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Warm winter holidays in europe: The 15 WARMEST Places to Visit in Europe This Winter

Опубликовано: December 31, 2019 в 10:12 am


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The 15 WARMEST Places to Visit in Europe This Winter

When you think of ‘warm winter getaways’, it’s usually not European cities that come to mind.
Most people think of islands in the Caribbean, safaris in Africa, or over-water bungalows in the Maldives. However, Europe has some decently warm cities during winter, many more than you might have previously thought.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t meant you have to scratch Europe off your holiday bucket list. We’ve researched all the warmest places you can travel to in Europe during the winter months of December, January, February and March. 

Why visit Europe in winter?
As you will see in the places mentioned below, a pattern starts to emerge. All of these European cities during the winter months are cheaper, less crowded, and free of sweltering 35+ degree weather, making it a great time of year to visit. 

While everyone else is on a crowded beach in Cancun, you can be checking some insanely beautiful countries off your bucket list, and not freeze your buns off at the same time.   Here are the warmest places with the highest temperatures to visit in Europe this winter.


1. Canary Islands, Spain

The Canary Islands are a cluster of beautiful Spanish islands just off the coast of Morocco and only a 4 hour flight from London. These islands boast some of the warmest and sunniest weather in Europe during winter.

Which island should you visit?
You really can’t go wrong with any of them, but the most popular are Tenerife, Grand Canaria, and Lanzarote. No matter where you end up be prepared for endless amounts of outdoor activities, sports, hiking and natural wonders.

Average Daily Highs °

December: 21°c – 70°f
January: 20°c – 68°f
February: 20°c – 68°f
March: 21°c – 70°f

2. Limassol, Cyprus

Not only is Limassol fairly warm throughout the winter months, but it’s also a city that has the best of both worlds. You’ll love the mixture of modern areas with the strikingly beautiful old town.

The narrow stone streets wind out from the old fishing harbour with buildings dating back to medieval times. Combine that with beaches, castles and Greek ruins and Limassol is a winter getaway you won’t regret. 

Any city in beautiful Cyprus will have similar temperate weather because of the island’s location in the far east of the Mediterranean Sea.

Average Daily Highs °

December: 18°c – 65°f
January: 17°c – 63°f
February: 17°c – 63°f
March: 20°c – 68°f

3. Azores Islands, Portugal

The Azores Islands sitting along in the North Atlantic Ocean have been long referred to as “Europe’s Hawaii” and it’s not hard to see why. Waterfalls, volcanos, natural thermal pools, mountains, lush greenery and miles of beaches are just some of the similarities.

Many people haven’t even heard of the Azores before and that’s a good thing! Enjoy the unspoilt nature while you still can! 

If you need to get out of the snow, fly into the Azores direct from New York in 5.5 hours, or from Lisbon in 2 hours.

Average Daily Highs °

December: 18°c – 65°f
January: 17°c – 63°f
February: 16°c – 61°f
March: 17°c – 63°f

4. Seville, Spain

Seville is officially the warmest city year round in continental Europe and winter is a great time to visit. While you might get caught in the occasional downpour, it’s much better than trying to visit in summer when temperatures commonly reach over 40°C! Ouch! 

Winter brings less tourists and much lower prices, with even some of the highest rated hotels coming down to under $100 a night. 

You won’t run out of gorgeous cathedrals, handsome museums and fine art shows to fill your days with.

Average Daily Highs °

December: 17°c – 63°f
January: 16°c – 61°f
February: 18°c – 65°f
March: 21°c – 70°f

5. Faro, Portugal

Faro is the southernmost city in Portugal and the perfect getaway spot for someone seeking quiet R&R time. It’s a quaint and charming town offering an escape from the hustle and bustle, and has warm weather in winter unlike most of Europe.

Just like in Seville, tourist numbers are lowest in winter, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t lots to do. The winter season only bring around 5 days of rain each month, so there are still many sunny days to golf, beach walk, bird watch and cycle. 

Average Daily Highs °

December: 17°c – 63°f
January: 16°c – 61°f
February: 17°c – 63°f
March: 19°c – 66°f


Gibraltar, UK

Many people have heard of the ‘The Rock of Gibraltar’, but not as many could place it on a map. (Especially us North Americans!)

Gibraltar is a tiny 6 square kilometre British Overseas Territory, located on the tip of Spain, with views toward Morocco. It’s been under British rule since 1713, but has exchanged hands many times before that. 

While it’s small, Gibraltar is a great winter vacation spot for it’s mild climate and long list of things to do. You can explore over 150 caves, 50km of World War II tunnels, botanical gardens, take the cable car, or walk on the suspension bridge. You’ll also be a stones throw from both Spain and Morocco to easily add some extra warm winter destinations to your trip.

Average Daily Highs °

December: 17°c – 63°f
January: 16°c – 61°f
February: 17°c – 63°f
March: 18°c – 65°f


Valletta, Malta

I honestly can’t think of a more strikingly beautiful city than Valletta. It almost seems like it’s out of a movie scene. In addition to Valletta’s beauty, the capital city of Malta is also warm during winter, because of its location south of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea.

In fact all of Malta’s cities will have similar warm climates, so don’t scratch gems like Mdina, Rabat, or Zabbar off your list. 

Valletta was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, and was just named the European Capital of Culture. 

Average Daily Highs °

December: 17°c – 63°f
January: 16°c – 61°f
February: 16°c – 61°f
March: 17°c – 63°f

8. Crete, Greece

Escape the snow and head to Crete, the largest island in Greece.
If I’m being honest, Crete can be a little rainy during winter but that won’t stop you from enjoying it’s hundreds of miles of beaches. I’d rather be on a gloomy beach than in the freezing cold! Plus, if you get stuck inside, you can just eat delicious authentic Greek food all day long. Problem solved!

Visiting Crete in the winter opens up a different type of Greece than in the summer – one that is more relaxed, hospitable and charming. You won’t have line ups, inflated prices, or cities overrun with tourists.

Average Daily Highs °

December: 17°c – 63°f
January: 15°c – 59°f
February: 16°c – 61°f
March: 17°c – 63°f

9. Palermo, Italy

Palermo is Italy’s 5th largest city, and because it’s located on the ‘rock’ that the ‘boot’ of Italy kicks on the map, it’s also one of the warmest. 

Thanks to the warm Sirocco winds that blow in from Africa, winters in Palermo are mild and have reach up to 20°C on some afternoons. This means you can enjoy everything from the unreal street food to the clear turquoise waters, all year long.

If you’re a fan of ‘The Godfather’, then Palermo is probably already on your bucket list.

Average Daily Highs °

December: 16°c – 61°f
January: 15°c – 59°f
February: 15°c – 59°f
March: 17°c – 63°f

10. Mallorca, Spain

The third entry for Spain on the list is dazzling Mallorca with its impossibly crystal clear waters. It’s located in the cluster of islands off the east coast of Spain, and is usually synonymous with spring break parties, but Mallorca is more chill than the infamous Ibiza. Thanks to it’s location in the Balearic Sea, the weather is warm and sunny all year round. 

Since mass tourism has been on the island since the 50’s, winter is the best time to go. You’ll have all the world famous spas and hotels all to yourself, as well as over 3400 restaurants and 262 breathtaking beaches.

Average Daily Highs °

December: 16°c – 61°f
January: 15°c – 59°f
February: 15°c – 59°f
March: 17°c – 63°f


Toulon, France

Toulon isn’t well known, but it’s weather should be! It’s the warmest city in France during the winter and it’s also much more affordable than it’s nearby neighbours. Close to Toulon you’ll find Saint Tropez, Cannes and Monte Carlo, Monaco – all sharing the same mild winter weather.

Thanks to the mountains to the north of the city, the cold winter winds are kept away from Toulon, making winter relatively warm, dry and sunny.

Average Daily Highs °

December: 14°c – 57°f
January: 13°c – 55°f
February: 13°c – 55°f
March: 16°c – 61°f

12. Kotor, Montenegro

This spectacular fortified city looks exactly like it’s from the pages of a children’s story book. Hidden inside the protection of a winding bay, Kotor is an ancient walled city with a history spanning back to the Middle Ages. 

Not only is Kotor quite mild for a country in the Balkans, but it’s also one of the most affordable places on this entire list! Your budget will stretch 2-3x’s here compared to warm European islands in the winter months.

A visit here during winter will be quiet and relaxed as most of the cruise ships won’t return until spring. Use the cooler weather to hike, bike, jog and stroll around the old town and many fortifications throughout the city. 

Average Daily Highs °

December: 13°c – 55°f
January: 12°c – 54°f
February: 13°c – 55°f
March: 16°c – 61°f

13. Sibenik, Croatia

Game of Thrones lovers will be all over this one! Sibenik is a charming old city along the Dalmatian Coast with lots of history to be discovered, but most recently was used as a filming site for the insanely popular series. Sibenik is much smaller and less crowded than other Croatian cities that have exploded in popularity due to GOT.

While highs of 12 and 13 aren’t sweltering, it’s sure warmer than the 0º freezing weather of nearby Baltic countries. Warm winds and waters from the Adriatic Sea keep Sibenik quite mild and tolerable during winter.  

Average Daily Highs °

December: 13°c – 55°f
January: 12°c – 54°f
February: 12°c – 54°f
March: 16°c – 61°f

14. Istanbul, Turkey

Okay, so is Istanbul technically in Europe or Asia? Both! The city straddles both continents and has heavy influence of each culture throughout its streets.

Istanbul enjoys a moderately mild winter compared to the rest of Eastern Europe, but it’s not going to be the place for sun worshipers. There is little sun during the winter, but that might give more time and freedom to explore the hundreds of attractions scattered throughout the ancient city.

Average Daily Highs °

December: 11°c – 52°f
January: 9°c – 48°f
February: 9°c – 48°f
March: 12°c – 54°f


Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom

Located just off the coast of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly is the warmest place in England during winter.  We actually stayed in Penzance (just on the main land before you get to these islands) in the winter and quite enjoyed the peacefulness and temperate climate of the area.

The North Atlantic Current keeps the islands warm throughout the winter months, making frost or snow extremely rare.

Visiting the Isles of Scilly is like taking a step back in time. Everything moves a little more slowly on these beautiful islands, as it should.

Average Daily Highs °

December: 11°c – 52°f
January: 10°c – 50°f
February: 10°c – 50°f
March: 11°c – 52°f

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24 Best Warm Winter Destinations in Europe

European cities are usually last on the list of places to go to for warm winter destinations. Truth be told, if warmth is what you’re looking for, a trip to the tropics sounds more sensible.

But before eschewing what many regard as a chilly continent in favor of sweltering alternatives, know this: there’s more to Europe than just freezing France, juddering Germany or the uncomfortably cold UK, and it has several decently warm cities during winter…and there’s a lot more than you might actually know about!

To promise you the warmest holidays, I selected 24 of the best warm winter destinations in Europe.

Visiting these cities during the winter months has several advantages, including cheaper fares, fewer tourists, and a respite from ridiculously hot summer weather without having to freeze your socks off.

Winter is a great time to visit any of the cities on this list if you’re aiming for a more relaxed travel experience.

I’ve also included the best accommodation options for various budgets, so you know where to spend the night!

Table of Contents

  • Best Warm Winter Destinations in Europe
  • 1. Limassol, Cyprus
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  • 2. Palermo, Italy
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  • 3. Canary Islands, Spain
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  • 4. Seville, Spain
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  • 5. Azores Islands, Portugal
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  • 6. Valencia Province, Spain
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  • 7. Faro, Portugal
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  • 8. Athens, Greece
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  • 9. Gibraltar, UK
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  • 10. Naples, Italy
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  • 11. Valetta, Malta
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  • 12. Corfu, Greece
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  • 13. Crete, Greece
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  • 14. Messina, Italy
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  • 15. Malaga, Spain
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  • 16. Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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  • 17. Larnaca, Cyprus
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  • 18. Istanbul, Turkey
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  • 19. Lanzarote, Spain
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  • 20. Algarve, Portugal
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  • 21. Cagliari, Sardinia
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  • 22. Ibiza, Spain
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  • 23. Barcelona, Spain
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  • 24. Lisbon, Portugal
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1. Limassol, Cyprus

Despite its reputation as a summer destination, Limassol is a winter excursion not to be missed! The region is one of  Europe’s greatest winter sun destinations, with temperatures dropping to a comfortable 13°C at night. 

The historic fishing harbor’s winding stone alleyways snake outwards, with structures dating back to the Middle Ages. Limassol is a winter retreat you won’t regret, with its beaches, grand European castles, and Greek ruins.

In addition to lower accommodation prices and flights, there is a long list of archaeological and cultural sites to visit during winter, along with bustling nightlife and great food.

Outdoorsy travelers will find plenty to do during their visit. Cycling, hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, sailing, air sports, snow skiing, and tennis are just some of the more active excursions available.

One can also explore the wine routes in the region for a deep look into the heart of Cyprus’ wine industry, or take a cultural excursion along the Byzantine church routes and take photos of the region’s majestic monasteries. 

Stay the night

  • Luxury: The Royal Apollonia
  • Mid-tier: Surf & Sun Holiday Apartments
  • Budget: White Hostel

2. Palermo, Italy

Do you want to spend your winter in the sun while being linked to the rest of Europe? Palermo, Sicily’s sun-kissed capital, is one of the best winter destinations Europe has to offer. It is famous for its culture and gastronomy as well as being the fifth biggest city in Italy.

Winter is also a great season to visit the island because of the numerous sunny days – as composer Richard Wagner famously mused, Palermo is a great winter destination.

Palermo’s winters are moderate, with temperatures reaching a balmy 20°C on certain afternoons, thanks to the warm Sirocco winds that sweep in from Africa. This means you can enjoy everything from the unbelievable street cuisine and fantastic wine, to the stunning picture-perfect blue ocean, no matter the time of the year. 

If the sun doesn’t shine, there’s absolutely no reason to fret. Palermo has a diverse range of culture, fashion, history, and art to explore.

In the winter, the seasonal flora and fauna are especially lovely, and the spectacular ancient Roman monuments and Greek temples are less crowded.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Grand Hotel Wagner
  • Mid-tier: La Maison del Sole
  • Budget: Casa Jolanda B&B

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3. Canary Islands, Spain

The Canary Islands are one of the warmest winter destinations in Europe, and its perpetual promise is a pleasant climate all year. The average temperature in the winter is approximately 20 degrees Celsius, and it seldom rains.

The weather is ideal for touring and seeing the area’s stunning volcanic scenery.

The Canary Islands’ natural richness includes unexpected regions sculpted by volcanoes, such as Timanfaya National Park on Lanzarote, Mt. Teide (Spain’s tallest peak), and breathtaking views from El Hierro.

Athletes from all over the world go to the Canary Islands to take advantage of the warm temperature and practice at any time of year. You’ll discover the ideal sceneries for a range of outdoor sports here, whether you’re hiking, scuba diving, cycling, or windsurfing.

Aside from great weather, volcanic landscapes, and beautiful beaches, the Canary Islands also offer fascinating cultural attractions. San Cristóbal de La Laguna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Tenerife, while César Manrique’s art merges with the natural surroundings on the island of Lanzarote.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa
  • Mid-tier: Casa Doramas B&B
  • Budget: Casa Creativa

4. Seville, Spain

Seville might not be the first city you’ll think of when talking about the best warm winter destinations in Europe, but more and more visitors are traveling to the city during the colder months. With typical winter temperatures of a comfortable 10-12 degrees Celsius, the city still keeps its appeal even in the less frequent periods when the weather turns colder.

In the winter, lines for admittance to Seville’s cultural attractions are also shorter. Enjoy the Cathedral’s amazing architecture or the Alcazar Palace’s magnificent grounds.

If the temperature drops and the chill of winter arrives, most of the city’s traditional tapas become the ideal comfort food to warm the soul, and if you’re visiting for the holidays, Seville has a number of great Christmas markets spread around the city.

In the days leading up to Christmas, a stroll through the streets of Seville will reveal spectacular nativity scenes in store windows and churches all around the city.

As days become shorter, a stroll around the charming Plaza de Espaa and the lovely Maria Luisa Park adjacent to it is the ideal way to spend a winter evening. Overall, Seville’s numerous stunning monuments evoke a romantic type of charm that’s absent during other seasons of the year.

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Stay the night

  • Luxury: Eurostars Torre Sevilla
  • Mid-tier: Hotel Fernando III
  • Budget: El Viajero en Sevilla

5. Azores Islands, Portugal

The Azores are a collection of nine islands with historic villages, cathedrals, forts, palaces, volcanic beaches, and spectacular lakes. The Azores islands are considerably less busy in the winter, making them ideal for some alone time.

Visit Angra do Heroismo, the archipelago’s oldest community, and marvel at the beautiful churches and residences from various historical periods, go on a relaxing trip to Terra Nostra Garden, or enjoy whale watching. Then tour a Cha Gorreana tea estate, or kayak in one of the numerous volcanic lakes.

This Portuguese archipelago’s volcanic origins have resulted in a spectacular array of hot springs and natural pools. In fact, many people consider the Azores to be a thermal bathing paradise.

Swimming is one of the region’s many hot springs is a popular way to unwind. Because of the high iron concentration, the water from the thermal springs is a rusty orange/brown color.  The water temperature ranges between a sizzling 35 and 40 degrees Celsius. When it rains, it’s really rather pleasant to be in a thermal bath, making it a great warm winter pastime.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Grand Hotel Açores Atlântico
  • Mid-tier: Canadiano Urban Nature Hotel
  • Budget: My Angra Boutique Hostel

6. Valencia Province, Spain

“Picking tea leaves (Azores Islands, Portugal)” by Ignacio Ferre is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A far cry from the icy winter temperatures of the UK, winter months in Valencia experience typical daily temperatures of roughly 16°C with nighttime temperatures seldom falling below 7°C.

During the holiday months, Valencia is bustling with Christmas booths selling festive decorations, delectable sweets, and other seasonal treats. One market is located in front of the cathedral, while another is located in the streets around the city’s Central Market.

A Christmas amusement fair is held every year in the city, as well as numerous unique holiday circuses. They’re great places to get youngsters into the Christmas mood!

Valencia’s food culture is best explored during the winter months. Away from the peak season, the city’s streets and pubs are crowded with residents rather than tourists, and visitors are few, making it the best time to get a genuine sense of the city and its cuisine.

Whether you’re eating your way through Christmas markets or savoring delectable tapas coupled with local wines, you’re guaranteed a winter vacation you won’t forget. Make the most of your getaway and cruise Spain by turning it into a full European road trip.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Palacio Vallier
  • Mid-tier: RH Bayren Hotel & Spa
  • Budget: Cantagua Hostel

7. Faro, Portugal

Faro, in the Algarve area of southern Portugal, is one of the hottest towns in Portugal, if not Europe. Winter in Faro is unlike the usual winter you see anywhere in Europe, especially if you’re used to piles of snow, bone-chilling damp, and biting winds.

With more than 10 hours of sunshine on most days, it seems more like a lovely late spring. This isn’t to say that the weather is always good for the beach, but you can depend on clear skies and warm temperatures that won’t require scarves or a jacket.

Faro is a fascinating city in and of itself, with a lovely old town, medieval fortifications, a sun-drenched harbor, and a tangle of cobblestone alleyways lined with antique houses.

There are lots to see and do outside of the city, including beaches, wetlands, parks, and even islands just off the coast where day-trippers may find golden dunes, alfresco eateries, and medieval towns.

If you’re really looking for a taste of the tropics, the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa’s lagoons and neighboring beaches, (notably the islands of Ilha de Faro to the southwest and Ilha da Barreta to the south) lie right outside Faro’s door.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Pine Cliffs Gardens
  • Mid-tier: Roots Hotel
  • Budget: Hostel A Casa da Árvore

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8. Athens, Greece

Looking for the most beautiful winter destination in Europe? In the summer, Athens is a paradise, but it’s also pretty attractive in the winter. As the capital of Greece and one of Europe’s oldest cities, the city offers a diverse range of activities and sights to see.

Athens, winter is met by colder weather and chances of rain, but the temperatures are still considerably higher compared to Eastern or Northern Europe, so it’s still one of the best warm winter European vacations!

For visitors to Athens for the first time, archeological monuments such as the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, and Temple of Olympian Zeus are the primary highlights. While most of these tourist spots are open during the winter, note that you’ll have less time to explore as days are shorter during the winter months.

The Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum are two excellent museums in Athens that provide tourists with a deeper understanding of Ancient Greece. These are perfect for visiting Athens in the winter as they allow you to explore Greek history even on wet days!

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Electra Metropolis
  • Mid-tier: Acropolis View Hotel
  • Budget: Athens Raise Acropolis Project

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9. Gibraltar, UK

Gibraltar is a fantastic alternative for a winter break as the temperature seldom dips below 10°C between November and February.

Gibraltar, a small British Overseas Territory on the southern tip of Spain, has a fascinating history and culture that draws many tourists. During winter, it is a little quieter, but the bustling mood remains. You may roam around freely and enjoy the lovely town without having to worry about throngs of tourists.

Gibraltar, despite its modest size, is an excellent winter holiday destination due to its extensive list of activities. Over 150 caverns, 50 kilometers of tunnels from World War II, verdant botanical gardens, cable cars, and a suspension bridge are all available for exploration.

You’ll also be close to Spain and Morocco, allowing you to quickly jump to other warm places for your itinerary.

The weather is milder in January and February, making it an ideal time to hike the famed Rock of Gibraltar and see some Rock Apes – watch out though; these fearless monkeys have no shortage of cheek!

If you’re not into hiking, you can take the cable car or visit St. Michael’s Cave to see the rock on lower grounds. 

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Luxe Holiday Rentals
  • Mid-tier: Rock Hotel
  • Budget: Jasmine Coral Jay Boutique Botel

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10. Naples, Italy

While Naples is not Italy’s most popular tourist destination, its beauty should certainly not be overlooked, especially during the winter months.  

Because of Naples’ position in Southern Italy, sightseeing in the city is not hampered by frigid weather. Winter also means fewer visitors in Naples while airline and lodging rates are significantly lower.

During winter, head to the most visited street in Naples, Spaccanapoli Road for shopping, touring, and learning about the local culture. This road has a lively vibe and is usually bustling with visitors.

The Piazza del Gesu Nuovo Area in Naples’ old center is a tiny but busy square. A visit here is a brief excursion, but it’s worth your time. Two historic churches, as well as an exquisite Immaculate Virgin spire, can be seen in this area.

Castel Sant’Elmo, a historic fortification perched atop a high hill near Naples, offers spectacular views of the city and the Bay of Naples.

Another well-known sight is the Piazza del Plebiscito. It houses the Royal Palace as well as a number of other must-see attractions. Many concerts, including those by Maroon 5 and Elton John, have been held here.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Relais Della Porta
  • Mid-tier: Palazzo Salgar
  • Budget: Napoli Boulevard B&B

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11. Valetta, Malta

Visitors come to Malta to soak up the sun and swim in the warm seas that surround the archipelago, but there is so much more to Malta than the sand and sea that it is known for. Winter temperatures of 10–16°C are ideal for getting out and about in Valetta.

Walking through Valetta’s streets in the winter is an eye-opening experience. The views of picturesque little alleys and historic buildings are worth seeing on this UNESCO World Heritage site. Valetta is small in size, and you can stroll through the city in a short amount of time.

The human history of Malta is as old and exciting, and the vestiges of this past may be found all around the Maltese Islands, but Valletta’s National War Museum, which displays Maltese wartime history, is a good place to start.

The Grand Master’s Palace, which houses the President of Malta Office and has gorgeous gardens, statues, and fountains, is one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions.

The seafood in Malta is some of the best in the world – arrive with an empty stomach!

Stay the night

  • Luxury: The Phoenicia Malta
  • Mid-tier: Coral Apartment (Valletta)
  • Budget: Valletta Kampnar City Living

12. Corfu, Greece

Locally known as Kerkyra, Corfu is one of the most popular Greek Islands for parties and summer vacations. 

Usually crowded, noisy, and busy in summer, (to say the least), a trip to Corfu in winter will certainly show you a new side to the island. Corfu town will be quieter in winter, the traffic less intense, and hiking around the island is a most enjoyable exercise.

Corfu is home to a network of different trails and hiking paths that extend alongside the island’s coast and the island’s interior areas.

Paths and trails make the island a perfect destination for those who love to take mild exercise in the open and still avoid the scorching temperatures typical of Corfu during the summer.

Despite fewer tourists during the off-season and several tourist destinations closed over the winter, Corfu still has plenty of pubs, shops, and restaurants open for you without having to deal with crowds!

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa
  • Mid-tier: Rarakos Houses Corfu
  • Budget: Panos Apartments

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13. Crete, Greece

Visiting Crete in the winter is a terrific opportunity to get away from the cold and experience the history and culture of one of Europe’s most popular islands without having to cope with the crowds that arrive in the summer! Found in the heart of the Med, the winter temperatures are mild to warm.

While you may want to avoid going to the beach in the winter as the weather isn’t always exactly bathing suit-friendly, there are still plenty of things to do in Crete.

Chania is a delightful town all year, but if you want to see its stunning architecture without the crowds that arrive during peak season, come in the winter!

The Firka Fortress, the Venetian Lighthouse, and the multicolored sea-side buildings are just a few of the attractions on the port.

If you need to get out of the cold for a few moments, visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which is regarded as one of Europe’s most important archaeological museums.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Mitsis Laguna Resort & Spa
  • Mid-tier: Ibis Styles Heraklion Central
  • Budget: Omiros Boutique Hotel

See Related: 15 Best Quiet Greek Islands to Visit on Holiday

14. Messina, Italy

Messina is one of the best reasons to travel to Italy during winter.

Here, the winter season lasts from December through February, is warm, with sunny intervals interspersed with wet ones. Although it seldom gets really cold, there are occasionally chilly, windy, and wet days with highs around 10 °C.

The grandeur of winter in Messina is bountiful sunshine under which to tour the city: the average is more than five hours each day in January. Away from the peak season, it’s also a great time to see how the locals live.

Messina has a plethora of art, culture, history, and fashion to immerse oneself in. Siciliy’s numerous warm, sunny days in winter make it an ideal time to go on adventures. 

The flora and fauna of Sicily are especially lovely in the winter, and the spectacular ancient monuments and Greek temples are void of throngs of tourists.

The temperature in the region is also ideal for active outdoor activities. From water sports in the vast seas or a run around the city’s numerous green areas, you’ll find something to boost your adrenaline and get your heart rate up. 

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Altafiumara Resort & Spa
  • Mid-tier: Hotel Messenion
  • Budget: Hotel Touring

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15. Malaga, Spain

The frigid north winds do not reach Malaga due to its steep geography, and this is why winter in Malaga is so pleasant. On average, the temperature reaches 17 degrees Celsius. During the winter, all of Malaga’s principal streets and squares are flanked with mandarin trees – a truly charming sight to behold.

The holidays in Malaga are a fantastic time when the streets are festooned with lights. The action centers on Calle Larios, a prominent pedestrian thoroughfare lined with stores, restaurants, and cafés. The street itself is lovely, and with all the Christmas lights, it becomes a magical sight.

Malaga is a one-of-a-kind destination due to its blend of Catholic, Moorish, and European cultures. The remnants of an old Arab well may be seen near the old Medina in the middle of Malaga. 

Next to these remains is the Hammam Al-Andalus, which transports you to Arabian-era Andalucia. A Hammam in Malaga will transport you to the enigmatic Marrakesh in Morocco.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Gran Hotel Miramar GL
  • Mid-tier: Madeinterranea Suites
  • Budget: Terraza del Limonar

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16. Palma de Mallorca, Spain

You’ll never be bored in Mallorca in the winter as there’s still enough to see and do, especially without the throngs of tourists. In the winter, the island hosts a number of local events. Sant Sebastia and Sant Antoni celebrations take place in January, following the festivities of Christmas and the Three Kings.

If you wish to sample some of Mallorca’s superb native wines, there are over 70 bodegas to choose from. Following the Wine Route for the Binissalem DO is a fantastic way to explore the city’s love for merlot.

If you’re looking for a dose of culture, you can discover some of Mallorca’s many intriguing galleries and museums. Visit Inca’s sleek contemporary museum of shoes and leather, where you’ll be shocked by how much machinery is involved in creating footwear. 

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Stay the night

  • Luxury: Hotel Cappuccino – Palma
  • Mid-tier: Protur Naisa Palma Hotel
  • Budget: Palma Port Hostel – Albergue Juvenil

17. Larnaca, Cyprus

Even in the dead of winter, this lively Cypriot city remains a popular tourist destination. For this, the Mediterranean climate takes the credit, so don’t be shocked if you spot a few vacationers sitting on the beach and swimming during your visit. 

The city was erected on top of the ruins of the ancient city of Kition.  From its own Marina, tourists may sail to mainland Greece, other islands, and back on a regular basis.

Larnaca offers a variety of local attractions, museums, churches, commercial centers, tourist attractions, and more. 

The Agios Lazarus Church, which originates from the 9th Century, is well worth seeing. The Church has an intriguing history, and travelers interested in religion and architecture should include it in their itinerary.

Just like any good resort, Larnaca goes beyond just simply sand and sea, and the winter months are ideal for getting out and about.

Cycling, horseback riding, and hiking are excellent ways to explore Cyprus’s wild landscapes, or you may travel to the wide waters for a boat excursion and some fishing.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Radisson Blu Hotel, Larnaca
  • Mid-tier: Qbic City Hotel
  • Budget: Lakis Court

18. Istanbul, Turkey

Winter in Istanbul lasts from mid-December until mid-March, with temperatures seldom exceeding 10 degrees Celsius. It’s hardly scorching, but you’ll be free from snow and frost!

While there are sunny days, the sky may be dreary sometimes. This doesn’t mean that winters in Istanbul are dull, it just means that you need to reorganize your itinerary differently to get the best experience.

During winter, the core neighborhoods, like Beyoglu and Nisantasi become crowded, whereas the Bosphorus coastlines are quieter.

It is a nice time to visit this part of Istanbul since there are hardly any visitors compared to the rest of the year, allowing you to appreciate all of the city’s landmarks and museums in solitude.

