The Balkan country of Albania is located by the sea, but has a climate that is sometimes more like a continental climate than a maritime one because of its capriciousness. Officially, Albania has a warm Mediterranean climate in the coastal areas and a temperate Mediterranean climate inland. On the mountain tops, there is a continental climate with, on the highest peaks, a subarctic climate, which is quite exceptional for this latitude. The best time to travel to Albania is from May to September. This is the period when it is not too cold and the weather is mostly good.
The mini-state of Andorra is centrally located in the Pyrenees. As a result, the country has an average altitude of almost two kilometres, with a highest peak of 2946 metres. Although Andorra is located in a zone with a predominantly Mediterranean climate, it has a mixture of three climate types: a temperate maritime climate, a temperate continental climate and, at its highest points, a high mountain climate. Because of this, Andorra experiences mostly warm summers, but the winters are rather cold. Andorra also differs in its precipitation pattern. Here you can expect rain or snow all year round, with the season and the altitude determining the form of the precipitation. If you want to travel to Andorra for an active or cultural holiday, we would choose June to mid-September as the best time to travel.
The islands of Antigua and Barbuda are tropically warm all year round, with only slight variations in temperature. Due to its location within the Windward Islands, this island state has two seasons. The drier season is the best time to travel to Antigua and Barbuda. This is from late December or early January to late May. The time when the drier season starts can vary from year to year. Therefore, we are a little cautious about the start of the best travel season. From June onwards, the surcharge increases and the wetter season begins, lasting until mid-December. Some speak of a rainy season, but if you look at the intensity and duration of the showers, that qualification is actually a bit too much of a good thing.
With a surface area of more than 7.5 million square kilometres, Australia is an enormous country with different types of climate. Therefore, there is no simple answer to the question 'what is the best time to travel to Australia? In fact, you can visit Australia all year round. It depends on your specific destination what the best time to travel "Down Under" is. Will you go to the tropical north, visit the outback or stay in the south of Australia? That determines when you should travel to this diverse country.
The Republic of Austria is a country located in Central Europe. Austria is situated in the Alps, which means that a large part of the country is mountainous. Approximately two thirds of Austria lies at more than five hundred metres above sea level. Because of its location, the large bodies of water have little influence on the weather in Austria. Therefore, Austria has a temperate continental climate with a high mountain climate at the higher altitudes. Typical for the weather in Austria is the capriciousness you can have to deal with. This can cause big differences in temperature and weather within a relatively short period of time. In addition, the weather, especially locally, is sometimes difficult to predict. The mountains can play an unexpected role, causing the final weather to be quite different from what the meteorologists predicted. Especially in the Alps, the risk of sudden changes of weather is to be expected throughout the year.
Its location in north-eastern Europe means that Belarus has a temperate continental climate. As a result, the country has four seasons with more extremes than, for example, the Netherlands. Winters are cool and relatively long. November can be seen as the first month of winter and it is not until the end of March that winter ends in Belarus. After a short spring, the rather warm summer starts in June. The summer season lasts until August, after which there is a two-month autumn when temperatures drop significantly.
The climate in Belgium is called temperate. Or more precisely: a temperate maritime climate, which occurs mainly along the Atlantic coast of Europe and is strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream.
The temperate maritime climate occurs between the polar and subtropical climates. Because of this location, it is alternately influenced by both climate zones. The proximity of the sea exerts a particularly strong influence. Due to their vastness (seas and oceans cover about 70% of the globe) and their thermal inertia (they take a long time to warm up or cool down), the stored heat is slowly released to the atmosphere (by evaporation and conduction). This explains why this climate has few extremes and is generally characterised by relatively mild winters and fresh, humid summers.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is located in the Balkans. It has a coastal strip that is about eight kilometres long. Behind it lies a lowland plain which, like the short stretch of coastline, has a Mediterranean climate. Further inland, the landscape has a more hilly to mountainous character. The climate is more extreme there, changing from a temperate maritime climate to a continental climate as soon as you reach higher altitudes. If you are planning a holiday in Bosnia and Herzegovina, May to September is the best time to travel. If you don't like the heat, you may want to avoid the summer months of July and August. The average afternoon temperature is between 24 and 30 degrees, but higher temperatures are possible. If you prefer more moderate temperatures, it is better to go on holiday to Bosnia and Herzegovina in June or September.
The South African country of Botswana is a fairly popular holiday destination among people who want to spot wild animals during a safari. A good planning about when you travel to Botswana is important if you want to travel comfortably and spot enough animals. The country, which lies at an average altitude of about a thousand metres, has two types of climate: the warm desert climate (type BWh) in the south-west and within the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and the warm steppe climate (type BSh) elsewhere in Botswana.
The eastern European country of Bulgaria has a mix of maritime climates, subtropical climates and inland continental climates and even a tundra climate on the highest mountain peaks. This mix is due to the geographical location, the differences in altitude and the influences of the Black Sea. The best time to travel to Bulgaria depends mainly on your destination. For most trips to Bulgaria, mid-May to mid-October is the best time to travel. Think especially of round trips and city breaks to Bulgaria, for example to the beautiful capital Sofia. Due to the possible heat and heavy thunderstorms that can occur in the months of July and August, it would be better to choose late spring or early autumn for tours and city trips instead of the middle of summer.
