Best destinations in Europe to visit in winter

Discover our selection of the best cities to visit in winter in Europe. With friends or family, you will see your favorite cities from another perspective and another temperature.
Best destinations in Europe to visit in winter
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If you haven’t visited Southern Europe yet, winter is the perfect time to take off to the captivating lands of Greece, Portugal, and Spain. Far from touristic and crowded places, discover the charm of lesser-known destinations promising singular moments. 

Venture off the beaten path and immerse yourself into the heart of the warmest European cities in December, where you will discover a world of unique landscapes, rich histories, and vibrant cultures that will fascinate all your senses, as each destination offers a sensational and original experience.

Embrace the winter sun and escape the Cold in Antiparos, Greece 

  • Weather forecast: Expect mild and calm winter conditions, with average temperatures. Average winter temperature: 51°F / 11°C
  • Average rainy days: 8 days per month
  • What to pack: Pack warm and waterproof clothing to face occasional bad weather.
  • Time zone: UTC/GMT+2 in winter; UTC/GMT+3 in summer 


With their ancient ruins, beaches with crystal-clear waters, and traditional villages, Antiparos promises a splendid escape where sunsets will make you forget the gloomy days of winter. 

Scattered across the Aegean and Ionian seas, the Greek islands are mainly known for their small white houses with blue shutters reflecting the dazzling sunlight, even in winter, which make them the best places to visit in Greece. But did you know they are full of fascinating activities worth discovering? 

If you are a sportsman at heart, put on your hiking gear and explore the island's trails, discovering picturesque villages, lush olive groves, and steep cliffs to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this idyllic Mediterranean cocoon. 

Our favorite winter activity in Antiparos

Enjoy a boat trip to the island of Despotiko where an archaeological treasure awaits you. Dive into ancient Greece through covering different historical periods, including the sanctuary of Apollo



Imagine a day on the secluded island, where time seems to stand still and nature unfolds in its most pristine form. Begin your morning with a leisurely stroll along untouched beaches, your footsteps the only trace on the soft, golden sand. As the sun sets, painting the sky in hues of orange and pink, unwind on a private terrace, savouring the tranquility that only such a hidden gem can offer.

Where to stay in Antiparos

Nothing beats Villa Hebee to relax and rejuvenate by the pool, facing the sea, to perfect your tan. This exquisite retreat offers an unparalleled level of privacy and serenity, surrounded by an 180 degree view of crystal-clear waters and lush, vibrant gardens.

Things to know

  • Antiparos, Greece
  • 15 guests
  • Infinity pool, panoramic sea views, game room, no neighbours
  • From €35,500 to €55,500 per week

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Comporta, Portugal: Enjoy unforgettable views on your winter holiday 

  • Weather forecast: Expect mainly sunny weather with occasional rainfall. Average winter temperature: 57°F / 14°C
  • Average rainy days: 15 days per month
  • What to pack: Pack a sweater and waterproof clothes for inclement weather. Time zone: UTC/GMT+1 in summer and winter 

Nestled in the quiet region of Alentejo, just a stone's throw from the capital, lies Comporta: a Portuguese gem that will thrill travellers, far from the tourist crowds. Explore diverse landscapes, from steep cliffs to lush winter olive groves, and spoil yourself with local specialties in charming local restaurants. 

Imagine a country where history, culture, and nature blend to offer a captivating spectacle. That country is Portugal! From its golden beaches in Algarve, to the picturesque streets of Lisbon and Porto, this country invites you to an exploration full of surprises. Discover its medieval castles, savour its delicious seafood accompanied by the famous Douro wines, and let yourself be seduced by its picturesque villages and stupendous landscapes, even during winter. 

And if you are fond of thrills, why not challenge the waves of the Atlantic that surfers from around the world love so much, especially in winter when the beaches are empty? 

Our favorite winter activity in Comporta



How about a horseback ride throughout the vast plains of Comporta? Immerse yourself in the refreshing ocean breeze as you traverse the meadows, pine forests, and rice fields of the region. As the day comes to an end, take a dive in the water before settling down for a picnic facing the sunset. 