After a cold morning strolling around the city, nothing beats the warmth of a Turkish bath and the experienced hands of a masseuse to cap out the day. Klç Ali Paşa Hamam was built in 1590 and is located in the neighborhood of Tophane. It features recently renovated interiors with impeccable service.

If the weather isn’t cooperating after seeing the ancient sites, there is a long list of museums to visit such as the Museum of Industry and the Military Museum.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Pera Palace Hotel
  • Mid-tier: Tan Hotel – Special Category
  • Budget: Pruva Hotel

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19. Lanzarote, Spain

Lanzarote offers comfortably warm weather in the winter that is not as scorching in the summer. Temperatures in December range from 19°C to 22°C on average. Combine the never-ending sun with a little rain here and there and you have one of the world’s best climates.

As the island’s population shrinks, you’ll have a better opportunity of seeing everything it has to offer. Lanzarote’s Christmas is one of a kind. On New Year’s Eve, spectacular nativity displays are shown in the towns. Resorts are bedecked with lights and beaches are lit by fireworks on New Year’s eve. 

Lanzarote’s winter months are ideal for stargazing. The island is well-known as one of the greatest sites in the Northern Hemisphere to see what’s going on in the sky. Teide National Park, widely regarded as one of the greatest spots to stargaze away from light pollution, has been designated as a “starlight destination”.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Dreams Lanzarote Playa Dorada Resort & Spa
  • Mid-tier: Apartamentos Islamar Arrecife
  • Budget: Hostal San Gines

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20. Algarve, Portugal

When much of Europe is experiencing cold and dreary days, the sun-kissed southern section of Portugal is the ideal retreat.

Unspoiled beaches, towering cliffs, charming fishing villages, and fantastic surf are just a few of the highlights of winter in the Algarve. During winter, the Algarve experiences a nice combination of sunny days interspersed with wind and rain.

Whether you choose to swim or stay on shore, you may visit some of the most beautiful beaches in Algarve without having to deal with throngs of tourists during the summer months. This allows you to fully appreciate their beauty. In the winter, the beaches are ideal for sunning yourself throughout the day and a calm stroll at dusk.

You’ll find a plethora of lovely villages in the Algarve, and the benefit of visiting in the winter is that they aren’t as busy. This allows you to get a sense of what life is like in the region. Tavira and Olho are both excellent starting points for exploring Ria Formosa Natural Park. 

You may either walk across to Tavira Island to visit the anchor Cemetery or take a boat tour to explore the neighboring islands.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
  • Mid-tier: Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
  • Budget: Dream Lagos B&B

21. Cagliari, Sardinia

With the typically Meditteranean climate, the summers in Sardinia are dry and hot and the winters are warm with only a little rainfall. The winter days are usually at about 10°C – 14°C and quite sunny, perfect for a walk along the marvelous Cagliari Coast.

Winter in Cagliari provides the perfect backdrop for exploring the city’s ancient streets and immersing yourself in its history. The cooler temperatures make exploring much more pleasant than it is during the sweltering summer heat.

Plus, without the crowds, you’ll have a much more peaceful experience exploring the alleyways, piazzas, and old churches.

Visitors can explore the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, each having a variety of restaurants, pubs, and cafés to visit. Culture vultures can learn about Sardinia’s history in any of the city’s museums. It has its own beaches, too!

While the waters are slightly too cold to swim in during the winter, you may still admire the sand and sea. Indeed, without all of the summer swimmers, sunbathers, and families, the beaches become much more pleasurable to be in.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Palazzo Doglio
  • Mid-tier: Hotel Nautilus
  • Budget: Thanit Rooms


Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza winter extends from November to April, with an average daily temperature of 15°C but rises to 25°C at the height of the day.

Winter also heralds the start of the rainy season, although the precipitation is not an issue as it is quite light even in October, the wettest month. When it does rain, it usually dissipates quickly thanks to the island’s winds, which blow away heavy clouds.

Visitors in January might find swimming to be a bit difficult as the water can get pretty frigid, but you can still enjoy a good day at the beach.

One of the best ways to make the most of the relatively warm weather is by taking a beach cruise through the island’s many beaches. Discover new locations to visit while sipping sangria and listening to some fantastic music!

You could also plan something romantic with your partner: a seaside lunch in any of the city’s Instagram-worthy beaches or a sunset dinner paired with wine. Choose any of Ibiza’s popular beaches and bask in the splendor of the Mediterranean Sea.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Cas Gasi
  • Mid-tier: Lux Isla
  • Budget: Hostal Marí

23. Barcelona, Spain

Winter in Barcelona lasts from December to March. Compared to other cities in Europe, winter here is mild. The temperature is usually 12°C and seldom drops below 5°C at night.

In winter, the days are mostly sunny and there are fewer people out and about. However, this does not prohibit one from having a fantastic experience in any of the city’s various attractions. 

It’s not a secret that Barcelona is one of Europe’s most popular tourist (and party) destinations. In January, however, the city is far less crowded.

Swimming is not recommended in the winter, but you’ll find plenty of activities to enjoy in the warm winter sun.

Here, famous architect Gaudi created unique works of contemporary architecture, the majority of which are distributed across Barcelona. Aside from the well-known Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia, make sure to see Casa Batllo and Casa Mila.  

In town, there are various yearly celebrations during January. On the 5th, for example, the Cavalcada dels Reis takes place: a magnificent procession filled with clowns, elves, and acrobats.

On the 17th, another parade takes place with animal blessings as part of the Festa dels Tres Tombs.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: Hotel Boutique Mirlo Barcelona
  • Mid-tier: Catalonia Portal de l’Angel
  • Budget: Hostal la Palmera

24. Lisbon, Portugal

In comparison to many northern European locations, Lisbon’s weather in December and January is relatively mild. Temperatures may still reach a warm 16 degrees Celsius with a low of 8 degrees once the sun goes down.

The city is one of the most popular in Europe, which means it’s generally very busy. In January, however, you’ll witness a different side to this charming city – one that’s far less frantic. During the winter, climbing the city’s hills doesn’t come with the sweltering heat of summer.

Belém’s area is rich in historical treasures and stunning UNESCO monuments. You won’t want to miss the magnificent Belém Tower which you’ll be able to see up close without the throngs of people during the busy season. You’ll want to visit the Jerónimos Monastery as well, where Vasco Da Gama slept his final night before sailing to Asia.

Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest district, with lovely cobblestone streets and a charming feel. It is also the birthplace of traditional Fado music, which can be heard throughout the area’s bars and restaurants.

Stay the night

  • Luxury: MYRIAD by SANA Hotels
  • Mid-tier: Vincci Liberdade
  • Budget: We Love F Tourists

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The Thai islands or Bali may be more synonymous with scorching-hot beaches in January, but there are alternatives for when you just want a quick blast of vitamin D to see you through to March. From golden islands to city breaks bathed in elusive December sunshine, these warmer climes in Europe mean escaping the blustery UK days are just a quick plane right away. For some further-flung ideas, see our pick of the best winter-sun destinations. 

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    Best for: nature lovers
    December temperature range: 10–19°C

    It’s easy to forget that Cyprus is only about 130 miles off the coast of Lebanon. And, unsurprisingly, its winter temperatures run closer to those of the Levant than much of continental Europe, which means T-shirt weather during the off season. Winter is also a great time to go hiking in Cyprus’s dense forests, where you can stumble across fascinating Byzantine monasteries.

    Where to stay: The seaside city of Paphos is a brilliant base for exploring the island and is home to many of the best hotels in Cyprus, including Almyra design hotel where the chef is a Nobu alumnus. In the north are some of the island’s prettiest beaches, where loggerhead and green turtles come to nest, along with the beachside Anassa hotel (closed 28 November to 31 March), located a short boat ride away from the Blue Lagoon. 

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    Canary Islands

    Best for: dyed-in-the-wool sun seekers
    December temperature range: 11–21°C

    In summer, the breeze that hits Lanzarote and Fuerteventura is blessed relief from the intense heat and a major draw for windsurfers. In winter, said breeze brings with it a bit of a chill, so you’re better off heading to the other Canary Islands: Tenerife or Gran Canaria. The former has made great strides repositioning itself as a cultural hub with an art gallery designed by Swiss firm Herzog and de Meuron and Santiago Calatrava’s concert hall in Santa Cruz. And the latter has plenty of charm beyond the overdeveloped tourist spots. The capital, Las Palmas, has a lively food scene and the landscape, particularly around village Artenara, is manna for hikers. Flights to both islands from London are under four and a half hours.

    Where to stay: In Las Palmas, Bed and Chic is a cool 12-room hotel reminiscent of the Ace Hotel look, but without the pretension. On Tenerife, Hotel San Roque, is a pretty 18th-century manor house where dining and lounging takes place around the turquoise courtyard pool. 

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    Best for: thrill-seekers (but still good for pensioners, too)
    December temperature range: 15 – 20°C

    The long-time destination of choice for Britain’s blue-rinse brigade, staid old Madeira has been busy reinventing itself as a place for adrenaline-fueled adventure. And why not? The island is an outdoor Eden in miniature, with black-sand beaches, tumbling canyons and epic rock faces. Which means great mountain biking and wonderful views for those who dare to go paragliding. The network of levadas (water-irrigation channels carved into the volcanic island) makes for thrilling trail running. It is also, as far as we know, the only place to offer year-round urban tobogganing in wicker sleds, which are steered downhill at great speed.

    Where to stay: The island’s most famous hotel is Reid’s Palace, A Belmond Hotel – a pink cliffside palace with a Michelin-star and stunning ocean pool. If you’re travelling in a group, Okulus sleeps eight, and thanks to its curated interiors, is easily the coolest villa in Madiera.

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    The Algarve, Portugal

    Best for: getting away from it all
    December temperature range: 9–18°C

    Continental Europe’s most south-western region has its own sunny microclimate that makes it consistently warmer than the rest of Portugal. You won’t be in a bikini in winter, but the pleasant T-shirt temperatures mean that an increasing number of hotels and restaurants stay open year-round, and cities such as Albufeira retain a buzz. Away from the package tourist haunts, there are dramatic red-cliff coastlines and Moorish villages dotted among the hills to explore.  

    Where to stay: Enjoy a tranquil escape to Casas da Quinta de Cima, where a series of nine little cottages sit on a serene farm estate in rural eastern Algarve. For something more grand, reserve a room at Bel Vista, a turn-of-the-century villa hotel with a swimming pool framed by slender palm trees, a L’Occitance Spa and a one-star Michelin restaurant by Chef João Oliveira. See our pick of the best hotels in the Algarve for more options. 

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    Athens, Greece

    Best for: culture seekers
    December temperature range: 9-15°C

    Perhaps surprisingly, the Greek capital stays much warmer than many places on the country’s salty-aired coastline once winter rolls in. All the better for those who want a slice of sunshine without being marooned on a beach somewhere. Athens is a classic city-break destination, but an influx of artists, chefs and hoteliers over the past few years means the quirky neighbourhoods and must-visit restaurants are now as much a draw as the big-hitting sites. Spend days exploring the many museums, libraries and galleries – we particularly like the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, which is home to the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera and a 42-acre park.

    Where to stay: For a room with a view, some suites at xenodocheio Milos have huge terraces overlooking the old Parliament. If you’re here for some sun and food, Ergon House is more than just a restaurant with rooms – the ground floor is a perpetually buzzy deli, roastery, bakery and dining room. See our pick of the best hotels in Athens for more. 

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    The Greek Islands

    Best for: open-water swimmers
    December temperature range: depending on which island you’re on, temperatures range from 12–17°C

    The gorgeous Aegean is surely the loveliest of Europe’s seas and the water off many of the Cyclades, such as Paros, Santorini and Milos, is still tolerable in winter, making it a year-round destination for swimmers. In places like Santorini, visiting in the off-season means you can explore the picturesque vistas without the crowds, while Rhodes is known to have clear blue skies and warm temperatures well into winter.

    Where to stay: On Paros, newcomer Summer Senses Luxury Resort (closed October 16 to May 12) is a get-away-from-it-all haven where rooms range from deluxe hideouts to suites with private pools. The Vasilicos (closed October 16 to May 28) is one of the few hotels in Santorini that doesn’t have an adults-only policy, making it a great option for families. For a couples trip, Perivolas (closed November 1 to May 1) is wonderfully understated, preternaturally calm and home to a cracking guest-only restaurant. See our pick of the best Greek Island hotels for more.

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    The Azores

    Best for: eco-conscious adventurers
    December temperature range: 13–18°C

    You might think that including the Azores is stretching the definition of Europe to breaking point, but the Atlantic archipelago is actually about five hours from London. And, in any case, they’re not your typical isolated island group. For starters, it’s never that hot here, even in summer. People don’t visit to laze on the beach Maldives-style. They come because it’s a natural nirvana, rich in wildlife, full of rugged, dramatic craters and caverns, hot springs and lush forests. All of which are being sustainably managed: only 5 per cent of the land is developed and the islands are dotted with marine conservation parks. 

    Where to stay: Stay at Santa Barbara Eco-Beach or the similarly green-minded Sete Cidades Lake Lodge, both on São Miguel. See our Azores hotels guide for more.

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    Best for: design buffs and hotel obsessives
    December temperature range: 11–17°C

    Its frankly ridiculous 300 days of sunshine a year would be the standout selling point for most islands of Malta’s size, but the understated Mediterranean gem is also a history-soaked gastronomic hub, packed with first-class hotels and surrounded by some of the world’s best diving sites. Visit in winter for a weekend exploring striking Valletta, the ancient capital that’s had a bit of a revival of late, converting some of its gorgeous townhouses into excellent design hotels. The restaurant scene is thriving, too. Head to Panorama at the British Hotel in Valletta or Barracuda near the Sliema coast for a taste of traditional Mediterranean food.

    Where to stay: Domus Zamittello in Valetta is a restored baroque masterpiece by the bombed-out opera house, with painted coffered ceilings. Iniala Harbour House offers a front row seat to the Grand Harbour across its four smartly renovated townhouses. 

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    Best for: adventurous foodies
    December temperature range: 11–17°C

    Italy’s southernmost island is closer to Tunis than Rome and has winter weather to match. Visiting at this time of year allows you to get up close to Sicily’s incredible historic spaces such as the Temple of Concordia in Agrigento, which is reliably overrun in high season. With a distinct food culture, Sicily has gastronomic delights beyond summer’s glut of glorious fruit and veg – visit in February to experience the sea urchin season in full swing.

    Where to stay: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo is Sicily’s grand dame hotel, with opulent marble bathrooms and a pianist that cajoles couples to dance on the elegant balcony overlooking Amalfi-style Taormina. We also love Agriturismo trailblazer Monaci Delle Terre Nere, one of the region’s smartest and most stylish country hotels. For more, see our pick of the best hotels in Sicily. 

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    Best for: stop-and-flop and families
    December temperature range: 10–16°C

    Straddling two continents, Turkey’s enormous landmass is diverse enough to justify its nickname: the land of four seasons. For winter sun, the best part of the country to visit is, predictably, the south coast, particularly the area around Antalya. There’s a long stretch of fairly upmarket hotels to the west of the city, many of which are family-friendly entertainment retreats in their own right, with golf courses and adventure playgrounds beside the beach. On Turkey’s wilder south-west coast, there’s the pretty city of Bodrum and lovely Didyma with its astonishing ruined temple.

    Where to stay: The Bodrum Edition (closed from November 1 to April 20), where Ian Schrager’s trademark all-white minimalism and knock-out proportions combine with a soft sand beach full of children splashing about on paddleboards. 

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The Best Places in Europe for Winter Sun

By Michael Cullen, Co-founder

Yes, it is possible to bask in warm winter sunshine within a 4 or 5 hour flight from northern Europe. Here are seven fabulous hideaways for all budgets.




Gozo, Malta

December sun: 18-21°C

Why go: Malta boasts some of the balmiest winter sunshine in Europe, and the crowd-free island of Gozo is its shimmering jewel. Easy to reach by ferry (25mins), Gozo is a treasure trove of red sandy beaches, sapphire blue waters, mysterious temples, and pretty seafront restaurants (try the Gozitan pizza!). Head for Ta’Cenc clifftops for a heart-melting sunset.

Stay here: Beautiful Gozo Hideaway is a warm, rustic townhouse in the charismatic small Gozitan town of Xaghra. With 3 bedrooms and a small private pool in its walled courtyard, it’s ideal for families or friends, and can sleep up to 8 using the sofabed. Prices from £271/night.


Southern Cyprus

December sun: 18-20°C

Why go: Cyprus was recently named the best affordable winter sun holiday for Brits. It also offers a fantastic mix of buzzy urban culture and sleepy village life. The city of Limassol (or Lemesos, either is fine) has a lively cafe-culture and boutique shopping scene. And it’s steeped in history and romance. Richard the Lionheart was married at the medieval castle near the old harbour, while lovebirds young and old still flock to legendary Aphrodite’s Rock down the coast.

Stay here: A short hop away, in the tiny hamlet of Psematismenos, we’ve unearthed a gorgeous and ultra-affordable sextet of rustic-chic suites and cottages for 2-4. Clustered around a central pool and courtyard garden, with loungers and sociable terraces, Modus Vivendi is the perfect spot for a lazy holiday of reading, sunbathing, fish tavernas and gentle sightseeing. Prices from £76/night.



Garachico, Tenerife

December sun: 19-22°C

Why go: The largest of the seven Canary islands, Tenerife might raise an eyebrow if all you know is the boozy reputation. There is, however, another Tenerife. A world away from the high-rise resorts, Garachico is a pretty fishing village on the north coast surrounded by nature reserves, volcanic rock pools and close to the stunning Punta de Teno beach, with its coastal cliffs stretching out ahead of you.

Stay here: Movie-star good looks make Hotel San Roque a must-visit hideaway for winter sun. This 18th-century mansion conversion combines exquisite traditional architecture with modern décor. It has a cloistered courtyard with a sleek swimming pool (lamp-lit at night), and the food is outstanding. Prices from £172/night.



Ponta do Pargo, Madeira

December sun: 19-21°C

Why go: Madeira may look like a lonely outcrop in the Atlantic Ocean, but this beautiful Portuguese archipelago is just a 4-hour hop from London. Unshackled from its ‘blue rinse brigade’ past, the island now draws adventurous travellers who come to see its incredible wildflowers and dramatic cliffs, which are straight out of Jurassic Park. Ponta do Pargo, on the westernmost tip, is famed for its lighthouse and superb seafood, and it gets the most winter sunshine.

Stay here: We absolutely loved Casas da Levada, a gorgeous collection of six rustic houses (for 2-10) tucked away in the emerald foothills of Ponta do Pargo. Incredibly good value, you’ll share wild gardens and a sensational infinity pool which faces the ocean. Fully self-catering. Prices from £103/night.

5  Cabo de Gata, Spain

December sun: 19-21°C

Why go: Europe’s only desert, Cabo de Gata is a magnet for creative souls. It’s where David Lean shot Lawrence of Arabia, and John Lennon wrote Strawberry Fields Forever. The heady atmosphere of beautiful isolation, beguiling beaches and wild, rugged terrain should spark your imagination, making it the perfect place to write that novel you always promised.

Stay here: Little Agave is a super-welcoming, affordable, off-grid 4-bedroom guesthouse, set amid the dramatic desert- and seascapes of the Cabo de Gata. Almería airport is just a 35-min drive away. Prices from £67/night.

6  Lanzarote, Canary Islands

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Why go: With chic new guesthouses and a flourishing wine scene, Lanzarote is quickly shedding its ‘Lanzagrotty’ reputation. The island sits on the same latitude as the Bahamas, which means you can spend Christmas Day on the beach. There are plenty more crowd-free Blue Flag beaches and world-class surfing spots to explore. Be sure to stay for 28 Dec – it’s Lanzarote’s equivalent of April Fools’ Day.

Stay here: Bijou and stunningly beautiful, The Ocean Hideaway is a dreamy hideout in northern Lanzarote. Sleeping 2-4, this romantic villa comes with an outdoor bathtub and stylish interiors. The wonderful owner, Luc, also provides a bespoke service. Prices from £230/night for entire villa.

7  Taghazout, Morocco

December sun: 21-24°C

Why go: OK, so Morocco definitely isn’t Europe. But consider this: it’s quicker to fly to Agadir (3h 45m) than to Mykonos, and being further south means winter temperatures are far warmer. Just an hour from Agadir, the small fishing town of Taghazout is populated with surfer-dudes, yoga-goddesses and photo-savvy nomads seeking good vibes and winter sunshine.

Stay here: A surfing-yoga-spa retreat set on a glorious golden beach, Paradis Plage Resort is a magnet for chilled-out couples and families. The resort offers a free kids club, a full gym, 4 restaurants, great eco credentials and epic ocean views from every room. Prices from £119/night.

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Where is Hot in January in Europe? The Top 35 Warmest Places for Winter Sun

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Where Are the Warmest Countries in Europe for Winter Sun?

If you’re craving winter sun and wondering where’s hot in January in Europe, then look no further – this is the only European winter sun destination list you’ll ever need!

If you’re planning your Europe winter sun holidays to escape dreary weather, you’re in the right place! But we have to let you know that there are only a handful of places that are truly hot in January in Europe on a short-haul flight. Most of them only get warm, it’s still winter after all, so we’ve included a few mid-haul destinations from western Europe to help you keep your options open.

Our travel guide has been compiled with the help of travel bloggers who have visited these destinations, and they share their top tips for your best holiday, with all the climate information you need to decide where to go for your winter sun holiday in Europe.

Quick Overview of Where is Hot in January in Europe

If you just want to know the answer to the question “where is the warmest place in Europe in January?”, it’s the Canary Islands. Spain’s archipelago off the north-west coast of Africa has an average January temperature of a whopping 20.8° celcius | 70° fahrenheit, and the best weather in Europe in winter.

  • Best place for hot January holidays in Europe >>> The Canary Islands of Spain
  • Best warm place in Europe for activity and adventure >>> the Portuguese island of Madeira
  • Best hot place in Europe for beach life and taking it easy >>> Portugal’s Algarve coast
  • Warmest city in Europe for winter sun and street life >>> Seville in Spain
  • Hottest place in Europe for culture vultures and history buffs >>> Athens in Greece
  • And if you’re happy with mid-haul for your winter sun fix? >>> Give Cape Verde a try!

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Winter Sun Destinations Europe

Almeria, Spain

Explored by Sonja of Migrating Miss

  • Best For: beach lovers and adventurers
  • January Temperature Range: 16 – 18° celsius | 61 – 64° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 2 days

Wondering where is warm in January Europe? Well, Spain is the warmest country in Europe in winter and the southern city of Almeria is located in the driest area in Europe, with very little rain throughout the year. This makes it a great location for some winter sun!

There are plenty of things to do in Almeria too. You can visit the Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress perched above the city that was featured as a Game of Thrones filming location.  The nearby Tabernas Desert was also a popular filming location in the 1960s, and the beautiful beaches of Cabo de Gata nature reserve are featured in Indiana Jones.

Andalucia is known for its tapas, and Almeria is no exception. In fact, I would argue the tapas in Almeria are the best in the region. You often get to choose your tapa from an extensive menu of traditional and modern fusion tapas, usually made from local ingredients. 

Almeria is only two hours from Granada and the Sierra Nevada, so you can have the best of both worlds in the winter with access to the sunny beach and the snowy mountains within the same day. 

During the Spanish Civil War Almeria was targeted by bombers, and an extensive network of tunnels and shelters were built under the city. These were forgotten about and rediscovered in 2001, and you can now take a tour of the tunnels to learn more about this period in the history of the city. 

Almeria is a little off the beaten track when it comes to places to visit in Spain, so don’t expect as many people to speak English or for there to be English menus in all of the cafes and restaurants. However, people are friendly and it’s easy to visit the city and the surrounding areas without speaking Spanish. 

  • Stay at HO Puerta de Purchena for its very cool rooftop pool, spacious rooms and excellent location.

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Flamingos at Las Salinas in Cabo de Gata

Athens, Greece

Explored by Allison of Sofia Adventures

  • Best For: culture vultures and city wanderers
  • January Temperature Range: 13 – 17° celsius | 55 – 63° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 5 days

If you’re looking for warm places in Europe in January but still want to get your culture on, Athens is a fantastic destination and one of Europe’s warmest winter city breaks.

Sure, you won’t be enjoying the Greek beaches the country is known for in summer, but you also won’t be sweating it out at the Acropolis with thousands of other tourists.   

Athens has very mild weather in winter, with average high temperatures around 15° C, making it great weather for sightseeing! Add to the fact that Athens is a dry destination – most winter months have only five days of rain a month, giving you plenty of sunshine in between – and you’ve got a fantastic winter destination that isn’t your average sun holiday. 

Flights to Athens are plentiful year round and often quite affordable, so you won’t struggle to get here. Once you arrive, you can enjoy the best of what Athens has to offer with a fraction of the summer crowds and none of the summer heat!  

Some of the best things to do in Athens in winter include visiting the Parthenon and other sites of the Acropolis, visiting the excellent Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museums, checking out the local street art, enjoying delicious Greek coffee at hip Athens cafes, indulging in all the delicious Greek food at cozy tavernas, and visiting the Athens Christmas Market.

Or take a Greece road trip to ancient Delphi and the Peloponnese for a taste of ancient Greek history.

  • Stay at InnAthens for it’s fabulous central location, lovely courtyard and chic design.

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Monastiraki Square, Athens

Barcelona, Spain

Explored by Vicki of Vicki Viaja

  • Best For: party animals and city moochers
  • January Temperature Range: 14 – 17° celsius | 57 – 63° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 9 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 10 days

Barcelona is an absolutely unique city. With its modernist architecture, narrow medieval streets, open and relaxed culture, and varied and tasty food, the Catalan city on the Mediterranean simply enchants every visitor. Many travellers choose to visit because of the many hours of sunshine the city offers.   

The temperatures here don’t drop as much in winter, as is the case in most European cities. That’s why you can enjoy your coffee on one of the many bar terraces, which are a large part of the Mediterranean way of life, even during the cold months. 

There are also other advantages to visiting Barcelona in winter. The lines in front of the city’s sights are shorter and move faster, so you save a lot of time. Accommodation prices also tend to fall, and its the perfect party city in which to spend New Year.

If you are travelling to Barcelona during the Christmas season, you should definitely visit one of the city’s Christmas markets. Even if these are not the typical Central European Christmas markets as we know them from other countries, the Barcelona Christmas markets have their very own charm. They are full of Catalan culture and typical local souvenirs and traditions.

As you can see, a visit to Barcelona is not only worthwhile in summer.

  • Stay at W Barcelona for its iconic beachfront location, infinity pool and superb facilities.

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The Sagrada Familia dominating the Barcelona skyline

Bari, Italy

Explored by Wendy of The Nomadic Vegan

  • Best For: food lovers and city wanderers
  • January Temperature Range: 13 – 15° celsius | 55 – 59° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 9 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 7 days

Bari is the capital of Puglia, one of the most southern regions of Italy, down in the heel of Italy’s ‘boot’. Whilst most visitors view it as a transit hub for getting to destinations elsewhere in Puglia, this compact city is a worthy destination in its own right.

Its medieval core is quite well-preserved and is a joy to wander around and get lost in. Be sure to visit the Basilica di San Nicola, which serves as the final resting place of St. Nicholas. And yes, I’m talking about Santa Claus! If you’re here at Christmas time, visiting his tomb will be especially meaningful.

Locals are very friendly and welcoming, perhaps because they don’t see foreign tourists that often. Despite being a modern city, old traditions are still alive and well here. Take a stroll down Arco Basso, and you’re bound to see Italian mothers and grandmothers rolling out orecchiette pasta by hand, deftly creating the dimpled shape with their thumbs.

You’ll definitely want to taste the local Puglian food while you’re here, as orecchiette is just one of many delicious local specialties.

While it’s not warm enough to swim, Bari’s weather stays pretty mild in winter and the mercury rarely drops below freezing. As the regional capital of Puglia, Bari is well-connected by train to other parts of Italy, and its international airport also receives flights from various European cities.

  • Stay at iH Grande Albergo Delle Nazioni for its seafront location, world-class service and fantastic breakfast.

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Little Harbour, Bari

Cagliari, Sardinia

Explored by Claudia of Strictly Sardinia

  • Best For: nature lovers and history buffs
  • January Temperature Range: 12 – 15° celsius | 54 – 59° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 9 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 7 days

One of the hidden gems of Europe and lesser visited compared to many other destinations in Italy, Cagliari is one of the best places for winter sun in Europe. When countries like Sweden or Norway are suffering from frigid temperatures, Cagliari typically (save from cold fronts that occasionally hit the city) enjoys a balmy sun during the day, and colder nights that are still pleasant. 

Cagliari can be easily reached by plane from mainland Italy as well as many other cities in Europe, via either main or budget flights. The city is easy to explore on foot and using public transportation, but should you wish to visit the surroundings on day trips, you are probably better off renting a car (or joining guided tours).  

There are many things to do in Cagliari. Make sure to hit the historical quarter of Castello, where you will find the well curated Museum of Archeology, the two watchtowers, and the beautiful Cathedral. From Via Santa Croce you will enjoy one of the best views of the city, over the roofs of Stampace, another historic quarter.  

Scattered around town you will find several archaeological sites. The most famous one is the Roman Amphitheater; but you should also visit the Necropolis of Tuvixeddu and walk by Villa Tigellio.  

If you fancy a bit of air, go for a walk along Poetto, the main urban beach which you can easily reach by bus from the centre of town. From there you can also access Molentargius Nature Reserve, a great place for birdwatching and where pink flamingos nest and live.  

For incredible views of the Gulf of Cagliari, hike to the Sella del Diavolo. This easy to follow trail departs from the second urban beach – Calamosca – and within 30 minutes takes you to a fabulous viewpoint.

  • Stay at Hotel Aristeo for its perfect location, simple and stylish decor, and excellent breakfast.

