Warmest destinations for winter sun in Europe
Is Autumn one of your favourite seasons? It is indeed a glorious season when leaves turn orange and red, the sky changes colour, the forest becomes a true painting with a thousand shades of gold. But it means that winter is coming! The days are getting shorter, you feel the lack of natural light on your body and your morale takes a dip.
Time to avoid depression and recharge your batteries in the sun. Prepare your holidays in beautiful destinations where, even in winter, the sun is at the rendez-vous.
Take your sunglasses, sunscreen, swimsuit, book your flights at the best price, as well as your accommodation and your activities and tours in Europe and discover the Warmest Destinations for Winter Sun in Europe.
Go on, treat yourself to a sunny break in the warmest and sunniest destinations for winter sun in Europe.
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Our teams have travelled all over Europe, from North to South, West to East but we have yet to see any place more beautiful than Madeira. Madeira has a perfect climate, never too hot, never too cold. Madeira is a perfect destination for leisure activities, sports activities, rest or rejuvenation in hotels immersed in nature or luxury hotels; everything you dream of is in Madeira.
Come trekking, watch the dolphins or rest on the beaches of Porto Santo. Madeira is the perfect destination to discover all year long with family, lovers, and friends. The temperature is almost the same throughout the day, neither too hot nor too cold; do not expect a white Christmas in Madeira but you will enjoy a stroll in the beautiful Christmas market dressed simply in a t-shirt that will be good enough to face 18 degrees/ 64 Fahrenheit, average at this time of the year. Welcome to Paradise!
For nature lovers we advise you to book your room at the hotel Quinta do Furao and for lovers of the most beautiful hotels in the world, we recommend the hotel Belmond Reid's Palace, a sublime 5-star hotel where Churchill and Lady Churchill resided.
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Where to stay: "Hotel Porto Mare - Portobay" offers 4 restaurants, 6 bars and 5 swimming pools
Malta is the perfect compromise between idleness, gastronomy and cultural tourism. Alternate the days of discovery of the island of Malta with rest days by the hotel pool. The average temperature in winter is 16 degrees, (61 F) and does not drop below 14 degrees (57 F). So, leave sledges, hats and gloves at home and pack your sunglasses and spring clothes for a dream holiday on the island of Malta.
For its excellent value for money and its perfect location we recommend the Grand Hotel Excelsior and the superbly located hotel Ursulino Valletta. Also book your best activities in Malta such as a vintage bus ride or a private tour with a local operator.
Where to stay: "Grand Hotel Excelsior". Set just outside the historic entrance to Valletta.
3. The Algarve
Royals, celebrities from around the world, families, nature lovers, birdwatchers, trekkers, nightclubbers, everyone finds happiness in the Algarve, a destination to discover throughout the year. The Algarve is like a good friend always smiling, always in a good mood, warming your heart and taking away the worries of the day.
The Algarve is an incredible destination that offers sublime hotels at very attractive prices in winter such as the Pine Cliffs Hotel located in Albufeira, the EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel or for small budgets who want to enjoy sea views the Muthu Oura Praia Hotel.
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Where to stay: "Portobay Falesia" features direct access to the white sandy Falésia Beach.
We think that the 20 degrees (68 F) in November-December-January will be sufficient to allow you to recharge your batteries, go to the beach and get a tan in the middle of winter while your friends freeze in the cold pacing the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe.
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Where to stay: "Jardin de la Paz". Pleasant location and beautiful views.
Andalusia - Spain
The capital of one of the most beautiful regions of Spain is of extreme beauty. You have also ranked it among the safe places to travel in Europe, Best sunny Christmas destinations in Europe, Best place to propose in Europe and of course among the best places to visit in Spain.
Where to stay: "Welldone Cathedral". The main Christmas Market is 300 m away.
The city of seven hills – like Rome – is one of the best destinations for winter sun in Europe. With one of the best shopping centres and outlets in Europe, Lisbon is a prime destination for pre-Christmas shopping.
Where to stay: "Torel Palace Lisbon". Stay in the heart of Lisbon.
7. Puerto de Mogan
Gran Canaria - Spain
If you prefer a lazy afternoon at the beach rather than strolling through crowded Christmas Market aisles, then Puerto de Mogan is for you.
It is the best time of the year to enjoy this little corner of paradise. It's the perfect hideaway to recharge your batteries for a week or two during the winter months.
Where to stay: "Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa". Set in tropical gardens, it features 2 outdoor pools, spa and rooms with balconies.
