The UK is known for its never-ending winters. It’s cold, wet and gloomy outside from November all the way to March. Many Brits enjoy a little winter sun and go on holiday to escape the cold weather. Fortunately, Europe has a few warmer destinations and some fantastic holiday resorts to offer.
There are currently travel restrictions around the world as the pandemic continues to rear its ugly head. The Southern hemisphere is the best place to go during the winter months in the UK. However, it might be better to stay closer to home this year and indulge in a European holiday instead. Go on a European tour this winter and explore the very best of the winter sun.
Here are the best places to visit in Europe for the winter sun.
1. The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are a brilliant choice for a spot of winter sun. Lanzarote has been a UNESCO Geopark since 2015 and has over 300 volcanic cones and blackened lava fields. Don’t worry; most are inactive these days. Lanzarote is a stunning location with subtropical temperatures and breath-taking landscapes. You could also go to Tenerife or Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.
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In the winter season, Cyprus reaches up to nineteen degrees Celsius and is a long-time favourite for British holidaymakers. A whopping one million Brits travel to Cyprus every year – excluding the pandemic years, of course. You can embrace your inner history buff and learn all about the ancient cities across the island. The coastal city of Paphos is also known for its connection to the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Embark on a romantic holiday this Valentine’s Day to Cyprus.
Malta has 300 days of sunshine a year and plenty of sites to see all year round. You could visit the prehistoric temples or head into the turquoise water for a winter dip. The city of Valetta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was also crowned the European Capital of Culture in 2018.
4. The Azores, Portugal
Forget the Algarve; it’s time to visit the Azores in Portugal this winter. The Azores is made up of nine islands from Sao Miguel to Pico. There are numerous activities to do on the islands, from whale watching to canyoning. Only five percent of the Azores has been developed, and the rest is filled with dramatic landscapes.
5. Sicily, Italy
Head to the Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily, and revel in the winter heat. There are historic cities, like Selinunte’s columns and Agrigento’s Concordia temple, and picturesque beaches. Explore the sites in the morning and spend the afternoon lounging around the pool. Sicily is known for its fantastic food. Café Sicilia, in Noto, is famous for its almond granita with brioche buns and excellent seafood.
Take a break this winter, and go on a winter holiday.