Cagliari, Sardinia

Cefalu, Sicily

Explored by Kezzy of So Today We Found

  • Best For: photographers and gastronomes
  • January Temperature Range: 11 – 17° celsius | 52 – 63° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 9 days

Popular due to its Mediterranean coastline and balmy temperatures all year round, Sicily is one of the best European destinations for winter sun, especially when the warm African winds blow north. More specifically, the north of Sicily offers a lot to travellers wishing to escape the bleak, cold winters back home, and one town in particular stands out for us.

Cefalu, located just a few hours drive away from the capital city of Palermo, is the perfect spot to settle into for a winter break in Europe. Known for its 12th century cathedral, typically Sicilian winding streets, boutique hotels and picturesque beaches, the town is a haven for those seeking a winter getaway.

We visited in February when the United Kingdom was in the midst of back-to-back storms, and to feel the sun on our faces and actual warmth was very much appreciated and we had lots of time to soak in the atmosphere with a glass of local wine and fantastic food in the town square or lounging on the beach.

If you’re feeling more active you can hike up to the top of the Rocca, an unmissable hill looming up above the town from behind the cathedral. It’s a steep but rewarding climb, with incredible views out across the town and the ocean beyond. Rumour has it, it’s the place to be to watch the sun go down.

  • Stay at B&B del Giglio for its perfect location, classic style and pretty garden.

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Cefalu, Sicily

Cadiz, Spain

Explored by Sally of Loving Life in Spain

  • Best For: water sports enthusiasts and foodies
  • January Temperature Range: 10 – 16° celsius | 50 – 61° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 9 days

Cádiz is one of the best places for winter sun in Europe. Cádiz has 313 days of sunshine a year with the winter months (December through February) having almost 200 hours of sun each month. However, many people love it because it is mild, not hot nor cold.

The city of Cádiz is located within the province of Cádiz in the southwest coast of Spain. If it was not for a very narrow strip of land, it would be an island. Thus, Cádiz is one of the best places to visit for people who love the beach and water sports.

Being almost completely surrounded by water, there are countless spots for sailing, surfing, kite surfing, fishing, diving, and numerous beach activities. The city has one main promenade that stretches from one end to the other end. It is flanked with countless tapas bars, restaurants, and cafés with dishes to appease every palate.

Being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in western Europe, Cádiz has over 100 watchtowers. Archaeologists have found remains in the area dating back approximately 3,124 years, meaning Cádiz was first inhabited around 1104BCE. The old city is a delightful maze of narrow winding streets full of history, shops, museums, and squares, perfect for wandering.

  • Stay at Hotel Alquimia Cadiz for its city centre location, historic architecture and roof top terrace.

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Crete, Greece

Explored by David of Delve Into Europe

  • Best For: beach lovers and sun seekers
  • January Temperature Range: 14 – 16° celsius | 57 – 61° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 5 days

Crete is as far south as you can go in Europe, and it stays warmer there longer than anywhere else on the continent, making it one of the best European winter sun destinations. Winter temperatures are also much higher than on the continent, so it’s a great place to head for if you’re looking for a dose of Mediterranean sun.

The island is almost deserted in comparison with the summer peak season, and you get such a different perspective of it when you have it almost to yourself. Chania, the main city in western Crete, is open year-round, and makes an ideal base for exploring the island.

The west of the island has many of the best beaches in Crete, and it’s possible to visit them in winter – you’ll just need your own transport. Falassarna beach is around 90 minutes from Chania, and the pink sand beach at Elafonissi two hours drive away.

Crete in winter can reach daily highs of 16°c, with occasional days around 18°c or 19°c, with sunny weather prevailing around half the time. There’s also a chance of wet, even stormy weather, and the White Mountains in the west of the island are often snow-capped.

Getting to Crete in winter requires a bit more legwork than the rest of the year. Many of the airlines stop serving the island between November and March, so a connecting flight from Athens to Chania may be necessary.  

  • Stay at the Calle Veneziana holiday home for its location in the old town, very cute decor and highly rated hosts.

Sitia, Crete

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Explored by Constance of The Adventures of Panda Bear

  • Best For: traditional sight seeing and history buffs
  • January Temperature Range: 7 – 12° celsius | 45 – 54° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 9 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 11 days

Spend a few days in Dubrovnik for some of the best winter sight-seeing in Europe. Though there are rainy days during the winter, the weather tends to be mild and more often sunny rather than not.

With the crowds gone during the cooler weather, the city is more easily explored during the winter low season.  Dubrovnik hotels, flights and attractions will also be cheaper, making this a good budget destination in the low season.

Walk along the old city walls for amazing views of all the orange roofs in the city and the Adriatic Sea. The city walls of Dubrovnik are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and have been considered to be among the best fortification systems of the Middle Ages.

Be sure to check out Fort Lovrenjac, a fort located just outside the western walls of the city of Dubrovnik. Famous for resisting Venetian rule, the fort was built and rebuilt over time, playing a crucial role in Dubrovnik’s line of defence. 

Within the city’s walls, visit one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe. Founded in 1317, it is still in operation and located inside the Franciscan Monastery. 

The city is easily reached by plane or by car from elsewhere within Croatia. Dubrovnik is full of history, and things to do, making it the perfect place to visit in January (or indeed any winter month!).  

  • Stay at Heritage Villa Nobile for its wonderful central location, gorgeous outside spaces and stunning bedrooms.

Kolorina Bay, Dubrovnik

Estepona, Spain

Explored by Paulina of Paulina on the Road

  • Best For: sun seekers and socialites
  • January Temperature Range: 12 – 20° celsius | 54 – 68° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 6 days

Estepona is one of Europe’s top winter sun destinations! Situated on the Mediterranean coast in the region of Malaga, this little yet socially vibrant town is a great winter holiday spot on the Costa del Sol. It is undoubtedly an excellent place for winter sun and is one of the warmest places in mainland Europe in winter. 

From Estepnoa’s captivating culture to archaeological attractions and splendid Mediterranean wintertime sunshine, you can explore the town, including the Botanical and Orchid Gardens, Santaverde Cosmética Natural, the charming Centro Historico and the Teatro Auditorio Felipe VI.

There are numerous other things to do in Estepona, like sea and boat excursions, water sports, fishing and playing golf. Additionally, you can attend carnivals and events, like Flamenco, go shopping and taste the seafood. 

Estepona has warm and mellow weather because of the Mediterranean warm breezes during winters. So, the climate is another inevitable reason to visit for winter sun. You can appreciate a lot of daylight throughout the winter season and there is almost no rain.

Estepona is easily reached by bus from Malaga. If you’re flying to Spain, pick up a hire car in Malaga and head down the coast, perhaps visiting Estepona as part of a wider Andalucia road trip.

  • Stay at Hotel Estepona Plaza for its fantastic location, modern decor and fabulous breakfast.

Straits of Gibraltar from Estepona Beach

Funchal, Madeira

Explored by Nichola of Globalmouse Travels

  • Best For: thrill seekers and garden lovers
  • January Temperature Range: 14 – 18° celsius | 57 – 64° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 3 days

Banish all thoughts of Madeira as a destination for older folk, the island is the perfect location for a family break at all times of the year and delivers the perfect mix of beach breaks and cultural activities for all ages.  Madeira in winter is when the island really shines though.

Madeira sits 350 miles from the coast of Morocco and enjoys temperatures in double figures and delightful sunny days throughout the winter months. Start your visit in the capital city of Funchal where the islands Portuguese influences are on show in the old town. Take the cable car high above the streets for a spot of people watching, before exploring the historic tropical gardens.

Adventurous types can enjoy a spot of street tobogganing, a 100-year-old tradition on Madeira, where you are steered down steep hillside roads in a land sledge. 

Out of the capital, head for the centre of the island where you can enjoy long treks in tropical surroundings along ancient paths, or explore the craggy north coast line near Seixal and Porto Moritz, where you can discover secluded inlets where the locals enjoy a dip in the sea.

Stop in at the impressive São Vicente caves formed hundreds of thousands of years ago by volcanic activity and end your day watching the sun setting over the sea at the breath taking Cabo Girão Skywalk, a glass platform perched on a cliff edge 580 metres above the crashing waves beneath your feet.  

  • Stay at Susy’s Garden Villa for its excellent location, cute swimming pool and excellent host.

Funchal, Madeira

Gibraltar, Spain

Explored by Izzy & Phil of The Gap Decaders

  • Best For: a taste of Great Britain in Spain!
  • January Temperature Range: 9 – 15° celcius | 48 – 59° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 7 days

Known simply as ‘the Rock’, Gibraltar is a tiny six square kilometre British Overseas Territory at almost the southernmost tip of continental Europe), only pipped to the post by Tarifa, just down the coast in Spain – one of the the hottest European countries in January.

A literal point of contention for centuries, Gibraltar has, at various times in history, been under the control of the Moors, the Spanish, and now the British. Each of these cultures have left their mark, and give the peninsula a unique culture of its own.

At a comfortable 15°c in January, the weather is perfect for hiking around the rock and along the suspension bridge, or taking the cable car to the top, for fabulous views across to Morocco and North Africa. Alternatively, go subterrenean and explore over 150 caves and 50km of World War II tunnels, or visit the Barbary macaques that Gibraltar is famous for.

You’ll also be a stones throw from Spain, from where it’s easy to hop across to Tangier in Morocco and add another warm winter destination to your trip!

  • Stay at the Eliott Hotel for its rooftop pool and terrace, enviable location and sylish decor.

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The Rock of Gibraltar and Algeciras

Ibiza, Spain

Explored by Sylvie of Travels With Eden

  • Best For: beach lovers and families
  • January Temperature Range: 14 – 18° celsius | 57 – 64° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 6 days

Ibiza is the perfect option for a winter break in Europ, located in the Balearic Islands off the east coast of Spain. The island is famous for its world-class nightclubs but during the winter season there is a different opportunity to see the beauty of the island. From mid-October to mid-May, the clubs shut for the winter, the crowds leave and Ibiza sinks into a peaceful winter. 

There are 57 perfect beaches to explore in Ibiza, many boasting white sand and crystal clear waters making Ibiza perfect for families to visit in the low season. Even in the winter months, the beaches are great to walk along, and the sea stays relatively warm all year round.

The town of Santa Eulalia is thriving most of the year in comparison to the resorts of San Antonio and Playa d’en Bossa which are more geared towards the clubbing crowd. One of the best things to do during winter is walk to the nearby Es Cana along the coastal path where you’ll see stunning views and plenty of other beaches. Santa Eulalia marina is also lovely to take a walk around where you can spot super yachts, or watch the sunrise.

The best way to reach Ibiza is to fly to Ibiza airport where you can get a taxi to anywhere on the island. Regular ferries run to Ibiza from the mainland port of Denia in Spain as well as from the neighbouring islands of Majorca and Formentera. 

  • Stay at Boutique Hotel Jardines de Palerm for its estate location, choice of infinity pools and beautiful Spanish decor.


Istanbul, Turkey

Explored by Vaibhav of The Wandering Vegetable

  • Best For: historical sites and Asian vibes
  • January Temperature Range: 10 – 14° celsius | 50 – 57° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 9 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 18 days

Istanbul is one of the best places in Europe to take a winter sun city break. The city, in the on the European side of the country, is a delight to explore in the winter as it’s the off-season and you won’t find hordes of tourists at important historical sites. It is also the cheapest time to visit Istanbul, so a vacation here during winter is more pocket-friendly.

Because of it’s vibrant Turkish culture that extends to both European and Asian continents, spending a few days in Istanbul during winter is a delightful experience, with temperatures being pleasantly mild. You usually see the sun shining but once in a while, you may experience snow!

The best things to do in Istanbul include visiting the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque, Galata Tower, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar.

The one hidden gem that not many people know about is the Pierre Loti Hill. From here, you can enjoy the ultimate panoramic view of the Golden Horn, a major urban waterway and the primary inlet of the Bosphorus, shaped like a horn. Nothing’s better than sipping a hot Turkish coffee on a nice winter morning at the Pierre Loti Cafe and admiring the view.

If you feel like experiencing the buzzing party scene of Istanbul, then head to Istiklal Avenue in the Taksim Square area. My personal recommendation to you, however, would be to do the Bosphorus night cruise.

Sailing over the calm waters of the Bosphorus Strait, you get to enjoy the sights of the dazzling monuments at night. Feeling the winter breeze in your face, while sipping Turkish wine and admiring the sight of the spectacular Bosphorus Bridge, is an experience that you’ll cherish for life.

All in all, I can say that a winter vacation to Europe is incomplete without exploring Istanbul.

  • Stay at Mula Hotel for its incredinly central location, fantastic outdoor spaces and modern decor.

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Explored by Linn of Brainy Backpackers

  • Best For: authentic Spain and sherry lovers
  • January Temperature Range: 14 – 18° celsius | 57 – 64° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 9 days

One of the best places for winter sun in Europe is the underrated Andalusian city of Jerez de la Frontera. In the shadow of Seville and the rising popularity of Cadiz, the city is mainly visited by Spanish which means you get an authentic local experience when visiting Jerez de la Frontera.

With more than 300 days a year of sunshine, it is perfect for a sunny city break and if you want an escape to the beach, it isn’t too far to the little vibrant beach town El Puerto de Santa Maria. 

Jerez has a lot of great attractions, though. Being the sherry capital of Spain, you can enjoy numerous sherry tours and experience the famous bodegas to learn more about its sherry culture. Stroll around the charming streets getting lost between medieval buildings, visit the stunning cathedral which is a perfect fusion of Baroque, Neoclassical, and Gothic from the 17th century.

The separately built bell tower stands on top of the minaret of an old mosque. Go on a guided tour of the Alcazar and stroll around Alameda vieja. If you like to visit astounding churches and convents, Jerez is the perfect place to be. With more than 20 of them spread around the city, it’s the perfect place to get lost in the streets discovering these astounding structures one by one.

Jerez de la Frontera has its own international airport and is well served by train and bus from both Cadiz and Seville.

  • Stay at Suites Alfonso X Aparthotel for its central location, beautifully simple decor and outdoor pool.

Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera

Mahon, Menorca

Explored by Nadine of Le Long Weekend

  • Best For: nature and getting away from it all
  • January Temperature Range: 11 – 14° celsius | 52 – 57° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 7 days

The Balearic Island of Menorca is a nature-lovers paradise. Relatively unscathed by the overdevelopment that has scarred some parts of its bigger sibling Mallorca, Menorca, in contrast, remains magnificent in its natural beauty.

A joy to visit at any time of the year, in winter it benefits from a mild Mediterranean climate. Days linger in the mid-teens, but the bright, sunny skies and longer daylight hours than many of its European neighbours mean it’s the perfect place to escape the winter blues. 

While your accommodation options will be more limited in the cooler months (but subsequently much cheaper), it’s a great time to take advantage of the pristine beaches that dot the island’s coast, many of which you can reach via the ancient Cami de Cavalls walking trail. 

Other winter activities include warming up with a gin tasting at a local distillery, or marvelling at the island’s many megalithic sites that date back to the bronze age. Daily life in the towns still hums with quiet activity in winter and you’ll gain an untarnished view of what life in Menorca is really like, when not swarming with visitors.

Due to decreased demand in winter, direct flights are hard to come by. But you can reach the island via many of the main Spanish cities, or from Mallorca via plane or ferry.

  • Stay at Hotel Nou Sant Antoni for its perfect location, stylish decor and wonderfully comfortable beds.

Cala Macarelleta, Menorca

Nice, France

Explored by Elisa of France Bucket List

  • Best For: art lovers and stylish foodies
  • January Temperature Range: 7 – 16° celsius | 45 – 61° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 9 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 6 days

Nice is a great destination to spend a winter sun break in Europe. Located on the French Riviera of southern France and an eight hour drive south from Paris, Nice is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea. Temperatures in Nice are always mild, making it a perfect destination for a French winter road trip.

Nice is a great place for sightseeing and I recommend spending at least 2 days in Nice to get a taste of what the city has to offer and visit the main sights. The city has beautiful Baroque architecture, interesting museums, and a delicious local cuisine.

The historical centre of old Nice is a wonderful place to get lost, especially in late autumn and winter when the crowds are gone and it feels a little more off the beaten path.

Walk the little streets and wide avenues of Nice but also try to see the city from other points of view: from the water, perhaps on a cruise, and from one of the hills of Provence that surround the city.  

People with longer holidays won’t be disappointed. Nice is a great base for fantastic day trips along the French Riviera, to neighbouring Monte Carlo or to the hilltop villages inland. In most cases you will need a car but there is also a big variety of guided tours for people without four wheels.

  • Stay at the Quai Promenade apartment for its stylish decor, perfect location and exceptional facilities.

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The Bay of Angels, Nice

Paphos, Cyprus

Explored by Maggie of The World Was Here First

  • Best For: sun seekers and lovers of ancient ruins
  • January Temperature Range: 10 – 18° celsius | 50 – 65° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 13 days

This Mediterranean island nation boasts more than 300 days of sunshine a year and has historic cities, beautiful beaches, ancient sites and perennial warm weather, making it one of the top winter sun holiday destinations in Europe.

The city of Paphos itself is a perfect place to visit in the wintertime as the daily high rarely dips below 16 degrees in January, the coldest month. There are also lots of things to see and do in Paphos that are sure to keep you entertained.

Arguably, if you’re interested in all of the historic sites and being outside, visiting Paphos in winter is a better bet as there are fewer tourist crowds and you won’t have to contend with the oppressive heat of summer.

Some of the best things to do in Paphos include wandering through the incredible Kato Paphos Archaeological Park and gazing in awe at the Hellenistic-era mosaics and countless other Greek ruins, visit the nearby Aphrodite’s Rock (Paphos claims to be the birthplace of the mythical goddess of love and beauty) or explore the fascinating Tomb of the Kings.

Paphos is an excellent place to visit any time of the year, but the winter provides an excellent time to soak up the sun and avoid the tourist crowds, making Cyprus one of the best destinations for hot holidays in January.

  • Stay at Louis Paphos Breeze for its beachside location, low rose architecture and fantastic resort facilities.

The village of Peyia and Paphos

Lagos, Portugal

Explored by Anisa of Two Traveling Texans

  • Best For: activity lovers and sun seekers
  • January Temperature Range: 14 – 20° celsius | 57 – 68° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 3 days

Portugal’s Algarve Coast is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for the winter sun in Europe. While it may not be swimming weather, it will be pleasant to be outside as in the balmy climate thanks to its westerly position on the continent.

The winter is the off-season in the Algarve, so hotels will be more affordable and places will be less crowded. Don’t worry there are still plenty of fun things to do in the area, and if you base yourself in Lagos, you’re within easy reach of the whole Algarve coast.

If you want to see the famous caves, it’s best to take a boat tour. There are also several small towns worth visiting. Silves has a castle and Loule has a famous Saturday Market. You can also go to a nature reserve like Ria Formosa Natural Park or do a coastal walk like the Seven Hanging Valleys hike.

If you like to golf, there are plenty of golf courses. Be sure to try some of the local seafood. There are also some wineries worth checking out. To get to the Algarve, you can fly into the airport in Faro.

Alternatively, it is about a 3 hour drive or bus ride from Lisbon. It will be easiest to explore the area if you have a car or even a campervan, the perfect way to see the Algarve in winter!

  • Stay at Palmares Beach House Hotel Lagos for its amazing view, excellent facilities and adults only vibe.

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Cape St Vincent, Algarve

Lecce, Italy

Explored by Paul of The Two That Do

  • Best For: historical architecture buffs and city moochers
  • January Temperature Range: 13 – 15° celsius | 55 – 59° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 9 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 7 days

The historic city of Lecce located in the heel of Italy lies 150 km south of Bari, the region’s largest city and major port linking Italy with Greece and the Balkans.

Visitors driving from Rome some 600km and a six hour drive north west should not miss the opportunity to experience the unique cave city of Matera. Lecce is also a perfect base from which to explore other delightful Puglia towns such as Polignano a Mare, Alberobello and Otranto.

Winter in Lecce with its Mediterranean climate is a delight. These are the wetter months with a little more rainfall, but with an average temperature in the mid to high teens it is a perfect winter destination.

Known as the ‘Florence of the South’ due to the many stunning examples of Baroque architecture in its central pedestrianised old town Lecce is a city to experience, rather than do.

Walking its centuries old cobbled streets and narrow lanes you will be treated to some of Italy’s most fabulous and well preserved buildings. The remains of a 2,000 year old Roman Amphitheatre, the stunning Piazza del Duomo with its striking Cathedral and the Basilica di Santa Croce are just a few of the many highlights.

Once you’ve finished exploring, find a seat at one of Lecce’s charming restaurants and enjoy a glass of two or the local red wine and one of the region’s many traditional dishes.

  • Stay at the Donna Teresa Guest House for its perfect central location, fantastic bathrooms and welcoming host.

Roman Amphitheatre of Lecce

Lisbon, Portugal

Explored by Amanda of A Dangerous Business

  • Best For: city wanderers and enophiles
  • January Temperature Range: 14 – 19° celsius | 57 – 66° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 15 days

When it comes to sunny destinations where you can escape the European winter, look no further than Portugal, possibly the warmest country in Europe in January. And not just Portugal’s famous coastal regions, either; the capital city of Lisbon also makes for a great winter sun destination if you’re looking for warm cities in January – or any time in winter!

Lisbon enjoys a year-round Mediterranean climate, with more than 290 days of sunshine per year. And while the city can get downright hot and uncomfortable during the summer months, average winter high temperatures generally stay in the late teens, making it a pleasant time to visit.

In the winter, Lisbon sees fewer tourists (and few cruise ships), but still has regular flight service from just about everywhere in Europe. And since you can enjoy all the must-dos Lisbon has to offer any time of year, winter really is a great time to visit.

Some of the top things to do in Lisbon include wandering the steep, historic streets in the Alfama neighbourhood; riding on historic trams and funiculars; catching a sunset from one of the city’s famous miradouros; listening to Fado music; and eating as many pastéis de nata as you can stomach.

If you manage to hit one of Lisbon’s non-sunny winter days, there are also some cool museums to visit like the National Azulejo Museum, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery) in Belem to explore, and the Time Out Market to eat your way through.

  • Stay at the Altis Avenida Hotel for its superb location, sheer glamous and intriguing mix of architecture and design.

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Tram in Lisbon

Palermo, Sicily

Explored by Tom of The Travelling Tom

  • Best For: city lovers and gourmets
  • January Temperature Range: 11 – 17° celsius | 52 – 63° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 9 days

If you’re thinking of heading to somewhere in Europe which has a bit of sun during the bleak winter months, Palermo is one place you should consider. The city isn’t the most visited destination in Europe, but there are lots of flights to this beautiful city on the island of Sicily from all over the continent.

Due to its southern location, the weather remains temperate throughout winter. It won’t be hot, but you won’t be freezing cold either. One reason to visit Palermo is to check out the architecture. The city is renowned for its impressive buildings, some of which date back thousands of years. 

Quattro Canti is a unique intersection in the middle of the city, which has buildings with prominent statues on all four corners. You can visit La Zisa, a former Royal Palace, built in an Arabic style and check out the grand Cathedral in the middle of the city.

Perhaps the most intriguing place to visit in Palermo is the Capuchin Catacombs. Here you will find the mummified remains of friars and vicars from as far back as the 12th century.  

Don’t forget about the famous food market held daily, where you can pick your fish or meat and have it prepared in the traditional way. My advice is to spend 3 days in Palermo to get the most from your trip. This will allow you to see the amazing buildings and head to the beach at nearby Mondello while seeing everything this beautiful Italian city has to offer!

  • Stay at the Casa Nostra Boutique Hotel for its fabulous location, charming terrace and fantastic facilities.

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Palermo, Sicily

Positano, Italy

Explored by Lori of Travlinmad

  • Best For: Fashionistas and lovers of cafe culture
  • January Temperature Range: 10 – 13° celsius | 50 – 55° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 9 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 9 days

Positano is one of Italy’s most iconic destinations, even in winter. Getting to the Amalfi Coast is easy by train from anywhere in Europe to Naples or Sorrento. From there, it’s a short ride to the Costiera Amalfitana. Even easier is to arrange private transport and leave the driving to the professionals.

Positano sits perched on the cliffs overlooking the deep turquoise blue Mediterranean Sea, and the colourful buildings appear set to tumble into the water. Winding through the village is a maze of narrow streets and alleyways that are a joy to explore.

The scene is one of Italy’s most famous landscapes to behold. While the water might be a bit too chilly for swimming, the winter sun is the big draw in colder months, and it’s even warm enough to get out on the water for a boat tour up and down the coast.

There are lots of fun things to do in Positano from dining in amazing restaurants to strolling the narrow streets for some serious shopping. Limoncello, ceramics, and handmade leather sandals (made while you wait) are some of the best items to look for. 

Winter is also a good time of year to hike the hills above the Amalfi Coast. Whether you choose to walk the Path of the Gods, or hike the upper mule paths between the small towns, the warm sun is a welcome break from the winter blues, making this one of the best winter sun destinations in Europe. 

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  • Stay at the Hotel Marincanto for its fabulous location, infinity pool and private beach.

Positano on the Amalfi Coast

Rhodes, Greece

Explored by Maria of Europe Up Close

  • Best For: culture vultures and history buffs
  • January Temperature Range: 13 – 15° celsius | 55 – 59° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 5 days

If you are planning a winter getaway to Europe, but don’t want to lug around heavy winter clothes, I suggest you add Rhodes to your list of winter sun Europe destinations.

Rhodes is one of the most stunning Greek Islands that is perfect for beach and culture lovers. Home to one of the historic Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus, you will find an island rich in history and culture.  

During the winter months, the destination is very off the beaten path, and you might not find many other tourists making it one of the best places to visit in January in Europe if you want to get away from it all.   

Some of the top sights are the old town of Rhodes City, a UNESCO Heritage Site and the Acropolis in the cute village of Lindos.  

Rhodes City is the largest city on the island, but with only 50,000 residents, it still has a small-town feel. Definitely add a visit to this city and the Citadel of Rhodes to your itinerary.

The fortification of the old town was built in the 14th century and is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the world.  

Lindos on the other hand is beautiful small fishing village with narrow cobble-stone streets and alleys, white washed houses and an Acropolis perched on top of the hill. It is also known for its beautiful beaches and a favourite tourist spot – for a very good reason. 

  • Stay at the Attiki Hotel for its traditional decor, sun terrace and location in the heart of Rhodes old town.

Lindos, Rhodes

Rome, Italy

Explored by Anya of Unexpected Occurrence

  • Best For: city lovers and history buffs
  • January Temperature Range: 10 – 13° celsius | 50 – 55° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 9 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 9 days

Rome is a wonderful destination to get a little bit of winter sun. It’s not so busy during the winter season, and the winters are extremely mild and it’s warm enough to stay outside and explore. If it does get a little cold, hop into a bar for a cafe. 

Winter in Rome is the perfect time to explore all of the main sights, as the lines will be much shorter than the peak summer season. I highly recommend exploring Trastevere, a charming area of Rome that has plenty of restaurants and bars. It really comes alive during the wintertime, where you can cozy up in a wine bar for an aperitif. 

On particularly sunny winter days, there are so many amazing parks and gardens to check out – some have ancient Roman aqueducts, others have insane views of the Colosseum!

To get to Rome, you can fly into one of two airports. Most European budget airlines will fly into Ciampino and most major carriers will fly into Fiumicino. From the airport, you can take a bus or train to Roma Termini. 

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  • Stay at Casa Fabbrini for its location in the heart of the historical centre, charming atmosphere and stylish vibe.

Sao Miguel, Azores

Explored by Alexandrina of Earthosea

  • Best For: sun worshippers and hikers
  • January Temperature Range: 14 – 18° celsius | 57 – 64° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 15 days

Sao Miguel island in the Azores is the perfect destination for spending winter days in a place with a mild climate. The temperature is always warm and it offers lots of stuff to do when you’re there. It is usually sunny in the Azores during the winter, but there is also a chance also might be overcast with lots of rain. Thus, it is good to be prepared for this too.

While in Sao Miguel, it is best to hike to Boca do Inferno in Sete Cidades village, which is the most well-known spot in the Azores. Another spot you should not miss is the Lagoa do Fogo, the most beautiful lake in the Azores providing one of the best vistas over the Atlantic Ocean.

Furthermore, the lake provides a beautiful beach that is usually uninhabited and you can relax peacefully. If you prefer a more serene place which is less crowded, Lagoa do Congro surely offers that. It is a beautiful emerald lake set deep in the tropical forests of the island.

Going further into the island of Sao Miguel, it is best to check out the hot springs of the island. They are for sure a place you should visit in the winter. Most of the thermal pools on the island are around 30-40 degrees, which is quite normal. Some of the most well-known thermal pools are the Dona Beija and Terra Nostra.

However, if you prefer a more serene place to take a dip in and relax, then you should head to Caldeira Velha. It is close to the hiking trail for Salto do Cabrito and is surrounded by a lush tropical forest.

Last but not least, make sure to check the Gorreana Tea Factory in the north of the island and try the nicest green and black tea Then, make sure to walk around the plantation and take a few pictures of the breathtaking landscapes!

  • Stay at Casa das Cinco Apartments for their stunning seafront location, cool decor and outdoor pool.

Gorreana, Azores

Seville, Spain

Explored by Jiayi of The Diary of a Nomad

  • Best For: Spanish passion and tapas
  • January Temperature Range: 11 – 17° celsius | 52 – 63° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 8 days

If you’re looking for a beautiful place to enjoy the winter sun, look no further than Seville ⁠- one of the hottest cities in Europe! Located in the stunning region of Andalucia, Seville’s weather averages at a pleasant 11°c – 17°c in the winter months, and the city is known to be sunny all year round. In fact, it only has about 80 days of rain per year! 

You can do a lot in Seville in three days, which is typically enough to cover all the important places in town. Start your trip at Plaza de España, a magnificent square with gorgeous architecture and a canal in the middle. It’s an awesome place for photography and relaxation!

From there, you can take a walk to the colourful Barrio Santa Cruz for some delicious tapas, and then head over to Casa de Pilatos, a beautiful civil palace. Not far from there is the unique contemporary structure of the Metropol Parasol, and the famous restaurant El Rinconcillo (it’s a must-try!).

