Top 5 Warmest Places in Europe During Winter

You don't need to travel to the other side of the world to experience the winter sun ☀️🏖


If you are currently in the process of planning a winter getaway, there is a lot that needs to be considered. Ultimately, though, the number one decision is the destination you are going to visit. A lot of people assume that the only way to benefit from some winter sun is to travel as far away as possible from the UK, yet this could not be further from the truth.

With that being said, continue reading to find out why it is a great idea to travel in Europe throughout the winter months and some of the warmest places in Europe to visit.

Why travelling in Europe during winter is a great idea

There are a number of different reasons why it is a good idea to travel to a European destination during the winter rather than going further afield when you are chasing a bit of winter sun. Of course, the most obvious benefit is that it is a lot cheaper, and so you are going to save yourself a great deal of money on the price of your holiday.

Moreover, there are still a lot of places in Europe with warm weather, as you will soon discover. Plus, a lot of people like the fact that these destinations are a lot quieter during the winter, and so you’re not going to have all of the hustle and bustle that you would experience if you travelled to these spots during peak season.

1. Tenerife

Bright blue waters of Playa del Duque beach with hotels on the mountains behind
Playa del Duque in Costa Adeje is perfect for sunbathing even during winter

There are many reasons why Tenerife made it to our list of the best places to visit in Europe during the winter. Not only is this a country that benefits from year-round sunshine but the beaches are beautiful, and so you can make the most of them during this quieter time of year.

Tenerife is also an island that is very easy to explore. There are lots of hidden gems! Oh, and the Siam Park waterpark is very popular too!

🌡 The average temperatures in Tenerife during the winter months are as follows:

December: Highs of 21 degrees Celsius and lows of 16 degrees Celsius
January: Highs of 20 degrees Celsius and lows of 16 degrees Celsius
February: Highs of 20 degrees Celsius and lows of 16 degrees Celsius

🎟 Top three things to do in Tenerife:

2. Lanzarote

Beautiful sunset over a deserted Papagayo beach in Lanzarote
Take in the gorgeous sunset over Papagayo beach, Lanzarote

Thanks to its great weather all year round, you can pretty much do in January and February what you would do in the summer. That’s right, Lanzarote is one of the warmest places in Europe during the winter months – but you may want to consider going during early January. This is because the Cabalgata de Los Reyes Magos takes place on the 5th of January, and this is an important event in Spanish culture.

🌡 The average temperatures in Lanzarote during the winter months are as follows:

December: Highs of 21 degrees Celsius and lows of 14 degrees Celsius
January: Highs of 20 degrees Celsius and lows of 13 degrees Celsius
February: Highs of 20 degrees Celsius and lows of 13 degrees Celsius

🎟 Top three things to do in Lanzarote:

3. Fuerteventura

Wide white sandy beach of Morro Jable, Fuerteventura
Morro Jable beach stretches for 4 kilometres with fantastic shopping facilities close by

What about a trip to Fuerteventura? In the winter you will benefit from some decent winter waves for surfing, as well as being able to enjoy activities like windsurfing too. There are lots of amazing beaches to choose from here, as well as numerous nature parks.

🌡 Average temperatures in Fuerteventura during the winter months are as follows:

December: Highs of 19 degrees Celsius and lows of 14 degrees Celsius
January: Highs of 18 degrees Celsius and lows of 12 degrees Celsius
February: Highs of 19 degrees Celsius and lows of 12 degrees Celsius

🎟 Top three things to do in Fuerteventura:

4. Madeira

Looking over the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos on the island of Madeira
Câmara de Lobos is a traditional fishing village with remote beaches & impressive views

If you are a fan of nature, you will certainly love Madeira during this time of year. Porto Santo and Madeira beaches are much more breathtaking when they are not packed with tourists. Plus, if you are a fan of trail running, hiking, or trekking, this is the perfect time of year to experience the island of flowers. There are great waves and a lot of outdoor activities too!

🌡 The average temperatures in Madeira during the winter months are as follows:

December: Highs of 13 degrees Celsius and lows of 7 degrees Celsius
January: Highs of 12 degrees Celsius and lows of 6 degrees Celsius
February: Highs of 12 degrees Celsius and lows of 6 degrees Celsius

🎟 Top three things to do in Madeira:

5. Gran Canaria

Picturesque fishing village with bright colourful buildings in Puerto de Mogán
The picturesque resort and fishing village of Puerto de Mogán is not to be missed

Finally, we have Gran Canaria. There is a lot to do in Gran Canaria in the winter months. From discovering the picturesque fishing village of Puerto de Mogán to camel riding on Playa de Maspalomas; you certainly won’t run out of ways to enjoy yourself when visiting this part of Europe during the winter months. You can also try watersports on Playa del Ingles, as well as walking with the animals at Palmitos Park. It’s great fun for the whole family!

🌡 The average temperatures in Gran Canaria during the winter months are as follows:

December: Highs of 17 degrees Celsius and lows of 11 degrees Celsius
January: Highs of 16 degrees Celsius and lows of 10 degrees Celsius
February: Highs of 16 degrees Celsius and lows of 10 degrees Celsius

🎟 Top three things to do in Gran Canaria:

So there you have it, an insight into some of the warmest places in Europe to visit during the winter. Which destination appeals to you the most? Let us know in the comments below.


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