For little ones and loved ones, thrill seekers and chill seekers, curious minds and curious palates, Europe has got it all. Year round, the continent is full of seasonal surprises perfect for a short haul getaway come rain, shine or snow. Ski across Scandinavia’s hinterland on a winter getaway, step back in time to Italy’s Renaissance in spring, bask on a beach in the Med for the summer and sip on Spanish wine in the spirit of autumn for the best way to experience this vast and varied continent, no matter the time of year.
Dusted in snow and sprinkled with festive spirit, winter is a wonderful time of the year to visit Europe. Whether it be soaking up Christmas magic in Lapland or carving up fresh powder snow in the Alps, Europe is well and truly open for business in winter. Batten down the hatches and snuggle up in a remote hunting lodge, don your cosiest knit and tuck into a fondue with the family or soak in a steaming hot natural spring to beat the winter blues once and for all.
Spring breathes new life into Europe. Shutters swing open in cities across the continent, early birds dip their toes in the Med and all the while, skiers steal some last minute time on the slopes. Our specialists have selected their favourite European spots to visit at this time of year whether you're travelling as a couple or with the whole family in tow.
Throughout the summer, Europe basks in sunshine. Across the continent, leisurely days are best spent by the beach or enjoying an alfresco lunch, or two. There is nothing we love more than a week on the Med but look further afield, to the crystal clear waters of the Dalmatian Coast, to the majestic Alps or to the endless days of Scandinavia for a European escape that will tick the boxes for a romantic escape, an active break or a family getaway.
In autumn, Europe turns to gold as the trees don their autumn jackets and the continent begins to wrap up warm for winter. In the south, long, warm days prevail, making pockets of the Med ideal for a dose of last minute winter sun. Elsewhere in Europe's cities, the crowds of summer have all but disappeared making it the perfect time of year for a spot of sightseeing.
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