They say the best time to visit Europe is May through September, which were the exact months we lived in Spain this year. In the past, we’ve always found ourselves on European vacations in those quiet weeks between Christmas and March, so I was thrilled at the chance to sightsee in gorgeous weather.
Long days and sunshine can’t be beat, but we quickly realized the best time to go somewhere also means the busiest. Everywhere we went, we were shoulder to shoulder with a million other tourists, waiting in lines and being charged premium prices.
If you’re not heading to a specifically summertime-only destination, consider bumping your itinerary to the off season. Along with cheaper prices and smaller crowds, here are a few things that I think make winter the best bet for your European getaway.