25 Best Warm Winter Destinations in Europe

Warm Winter Destinations in Europe

European cities are usually last on the list of places to go for warm winter getaways. If warmth is what you’re looking for, a trip to the tropics sounds more sensible. But before eschewing what many regard as a chilly continent in favor of sweltering alternatives, know this: there’s more to a winter sun vacation than just beach time, and these locations have that in spades.

We’ve selected some of the best European cities for winter sunshine and warm weather to promise the jolliest holidays. Visiting these cities during winter has several advantages, including cheaper fares, fewer tourists, and a respite from freezing your socks off.

I’ve also included the best accommodation options for various budgets so you know where to spend the night. When you’re ready to say goodbye to bitter winter, visit some warm destinations.

Warmest Places in Europe in Winter

Destination Known For
Limassol, Cyprus Beautiful beaches and nightlife
Palermo, Italy Rich history and delicious cuisine
Canary Islands, Spain Stunning landscapes and year-round pleasant climate
Seville, Spain Flamenco music and historic architecture
Azores Islands, Portugal Pristine natural beauty and outdoor activities
Valencia Province, Spain Paella, futuristic architecture, and beautiful beaches
Faro, Portugal Historical sites and coastal scenery
Athens, Greece Ancient history, Acropolis, and Greek mythology
Gibraltar, UK The Rock of Gibraltar and British heritage
Naples, Italy Pizza, historic sites, and vibrant street life

1. Limassol, Cyprus

A Picturesque Street in Limassol, Cyprus

Despite its reputation as a summer destination, Limassol is a winter excursion not to be missed. The region is one of Europe’s most incredible winter season destinations, with temperatures dropping to a mild 55 degrees at night.

Its home, Cyprus, is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Along the Southern coast of Cyprus, this city is known mainly for its two medieval castles, Kolossi Castle, circa 1210, and Limassol Castle, circa 1193.

The historic fishing harbor’s winding stone alleyways snake outwards, with structures dating back to the Middle Ages. Limassol is a winter retreat you won’t regret, with its beaches, grand European castles, and Greek ruins.

In addition to lower accommodation prices and flights, there is a long list of archaeological and cultural sites to visit during winter, along with bustling nightlife and great food.

Outdoorsy travelers will find plenty to do during their visit, too, from cycling, catamaran tours, hiking, sailing, and tennis. One can also explore the wine routes in the region for a deep look into the heart of Cyprus’ wine industry or take a cultural excursion along the Byzantine church routes and take photos of the region’s majestic monasteries. 

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2. Palermo, Italy

Town Hall in Palermo, Italy

Do you want to escape to one of the warmest places in Europe in winter while being quick to connect to the rest of the continent? Palermo, the sun-kissed capital of Sicily, is one of the best winter sun destinations Europe has to offer. It is famous for its culture and gastronomy and being Italy’s fifth biggest city.

Winter is also a great season to visit the island, thanks to the warm Sirocco winds that sweep in from Africa. Palermo’s winters are moderate, with temperatures reaching the high 60s on certain afternoons.

You’ll be surrounded by incredible architecture, specifically the Norman Palace and Palermo Cathedral. Not to mention that the city is home to the second-largest historical city center in Europe.

If the sun doesn’t shine, there’s no reason to fret. Palermo has a diverse range of culture, fashion, history, and art. In the winter, the seasonal flora and fauna are especially lovely, and the spectacular ancient Roman monuments and Greek temples within the day trip range are less crowded, so you don’t have to worry about bumping into other tourists.

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3. Canary Islands, Spain

Corner Road at Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

The Canary Islands are one of the best places to escape freezing winter weather, and its perpetual promise is a pleasant climate all year. The average temperature in the winter is approximately 70 degrees, and it seldom rains. This weather is ideal for touring and seeing the stunning volcanic scenery of the Canary Islands, which are technically off of northwestern Africa but primarily considered part of Europe as they are an archipelago of Spain.

The Canary Islands have a natural richness, including unexpected regions sculpted by volcanoes, such as Timanfaya National Park on Lanzarote, Mt. Teide (Spain’s tallest peak), and breathtaking views from El Hierro. Nature and culture within the Canary Islands are considered so precious that five of the seven islands are designated Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO.