Andalusia - Spain
Imagine a New Year's Eve with your feet in the water. After a day of shopping in the authentic alleys of Marbella, in the designer shops of Porto Banus, you have a drink in the Marina or in one of the 5-star resorts of this destination which has always attracted celebrities. This year visit one of the Best Destinations in Europe for Winter Sun.
Where to stay: "Nobu Hotel Marbella". The nearest beach is 500m away.
Cote d'Azur - France
What better way to start the year than a few rays of sunshine to warm up. Treat yourself to a walk along the "Promenade des Anglais", facing the Baie des Anges while listening to the sound of the waves lulling you.
Nice is one of the most beautiful cities on the French Riviera. Chic and elegant, just like its neighbour Cannes, it is a perfect destination to enjoy the first rays of the sun in winter. If the temperatures are not those of summer you can still count on average temperatures around 10 degrees and many sunny days in winter.
Be sure to visit Nice's covered or open-air markets to stock up on local produce, including the famous lemons of Nice (the Nice Lemon Festival takes place in mid-February. It is one of the most important events in Nice).
Book your flights to Nice, your accommodation and your tours & activities such as a "Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour".
Where to stay: "Hotel de France" situated in the "Carré d'or" district.
10. Porto Santo
Madeira Islands - Portugal
For the perfect Winter Sun Holiday, treat yourself to a stay in Porto Santo/Madeira Islands. This island is famous for its kilometric beach of golden sand with therapeutic virtues. After beautiful walks on the beach, eat on the terrace and enjoy the spectacle of one of the most beautiful sunsets in Europe.
Want to cocoon? Porto Santo has a high quality offer of hotels with Spa & Wellness.
Book your direct flights to Porto Santo or your flights to Funchal (Madeira main Island) + short flight to Porto Santo or ferry crossing. This winter, treat yourself to a cure of sun and well-being by staying in Porto Santo.
Not to miss: discover the best beaches in Madeira.
How to get there: Book your flights to Porto Santo or your flights to Funchal Airport (Madeira) + a ferry crossing or a flight to Porto Santo.
Where to stay: "Hotel Porto Santo & Spa" on a sandy beach.
Campania - Italy
In Winter, nothing better than filling up on vitamin D & freedom, discovering incredible landscapes, resting on the beach, sunbathing, enjoying good food, discovering one of Italy's best hidden gems: Positano.
This former fishing village is built on the side of a cliff on the magnificent Amalfi Coast. Romantic Airbnb’s as well as mythical hotels like the "Eden Roc" welcome lovers looking for a change of scenery, sun and tranquillity in February.
Why visit Positano in Winter? Because the streets and beaches are uncrowded , because you will be staying with the locals or do trails along the empty coast and because accommodation is up to 3 times cheaper than in high season.
Another good reason to visit Positano in winter is that the lemon trees fill the Amalfi Coast with their sweet fragrance in Winter.
How to get there: Book your flights to Naples (1h20 by car or taxi/transfer).
Where to stay: "Hotel Eden Roc Suites" set in a panoramic location it offers a pool and a spa.
This beautiful and charming little town in Spain is totally different from other European destinations. Its sunny climate throughout the year makes it one of the best destinations for a sunny holiday in Europe in winter.
The warm air of the sea will warm you up and recharge your batteries. It is very rare to see snow in Mijas in winter, in fact it happens every ten years and the last time was in 2012. Book your accommodation at the best price in Mijas and come to enjoy one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe.
Find peace and quiet at the la Perla de Torrenueva thanks to its location metres from the beach. During your stay do not miss to visit the Best Beaches in Spain, the Most Beautiful Castles in Spain and the Best Secret Destinations in Spain!
Where to stay: "TRH Mijas". This charming Andalusian style hotel is located between the beach and the mountains.
The name "Limassol", the capital of Cyprus, immediately evokes holidays in the sun. Come and discover one of the most beautiful islands in Europe and one of the best destinations in Europe to enjoy the sun all year long.
You can explore the history of the island or its most beautiful monuments or rest on its hot sand, see idyllic landscapes, go diving or just sunbathe on the "Pissouri", “Santa Barbara” or the “Vrysoudia" beaches. They all fly the "Blue Flag".
The island is perfect also for sailing, water sports, walks, shopping.
Where to stay: "Amathus Beach Hotel" with direct access to the Mediterranean beach
The city of Porto is magical at Christmas, a hot Porto wine, a pasteis straight out of the oven, a woolen beanie bought on the ephemeral Christmas market or in the renovated Bolhao market, there are all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas if you are travelling to Porto in winter.
