Ireland covers a large part of the island of the same name, which is largely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Its location west of the United Kingdom means that Ireland falls into the westerly supply of depressions and rainfall areas. The temperate maritime climate that determines Ireland's weather is heavily influenced by the relatively warm Gulf Stream or North Atlantic Drift. The seawater ensures that it rarely gets seriously cold during the winter months but that temperatures are actually tempered during the summer months. This results in summers where summer temperatures are not so easily reached and tropical temperatures (30 degrees or above) are the exception. Most people do not visit Ireland for a sun holiday, but to experience the history, culture and nature of this fascinating holiday destination.
The Republic of Turkey is one of the absolute top destinations when it comes to flight holidays to the sun. The beautiful beaches, the many hotels and the warm climate ensure that hundreds of thousands of Dutch people get on a plane to Turkey every year. For many, the main goal is to celebrate a well-cared-for sun holiday. In the case of Turkey, it is mainly the all-inclusive holidays that are very popular. This proven concept has put Turkey on the map as a tourist destination. However, Turkey is much more than all-inclusive tourism. It is a fascinating country with an ancient culture, making Turkey bursting with interesting cities, places and sights. More and more tourists are discovering this side of this special country.
Its location in Eastern Europe means that Romania has to deal with a continental climate, which ensures cold winters and warm summers. The best time to travel to Romania is from May to September. This is the period with the greatest chance of spring-like or summer temperatures and a reasonable amount of sunshine. Romania is not a very wet destination anyway, so the precipitation is hardly a determining factor when determining the best time to travel. In fact, during what we consider to be the best time to travel to Romania, there is the most precipitation. May, June and July are in many places the wettest months of the year. However, the amounts are so limited that they are still not outright wet months.
The Republic of Latvia belongs to the Baltic States, which are located in north-eastern Europe. Latvia's climate lies on the border of a temperate continental climate (Dfb) and the temperate maritime climate (Cfb). The influence of the Baltic Sea, on which Latvia is situated, is certainly present. The regular influx of very cool air from the east in the winter or very warm air in the summer means that Latvia can experience the capriciousness that is a distinctive feature of a continental climate.
The Republic of Slovenia is a country located in the central part of Europe. The state was created when Yugoslavia fell apart in 1991. Slovenia lies on the Adriatic Sea, where it has a relatively short coastline. It measures only 47 kilometres. The coastal area is fairly flat and has a temperate Mediterranean climate. Inland, it is mostly mountainous, with lower lying areas behind it. The temperate continental climate prevails here with an alpine climate in the higher places. Since the rain comes mainly from the Gulf of Genoa, the western part of Slovenia is significantly wetter than the east, which is sheltered behind the mountainous areas. The Karavanke and Julian Alps receive the most precipitation, which in winter often takes the form of snow.