Finding the Best European Holiday Destinations
While many globally acclaimed cities like London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, and Rome certainly sum up an impressive tour of European holiday destinations, thousands of other appealing locales around Europe will satisfy the highest level of travel pleasure. The reason why this is so is because, unlike many parts of the planet, Europe has a wide range of interesting destinations to offer tourists. For example, while many cities in North America boast tourist attractions that include spectacular natural scenery or spectacular sites with a strong connection to European culture, many other destinations in Europe simply have to offer. A question might therefore arise, what makes Europe so much better than many North American destinations? The answers can be many and varied.
One of the most prominent reasons why European holiday destinations are always better than other destinations is the climate. Whereas many Americans may only associate cold weather with snow, the truth is that nearly all of Europe is well suited for a variety of seasons. April, May, September, October, November, December, and January feature average temperatures that frequently exceed forty degrees Fahrenheit, often with little to no humidity. Contrast this with the United States, where average temperatures fall below freezing for extended periods throughout the year. It’s little wonder then that Europeans enjoy an array of sunny weather, year-round.
As an additional plus, nearly all of Europe is well accessible by road. From London, England to Paris, France to Rome, Italy, it is easy to travel from one end of the continent to the other. This is particularly true in terms of travel from the United Kingdom, which is often the easiest gateway to another part of Europe. April, May, September, October, November, December, and January, on the other hand, are consistently the hottest months in terms of air travel. In addition to being extremely popular travel times, April, May, September, and October are also the school holidays in most European countries, which provide students with the opportunity to extend their summer vacation.
Along with high average temperatures, European holiday destinations are typically home to some of the most lush scenery in the world. France in particular boasts some of the most picturesque landscapes in Europe, including the majestic Chateau de Versailles, which can only be visited during the summer months. Other destinations that feature rugged terrain include Spain’s Costa del Sol, which offers the opportunity to hike along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and to take a boat ride across the channel to London. March, April, June, July, and September are typically the cooler months in terms of temperature across most of Europe, with April and September being the most extreme months of the year in some areas. Average temperatures are generally less than forty degrees Fahrenheit during springtime, but vary significantly during fall and winter.
The United Kingdom is generally considered one of the colder destinations in Europe, although it does have one of the warmer temperate climates in the northern hemisphere. A typical March evening in the UK will feel much like an April day, as temperatures rarely dip below the freezing mark. For travelers coming from warmer parts of the world, the autumn and winter months offer some of the most beautiful scenes in Europe, especially London, which can only be visited in the summer months. The nearest international airport to Edinburgh is also only a couple hours away, making it easy to get to the capital without spending too much time traveling between cities.
For those looking for the most spectacular views in Europe, April is often a good choice. The European continent’s mountains are blanketed in snow all year around, making it difficult to visit any of its destinations without spending time waiting for the clouds to clear. While April may not feature a particularly bright or spectacular destination, it does offer many options for those looking to travel to some of the most remote regions in the continent. The nearest international airport to Brussels is only about thirty miles from the average temperature on this continent, so travelers interested in seeing the European Alps should plan to arrive in Brussels about a week or so before their trip.