The warmest countries in Europe in winter
In the winter, many tourists go on vacation to warm countries. In doing so, they often choose Asia, South America or warm islands. Of course, Europe cannot offer many places where beach vacations are possible, but there are several places where it is quite warm. It is worth considering the warmest countries in Europe in winter, so that you can choose the most suitable option.
Spain in winter
The warmest country in Europe in winter is Spain, and more precisely its southern part. The average temperature there is +20. The warmest winter are the Canary Islands, but you can also go to the Balearic Islands or Andalusia. Enjoy your vacation on the sandy beaches of the Costa de la Luz.
Winter in Spain is a good time for visiting local attractions and strolling through botanical gardens and parks. In the summer time it is not so convenient because of the debilitating heat. Of course, for bathing the water will not be too warm (the temperature in it will vary +14-16 degrees), you can enjoy the view of the cities.
Portugal in winter
Portugal has warm weather all year round. In winter, you can have a good rest outdoors, strolling through the local streets. But you won’t be able to go swimming, as the water is quite chilly.
Winter in Lisbon
You can go to the Portuguese island of Madeira. The temperature at this time will hold above +18 degrees. Here you can swim in the natural pools, which are formed by lava. Their water even in winter is warm.
Natural pools on the island of Madeira
Italy in winter
Considering the warm countries of Europe, it is worth mentioning Italy. In the south of the country, the temperature stays around +13-16 degrees. In this case, there is often sunny weather. Tourists can view the many attractions in comfort. In February in Italy, you can go to a carnival or festival and spend time having fun.
Venice Festival (February).
It will be warmer in Sicily. The air here warms up to +20 degrees. This allows you to lie on the beach and even get a tan. Pleasant for tourists will be and prices at this time of year, because they are much lower than in summer.
Sicily in February
Malta and Cyprus in winter.
In search of a warm country for a holiday in winter, you can go to Malta or Cyprus. The temperature in both cases stays around +15 – 16 degrees. At this time you can go on interesting excursions, which is difficult to do in a hotter time. The water temperature in Malta is kept in the range of +14 – 17 degrees, which is not suitable for swimming.
In winter, Malta is visited by true connoisseurs, who wish to get acquainted with the local traditions and excellent cuisine. Given the fact that with the onset of winter is not as crowded as in summer, you can spend your holidays in a secluded and peaceful. The locals are always friendly to guests.
Greece in Winter
Winter in Greece is usually sunny and warm. The air temperature can stay between +17 and 20 degrees. This is quite comfortable for leisurely walks in the parks and archaeological sites. There is practically no snow in cities. It falls only in mountainous areas.
Athens in early December
You can have a good vacation in Crete. Here you can not only enjoy excursions, but even have fun in the clubs. You can spend your vacation active and fun. There are many interesting places to see.
Of course, winter holidays in Europe is not the same as in other hot countries, but it has its charms. Warm, but not too hot weather is exactly what many tourists want. Holiday at this time will be comfortable and convenient. In addition, it will be more economical, because prices in many countries are going down. Those who love shopping will be especially satisfied.
Where in Europe is it warm in January?
The southern coast of mainland Spain belongs to Andalusia. The southernmost beaches of Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz correspond to their names, even in winter there are very few overcast or rainy days. In January, the temperature on the coast is +15-16 ° C. Many resort towns are suitable for both young people and couples. Amusement parks, aquariums, dolphinariums, and even penguins are open to tourists. In the mountains, which offers a beautiful view of the sea and surroundings, you will take a cable car. Resort life does not stop and in the winter months.
As at night the temperature drops, when booking accommodation always check whether the room is heated.
In the Mediterranean Spain belongs to the Balearic Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean – the famous Canaries.
At the top of our list of places that are warm in January are the Canary Islands. They are located almost off the coast of Africa. The main islands of the Canaries – Tenerife, Palma and Gran Canaria – are called continents in miniature. Here you can visit several seasons at the same time. Even in the summer, there is snow in the mountains at an altitude of two kilometers, and on the coast and in winter, the temperature remains at +20 ° C.