You’ll discover the ideal sceneries for a range of outdoor sports here, whether hiking, jetskiing, scuba diving, cycling, or windsurfing. Aside from great weather, volcanic landscapes, and beautiful beaches, the Canary Islands offer fascinating cultural hotspots. For example, San Cristóbal de La Laguna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tenerife, while nature lovers will adore the island of Lanzarote and dolphin-watching excursions.

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4. Seville, Spain

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See in Seville, Spain

Seville is probably not the first city you’ll think of as one of the warmest places in Europe in winter. I mostly think of architecture and flamenco music in conjunction with this Spanish city. With typical average temperatures in the 50s, the town still keeps its appeal even in the less frequent periods when some cold winter weather moves in. If the temperature drops, the city’s traditional tapas become the ideal comfort food to warm the soul.

In the winter, lines for admittance to Seville’s cultural hotspots are also shorter since fewer tourists make their way out this way. Enjoy the cathedral’s fantastic architecture or the Alcazar Palace’s magnificent grounds without long waits. Or stop over at the Palacio de las Dueñas to see some incredible 15th-century architecture.

As days become shorter, a stroll around the charming Plaza de España and the lovely Maria Luisa Park are both ideal for a winter evening. And, if you’re visiting for the holidays, Seville has a few great Christmas markets spread around the city. In the days leading up to Christmas, a stroll through the streets of Seville will reveal spectacular nativity scenes in store windows and churches all around the city.

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5. Azores, Portugal

Aerial view of a city and ocean in Faial island of Azores, Portugal
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The Azores are a collection of nine islands with historic villages, cathedrals, forts, palaces, volcanic beaches, and spectacular lakes. Located in Portugal, the Azores are considerably less busy in the winter, making them ideal for some alone time. That means plenty of open space to enjoy the islands’ natural wonders without the crowds, the hassle, or the price tags.

Visit Angra do Heroismo, the archipelago’s oldest community, and marvel at the beautiful churches and residences from various historical periods. Relax at Terra Nostra Garden, or enjoy whale watching. Then, tour a Cha Gorreana tea estate or kayak in one of the numerous volcanic lakes.

This Portuguese archipelago’s volcanic origins have also resulted in spectacular hot springs and natural pools. Many people consider the Azores to be a thermal bathing paradise. However, it would be best if you were forewarned that these are sulfuric hot springs, so while they’re safe to bathe in, they’re pretty stinky.

Imagine a relaxing soak amid incredible, sunny weather. You could, quite literally, hang out in one of the warmest places in Europe in winter by way of the thermal baths.

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6. València, Spain

City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia Province, Spain

A far cry from the icy winter temperatures of Northern Europe, warm winter weather awaits in València. This third-largest city in Spain experiences typical daily temperatures of roughly 60 degrees, with nighttime temperatures seldom falling below 45. So, you’ll have plenty of comfortable weather to enjoy the delectable cuisine and visit the Oceanográfic and neighborhoods like Old Town in Valéncia.

València’s renowned food culture is best explored during the slower winter months. Away from the peak season, the city’s streets and pubs are crowded with residents rather than tourists, and visitors are few, making it the best time to get a genuine sense of the city and its cuisine.

During the holidays, València is bustling with Christmas booths selling festive decorations, delectable sweets, and other seasonal treats. One market is in front of the cathedral, while another is in the streets around the city’s Central Market. The city holds a Christmas amusement fair and numerous unique holiday events every year.

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7. Faro, Portugal

Shops at Faro, Portugal

Faro, in the Algarve area of southern Portugal, is one of the hottest towns in Portugal, if not Europe. Winter in Faro is unlike the usual winter you see anywhere else on the continent if you’re used to piles of snow.

Faro is a fascinating, historic city in and of itself, with a lovely old town, medieval fortifications, and a sun-drenched harbor. Not to mention a tangle of cobblestone alleyways lined with antique houses.

With more than 10 hours of winter sun on most days, it feels more like a lovely late spring. This isn’t to say that the weather is always good for the beach, but you can depend on clear skies and warm temperatures that won’t require scarves or a jacket. You could also day trip elsewhere to spend the day cave exploring.

Outside the city, there is a lot to see and do, including beaches, wetlands, parks, and even islands off the coast where day-trippers may find golden dunes, alfresco eateries, and medieval towns.

