Whether it is warm and sunny, or snow has taken over its beautiful cities,
Europe is absolutely gorgeous.
There are so many things to do and places to see, that choosing only one destination for your winter holiday can be very difficult.
If you want to have a memorable vacation, check out the list below, and find your perfect European destination.
The Warmest Place in Europe: The Canary Islands
Though part of Spain, if you “judge” the islands by their geographical position, the Canary Islands are in Africa. And it is their position that brings the warm weather and cultural richness, attracting so many travellers from all over the world.
If you love spending your time on the beach, enjoying the sun, big waves, delicious foods and tasty wines, the Canary Islands are a great choice. But these beautiful islands also welcome adventurous souls who want to explore volcanoes as well as enjoy watersports and all kinds of outdoor experiences. Also, the culinary scene is incredible and the nightlife explosive, especially in Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
Have a Merry Winter Holiday in Germany: Hamburg
Germans are famous for how they make the cities alive during winter through their cheerful attitude and colourful Christmas markets. And Hamburg is a great example and an amazing destination for a cold season vacation.
Whether you plan a romantic escape, you travel with your family, or you want a winter adventure with your best friends, Hamburg will pleasantly surprise you.
Besides the interesting touristic attractions, the whole city is filled with vibrating Christmas markets, where you can indulge in tasty dishes, mulled wine, and of course, great beers.
Enjoy the Charm of Portugal: Lisbon
Lisbon is another destination that can offer you a truly unique winter experience. The mild weather, perfectly combined with the friendly spirit of the locals, will give you an unforgettable welcome. And after you start exploring the city’s culinary scene, you are doomed to completely fall in love with it.
The perfect place to start exploring the Portuguese cuisine is Cervejaria Ramiro, a restaurant where you will have to force yourself to stop ordering. Together with your taste buds, your eyes will be amazed by the city’s colourful streets, beautiful architecture, and breathtaking views.
Visit an Eastern European Gem: Bucharest
If you’ve always dreamed of exploring Eastern Europe but never adventured yourself into this beautiful expedition, it’s time to do it. Start with Bucharest.
Romania’s capital is famous for hosting memorable parties, but there is much more to find in this city.
Grab your comfortable shoes and wander around its beautifully arranged streets, admire the remains of the communism, and visit the city’s interesting museums and art galleries. And if you want to join a great party, your wish will come true because Bucharest is definitely one of those cities that never sleep.
Plan a Winter Cultural Escape: Vienna
If you want to wander around some of the best Christmas markets in Europe and have a remarkable cultural experience at the same time, Vienna is a fantastic choice. Explore the charming streets of Austria’s capital city admiring the impressive architecture and indulge in the delicious coffee served in the city’s cosy cafes.
If you are a foodie, don’t miss eating one of the locals’ favourite dishes, the famous Viennese Schnitzel. Also, the Viennese Coffee House Culture is another stop you should make. Not only will it warm you up on a cold winter day, but the lovely coffee shop is also a UNESCO cultural heritage site.
Find Warmth in a Cold City: Dublin
If you’ve visited Ireland before, you know winters are not warm in Dublin. You also know that the joyfulness and friendliness of the locals can instantly warm your heart. The charming Irish capital will surprise you with hearty food, delicious beer, and, of course, the best whiskey.
If you are looking for culture, you are in the right place. And if you want to have an amazing Christmas market experience, you will find it in Dublin. Also, live music lovers will have an amazing time in the cosy and, at the same time, wild Temple Bar area.
Offer Yourself a Magic Winter Escape: Lapland
Is winter your favourite time of the year, not only because you love Christmas, but you are also very fond of adventurous winter sports? Then Lapland is where you should be. Visit Santa’s official residence, Rovaniemi, a place that promises to bring back your best childhood memories, and also give you a chance to enjoy memorable winter activities. What to expect?
Well, first things first, you will meet Santa, his elves and, of course, the famous reindeers. Then, explore cheerful Rovaniemi, indulge in tasty food, and relax in its welcoming coffee shops. If you want a more adventurous vacation, you can choose between the many outdoor activities available around Santa’s village. Go on husky tours and snowmobile safaris, search for the spectacular Northern Lights, and have some fun during an exciting reindeer ride.
Rebecca is a translator by vocation, but a traveler in her heart. Luckily for her, she has managed to merge the two and is now a full-time digital nomad, stopping home only to restock her suitcase, and move on. Her favourite place in the world is Iceland, and her least favourite city so far has been Tokyo. You can read more of her work at RoughDraft - if she ever manages to write anything there