates such as (Munich or Amsterdam) now tend to have wide outdoor seating to benefit from the longest open-air dining season, Expect high temperatures in July and August throughout Europe, especially in the south.

4-Do Not Exclude July and August

Spending the Night - Three Towers of San Marino - Best Time to Visit Europe - Planet Travel Advisor
Spending the Night – Three Towers of San Marino – Best Time to Visit Europe

Although crowds of tourists in Europe can be charged on a bell curve that peaked in July and August, there are exemptions. For example, Paris is comparatively empty in July and August but fully packed in June and September for trade fairs and conferences. In summer, the prices of business class hotels in Scandinavia fall when business trips there fall.

In most parts of Europe (especially France and Italy), the cities were partially closed in July and August, when local city residents take their holidays on the beach. You will hear that these are hard times to travel, but they are not a big problem.

5-It’s Best to Try Some Places in Europe During the High Season

City of London skyline - Best Time to Visit Europe - Planet Travel Advisor
City of London skyline – Best Time to Visit Europe

Travel during the high season in the Scandinavian countries, Britain and Ireland, where the longest possible days and the best weather, where the terrible crowds have taken to other destinations, and the sights are closed in the shoulder season. The Scandinavian countries have a very short tourist season, from mid-June to late August.

2-Middle Season

Netherlands, Gelderland, Nijmegen, Aerial view of Saint Stephens Church and surrounding buildings at dusk - Best Time to Visit Europe - Planet Travel Advisor
Netherlands, Gelderland, Nijmegen, Aerial view of Saint Stephens Church and surrounding buildings at dusk – Best Time to Visit Europe

This season combines the advantages of the high season with the off-season, where you will enjoy nice weather, the day is long enough, crowds are less and there is a lot of entertainment and there is a lot of enjoyment in the atmosphere.

This season varies depending on the weather because autumn and spring bring down temperatures in the Mediterranean region of Europe and especially in Italy, southern France, Spain, Croatia, and Greece but you may choose to travel in autumn or spring. We can tell you that the weather and the crowds are not very different in spring and fall, but in the Mediterranean countries, it is greener in spring but dry in autumn, The Alps are also better in the early fall and Hiking trails are still covered snow in late spring and early fall.

Tips for the Middle Season:

1-The Middle Season Varies by Destination

Beautiful Girl in berlin cathedral - Best Time to Visit Europe - Planet Travel Advisor
Beautiful Girl in berlin cathedral – Best Time to Visit Europe

Spring and Autumn bring cool temperatures in the Mediterranean area, this season in most parts of Italy, Spain, Southern France, Greece, and Croatia could be the crowd increases and prices in the high season.

3-Spring or Autumn?

Historical Stadhuis (Town Hall) and Cafes in the Grote Markt in Leuven Belgium - Best Time to Visit Europe - Planet Travel Advisor
Historical Stadhuis (Town Hall) and Cafes in the Grote Markt in Leuven Belgium – Best Time to Visit Europe

If you’re discussing travel benefits before or after summer, weather and crowds are almost the same in spring or autumn. The Mediterranean region is generally green in spring but is dry in autumn, the Alps are the best for early fall Hiking practitioners, and most good Hiking trails are covered in snow until late spring. On the budget note, remember that the round-trip ticket prices are determined by the departure date. So, if you travel during the high season and return late in the autumn (middle season), you can still pay a round-trip fee for the high season.

4-Off-Season

Scandinavian countries - Best Time to Visit Europe - Planet Travel Advisor
Scandinavian countries – Best Time to Visit Europe

The best of this season is that Europe is empty of crowds, where you will find only the local residents and you can enjoy all the Europe countries on your own with less budget. Everything from flights that are hundreds of cheaper Dollars than other seasons due to the lack of crowds heading to Europe. Even beautiful and luxurious hotels are cheaper during this season. You will find lots of empty rooms so you can choose the room you like and therefore you will feel the most comfortable and always be able to compromise, get good deals and save money which doesn’t happen in the rest of the seasons, but you should be ready for any kind of weather, winter weather cannot be expected so you have to bring lots of winter clothing and raincoats, so it’s up to you to decide if you want to visit Europe during this cold season or not.

Tips for the Off-Season:

1-Expect to Pay Less Often

the cathedral of Amiens is the largest one in France. View from the typical district of the Hortillonnages - Best Time to Visit Europe - Planet Travel Advisor
the cathedral of Amiens is the largest one in France. View from the typical district of the Hortillonnages – Best Time to Visit Europe

Off-season ticket prices are often cheaper by hundreds of dollars. Many luxury hotels reduce their prices for travelers, and hotels’ budgets will have a lot of vacancies, while some small or rural accommodations may be closed, some still open places are usually empty and more comfortable. For major cities such as Berlin, Scandinavian, and Brussels, business centers are more crowded with corporate travelers and more expensive in the off-season.

2-Beware of Shorter Hours

Beware of Shorter Hours in Europe - Best Time to Visit Europe - Planet Travel Advisor
Beware of Shorter Hours in Europe – Best Time to Visit Europe

Take advantage of the limited hours of the day. Some of the sights are fully closed this season, most of which operate in shorter hours, setting the closing time as the sun sets. Winter sightseeing is great in large cities, which are vibrant all year round, but more frustrating in small tourist cities that can be particularly quiet, with the closure of restaurants and attractions, in December most of the beach resorts were closed as narrow as canned hams. The wonderful evening atmosphere in Europe continues all year round in the south, winter streets are empty in the north in the evening, Tours in English are common in summer, rare in this season when most visitors are indigenous. Tourist information offices are usually open throughout the year, but their opening hours are shorter in winter.

3-Prepare for Any Kind of Weather

Tree Explain all Year Weather Seasons Prepare for any kind of weather - Best Time to Visit Europe - Planet Travel Advisor
Tree Explain all Year Weather Seasons Prepare for any kind of weather – Best Time to Visit Europe

Most of Europe is located in Canadian latitudes, so winter days are short. Darkness at 5 pm. The weather can be cold, windy, and even worse. You must take layers of clothing such as a rain jacket, a hat of wool, waterproof shoes, gloves, tall shoes, and an umbrella. Wear warm clothing, cold weather may be colder when you are outdoors, and cheap hotels can be cold with storms during this season.

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