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.
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.
Portugal is the most south-westerly country in Europe. Portugal is not located on the Mediterranean Sea like the other countries in the southern strip of Europe. Portugal is situated on the Atlantic Ocean. The air temperatures are as you would expect them to be in a warm or temperate Mediterranean climate. What you notice is that the seawater is cooler than that of the Mediterranean Sea and that Portugal has less to do with the heat that you can experience in summer in neighbouring Spain.
The southernmost country on the African continent is aptly named South Africa. Its location between 22 and 34 degrees south latitude ensures quite a large diversity of weather that you can expect there. A large part of South Africa consists of a plateau that lies about a thousand to two thousand metres above sea level. This tempers the temperatures somewhat. The coastal areas, in turn, have to deal with a relatively cool sea current. That is why you find penguins, seals and whales in the wild here. They are perfectly happy with South Africa's climate.
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.