Best Winter Sun Destinations In Europe

The 7 Best Winter Sun Destinations In Europe

Tired of the cold weather? We don’t blame you. Thousands of travellers plan winter vacations each year just to get away from the winter gloom and replenish their levels of Vitamin D. 

In fact, nearly a quarter of all Americans actually prefer winter vacations, citing the lack of tourists, lower costs, and desire to get away from the bad weather as reasons why. And, they’ve certainly got their eye on Europe’s hottest tourist destinations.

Whether you’re American, European, or from any other far-reaching corner of the world, we thought we’d check out the best winter sun destinations to visit in Europe. After all, it’s one of the most visited spots on Earth, and it’s also home to some of the world’s best beaches.

Pack your bags, set your away messages, and prepare to treat yourself to your first vacation of the year. Head to any one of the seven best winter sun destinations in Europe for a warm-weather holiday. You deserve it.

Best Winter Sun Destinations In Europe

1. The Canary Islands, Spain

The cheapest time to fly to Lanzarote, one of the most popular islands in Spain’s Canary Islands, is March. And, while it’s not quite winter still, it’s definitely still cold in most parts of the world. So, book your tickets now and plan a trip to the Canary Islands to warm your bones after a long, cold, dreary winter.

Average winter temperature: 13°C to 20°C/55°F to 68°F

Best Winter Sun Destinations In Europe

2. Madeira, Portugal

Madeira is, without a doubt, one of the most popular winter sun destinations in Europe for Europeans. Numerous people from the UK, Spain, and other nearby countries head here every year. Rent a villa or invest in some beachfront timeshare properties, it doesn’t matter. Just get your butt to Madeira and bask in some of that Portuguese sun.

Average winter temperature: 5.5°C to 12°C/42°F to 53°F

3. Mdina, Malta

Home to numerous fortresses and megalithic temples, Malta is an enchanting spot to spend any holiday. However, it’s easily one of the best winter sun destinations in Europe, especially for those interested in lots of warm weather. Explore Mdina before hopping on a speed boat and jetting off to Comino, Malta’s tiniest island, for some secluded rest and relaxation.

Average winter temperature: 10°C to 15.5°C/50°F to 60°F

Best Winter Sun Destinations In Europe

4. Palermo, Italy

Ancient Romans reportedly believed that there were four gods of the wind. And, one of those gods carries with it a Sirocco wind that brings hot air from Africa year-round. The result? A nice and warm Palermo for visitors to enjoy, especially during the wintertime. Explore charming plazas and indulge in delicious Italian food, all without having to wear your winter coat.

Average winter temperature: 10°C to 15.5°C/50°F to 60°F

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5. Corfu, Greece

During peak travel season, you’ll encounter literal boatloads of people island-hopping throughout Greece. And, while they usually stop off at well-known spots such as Mykonos and Santorini, Corfu is a treasure, too. Personified by rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline, the views here are as stunning as anywhere else in the Ionian Sea.

Average winter temperature: 6°C to 14°C/43°F to 58°F

6. Valencia, Spain

Valencia’s beautiful any time of the year, but when it comes to the best winter sun destinations in Europe, you’ll find tourists from all over the world flocking to this hotbed of warm weather and fantastic sites. Check out the L’Umbracle, which is a beautifully scenic sculpture garden and landscaped walk that’ll make friends back home super jealous of your vacay.

Average winter temperature: 5.5°C to 17°C/42°F to 63°F

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7. Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory

Located on Spain’s southern coast, Gibraltar is a unique spot to spend a holiday. And, with temperatures pretty balmy in January and February, it’s actually the perfect time to hike the famous Rock of Gibraltar. Not a fan of hiking? Take the cable car or see the rock from below at St. Michael’s Cave.

Average winter temperature: 11°C to 17°C/52°F to 62°F

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Elizabeth Thorn
Elizabeth Thorn

Elizabeth has lived and worked in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, all of which have contributed to her passion for travel writing. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring little hideouts in Colombia or watching photography tutorials on YouTube.

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