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Best Winter Sun Destinations In Europe

Winter sun destinations

Winter is a magical time to travel around Europe. There is nothing like traveling by train through fields of deep snow, past frozen lakes and under towering white mountains. But if the thought of leaving bed this winter is too great, think about it. European winters may be icy in general, but in some places there is the perfect combination of winter sun and outdoor and indoor attractions, even when temperatures are heading south. Here are some winter sun destinations ideal for the cryophobic among you.

European winter sun destinations

1. Sicily, Italy

Winter is the perfect time to visit Sicily. As the island’s famous warm weather fades, sun-worshiping crowds also fade. In their place are lower temperatures, beautiful blue skies, flowering almond trees and very bold, clear ocean waters that are ideal for refreshing immersion. Winter has occasional rain, but not enough to spoil the trip. And for the days when the weather turns, there are many interesting historical landmarks and cities to explore. Warm Sicilian food is also never very far away.

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Average hours of winter sun: 4 hours

Medium high winter period: 16 ° C / 61 ° F

How to get there by train: There are regular trains to Sicily from all over Italy, including direct trains from Rome, which take about 10 hours.

2. Malaga, Spain

Winter sun destinations Coastline on a bright day in Malaga, Spain

The Spanish region of Andalusia has long been one of the most popular destinations for the winter sun. The region receives the lion’s share of the warmer winter weather on the continent. Many resort towns along the Costa de Sol are barely keeping up with the approach of cooler weather. The city of Malaga is worth a visit in the winter. There are several historical sites, museums, bars and restaurants to keep you interested. And in the colder months it is still possible to drive one morning on the beach.

Average hours of winter sun: 5 hours

Medium high winter period: 13 ° C / 55.5 ° F

How to get there by train: There are several daily trains to Malaga from Madrid, which take 2.5 hours.

3. Seville, Spain

Winter sun destinations View of Seville in Spain

Summer temperatures in Seville can border on ridiculous. But as November and December roll, it is beginning to reach realistic levels. It is rarely cooler than 16 ° C for more than a few days, even in the heart of winter. Although there are usually a handful of rainy days in December, most of the time you will be able to enjoy up to five hours of sunshine. And when it gets a little too cold to walk down the river, there are dozens of wonderful tapas restaurants around every corner waiting to keep you warm.

Average hours of winter sun: 6 hours

Medium high winter period: 12 ° C / 53.5 ° F

How to get there by train: There are 2.5 hour trains to Seville from Madrid.

4. Sagres, Portugal

Winter sun destinations Tunnel beach in Sagres, Portugal

The Portuguese coast of the Algarve is not unknown to the winter sun. Although temperatures – and the number of visitors – are lower than in the summer months, there are still many things to keep you interested. When the colder weather sets in, many brave surfers head to the waters to ride the impressive swells. But storms are just as dramatic on land. However, these storms will clear up and in their place you will find pristine golf courses, quiet streets and beautiful sunsets over abandoned beaches.

Average hours of winter sun: 4 hours

Medium high winter period: 14 ° C / 57 ° F

How to get there by train: There are regular trains from Lisbon to Faro. From there, connect to the city of Lagos. Sagres is a short bus ride from Lagos.

5. Crete, Greece

Winter sun destinations Port with sea vessels and lighthouse in Crete, Greece

Winter may be the low season of Crete, but that’s no reason to avoid this famous Greek island. In fact, for many tourists who know, this is exactly the reason to visit. The island not only experiences warmer winters than much of continental Europe, but also seems to be running on a different schedule at this time of year. The rains in October and November bring with them sprouted grass fields, and come December, the first spring flowers. Temperatures rarely fall below 13 ° C / 55.5 ° F. If you are still looking for some snow, the mountains are never far away.

Average hours of winter sun: 3 hours

Medium high winter period: 13 ° C / 55.5 ° F

How to get there by train: There are regular ferries to the island of Crete, which are included in the passage of the Greek islands of Eurail.

Although these destinations are very different from your summer self, they will do enough to keep you comfortable during the colder months. And when you’re done chasing these winter sunny destinations, maybe it’s time to embark on the icy, snowy climate to complete the perfect winter trip with Eurail.


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