At some point during the winter, escaping the cold rainy weather is a must. The rain and the grey skies give you the perfect opportunity to cosy up at home, but it can get a bit old. Which is why getting away to a warmer climate to escape the cold and just shake up your environment can make getting through the winter that much easier. Luckily, there are a few options within Europe so your winter escape can be just a short flight away.
Top warmer climate Europe destinations
Going to Sicily outside of the summer months means fewer crowds and more affordable prices. The lines will be shorter at the archaeological sites, the food will be just as incredible, and the whole island just has a different and more relaxed feel to it. For accommodation you can check out luxury villas in Sicily: thanks to platforms like Wishsicily, they are pretty easy to find and renting one is much more affordable than one may think. In fact, if you are traveling with your family, it can be less expensive than multiple hotel rooms.
The island country of Cyprus is unique all around. Winter temperatures in Cyprus generally stick around 20 degrees Celsius, due to its sub-tropical climate. The coast gets 3200 annual hours of sunshine! There are plenty historical sites to see, as well as beaches, nature parks and museums you can visit for when you want to make your way around the island.
Malta has a mild Mediterranean climate and hardly ever rains during the winter, so your chances of successfully avoiding rain are in your favor! During the day it reaches between 15 to 19 degrees Celsius. Malta is home to 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so between your visits to these and just enjoying the coastline, you will simply forget what time of the year it is.
The Canary Islands
If you want pure warmth, somewhere along the Canary Islands is the place to be. The wintertime is actually high season here because many Europeans come here to escape their cold weather back home. The Canary Islands are part of Spain, including Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, The south of Tenerife, for example, is where most tourist resorts are located as it is warmer than the north. If you want a combination of relaxation during the day and then nightlife, in Tenerife the Playa de Las Americas is the place to be. The islands thankfully have a wonderful combination of it being nice during the winter months and also not being too expensive to hop over to the islands.
Andalusia is culture-rich, has wonderful food and a good climate at any time of the year. The summits of the Sierra Nevada are white, yet you still have the sandy beaches to relax at. For warmer temperatures in the winter, Marbella and anywhere along the Costa del Sol are great options. One of the best parts about visiting Andalusia is how easy it is to get there from the rest of Europe. There are airports in both Malaga and Seville.
So, when are you going on your winter getaway?