If you’re looking for a taste of the tropics, the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa‘s lagoons and neighboring beaches (notably the islands of Ilha de Faro to the southwest and Ilha da Barreta to the south) lie right outside Faro’s door.

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8. Athens, Greece

Parthenon at Athens, Greece

Athens is unbearably hot in the summer, making its perspective with a winter sun much more appealing. Having spent nearly two weeks in Athens at the peak of summer, I can attest that you’ll appreciate the mild temperatures during winter. As the capital of Greece and one of Europe’s oldest cities, the city offers diverse activities and stunning scenery.

In Athens, winter is met by colder weather and chances of rain. However, it’s still one of the warmest places in Europe in winter, with temperatures still considerably higher than the rest of continental Europe.

For visitors to Athens for the first time, archeological monuments such as the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, and Temple of Olympian Zeus are the primary highlights. While most of these tourist spots are open during the winter, note that you’ll have less time to explore as days are shorter during the winter months.

Also, the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum are two excellent museums you shouldn’t miss.

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9. Gibraltar, UK

City Scape of Gibraltar, UK

Gibraltar is fantastic for a sunny holiday, as the mild temperatures seldom dip below 50 degrees between November and February. Gibraltar is a tiny British Overseas Territory on the southern tip of Spain. Being a quintessentially British corner of Spain, there’s no language barrier either!

It is a little quieter in winter, but the bustling mood remains. You may roam freely and enjoy the lovely town without worrying about crowds of tourists.

Despite its modest size, Gibraltar is an ideal destination due to its extensive list of activities. Over 150 caverns, tunnels from World War II around the Rock, verdant botanical gardens, cable cars, and a suspension bridge are all available for exploration.

You’ll also be close to Spain and Morocco, allowing you to jump to other warm places for your itinerary quickly. As a winter destination, the weather is milder in January and February, making it an ideal time to hike the famed Rock of Gibraltar and see some Rock Apes – watch out, though; these are some fearless monkeys.

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10. Naples, Italy

Castel Ovo Naples, France

While Naples is not Italy’s most popular tourist destination, its beauty should certainly not be overlooked, especially for a winter holiday. Because of Naples’ position in Southern Italy, sightseeing is encouraged by its mild climate.

During winter, head to the most visited street in Naples, Spaccanapoli Road, for shopping, touring, and learning about the local culture. The Piazza del Gesu Nuovo in Naples’ old center is a tiny but busy square. Two historic churches and an exquisite Immaculate Virgin spire can also be found in this area.

Visit Castel Sant’Elmo, a historic fortification atop a high hill near Naples, which offers spectacular views of the city and the Bay of Naples. Another well-known sight is the Piazza del Plebiscito, which houses the Royal Palace. This is also the birthplace of pizza, so be sure to grab a slice or two or make it yourself while you’re here.

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11. Valetta, Malta

Valetta, Malta Cityscape

Visitors come to Malta to soak up the sun and swim in the warm seas surrounding the archipelago, but there is so much more to Malta than the sand and sea it is known for.

It isn’t the warmest place in Europe, though the winter months hover around 50-60 degrees, which is ideal for getting out and about in the capital city of Valetta. Even if this doesn’t make it to beach weather, the seafood in Malta is some of the best in the world.

Walking through Valetta’s streets in the winter is an eye-opening experience. The views of picturesque little alleys and historic buildings are worth seeing in this city-made UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Valetta is small in size, too, so you can stroll through the old town in a short amount of time. The walled city on the Mediterranean Sea dates back to the 1500s.

The human history of Malta is old and exciting, and the relics of this past may be found all around the Maltese Islands. Still, Valletta’s National War Museum, which displays Maltese wartime history, is a good place to start. The Grand Master’s Palace houses the President of Malta’s Office and has gorgeous gardens, statues, and fountains, and St. John’s Co-Cathedral is one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions.

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12. Corfu, Greece

Scenic Beach at Corfu, Greece

Locally known as Kerkyra, Corfu is one of the most popular Greek Islands for parties and summer vacations. Usually crowded, noisy, and busy in summer (to say the least), a trip to Corfu in winter will certainly show you a new side of the island. You can relish the mild weather by spending lots of time exploring the city or embracing the local cuisine.

Corfu will be much quieter in the winter sun, with less intense traffic, and hiking trails provide gorgeous island views. These paths make the island a perfect destination for nature lovers. Corfu’s pleasant weather, which hovers around 60 degrees in winter, is great for scenic walks.

