Although everybody loves a summer holiday, our out-of-season villa holidays are just as extraordinary, and not just because of the half-price flights and shorter queues. Many of our lovely European destinations can be thoroughly enjoyed in the quieter months, offering plenty of fantastic opportunities to relax, recharge and have fun. In a way, low-season travel is almost like seeing an entirely new destination, even if you've visited hundreds of times before. Read on to discover our favourite activities to enjoy during an off-season escape in Corfu, Mallorca, Tuscany and the Algarve.
1. Walking in Corfu
Breathtaking Corfu is characterised by its spectacular scenery, historic architecture and delicious cuisine. A trip to Corfu in the autumn, winter or spring will truly immerse you into local life, as the island will not be as crowded as it is in the summer. Corfu is home to a number of trails and hiking paths that extend along the coastline as well as further inland. The low seasons in Corfu provide the perfect time to explore wonderful scenery whilst avoiding the intense summer heat. If you're feeling particularly energetic, hop on the Corfu trail, a 220km long-distance route that spans the length of the island. This is the best way to discover the full scope of Corfu's varied landscapes, whether you're idling past olive groves and narrow gorges in the north or sandy beaches and juniper dunes in the south. We have a brilliant selection of villas near these routes in Corfu, from waterside Strongilo in St Stephano to secluded Helidoni in Kerasia.
2. Golfing in the Algarve
The Algarve is a stunning year-round destination, renown for its eye-catching beaches and crystalline waters. It is also the ideal spot for a golfing holiday, often visited for its amazing courses and resorts. October is the golfing high season in the Algarve, with the weather still pleasantly warm but not too hot. The probability of rain still remains low during autumn, providing the perfect conditions to play. Head to Villa Omar in upmarket golfing hotspot Vilamoura, or escape to Casa Jacaranda, conveniently located in the grounds of the Penina Golf Course.
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3. Cycling in Mallorca
Autumn and early spring are the ideal seasons for cycling in Mallorca. The warm and sunny climate provides the perfect riding conditions, whilst Mallorca's wonderful landscapes and well-surfaced roads will be a lot less busy too. Across the island, novice and pro cyclists alike will enjoy beautifully quiet country roads, some winding towards historic castles and others to idyllic beaches. The Cap of Formentor is possibly the most famous cycling route in Mallorca, set above Port de Pollensa and boasting some of the most breathtaking views on the island. The Tramuntana coastal road is another lovely route; here cyclists can make their way past incredible mountain ranges, scenic villages and monastery towns, followed by a well-earned coffee break in Estellences. We have a selection of properties nestled close to these cycling hotspots, from atmospheric Casa Lavanda to tasteful Deia Village House.
4. Wine tasting in Tuscany
Though Tuscany is enchanting during its sun-soaked summers, keen travelers will know that this famous Italian wine region is well worth a visit at any time of the year. The region's lush and beloved vineyards may actually be best enjoyed in autumn and early winter, particularly from September to early October. On an autumnal wine-focused escape, you can expect warm days, cool nights, and breathtaking valleys adorned in morning frost. Almost every town seems to have a harvest festival at this time of year too, whether for grapes, olives, chestnuts or the new season's wine. We have plenty of stunning properties in Tuscany. Enjoy crisp whites and full-bodied reds at the local winery near Casa di Sopra, or head to the annual Rassegna del Chianti Classico wine festival close to Casa Simona.
To find out more about our low-season destinations, make sure to speak with one of our Specialists or make an enquiry today.