If you’re thinking of taking a trip to popular destinations along the Mediterranean, here is a month-by-month guide to picking the best time for you:
January and February are awesome because no one ever travels during that time, and you get to see a city at its most normal. Also, there are great ticket deals.
March is the same as above, only warmer – but you can also hit a rainy patch.
April is lovely – but you need to check when Easter falls that year, especially if you’re traveling throughout Italy.
May is my second-favorite month for traveling in this area – you can catch a beach day, you can dine al fresco, and the nights still get cool enough for a solid sleep.
June and July are just fun – sure, there are more tourists – and with children in tow! – but if you’re looking to just relax and have a good time, these months are spent outside, day and night.
August is NO NO NO.* Everything decent closes down and it’s all tourists.
September is HEAVEN from start to finish – gorgeous weather, normal rhythms, and good sleeping weather toward the end.
October can be equally lovely, and actually is becoming my favorite month over here – but it also can be rainy as well, which isn’t good if you’re looking to trek around.
November’s a great time to visit if you love to vacation but hate sweating. Skip the turkey and football – spend a long weekend in Europe!
December is nice because it’s my birthday month, and also everything is all tarted up classy-like for the holidays, basking in a warm glow of good will and mulled wine.
*August can also be a dream month, if you really want to do absolutely nothing for your vacation and you are able to stay away from popular sites. There is less traffic, less crowds while you’re trying to go about your daily business, and the days seem endless. If you like sitting on the beach all day, walking down empty streets, and eating chilled seafood dishes on your friends’ terraces, then August is the month for you.