A perennially appealing destination, Europe is irresistible whatever the season. Whether you’re seeking sun-kissed shorelines or snow-dusted cityscapes, our guide will point you to the best European locations to visit for every season of the year.
Where To Go In Summer
June – August
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Colourful houses teeter precariously along jagged cliffs that plunge down to crystal clear waters, warmed by the summer sun. The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most glamorous destinations, and a place you can’t help falling in love with. Climb up Positano’s many stairways and soak up the charms of Ravello.
Visit here on: Italian Concerto
A location so often sprinkled with rain, in summer, the magical Highlands bask in the glow of the Scottish sun. See its windswept wildernesses, inky black lochs and legend-laden Eilean Donan Castle, which occupies its own tiny island.
Visit here on: Scotland’s Highlands, Islands and Cities
Where To Go In Autumn
September – November
Balmy temperatures and quieter streets make Dubrovnik a superlative autumnal spot! Explore its medieval city walls, admire the Rector’s Palace and swoon at its Franciscan and Dominican monasteries in the clement afternoon sun.
Visit here on: Balkan Delight
As the autumn leaves change from green to gold to russet and magenta, Bavaria’s landscapes are aglow with colour. Journey through its forests for show-stopping natural vistas and visit the attractive medieval town of Rothenberg. Don’t forget to explore the Baroque beauty of Munich and enjoy a beer or two.
Visit it on: Best of Germany and Austria
Where To Go In Winter
December – February
A generous dusting of snow turns Moscow’s palaces and squares into a fairy-tale winter wonderland. A true feast for the eyes, wrap up warm and pirouette your way around St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin Walls and Gorky Park.
Visit on: Festive St. Petersburg and Moscow
Germany’s capital comes alive at Christmas as the aroma of glühwein and gingerbread permeates the air. We’re talking Christmas markets galore. Shop for handcrafted gifts and tuck into currywurst before visiting Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate.
Visit it on: German Christmas Markets
Where To Go In Spring
March – May
Tulips, tulips, tulips! The capital of the Netherlands is positively blooming come springtime. Jump on a bike and weave around its canals, see the Dutch masters at the Rijksmuseum, and pay a visit to Keukenhof tulip fields for a floral fiesta.
Visit it on: Best of Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg
“April in Paris, this is a feeling that no one can ever reprise…” So sung Ol’ Blue Eyes. There’s a reason this captivating French city is beloved at this time of year. Chestnut groves blossom, café terraces come alive, and cherry blossoms perk up the boulevards. Amble along the Seine and ascend the Eiffel Tower for a spectacular spring cityscape.
Visit it on: Paris Explorer
Images: Amsterdam © iStock/Noppasin-Wongchum. Croatia © iStock/ultramarinfoto. Amalfi Coast © iStock/ronnybas. Berlin © iStock/querbeet. Bavaria © iStock/DieterMeyrl. Paris © iStock/Xavier-Arnau. Moscow © iStock. Highlands © iStock/ sara_winter.