There is always a moment of panic in mid-fall when you realize that the sun has begun to say goodbye. After warming us up day in, day out during the past months, the sun begins to prepare for winter break. Yes, it won’t leave us completely, but it will shine less often. Depending on where you live you will see it more or less, or maybe you might have the feeling that you do not see it at all! However, one thing is certain: after a few weeks, you begin to miss it. Where does the sun spend the winter?
The good thing about all this is that we don’t need to travel very far away to find it. The sun is like a retired Englishman who decided to spend the coldest months somewhere in southern Europe. If you are thinking of taking a break in order to feel its beams on your face again, these are 5 favorite European destinations for the winter sun-seekers:
1. Canary Islands
Travelling south is always the answer -if you live in the Northern Hemisphere- and you want more sun and warmer temperatures. In Spain there is something infallible: taking a plane to the Canary Islands. And you will have sun, but not the typical winter sun. In Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife or Gran Canaria you will be able to swim in the sea every day of the year.
2. Madeira (Portugal)
This is another archipelago that, even though it’s closer to Africa than to Europe, it still belongs to a European country as a trace of its colonial past. Madeira has very warm winters and tons of sun (although we must say it rains sometimes… those green landscapes need water!), making it perfect for hiking trails. If you go in February you will be able to enjoy the incredible carnival. And if you spend New Year’s Eve here, you will be surprised: this is the city with the most spectacular fireworks in the world!
Another island! In winter, temperatures in Malta stay at an average of 15 degrees and there might be some sporadic rain, but you can be sure that you will also see the sun. As most of these destinations, which are packed with tourists during the summer season, the winter makes it easier for the visitors to discover Malta’s nature and people. And you can even swim on its beaches!
No , you do not even need to leave the country or go to an island. Southern Spain is the perfect place to enjoy the sun in winter, for statistics say that Andalusia has 300 days of sunshine a year. The Andalusian autonomous region is very large, though, so in Seville, Malaga, Almería, Gibraltar, Granada or Jerez you will be able to choose between beach and mountain, as well as between typically low winter temperatures or the Mediterranean warmth.
Another island where the winter season is more or less kind. It can get cold (but not much), it can rain (but never without the sun sneaking out after a short while) and it can be windy, but it is still much nicer than in most places in Europe. And if you feel adventurous, here you can climb the Etna and go skiing if you feel like it. The good news is that there will be hardly any tourists and everything will be cheaper off-season.
Well, do you feel ready for a winter break? What is your chosen sunny destination?