In addition, the city of Porto organizes fireworks every year which has nothing to envy to those of Paris, London and Berlin. Go to Batalha square, in front of the Town Hall to count down to midnight and admire the fireworks.
Book your flights to Porto, your accommodation in Porto as well as your tours and activities in Porto such as a “Porto River Cruise” and discover one of the Best Winter Sun Destinations in Europe. During your stay, visit the Best Beaches in Portugal, Best Hidden Gems in Portugal, Best Places to Visit in Portugal as well as the Most Beautiful Castles in Portugal.
Sicily - Italy
Probably one of the most under-the-radar European islands, Ustica is a tiny Italian island, with a population of just over 1000 people north of Sicily. It is connected to the Port of Palermo by a regular ferry service and is renowned for the beauty of its landscapes and the purity of its waters which make it one of the best diving spots in Europe. It is an ideal destination for a winter sun vacation away from the crowds in a little lost paradise.
How to get there: Book your flights to Palermo.
Where to stay: "Le Terraze sul Mare" offers sun terrace with pool and air-conditioned studios with sea views.
Canary Islands - Spain
Fuerteventura is one of the Best Winter Sun Destinations in Europe. This island is the guarantee of sunny holidays. Fuerteventura is flatter than the neighbouring islands and the clouds are never trapped by the mountain as can be the case on other islands such as La Palma, La Gomera or even Tenerife.
Lanzarote, is also a good choice for a sunny stay in March. This rebellious island has stood up against the construction of massive hotels under the leadership of the committed architect César Manrique, whose "Volcano House" you can visit in Lanzarote. Fuerteventura, on the other hand, is famous for its numerous beaches and its bewitching emerald blue waters as well as its sunny weather all year round.
Where to stay: "Alma Calma Hotel Rural" provides adults-only accommodation.
This Canary Island enjoys permanent sunshine throughout the year. Lanzarote has a favourable microclimate and more than 2500 hours of sunshine a year, a record in Europe. The temperature in winter is never lower than 14 degrees (57 F) and goes up to 20 degrees (68 F) on sunny days.
This island is perfect to rest, to sunbathe on the beach and to discover the main attractions of the island such as the Timanfaya National Park.
How to get there:
Malaga is a great city surrounded by other jewels of European tourism such as the "Caminito del Rey", this incredible walk along the mountains of Spain and exceptional small cities like Ronda and its famous bridge ranked among the most beautiful bridges of Europe.
During the coldest months, you will enjoy at least 5 hours of sunshine a day in Malaga (compare this with 1 hour for London in December) and average temperatures of 17 degrees (63 F) in the daytime.
How to get there: Book your flights to Malaga,
Where to stay: "La Casa Azul B&B" in the centre of Malaga for its very good value for money.
Discover the vineyards of Crete and the famous Cretan diet known to make centenarians of its inhabitants. But perhaps their secret is not in their olive oil, in their wine nor in their diet based on fish and vegetables, maybe this longevity and joy of living comes from the incredible sunshine they enjoy.
During December, the ‘worst’ month of the year, you are sure to enjoy at least 5 hours of sun a day (compare this with 1 hour a day in London) and temperatures reach an average of 17 degrees (63 F).
Do not waste time and book your hotel, B&B, apartment in Crete and your tours and activities such as an "afternoon sailing trip to the Dia Island" or a full day tour of Heraklion".
How to get there: Book your flights to Chania or Heraklion Airports,
Where to stay: "Nostos Beach Boutique Hotel" located just steps from the beautiful Bali Beach.
One of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe awaits you this winter. Considered one of the best destinations to visit in Croatia, Dubrovnik is an incredible destination that attracts history lovers, those who want to discover the most beautiful castles in Croatia, but also gourmets, water sports enthusiasts, wine lovers, or those looking for sun and idleness.
There is a Dubrovnik for each of us. Are you a movie buff or do you love TV series? Dubrovnik is one of the best movie locations in Europe and you won't miss discovering places that have been used as sets for popular series like Game of Thrones.
While walking through the lobby of your hotel you might come across Hillary Clinton. Dubrovnik is one of the favourite destinations of celebrities. With its secret beaches, among the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, its 5 and 4 star hotels and its numerous restaurants offering Croatian and Mediterranean cuisine, Dubrovnik has everything to please you.
Where to stay: "Hotel Dubrovnik Palace". Get the celebrity treatment at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace.
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