Where to stay in Comporta

Craving for an authentic experience? Settle in at Casa Duna. With its traditional Portuguese architecture marked by tiles, and natural materials, your family has plenty to enjoy in all seasons. Nestled in the heart of a nature reserve, and equipped with a heated swimming pool, and fireplace, this villa is perfect to enjoy a cosy winter

Things to know:

  • Comporta, Portugal
  • 12 guests
  • Heated swimming pool, fireplace, barbecue, golf, nature reserve
  • From €15,255 to €31,505 per week

Villa Carragueira

Costa Brava, Spain: The sunny side of Spain for your winter vacation.

  • Weather forecast: Anticipate cool yet sunny weather, with occasional rainfall. Average winter temperature: 50°F/10°C
  • Average rainy days: 7 days per month.
  • What to pack: Pack warmly and include a waterproof jacket to stay comfortable during your winter visit.
  • Time zone: UTC/GMT+1 winter ; UTC/GMT+2 summer 


Nestled along the Catalan coast, Costa Brava perfectly embodies the essence of Spanish culture that continues to dazzle even during winter. 

Spain is by definition a mix of history, culture, and natural splendours. From the bustling cities of Madrid and Barcelona, to the sunny stretches of the Costa del Sol, this country offers a variety of experiences. Through its historical sites, unique cuisine, and fiery flamenco rhythms, Spain promises adventures around every corner, even during its mild winter. 

Stretching over 256 km of the Mediterranean coastline, Costa Brava stands out as one of Europe's greatest wonders, offering a mosaic of beaches, cliffs, and culinary delights. From the iconic Valencian paella, to timeless classics such as gazpacho, tortilla, and churros, the city guarantees a feast for the senses, especially your taste palette, during your winter stay. 


Our favourite winter activity in Costa Brava

In Spain, winter doesn't stop flowers from blooming! Take a stroll through the gardens of Sainte Clotilde, where vibrant flowers, fragrant herbs, and captivating views await you. Inspired by Renaissance Italian landscapes, this garden invites you to take a deep breath of fresh air. 

Where to stay in Costa Brava

Want to live like a local for a few days? Then head to Villa Sylvie to enjoy its typical Mediterranean architecture offering calm and sunny relaxation. If you are seeking something unique, our selection of villas in Costa Brava will definitely provide you what you are looking for.

Things to know

  • Costa Brava, Spain
  • 14 guests
  • Natural swimming pool, panoramic nature views, fireplace, barbecue
  • From €8,565 to €13,180 per week

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Choose where to go in Europe in winter

So pack your bags, take a break to breath, and embark on a journey that will immerse you into the vibrant heart of Southern Europe to forget about winter and enjoy the Mediterranean sun. Whether you are drawn to the imposing cliffs of Paros and Antiparos, the tranquil beaches of Comporta, or the charming villages of Costa Brava, each destination promises a multitude of unique experiences waiting to be discovered.

Where does the sun shine, even in winter?
For the ones in search of perpetual sunshine, explore our favourite villas in those destinations offering warm weather year-round, such as Saint-Barthelemy, Morocco, and the Dominican Republic.
What are the best places in the world to spend winter under the sun?
For those seeking sunny winter escapes, numerous destinations around the world offer warm weather and delightful experiences, promising the perfect getaway such as the Caribbean, Dominican Republic, or even Morocco.
Which cities in Europe have the best weather in winter?

Here are some of our favorite European cities boasting mild and enjoyable winter weather, attracting travelelrs interested in outdoor activities, sightseeing, and cultural exploration

What are the best European winter destinations for families?

If you're not afraid of the cold, several European some of our destinations are well-suited for winter vacations, offering a combination of skiing, outdoor activities, and hiking

Where to visit in France with family?

For families seeking memorable vacations in France, explore charming destinations offering diverse experiences. From picturesque countryside to vibrant cities, France has something for every family. Discover historical landmarks and create lasting memories together.



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