Best time to visit France, Italy, Spain
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Dec 18, 2007 11:30 PM Last Post By: neuron
Dec 13, 2007 6:52 AM
Just wondering what is the best (and cheapest) time of year to visit France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany?
I was planning on leaving Oz early in May 2008 and spending 3 months in wester Europe. Is May to August a good time, as far as relatively warm and not the peak season.
Thanx in advance
Dec 13, 2007 8:25 AM
1Well, in case you don't know, August is the peak travel/vacation month in Europe. You said you are already planning on leaving Oz in May (so I assume you will arrive in Europe in May) and will spend 3 months there. So, it sounds like you already have your plans set. Are you just looking for reassurance that your plans are good or really considering changing them?
Personally, I think the best times to visit the places you mention would be May-July, and September-October. So your plan of May-August isn't bad. What I would do is leave the northern areas, and non-beach places for August and visit the beach areas (if you plan to) in June or July. There is always a chance of rain anytime you go, so you just have to be prepared for it.
Dec 13, 2007 9:16 AM
2In the Mediterranean area, it seldom rains between end of June and Mid September. In Southern Italy, high season begins in the last week of July, in the other areas in the first or second week of July. In August, the prices in beach resorts reach their top level, whereas business hotels in towns (in Germany too) give big discounts.
In the Swiss mountains, everything is full between July 10 and August 10, in the Italian mountains, high season is the whole month of August.
Dec 13, 2007 10:10 AM
3Many people, including myself, consider spring and fall the best time to visit. Airline tickets are cheaper, the weather is decent to nice, crowds are much smaller, it's easier to get reservations, and locals are often nicer. I would never travel in Europe in July or August. Crowds, hot temperatures, locals irritated at the crowds of tourists...
Dec 13, 2007 2:07 PM
Do you want to know which is the best time AND which is the cheapest time? Or are you defining best time as being the cheapest time?
If you are defining best as you seem to be doing by 'relatively warm and not the peak season', then it is not ALL the best time. May and June would be out of peak season which is July and August. September and October would also be shoulder season. But July and August are the warmest months. So do you want your cake or do you want to eat it? You can't have both and you certainly can't have best and cheapest in the same mouthful.
Dec 13, 2007 9:39 PM
5Thank you for all the responses. I didn't phrase it well, what I was asking was best time as far as peak season and cheapest time (season irrelevant). Sorry I was not clear about that. but I still got the answers I need. Also kiliki talks about hot temps, just wondering what is considered to be hot? I live in South East Queensland, Australia and a 40 degrees Celsius summer temperature is considered pretty normal.. Thank you all again
Dec 14, 2007 10:02 AM
6The two cheapest months for hotels in Paris are February and August.
Dec 14, 2007 12:05 PM
Dec 16, 2007 2:55 PM
8We have travelled in Spain & Portugal, Italy and France, all in October and/or November. For us it is an ideal time: uncrowded, no reservations needed (except for special holidays), fall colors are lovely, and prices are lower.
The down side is that you won't probably want to spend a lot of time laying around on the beach, or sitting in sidewalk cafes people-watching . However, if you like to hike and bike, or do a lot of sightseeing on foot, brisk weather is better than sweltering heat for that type of thing.
Dec 18, 2007 1:47 PM
Dec 18, 2007 9:21 PM
10I have traveled in Andalucia and Barcelona in mid-January. So long as you're not after beach weather, you should be fine. (Granada can be frigid, but bring a good coat if that's a concern since the Alhambra should be the highlight of any visit to Andalucia.)
Reasons to go in January:
- It's low season, so prices are cheaper, lines/queues are shorter, and last minute accomodation is easier to find.
- Europe isn't shut down like it is in August.
Dec 18, 2007 11:30 PM
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