Despite fewer tourists during the off-season and several tourist destinations closed over the winter, Corfu still has plenty of things like pubs, shops, restaurants, and even cooking classes open for you without dealing with crowds. Visiting Europe and chronic overplanning is easily avoided via a Corfu winter holiday since not everything (like some beaches, for example) is open.

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13. Crete, Greece

Island in Crete, Greece

Visiting Crete for a winter break is a terrific opportunity to experience the history and culture of Greece’s largest island without having to cope with summer crowds. In the Mediterranean’s heart, the subtropical climate puts winter temperatures between 50-60 degrees.

Chania, for example, is a delightful town to see year-round, but if you want to see its stunning architecture without the crowds that arrive during peak season, come in the winter. The Firka Fortress, the Venetian Lighthouse, and the multicolored seaside buildings are just a few attractions near the 14th-century Venetian harbor.

If you need to get out of the cold for a few moments, visit the ancient ruins at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which is regarded as one of Europe’s most important archaeological museums. It may not be warm enough for long days on Crete’s stunning beaches, but you’ll still get plenty of winter sun.

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14. Messina, Italy

Bay Harbor in Messina, Italy

Messina is one of the best reasons to travel to Italy during winter. Here, on the east coast of Italy, the winter season lasts from December through February with a mild climate. Although it seldom gets freezing, there are occasionally chilly, windy, and wet days with highs around 50 degrees.

The grandeur of winter in Messina is demonstrated by the bountiful, warming winter sun with which to tour the city: the average is more than five hours daily in January. Away from the peak season, it’s also a great time to see how the locals live.

Messina has a plethora of art, culture, history, and fashion to immerse oneself in. Siciliy’s spring-like atmosphere makes it an ideal time to go on adventures.

Spend a day perusing the Interdisciplinary Regional Museum of Messina or admiring the architecture of Basilica Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta. The flora and fauna of Sicily are especially lovely in the winter, and the spectacular ancient ruins and Greek temples are void of crowds of tourists.

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15. Málaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain Cityscape

Known for being home to Pablo Picasso, the frigid north winds do not reach Málaga due to its steep geography, so you’ll get some of the best winter weather here. On average, the temperature reaches 62 degrees. During the winter, Málaga’s historic streets, old town, and squares are flanked with mandarin trees, which are a truly charming sight to behold.

Winter vacations in Málaga are fantastic when the streets are adorned with lights. The action centers on the iconic Calle Marqués de Larios, a prominent pedestrian thoroughfare lined with stores, restaurants, and cafés. The street is lovely, but with all the holiday lights, it becomes a truly magical sight.

Málaga is one of the most unique places in Europe due to its blend of Catholic, Moorish, and European cultures. The remnants of an old Arab bath can be seen near the old Medina in the middle of Málaga.

Next to these remains is the Hammam Al-Andalus, which transports you to Arabian-era Andalucia. A Hammam in Málaga is relaxing while simultaneously transporting you to the enigmatic Marrakesh in Morocco.

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16. Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Sunset and Palm Trees in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

You’ll never be bored in Palma de Mallorca in the winter as there’s still enough to see and do, especially without the throngs of tourists. In the winter, this capital city hosts a number of local events.

Sant Sebastia and Sant Antoni celebrations take place in January, following the festivities of Christmas and the Three Kings. Be sure to also stop by the Palma Cathedral if you’re there during the holidays.

If you wish to sample some of Mallorca’s superb wines, there are over 70 bodegas. Following the Wine Route for the Binissalem DO is a fantastic way to explore the city’s love for merlot. Palma is known primarily for its beach tourism, and while the winter sun can warm you up, it may not be quite warm enough for the beach at 60-ish degrees.

Should you be hunting for a dose of culture, you can discover some of Mallorca’s many intriguing galleries and museums. That includes spots like Frédéric Chopin and George Sand Museum, the Museum of Mallorca, and Castell de Bellver, a gothic castle dating back to the 14th century.

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17. Larnaca, Cyprus

Historic Architecture at Larnaca, Cyprus

Even in the dead of winter, this lively Cypriot city remains a popular tourist destination. For this, the Mediterranean climate takes the credit, so don’t be shocked if you spot a few vacationers sitting on the beach and swimming during your visit. This is one of the warmest places in Europe we’ve mentioned so far, with average temps in the mid-60s in winter.

