Less tourists, cooler weather and cheaper air fares and hotel invite many travelers to explore Europe during the offseason. But when exactly is the low season in Europe and where are the best places to visit?
In general, the period between October and March is low season in Europe. Peak season is between the months of April to September, especially during the summer months. The low season of a destination depends on many factors, but time may play the most important role. The tranquil and idyllic mountain villages in summer are filled with activity during the winter skiing season. Local festivals or major celebrations are usually held during the offseason in these areas. Always learn about the destinations you plan to visit to ensure that there will be surprises.
There are many reasons to travel during the off season. Traveling during this time allows you to visit the historic sites and attractions in more intimate way, without the distraction of large crowds. Find a seat – even on trains that require reservations – is much less stressful. The accommodation prices are cheaper, so it is possible to find an affordable hotel in the city center for those on a tighter budget.
Traveling during the off season also allows you to connect more easily with the local people, especially in smaller cities and towns. Local music festivals like MAD in Belgrade, Serbia or the Amsterdam Dance Event in October are just some examples of the most exciting in Europe travelers can enjoy low-season musical events. Wine festivals or harvest are common in Italy, Spain and France during the fall. Cultural festivals are often converted to local history, music, art, crafts and traditional food. This can be a great opportunity to meet and participate in the manner and customs of the local life of the destination you are visiting. People watching the people while chatting with the butcher or the seller cheese Gruyere Cheese Festival in Switzerland will be an unforgettable experience. Savor the event Pizzafest in Italy or the Great British Cheese Festival in Cardiff are other examples. Europe is also known for its fairs and antique markets ate or flea markets, ideal for travelers looking for the perfect souvenir of your trip.
So where do you start? In spring, enjoy the scenery and charm of Tuscany (Italy) between the Easter period and the beginning of summer. May the Greek islands offer the same beautiful beaches uncrowded. See pace culture and natural beauty of southern France, one of the most charming regions of the continent, in September, after the end of the frantic pace of summer tourists. Scandinavia is also more affordable in early autumn. In September begins the famous Oktoberfest in Munich in Germany , but can also go hiking in the Alps and with a pleasant climate. Or visit Spain when the film festival season is at its best.