When to Go

High Season (Jul–Aug)

  • Busy roads and long lines at key sights.
  • Vacancies at a premium and higher prices in seaside and mountain resorts.
  • Festivals celebrate everything from music to wine and sailing to samba.

Shoulder Season (Apr–Jun, Sep–Oct)

  • Expect smaller crowds and lower prices, except on public holidays.
  • Blooming, colourful flowers in spring and radiant foliage in autumn.
  • Sunny, temperate weather that's ideal for outdoor pursuits and exploration.

Low Season (Nov–Mar)

  • No queues but shorter hours at key sights, some of which may close for the season.
  • Theatre, concert and opera season in full swing.
  • Ski resorts busiest in January and February.