The city was erected on top of the ruins of the ancient Kition. From its own Marina, tourists may sail to mainland Greece, other islands, and back regularly. Larnaca offers a variety of local attractions, museums, churches, winery tours, tourist attractions, and more. 

The Agios Lazarus Church originates from the 9th Century and is well worth seeing. The Church has an intriguing history, and travelers interested in religion and architecture should include it in their itinerary.

Cycling, scuba diving at an underwater sculpture park, horseback riding, and hiking are also excellent ways to explore Cyprus’s wild landscapes, or you may travel to the wide waters for a private catamaran excursion.

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18. Istanbul, Turkey

Buildings and the Sea in Istanbul, Turkey

Winter in Istanbul lasts from mid-December until mid-March, with temperatures settling around 50 degrees. While there are sunny days, the sky may be dreary sometimes.

This doesn’t mean that winters in Istanbul are dull. It means you must reorganize your itinerary differently to get the best experience.

During winter, the core neighborhoods, like Beyoglu and Nisantasi, become crowded, whereas the Bosphorus coastlines are quieter. It is a nice time to visit this part of Istanbul since there are hardly any visitors compared to the rest of the year, allowing you to appreciate all of the city’s landmarks and museums in solitude.

After a chilly morning strolling around the city, nothing beats the warmth of a Turkish bath and the experienced hands of a masseuse to cap out the day. Klç Ali Paşa Hamam was built in 1590 and is located in the neighborhood of Tophane.

If the weather isn’t cooperating after seeing the ancient sites, there are many museums to visit, such as the Museum of Industry and the Military Museum.

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19. Lanzarote, Spain

White Building at Lanzarote, Spain

Lanzarote offers comfortable temperatures as one of the warmest places in Europe in winter, as temperatures range from the mid-60s to low 70s. Combine the never-ending sun with a little rain here and there, and you have one incredible place to visit. Part of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, Lanzarote is a special destination to experience year-round.

As the island’s population shrinks, you’ll have a better opportunity to see everything it has to offer, like Museo Lagomar. Lanzarote’s Christmas, in particular, is one of a kind. On New Year’s Eve, spectacular nativity displays are shown in the towns. Resorts are adorned with lights, and beaches are lit by fireworks on New Year’s Eve. 

Lanzarote’s winter months are ideal for stargazing. The Canary Islands are well-known as some of the greatest sites in the Northern Hemisphere to see what’s going on in the sky, with Lanzarote getting particular attention. Teide National Park is widely regarded as one of the greatest spots to stargaze away from light pollution.

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20. Algarve Region, Portugal

Cave by the Seat at Algarve, Portugal

Unspoiled beaches, towering cliffs, charming fishing villages, and fantastic surfing are just a few of the winter highlights in the Algarve Region of Portugal. During winter, the Algarve region experiences a nice combination of sunny days interspersed with wind and rain. You may recall this area’s name from our section on Faro earlier.

Whether you choose to swim or stay on shore, you may visit some of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve region without dealing with throngs of tourists during the summer months. This allows you to appreciate their beauty fully. In the winter, the beaches are ideal for sunning on warmer days when it isn’t 50 degrees.

You’ll find a plethora of lovely villages in the Algarve region, too, and the benefit of visiting in the winter is that they aren’t as busy. This allows you to understand what life is like in the region. Tavira and Olhos are excellent starting points for exploring Ria Formosa Natural Park

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21. Cagliari, Sardinia

Colorful Buildings at Cagliari, Sardinia

Winter in Cagliari provides the perfect backdrop for exploring the city’s ancient streets and immersing yourself in its history. The cooler temperatures make exploring much more pleasant than it is during the sweltering summer heat. While it’s cooler in winter, it’s still relatively warm, especially compared to freezing temperatures where you might come from.

Plus, this supposedly cold weather wards off the crowds, so you’ll have a much more peaceful experience exploring the alleyways, piazzas, and old churches. Visitors can explore the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, each having a variety of restaurants, pubs, and cafés to visit. Culture vultures can also learn about Sardinia’s history in any of the city’s museums.

