Off Season Gems

Issue 5 - 2016
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Travelling outside peak times can be the perfect way to experience busy holiday destinations. Here are five incredible places best visited once the crowds have departed

Issue 5 - 2016
· Images Getty Images, Alamy

Travelling outside peak times can be the perfect way to experience busy holiday destinations. Here are five incredible places best visited once the crowds have departed

At one time, only the truly canny travelled off-season, but now more and more of us are holidaying outside peak times. Get your timing right and it’s not just great value you’ll enjoy, but fewer tourists, fascinating local events, fine weather and plenty more besides. For inspiration, here are a few of Scott Dunn’s favourite well-kept secrets… just don’t tell everyone else.


VENICE IN JANUARY

It might not be the warmest month, but travel to Venice in January and you can enjoy beautifully crisp, sunny days as well as atmospheric foggy ones. Away from the throng of tourists that descends on the city in high summer, you can take time to appreciate the city’s narrow, pretty streets, and it’s much easier to access cultural sights. Complimentary nights at hotels are common at this time, so you could enjoy a longer stay than usual. And that all-important canal trip will be a far more agreeable experience.


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Sri Lanka in May

If you’re heading to Sri Lanka with wildlife in mind, early May is a great time to visit. Stick to the east coast, where it will be fairly hot, and avoid the south and west of the island, where the hills will be wet and the sea quite rough. You can go whale watching at Jungle Beach on the east coast in May, and it’s the perfect time to visit Yala National Park. It will be very quiet, and the wildlife should be more concentrated around waterholes. The dry weather also means there’s less foliage, making it easier to spot the animals. Visiting Gal Oya National Park is a similarly wonderful experience.


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Tuscany in October

Serious foodies will be in their element in Tuscany at this time of year. One of the gastronomic highlights is a weekend-long festival, the Sagra del Tordo (The Feast of the Thrush) in Montalcino, with drum shows and an all-day banquet in the castle on the Sunday, as well as a medieval parade and archery competition – Scott Dunn can arrange tickets in advance. It’s also white truffle season, so you can go on a truffle-hunting trip. The grape harvest finishes in late September, the olive harvest is about to start, and you can’t help but get into the spirit of things with a few leisurely Tuscan lunches.


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Napa Valley in October

October is an exciting time of year in the Napa Valley, when the roads are filled with trucks overflowing with grapes. Scenery-wise, it won’t disappoint – the vineyards are in full bloom and you can watch the leaves change to beautiful autumnal shades as you sip a glass of something special. California’s finest restaurants are also on your doorstep, including Thomas Keller’s multi-Michelin-starred The French Laundry. You’ll need to book a table well in advance, but Scott Dunn can arrange this for you.


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Costa Rica in August

From mid-May to November it’s the green season in Costa Rica, a wonderful time to visit when you can expect hotel rates to be up to 30 per cent cheaper. There might be a shower or two in the afternoon, but it rarely rains all day. And the pay-off is that it’s incredibly lush, with fruit on the trees and flowers in bloom. August marks the start of the turtle-nesting season, so you could see tiny turtles heading for the sea, not to mention humpback whales arriving to birth their calves in the warm waters of the Golfo Dulce. Coffee harvests also begin at this time, so you can enjoy the freshest cup of Joe of your life. For adrenaline junkies, the weather and extra rainfall make it the perfect time for white water rafting and surfing.


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