Best Time To Visit Europe
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Best Time To Visit Europe
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
Europe may not be among the largest continents but it has highly varied geography. So, the climate of Europe is different as per the region from sunny Mediterranean isles to arctic Norwegian fjords. The best time to visit Europe changes as per geography and climate patterns across its 45 countries. Western Europe experiences an oceanic climate, southern Europe witnesses a Mediterranean climate, and Eastern Europe has a continental climate. This beautiful continent is truly a year-round destination for an ideal vacation, where any season is the best time to go to Europe. Travelers can narrow down travel dates as per the best time for Europe tour and things to do in Europe.
June to August (14°C to 28°C): This is the most ideal time to visit Europe as the temperature in most of the countries in Europe is pleasant during this period. It is also the best time to enjoy sunbathing and swimming at the pristine beaches of Europe. July and August are generally the peak months of the country when many backpackers and tourists visit it to experience good and pleasant weather. This is also the peak season to enjoy a tour to various historical sites especially Acropolis, Eiffel Tower, and Roman Colosseum. Avoid visiting Mediterranian countries during this time as the temperature there becomes very hot and not ideal for sightseeing. It is the peak tourist season in Europe, hence the rates of the hotels and other places are generally high.
September to November (7°C to 14°C): These months witnesses autumn season in Europe and is the best time to visit countries like Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Paris, and the Netherlands. Various festivals are celebrated during this time of the year in Europe like Italy’s Alba White Truffle Festival, England’s Great Cornish Festival, and many other such festivals. This is also a great season to visit Mediterranian part of Europe.
December to February (7°C to -10°C): Winter season in Europe is chilly and the temperature drops to as low as -10°C resulting in snowfall. Europe’s weather in December is perfect for enjoying snowfall and adventurous activities like skiing and snowboarding. Markets and other hubs are in full bloom because of the Christmas and New Year festivities.
March to May(2°C to 18°C): This is the time when spring season prevails in Europe and it is the best time to explore Europe as the weather is just perfect with no extreme temperatures. The weather in Europe during May makes the continent fresh and alluring. Many music festivals can also be enjoyed during this time of the year in Europe.
Be it the coast of the Mediterranean or the alps in Italy, Europe in winter is as magical as any other destination in the world. Some destinations in Europe are notoriously expensive during the summer months due to busy season. In the shoulder seasons of Spring and Fall, the crowds are smaller and hotel prices are reasonable.
Festivals in Europe
Europe is a lively and mesmerizing continent with many traditional and fun-filled music festivals that are celebrated here. Festivals in Europe will add charm to your trip. Some of the best music festivals that are celebrated in Europe are Belgium’s Tomorrowland, Serbia’s Exit, Malta’s Earth Garden, UK’s Secret Garden Party, and Hungary’s Sziget Festival. Some other popular festivals celebrated in Europe are Carnival of Venice, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, Running of the Bulls in Spain, Cannes Film Festival, and Oktoberfest in Munich. Most of these festivals are celebrated between March and September.
Here's a detailed season-wise look at the ideal time to visit Europe:
Climate in Europe
Summer Season in Europe
Summer in Europe is considered the best time to visit Europe for holiday. Months of May through September are ideal to visit Europe. It is when the hotel and flight prices are reasonable, tourist attractions are less crowded, and temperatures are pleasant. The weather in Europe during summer months is by and large agreeable. Summer in Europe is not as sweltering as the summer in India. July and August are usually the most hotter and popular months to travel in Europe. Rome, Florence, Paris, London, and Madrid are popular places to visit in Europe in June. Although daytime temperatures are mostly bearable, except along the Mediterranean coast. Most outdoor festivals in Europe are celebrated in the summer season, making it the best time to travel to Europe. Also, several fairs and other cultural events in cities in Europe make summer the best season to visit Europe.
Weather Tip: Southern Europe is known for heat waves in the peak of summer season. So, keep hydrated and apply sunscreen to avoid UV exposure.
Monsoon Season in Europe
Monsoon in Europe is known as the Return of the Westerlies. The western winds from the Atlantic Ocean cause rainfall along North Atlantic coastline and in Scandinavian nations. The wet season in Europe usually lasts from October through March or April. While the areas in Alps Mountains witness rainfall in the summer season, lower regions in Europe experience rainfall in November and December. For those wondering when to go to Europe, rest assured as the shoulder seasons of spring and fall are also the best time to visit Europe on a budget. In these seasons, hotel rates and flight tickets are usually lower in most of the continent.
Weather Tip: Do not forget to carry light jackets or windcheater jackets as the weather can be unpredictable in monsoon.
Winter Season in Europe
Winter in Europe is a sight to behold. Whether it is skiing on the slopes of the Alps or Christmas vibes in Paris, winter is surely the best time to visit Europe for honeymoon. While the coldest temperatures are mostly found in Russia and Eastern Europe, milder winters in the continent can be enjoyed in Southern Europe. One should not look further than Europe in winter if one is looking to enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the Alps. Shopping in Christmas markets is a popular things to do in Europe in December. Travelers can explore glaciers in Norway, witness the Northern Lights in Iceland, and spend the New Year’s Eve in Vienna. Spring, from March to May, is also an ideal time to visit Europe as travelers can go on sightseeing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
Weather Tip: Since the winter season is really cold in Europe, make sure to pack woollens for a trip to countries in Northern and Western Europe.
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Winter is the most popular travel season in Europe, however, the summer season is ideal for outdoor thrills such as hiking and sunbathing.
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