Some of the other unmissable spots in Seville are the Royal Alcázar, the Cathedral, the Giralda Tower, and the best tapas bar in town, Espacio Eslava. I also highly recommend watching a flamenco show during your time there!

Getting to Seville is very easy. You can either fly into Seville Airport or take a high-speed train if you’re coming from other Spanish cities such as Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba, or Madrid.

  • Stay at Hotel Casa del Poeta for its city center location, beautifully renovated rooms and regular live music.

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Plaza Espana, Seville

Taormina, Sicily

Explored by Derek & Mike of Robe Trotting

  • Best For: beach lovers and hikers
  • January Temperature Range: 11 – 15° celsius | 52 – 59° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 9 days

The charming hilltop town of Taormina is one of the best destinations in Europe for winter sun. Taormina is located in view of Mount Etna, along the east coast of Sicily. In Taormina you’ll discover dramatic cliffs sweeping to the sea below and a picturesque old gate to enter the medieval walls of the city. 

There are so many things to do in Taormina but the biggest draw is the surrounding beaches. Taormina’s most incredible beach is Isola Bella, a nature reserve just off the coastline. Reaching Isola Bella requires hiking down a footpath but you can also take a bus or buy a ticket for the funicular.

Once you reach the shoreline you can set up your blanket or rent a sun chair on the shore. In order to reach the island and nature reserve you will have to walk along a sandbar. Depending on the time of day, you may have to wade into the water because the sand bar is submerged during high tide.

When in Taormina, make a trip to the gorges of Alcantara. They are a natural canyon carved into black lava flows. The tallest are 50m tall tall and you can wade into the cold water running through the canyon.

Other attractions include the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greco-Roman theatre. It’s still in use today and a great place for a winter sunset.

While it’s great all year long, the winter in Taormina is full of sun and things to do without the crowds.

  • Stay at the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo for the iconic Mount Etna view, five star luxury and charming service.

Taormina and Isola Bella, Sicily

Tarifa, Spain

Explored by Joanna of The World in My Pocket

  • Best For: wind or kite surfing and beach lovers
  • January Temperature Range: 11 – 15° celsius | 52 – 59° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 9 days

Tarifa is probably one of the best places to travel to in winter. With mild temperatures in the cold months and gorgeous beaches, Tarifa is known as the capital of windsurfing and kite surfing in Spain. Getting to Tarifa is very easy, no matter which southern Spanish airport you use. The closest airport is in Gibraltar, with Malaga and Jerez following.

Tarifa is a lovely small town, with a very laid-back character and a rural atmosphere. You won’t find any big chains here, just small businesses run by locals.

In winter, even if it may not be warm enough to sunbathe, you can still take advantage of the sunny weather and learn how to windsurf or kite surf. There are over 60 schools which can teach you how to tackle waves on a board, and have fun doing acrobatic tricks in the air.

Tarifa is one of the windiest places in Spain because of its location, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and this is why water sports lovers come here year round. You can actually walk on on the island bridge that divides the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean and notice how the color changes from one side to another.

Tarifa is also the most Southern point of continental Europe making it a great place to spend time in a campervan over winter.

  • Stay at Hotel Tarifa Lances for its spa and pools, funky vibe and extensive facilities.

Playa de Los Lances, Tarfia

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Explored by Izzy of The Gap Decaders

  • Best For: true sun worshippers and water sports enthusiasts
  • January Temperature Range: 16 – 22° celsius | 61 – 72° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 8 days

Wondering where is hot in January in Europe? If you’re looking for the warmest place in Europe in January (or December or February even!) then the Canary Islands are the best of the hot winter holiday destinations in Europe, averaging temperatures in the high teens to low twenties.

A large archipelago off the north-west coast of Africa, the Canaries are rugged volcanic isles. The best know islands are Tenerife (the largest), Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa.

The Canary Island seas are temperate enough to swim in all year round, the winter sunshine hours longer than most of Europe and they have less rainfall than Spain and Portugal. The islands can be windy in the winter months, but if you enjoy sailing, wind-surfing and kiting, then so much the better!

Visit Tenerife for a lively atmosphere and great night life. Gran Canaria is best for hiking, national parks and huge beaches, whilst Lanzarote is ideal for a family holiday, with unique volcanic landscapes and natural wonders, typified in the imposing and dramatic Timanfaya National Park.

Head for Fuerterventura if you’re looking for the best wind and water sports, and La Palma for fabulous snorkelling and local wildlife. La Gomera is a hidden gem and the most authentic of the larger islands and perfect for getting away from it all.

  • Stay at Hotel Hacienda del Conde for its world-class service, resort vibe and fantastic range of facilities.

Famous for their black sandy beaches, The Canaries are a staple of European winter holidays and is the warmest place in Europe in winter, in fact they offer the best winter sun in Europe! | Playa del Duque, Tenerife

Valencia, Spain

Explored by Sonia of The Littlers Travel

  • Best For: eclectic attractions and authentic charm
  • January Temperature Range: 10 – 16° celsius | 50 – 61° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 6 days

The world-famous song ‘Valencia’ by Padilla goes a little something like this: Valencia is the land of flowers, light and love… He didn’t fall short because Valencia has almost everything.  

From the outside, Valencia is undoubtedly one of the most charming destinations of eastern Spain, and one of the most beautiful cities of the entire Spanish geography. You can catch a suntan on its idyllic beaches, visit the Arts and Sciences Museum, tour the rice paddies of the Albufera, walk among sharks in the Oceanografic, feel like royalty at Museum of the Marqués de Dos Aguas and take a stroll through its streets while you delight yourself with its stunning architecture.

But what’s inside is what matters, and for you to fall in love with everything this city has to offer. Try a tasty paella by the Mediterranean and get lost in the neighbourhood of El Carmen, buy a horchata drink from a traditional artisan, shop for local produce in the Central Market, party at the Umbracle, enjoy its traditional festivities, the Fallas Festival, and become a hipster for a day in Ruzafa.

We stand corrected, Valencia has everything! Want to come and visit?

  • Stay at Venecia Plaza Centro for its city centre location, stunning decor and great service.

Arts & Science Museum, Valencia

Valletta, Malta

Explored by Stephanie of History Fangirl

  • Best For: sun seekers and photographers
  • January Temperature Range: 13 – 18° celsius | 55 – 64° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 8 days

If you want to get away and enjoy some sun in winter, fly to sunny Malta. The temperatures and warm, and while you may not want to swim (though some will) it’s still worth it to visit the beaches just to enjoy walking on them.

In the winter, you can also enjoy the highlights of Valletta, Malta’s capital, including going on a city tour and visiting St. John’s Co-Cathedral.

The best part of visiting Malta in the off-season is getting to tour popular spots like Dwerja and Mdina without the typical crowds. This means you can visit some of Malta’s best photography spots without competing with throngs of tourists.   

Even sunny Gozo, which isn’t as busy as Malta, is still lovely when things are a bit more closed down. Book your accommodation early and find out what will be open near you since restaurants might be closed in the off season.

Getting to Malta is relatively easy since budget carriers offer discounted airfares. You can also visit by taking a ferry from Sicily, which is handy if you want to keep your own car with you during your trip. Driving is one of the best ways to get around Malta, especially if you want to travel between Malta and Gozo.

  • Stay at the The Embassy Valletta Hotel for its rooftop pool, decadent bathrooms and city centre location.

Valletta, Malta

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Fethiye, Turkey

Explored by Phil & Izzy of The Gap Decaders

  • Best For: old town wandering and ancient heritage sites
  • January Temperature Range: 15 – 18° celsius | 59 – 64° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 12 days

The Aegean region of Turkey where Fethiye is located is actually further west than Istanbul and located close to the Greek islands, making it a great mid-haul winter sun destination.

But, don’t come to Fethiye with the mistaken view that it will be hot, hot, hot. The further east you go through Europe, the more unpredictable the weather becomes. It never snows in Fethiye, although you’ll see it on the peaks of nearby Babadag Mountain, but it can be rainy and chilly, although this does come and go, so you’re unlikely to face a protracted spell of poor weather,

Fethiye is a wonderful destination if you like mooching around interesting old towns, visiting ruins and grabbing the odd beach day, or boat trip, when weather allows. Nearby is good hiking, ancient ruins and the fabulous beach at Oludeniz, a small town to the east, where you can also go paragliding.

  • Stay at Liberty Fabay for its beachfront location, fantastic uber all-inclusive offer and in-house entertainment.

Fethiye and Kapıdağ Peninsula

Marrakech, Morocco

Explored by Phil & Izzy of The Gap Decaders

  • Best For: old town wandering and ancient heritage sites
  • January Temperature Range: 16 – 23° celsius | 60 – 74° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 7 days

The jewel in Morocco’s crown, Marrakech is a magical jumble of tradition and modernity and a wonderful place for a city break in January. The medina is a feast for the senses and will leave you reeling as you struggle to comprehend the different smells, sounds and tastes that are unique to Morocco’s ancient walled quarters.

Known as the Red City, for its beaten clay buildings and ramparts, Marrakech is a fantastic city for a January city break. Underlying what feels like pandemonium in the souks is a laid-back vibe and a growing contemporary scene with lots on offer for every type of visitor. 

You can even visit the Sahara Desert from Marrakech, although you’ll need a minimum of three days to get to the Sahara, so make sure to factor this in if seeing the vast rose coloured sand dunes and experiencing the desert is high on your list!

  • Stay at Riad Al Rimal for its superb medina location, hot-tub, pool and hamman, and chic decor.

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Djemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech

Sal, Cape Verde

Explored by Phil & Izzy of The Gap Decaders

  • Best For: historical sites and eastern vibes
  • January Temperature Range: 20-24° celsius | 68 – 75° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 11 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 1 day

Officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, Cape Verde is an archipelago and island country in the central Atlantic Ocean, consisting of ten volcanic islands. Cape Verde is considered part of the African continent, but has close ties to Europe through its history as a colony of Portugal from the initial settlement of the islands in 1462 until the independence of Cape Verde in 1975.

It’s a perfect spot for a winter sun holiday from Europe, offering travellers a whopping eleven daily sunshine hours along with wonderful hospitality in a landscape of mountains, blue seas dotted with islands and and windswept beaches.

Sal is the most popular island and our top mid-haul destination for January sun, and the main town of Santa Maria is a beach lovers paradise. With stunning clear turquoise waters great for snorkelling, and powdery white sandy beaches, relaxing in the heat will be easy! Boa Vista is another similar island, also popular with travellers.

Other islands in the archipelago offer volcano experiences, fabulous hiking and a taste of Cape Verde’s diverse culture.

  • Stay at Sal Beach Club for its superb location, good food and laid back vibe.

Chaves Beach, Boa Vista

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Explored by Phil & Izzy of The Gap Decaders

  • Best For: beach lovers and activity enthusiasts
  • January Temperature Range: 16 – 22° celsius | 61 – 72° fahrenheit
  • Average January Sunshine Hours: 10 hours
  • Average Rainy Days in January: 1 day

The Rea Sea resorts of Egypt are the best places for guaranteed January sunshine, certainly warm enough for sea swimming and snorkelling – and none more so than Sharm El Sheikh, the original and arguably the best resort in this mid-haul destination.

Known for its sheltered sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs, this is a great destination if you love being active whilst grabbing a bit of beach time.

Diving is the big activity here, and many people come to learn. If you’re not a diver, then there are also amazing snorkelling spots in the clear waters, and places like Ras Mohammas National Park, Egypt’s premier location for marine life.  You can get a boat trip there, jump in and snorkel or dive the day away!

Feeling energetic? A couple of hours drive north is Mount Sinai, located deep in the South Sinai Desert. You can hike to the top of this holy mountain, where, according to the Bible’s Old Testament, God handed down the ten commandments to Moses.

You can even take a two day trip from Sharm to Cairo and Luxor, although it does involve getting on another plane!

  • Stay at the Rixos for its plush adults only environment, low rise architecture and fantastic all-inclusive facilities.

Naama Bay, Sharm El Sheikh

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Tenerife is one of the best destinations for a warm winter holiday in Europe

Winter in Europe usually means low temperatures and snow, depending on the country that you’re planning to visit.

However, if you’re not a fan of snow and cold winter weather, there are still a few places in Europe where the temperatures are mild and the weather allows for visitors to enjoy some much-needed winter sun.

  • Winter sun in Europe: 10 hottest places and countries in Europe in winter
  • 1. Tenerife, Canary Islands
  • 2. Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
  • 2. Lanzarote, Canary Islands
  • 4. Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
  • 5. Malaga, Spain
  • 6. Limassol, Cyprus
  • 7. Madeira, Portugal
  • 8. Alicante, Spain
  • 9. Malta
  • 10. Sicily, Italy
  • Warmest places in Europe in December: TENERIFE and GRAN CANARIA
  • Warmest place in Europe in January: TENERIFE
  • Warmest places in Europe in February: TENERIFE and FUERTEVENTURA

Winter sun in Europe: 10 hottest places and countries in Europe in winter

We know that some people, ourselves included, are desperately looking for a bit of warm winter weather somewhere in Europe. And if that place happens to be somewhere near the beach or the sea, that is even better!

There are a few places where you can travel if you want to find the best winter weather in Europe and we have several recommendations, depending on how you plan to spend your time: relaxing on the beach, hiking or sightseeing and discovering places full of history. 

So, this is our list of recommendations for the sunniest places in Europe in winter and also the best winter beaches in Europe, where you can sunbathe and even swim. Remember that UV protection is still necessary even when sunbathing in winter, so don’t forget about protecting your skin!

The Canary Islands – the hottest place to visit in Europe in winter, from December to February

The Canary Islands have one of the best climates in the world and here you can enjoy a day on the beach and a swim in the ocean at any time of the year. The Canary Islands are part of Spain, so you can travel here just as you would to any other part of Spain.

1. Tenerife, Canary Islands

A photo from the north of Tenerife in December at Playa de las Teresitas

If you haven’t been visited any of Canaries and you don’t have a favorite yet, we would recommend choosing Tenerife or Gran Canaria as the best places for a winter break.

The south of Tenerife is considerably hotter and sunnier than the north during the winter season, so for a warm holiday, we recommend staying around the areas of Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Americas, Costa Adeje up to Puerto Santiago and Los Gigantes.

Tenerife South has a warmer climate compared to the north of the island, which is why most of the tourist resorts are concentrated here. Temperatures still rise above 20°C on most days and you can see more photos of Tenerife in December, to get a better sense of how the weather usually is.

Tenerife Average
High °C (°F)
Low °C (°F)
mm (inches)
Sun Hours
December 22.8 (73.0) 16.5 (61.7) 30 (1.19) 4 6
January 21.7 (71.1) 15.2 (59.4) 17 (0.65) 2 6
February 22.0 (71.6) 15.0 (59.0) 20 (0.78) 2 7

Tenerife in winter – December, January, February

  • Warmest month: December
  • Least amount of rain: January
  • Most hours of sunshine per day: February


Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Explore the magical sand dunes of Fuerteventura

The Canary Islands are located very close to the coast of Morocco, with Fuerteventura being the closest island to the African continent.

Winters in Fuerteventura are hot enough to allow for sunbathing and swimming in the ocean, although some people might find the ocean a bit too cold…. that’s why many places have heated pools during the winter months!

Corralejo and Caleta de Fuste are the most popular resorts in Fuerteventura, but the south part of the island has some incredible beaches and it sometimes gets a bit more sun during the winter months, so you could also consider booking a holiday to Costa Calma or Morro Jable.

Fuerteventura Average
High °C (°F)
Low °C (°F)
mm (inches)
Sun Hours
December 22. 0 (71.6) 15.9 (60.6) 26 (1.02) 3 6
January 20.6 (69.1) 14.7 (58.5) 14 (0.55) 3 6
February 21.0 (69.8) 14.8 (58.6) 16 (0.63) 2 7

Fuerteventura in winter – December, January, February

  • Warmest month: December
  • Most amount of rain: December
  • Most hours of sunshine per day: February
  • Least amount of rain: January

2. Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Papagayo beach is the most famous beach in Lanzarote

Winter is considered as high season in the Canary Islands, due to the fact that many people from the north of Europe and the UK come here to live for a few months between December and March or April, enjoying the winter sun and hot temperatures of the Canaries.

Except for the very north of Lanzarote and the higher areas like Haria, all of Lanzarote’s resorts enjoy beautiful weather in winter, perfect for sunbathing most of the time. Playa Blanca would be our recommendation for winter as it gets less wind compared to the other resorts, but our all-time favorite resort in Lanzarote is Puerto del Carmen, due to the vibrant atmosphere and nightlife.

Lanzarote Average
High °C (°F)
Low °C (°F)
mm (inches)
Sun Hours
December 21.8 (71.2) 15.4 (59.7) 29 (1.15) 5 6
January 20.7 (69.3) 14.0 (57.2) 17 (0.65) 3 7
February 21.3 (70.3) 14.3 (57.7) 18 (0. 72) 3 7

Lanzarote in winter – December, January, February

  • Warmest month: December
  • Most amount of rain: December
  • Most hours of sunshine per day: January & February

4. Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

The south of Gran Canaria is probably the hottest place in Europe from December, to January and February

If you want to know more about the weather in the archipelago, you can read our article about the warmest Canary Island, but keep in mind that all the islands enjoy great weather and the differences are not huge, so you should choose in accordance with what you’d like to do and see during your time spent there.

The south of Gran Canaria is definitely hotter than the north, so if winter sun is what’s you’re after, you should look for accommodation around the areas of Maspalomas and Puerto Rico, instead of Las Palmas and the mountainous regions.  

Gran Canaria Average
High °C (°F)
Low °C (°F)
mm (inches)
Sun Hours
December 22.2 (72.0) 16.2 (61.2) 31 (1.22) 5 6
January 20.8 (69.4) 15.0 (59.0) 25 (0.98) 3 6
February 21.2 (70.2) 15.0 (59.0) 24 (0.94) 3 7

Gran Canaria in winter – December, January, February

  • Warmest month: December
  • Least rainy days: January & February
  • Most hours of sunshine per day: February

Although the Canary Islands are the hottest place to visit in Europe in winter, you can still get the odd rainy days or even a few days of calima, a phenomenon where hot sand dust comes from the Sahara Desert and stays suspended in the air (the days can be very hot during the calima and it can be hard to breathe, due to the sand in the air).

Depending on what activities you prefer during a holiday, you can look here and decide which Canary Island you should visit.

5. Malaga, Spain

Alcazaba de Malaga on a sunny winter’s day

The south of Spain enjoys sunny and beautiful weather all year round, with temperatures still reaching 18°C to 20°C in December in Malaga.

Although it may not be warm enough to lounge on the beach or swim, it’s still warm enough to walk around without freezing to death, while still enjoying outdoor dining when the sun is out.

Visiting Malaga during winter means fewer tourists compared to the summer months, better prices for flights and accommodation and less crowded attractions. You could rent a car and do a tour of the region, hitting Seville, Cordoba, Cadiz, Ronda, and even Gibraltar.

Out of all the winter months in Malaga, February seems to be the best choice, with the highest average high temperature of 17.7°C (63.9 °F) and only 60 mm of rain, spread over the course of 5 days. However, there are no big differences in terms of temperatures, but December tends to get the most rain, up to 100 mm for the entire month.

Malaga Average
High °C (°F)
Low °C (°F)
mm (inches)
Sun Hours
December 17.5 (63.5) 8.9 (48.0) 100 (3.94) 7 5
January 16.8 (62.2) 7.4 (45.3) 69 (2.72) 6 6
February 17.7 (63.9) 8.2 (46.8) 60 (2.36) 5 6

Malaga in winter – December, January, February

  • Warmest month: December & February
  • Most amount of rain: December
  • Most hours of sunshine per day: January & February


Limassol, Cyprus

Limassol, Cyprus

Cyprus has a subtropical climate, which means mild winters on the coast, although it is possible to see some snowfalls in the Troodos Mountains.

In the daytime, temperatures can still reach 19°C – 20°C in December and even in January and February, which means that you can leave your thick coat at home and just bring a light jacket for the evenings. 

Although Limassol is most popular in summer, you can still travel here for a winter break or to spend Christmas or New Year’s Eve on the island. Cyprus is one of the hottest places in Europe during winter, with over 3200 annual hours of sunshine on the coast.

The most popular tourist destinations in Cyprus are Paphos, Limassol and Aya Napa.

Cyprus is a place full of culture and history, so there are lots to see if you want to go out and explore, or you could just book a nice hotel and soak up some winter sun by the pool.

In the spring there’s also a nice carnival festival in Limassol, which is very popular in Cyprus.

Limassol Average
High °C (°F)
Low °C (°F)
mm (inches)
Sun Hours
December 18.9 (66.0) 10.1 (50.2) 100 (3.93) 9 6
January 17.6 (63.7) 8.8 (47.8) 87 (3.41) 9 6
February 17.8 (64.0) 8.5 (47.3) 67 (2.63) 7 7

Limassol in winter – December, January, February

  • Warmest month: December
  • Most amount of rain: December
  • Most hours of sunshine per day: February

7. Madeira, Portugal

You can still get sunny days like this in Madeira in winter

Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago situated in the Atlantic Ocean, just 250 miles north of Tenerife.

Madeira has a Mediterranean climate, although the weather can differ from one island to another and even from one part of the island to the other, just like in the Canary Islands.

In the mountains of Madeira, you can expect snow during the winter months and also rain, which mostly falls between October and April.

Out of all the destinations in our article, Madeira is the one that gets the most rain in December, with around 13 wet days per month.

Even so, Madeira still is one of the best and warmest tourist destinations in Europe in winter, because temperatures still rise above 20°C  during the day (especially in December), which means you’ll be able to walk around wearing just a T-shirt.

The best time to visit Madeira during winter is for New Year’s Eve when the island hosts the largest fireworks show in the world, an event which you should see at least once in your lifetime.

Madeira Average
High °C (°F)
Low °C (°F)
mm (inches)
Sun Hours
December 20. 7 (69.3) 15 (59.0) 115 (4.53) 13 5
January 19.7 (67.5) 13.7 (56.7) 74 (2.92) 12 5
February 19.7 (67.5) 13.4 (56.1) 83 (3.27) 10 6

Madeira in winter – December, January, February

  • Warmest month: December
  • Most amount of rain: December
  • Most hours of sunshine per day: February

8. Alicante, Spain

View of the beach in Alicante from Santa Barbara Castle

Alicante and the entire Costa Blanca region are already popular summer destinations in Spain, but the weather stays fairly mild and warm even in winter.

While the average high temperature in Alicante between December and February stays at around 17-18°C, the great thing about the climate here is that it rains a lot less compared to the other destinations on this list.

The amount of rain is similar only to the Canary Islands, but considerably less than in any other place on this list, which is why we consider Alicante to be a great warm winter destination during the European winter. Alicante is also among our recommendations as one of the best places to get some winter sun in Spain.

Alicante Average
High °C (°F)
Low °C (°F)
mm (inches)
Sun Hours
December 17.7 (63.9) 7.4 (45.3) 22 (0.87) 4 5
January 17.0 (62.6) 6.7 (44.1) 21 (0.83) 4 6
February 17.6 (63.7) 7.1 (44.8) 20 (0.79) 3 6

Alicante in winter -December, January, February

  • Warmest month: December & February
  • Most amount of rain: December
  • Most hours of sunshine per day: January & February



La Valetta, Malta

Of course, we couldn’t talk about warm weather in winter in Europe without mentioning the tiny island of Malta.

Malta enjoys a Mediterranean climate, which means mild winters, with temperatures around 15°C  to 19°C during the daytime, depending on the month. 

Although not as warm as some of the other destinations mentioned before, the weather is still warm enough to allow for city-breaks and visiting, as there are lots of cool places to see on the island.

There’s more to Malta than being a beach destination and the winter season is a great time to explore its territory, without bumping into tourists at all times.

Malta has around 3000 hours of sun per year, which almost guarantees a sunny holiday, even though the temperatures may not be as high as in the previous destinations mentioned.

Malta Average
High °C (°F)
Low °C (°F)
mm (inches)
Sun Hours
December 17. 1 (62.8) 11.6 (52.9) 109 (4.3) 10 5
January 15.6 (60.1) 9.9 (49.8) 99 (3.88) 10 6
February 15.6 (60.1) 9.4 (48.9) 60 (2.37) 7 6

Malta in winter – December, January, February

  • Warmest month: December
  • Most amount of rain: December
  • Most hours of sunshine per day: January & February

10. Sicily, Italy

View of snowy Mount Etna from Catania, Sicily

Sicily is a popular beach destination in summer, but for those interested in history and sightseeing, winter is still a great season to come for a visit. 

While the temperatures are the lowest on this list, you can still enjoy comfortable temperatures of around 16 – 18°C during the daytime, which is pretty good for the European winter.

Just come with moderate expectations in terms of sun hours, as the average is of 4 hours of sunshine per day, for December, January and February.

Sicily Average
High °C (°F)
Low °C (°F)
mm (inches)
Sun Hours
December 16.8 (62.2) 6.7 (44.1) 86 (3.38) 9 4
January 15.8 (60.4) 5.3 (41.5) 75 (2.94) 9 4
February 16.4 (61.5) 5.4 (41.7) 53 (2.07) 7 4

Sicily in winter – December, January, February

  • Warmest month: December & February
  • Most amount of rain: December
  • Most hours of sunshine per day: very similar between all winter months

Warmest places in Europe in December: TENERIFE and GRAN CANARIA

View of the ocean in Gran Canaria, one of the hottest destinations in December in Europe

If you’re looking for warm places in Europe in December, then take a look at our list below. You should especially take Spain and Cyprus into consideration if you’re searching for warm European countries in December.

Besides the Canary Islands, which form is an archipelago that is part of Spain, there aren’t many good chances to find hot weather in December in Europe. Since these islands are located so close to the African continent, they enjoy a mild climate, considered by many as the best climate in the world. 

Info about the weather in December in the Canary Islands 

  • Warmest weather vacations in December in Europe: Tenerife & Gran Canaria
  • Least amount of rain in December: Fuerteventura
  • Where to go in December in Europe for sun: All four Canary Islands & Limassol, Cyprus

December Average
High °C (°F)
Low °C (°F)
mm (inches)
Sun Hours
Malaga, Spain 17. 5 (63.5) 8.9 (48) 100 (3.94) 7 5
Limassol, Cyprus 18.9 (66) 10.1 (50.2) 100 (3.93) 9 6
Madeira, Portugal 20.7 (69.3) 15 (59) 115 (4.53) 13 5
Alicante, Spain 17.7 (63.9) 7.4 (45.3) 22 (0.87) 4 5
Malta 17.1 (62.8) 11.6 (52.9) 109 (4.3) 10 5
Sicily, Italy 16.8 (62.2) 6.7 (44.1) 86 (3.38) 9 4
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands 22 (71.6) 15.9 (60.6) 26 (1.02) 3 6
Lanzarote, Canary Islands 21. 8 (71.2) 15.4 (59.7) 29 (1.15) 5 6
Tenerife, Canary Islands 22.8 (73) 16.5 (61.7) 30 (1.19) 4 6
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands 22.2 (72) 16.2 (61.2) 31 (1.22) 5 6

Warmest place in Europe in January: TENERIFE

A hot day in January at Siam Park in Tenerife, our favorite winter place for a warm trip

Most places in Europe are under heavy snow in the first month of the year, but not the ones we recommend to you. Here’s a list of warm destinations in January in Europe.

Info about the weather in January in the Canary Islands 

  • Where is hot in January in Europe: Tenerife
  • Least amount of rain in January: Fuerteventura
  • The sunniest place in Europe in January: Lanzarote

January Average
High °C (°F)
Low °C (°F)
mm (inches)
Sun Hours
Malaga, Spain 16. 8 (62.2) 7.4 (45.3) 69 (2.72) 6 6
Limassol, Cyprus 17.6 (63.7) 8.8 (47.8) 87 (3.41) 9 6
Madeira, Portugal 19.7 (67.5) 13.7 (56.7) 74 (2.92) 12 5
Alicante, Spain 17 (62.6) 6.7 (44.1) 21 (0.83) 4 6
Malta 15.6 (60.1) 9.9 (49.8) 99 (3.88) 10 6
Sicily, Italy 15.8 (60.4) 5.3 (41.5) 75 (2.94) 9 4
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands 20.6 (69.1) 14.7 (58.5) 14 (0.55) 3 6
Lanzarote, Canary Islands 20. 7 (69.3) 14 (57.2) 17 (0.65) 3 7
Tenerife, Canary Islands 21.7 (71.1) 15.2 (59.4) 17 (0.65) 2 6
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands 20.8 (69.4) 15 (59) 25 (0.98) 3 6

Warmest places in Europe in February: TENERIFE and FUERTEVENTURA

Fuerteventura is one of our top recommendations if you’re wondering where to go in February for some winter sun

Thinking of spending Valentine’s Day in a warm destination? Generally speaking, you don’t really have many options if you want to find a place with a warm climate in February in Europe. Just like in the previous months, the Canary Islands are your best bet to escape the winter boots and heavy coats. So if you want to stay within European borders, these are your best options for hot and nice weather in Europe in February.

Info about the weather in February in the Canary Islands

  • Warm European places in February: Tenerife (and the rest of the Canaries)
  • Least amount of rain in February: Fuerteventura
  • Where is sunny in February in Europe: All 4 Canary Islands & Limassol, Cyprus

February Average
High °C (°F)
Low °C (°F)
mm (inches)
Sun Hours
Malaga, Spain 17.7 (63.9) 8.2 (46.8) 60 (2.36) 5 6
Limassol, Cyprus 17.8 (64) 8.5 (47.3) 67 (2.63) 7 7
Madeira, Portugal 19. 7 (67.5) 13.4 (56.1) 83 (3.27) 10 6
Alicante, Spain 17.6 (63.7) 7.1 (44.8) 20 (0.79) 3 6
Malta 15.6 (60.1) 9.4 (48.9) 60 (2.37) 7 6
Sicily, Italy 16.4 (61.5) 5.4 (41.7) 53 (2.07) 7 4
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands 21 (69.8) 14.8 (58.6) 16 (0.63) 2 7
Lanzarote, Canary Islands 21.3 (70.3) 14.3 (57.7) 18 (0.72) 3 7
Tenerife, Canary Islands 22 (71.6) 15 (59) 20 (0.78) 2 7
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands 21. 2 (70.2) 15 (59) 24 (0.94) 3 7

It’s true that when most people think of visiting Europe in winter, they think of ski vacations, heavy snow, Christmas markets in Germany, the Swiss Alps and other similar images.

