Remember to consider the climate of your castles destination. Italy, for example, might conjure up images of castles in Tuscan valleys where you’ll partake of afternoon strolls through gorgeous vineyards. But during the winter, many of these regions enjoy blizzards just as much as any other wintery environ.
On the other hand, if you are traveling during the summer, you have to plan for strong heat and a good amount of sun.
Castles trip in SPRING – March, April, May
In general, Spring weather on your castles trip might invite a gorgeous array of flowers and that fresh, clean feeling that always comes after winter. But along with that beauty, there can still be a small remnant of winter cold, not to mention rain. Be sure to prepare for any unpredictability the weather throws at you with appropriate layers, water-resistant shoes (rain boots can also be wise), and a waterproof jacket. Don’t forget a warm scarf either — its a lifesaver when an unexpected chill arrives courtesy of a rogue wind!
Castles trip in SUMMER – June, July, August
– Summer is one of the best times of year to visit castles because you don’t have to worry about the wintery cold. But with the warmer climate comes greater crowds. Prepare yourself for potentially longer lines to access the most popular castles, and stave off the sun with layers, lightweight pants or shorts. You’ll be doing a lot of walking so don’t forget comfortable sneakers or sandals
Castles trip in FALL – September, October, and November
Fall is a magical time of year when nature begins to take on a full array of bold colors. Autumn months in Europe are colder in general, but can still be quite warm during the day. Play it safe with basics that can accommodate both extremes with a light jacket and scarf. Don’t forget your comfortable shoes!
Castles trip in WINTER – December, January, February
A castles trip in winter conjures up visions of long nights spent alongside warm hearths inside turreted castles. A castle laden with snow is truly a majestic sight, but to enjoy it, you want to be focused on the scenery and not on your frozen toes. A castles trip during the winter will require a full winter wardrobe, including a warm coat, scarf, convertible mittens, and winter boots.
Dressing Appropriately for the Activity – (Click to expand)
Exploring the splendor of the many majestic castles across Europe requires a mix of style and practicality. No matter what you choose to wear, be sure to include a few basics: comfortable shoes
, a warm jacket
and a dependable scarf
that is both stylish and warm.
Staying overnight in a castle: With their stone walls, castles are quite good at keeping themselves as cold as an igloo. If you are lucky enough to be staying inside one, it is truly a unique and enchanting experience—but protect yourself by keeping your feet warm with wool socks that will protect them from icy floors. Don’t forget pajamas that will help stave off the cold air.
Hiking: Some of the most beautiful castles are in such pristine condition because they are more remote. If you plan on visiting one of these more remote castles, prepare yourself for the trek to access them with appropriate hiking gear, such ass moisture-wicking pants and shirts, as well as a solid pair of hiking shoes.
Nightlife: Sometime during your trip you will likely enjoy a nice dinner with friends both old and new. If you are lucky, you might even get invited to dine with the locals! Be sure to pack appropriately for the occasion—depending on how fancy the restaurant is, you might want to wear a dress, or for a more casual look, pack a sweater and stylishjeans.