When it comes to the long and dreaded dark, gloomy and cold months of the year, everyone agrees that a rejuvenating trip to a sun-soaked destination is all you need to keep your spirits up. It does not get better than a nice and relaxed holiday to one of the best European destinations for winter sun. Below are my top three picks for easy-to-reach locations in Europe that are waiting to welcome you with amazing weather all year round. |
Instead of racking up the heating bill at home, take a well-deserved holiday to Cyprus. There the temperature stays at the very pleasant average of around 23 degrees Celsius, making it the perfect location for an immensely relaxing winter sun holiday. As you will be travelling in the off-season, the crowds will have significantly lessened – meaning you can sit by the pool of your hotel, soak up the sun and read your favourite book with minimal disturbances. Whether you choose to visit the bigger cities like Nicosia and Limassol or opt for a more secluded location, Cyprus is a winter sun-soaked utopia.
Good old Spain doesn’t disappoint any time of the year – it’s a great place to jet off to no matter the season. Perhaps one of the best Spanish islands is Mallorca. It’s an amazing destination to visit, and its southern Mediterranean location ensures the weather stays sunny all year round. The capital, Palma, offers everything from cultural experiences to beach days, giving you all the variety you could ask for. There are plenty of interesting locations in Mallorca if you wish to engage in some light sightseeing, as well as multiple guided tours around the island. The options here are endless and perfect for an off-season getaway.
Visiting Greece in the winter is a fairytale. You get all the benefits of an incredible Greek experience minus the sweltering heat, pushy crowds and kerfuffle of the summer months. The island of Crete’s very southern location means that the temperature remains favourably warm all year round, and the sun shines well into the afternoon. The capital of Crete is Heraklion and well-worth visiting. There you can enjoy countless archeological monuments, museums and artefacts or just have a relaxing afternoon people watching in one of the many cafés available around the town.
Whichever destination you choose for your relaxed winter sun European holiday, it will keep you healthy, sun-soaked and happy all throughout the dreaded cold months of the year. Europe is an amazing continent worth celebrating. It is home to immensely diverse climates, histories and cultures – and this provides people with the incredible opportunity to enjoy a warm off-season holiday without having to travel too far from the UK. Absolute paradise!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you're heading off to catch some winter sun, pre-book a direct transfer to your hotel or accommodation. Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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