But as you can see, even in Europe you can find some places where you can escape the cold weather and the snow, without having to travel too far. The Canary Islands, although not geographically part of the European continent, is the most accessible hot destination for winter sun in Europe, and if it’s your first time visiting the Canaries, we would recommend choosing one of the 4 larger islands: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura or Lanzarote.

Winter holidays in Europe: 4 destinations


There is very little time left before the winter holidays, and if you plan to spend them in one of the European capitals, you should worry about buying tickets and booking accommodation right now: those who want to go to There are quite a lot of Paris, Berlin or Vienna, especially during the holidays. It is better to visit these cities in early December: prices are lower at this time, there are a little less tourists, and the atmosphere is the most magical. If you still decide to go on a trip before Christmas, be sure to check out the fairs, try the festive dishes of the local cuisine, and in January, when most people return home, go to a ski resort or health SPA centers.


Every holiday in Austria is an event thought out to the smallest detail, thanks to which a special atmosphere is born. Pleasant Christmas chores begin here a month before Christmas: at this time, decorated streets and houses turn the city into a real winter fairy tale. Every year, a town of tiny wooden huts grows up in the center of Vienna, selling Christmas decorations, treats and souvenirs. If you are lucky enough to be here in December, then, in addition to the most picturesque fairs, be sure to visit the town hall: the best European and American choirs traditionally give free concerts here.

Although Vienna is considered the Christmas center of Austria, Salzburg, which the locals call the “musical capital”, is no less interesting: the most magnificent fair here beckons with the smells of hot pastries, roasted almonds, chestnuts, apple strudel and spicy punch. Twinkling garlands, clusters of Christmas decorations and coniferous wreaths have been transforming the city since the beginning of winter, and in any lane you can feel like in a medieval Austrian fairy tale.

One way flights:

Moscow – Vienna, December 23 – from 5865 rubles (stop)
Moscow – Salzburg, December 21 – from 9166 rubles (stop)

Moscow – Vienna, December 28 – from 10002 rubles (one transfer)

Moscow – Salzburg, January 11 – from 3479 rubles (stop)

Moscow – Vienna, January 18 – from 5865 rubles (stop)


Germany is known for its New Year’s fairs: only in Berlin they count every year more than 50, the main of which are located on squares like the Gendarmenmarkt or Alexanderplatz. Here you will find countless stalls with cute souvenirs, pavilions with national cuisine, an ice rink, a New Year tree and a real holiday atmosphere. If you plan to stay in the city for a couple of days, go for a walk along the central avenues, warming up with mulled wine, visit the majestic Reichstag or local museums. After the holidays, it’s best to go skiing, take treatments in SPA centers or go shopping in Munich – at this time it’s time for seasonal sales.

One-way flights:

Moscow – Berlin, December 23 – from 4584 rubles (non-stop)
Moscow – Munich, December 23 – from 7058 rubles (stop)

Moscow – Berlin, December 29 – from 7179 r (without transfers)

Moscow – Munich, January 12 – from 5865 r (without transfers)

Moscow – Berlin, January 18 – from 3379 r (without transfers)


– probably the most, Paris a romantic place to go for Christmas: the festive season here begins at the end of November, and the main events take place on the Champs Elysees, near the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Those who find themselves in the French capital in December should definitely visit the fairs, enjoy local sweets, warm up with tart mulled wine, or visit the skating rink. If you wish, you can spend time in numerous restaurants in Paris or book a cruise on the Seine. If you don’t like noisy crowds of tourists, go to Strasbourg, which the French call the “capital of Christmas” – from the end of November to December, the most famous fair in Europe takes place here: the city squares are filled with small wooden houses selling a wide variety of delicacies, souvenirs, Christmas tree toys and other holiday baubles.

One-way tickets:

Moscow – Paris, December 22 – from 16998 rubles (without transfers)
Moscow – Strasbourg, December 22 – from 7525 rubles (one change)

Moscow – Paris, December 29 – from 10230 r (one transfer)

Moscow – Paris, January 5 – from 7820 r (one change)

Moscow – Paris, January 18 – from 16998 r (without transfers)

Czech Republic

Christmas incarnation in Prague fairy tales come true: at this time, open-air fairs and skating rinks open, the lights of the main Christmas tree are lit, and the pleasant aroma of cinnamon, ginger and roasted chestnuts can be felt on the streets. There are much fewer tourists here in winter than in summer and autumn, so there is a great opportunity to admire medieval sights, get into many museums without queuing, go on excursions or go shopping. A Christmas holiday in the Czech Republic is a great opportunity not only to enjoy the atmosphere of the holiday, but also to improve your health: the end of January is the best time to visit one of the famous Czech spas, such as Karlovy Vary or Jáchymov.

One-way tickets:

Moscow – Prague, December 23 – from 7220 rubles (non-stop)
Moscow – Karlovy Vary, December 23 – from 4970 rubles (stop)

Moscow – Prague, December 29 – December 29 from 10325 rubles (non-stop)

Moscow – Prague, January 6 – from 6188 rubles (stop)

Moscow – Karlovy Vary, January 20 – from 3550 rubles (stop)

Discount 2100 rubles for the first trip with Airbnb

Photo: @alinakolot


Dream winter holidays: where to go on vacation

You can warm up in the cold of winter not only in a thick sweater with a cup of tea, but also on the azure seashore. And if you are not afraid of the cold, then you can spend an unforgettable vacation in Europe or in the mountains, conquering the snow-covered slopes. Do you want a vacation and a sea of ​​vivid impressions? Let’s talk about the most interesting winter holiday destinations.


European holidays

December is the time of Christmas fairy tale and beautiful fairs. Isn’t this a reason to visit cities whose streets are buried in the warm lights of garlands, filled with spicy aromas of mulled wine and pastries, where there is a light atmosphere of fun and celebration.

New Year’s fairs are held in European capitals at the beginning of winter. The largest and most beautiful are in Prague, Munich, Cologne, Paris and Copenhagen. However, here you can have fun not only with shopping and acquaintance with national delicacies. There are a lot of routes and interesting places for excursions to the choice of travelers. Of the minuses, it is worth noting only the prices for accommodation and entertainment: they grow with the onset of the festive period and an increase in the flow of tourists.

Ski holidays

The second obligatory point of winter tourism is ski holidays. In search of inexpensive options, you should look into the Bulgarian Bansko. Skiing lessons, equipment rental and a daily lift pass will cost 30 euros per person. Approximately the same prices apply in the ski resort of Harrachov in the Czech Republic.

For experienced skiers and snowboarders – a direct route to steep slopes designed for extreme sports enthusiasts. For example, in Chamonix in France, where 100 tracks with a total length of more than two hundred kilometers have been built. The infrastructure here is also at the highest level, as is the ski track.

Sea voyage

If you often look at photos of exotic islands while thinking about a long-awaited vacation, we tell you where to relax at sea in winter. The most popular destinations in December are Phuket and Sri Lanka. At the resorts of Thailand, tourists are waiting for a first-class all-inclusive vacation, water activities and, of course, a hot summer. Here you will also find magnificent landscapes, which are only worth the islands of Phi Phi in the province of Krabi!


The second half of January is a great time for sightseeing tours to Europe and for a trip to the sea shores. The flow of tourists at this time is minimal, and accommodation prices are declining after the Christmas boom.

Tours to Europe

A winter trip to Europe makes it easy to combine skiing and sightseeing holidays. To do this, just go to Vienna – the capital of Austria, full of sights and surrounded by mountain slopes (the nearest ski resorts from the city are about an hour away). A couple of days for such an intense tour is unlikely to be enough, so plan your trip for at least a week.

Shopping lovers must visit France. In January, sales are held in Paris, as well as a fashion week that will not leave stylish people indifferent. There are locations in Paris for those with a sweet tooth (and there are a lot of them here!). The most famous are the boutiques of Pierre Herme and the confectionery house Ladurée. But also in any confectionery. which has not yet managed to acquire a big name, will have something to treat and please yourself.

Snow activities

Looking for a winter destination for skiing is better in Eastern Europe. The prices at the resorts here are lower than in the western regions, and the service is not inferior. For example, it is worth taking a closer look at the town of Platak in Slovakia, Pamporovo in Bulgaria or Zakopane in Poland.

An excellent place for a skiing debut is Strbske Pleso in Slovakia. There are trails for beginners, as well as slalom slopes and jumps for extreme sports. A weekly ski pass and equipment rental for an adult will cost 200 euros. Price for accommodation per day – 50 – 70 euros.

Beach and island holidays

In order to plunge into the gentle summer in the middle of winter, it is worth considering popular beach destinations where going on vacation in winter will be cheaper than in the warm season. In January, hot weather stays in Goa: the air around the beaches warms up to + 30 ° C, and the water – up to + 26 ° C. In addition to swimming in the sea, it is worth adding to the list of entertainment a visit to the water park, butterfly exhibitions and an excursion to the reserve of exotic flora and fauna.

The central beaches in Goa are distinguished by gentle slopes, and the infrastructure takes into account the wishes of not only adults, but also young tourists. Therefore, you can safely go here even with small children. While the parents are busy with their own affairs, the kids will be entertained by animators and nannies.

The air temperature in Thailand in January fluctuates around +28°С, and the water in the sea is warmed up to +27°С. Neither adults nor children will be bored here. It offers tourists not only diving, snorkeling and surfing, but also elephant riding, swimming with dolphins. Thai water parks are also known all over the world, where you should definitely go with the whole family.


In cold February, it is important not only to relax, but also to strengthen the immune system after a long winter, so it is better to spend holidays at health resorts.

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The Czech Republic and its Karlovy Vary is an ideal place if you are wondering where to go in winter to relax and improve your health. The resort with 12 mineral springs invites you to therapeutic and spa treatments. And in your free time, it is worth visiting the Peter and Paul Church and the observation tower “Diana”.

Don’t want to go to the Czech Republic? Healing hot springs gush out of the ground in Abano Terme (Italy), from where Venice is only 60 km away. The tourist season does not end all year round in the Austrian Bad Ischl.


When looking for ski tours, pay attention to … Turkish resorts! For example, on Uludag (aka Big Mountain). 10 green marked trails make the town an ideal place to learn snowboarding. There are also more difficult descents, as well as one extreme “black” track. The price of a ski pass for a day starts from 15 euros.

The Palandoken complex also offers a good service, where, in addition to first-class ski tracks and training camps, there are hotels of different levels of comfort, restaurants, spa centers and discos.

Sunbathing on the beach

Your soul needs tropical sea relaxation, and you are looking for where to go to relax in winter? Time to go to the Dominican Republic! Here in February the air temperature reaches +35°С, and the water in the sea warms up to +28°С. You can safely come to this paradise with the whole family, because the service in most hotels is also designed for young guests. Parents can relax sunbathing on a sun lounger while children splash in the water.

Do not forget about the Maldives, where summer reigns all year round, as well as other winter destinations – Sri Lanka, Cuba and Cambodia. Warm memories will leave a vacation in the Canary Islands. Ocean waves caressing the shores of the island of Tenerife – something that you will remember with rapture for a long time!

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And what about those who are not interested in skiing? Our today’s review is dedicated to the resort places of Europe, where you can feel the flavor of the country, satisfy the tourist interest, have fun from the heart and, maybe, make useful purchases.

Winter holidays in Germany and Austria

On the 20th of December, holiday fairs take place in all German and Austrian cities. You can buy anything here – up to unique antiques. And the treats are countless: punch, ginger hearts, hot pastries, traditional strudels. But the main thing is the very atmosphere of the holiday. Each fair is notable for its unique surroundings and takes place in historical places.

Best time

From November 21 to December 23

Best time

First half of January

What to visit?
  • National Reserve (Landscape Park)
  • Observatory and planetarium
  • Ice Lake
  • Local Mountains during walks on the snowmobile ? Of course, to Romanian Transylvania – the residence of Count Dracula. This mountainous area, covered with forests, makes an indelible impression in winter. By the way, wild and gloomy Transylvania, as it is shown in films, is long gone. This is one of the movie myths. Therefore, without any fear, go to real medieval towns – Brasov and Sighisoara. For tourists, there is everything you need here.

    Best time

    Anytime from December to early February.

    What to visit?
    • Bran Castle. According to legend, it was here that Count Dracula lived, although, as historians say, this is just a legend
    • Peles Castle. Built by King Carol I of Romania in 1873. There is something to see here – from a collection of weapons to … a movie in the cinema
    • Sighisoara Fortress. It is located in the town of the same name, founded in the 12th century and retaining its ancient appearance
    • Alba Iulia Fortress. Founded thousands of years ago! And now completely restored

    Winter holidays in Italy

    If you like to spend time actively and “light up” at mass holidays, you will not find a better resort in winter than Venice. In February, the famous costumed carnival takes place here, originating in the Middle Ages – in 1094. This is one of the brightest winter events in Europe, which attracts thousands of tourists, artists, celebrities. Experts recommend booking accommodation in advance, because every year the enchanting Venetian carnival gathers a huge “party”. And don’t forget the suit and mask!

    Best time

    In 2017, the Carnival in Venice will take place from 11 to 28 February.

    What to visit?
    • Gallery (museum) of the Accademia with masterpieces by Titian, Tintoretto, Bellini
    • Palazzo Ducale – the seat of the Venetian government, which has the largest hall in the world, the ceiling of which is not supported by any support
    • Rialto Bridge – the most important symbol of Venice will be opened after reconstruction just in January 2017!
    • Café Florian, operating since 1640, is one of the most famous cafés in the world
    • La Fenice Opera House (address Campo San Fantin, 1965, tickets 15-500 euros) on the dates indicated, Francesco Cilea’s opera Gina.

    Winter holidays in Croatia

    Croatian Rijeka is traditionally referred to as a famous winter holiday resort, where another wonderful carnival takes place in February. Its peculiarity is in the mixture of many styles: Italian, Austrian, Eastern, Slavic. And also that the carnival lasts for more than a month, although the main parade on Korzo Street lasts only 1 day. Although on other days there are many colorful shows and events, for example, a children’s masquerade.

    The best time is

    In 2017, the carnival in Rijeka will take place from 17 January to 1 March. The main parade will take place on February 7th.

    What to visit?
    • Stara Vrata. An architectural ensemble built in ancient times
    • Trsat district. The most famous district of the city with an ancient castle. From the hill you can admire the surroundings
    • Old Town. Historical part of Rijeka with medieval streets
    • Risnjak National Park with amazing forests and alpine meadows
    • Ivan Zajc Croatian National Theatre. On January 30, the premiere of Otello by Giuseppe Verdi will take place here

    Winter holidays in Denmark

    If you like the calm atmosphere of an old European city, then visiting Copenhagen will be the best vacation during the winter holidays. By the way, your children will also be interested in the trip, because it is here that the house of Hans Christian Andersen is located. On Christmas and New Year, the Tivoli amusement park lights up its lights. Its peculiarity is in the architecture and design of the 19th century. Taste local dishes and wines right in the fresh air!

    Best time

    Catholic to Orthodox Christmas

    What to visit?
    • Andersen’s World Museum with a large-scale fairy-tale exhibition
    • Tivoli Amusement Park
    • Restaurant Noma. The most famous Scandinavian restaurant in Europe
    • The National Gallery with works by Hogarth, Rubens, Rembrandt, Turner, Blake
    • Rosenborg Castle, built in 1624 – the former residence of kings with a luxurious garden and an exhibition of jewelry

    Winter holidays in Spain

    Not all people like frosty and snowy winters. Many go to wait out the cold in warm regions of Europe. One of the best places to spend your winter vacation is Spanish Andalusia. This is the southern region of the country, where even in winter the temperature rises to +18C, so you can walk along the sea coast in a light coat.

    Best time

    Anytime from January to March.

    What to visit?
    • Orange Square in Marbella with the XVII Baroque Church, San Juan de Dios Chapel
    • Puerto Banus in Marbella – the largest sports port on the Mediterranean Sea with fashionable restaurants and shops
    • Alcazar fortress in Seville
    • Cordoba – the center of oriental culture of Spain Alcazaba Fortress

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    Winter holidays – from December 26 to January 10. This is an opportunity to take a break from school everyday life and be with loved ones, so that in sixteen days you can start studying with fresh impressions. It is important to get the maximum positive charge from the rest.
    When deciding which route to choose, it is necessary to take into account the age of the child: younger students still dream of meeting Santa Claus, and high school students want to sunbathe under the tropical sun. A good choice for a warm holiday would be Cuba, Thailand, India. The kids will meet the real Santa Claus in Veliky Ustyug, their Santa Claus will be in the capital of Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland.

    If your summer was filled with hard work, you certainly deserve a holiday in winter. By the way, you can successfully combine it with school holidays for children and give up on vacation with the whole family. New Year holidays can be spent on the shores of the Arabian Sea in India, or you can go to the South China Sea. You are waiting for the mainland of Thailand with a unique zoo in Bangkok or the islands with the cleanest beaches – Phuket or Koh Samui. For those who are not afraid of long flights, the marvelous Dominican Republic is suitable, where little travelers can frolic with dolphins and dive in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Also, during the winter holidays, UAE water parks will be waiting for you. For example, in Abu Dhabi, you can spend unforgettable hours in Al Ain, where you can walk through the wildlife park, admire millions of flowers, ride all the attractions of Healy Fun City, jump from the Yas Waterworld waterslides on artificial Yas Island , feel like a Formula – 1 pilot on a real race track and even look into the local aquarium. And you can also see Vietnam and take a sea cruise on Halong Bay. What can we say about winter Europe, which beckons with its narrow streets, unusual houses and cozy cafes. You will definitely remember a vacation in Prague or a tour of Paris.
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    Spring holidays from March 25 to April 3. Finishing the longest third term, our children get tired of winter and study, they need to have a good rest! The sea is warm in the Emirates and in Egypt, but the breeze can be cold, very pleasant weather in Southeast Asia: in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, on the Chinese island. Hai Nian. Good in India to Goa. Great weather in the Caribbean: Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba at your service. A good time for sightseeing Europe, but the weather in central Europe at this time is not stable, it can rain, and it is quite windy. In the southern countries of Europe: Italy, Spain, just the time for excursions there is great weather.

    Summer vacation is always a long-awaited time for our children, a long school year is over, and a magical summer is ahead. But in order to have a good rest after hard work and prepare for the new academic year, our young researchers need a change of scenery. And at the same time, parents will be able to take a break from checking the lessons and everyday work. It’s time to go for a portion of entertainment, warmth and sun. You can buy tours for families with children at the offices of “Geography” or find tours online.

    Club hotels in Turkey, Greece, Tunisia and Cyprus will open their doors in the new season. Where the kids will be waiting not only for aqua and amusement parks, but also mini clubs, an animation team and many fun and entertaining adventures. Most family-friendly hotels offer a special children’s menu and evening shows for younger guests.

    You can also pay attention to Russian resorts. Not all parents are ready to go abroad with their child; they feel more comfortable in their native country. It is in this case that tours to Sochi, Anapa, Gelendzhik and Crimea are the best fit. By the way, Crimea generally has a huge tourist potential for children’s recreation, because since the 50s the best children’s camps and health resorts have been located here. In addition, you can buy sightseeing tours that are focused specifically on schoolchildren: visit St. Petersburg, take a walk along the avenues of Moscow or get acquainted with the history of the Kazan Kremlin.

    Autumn holidays – from 31 October to 8 November. The best time to visit the “hot” countries: the United Arab Emirates and Egypt: warm sea and mild sun are guaranteed. The velvet season is waiting for you in Cyprus. After swimming in the sea, you can continue your history lessons with your student by visiting Dionysus Park in Paphos.

    The choice of tours is quite large, the main thing is that you feel good and comfortable, and the managers of our agencies are ready to take care of this. You can complete application for the selection of a tour for the summer holidays, and experts will be able to offer the best options.

    You can have a great time in Vietnam, where the famous Vinpearl Park is located. And China will delight guests with its colorful atmosphere.
    The largest oceanariums and aquariums are waiting for their guests in the Emirates, and the country is also rich in amusement parks with a variety of attractions.
    In addition, you can go on sightseeing tours around Europe. The castles of the romantic Czech Republic, the squares of Spain and Italy, the palaces of Munich and Cologne in Germany will help children get acquainted with world history and culture.
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    No matter how much time remains before the New Year and Christmas holidays, you need to plan your vacation and book accommodation now. We look where to go for the New Year inexpensively and where you can have a good time.

    St. Petersburg

    Why you should go: New Year is celebrated in St. Petersburg on a grand scale. Such lights, fireworks and laser shows cannot be found in the province. Nevsky Prospekt becomes pedestrian, New Year’s fairs work, and Palace Square flares up so brightly, as if another revolution has begun there.

    How is the weather: during the winter holidays there may be a slight frost down to -10 °C, or it may be around zero. In any case, it is better to warm up to protect yourself from the winds from the Gulf of Finland.

    Things to do: watch daily light shows on Dvortsovaya, relax on Nevsky and marvel at the variety of lights, visit museums that offer discounts for children and walk around other iconic places in St. Petersburg.

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    Why you should go: the country’s main Christmas tree on Red Square, Christmas markets, colorful fireworks, large-scale festivities – in Moscow you can have a great New Year’s Eve with your family. The capital will be happy for both an adult and a small child.

    What’s with the weather: in late December – early January in the capital is quite comfortable: a slight minus during the day, and a little colder at night. Sometimes there are thaws with rain.

    How to have fun: , first of all, go to Red Square and feel yourself in the center of national celebrations, having a ride on the skating rink along the way and shopping at the fair. Folk festivities are also held in other places: Gorky Park, VDNKh, Poklonnaya Gora. Performances are staged for children on Pushkin Square and Tsvetnoy Boulevard. If you get tired of the noise, you can go to one of the many Moscow parks.

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    Why you should go: here you can relax, enjoy the fresh air and relative warmth, and if you wish, go skiing in Krasnaya Polyana.

    Holiday weather: in Sochi it is warm and humid, because the sea is nearby, which does not cool down so quickly, and the mountains, which prevent the winds. During the day on the coast about +5 … +10 °С, in Krasnaya Polyana from +2 °С to -5 °С.

    What to do: The main action takes place in the port, on the area of ​​the South Pier. Fireworks rise into the sky no worse than those at the Olympics. And walking through city parks and streets, you can understand that Christmas trees between palm trees and cypresses are magnificent. If you are celebrating the New Year with children, go to Sochi Park, which is modestly called the local Disneyland.

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    Why you need to go: to see how Russian and Tatar traditions merge into one – New Year’s.

    What’s the weather like: Winters in the Volga region can be uneven, but on New Year’s days there are usually no surprises, and the temperature stays around -5 . .. -10 °С.

    Things to do: Go to the city’s main Christmas tree in the Millennium Park, where you can also go ice skating and buy souvenirs. Near the puppet theater “Eriyat” there is an ice town. Of course, it is worth taking a walk along the Bauman pedestrian street and the Kremlin, which is incredibly beautifully illuminated.

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    Veliky Ustyug

    Why go: look into the residence of the main Father Frost of the country, which was built legally, so no one filmed it from drones.

    What about the weather: Winters here are frosty, it reaches -20 °C, but is this an obstacle for those who want to get into the New Year’s fairy tale?

    Things to do: grandfather’s country residence with a real beard, not a glued one, is located about 30 minutes drive from the city, on Sovetsky Prospekt. The house was built in a beautiful forest, there are attractions here, and excursions around the world of Russian fairy tales are organized for children. Of course, there are entertainment programs and New Year’s performances. In addition to the estate, you can enjoy the city itself, full of merchant mansions and ancient temples.

    Veliky Ustyug is quite popular with tourists, so we advise you to make an early booking for the New Year 2022.

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    Ski resorts

    Why you should go: and meet the holiday, and go in for sports. In addition, the atmosphere in the resorts is calmer than in large cities with their New Year’s fuss. Such places are one of the best for a New Year’s trip.

    Where to go: Sheregesh, Kirovsk, Dombay.

    Which resort to choose: The most comfortable resort is Sheregesh in the Kemerovo region. There are 15 tracks with any level of difficulty. The snow does not stick together, which will especially appeal to freeriders.

    Dombai is located in the Caucasus Mountains, on the territory of Karachay-Cherkessia. The local mountain valley is so beautiful that it brings pleasure not only from skiing, but also from the contemplation of neighboring mountains, forests and gorges. The trails here are varied, suitable for skiers of different levels.

    The base in Kirovsk is located within the city of the same name in the Murmansk region. The slopes are well maintained, the lifts are new. Here you can not only spend time on the slopes, but also go to the city to celebrate the New Year there properly.

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    Why you should go: to be in a festive atmosphere against the backdrop of ancient European-style architecture.

    What is the weather like: quite warm, around zero, it may snow or rain. There is a breeze, so bring warm clothes.

    How to have fun: The main festive events are held on Victory Square: concerts, New Year’s performances, fireworks, fairs. However, this is not even the main thing, because in Kaliningrad there is a scattering of interesting places. No matter how fun you celebrate the New Year, be sure to go to the Cathedral, where the Kant Museum is located. It is also worth going through various gates: Royal, Brandenburg, Sackheim. It is unlikely that you will pass by the Amber Museum, the exhibits of which will give odds to any New Year’s garland.

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    Why you need to go: comfortable weather, inexpensive vacation, a visa for Russians in Belarus is not needed, and on the streets, though fun, but at the same time calm.

    How is the weather: no severe frosts, mostly from -5 to +5 °С.

    Things to do: walk around the central districts and squares, which are literally flooded with festive lights. The building of the National Library is especially beautifully illuminated. The New Year tree is placed on October Square. There you can also go through the luminous balls, buy souvenirs and have a snack with something tasty and warming.

    Where to go for the New Year with children? As an option – Nesvizh and Mir, which surprise with ancient castles. After walking in the fresh air, we advise you to eat hot homemade sausages and, of course, potatoes. You can go to Belovezhskaya Pushcha – the Belarusian Father Frost lives there, who entertains children as much as he can.

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    New Year 2022 at sea

    Why you should go: is a good chance to escape from the winter – to where it’s warm.

    How is the weather: It is unlikely that you will be able to swim on the Russian coast, but it is quite possible to take a walk in warm and comfortable weather.

    Where to relax: the most suitable option is the Crimea, where there are two seas at once – the Black and Azov. You can get to the peninsula in any way: by plane, train, own car.

    In Crimea, it is rarely below 0 °C, and local beauties and excursions do not disappear anywhere even in winter. Throughout the peninsula, the New Year is celebrated on the same scale as in the rest of Russia. For example, on the Yalta embankment they put up a Christmas tree, hold concerts and light fireworks.

    You can go a little further – to Georgia. New Year holidays are also widely celebrated here, it is even warmer outside, and unsurpassed Georgian cuisine is on the table.

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    Why you should go: to feel the amazing atmosphere of peace and feel the energy of extraordinary nature.

    How is the weather?

    Things to do: in Altai you can recharge your batteries for the whole next year. Usually tourists book tours for the New Year, which the locals call Chaga-Bayram, or the White Holiday. You can meet him traditionally (with a Russian steam bath, horse and sleigh rides, playing in the snow and a New Year’s banquet), as well as extreme (for example, going to the mountains).

    Belokurikha ski resort is also located in Altai. Here you can perfectly celebrate the New Year with friends. The total length of the slopes in the resort is about 7 kilometers, and all of them are surrounded by beautiful coniferous trees.

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    Why go: to see the cleanest, deepest and most mysterious lake on the planet.

    How is the weather: quite frosty, can reach -22 °C.

    Things to do: Traveling to Lake Baikal never gets boring: you can communicate with seals in the nerpinaria, take helicopter rides over the lake or go skiing on Mount Sobolinaya. As for folk festivals, they can be visited in Irkutsk and in the village of Listvyanka.

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    Why you need to go: in the capital of Siberia, everything is on the level.

    How is the weather: is quite fresh (up to -20 °C), but there are more sunny days at this time than in other winter months.

    How to have fun: Lenin Square with ice sculptures and slides becomes the center of folk festivals. You can also take a walk along the Mikhailovskaya embankment, where you can slide down the hill right to the bank of the Ob. Of course, the main attractions of Novosibirsk do not disappear on New Year’s holidays: the Opera and Ballet Theatre, the planetarium, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and other iconic places.

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    Why go: feel the unique natural energy among thousands of lakes and waterfalls.

    What about the weather: sunny days are about the same as cloudy days. The average temperature is -5 °С.

    What to do: Karelia is suitable for recreation with a large company: ride snowmobiles and dogs, walk around ice towns and go ice fishing if you have the skills. And in Petrozavodsk, you can take a walk along the shores of Lake Onega, visit unique Karelian museums and dance around the main city Christmas tree on Kirov Square.

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    Nizhny Novgorod

    Why you should go: is a good opportunity to spend the holidays brightly and on a budget.

    Like the weather: ideal conditions for a New Year’s fairy tale: on average -9 °C and quite a lot of snow.

    How to have fun: on holidays the capital of the Volga region looks magical. Minin and Pozharsky Square and Gorky Square are beautifully decorated. Celebrations are also held near the Chkalov Stairs – one of the symbols of the city. From it you can go down to Rozhdestvenskaya Street, which corresponds to the holidays both in name and in essence: a cozy festive town is set up here, treats and souvenirs are sold.

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    Why go: is one of the best cities in the country, plenty of entertainment and opportunities to celebrate the New Year together or in a company. What about the weather?

    What to do: The square of 1905 becomes the center of celebrations, where an ice town is created with figures of not only fairy-tale heroes, but also local celebrities – for example, famous Ural rockers. You can also take a walk along the pedestrian Veiner Street and admire the sights covered with snow: Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sevastyanov’s house and the Vysotsky skyscraper.

