Winter across Europe takes many forms; in Scandinavia and the Alps, you find snowdrifts and skiers, while in parts of the Mediterranean it’s common to see people still enjoying the sunny weather! The UK, however, finds a way to combine the worst of both, encouraging many people to pick a winter holiday destination outside of the British Isles.

    Choosing to fly out to a villa is the easy part; the tough decision is choosing which out of the many options to go for. While you might not find sunbathing weather everywhere you go, the comparatively reduced levels of rainfall and the all-round warmer weather means you can’t really go wrong but different locations come into their own at different times of the year.

    We’ve curated a list of locations for each of the colder months to help you whittle down where to go.

    Where’s warm in November?

    Technically late autumn, but nearly cold enough to be winter in Britain, there are plenty of places to visit in the Mediterranean that still reach 20C. Many places in the Mediterranean feature glorious sunshine and warm days, a stark difference from the UK!

    Sicily

    The big island off the toe of Italy , Sicily, is still warm in November, with the coast offering the highest temperatures, and it’s not unheard of for visitors to take a dip in the sea on warmer days. In November, Sicily celebrates two religious festivals, All Saints’ Day and St. Martin’s Day, with events held across the island in most big towns and cities.

    Taormina, Sicily

    Closer to Greece’s climate than Italy’s, but with increased levels of pasta, you can find a healthy mix of things to do when enjoying Sicily. With opportunities to get out and enjoy the scenery while the sun shines, there are plenty of great dining options and cultural opportunities if you want to head indoors too.

    Cyprus

    As one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations year on year, making the most of Cyprus as it heads into the winter is a great way to avoid the crowds and enjoy the sights without any of the queues or seasonal prices.

    As a part of Europe that’s still warm in November, Cyprus in November is an average of 23 degrees. Despite it being the start of the rainy season, that amounts to roughly 3-6 days of wet weather, better than August in the UK.

    Where’s warm in December?

    A special time of year, where almost all of the Mediterranean prepares for Christmas and the festivities it brings, December allows any holiday goer the opportunity to experience the regional celebrations that come with the period, all the while in warmer weather than you’d find in the UK.

    Crete

    With early December seeing temperatures that can rise above 25C, it’s a wonder why tourism drops off in October. If you’re looking for somewhere warm in December in the Mediterranean, Crete may provide what you’re looking for.

    With many of the main attractions closed down for the season, most of what remains are the spots visited by the local people, offering up an authentic experience rarely found any other time of year. 

    Rethymno, Crete, Greece

    Turkey

    With St Nicholas coming from Turkey , it’s only fitting to include this country on the list. Much like many countries surrounding the Mediterranean, if you’re looking for somewhere warm in December, the destinations on the coast, such as Bodrum and Dalaman , will offer better weather than the more inland parts.

    If you always go for turkey at Christmas, why not give this destination a try.  

    Where’s warm in January?

    January is one of the coldest months in the Northern hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a destination that offers blue skies and warmer weather. Leaving the central Mediterranean to visit European islands off the west coast of Africa, you can find warm weather all year round without technically leaving Europe.

    Madeira

    While you may see some clouds, if you’re missing the sun in January, Madeira has a few extra hours of daylight compared to the UK. Coupled with temperatures that can reach 19 or so degrees, you may even get away with wearing just a t-shirt!

    Warm January weather aside, Madeira has a lot to offer in terms of attractions; from bustling town squares filled with restaurants and shops to incredible landscapes, this island offers a fantastic holiday no matter the time of year.

    Camara de Lobos, Funchal, Madeira

    Lanzarote

    As part of the Canary Islands , the coldest it gets in Lanzarote is in January at night where the temperature can drop to 14 degrees. However, during the day, you can expect to find temperatures reaching 24 degrees, the equivalent of British beach weather.

    Without any well defined seasons, you’re able to do the same activities in both summer and winter. As it’s slightly cooler in January, it’s a great time to get off the beaten track and explore the island on foot, taking in the sights and enjoying the ambient temperatures.

    If you’re looking for some warm weather escapes as a part of a romantic getaway or to enjoy some time with friends and family, Europe still has a lot to offer. Coupled with our wide selection of villas in a range of destinations, you don’t have to limit your holidays to one or two seasons and can find your perfect destination 365 days of the year.

    What is winter like in Mediterranean?
    Winter temperatures are usually between 30 and 65 degrees. Summer months all average above 50 degrees. The warmest month averages about 72 degrees. The cause of this climate is directly related to large bodies of water such as the Mediterranean Sea and ocean currents. more
    Does the Mediterranean have winter?
    Mediterranean climate is very mild (few extreme temperatures), so it really only has 2 seasons: summer and winter. Summers are longer than winter, and the winter is very mild. Very few places experience snow in a Mediterranean climate. The seasonal changes are due to changes in ocean currents and water temperature. more
    What months are winter in the Mediterranean?
    Winter is from November 16 to March 20 and lasts 125 days, spring is the period March 21–June 14 and has a duration of 86 days, summer starts at June 15 and ends at September 6 lasting 84 days and finally autumn (September 7–November 15) closes the annual cycle lasting 70 days. more
    Is the Mediterranean warm in winter?
    Although it doesn't get as hot as the summer, in most coastal areas along the Mediterranean, the weather can still reach warm temperatures during the winter. Throughout the day, temperatures are often above 10-15°C (50°F/59°F), and present good winds making the experience more pleasant for the sailors. more
    What months are winter in the Mediterranean?
    Winter is from November 16 to March 20 and lasts 125 days, spring is the period March 21–June 14 and has a duration of 86 days, summer starts at June 15 and ends at September 6 lasting 84 days and finally autumn (September 7–November 15) closes the annual cycle lasting 70 days. more
    Where in the Mediterranean is warm in winter?
    The warmest parts of the Mediterranean are east, along the southern coast of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and surrounding Cyprus, and also the seas north of Tunisia and Libya, stretching northwards to Malta. But probably still too cold for most people December-March. more
    Can you swim in the Mediterranean in the winter?
    Sea temperatures. Sunshine hours. Highlights of the Mediterranean in winter. Best places for a warm city break in winter.WHAT ABOUT SWIMMING IN THE SEA? °C °F Lisbon 15-20 59-68 Malaga 16-21 61-70 Mallorca 15-22 59-72 Nice 13-20 55-72 more
    Does the Mediterranean have winter?
    Mediterranean climate is very mild (few extreme temperatures), so it really only has 2 seasons: summer and winter. Summers are longer than winter, and the winter is very mild. Very few places experience snow in a Mediterranean climate. The seasonal changes are due to changes in ocean currents and water temperature. more
    Is the Mediterranean warm in winter?
    Although it doesn't get as hot as the summer, in most coastal areas along the Mediterranean, the weather can still reach warm temperatures during the winter. Throughout the day, temperatures are often above 10-15°C (50°F/59°F), and present good winds making the experience more pleasant for the sailors. more
    What is winter like in the Mediterranean?
    Winter temperatures are usually between 30 and 65 degrees. Summer months all average above 50 degrees. The warmest month averages about 72 degrees. The cause of this climate is directly related to large bodies of water such as the Mediterranean Sea and ocean currents. more
    What is winter like in the Mediterranean?
    Winter temperatures are usually between 30 and 65 degrees. Summer months all average above 50 degrees. The warmest month averages about 72 degrees. The cause of this climate is directly related to large bodies of water such as the Mediterranean Sea and ocean currents. more

    Source: www.splvillas.com

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