While the waters are slightly too cold to swim in during the winter, you may still admire the sand and sea from one of the many beaches. Indeed, without all the summer swimmers, sunbathers, and families, the beaches become much more pleasurable. For an even more personalized experience, sign up for a private tour of the city.

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22. Ibiza, Spain

Town by the Sea at Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza’s winter extends from November to April, with average daily temperatures ranging from the 60s to mid-70s by the height of the day. Winter also heralds the start of the rainy season, although the precipitation is not a big deterrent. When it does rain, it usually dissipates quickly thanks to the island’s winds, which blow away heavy clouds.

Cruising the island’s many beaches is one of the best ways to make the most of the warm weather. Discover new locations to visit while sipping sangria and listening to fantastic music.

Since this is one of the warmest places in Europe in the winter, you can enjoy the water during much of the season. For the most part, you can swim here year-round.

You could also plan something romantic with your partner: a seaside lunch on any of the city’s photo-worthy beaches or a sunset dinner with wine. Choose any of Ibiza’s popular beaches and bask in the splendor of the Mediterranean Sea.

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23. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain City Scape

It’s not a secret that Barcelona is one of Europe’s most popular tourist (and party) destinations. In January, however, the city is far less crowded. Swimming is not recommended in the winter, but you’ll find plenty of activities to enjoy on a warm holiday.

Here, the famous architect Antoni Gaudí created unique works of contemporary architecture, most distributed across Barcelona. Aside from the well-known Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia, see Casa Batlló and Casa Milá. Gaudí’s style is known worldwide for its intricate, unique designs, and the La Sagrada Familia is still incomplete after over 100 years.

In town, there are various yearly celebrations during January. On the 5th, for example, the Cavalcade de Reis takes place: a magnificent procession filled with clowns, elves, and acrobats.

On the 17th, another parade takes place with animal blessings as part of the Festa dels Tres Tombs. If you want to visit Europe in January, consider heading to Barcelona.

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24. Lisbon, Portugal

Tram and Shops in Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon’s weather in December and January makes it one of the warmest places in Europe, particularly in the North. That said, temperatures may only reach a balmy 60 degrees with a low in the mid-40s once the sun goes down.

The city center is one of the most popular in Europe, which means it’s generally very busy, even In winter. Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest district, with lovely cobblestone streets and a charming feel. It is also the birthplace of traditional Fado music, which can be heard throughout the area’s bars and restaurants.

Meanwhile, Belém’s area is rich in historical treasures and stunning UNESCO monuments. You won’t want to miss the magnificent Belém Tower, which you can see up close without the crowds of people during the high season. You’ll also want to visit the Jerónimos Monastery, a gorgeous example of architecture from the turn of the 16th century.

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25. Marbella, Spain

Street in Marbella, Spain
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Located along Spain’s Costa del Sol or sun coast, Marbella is one of the most popular places in Europe for its incredible beaches, active party scene, and world-class museums. Although the wintertime 60-degree averages aren’t exactly beach-bum friendly, so much else in Marbella awaits you year-round, even if the ocean isn’t calling your name.

Luxurious shopping connects the city with iconic architecture like the Plaza de los Naranjos or Orange Plaza. This city is different from the other areas we’ve mentioned so far because it is part city and part resort town. Even if it’s not warm enough for the beach, nothing stops you from taking advantage of these warm places’ pool access or taking a food tour in the city.

Parque de la Alameda is there when you need a glimpse of green and serenity from resort life on those warmer days. On those not-so-warm days, you can hide out and warm up at the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo the artworks until the feeling returns to your cheeks again.

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FAQs

Where is the warmest place in Europe in the winter?

The warmest places in Europe in the winter are typically in the continent’s southern regions, such as Spain, Greece, or Italy. These countries have a Mediterranean climate characterized by mild winters and warm, dry summers. The Canary Islands are also among the warmest places in Europe in winter because of their proximity to Africa.

What European countries are hot in winter?

Countries in southern Europe, such as Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Greece, are all warm European destinations, with average temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the low 60s Fahrenheit (about 12 to 16 degrees Celsius). Whereas the Canary Islands tend to stay in the 70s during the winter, making them the hottest place on our list.

Is it worth going to Europe in the winter?

Visiting Europe in the winter is definitely worthwhile. While mainland Europe generally includes colder climates, there are still stunning warm places to find. Plus, being winter, you won’t have to share the destination with as many tourists as you would find in summer.

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