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    Where to go on New Year’s Eve in Russia: 10 destinations for winter travel


    Sleighs are prepared from the summer, and a trip for the winter holidays is from November. We have selected for you 10 cool places in Russia where you can go for the New Year.

    Chasing the Northern Lights

    The Northern Lights can be seen from several locations in Russia, but one of the most popular destinations is the Murmansk region. Firstly, it is convenient to get there, and secondly, there are more gentle weather conditions (in some places where you can see the northern lights, the temperature in the winter months can reach -45 ° C). There are several options for where to go for the New Year: Polyarny, Teriberka, Vidyaevo, Pechenga. It is best to clarify this issue with the agencies that plan special tours – they will select a convenient program and suggest the dates when you will surely catch this breathtaking natural phenomenon.

    Kola Peninsula

    If you decide to celebrate the New Year in the Murmansk region, then feel free to book a tour to the Kola Peninsula. There you can not only admire the northern lights, but also go on a snowmobile safari, go on a jeep or sleigh tour, go skiing and just walk through the picturesque places and get acquainted with the local culture.

    Aurora Village Dome Hotel

    Aurora Village is a small and very cozy eco-hotel with igloo-shaped houses, from where you can watch the northern lights without leaving your room! The hotel is located in a secluded area at 49km from Murmansk – representatives immediately warn that the cellular connection there is very weak, so you are provided with a complete digital detox. You definitely won’t be bored: there is a cafe, an amusement park, a Japanese furaco water bath, as well as various winter activities – fishing, snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing.

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    Walks in the Leningrad Region

    Many people like to go to St. Petersburg for the New Year holidays, but don’t forget that the Leningrad Region also has something to see. At least take a look at Peterhof – in winter, without crowds of visitors and strewn with white snow, it looks completely special. And if you have already visited all the main tourist sites, then here are a couple more ideas for your itinerary.

    Maryino Manor

    The history of Maryino Manor dates back to 1811, when the wife of Count Pavel Stroganov Sophia ordered to build “a solemn palace in the village of Andrianovo”. In 2008, the estate passed to the current owner Galina Stepanova, who carried out a large-scale reconstruction of the main building and territory (work is still ongoing). With her help, the estate became the first object of historical heritage in the Leningrad region, restored by a private individual. There you can not only admire the interiors and plunge into the two-hundred-year history of Maryino, but also take a walk in the spacious English garden.

    Tochka Na Karta Hotel

    An ideal place for a winter escape is the Tochka Na Karta hotel designed by Rhizome. Minimalist architecture, pure nature, panoramic windows and a restaurant with local cuisine – it will be good for a young couple, and a family with children, and you can just relax and “reboot” alone. By the way, this year the new “Points on the Map” pavilion won the AD Design Award 2020 in the “Hotels” nomination – another reason to visit it.

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    Shelepin’s Dacha

    Built in 1904, Shelepin’s Dacha is a real architectural example of northern Art Nouveau style. The facade of the building is decorated with carved architraves and elements of Russian wooden architecture, while the interiors are decorated in a classic style and filled with antique furniture and decor. Now the dacha is located on the territory of the Skandinavia country club (next to the dacha of the merchant Likhachev), so anyone can stay in it: the house has eight rooms, most of which overlook the Gulf of Finland.

    Ilya Repin’s Estate Museum

    Ilya Repin acquired the Penaty estate in 1899 and took care of its architecture and design himself. There were really legendary guests there: Gorky, Chukovsky, Mayakovsky, Yesenin, Kuprin and many others. Now the Penates work as a museum: visitors can see the entrance hall, the dining room, the artist’s office and the living room, which served as Repin’s first workshop (two more are located on the second floor of the house). And of course, everyone can take a walk in the manor park.

    Admire the swan lake in Altai

    The ice-free lake Svetloe (Swan) in the Sovetsky district is a wintering place for wild whooper swans and 2000 wild ducks of various species and is not in vain considered an amazing natural monument. The purest water in the lake does not freeze even at temperatures below -35 °C, so even rare species of birds can be found there in winter. You can visit Swan Lake only by appointment.

    Katun River, Altai.

    Go skiing in Krasnaya Polyana

    Rosa Khutor ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana became popular with tourists even before the borders were closed. And it is no coincidence, because the resort is designed in the best traditions of European ski resorts: cozy hotels, cafes and a large number of entertainments for guests of all ages. There are 28 cable cars on the slope, and the peak of the resort is at an altitude of 2509 m above sea level.

    Rixos Krasnaya Polyana

    Rixos Krasnaya Polyana is located high in the Caucasus Mountains in the village of Estosadok, just 100 meters from the ski lift. From the spa to in-house ski and snowboard coaches, everything is there to ensure a comfortable stay for guests. Rixos Royal Spa, by the way, is considered one of the largest in the resort: the complex occupies a separate two-story building. And of course, several restaurants: classic, with Turkish cuisine and Wine House, where the emphasis is on the wine list.

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    Restaurant Vysota 2320

    The restaurant with the speaking name Vysota 2320 rises to 2320 m above sea level. The establishment serves local Black Sea and classic European cuisine, and dishes are most often prepared from local ingredients (something is even harvested right on the slopes). But the main feature of the restaurant is, of course, an incredible view of the Caucasus Range, Mount Aibga and the Black Sea.

    Conquer Kamchatka volcanoes and geysers

    Kamchatka is a place where you can celebrate the New Year in a rather unusual way. The Valley of Geysers is included in the list of seven wonders of Russia and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – it is one of the largest geyser fields in the world, spread over 6 km². In winter, there are fewer people who want to go to the Valley of Geysers, which makes excursions cheaper – at the same time, this miracle of nature looks no less exciting than in the warm season. You can get there by helicopter by ordering a special tour – they just don’t let you into the territory of the facility. Of course, in addition to traveling to the Valley, there are places to go in Kamchatka: take a walk along the Pacific coast, ride a dog sled and learn more about the indigenous peoples of the region.

    Photo: GettyImages.

    Enjoy nature in Dombai

    If people go to Krasnaya Polyana for modern and fashionable service, then they go to the ski resorts of Dombai primarily for beautiful nature and wide slopes. It is important to understand that it is better to go there mainly for ski holidays, since this is still the main winter activity of the resort. If you haven’t skied yet, then the comfortable slopes of Dombay are a great place to start! But for lovers of hiking there will also be something to do: you can take a walk to the gorges of Dombay-Ulgen or Gonachkhir, look into the Teberdinsky Reserve and reach the Devil’s Mill canyon.

    Plunge into a winter fairy tale in Kaliningrad

    Did you miss the winter holidays in Europe, but still plan to celebrate the New Year in Russia? Head to Kaliningrad – its old German architecture looks absolutely magical there in winter! The climate is quite mild, so even in the cold season you can walk for a long time and look at the city, sometimes running for hot chocolate in cozy cafes. Walk through the historical center or go to the region – we have a whole guide with ideas of where to go in Kaliningrad.

    Mercure Hotel

    Ira and Olya Sundukovs were inspired by the fairy tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” (its author, Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, from Kaliningrad) – the artist Igor Skaletsky even depicted heroes from the work on the walls. The atmosphere in the rooms is more relaxed than in the lobby: there, the designers tried to recreate the peaceful atmosphere of the Old Town, and in order not to be bored, they diluted the delicate interior with bright details.

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    Photo: Nikita Kryuchkov

    Restaurant of modern cuisine DA in Kaliningrad

    Svetlana Vlasenko was responsible for the interiors of DA, for whom this project became special: for the first time she acted not only as a designer, but also became a co-founder of the restaurant. The space is bright and modern, but not cold thanks to natural linen tablecloths, deep leather sofas and soft ocher cushions, so that visitors can comfortably spend hours at a leisurely dinner with friends. The menu includes familiar dishes of Russian cuisine: dumplings, Olivier salad, fish soup, but in a modern interpretation.

    Photo: Ivan Sorokin.

    Nordic Spa

    A small spa complex in Yantarny with Scandinavian saunas and wood-fired hot tubs. For these New Year holidays, Nordic Spa offers to rent the whole complex (with a company of up to 15 people) – you can gather with family or friends and arrange a digital detox for at least a couple of hours. Looking from the panoramic windows in the rest room to the Baltic, you can forget that you are in Russia.

    Nordic Spa in the Kaliningrad region.

    To see the impressive natural panoramas of Karelia

    It is better to celebrate the New Year in Karelia in a big company. And then go with the group on a tour of the main attractions, which include the most beautiful places in the region: the marble canyon of Ruskeala, the ethno-cultural monument of northern wooden architecture Kivach, Petrozavodsk and much more. Bonus of traveling with a group: no need to worry about complex logistics while traveling and booking accommodation. Be sure to read our guide before your trip.

    Winter Karelian forest, spruce trees in the snow and the river, gloomy sky. The river in the Karelian reserve among the snowy firs.Natalia Kurtidi

    Winter’s Dacha

    Lake Ladoga full of fish, volcanic rocks and endless coniferous forests – such a harsh northern landscape surrounds those who come to the Karelian Cape Taruniemi in the park -Hotel “Dacha Winter”. The name of the complex was given by the country house of Dr. Gustav Winter, a brilliant surgeon and a landmark figure for these places, who in his spare time was enthusiastically engaged in landscape architecture and loved countryside recreation with outdoor games, picnics and boat trips.

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    Go skating on the clear ice of Baikal

    You will always have time to celebrate the New Year at the table, but skating on Baikal in the evening is a real adventure. Even if you have already been here, a completely different landscape awaits you in winter: nature freezes, the lake turns into glass, so you can comfortably walk and explore it. Don’t forget to visit Olkhon Island and try the main local dishes – smoked omul and golomyanka.

    Couple – man and woman in the red jackets is lying on the transparent ice. Baikal, aerial view. Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia Anton Petrus

    Olkhoniya coffee house and Port-Olkhon restaurant

    The place where the restaurant and coffee house are located used to belong to the Malomorsky fish factory. The enterprise had the only berth for ships on the island, so they decided to name the restaurant Port-Olkhon. It was placed in a new building with a free layout, but the Olkhonia coffee house is located in one of the former administrative buildings of the plant. This building was erected from a powerful larch carriage according to the old method – with moss insulation of the log house.

    Port-Olkhon restaurant. Photo: Evgeny Ryazhev

    Olkhonia coffee house. Photo: Evgeniy Ryazhev

    Go on a gastronomic journey to Kazan

    There is definitely something to see in Kazan – and we showed it all in our guide. But it is also worth trying dozens of national dishes here. For a substantial dinner or lunch, head to the Chirem restaurant, where you will be served echpochmaks (dough triangles) with various fillings, vak-belish (chicken pie), kystybay with potatoes and, of course, an incredible amount of meat that you can’t refuse – kazylyk, horse fat, horse meat steak and kyzdyrma (veal) with spicy spices. The establishment also serves the traditional “groom’s soup” with small dumplings – it is believed that the bride prepares it for the family of the future spouse.

    “Qolsharif Mosque in Kazan Kremlin in winter, Tatarstan, Russia”klug-photo

    If you want to dine in a beautiful setting, we suggest you look into the new Branch restaurant designed by the Artists Collaboration studio, whose designers tried to create a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere in the interior , reminiscent of the atmosphere of noisy summer terraces in Montenegro. For the main course, be sure to order something from the wine list, which has 120 positions.

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Loro parque location: Loro Parque (Puerto de la Cruz)

Опубликовано: December 30, 2019 в 10:12 am


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Loro Parque (Puerto de la Cruz)

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33 contributions

Mind blowing experience


I can’t even put this experience into words! The way the staff care and love the animals is so genuine! The shows that are on throughout the day such as the orcas, dolphins and seals are just incredible, our cheeks hurt from smiling ear to ear! Our day at loro parque has been the main topic of conversation since we have returned and it’s a day that will not be forgotten about ever! The penguins were my favourite and the addition of the penguin shop was perfect to take home a little souvenir! I loved that the money we pay to enter contributes to on going research.

Written September 10, 2022

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Grupo Loro Parque

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts We will continue to work on the protection of wild species inside and outside our facilities.

Written September 12, 2022

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Igor B

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg2 contributions

Contrast to Siam, nicely managed place with pleasant experience


Nice zoo, rare animals, good shows. No big crowd, a huge relief after visiting Siam Park managed by the same company. Siam Park is de facto dead, it is not visitable with so many tickets sold. Happy to see Loro Parque thrives and customers able to enjoy the visit without queuing anywhere for more than an hour.

Written September 9, 2022

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Grupo Loro Parque

Thank you so much for your opinion. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your experience.

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Yorks Anon

York, UK40 contributions

A brilliant day out for all the family

We’ve visited many zoos and this was by far the most enjoyable.

There are plenty of reviews on here of Loro Parque that I can’t agree with. Some say it was over-crowed; it was busy the day we visited but certainly, we never felt it was crowded and there were no challenges in seeing the animals. We did queue for the penguinarium but once inside I realised why as you board a moving “walk-way” and this ensures everyone gets the best view.

There were 8 in our group and we managed to get seated at a table in one of the many food outlets without any issues. The prices were reasonable for a visitor attraction like this in my opinion and the food was excellent. We stopped for drinks at a few different outlets too and never had any issues.

Some people question the value for money and one even said that the park could be done in 3-4 hours. I suppose you could rush around if you like but if you’re visiting a zoo surely you want to spend time observing the animals and reading about them? We entered at the 9:30 am opening and were one of the last groups to leave at the 5:30 pm closing time.

There are four different animal shows; parrots, sea lions, dolphins and orcas. We went to them all. Each one does 4 shows each day that last about 15 minutes each. They mix educational videos on a big screen with displays of the animals. We found them all to be excellent.

It would be remiss to not address the issue of animal performances given there are some reviews from people who either went along with the strong views already locked-in or simply haven’t actually visited Loro Parque. I am aware of criticism of these shows (not only here) and especially with regards to the orcas. I have to base my view on the fact I would like to see these animals in the wild but these facilities also offer homes to animals that are at risk and educate the public.

Written September 7, 2022

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Grupo Loro Parque

Thank you very much for taking the time to write your experience at Loro Parque. We are pleased to know that you lived an incredible day! We will continue to work on the protection of wild species inside and outside our facilities. We hope to see you soon at Loro Parque!

Written September 9, 2022

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Isabella P

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK45 contributions

Fabulous day out


Great place to spend the day. My favourites are the Sea Lion show and the Penguinarium, but there is so much more to see and the park is well organised and impeccably kept. Well worth it.

Written September 6, 2022

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Grupo Loro Parque

Thank you very much! Every message counts and pushes us to keep working to make this planet a better place.

Written September 7, 2022

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Leeds, UK10 contributions

Definitely Worth A Visit


What a fantastic day we had visiting Loro Parque, worth every penny (or Euro). We saw the dolphin and orca shows and they was amazing…. Walking round the park you not only get to see a huge array of animals but you get to learn about them too, and you can tell that every member of staff there really cares about the animals in their care. …..Oh and the penguins are a must to see 😁

All in all this a must for day out.

Written September 5, 2022

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Grupo Loro Parque

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts We will continue to work on the protection of wild species inside and outside our facilities.

Written September 7, 2022

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Stephen M

Nottinghamshire, UK15 contributions

Good but busy


Good for a day out but be prepared to fight through waves of all nationalities to get in any show or even to take photos its gets a little much especially with young kids

Written September 5, 2022

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Grupo Loro Parque

Thank you so much for your opinion. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your experience.

Written September 7, 2022

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Oldbury, UK12 contributions

Cruel place


Cruel place. Animals are not cared for properly and are mistreated. The animals are crammed into tiny cages. It is inhumane. I would encourage everyone to not go here.

Written September 4, 2022

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Grupo Loro Parque

Thank you for your opinion. We want you to know that the areas of the species that live in Loro Parque are designed for their comfort and development of their animal instinct.

Written September 7, 2022

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Dunoon, UK81 contributions



This place is amazing, the shows are amazing and worth going too. Seeing how much the handlers love their animals is a beautiful thing to witness. The only downside is the rip off they charge for beer and food in there as you can go 5 mins down the road for half the price. The free train is good if you are staying nearby.

Written September 4, 2022

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Grupo Loro Parque

Thank you very much for your comment! At Loro Parque we take the welfare of our animals seriously. We are very pleased be part of your unforgettable day

Written September 7, 2022

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19 contributions

Fantastic visit!


Great day out!

Something for everyone here! Whales, dolphins, parrots, penguins, gorillas. All cared for clean and healthy and a key part of this place is animal welfare and protecting many species in the natural environment. Many breeding programs with a priority to release back to the wild. Great work!

Written September 1, 2022

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Grupo Loro Parque

Thank you for taking your time to write your opinion. We are very motivated by your positive experience. If you want to know the latest news in Loro Parque, follow us on our social networks so you can learn more about the projects that we are carrying out with Loro Parque Fundación and that contribute to preserving the planet’s biodiversity.

Written September 7, 2022

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6 contributions

So Sorry for this poor animals 🙁


This place calls itself an animal embassy. .. the truth is, it is nothing but the prison! The cages and tanks are way to small… some animals look quite unhealthy, very sad and depressed 🙁 It is nothing but a money making machine that feeds you lies how amazing research work they do. MORGAN story is all lies, she isn’t deaf, and she isn’t happy there… she is bullied by her tank mates, and she’s been bred illegally. KETO killed his trainer out of frustration, they starve those poor animals to obey their trainers. Do your research people! Do not go there! Do not support animal cruelty! I feel ashamed and guilty visiting this place!

Written September 1, 2022

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Grupo Loro Parque

We are very sorry that your experience did not live up to your expectations. It is important to mention that the killer whales and dolphins that live in Loro Parque receive excellent care and quality food, we care for all the animals that are in the zoo and provide the best care that exists. The shows are part of the routine activities of the orcas, sea lions and dolphins and help them stay in good physical shape and develop natural instincts. The trainers are highly qualified and have specialised in the study of the behaviour of these animals, which allows them to be always aware of everything they need and want.

Written September 7, 2022

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Frequently Asked Questions about Loro Parque

Loro Parque is open:

  • Sun – Sat 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Hotels near Loro Parque:

  • (0.20 mi) Prime Homes Playa Jardín Studio
  • (0.25 mi) Puerto Nest Hostel
  • (0.21 mi) Ferienwohnung ‘Casa Punta Brava’ mit Meerblick, Bergblick, WLAN, Klimaanlage, Te
  • (0. 22 mi) Casa El Adina

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Restaurants near Loro Parque:

  • (0.17 mi) Brunelli’s Steakhouse
  • (0.16 mi) Restaurante Punta Brava
  • (0.14 mi) Restaurante Casa Julian
  • (0.11 mi) Bar Grill Patio del Loro
  • (0.17 mi) Rincon del Mar

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Attractions near Loro Parque:

  • (0.14 mi) Playa Jardin
  • (0.28 mi) Teide Divers
  • (0.37 mi) Ride Base
  • (0.72 mi) Segway Experience
  • (1.11 mi) The Molly Malone

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The Loro Park (Zoo) in Puerto de La Cruz (Tenerife)

One of the most famous and beautiful sights in Tenerife is the Loro Park in the resort of Puerto de la Cruz. This zoo, which was founded in 1972 as a small parrot park, is now part of the most beautiful and best zoos in the world. Loro Parque was not completely unknown to us before our visit, because we already knew it from the german ARD documentary series “Parrots, Palms & Co.” and from the VOX documentary series “People, Animals & Doctors”. All the more we were now pleased to be able to visit the park live.

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The Loro Park in Tenerife

The Loro Park is located in the north of Tenerife and advertises with the slogan ‘El “must” de Canarias’ all over the island with countless posters. And this is not by chance, because the Loro Park is one of the strongest tourist magnets in the Canary Islands. Since its foundation in 1972, the park has had an influx of over 50 million visitors.

Things to know, opening hours & admission

Originally conceived as a paradise for parrots (Spanish: Loro), the history of the park began on an area of 13,000 m² and 25 employees. Today, it has the largest and most diverse reserve for parrot species and subspecies in the world and offers a home to about 4,500 animals in 570 species on an area of 135,000 m². In addition to biodiversity, the Loro Park is also characterized by the quality of its near-natural facilities and respect for the environment. As a result, the park was awarded the Travellers’ Choice Award as the “Best Zoo in the World” in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

In 1994, the Loro Parque Foundation was founded, which is committed to animal and species protection as well as education and research worldwide in order to promote the conservation of endangered parrots and marine mammals as well as their habitats. Since the foundation was founded, 10 species have already been saved from extinction. We find it interesting that a German founded the Loro Park: Wolfgang Kiessling is still the owner of the park and has also opened other attractions in the Canary Islands, such as the Siam Water Park in Tenerife and the large aquarium ‘Poema del Mar’ on Gran Canaria, which is one of the largest aquariums in the world.

Currently, the park has – due to corona – limited opening hours and is initially only open from Thursday to Monday from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. with limited visitor capacity. Adults pay an entrance fee of 38 EUR, children 26 EUR and children under 5 years have free admission. Parking on the premises costs 4 EUR for the whole day.

A map of Loro Park

On the following map you can get an overview of the different areas and animals in Loro Park. An interactive map can be found on the park’s official website.

A map of the Loro Park in Tenerife

The Zoo facility

The total area of Loro Parque is approximately 135,000 m². Everything is very clear and quick to reach, even with strollers. The complex is very well maintained and always offers great views of the local vegetation. Sometimes you feel like you’re in a jungle 🙂 Over 3,000 palm trees were planted on the entire area.

  • The entrance to the Loro Park in Tenerife

  • The Koi Pond

  • Signposts in the park

  • The beautiful vegetation

  • Flowers

  • Huge tree roots

  • The beautiful paths through the park

  • Palm meadow

The Parrots

With the parrots, the Loro Park has become known. They are the namesake of the park and to this day their keeping, breeding and protection is an essential focus of the zoo. A total of 350 parrot species can be found in Loro Park; there are about 800 worldwide. Many of these species are threatened with extinction; some species no longer exist in the wild. It is all the more gratifying that certain species (e.B. spix macaw) have already been bred several times in Loro Park and thus preserved from extinction.

  • Parrots

  • Parrots

  • Parrots

  • Parrots

The Aquarium

Opened in 1992, Loro Parque’s “Acuario” consists of twelve thematic exhibitions with a total of 1.2 million liters of water. Whether piranhas, clownfish, moray eel or sharks: the zoo is home to countless species of aquatic animals and aquatic plants and recreates ecosystems from different parts of the world. For example, you will also find a large-scale coral reef here. The highlight of the aquarium is an underwater tunnel in which some sharks and rays can also be seen.

  • The entrance to the aquarium

  • Piranha

  • The Aquarium in Loro Park

  • Clownfish

  • The Shark Tunnel

  • Seahorse

  • Clownfish

  • The Aquarium in Loro Park

The Penguinarium

The Planet Penguin at Loro Parque is considered the largest penguinarium in the world. Since its inauguration in 1999, about 250 penguins from five different species (king, rock, donkey, rein and Humboldt penguins) have been living on almost 2,500 m² in a lifelike reproduced habitat. Here there is up to 12 tons of real snow per day, a large iceberg and polar climate.

What we really liked: Around the glazed front of the penguinarium runs a treadmill, on which you can simply stand on it and watch the penguins relaxed as you drive by.

  • The Penguinarium

  • The Penguinarium

  • The Penguins

  • The Penguins

  • The Penguins

  • The Penguins

  • The Penguins

  • The Penguins

Other animals in the park

During our tour of the park, we were able to discover many more animals, such as chimpanzees, lions, gorillas, caps, alligators and flamingos.

  • chimpanzee

  • lioness

  • capybara

  • Dwarf horse

  • otter

  • gorilla

  • Clawed monkeys

  • jaguar

  • White Tiger

  • Lion

  • Flamingos

  • Alligators

The Orca Show

The Orca Ocean is the highlight and flagship of Loro Parque. It is considered the most innovative and modern facility for accommodating orcas worldwide and has been specially designed for well-being and built to raise awareness among animals to the public. Six killer whales live here, which have built up a very close connection with each other as well as with their keepers in the many years of living together: Keto, Tekoa, Kohana come from the USA, Adán and Ula were born in Loro Park and Morgan is a wild orca female who was found completely exhausted in the shallow water near the Dutch coast, half-starved and without an associated orca group and later found a new home here in Loro Park.

Unfortunately, there is no way to see the orcas away from the two shows during the day, as their pools are not accessible. The show takes place 1x in the morning and 1x in the afternoon and lasts about 20 to 25 minutes. Up to 3,000 spectators can watch the show, where you can learn a lot about the animals and marvel at the impressive size of the mammals.

  • The Orca Show at Loro Park

  • The Orca Show at Loro Park

  • The OrcaOcean

  • The Orca Show

  • 2 Killer whales

  • The Orca Show

  • The Orca Show

  • The Orca Show at Loro Park

The Dolphin Show

Unfortunately, we could not see the dolphin show due to time constraints; but this should also be a real visitor magnet. Opened in 1987, the dolphinarium is considered one of the most modern facilities in the world. There are currently ten dolphins living in Loro Parque, three of which are already over 39 years old. They all form a large family of bottlenose dolphins.

  • The Dolphin Show

  • The Dolphin Show

  • The Dolphin Show

  • The Dolphin Show

The Sea Lion Show

We watched the show with the sea lions at the very end of our tour of the park and found that this was a very nice end to our day at Loro Parque. Just like the dolphin show, the sea lion show has an edutainment character, i.e. you try to convey Things to know about the animals to the visitor with entertainer elements. The show was really funny and we had the impression that the animals have great fun with the activities – especially if there is fresh fish as a reward 😉

  • The Sea Lions Show

  • The Sea Lions Show

  • The Sea Lions Show

  • The Sea Lions Show

We really enjoyed the day at Loro Parque

We have to admit that it was very crowded in some places. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that the park was completely closed for over 1 year due to the corona pandemic and now, of course, many want to visit the park again. On the other hand, there were also some larger groups of cruise ships in the park at the same time. In the afternoon, however, this had dissolved again and we could stroll relaxed through the zoo.

We recommend taking a whole day for loro park, so that you can watch all the enclosures and the shows in peace and also take a relaxing lunch break in between.

A map with all sights & photo spots on Tenerife

On the following map at Google MyMaps we have marked all important sights, attractions and photo spots on Tenerife.

Eine Karte mit allen Sehenswürdigkeiten & Fotospots auf Teneriffa

Our travel reports from Tenerife

» Santa Cruz de Tenerife – 8 Things to do & Top Photo Spots

» The east coast of Tenerife – Attractions & Photo Spots

» The old town of La Laguna & the Rural de Anaga Park

» The Loro Park (Zoo) in Puerto de La Cruz

» The Los Gigantes Cliffs & Mountain village of Masca

» Puerto de la Cruz – Sights & the best Photo Spots

» North coast of Tenerife – Sights, Photo Spots & Things to do

» The Volcano Teide & Parque Nacional del Teide

Dead at 17: Skyla the Orca Has Died at Loro Parque

Update: March 18, 2021

At only 17 years old, Skyla, the youngest orca at Loro Parque, has died. In 2006, when she was just a 2-year-old, SeaWorld Orlando in Florida kidnapped her from her mother and shipped her to Loro Parque in the Canary Islands. There, she spent her short life in constant confinement. According to Loro Parque, the results of the necropsy showed that the cause of death was intestinal torsion, which caused her to go septic and die. While the cause of intestinal torsion is elusive in a lot of cases, it has been linked to chronic gastrointestinal disease, dietary indiscretion, trauma, and frantic or erratic behavior in cetaceans and an array of other species. While it’s possible for intestinal torsion to develop suddenly and lead rapidly to death, it’s unlikely that her condition wasn’t precipitated by some other malady (like chronic or acute infection), trauma, or abnormal behavior.

Skyla is one of 21 orcas fathered by Tilikum, the subject of Blackfish. He was abducted from his ocean home in Iceland in 1983 when he was only 2 years old, and he died at SeaWorld Orlando in 2017 after being used to produce over half the orcas born at SeaWorld.

Skyla is the latest orca confined to a wholly inadequate tank to die young, but she certainly wasn’t the first and won’t be the last. SeaWorld has seen more than 40 imprisoned orcas die prematurely—and they’ll continue to die young as long as they’re forced to live in small, barren, concrete tanks.

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Loro Parque (Spanish for “parrot park”) is a zoo and marine theme park located on the island of Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands. Loro Parque displays captive birds, dolphins, and sea lions and, in partnership with SeaWorld, keeps orcas in cramped tanks.

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SeaWorld “loaned” the facility four orca calves to launch Loro Parque’s “Orca Ocean” in 2006. Keto and Tekoa came from SeaWorld San Antonio. Kohana and Skyla—who were taken from their mothers at the young ages of 3 and 2, respectively—were from SeaWorld Orlando. These massive ocean-going animals were flown thousands of miles in a wide-body transport plane, and cranes were used to move them from their plane transport pens into the tanks.

SeaWorld was heavily involved in “managing” the orcas, including overseeing their care and training. A SeaWorld senior trainer was reportedly supervising the training session in which Keto killed trainer Alexis Martinez in 2009. After that, SeaWorld tried to distance itself from Loro Parque. In 2018, SeaWorld finally relinquished ownership of the orcas—leaving Loro Parque to breed more orcas into a life of deprivation, contrary to SeaWorld’s corporate policy to end the practice.

We worked with SeaWorld on every aspect of this program.” —Patricia Delponti, Director of Communications and Public Relations at Loro Parque

Since the launch of Orca Ocean, two orcas have been added. Morgan was found stranded and taken from her ocean home to a Dutch dolphinarium on the promise that she would never be publicly displayed and would be released back into the ocean as soon as she was rehabilitated—but that never happened, and she was ultimately transferred to Loro Parque to suffer in confinement. Two calves both inbred, have been born at Loro Parque: Vicky, who died when she was only 10 months old, and Adán.

Two PETA staffers visited Loro Parque and filmed orcas who had fractured teeth and other injuries, listlessly floated in small tanks, and appeared to have mucus running from their eyes. Dr. Heather Rally, a wildlife veterinarian with experience with marine mammals, reviewed the footage.

