When it is cold and grey at home and the days are long and dark then what you need is a holiday in the sunshine! Everyone knows that Europe is a great warm destination for summer but what many people don’t know is that even during the winter months there are still some great locations that get plenty of sunshine and whilst it may not be warm enough to hit the beach in your swimming gear, you will still be able you to enjoy some meals al fresco with your sunglasses on!
An advantage to traveling to European holiday destinations in the winter is that you escape the hoards of crowds that the popular destinations see in the summer months. You will have all the time in the world to wander around the many historical and cultural sites without having to fight with the crowds.
Here we have picked three of the best destinations for winter sun in Europe…
Winter is the ideal time to enjoy Malta’s beautiful countryside and incredible historical and cultural sights. The winter climate is mild with an average of five to six hours of sunshine a day and temperatures rarely falling below 15C.
Magnificent prehistoric temples including Tarxien and Ggantija are ideal to see in the winter months without all the crowds ruining your photographs and the hot summer heat making sight seeing almost unpleasant. Winter is also a great time to visit for those who enjoy outdoor activities and hiking, climbing and cycling are all popular in Malta.
Malta is an extremely religious country and if you are lucky enough to visit around Christmas then you will be able to experience some of the many festivities that the villages and towns around the islands put on including hand made crib displays with beautiful nativity figures.
Pace of life is more relaxed in winter in Malta without the summer crowds and you will get to see more of Maltese day-to-day life and how there are other industries in Malta as well as tourism.
Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands sees climates up to 21C in January and February making it extremely appealing when the wind and rain are battering down at home!
Tenerife is the most varied of all of the Canary Islands making it ideal for all kinds of holiday. Busy resorts like Las Americas have lots going on throughout the year with plenty of entertainment through the day and night. Those who are looking for a quieter destination should consider the former fishing village of Los Cristianos with its busy port and picturesque seafront.
Activity lovers will be spoilt for choice in Tenerife, with the Teide National Park offering a wide range of activities as well as a hike to the top of Mount Teide’s dramatic volcanic peak. Golf lovers will be able to enjoy playing at one of the many golf courses dotted around the island.
Beautiful beaches with both golden and volcanic sands offer plenty of space to roll out a towel and relax and when you are ready to take a break from your book there are always a wide variety of water sports on offer.
Cyprus sees winter temperatures averaging at around 20C making it a great destination if you want to feel the sun on your back but don’t want the sticky heat that comes with the higher climates you might find if you venture out of Europe during the winter months.
Popular resorts in Cyprus such as Limassol, Ayia Napa and Paphos have beautiful beaches and wonderful sightseeing opportunities. If you are lucky enough to visit Cyprus on your holiday then you should take some time to see some of it’s beautiful nature including the Troodos National Forest Park. The temperature is cooler in the mountains and high up in the Troodos mountains, Mount Olympus even offers skiing opportunities from January to March for when you fancy something different from the beach!