Low season travels

Generally in tourism industry there are three seasons – low season (November – March), shoulder season (April, May, June, September, October) and high season (July, August). This can come in handy for a budget-minded traveler.

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winter in Berlin

Low season offers many advantages, such as low prices and good deals. Many hotels offer their services for up to 50% less then in high season. Also, you can avoid crowds that come over the summer, so peace and quiet is almost guaranteed.

 

However, you might find yourself caught in a bad weather, with constant drizzle or chilly winds. In addition, many properties opt for renovation during the low season, therefore your experience might be compromised.

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husky ride in Estonia

Still, there are more advantages than disadvantages for traveling in the low season. Call the local Tourist Information Center and ask what to expect, which properties are under renovation and what attractions are open. Europe is a wonderful place for low season traveling, with festivals and events popping up also during winter time.

 

Try also to experience the other side of the country with its winter coat on. In Latvia, the most popular thing to do is bobsleigh in the nearby Sigulda, a perfect thing to entertain yourself during the winter months. Tallinn will thrill you with ice climbing, while Vilnius could captivate you with curling. In Slovenia, Georgia and Slovakia you will find some of the best skiing spots on the continent. Berlin and Belgrade are truly cities that never sleep, with bustling culture and exciting nightlife throughout the year.

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winter in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Should season might be an attractive option too. You will still get much lower prices than in the high season, yet the weather will be more pleasant and cities more full of life. Mediterranean region, take Barcelona for example, offers high temperatures and plenty of sun already in April. Pack lightly and catch your summer before the real summer comes!

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spring in Barcelona

Remember, plan wisely, regularly check the best flight deals, monitor the weather and check the sights you want to see before your departure. Low season travels might just become your favourite thing to do!

Spring celebrations around Europe

Every year around 20-21st of March the day becomes equal to the night – both last exactly 12 hours. This is the time when officially the spring begins. There are many traditions around the world to welcome the arrival of spring and celebrate the new life. We looked into most of our destinations to see what the spring celebrations looks like in the different countries.

LATVIA

True to its pagan roots, Latvia celebrates spring in the time of the solstice (21st or 22nd of March). Celebrations are normally held around the country where Latvians welcome spring with pagan songs and traditions to embrace the arrival of spring and the sun.

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LITHUANIA

In Lithuania they have similar celebrations as in Latvia as they both share strong pagan roots and Baltic symbolism. However, in Lithuania sun is celebrated in the form of light, so this year children made sculptures with candles that were lit up after the sunset.

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ESTONIA

The name of the celebration in Estonian is munapyhad, which literally means egg fest, but it also goes under the name suvisted. The name of the latter comes the word suvi, which means summer and denotes the termination of winter and beginning of the time of light.

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In Slovenia thing are a bit different. On the forenight of St. Gregory people make little boat that carry candles down the river. This symbolises that days are getting longer and we no longer need artificial lightning. The following day the traditional day of the lovers is celebrated, because it folk tradition this is the day when the birds are ‘getting married’.

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Best place to experience traditional culture in spring is Hollókő. This hillside village still celebrates springtime fertility rituals with folk costumes, dances, music and…. boys chasing girls with buckets of water. Any for fertility!

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GERMANY

Germands don’t really agree that spring starts in March, so they celebrate the arrival of spring in the end of April with the famous Walpurgisnacht when the witches party with gods. On this day they light bonfires and in the countryside it is still popular to prank your fellow villagers.

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SERBIA

There are several small celebrations throughout the spring months in Serbia, but the really big one is Đurđevdan (George’s Day). Normally it is celebrated with food, songs, dancing and lots of greenery. It is also a very important holiday of the Southern Roma, who call this day ederlezi.

SPAIN

Falles (Fallas) is a fire celebration in Valencia. This holiday comes with processions throughout five nights. On the final night falles (big sculptures) are burnt in bonfires. Surely a true spectacle for the visitors!

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POLAND

In Poland spring is traditionally welcomed by drowning of Marzanna, a figure that represents winter and death. They drown her on the Death Sunday (4th Sunday after Lent). Once she’s under water you need to turn back on her to truly complete the farewell to winter.

CZECH REPUBLIC AND SLOVAKIA

Similar tradition is upheld in both Czech Republic and Slovakia. Their creature is called Morena, which is the old Slavic goddess of death, winter and underworld.

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There you have it. Spring is obviously the perfect time to visit any of the above mentioned destinations! You will get to see the peculiar and exciting festivities, the sun will be shining ever more brightly and you can still catch the low seasons prices!
Let the spring begin!