When To Go

High Season (Jul & Aug)

  • Hotels are full, often booked months in advance and at their priciest.
  • It is hot: 35°C is fairly common at lunch time.
  • Alpine resorts fill up with skiers and snowboarders during the December to March ski season.

Shoulder Season (Apr–Jun, Sep & Oct)

  • The best time of year to travel, with good weather and no school-holiday crowds.
  • Spring blooms and autumn colours.
  • Prices drop in many areas compared to the peak months of July and August.

Low Season (Nov–Mar)

  • Very quiet, especially in rural areas and coastal resorts, where many hotels close.
  • Attractions open shorter hours.
  • Prices are at their lowest: 20% to 30% off summer rates.