These Are The Best Places In Europe For A Sunny Escape This Winter

Europe is on every wanderer's bucket list, but its freezing cold winters prove to be a deterrent in the holidays, so here are some special places that remain relatively warm during the cold months too
Austria in autumn
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Winter in Europe can be bitterly cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. However, there are plenty of places to escape the chill and enjoy a winter break. Here are some of the best places to visit in Europe to escape the winter.

Canary Islands, Spain

Gran Canaria
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Apart from the pleasant average temperatures of 20°C in December and January, the Canary Islands offer much more to its visitors. With a subtropical climate and year-round sunshine, the islands are a paradise for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. The islands are also known for their diverse landscapes, ranging from volcanic peaks to sand dunes. Additionally, the Canary Islands are home to unique flora and fauna, including the endemic Canarian pine forest and giant lizards, which are found nowhere else in the world.

Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal's capital city of Lisbon is a must-visit for travellers that dig culture, art, and all that cosmopolitanism, that European cities are famous for. Lisbon makes for a pleasant destination even in the winter months as the city will feel warm in your Parka jacket, and will prove to be easy on its pockets. Add to that, a dash of amazing food and breathtaking views, Lisbon will mean fun times galore. A view of the old city's pastel-coloured buildings, extending towards the sea, from the São Jorge Castle will prove to make it all worth it.

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece
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Athens is a city with a history to die for, with plenty of attractions to explore. During the winter months, the city is quieter and more affordable, making it a great time to visit. With temperatures averaging around 12°C, it's still warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities.

Valletta, Malta

During the winter months, the city is less crowded, making it the perfect time to explore its many museums, galleries, and historic sites. The city's rich history is evident in its magnificent Baroque buildings, stunning churches, and ancient fortifications, all of which are preserved impeccably. With average temperatures of around 15°C, it is also an excellent time to experience the city's vibrant outdoor cafes and restaurants, where you can savour the local cuisine while enjoying the stunning views of the Mediterranean.

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy
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Venice is an undeniably romantic city that is best experienced during the winter months. With temperatures averaging around 6°C, the city is less crowded, allowing visitors to soak in the atmosphere that envelops the streets and canals. The misty canals and narrow alleys create a magical ambience that transports you to a bygone era, making it an ideal time to explore the city's historic sites, such as the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica, and Rialto Bridge, without the crowds.

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