Where to go in Europe in winter? All our destination ideas

Dreaming of escaping but don’t know where to go in Europe in winter? Discover 12 spots to explore immediately!

Traveling to Europe in the winter has many advantages: prices are much more affordable than the rest of the year, and attendance is lower. It’s up to you to get away from everything, away from the tourist crowd! Whether or not to enjoy idyllic weather conditions on a sunny island or to enjoy the snowPack your bags and let’s go on adventure.

To seek the sun and warm

First of all, here are the European destinations where you will have the best chance of finding the sun and mildness in the middle of winter!


This small island in the Mediterranean offers all the ingredients for a successful vacation. Even its capital, Valletta, is considered Europe’s hottest city in winter ! After crossing its charming streets, set out to explore the surrounding area. Malta especially 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, impressive cliffs, magnificent beaches and many fishing villages where to stop. Here is our ideal 7-day itinerary.

Port of Gozo in Malta
Port of Gozo in Malta © Fred


This Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean, more than 1,000 kilometers off the coast, is one of those little winter paradises to explore. Madeira has many assets: Temperatures hover around 20° in January (Look at Funchal’s climate), its exotic landscapes and villages offer beautiful examples that will enchant nature lovers.architecture colonial and cultural life is very dynamic. After sunbathing in a secluded bay, join a wine tasting or go for a walk in the bay. botanical gardens Discover now 8 things not to be missed on the thriving Island.

Madeira island to visit in winter in Europe
Madeira Island © cristianbalate


Going to winter in Europe allows you to have unique experiences. It’s the perfect season for a vacation in Crete. share the daily life of its inhabitantswill be happy to chat with a few passing travelers. Wear light clothing to explore treasures of the island : magnificent diverse landscapes, ancient ruins, postcard-like beaches, free-flowing rivers and waterfalls… best time for walking Unforgettable or enjoy surfing.

Crete in winter
Crete in winter © Yohann Zaoui


Navigate the Spanish archipelago of the Canary Islands. “Eternal Spring Islands”. Located off the coast of Morocco, these camps experience an omnipresent sun throughout the winter and the perfect temperatures to make the most of it. In the itinerary of your stay in Tenerife: the magnificent village of Masca, the rural Anaga park, They overthrew El Teide and without forgetting the observatory, which is a national park black sand beaches Where to swim even in December! Go now to see more…

Tenerife in the Canaries
Tenerife in the Canary Islands © karlosxii


If you are a hiking lover, winter is the perfect season to explore Sardinia. Many trails pass through the island and breathtaking panoramas. After a good walk, head down to one of the wonderful beaches for a moment’s rest before enjoying the terraces where you can sample local food and wine. On the cultural side, don’t miss it Ancient villa of AlgheroAs well as the carnival festivities that take place in February.

Sardinia's beaches
Sardinia beaches © Elisa Locci

Les Azores

Consisting of 9 islands, this Portuguese archipelago forms one of the most beautiful places to winter in Europe. Azores, nicknamed “Hot Iceland” geothermal activity shaping sensational landscapesmade of crater lakes and countless hot springs. In this season the thermometer is sunny and the sun is present, so the weather go for a walk in the vast green spaces, but also to observe whales passing through the open sea. Read our handy guide to start planning your trip!

Azores Where to go in Europe in winter
Les Azores © aroxopt


Sicily, located in the southwest of Italy, has plenty of sunshine even in the heart of the winter season. Rent a car and go discover the beauties : the impressive volcano of Etna, from which fumaroles often escape, many baroque cities, seaside resorts for a beach break, and even Archaeological Sitesaway from the crowds that exist in the summer.

Sicily in winter
Sicily in Winter © mRGB


With a thermometer that is almost always above 20°, Cyprus experiences absolutely perfect weather conditions during the winter months! Drop your sweaters and set off to explore this extraordinary island. It is full of attractions to lure its visitors: magnificent mountain villages, magnificent Byzantine churches, various archaeological sites, an idyllic coastline and numerous trails for unforgettable walks.

Where does Cyprus spend the winter in Europe?
Chypre © kirill_makarov


With temperatures fluctuating between 15° and 17°, Majorca is a beautiful destination to go to in Europe in winter. Located in the Spanish archipelago of the Balearic Islands, clear waters and white sands. You won’t be able to swim there this season unless you’re brave. many hot springs offers attractive prices for a wellness stay. If you’re on the go, take action hiking trails who is roaming the island!

Cala Figuera in Majorca
Cala Figuera in Majorca © Wolfgang Jargstorff

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Visiting Iceland during the winter will be one of the highlights of your life. The best season to do this Admire the aurora borealis, but also to enjoy the majestic landscapes of the country in complete peace of mind. covered with a thick blanket of snow, wild landscapes Uncover more mysteries. After a day of sightseeing, hot springs for a moment of pure happiness! All our articles about Iceland.

Iceland in winter
Iceland in winter © evenfh

Rovaniemi is not Finland

Going to Europe in the winter is also Fully experience the magic of Christmas. To do this, head to Finland and more specifically the city of Rovaniemi, the official residence of Santa Claus! Especially if you are traveling with your family, there is everything to spend a magical moment. snow and reindeer adds to the festive atmosphere of the place. Here are 12 things to see in Finland in winter.

Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi
Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi © Roman Babakin

Zermatt in Switzerland

Want to go skiing at an extraordinary resort? Explore the extraordinary landscape that Zermatt has to offer, in Switzerland. All the ingredients are there to plunge into a typical atmosphere: wooden chalets, lots of dust, 200 kilometers uphill adapted for all levels, igloo village, raclette by the fire etc. Discover other Swiss ski resorts.

Zermatt in Switzerland
Zermatt in Switzerland © .shock

Wintering in Europe… and more!

The possibilities for adventure are endless in Europe, but winter is also a good season to visit France or even escape to the other side of the world. There is favorite places In this process ? Tell us everything in the comments!

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