Here is what Dr. Rally found:

1. Frustrated orcas bite the sides of the tanks.

Orcas are intelligent animals who work cooperatively, have sophisticated social structures, communicate using distinct dialects, and swim up to 100 miles every day. Being denied the opportunity to engage in such natural behavior leaves orcas frustrated. With little else to do, they neurotically mouth and bite the sides and gates of the tanks.

An orca who was confined to one of the smaller back tanks floated on the surface and was seen rubbing his or her head against the concrete.

2. Many orcas have missing or broken teeth.

The orcas’ worn and damaged teeth were visible when they opened their mouths to accept food. Some orcas have teeth that are completely missing or ground down to the gumline. Many of the orcas at Loro Parque had exposed pulp cavities.

Open pulp cavities were identified by Dr. Rally on the left side of this orca’s mouth. Orcas often fracture their teeth when biting on hard surfaces in their tanks. Fractured teeth are prone to infection, and orcas are often forced to endure drilling procedures that are likely painful because of the presence of nerves and living tissue inside the teeth.

Park workers drill into the teeth in order to open a cavity that allows for daily cleaning.

This daily cleaning is done to reduce the risk of serious infection that can cause illness or even death in captive orcas when their teeth inevitably become fractured or severely worn. However, some orcas still suffer from these complications in spite of the procedure.

Skyla was observed begging for food at the stage. She appears to have a missing tooth.

According to Dr. Rally, orcas in nature don’t typically lose their teeth, so Skyla’s tooth was likely pulled because of trauma or an infection. Several of her other teeth are worn down to expose the pulp cavity. Also, note the blue tint on some of the orcas’ teeth. It may be from the tank’s blue paint.

As a result of unnatural behavior such as biting and chewing on the concrete or other hard surfaces in their tanks, the first three or four teeth on both sides of Keto’s mouth are completely or partially worn down.

After performing a trick, Keto again opened his mouth and revealed exposed pulp chambers on four teeth that are completely worn down to the gum line.

A third orca appeared to Dr. Rally to already have significant wear on several teeth.

Tekoa, confined to the smaller medical tank, opened his mouth, exposing a number of pulp cavities.

3. Orcas float listlessly and exhibit atypical behavior.

Wild orcas are inquisitive, energetic, and almost always on the move. Orcas at Loro Parque often float motionless at the surface, repeatedly bob, or beg nearby trainers for food.

Keto was seen floating at a gate and eventually turned onto his side in what Dr. Rally says may have been an effort to keep an eye on the trainers walking over the bridge.

At the conclusion of one of the shows, this orca proceeded to float lethargically on his or her side and bob up and down.

Apparently prompted by lack of stimulation or a search for food, Adán, the youngest orca at Loro Parque, slid in and out of the water.

This odd behavior was seen repeatedly.

4. Trainers lock orcas in the smaller tanks and ignore them.

Orcas are sometimes kept isolated in holding tanks, and trainers pay little attention to them. From the very beginning of Orca Ocean, SeaWorld officials taught Loro Parque orca trainers, including during sessions at SeaWorld’s San Antonio and Orlando parks. SeaWorld’s corporate mindset and how its trainers view and treat the orcas have driven the trainers’ attitudes at Loro Parque.

Orcas have so little to keep their bodies and minds engaged that they beg nearby trainers for food by opening their mouths. The Loro Parque trainers, who learned from SeaWorld trainers how to interact with orcas, generally ignore them.

These two orcas, Kohana and Keto, were filmed while locked in a medical tank, which is also used as a holding tank. They attempted to get food or attention from trainers, but they were completely ignored.

Without sufficient space to swim around, they continued to float listlessly.

An orca believed to be Morgan was observed by Dr. Rally in the back tank splashing and trying to get the attention of a nearby trainer.

Tekoa was locked in the medical tank for the duration of the second show. According to Dr. Rally, he exhibited signs of agitation and a need for mental stimulation as he bobbed up and down, floated aimlessly, and lingered near the gate.

5. Orcas have “rake marks” caused by aggression and attacks from tankmates.

Rake marks appear when dominant animals scrape their teeth against the skin of less aggressive animals. Lower-ranking members of the forced and unnatural grouping are routinely bullied but have no way to escape. These attacks can result in painful and serious injuries, and some have reportedly been so severe that blood seeped from orcas’ wounds.

This orca, who was locked backstage, has a small rake mark on the side of the body.

Morgan, who slid out of the water during a performance, has two sets of rake marks on her left side.

Tekoa slid out and rotated on stage during a performance. Dr. Rally observed extensive rake marks on both sides of his body that ran from his head to his tail fluke. The orca’s dorsal fin also appears to be collapsing, which is the result of having inadequate space to swim and dive.

Later, Tekoa flipped onto his side, exposing rake marks along his body and fin.

6. Some of the orcas have mucus running from their eyes.

The observers and Dr. Rally saw a clear mucus-like substance hanging from Keto’s left eye, possibly because of irritation from the chemically treated water.

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Loro Parque – A birds eye view

Hidden in the Canary Islands, the Loro Park Foundation has created a paradise for parrots, and for parrot lovers.

Its History

In 1972, Wolfgang Kiessling opened Loro Parque, a parrot park of only 1.3 hectares (3.1 acres), in the hamlet of Puerto de la Cruz on the north coast of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands of Spain.
The location of Loro Parque was well chosen in space and in time because, as tourism has thrived on Tenerife during the past three decades, so has Loro Parque been able to expand to an area of 13. 5 ha (33 acres) and develop into not just the world’s premier parrot park, but also a world class zoological park in all its attributes. Furthermore, the combination of sub-tropical latitude (28oN) and ameliorating effect of a cold current in the surrounding Atlantic Ocean, creates near-perfect climatic conditions for maintaining and breeding parrots. When the Spanish first reached the islands, they dubbed them the “fortunate islands”, especially because of the wonderful climate. This feature, together with the first rate installations established by Loro Parque and the Loro Parque Fundación, have created a paradise for parrots, and for parrot lovers.

The Park Today

Tiger Island – Loro Parque

Nowadays, as many as 1.5 million visitors a year come to Loro Parque to see its parrots and other attractions. Passing through the elegant Thai architecture of the entrance, visitors enter a botanical and zoological paradise. Luxuriant vegetation abounds, cocooning the visitor for the several hours of his or her visit and creating multiple microclimates for the benefit of the animals. For those who want to see parrots, there is no chance that they will miss them. Some 800 parrots are exhibited in the park, representing as large a diversity of forms as can be found on exhibition anywhere in the world. In Loro Parque they form the fabric of the park, being spread throughout almost the entire area and capturing the attention of the visitors as only parrots know how in addition to the other animal attractions. The philosophy behind the exhibition of such a variety of parrots has remained constant throughout the life of Loro Parque.It is that people, by being amazed at their myriad colours, their endearing antics and their great variety, cannot only feel that they have had a great day out at the park, but also that they can better know and respect these charismatic birds. Willingness to support conservation efforts follows on from knowledge and respect, and this has been an ever-increasing outcome, which is the central role of the Loro Parque Fundación. But more on that later.

Their main focuses are: Parrot Park, Breeding, Continued Education and Conservation.

The Attractions

Let us get the full flavour of Loro Parque by looking at what other attractions dwell amidst the greenery. The first encounter is likely to be with the park ́s bachelor group of gorillas, five huge silver-backs living remarkably harmoniously. These animals form part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) for the species and, when there is a need for a new male to assume the leadership of a group of females and youngsters in another participating zoo, Loro Parque is on stand-by to supply the lucky male. Not far away is a close relative, the chimpanzee family, originally formed from some animals which were confiscated by the relevant government authorities in Tenerife after having been used for beach photography with tourists. With the correct care at Loro Parque, these animals are completely integrated into a well-balanced group, where breeding has taken place. The tigers are another attraction where Loro Parque showed its social responsibility by accepting into its superior care animals which had been confiscated from lamentable conditions. The other species of large cat to be found in the park is the jaguar, with both normal pelage and in the black phase.


One of the newest complexes is the penguinarium, the largest to be found anywhere and a hi-tech climate-controlled exhibition which duplicates to a high degree the natural environment of these birds. In the polar exhibit co-exist three species, the King, Gentoo and Rock-hopper Penguins which the visitors can see on their snow-covered rocks, or under the water swimming at amazing speed. Just opposite is a group of Atlantic Puffins, northern counterparts of the penguins, and in the most recent section is a colony of threatened Humboldt Penguins, another EEP species, which enjoy the higher temperatures associated with their native coastline of the Atacama Desert.

One of the newest complexes is the penguinarium, the largest hi-tech climate-controlled exhibition to be found anywhere!


Shark Tunnel – Loro Parque

Another “must-see” is the aquarium, with its shark tunnel and a stunning variety of salt and freshwater exhibits from the tropics to temperate zones. Other aquatic exhibits of note are those of the American Alligators and of the thousands of Koi Carp in a lily-covered lake by the park entrance, which they share with the equally showy Lesser Flamingos. The larger Chilean Flamingos, Crowned and Demoiselle Cranes adorn grassy spaces in other parts of the park, and the visitor will come across oddities such as Rhinoceros Iguanas from the Cayman Islands and Giant Galapagos Tortoises.

However, in the popularity stakes, what surely must be mentioned are the shows, with Bottlenose Dolphins, Californian Sea lions and parrots. The dolphins and the sea-lions each have their own open-air stadium, where shows are presented several times a day. The visitors flock to these presentations to see the spectacular demonstrations of the natural skills and intelligence, which these animals possess. Each stadium has its behind-the-scenes management pools, and the animals never need to do a show if they don’t want to. On the contrary, sometimes it is difficult to stop them from wanting to join in! As its name implies, the Loro Show is where the parrots perform and demonstrate that they are the “primates of the bird world”! As with the dolphins and sea lions, this carefully selected group of parrots has its own team of dedicated trainers who develop a unique bond with the animals.  The Loro Show takes place inside a very large building of Moorish style, dubbed the “Parrot Palace”, where the flying macaws wow the visitors with their colours and grace. The other place which wows the visitors is the Baby Station, where people can watch experienced handlers hand feeding parrots of all ages from day one. The prevailing philosophy is to leave the parent parrots to rear their own young but, in such a large collection, inevitably things will sometimes go wrong and we have to intervene to hand raise the young birds. This we do with a lot of TLC, and people love to see how we do it.


The parrots of the Loro Show and all other parrots on exhibition in the park are owned by the Loro Parque Fundación (LPF). When this was created in 1994, Loro Parque donated its entire parrot collection to the LPF, which now loans back a proportion for public exhibition. At the same time, Loro Parque donated a 3 ha (7.2 acres) former banana plantation, at 200 m (660 feet) elevation and a few kilometres south of Loro Parque, for the creation of the LPF breeding centre, and also paid for the entire construction of what is now one of the world’s parrot wonders. This centre is not open to the general public, but can be visited by members of the LPF.

The parrot collection of the LPF currently stands at about 3,500 birds of 349 species and subspecies, and the breeding centre contains more than 1,000 aviaries which are equally divided between two units which are different in character.

One is covered with a translucent light blue mesh, creating conditions more suitable for parrots from more open natural habitats, and the other is covered with dense black mesh for the species normally found in closed forests. Each mesh also has an important function to exclude wild birds, which might transport diseases. Furthermore, any parrot, which might escape from its aviary, is contained within the mesh and can be re-captured. Over the past years, the vegetation in the breeding centre has matured and now creates almost a sense of natural habitat surrounding the aviaries. Many of the trees and other plants in the centre bear edible fruits, such as papayas, oranges and guavas, which can be included in the diets of the parrots.

The Research Facilities


The breeding centre forms a very important part of the overall activities of the LPF, which was created with the following mission:

“to conserve parrots and their habitats, through education, applied research, responsible breeding programs, and community based conservation activities that use parrots as ambassadors for nature”.

The responsible breeding programmes contribute to conservation in several ways. Firstly, because the LPF usually maintains several pairs of each taxonomic form, the parrot collection is a substantial genetic reserve or “bank” for the future. Secondly, the collection contains some species of highly threatened status in the wild, and these species are maintained and bred in cooperative programmes to maintain viable “safety-net” populations, which might be suitable for future reintroduction. These programmes can be directly with governments, as is the case with Brazil and the guacamaya spixii-pareja Spix’s Macaw Cyanopsitta spixii, a species now extinct in the wild and only possible to recover by captive breeding and release. A difficult species to breed, this year the LPF has successfully reared a youngster. The programmes can also be with the regional zoo community, in our case with the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, and the LPF participates in 29 European Endangered Species Programmes (EEPs), and European and International Studbooks. The LPF is the international studbook keeper and EEP coordinator for the Blue-Throated macaw Ara glaucogularis, a species with possibly no more than 50 wild birds left in its native Bolivia, and EEP coordinator for the Red-Browed Amazon Amazona rhodocorytha. It is also the studbook keeper for the Red and Blue Lory Eos histrio, the Mount Apo Lorikeet Trichoglossus johnstoniae and the Red- spectacled Amazon A. pretrei.

Thirdly, the LPF sells the young bred each year of commoner species, as many as 1,300 in 2003, with two conservation outcomes. The first is that the LPF supplies captive bred birds to the market, thus under-cutting and diminishing the trade in wild-caught parrots. The other is that it dedicates 100% of the income to its conservation projects, which are spread around the globe. In fact, because all of the LPF administration costs are covered by its principal supporter, Loro Parque, any other income from any source can be directed in its entirety to the conservation and welfare projects. Unsurprisingly, donors appreciate this fact, as well as knowing that the LPF is a registered non-profit organisation. Referring again to the LPF mission, the parrot collection forms an unrivalled research resource, and there is an ongoing programme of investigation in various fields, in collaboration with universities from many countries, and giving the opportunity for students to gain parrot research and management experience. To mention just some subjects, there is strong emphasis on diets and nutrition research, the objective being to constantly improve the nutritional plane, welfare and breeding of parrots not just in the LPF collection, but for all captive parrots. There are studies investigating the causes of feather-plucking and examining growth rates in parent-reared and hand-reared young. Disease and health investigations include Proventricular Dilatation Disease, Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease and Polyoma virus.


The other use of the collection is for education, and the LPF runs the entire Loro Parque education service, creating all the materials and organising the school groups which visit the park in their many thousands each year. Furthermore, to raise awareness and disseminate information, the LPF runs specialist parrot workshops (in various languages), and every four years organizes and hosts in Tenerife the International Parrot Convention, the next one of which will be 27th to 30th September 2006.


This account cannot be complete without mentioning what the LPF does for the conservation of parrots in the wild. Since its inception, the LPF has had a portfolio of projects to conserve threatened species of parrots and their wild habitats, through working with governments, NGOs and local communities, to implement protection and restoration measures, research programmes, and awareness and education initiatives.

To date the LPF has, with almost 3 million Euros, financed and implemented 37 projects covering 17 parrot-rich countries and benefiting 58 parrot species. Currently it has 15 active field projects, which it finances with an average of 400,000 Euros per year.

Spix’s Macaw Cyanopsitta spixii, a species now extinct in the wild

Perhaps the best-known, but still most challenging of these is for the recovery of the Spix’s Macaw. Although recovery now must entirely be from captive birds, during the 10 years until it finally disappeared in December 2000, the LPF supported fieldwork on the last wild male and his mate, a female Illiger’s Macaw Propyrrhura maracana. This produced a great deal of biological information which can be applied to the controlled release of captive birds in the future. Also during the same decade, the field team undertook habitat protection and restoration measures, and worked closely with the local community to develop a strong sense of pride in this little blue macaw, such that future efforts can build on this investment already made.

Blue-throated macaw – Ara glaucogularis

The plight of the Blue-throated Macaw has already been mentioned and, since 1993, the LPF has been collaborating with the Bolivian NGO Armonía to bring about its natural recovery. This species is confined to the seasonally inundated grasslands of Beni, north-east Bolivia, where it requires tree and palm-covered islands for nesting and food. This habitat is on private cattle-ranches, and Armonía is working with landowners to persuade them to adopt land management practices less damaging to macaw habitat.

Armonía also mounts education campaigns, and in other ways, it is trying to tackle the continuing hard-to-detect poaching of chicks from nests. In 2003, LPF and Armonia produced the official Species Recovery Plan for the Blue-throated Macaw. Another South American project, this time in Columbia, is for the critically endangered Yellow-eared parrot Ognorhynchus icterotis, which, might be taken off the critical list of the project, continues to enjoy such high success. The Yellow-eared Parrot has a special relationship to the wax palm Ceroxylon for feeding and nesting, and dramatically declined due to the loss of this habitat.

Armonia is working with land-owners to persuade them to adopt land management practices less damaging to the macaw.

However, the field activities by Fundación ProAves, LPF’s collaborator in Colombia, have raised the population from 81 in 1999 to more than 600 now. On the other side of the world there are other LPF projects to mention. One is for the conservation of the Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary, working together with the Thai Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, and with oversight from the Thai Royal Palace. This is a more general bio-diversity and community awareness project, which intends to minimize the impact on the sanctuary of the people who live in the many villages, which surround its border. To be sure, there are interesting parrots to conserve in the sanctuary, such as Finsch’s Parakeet Psittacula finschii, not to mention tigers, elephants and other large beasts.

Another Asian project with LPF involvement is the Philippine Cockatoo Conservation Program, which is attempting to recover the wild population of Cacatua haematuropygia from an all time low due to deforestation and illegal trade. Centred on Palawan, the remaining stronghold for this species, the project has been successful in enlisting local people to guard the known nests in various localities, and as a result the population seems to be edging-up locally.

Loro Parque and the Loro Parque Fundación will continue with their quest to conserve parrots in the wild, provide the best possible welfare in captivity, and to make a visit to a parrot park in Puerto de la Cruz the most memorable experience ever. Please join us!

By: David Waugh
Director, Loro Parque Fundación
Photography supplied by Loro Parque Fondación.

To Contact Loro Parque

Loro Parque Fundacion
Loro Parque

Loro Parque S.A
38400, Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, España,
Phone(+34) 922. 373.841
Fax (+34) 922.375.021
email: [email protected]

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September 9, 2022



Der Loro Parque lohnt sich wirklich total als Tagesausflug, ich kann definitiv alle Shows empfehlen, die dort geboten werden. Der Park zeigt in verschiedenen Trailern immer wieder, wie sehr er sich für den Artenschutz einsetzt. Außerdem hat man die Möglichkeit vor Ort ein kleines Forschungszentrum z…

September 7, 2022



We have just come back from staying here for 7 nights & enjoyed our family holiday. We was greeted with a warm & friendly reception on arrival with a fast and easy check in. The hotel is clean and the maids do an amazing job. We weren’t a fan of the food as there was so much meat with limited veggie…

August 30, 2022



Der Zoo ist sehr schön gestaltet und ein Besuch lohnt sich auf jeden Fall. Besonders gut gefallen haben uns die Seelöwen Show und die Delfin Show. Auch die Papageien Show war schön. Die Orca Show haben wir als recht langweilig empfunden, was wohl auch daran liegt, dass die Trainer dort nicht mit ins. ..

September 2, 2022



Die Shows sind superschön und der Park ist toll angelegt. Als wir da waren hat es leicht geregnet und der Boden war nass und extrem rutschig (selbst mit Turnschuhen). An einer Stelle mit leichtem Gefälle bin ich ausgerutscht und hingefallen und habe mich verletzt.

September 11, 2022



Ich kann den Loro Park auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen. Wir waren vor ein paar Jahren schon einmal da. Es ist immer wieder ein tolles Erlebnis. Sehr gepflegte Anlage. Freundliches Personal. Die Tiere so hautnah erleben zu dürfen ist einfach toll.

August 24, 2022



In het park zijn dieren te zien die je niet in Nederland hebt, maar het park neemt zijn educatie plicht ook erg serieus wat ik waardeer. Wat minder was, is de drukte. Dus buiten het vakantie seizoen om zou het echt perfect zijn

August 30, 2022



Der Park ist super, am Anfang wirkt es sehr voll, da alle Touristen zeitgleich anreisen. Es entspannt sich aber sehr schnell. Die Shows sind super und man bekommt problemlos einen Sitzplatz. Alles in allem, ein toller Ausflug.

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August 25, 2022



Espectaculos con animales en directo geniales. Un poco agobiante llegar a tiempo a todos los pases, a veces no hay sitio y se debe esperar al siguiente. En general muy buen parque.

August 23, 2022



Die Tickets kosten genauso viel wie beim Loro Parque direkt. Mit den Tickets hat alles einwandfrei funktioniert. Der Loro Parque ist auf jedenfall einen Ausflug wert!

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Fantastic service with tui from start of our holiday, experiences aswell as journey home. Pick up times on point on arrival and departure.

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Siam Park has the best water slides we have ever ridden and Loro Parque was enjoyable learning about the conservation work they do

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Loro Parque was an amazing experience, free bus from McDonald’s in puerto de la Cruz and return, would highly recommend

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Amazing wildlife park. We managed to watch all the shows and they were incredible

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Loro Parque, located just outside Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife, is one of the most outstanding attractions in the Canary Islands where you can discover amazing animal habitats. The park was initially created as a parrot paradise and over the years has become one of the Canary Islands’ top attractions, with over 40 million visitors to date.

Loro Parque is one of the most respected zoos in the world and is renowned for its exceptional beauty, excellent facilities and its focus on nature and the environment. It is the first park of its kind in the world and has been awarded the Animal Embassy environmental certificate.

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Loro Parque Av. Loro Parque, s/n, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain Tenerife

Loro Park (Loro Parque) – What To Know BEFORE You Go

The Basics

It’s hard to visit Tenerife without seeing the Loro Park flag fluttering around the island. Choose from among a few ticket options, including a basic admission ticket, a Premium ticket with included Discovery Tour and reserved show seats, or a dual-admission ticket to Loro Park and the nearby Siam Park water park. For a hassle-free day, book a ticket with roundtrip transfer from your Tenerife hotel. Those pressed for time can opt for a full-day tour of the island that includes both Loro Park and Teide National Park.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Loro Park is a must-visit for families traveling with kids.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as not all areas are shaded.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to do a fair amount of walking.

  • Free WiFi is available throughout the park.

  • Most attractions at Loro Park are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers; both are available for rent.

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How to Get There

Loro Park is in Tenerife’s north and is well signposted as you head north in the direction of Puerto de la Cruz. Alternatively, the Loro Parque Express train picks up travelers free of charge from the Plaza Reyes Católicos in Puerto de la Cruz.

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When to Get There

Loro Park is open daily, with several shows and animal behavior demonstrations staged throughout the day. The park tends to get crowded in August, when many Europeans are on vacation.

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Loro Park isn’t just home to live animals; it also has a quirky museum dedicated to three centuries of porcelain parrot figurines. Visit the museum to see these parrot statues before heading into the park, where 4,000 live parrots currently reside, representing 350 species and subspecies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.


What are the nearest attractions to Loro Park (Loro Parque)?


Attractions near Loro Park (Loro Parque):

  • La Orotava Valley
  • Artlandya
  • Monje Winery (Bodegas Monje)


What else should I know about attractions in Tenerife?


As well as visiting the Loro Park (Loro Parque), check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit:

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  • Artlandya
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  • Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide)
  • Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden (Pirámides de Güímar)
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  • La Caldera
  • Los Roques de García
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  • Museum of Science and the Cosmos (Museo de las Ciencias y el Cosmos)
  • Santiago del Teide
  • Masca Valley
  • Vilaflor

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Loro Parque, Tenerife – photos, performances, opening hours, location, prices

The most hospitable island of the Canary archipelago is also the most extensive. Tenerife is called the island of eternal spring, for its climatic features and the luxury of tropical nature. Loro Park occupies a special place among the attractions. You can spend a whole day in it without noticing the passage of time.

The island is known as a major Spanish resort. Despite its small size, the number of vacationers on it is large, and the southern regions are more suitable for noisy parties and numerous entertainments, while the northern ones are more suitable for contemplative relaxation and enjoyment of silence. But everyone wants to visit the zoo in Tenerife, known as Loro Parque. 9Ol000 Structure and representations in Loro Parque

If we look at the location of Loro Parque on the map of Tenerife, we can see that it occupies an impressive area of ​​135.000 m² in the north of the island, shaped like a slightly deformed square, where the protruding part is a pool for killer whales.

The park began with a parrot given to the boy Wolfgang Kiesling for his birthday. He grew up and became a successful businessman. German pragmatism in him successfully coexisted with a whole fountain of unusual ideas. Arriving in Tenerife, he appreciated the wonderful climate and the favorable location of the island, took into account the high attendance by tourists and drew attention to the abundance of birds, among which the vast majority were bright and energetic parrots.

Realizing that an ordinary zoo will quickly lose popularity, he decided to create a whole town where entertaining shows will be held, souvenirs will be sold, catering points will operate and numerous inhabitants from penguins to monkeys will live.

Parrot Park was opened in 1972, it was constantly expanded, rebuilt and improved, turning into a complex, where are located:

  • penguinarium;
  • shark and jellyfish aquariums;
  • zoological garden;
  • killer whale pool;
  • orchid garden;
  • gorilla enclosures;
  • playground;
  • cinema;
  • porcelain parrot museum.

Bearing in mind that interest is supported by a constant change of impressions, the owner took care of organizing spectacular shows. Their peculiarity lies in the fact that each takes place several times a day. In total, there are 4 sites where various animals perform. The show schedule of Loro Parque is designed in such a way that you can visit each of them, taking time between performances for leisurely walks or lunch.

Dolphin and fur seal performances are quite traditional and performed at the highest level. It is interesting to see them, but only once.

Total per day in the park:

  • 5 shows with sea lions;
  • 4 – with dolphins;
  • 6 traditional performances with parrots;
  • 3 – with killer whales.

To visit all the performances, you need to think over the route in advance and check the schedule of performances. It can be found at the general stand or in free booklets at the entrance to Loro Parque. Each show lasts about 20 minutes.

Killer whale shows

They have been held since 2006, when the first killer whales appeared in specially built pools, and a powerful tail between a penguin and a parrot was added to the emblem. While the rest of the shows follow a well-ordered routine and are a bit boring with predictability, the pool with predatory marine life is always lively.

The artists are quite wayward, so they dictate how the performance will go, and the pool staff can only adapt to the difficult character of local stars. There are several shows throughout the day, each one unique and worth watching. Many visitors come back here again, especially since you do not need to pay separately for viewing, this is included in the price of the entrance ticket.

Paradise Refrigerator

Tenerife’s climate is uncomfortable for penguins, but they don’t know it. Penguinarium is considered the best in Europe and one of the largest in the world. For the comfort of the inhabitants, snow cannons are installed, the optimum temperature is maintained and truly royal food is organized.

Inhabitants of the zoo

A unique spectacle opens at the enclosure with gorillas. 7 huge powerful males peacefully spend time in a cozy territory, completely unwilling to find out who is the boss in the house. They are just lazy. There is enough space, plenty of food, so all that remains is to meditate, lazily examining the visitors fussing on the other side of the enclosure.

In addition to gorillas, marmosets, jaguars, tigers, red pandas, sloths, anteaters, meerkats live in the park. Flamingos, cranes and herons, turtles feel at ease. In separately fenced enclosures, you can watch crocodiles. They are also always full and very lazy.

The exception is Japanese carp in the artificial pond at the entrance to Loro Park. It is worth throwing a piece of bread into the water, as a real battle unfolds there. The fish are fed very well, but natural greed wins.

The emblem of the park is the parrot, there are more than 4,000 of them, belonging to 350 species. About 700 individuals are shown to visitors. The performance with them is quite traditional, allowing the older generation to remember their childhood, where a bright bird also pulled out a ticket with fate and obediently swung on a small swing.

Loro Parque ticket prices

Variety of experiences, comfortable layout, colorful shows and snacks allow you to spend the whole day in the park. A ticket is required to enter the territory. The price for an adult is 38 euros, for children it costs 26. Tenerife has another famous entertainment center called Siam Park. It is also made in oriental style and is very interesting to visit.

There is a single ticket for both parks, called the Twin Ticket, which offers a small cost savings.

Address and opening hours of Loro Parque

Official address: Avenida Loro Parque s/n. Knowing where Loro Park is located in Tenerife, getting to it is very easy, especially since the island is relatively small. You can join a tour group or take a taxi on your own.

Work starts at 8.30, entrance to the territory stops at 16.00, the last visitors leave at 18.30. Then the feeding of the inhabitants begins, cleaning the enclosures and other daily activities, where the extraneous presence only distracts.

Location on the map (interactive)

Reviews of visiting Loro Park

Alina, 29 years old:

My son and I spent the whole day in the park, we realized it only in the evening, it is so interesting and convenient there. There is a playground, small cafes, the menu leaves much to be desired, but it is quite suitable for a snack. I really liked the show of killer whales and fur seals, we noticed the stickers on the seats in time and climbed higher, otherwise we would have left soaking wet.

Maksim, 42 years old:

A solid, well-organized park. Respect to the creator, thought through almost all the details. It was interesting to watch the parrots, they are really very cunning in their own way, they instantly smell the benefits, they have their own character. I spent my time with pleasure, I think that the price of the ticket is quite consistent with the impressions received.

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It is located on a hilly area, on an area of ​​13.5 hectares and almost every corner of the earth is occupied by its needs. The whole area is a large garden of numerous species of tropical and subtropical plants, creating the image of a wild jungle. In order to visit all the exhibitions, shows, entertainment, you need to set aside enough time to explore the theme park area, which is not visible through, at least about 5 hours is worth taking into account.

When you come to the park, do not forget to take a booklet (map) that shows in detail the sights, enclosures with pets, the location of the show and their schedule. Your best bet is to map out an itinerary through the booklet, going from start to finish, paying attention to the start time of each show, and when it ends, jump straight to the next. The peak of visits is at 12, 13 and 14 o’clock in the afternoon, so if you want to have good seats for performances, then you should come early.


The founder of Loro Park is German-born Wolfgang Kiessling, together with his father. Previously working as a manager in an airline, Wolfgang visited the island of Tenerife with his wife and could not help but fall in love with the nature of these places, deciding for himself to stay permanently. After exploring the island and going to the beach, the question arose that I needed to do something. At that time, many solutions for starting a business were considered and it was decided to create a small and modest park of parrots, due to the small availability of funds and investments.

