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Off-season holidays

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During the holiday season, i.e. in the period from mid-June to mid-September, popular holiday resorts experience a real siege of tourists, and holiday prices are on average 20-35 percent higher than in the other months.

Off-season holidays are therefore an excellent alternative for people who prefer a holiday at a lower price and in a period characterized by less tourist traffic.

Tourism experts point out, however, that post-season holidays may look different in typically seasonal tourist destinations than in year-round resorts.

Seasonal directions

When planning holidays after the holiday season in one of the typically seasonal towns (located, for example, within island Greece or on the Turkish Riviera), remember that the post-season period lasts about 4 weeks (generally this period falls from mid-September to mid-October and only in some regions it may be extended to the end of October). Additionally, in this short post-season period, the service of tourists looks different in large and popular resorts than in more intimate towns.

Tourism specialists from the portal give the example of Crete in this respect, where large resorts such as Hersonissos are teeming with life at least until mid-October, while smaller towns, such as Agia Pelagia, turn into oases of peace and quiet after the season. This information is important because tourists who still count on a large dose of entertainment after the season should decide to relax in a very popular resort, while those tourists who want a quiet rest on the hotel premises or by the beach can place for a vacation in a much smaller village.

As for the hotels themselves, in the off-season they provide tourists with most of the attractions available during the season, although it should also be borne in mind that some facilities may be renovated at this time (e.g. swimming pools or mini aquaparks). Additionally, in some hotels, due to the smaller number of holidaymakers, meals may be slightly less varied than in the high season. The off-season is also not necessarily the best time to go with young children, because the animators who support children's mini clubs and interest clubs finish their work at the beginning of September, so in the off-season, parents usually do not have the opportunity to leave their child under their care.

Year-round directions

In the case of towns with favorable climatic conditions throughout the year, the post-season period lasts from the end of September to the beginning of June (the only exception is the second half of December and the first half of January, i.e. the period of Christmas and New Year, when prices go down to up and where there is a greater intensity of tourist traffic). The most popular year-round destinations include, among others Egypt (resorts such as Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh), the Canary Islands (such as Costa Calma in Fuerteventura or Maspalomas in Gran Canaria) and Madeira (destinations such as Funchal or Ponta Delgada).

As experts argue, tourists who choose one of the year-round destinations for off-season holidays do not have to think about the size and popularity of specific places, because, unlike seasonal resorts, they operate on the same principles throughout the year. This means, therefore, that in every resort shops and restaurants are open at the usual times, and tourists have at their disposal museums, water parks and car rentals at all times.

Summing up, it must be said that vacation after the holiday season is an excellent alternative for individual travelers who prefer to rest in relative peace and at a lower price. At the same time, tourists who plan intensive sightseeing, and who may be thwarted by high temperatures in the summer months, should choose off-season holidays.