The Republic of Croatia is a country located in south-eastern Europe. It used to belong to Yugoslavia. After Croatia became independent in 1991, tourism increased. In recent years, the country has become a very popular holiday destination. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, Croatia is mainly a summer destination. If you realise that the country has no less than 5835 kilometres of coastline, of which 1777 kilometres on the mainland, this will come as little surprise. The Dinaric Alps separate the coast from the lowland plains behind it, which run as far as Hungary and have a continental climate.
The Republic of Cyprus covers the southern half of the island of Cyprus. Thanks to its location in the eastern Mediterranean, the country enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and mild wetter winters. Cyprus is a favourite destination among sun lovers who are virtually guaranteed good beach weather during the summer months. In the months of July and August, it will be too hot rather than too cold. Temperatures exceeding 35 degrees are possible during the day. The only place where you can find some cooling is in the Troödos Mountains, where it is sometimes ten degrees cooler than on the coast at the higher elevations.
The Czech Republic, located in the centre of Europe, has a mix of almost flat lowlands, hilly landscapes and a number of mountains, which often serve as national borders. The climate of the Czech Republic is mainly a mix of a temperate maritime climate and a temperate continental climate. In the mountains, you will also find the tundra climate at higher altitudes. Because the Czech Republic is in Europe, there are four seasons which are almost equal to our seasons.
Denmark is located in the large part of north-western Europe that has a temperate maritime climate. Because of this, Denmark has four seasons, each with their own weather patterns. The winters are fairly mild and can have some vicious winter days. Spring and autumn are fickle, with both cool days and pleasantly warm days possible. The summer is moderate on average. What you will notice in Denmark is that both sunny hot summers and changeable cooler summers can occur. If you take all the climate statistics into consideration, the summer is the best time to travel to Denmark. The most pleasant travel period is from the end of May to the beginning of September. If you had to choose, we would prefer July and August for almost all of our trips. That coincides with the Dutch summer holidays, which makes Denmark a travel destination that is mainly visited during the summer holidays.
Egypt is one of the warmest and sunniest tourist destinations within a 5-hour flight from Europe. The warm weather, together with the many luxurious resorts and the wonderful diving opportunities in the Red Sea, are important factors for the popularity of the land of the pyramids and camels.
Estonia is the northernmost country of the Baltic States. It is separated from more northerly Finland by the Gulf of Finland. Estonia's climate lies on the boundary between a temperate maritime climate and a temperate continental climate. Summers are generally mild and the winter months are on the cool side. Precipitation is fairly evenly spread throughout the year, with more being recorded in the period July to November than in the period December to June. In winter, a fair share of the precipitation falls in the form of snow or other winter precipitation. The winter months are very gloomy. In the month of January, the sun shines on average for less than an hour a day. The rest of the time it is half to heavily cloudy. As the relative humidity is high during this coolest time of year, fog or mist forms quite easily.
Finland is a holiday destination that is popular both in summer and winter. The winter months are especially popular because of the ever-present snow in Finnish Lapland and the chance to see the northern lights. The summer months are ideal for those who want to travel around Finland or make a city trip to for instance Helsinki. Although Finland is partly located by the sea, it has a continental climate. The largest part has a cool continental climate (type Dfc), which is also referred to as a subarctic climate. The southern coastal strip has a temperate continental climate (type Dfb) and in the far north there are areas with a tundra climate (type ET). The best time to travel to Finland depends mainly on your destination.
France has been a popular holiday destination for campers for years. And that is not surprising. Few countries have such a wide variety of landscapes as France. Whether you are looking for a warm beach holiday, a cycling holiday in the Alps or winter sports. You can find it all in France.
Most of France has a temperate maritime climate. Only the part along the Mediterranean Sea has a Mediterranean climate. In the highest parts of the Alps, one speaks of a high mountain climate. In France, one speaks of a four-season climate, which can all be clearly distinguished. The average annual precipitation is evenly distributed over the year, although the averages are slightly higher in the winter months.
Germany has a temperate maritime climate, whereby the geographical location and the landscape also determine the weather. There are a number of hilly areas, but in the extreme south of Germany there are real mountains that belong to the Alps. Despite the differences that can be found within Germany when it comes to weather and climate, there is a period that can generally be designated as the best time to travel to Germany. This is from May to September. This period does not guarantee pleasant weather, but it does offer the greatest chance of good weather for various travel purposes, such as city trips, walking, cycling, touring or relaxing.
Greece is an enormously popular holiday destination among the Dutch. The typical Greek atmosphere in combination with a pleasant Mediterranean climate make the various Greek islands in particular a top destination for different types of holidays. The climate on the mainland of Greece has a mix of sea and land climates. This is mainly due to the largely mountainous landscape in the interior. If you have to designate a period as the best time to travel to Greece, it is from May to mid-October, with the caveat that July and August can be very hot.
Hungary is a country located in the central part of Europe and therefore nowhere bordering on a sea or ocean. The lack of influence of seawater ensures a temperate continental climate throughout Hungary. If you look at the climate statistics you will see that the winters are on average on the cool side and the summers are quite warm. What is characteristic for a continental climate, is the capriciousness of the weather. Hot and cold periods can alternate quite rapidly, as can sunshine and rain. Thunderstorms can come quickly in the summer and cause a rather sudden change of weather. This is definitely something to take into account when going on long walks in Hungary or when being active in nature in any other way.