Spring and Autumn make for some of the best times to visit Europe. April through to Mid June and September through to October form the bulk of the shoulder seasons; a time when it’s not quite peak season, nor is it off-season. From spring blossom to autumn leaves, here are five very good reasons to visit Europe in the shoulder seasons:
There are fewer Tourists
Let’s just get this one out the way first: During the shoulder seasons in Europe, you’ll often find fewer tourists than at many other times of the year (including Christmas time)! That in itself is a very good reason to visit the continent.
After all, fewer tourists mean less waiting times in queues, which in turn means that you’ll be able to pack plenty more activities into your European itinerary. Just bear in mind that shoulder season doesn’t always translate to fewer tourists- particularly in major cities like Rome and Paris- so make sure you do your research first!
You’ll see the changing of the Seasons
There is one good word to describe the changing of the seasons in Europe. And that is: beautiful. There are perhaps few times where Europe is prettier than in the shoulder seasons. Think hues of pink in the spring months, and golden tones in the Autumn. In mid-April, you’ll find tulip season in the Netherlands, while you’ll find spring blossom pretty much everywhere around March time! (If you’re curious, here are the very best autumnal city breaks in Europe!)
You’ll find cheaper flights (and other methods of transportation)
The shoulder seasons are often cheaper in terms of travel as airlines and train companies attempt to shift tickets to an ever-dwindling number of passengers. While you may find that not as many attractions are open as in the summer months, the fact that travel is often cheaper easily makes up for the fact!
You’ll (also) find cheaper accommodation
Much like the transport situation in Europe during the shoulder seasons, accommodation is often cheaper too. (However, this is not always the case so make sure to do your research first!) Head to smaller towns, cities and villages to find the best deals.
The weather is (often) still good!
Throughout much of September, right through to early November, many places throughout Europe still enjoy the warm weather. The air is not as sticky or as hot as in the summer months, and the weather is still pleasant. Though the weather can be unpredictable at times, in both the spring and the autumn, you’ll likely need a light jacket at most. Good weather also means that many outdoor attractions still look pretty, in either spring blooms or autumnal leaves.