It’s that time of year when the cold weather starts setting in and we’re already dreaming of that sun-kissed beach. Fortunately, there’s plenty of holiday destinations where you can enjoy an endless summer. We’ve put together this guide on some of the best in Europe.
Famed for being one of the hottest destinations in the Mediterranean, you will find Cyprus temperatures can reach as high as 33°C long into the winter months. Be sure to visit the charming harbour town of Paphos on the southwest coast of the island. It’s home to a great selection of golden beaches and accommodation options to suit all budgets. You can also explore the region’s fascinating historic sites including the impressive Tombs of the Kings.
Although the official warm season finishes at the end of September, the weather remains pleasantly warm throughout the year. A mild winter during the months of December to March means there are still plenty of warm, sunshine hours. It’s also a great time of year to avoid the crowds of tourists and offers are discounted for last minute holidays. It’s a great choice for fans of the outdoors with hiking trails for all abilities. For spectacular views of the region, climb to the highest point on the island, Mount Dikeos.
Few places in Europe offer the allure of warm, year-round weather quite like the island of Tenerife. With over 300 days of sunshine and endless stretches of golden sands, be sure to pack plenty of sun cream for this winter getaway. There’s also a huge choice of attractions to keep you busy. From hiking to the top of a snow-capped volcano to a dolphin watching tour – it makes for a holiday of a lifetime.
This Mediterranean gem has a glorious climate throughout much of the year with the sea temperature remaining pleasantly warm. Visit the neighboring island of Gozo which is famed for its natural beauty and laidback charm. A day exploring the dunes and coastal paths of II-Majjistral Nature and History Park won’t disappoint. You can also enjoy some hair-raising activities including mountain biking, rock climbing or scuba divining in the many underwater caves.
The most north-westerly of the Canary Islands, this often overlooked destination remains untouched by mass tourism. As such its beauty has been well preserved from its traditional whitewashed houses to the awe-inspiring national parks. The region of Fuencaliente is a scenic spot, perfect for a relaxing and quiet getaway. You can enjoy local cuisine at the many quaint restaurants or hike one of the volcanoes.
There’s no reason to endure months of grey skies and miserable weather. These European destinations offer affordability, a memorable holiday and most importantly, plenty of sunshine.
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