The largest island of the Balearic Islands is Mallorca. It’s the vacation spot of Spain’s royal family. Despite its popularity, it’s one of the most eco-friendly places in Europe. Windy weather and rare rains do not prevent tourists to enjoy the local scenery, rich forests, valleys and mountains. The average temperature of the month is +16 ° C. The sea is crystal clear, excellent sandy beaches. It’s a pity that January is not the bathing season, but you will have time to visit various in color and style historical monuments. Traces of prehistoric times overlap with evidence of the reign of Carthage, Rome and the Moors invaders.
Portugal in January
Portugal rivals Spain and Italy not only for its warm weather during the winter, but also for its sights. The mix of European and South American cultures gives the country a unique flavor. The warmest in Portugal in January is +18-19 ° C on the island of Madeira. Other Portuguese possessions in the Atlantic Ocean is the Azores Archipelago, but in winter it’s foggy and rainy here. But it never snows in the Azores.
Holidays in European resorts is quite expensive, but a trip in January will cost 20-40% cheaper.
Theoretically, this Portuguese island does not belong to Europe, it’s on another plate, but we’ll close our eyes to that. In January Madeira will surprise you not only by its air temperature – sometimes it’s +25°C, but also by the temperature of the ocean water: +19°C. The island’s weather is determined by the Gulf Stream. The climate here is one of the mildest in the world.
Madeira is easily accessible by plane from Lisbon. A great opportunity to make a combined tour, but be prepared for the possibility of rain in the Portuguese capital.
The landscape of Madeira is mountainous. The highest point is Pico Ruivo (1862 m). The average winter temperature is +16°C. The northwest of the island is more overcast, with slightly drier weather within Funchal. The city can be explored by sightseeing buses – yellow and red. Choose hotel rooms on high floors; from there you get a gorgeous view of the ocean. 4-star hotels, often have their own pools, because the resort is considered a year-round resort.
Traditional activities include a stroll through the market, lunch at a fish restaurant, and a cable car ride to the tropical garden on Mount Monte.
Maderian cuisine offers excellent meat and fish dishes with local wine. In the center of Funchal there is an old winery where you can stock up on Madeira, made according to ancient techniques.
By the way, the island’s port in Funchal receives cruise ships traveling from Europe to the Caribbean islands.
Is it warm in Italy in January?
For walks through the streets of Italy, the closet should be chosen individually for each city. The warmest region in January is Sicily: +15 ° C (+9 ° C at night). At this time on the mainland in Naples it’s +13°C during the day (+5°C at night). Winter evenings in Sorento will have the same temperature. Winters in southern Italy are mild.
For comparison: in Rome it is +11 ° C, wind and humidity, in Venice +6 ° C and flooding, in Milan it is cool, +6 ° C, in Florence +9 ° C.
During the winter months, car rental prices are reduced by 15-30%, it is easier to find free parking, and the sights are free of crowds of tourists.
The Island of Sicily in winter
On the Italian island of Sicily, the sun shines 330 days a year. You’ll only need warm sweaters if you want to head to the mountains. (There are two ski resorts on the volcano Etna and one near Palermo.) The mild climate and warm weather (15-20°C) are ideal for hiking and sightseeing.
Sicily in January is covered in lush vegetation. Almond trees begin to bloom white and pink. The area is interesting with its rocky-hilly terrain and the highest active European volcano, Etna, around which the nature reserve is scattered.
Sightseeings of Sicily island are not inferior to the ancient monuments of the continental part of the country. Sicily has its own architectural style – Sicilian Baroque, it has its own valley of temples.
After the capital Palermo, the main cities of Sicily are Messina, Syracuse and Catania. Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians, Syracuse and Messina by natives of Greece. Catania is interesting because of the buildings made of basalt and solidified lava from the volcano Etna.
Each city on the island is unique, for example, the beautiful resort of Taormina continues to fascinate creative personalities and bohemians.
A warm January in Europe
We didn’t mention Malta, Cyprus and Greece in this article – they also feature warm winter weather. Rain-resistant travelers have the perfect opportunity to combine a vacation in the mountains with exploring the countryside and tasting the local cuisine and homemade wine. Fresh greens and fragrant citrus fruits, ripe for January, will surprise travelers unfamiliar with the mild winter of southern Europe.
The warm winter is a godsend for excursion lovers. Pack an uninsulated jacket, make sure your hotel will have a heater, and you’ll make a long, memorable trip to these historic, tourist-free destinations.