Are you already craving summer? Us too. Yes, winter means Christmas and movie nights, but it also means being cold, wrapped up in layers and dark nights. So, why not escape the drizzle and swap it for blue skies, warmer temperatures and beautiful landscapes this winter? Whether you want to explore historical hidden treasures or relax on the beach, here are our top short-haul destinations to jet to this winter.
Costa Adeje, Tenerife
If you’re looking for a beach break, head to southern Tenerife. This Canary Island stays warm during the winter months while the rest of Europe suffers from lower temperatures. With white sand and clear blue waters, fine dining and luxurious hotels, this is the place to come to treat yourself.
Although not technically in Europe, we thought we'd include ths gem as it's under four hours away. Known for it’s surfing and chilled out vibe, Taghazout is the perfect destination to relax. There’s an array of retreats here to really get your zen on and plenty of local Moroccans who will teach you how to surf. As a sleepy little fishing town, this is a hidden gem you need to put on your bucket list.
Benefit from the lack of tourists in the winter months and explore historical Sicily. Although the temperatures are lower, it will still feel very warm compared to here and will be much-less crowded. However, check beforehand which sites you want to see as maintenance work is usually done in the winter months.
Winter is a great time to visit Cyprus if you enjoy hiking, history and not queuing for a seafront table at local restaurants. Most of Cyprus’s historical relics are outside with no shade, so this time of year is perfect for exploring without the worry of sunstroke. The uncrowded streets are also welcoming, with only the odd tourist and expat wandering around, rather than crowds of British tourists.
The subtropical climate of Madeira makes it a perfect destination for a winter break, especially if you enjoy active holidays. The possibilities of hiking, trail running, and golfing is endless, as well as sailing, dolphin watching and surfing. Therefore, make the most of the lack of tourists and cooler weather to explore this hidden gem.
If it’s sun, sea and sand you’re after, Lanzarote is the place to be. During winter, temperatures are still warm enough to enjoy swimming in the sea, with surface temperatures staying in the 20’s until late November. As they don’t have specific seasons, everything also stays open all year round, so whatever you can enjoy in the summer can be done in winter too.
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