Wolfgang was looking for land to host a bird park in Tenerife, but at the time it was necessary to have a Spanish partner to make it official, which didn’t suit them. Then the notary offered them to buy a house and turn it into a hotel, and already in the hotel you can have some additional options, such as a park or a tennis court. A five-star hotel was created with only five rooms.

In 1972 the first show with birds is created, at that time it was the first show with parrots in Europe. Exceptional guests, politicians, film actors came to the hotel. A lot of money and efforts were spent on the hotel, without giving practically any profit, although the park brought more and more money each time, including even having to invest in the hotel from his earnings. At 19In 79, it was decided to close the hotel, as the laws had changed. Now the Kissling family lives in this house, located on the territory of Loro Park.

In 1995, the Kisslings saw fit to reinvest in the hospitality business by purchasing the award winning hotel “Botanico y Oriental Spa Garden”.

Soon, additional investments are made for the penguin pavilion, followed by one of the most expensive investments, the Orka Ocean complex for killer whales. By constantly investing and improving the business, Wolfgang improves the entertainment experience for travelers and locals arriving in Tenerife, making the island richer and more interesting, especially impressing our future generation, children. In 2008, one of the best water parks in Europe opens in the south, initially laying the Thai theme in its design, calling Siam a park, and this is the merit of the Kissling family.


Entertainment show

Killer whale show

The killer whale is the largest species of the dolphin family, an order of cetaceans with teeth, is a marine mammal. Sometimes they are called killer whales at a time when they can be hungry, they attack mostly in packs on whales, sharks, dolphins or penguins. If there is enough food, then they may well coexist with other species of cetaceans.

“Orca Ocean” is a water stadium specially built for killer whales and their welfare. Opened in February 2006, housing 4 new sea pets that arrived from the US and were born there in the pool. They were named Keto, Tekoa, Kohana and Skyla. The stadium is the most modern and innovative in the world, with large viewing windows in depth, cameras are installed that display the image on a large television screen.

In April 2006, the stadium had to be closed for repairs due to its destruction by killer whales, and after 3 months, it starts its work again on June 3. After the restoration work, additional security measures and improvements were made.

Orca Okean currently has six killer whales, four were joined by Adan (born in Loro Parque) and Morgan (rescued off the coast of the Netherlands and brought to Tenerife for survival). Now all living animals have developed a close bond between themselves and between their trainers. Proof of this are the amazing shows with the largest mammals.

The attraction of the show is that killer whales perform various tricks, implicitly obeying the command of tamers, they do many things that they would not be able to do in their normal habitat. After the start of the show, you are initially shown several joke numbers. Be aware that in the lower rows you can be splashed with a large amount of water from the water stadium, for this purpose you need to purchase a raincoat for 3 euros. Many do this in order to experience emotions and joy, but it may be different, having bought and put on a raincoat, but there will be no desired splashes, here for good luck. Who wants to avoid being raw, then rise to the top ranks.

Killer Whale KetoSkyla Killer Whale Adan Killer Whale Kohan Killer Whale MorganMorgan (Russian)

Dolphin Show

Dolphins are mammals from the cetacean order, the dolphin family. The bottlenose dolphin or big dolphin – this species has been living in the water stadium of Loro Park since 1987 and entertaining travelers visiting them. Since then, several offspring have been bred in captivity and trained for performance. Bottlenose dolphins are considered one of the smart and attractive marine animals, which are always a pleasure to admire for children and adults, they bring joy, smiles and good mood.

Of course, for those people who have been in dolphinariums before, you will not see anything new, all the same somersaults, jumping out of the water into a suspended hoop and small entertainment programs, but still, you should be given a good mood and pleasant emotions.

Swimming with dolphins is not allowed, including touching. Some lucky little ones (children) from the audience are lucky enough to ride a boat during the show, which is pulled by sea pets, then they offer to stroke or even kiss him goodbye for the trick with the dolphin.

Dolphin show

Sea lion show

Sea lions (a family of eared seals) have their own water stadium, showing high-level shows with elements of comedy and animation. These interesting marine mammals have a great sense of humor and will keep you entertained throughout the show. Loro Park has extensive experience in keeping and raising baleen sea lions. Since their settlement, more than 30 juveniles have been born here.

Show sea lions

Show of parrots

They built their own hall for parrots for their performances. You sit in your seats and watch how parrots can ride bicycles, can distinguish the shapes of the Canary Islands in pictures, count numbers, fly over the audience, etc. Not only large birds, but also small ones take part in the show. Comic shows with smart elements will certainly not leave you indifferent to these birds.

Parrot show

Naturavision show

3D cinema – located under the dome of mirrors, which will immerse you in the world of nature and try to convey to you through a documentary – the magic of the living environment around us. Since May 2016, the animated film “Rio” has been shown in 3D as a high-resolution projector.


Coral reefs were exhibited for the first time on such a large scale in the Aquarium of Loro Park. Reefs are the marine ecosystem most endangered. Today, in twelve large aquariums, there are more than a hundred species of aquatic life collected from all over the world, some of them: catfish, colorful freshwater rays, Pacu (Amazon fish), brilliant piranhas, clown fish, jellyfish and majestic tunnels with various species of marine animals and sharks. Everything you see in one place creates a symphony of colors that dazzles visitors of all ages and is not to be missed.

Exhibition – Living Water

AquaViva is a real underwater performance of hundreds of magical jellyfish shimmering in different colors, including up to the emission of fluorescence colors. With an uncanny appearance, these curious jellyfish with amazing and elegant shapes have practically become the protagonists in the new exhibition “Water of Life”, designed not so long ago especially for you. Before your eyes, they reveal to you all the details of their unusual life, which is shrouded in mystery at a time when they are in their familiar environment. In addition, visitors can discover impressive sharks such as Malagasy nocturnal and long-winged sharks, as well as hundreds of tropical multicolored fish.

Medusa is 98% water


Passing through an ice tunnel, you find yourself in an artificially created environment where temperature and light conditions are practically indistinguishable from the Arctic. This is to ensure that the four species of penguins (Humboldt, King, Northern Crested and Antarctic) can live in comfort and safety for their health.

In Antarctica, these seabirds form huge colonies to take advantage of the fishery in the ecosystem that appears every spring in the Arctic Circle. Unfortunately, this wealth is under serious threat due to changes in the circulation of waters in the oceans, contributing to climate change.


Schedule programs

Year Event
1972 Founding of Loro Parque and opening of the first parrot show in Europe.
1972 Expansion of the park area to 35,000 m² with the arrival of new animal species: alligators, turtles and chimpanzees.
1982 Construction of a cinema – “Loro Vision” and expansion of the area to 60,000 m².
1983 A feeding center with 100 bird aviaries is under construction.
1987 Inauguration of Europe’s largest dolphinarium
1989 Opening of the orchid garden (Orquidiario) and construction of a new alligator enclosure.
1990 The Gambia market opens its doors.
1991 Discovery of Tiger Island.
1992 Extension of the park to 135.000 m².
1993 Inauguration of the Thai-style village of Princess Galyani Vadhana, porcelain museum, playground and restaurant “Dukes’ Hut” (Choza de los Duques).
1993 Gorilla Enclosure and Aquarium Grand Opening.
1993 A free mini-train on wheels begins to operate to transport visitors.
1996 Completely reforming the cinema from Loro Visión to Naturavisión 3D
1997 Grand opening of the “Arab Palace” and installation of enclosures with monkeys.
1998 Inauguration of the new Chimpland location and Casa Pepe restaurant.
1999 Deployment of the “Penguin Planet” pavilion with Humboldt penguins. 7,000 Bops (fish) are housed in the world’s largest Plexiglas cylinder.
2000 Alligator site reform.
2001 “Discovery Tour” starts to operate. Creation of an enclosure with the placement of rhinoceros iguanas and Galapagos tortoises in them.
2004 Opening of the veterinary clinic “Villa Colina”.
2005 Creation of Kinderlandia entertainment center for children.
2006 OrcaOcean show with killer whales and educational center – Aula del Mar.

11:00 – 13:15 – 14:45 – 16:00


Name show every day / Time
Parrots 10:50 – 13:30 – 15:00 – 16:00 – 17:30
Bitches 11:45 – 14:00 – 16:45
Sea lions 09:30 – 14:15 – 15:30 – 16:55
Penguin Planet from 08:30 to 18:00
Aquarium from 10:00 to 18:45
Cinema “Naturavision” 11:45 – 14:45 – 17:15 9:15 p. m.

Porcelain Parrot Museum

Porcelain Parrot Museum brings together a unique collection of artistic works created over the past three centuries by the great masters of porcelain art.

Porcelain in the 18th century was called “white gold”, as it was then sold on a par with gold and was previously traditionally Chinese. On January 15, 1708, porcelain was reinvented by Johann Friedrich Böttger in Europe, and in January 1710, the first European hard porcelain manufactory was founded in the empty Albrechtsburg castle in Meissen. Until that time, the production of everyday items was limited, but soon everything changed. In the following years, real famous sculptors produce artistic works such as parrot figures, which will be seen by the founders of Loro Parque and exhibited in this museum.


According to Confucius, the famous Chinese philosopher, the orchid is the “Queen of fragrant flowers”, and I think we all agree with this…

Therefore, a real garden has been created for you in Loro Parque from different species of the orchid family, where you could enjoy and appreciate them. Breathe in this sweet fragrance while observing their richness of form and color that these outstanding plants filled with tenderness exhale. There are approximately 200 varieties of orchids in Europe and Tenerife, some of which are terrestrial, others will be epiphytes and lithophytes that cannot tolerate mineralized water, so distilled water is used for irrigation.

Orchid Garden


Kinderlandia is an interesting and entertaining place for children, created in a thicket of tropical trees in a small jungle. This is a small town of large recreated trees, rope tunnels, descent on a serpentine hill. Also nearby is a roller coaster called “Orca Train”, where children and adults can experience the power of gravity. While the kids are frolicking, adults can drink a cup or two at the Bambu Bar, looking at their frolics, who will certainly not remain indifferent to the entertainment.


Katandra Treetops

Opened in September 2009 “Katandra Treetops” park, with the name meaning in the Australian Aboriginal language – “Birdsong” and Treetops – “Treetops”, referring to the uppermost part of the forest.

All this gives us an understanding of a large and grandiose poultry house, specially designed for you, with hundreds of birds of various species and subspecies. Once in it, you seem to be moving into an Australian forest, with stretched bridges leading to the crowns of trees. Along the way, you come face to face with parrots – cockatoos and other bird species. The Katandra Tritops is one of the most impressive free-flying aviaries on the planet.

Catandra Tritops

Baby Station

“Baby Station” is a small area inside the reserve for caring for chicks (incubator), which opens up to visitors the care of baby parrots that are born and raised here.

Baby Station has a modern laboratory that allows you to see the activity of veterinary care, which represents the daily work on the analysis of samples received, both from animals and water samples in the ponds installed in the park.

Incubator Station for Children

Thai Village

Tenerife is believed to have the largest Thai village built outside of Thailand. When owner Wolfgang Kiessling planned to create a new entrance to Loro Park, it was decided to construct something in the form of exotic buildings. Having visited several countries, he decided to recreate the traditional architecture of Thailand, but for this he needed to obtain permission from the royal family of the Asian country, find artisans capable of developing all the items and deliver them by ship to Tenerife. Soon Thai laborers took a trip to the island to collect new colorful and great architecture outside of Thailand.

Dining at Loro Parque

Inside the zoo, you can satisfy your hunger and replenish your strength from seven different bars and restaurants with different cuisines. Gourmet food, of course, is not worth waiting for, but a quick meal in a relaxed atmosphere and continue your journey completely.

Cafe bar “Thai”

Located at the exit of the zoo. An ideal place to discuss your visit and taste the best coffee and sweets.

Cafeteria “Vista Teide”

A place where you can pause your entertainment and order a light snack, while enjoying the beautiful view of the Teide volcano on sunny days.

Restaurant “Casa Pepe”

Pepe’s house offers you various Spanish snacks on the outdoor terrace with fresh air.

Bar “Bambú”

Near Kinderlandia, in the area dedicated to children, you will find dishes for yourself and with a children’s menu adapted to taste and everything necessary for the little ones.

Restaurant “Choza de Los Duques”

“Choza de Los Duques” or Duke’s Hut – a self-service restaurant with 232 seats. Offers a wide variety of dishes.

Grill bar “Patio del Loro”

Will cook for you a delicious shish kebab and entrecote, as well as a variety of delicious grilled meat dishes.

Pizzeria “Loritali Pizza”

Italian restaurant and pizzeria where you can taste the best Pasta (pasta), pizza and much more, made from top quality dough with natural ingredients.

How to get to Loro Parque

Order an individual transfer

The zoo is located in the north of Tenerife in the city of Puerto de La Cruz. The distance from the southern resorts: Playa de Las Americas, Los Cristianos, Costa Adeje is about 70 km (1 hour 10 minutes) along the western part of the island, the road runs along the TF-1 highway, through mountains and settlements, with a slight serpentine.

Free of charge on the road tram

There are many ways to get there, it all depends on your choice. The cheapest option is on the free train, running only on the roads of the city of Puerto de la Cruz.

• From the Reyes Católicos stop to Loro Parque: Every 20 minutes. Start at 09:00 hrs.
• From Loro Parque to Reyes Católicos: Every 20 min. Last train at 18:45, departure only.

By paid bus Loro Park

From the south by paid bus provided by the park itself in both directions.

Luabay Costa Gigantes 07:00 Aguamarina Golf 08:55 TITSA Torre de Tenbel 8:45 Isla Bonita 08:05 Punta del Rey 09:45 Fabrica Flex (Bar Canaima). 09:50
Costa Adeje Palace 07:50 stop. TITSA “Harbor Club” 07:00 Green Park 08:55 Palia Don Pedro 8:45

Olé Tropical (на кругу) 08:20
Банк Santander 08:25








Marola 08:30
Madrigueras (на углу) 08:30
Princesa Dácil 08:35
Tenerife Sur 08:35
Arona Gran Hotel 08:35

Bus schedule PDF file.

City bus

Titsa’s local intercity bus line 343 has a direct route to Puerto de la Cruz. Landing is carried out in the south from three stations:

  • From the Costa Adeje resort from the main station (code 7142)
  • Magma Arte & Congresos stop. (code 7944)
  • From the main station in Los Cristianos (code 7140)

The travel time in one direction is about 1 hour 41 minutes. Cost one way: €14.60 (cash), Bono Bus pass €9.60. You get to the bus station and then you can change to line 381 or walk 1.5 km (18 minutes).

Private transfer to Loro Parque

The most convenient option to get there without tedious bus stops, and most importantly quickly, is to order a transfer to Loro Park. You do not need to look at the navigator and drive a car during your vacation. Our air-conditioned car with a Russian-speaking driver will pick you up at any address and, after visiting the zoo, will take you back. You pay the road with waiting in both directions. During the trip, you can chat and find out any information about the island. If you have a desire to visit a local delicious restaurant with typical Canarian cuisine, then our local and Spanish-speaking person will advise you on the best choice and order of dishes. In addition, we suggest you take a sightseeing tour for a small fee to this transfer, for example, through the Teide volcano, with a visit to the best observation platforms.

Transfer fee

From Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Americas and the next 20 km

From 1 to 4 people – 120 euros for all 4 passengers (included up to 5 hours of waiting).
From 5 to 8 people – 160 euros for all 8 passengers (up to 5 hours of waiting included).

From Los Gigantes, Puerto de Santiago, Alcala, Abama

From 1 to 4 people – 115 euros (5 hours incl.) price for everyone, not per person
From 5 to 8 people – 155 euros (5 hours) incl.) price for all, not per person

Check-in to the restaurant – (+15 euros to the total cost).
Additional hour of waiting after 5 hours – (+ 15 euros) for each subsequent hour.
Optional excursion: +40 euros to the transfer price for (1-4 people), + 60 euros for (5-8 people).

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By car

If you rent a car, then getting to Loro Park is not difficult. Moreover, you can order a navigator during the rental or, as another alternative, use your smartphone with Google maps. To do this, you need to connect an inexpensive Internet connection so as not to use expensive roaming tariffs. Probably the most affordable prices offered by the company “Orange”. If you don’t have either, then ask for a map of the island from the car rental company or take it to the hotel reception, there are no problems with them. The shortest route runs along the western part of the island, along the new TF-1 expressway, and averages about 70 km (1 hour 10 minutes). There are no toll roads on the island, and there are not so many roads, we are mostly confused by interchanges. On the roads closer to the park you will be warned by signs to Loro Parque.

We offer you to rent a car from our website. Full insurance is included (without glasses), child seats, Russian-speaking employees, we deliver the car to the place and pick it up, a map of the island, a navigator. Rent a car


Tenerife’s official taxi can be considered one of the most expensive offers to get to the park from Playa de Las Americas. Convenient only if you are near the zoo. The cost in one direction will come out to you about 100 euros and the same amount will have to be paid for the return, especially since the tariffs include paid waiting, if you agree with him to go back. Tariffs can be found on the page Taxi in Tenerife. 9,00 €

Discovery tour is a group tour of Loro Parque, which will give you an idea of ​​the inner life of animals, will reveal to you some curious secrets, for example: how much does a killer whale weigh? what do penguins eat? or: Why are some gorillas in groups bachelors? The behind-the-scenes tour runs daily, at different times, for 1 hour and 45 minutes, in Spanish, English, German, French, Dutch and Russian. Included in the “Premium” and “Diamont” packages, purchased separately for 7 euros for children and 10 euros for adults.

“Premium” ticket – allows you to enjoy your visit to the zoo with the use of additional packages. Included for you: Discovery Tour (1 hour 45 minutes), a reserved seat for the performances, as well as meals at the Patio del Loro grill bar (3 courses with a drink).

“Diamond” ticket – packages included for you: Discovery Tour (1 hour 45 minutes), getting to know the animals as closely as possible, reserved VIP seats at the show with a detailed guide to the park, as well as meals at Brunelli’s restaurant Steakhouse” with the best meat dishes and ocean views. To take full advantage of the package, you need to arrive before 09:45.

If you purchase one of the packages, then you need to call +(34) 922-373-841 ext. 24 hours before arrival. 512/210 or email mail [email protected] and notify about booking places for the show.

Buy tickets online (entrance by phone ticket)


  • The zoo accepts debit cards and cash as payment.
  • Free WiFi is available on site.
  • You are only allowed to smoke in designated areas.
  • It is not allowed to enter the zoo with pets.
  • If you lose any items, please contact the staff.
  • You can request a baby stroller, wheelchairs or a motorized car if you need it. The service is paid.
  • The cost of a baby stroller is 5 euros per day. A deposit of 30 euros is required, which is returned when the stroller is returned.
  • A wheelchair is provided free of charge, but a deposit of 30 euros is required. It is necessary to reserve in advance, 24 hours in advance, by phone +(34) 922-373-841. ext.331
  • Motorized car rental costs 14.30 euros/day with a deposit of 30€. You will be required to provide photographic documentation. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling +(34) 922-373-841. ext.331

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Loro Parque in Tenerife: excursion, how to get there, address, tickets

Loro Parque is the most popular place among tourists on the island of Tenerife. The Parrot Park is a successful commercial project in the Canary Islands with over forty million visitors every year. Loro Parque is located in the suburbs of Puerto de la Cruz. On an area of ​​more than 13 hectares, there is a huge variety of marine and land animals, plants and birds. The word “most” accompanies the park constantly, without any exaggeration. He has many records to his credit.

How Loro Parque was born

The park was first opened to visitors in 1792. It was founded by businessman Wolfgang Kisling, who from childhood felt sympathy for these multi-colored birds. Initially, only 150 parrots lived on one hectare of land. A few decades later, their number increased to 4000, in which 350 species and subspecies gathered. The collection of parrots of Loro Parque is the largest in the world, therefore this place is the most important center for the study and conservation of the parrot population.

With an increase in the number of inhabitants, the park began to expand, and gradually more and more residents began to appear in it. So the Parrot Park grew into a zoo. On the territory now it was possible to meet not only parrots, but also marine life, inhabitants of the jungle, penguins. The entire area of ​​the park was equipped for the living conditions of animals, and the rest of the space was planted with a wide variety of plants.

Loro Parque now

Today Loro Parque is a square, a zoo and a botanical garden, it has become home to thousands of animals and plants. Now you can meet there:

  • tigers, jaguars, African lions;
  • killer whales, dolphins, sharks, sea lions;
  • meerkats, anteaters, sloths;
  • flamingos, pelicans;
  • chimpanzees, marmosets, gorillas.

This is only a small part of the list of inhabitants of the Parrot Park. But it is worth noting that this is not a simple zoo – every day there are various shows with the participation of animals. Sea lions perform five times a day, dolphins four, parrots six, and three Orca shows with killer whales.

In the wild birds zone, birds can be seen outside their cages, almost in their natural environment.

Also definitely worth a walk through the 18-meter glass tunnel, where giant sharks will swim over the heads of visitors.

On the territory of Loro Park there is the largest penguinarium in Europe, which consists of two hundred birds, and a dolphinarium (1,200,00 liters), and the total number of marine life reaches 15,000 individuals. Tourists are invited to take a ride along the moving path and leisurely observe the measured life of penguins, which are so clumsy on land and very dexterous in the water.

In addition, the park has a huge greenhouse with different species of orchids, some of which are very rare.

Don’t miss out on the Thai-style village. There you can find wooden buildings with roofs covered with real gold. In this village there is the largest building outside the Asian kingdom, made in this style, the Queen of Thailand herself came to see it.

Interesting Facts

Such a large park has a lot of things that are ordinary for employees, but will be amazing for ordinary people:

  • to recreate the necessary climatic conditions for penguins per day, the generator produces twelve tons of snow;
  • Loro Parque is the second place in Europe where killer whales live and breed;
  • tourists see only 700 parrots out of 4000;
  • every year 1500 chicks are born there, which replenish the population of rare birds in the natural environment;
  • on 135,000 square meters there are hundreds of exotic plants and 7,000 palm trees.

There are many more such interesting details, but it is better to see once than to read a hundred times.

How to get to the Parrot Park

You can get to the most popular place in the Canaries by car on the highway to Puerto de la Cruz. After that, you will come across signs along the way that will not let you get lost. Loro Park is located in the western part of the suburb. Parking is paid, around 5 euros.

If you leave Playa de las Americas, you can take bus number 343. The journey takes about two hours. Poisoning at 9:00 and at 11:30. It makes no sense to go at a later time, since Loro Parque is open until 18:30, and the entrance is until 17:00. Return bus at 18:00.

If you are coming from Puerto de la Cruz, there is a fake train for adults and children that goes to the park from McDonald’s on the waterfront in the eastern part of the city. Interval 20 minutes.

The distance from the southern resorts is about 120 kilometers. It takes about three hours by bus, and about an hour and a half by car. Taking a taxi for such a long trip will cost much more. Another way to get there is to rent a car. If you do not drive, then it is best to book a transfer through your travel agency.

Loro Park. Spain in Russian – all about life in Spain

The island of Tenerife is famous all over the world for its velvety climate and good weather that reigns here almost all year round. Unlike Ibiza and other party places, couples with children and the elderly prefer to come here on vacation. The infrastructure of the island is ideal for children of all ages, the possibilities for family recreation and recreation are very wide. We will tell you about the best and most interesting for you and your family.

Loro Parque in Tenerife (Loro Parque, Parrot Park)

A must-see wonder of wonders, one of the most popular places on the island, and here’s why. This is one of the largest zoos in Europe, opened in 1954. It was founded by a German entrepreneur who decided to show his collection of parrots for money to everyone. Over the years, other animals settled here, and a vast area was planted with tropical plants. The old part of Loro Park is a real jungle! Today it is both a zoo and a botanical garden with more than 1000 species of orchids, and a show of dolphins, killer whales and penguins, and a huge aquarium. There are no enclosures and cages, unpleasant odors and crowds.

Oddly enough, here, almost at the equator, there is the largest collection of penguins in the world, which feel great in the zoo. Special cannons throw out up to 15 tons of artificial snow per day to the delight of the black-and-white inhabitants of the Planet of the Penguins pavilion. About 200 penguins of various species live here, which you can watch comfortably sitting on a travolator that moves around the entire pavilion.

You will see the world’s largest collection of parrots, some species are no longer found in the wild and are found only here. In total, there are about 3,000 individuals in Loro Park. Children will be delighted to watch the parrot show, where colorful birds fly freely and perform various tricks, and they will also be able to see how the chicks grow, how they are spoon-fed with nectar and other miracles of ornithology. In total, several thousand chicks a year hatch in Loro Park, which then move to the wild nature of South America and Australia, to their natural habitats. Thus, Loro Parque plays an important role in the repopulation of rare birds.

The collection of marine life is, of course, huge. In addition to the local representatives of the marine fauna living off the coast of Tenerife, in the aquarium you can see a huge variety of tropical fish, sharks, killer whales and dolphins, various corals and marine plants of stunning beauty. Your children will remember for the rest of their lives the passage through the glass tunnel that runs under the aquarium. It is as if you are in a sea kingdom, a world hidden from view, where spotted sharks and majestic stingrays will swim overhead. And in 2014, a new Aqua Viva pavilion was opened in the park: an aquarium with jellyfish and a laboratory for their breeding.

Loro Parque is home to alligators and iguanas, tigers and jaguars, gorillas and chimpanzees – many animals and reptiles from all over the world. And the most pleasant and interesting thing in Loro Park is the daily animal and bird shows, organized in such a way that you can see everything possible in one day (the show is included in the ticket price).

Schedule of performances in Loro Parque

  • Penguin Planet – 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Aquarium Shark Show – 10:00-18:45
  • Sea Lions – 09:35/12:30/14:15/15:30/16:55
  • Dolphins – 11:00/13:15/14:45/16:00
  • Orcas – 11:45/14:00/16:45
  • Parrots – 10:25/11:50/13:30/15:00/16:00/17:30

Killer whales in Loro Parque

We advise you to pay special attention to the killer whale show, because not every zoo can afford it. These predators arrived here from the USA only 10 years ago. The arena and the pool, corresponding to their size, has a diameter of 120 meters and holds 22 million liters of sea water! Killer whales are capricious and do not want to perform the same tricks over and over again. But this is only to your advantage, because each performance is unique, do not miss it!

Well, if your child is tired of looking at the birds and animals – take him to jump on the Kinderland playground. In the meantime, you need to have time and have lunch! Loro Park guests always have a choice: grill and steak, pizzeria, self-service buffet. The cafe near the playground has a special children’s menu and delicious Canarian baraquito coffee for parents, look for the sign “Bar Bambu”. We strongly advise you to visit the cafe overlooking the volcano, which is called: “Vista Teide”. You can enjoy an excellent view of the symbol of the island, the highest volcano in Europe, by ordering coffee and Spanish snacks, you won’t be able to eat more densely here.

Working hours: from 8:30 to 18:45, without days off and holidays.

Tickets: 33 euros – adult, 22 euros – children (up to 11 years old).

How to get to Loro Parque

Address: Puerto de la Cruz, Punta Brava, Calle Bentor. From Las Americas can be reached by bus number 343. From other places – come by car (parking is paid) or order a transfer along with tickets to the travel agency.

Hot weather holidays in december: 10 Warm Places to Visit in December Around the World

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10 Warm Places to Visit in December Around the World

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As winter begins to take hold, it can inspire even the most stalwart of us to want to escape to somewhere warm. While any sunny destination will likely be a welcome change from the cold, there are a few locales scattered throughout the world that can offer the best combinations of favorable weather and delightful attractions for a holiday during December.

From Europe to the US, here are some of the best destinations in the world that are particularly good options to consider for your December getaway.

Baja California Sur, Mexico

At the southern end of the Baja California Peninsula lie some of the most luxurious resorts, bluest Pacific waters, and most spectacular landscapes in the whole of Mexico. As far as tourism, the region is dominated by the resort towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, which is where you’ll find the majority of the state’s beach hotels and luxury accommodations.

Both cities are located on the south shore of the peninsula where the winter weather is notoriously gorgeous. In December, you’ll encounter very little rainfall, breezy, warm days, and far fewer tourists than you would find in the spring high season. And it’s a particularly good time of year for whale watching, as this is when whales travel south seeking warmer parts of the Pacific.

Where to Stay in Baja California Sur: Just a short drive from Cabo San Lucas is the Hibiscus Flower, a luxurious sun-drenched villa with an expansive outdoor living space. Situated within the Villa La Estancia resort, the location is very exclusive.

The Canary Islands

The warmest European destination in December, the Canary Islands have long been a titan of the resort season. Because they’ve been catering to winter tourists for so long, there is a wealth of infrastructure in place for visitors: hotels, dining, and shopping are all plentiful, with a myriad of options for every budget.

Of the islands, the warmest during December is usually Gran Canaria, known for its wide, busy beaches and vibrant nightlife. Though many folks vacation right in Las Palmas, home to the island’s only airport, on the southern shore is the quaint resort town of Maspalomas where you’ll find fewer crowds, calmer water, and a nearby nature reserve with vast sand dunes that will make you feel like you’re in another world.

Where to Stay in the Canary Islands: An 18th-century colonial house turned adults-only boutique hotel, the Veintiuno received an extensive restoration that brought the property to the height of contemporary design without sacrificing its original, old-world details.

Mombasa, Kenya

The second most populous city in Kenya after its capital Nairobi, Mombasa is home to a bustling old town, delectable culinary traditions, and sits just adjacent to some of the most spectacular beaches in all of Africa. Mombasa has a tropical climate, so although rain is typically frequent, December is one of the driest months of the year.

While there are a few prime, white-sand beaches right by the city, just a short drive can bring you to even more wild and unspoiled stretches of coastline. The most popular beach outside of the city is Diani Beach, which has soft, white sand, sparkling blue water, and a multitude of options for dining and lodging nearby. You can choose from all-inclusive resorts just steps from the ocean or rustic beach camps inspired by the rugged beauty of the surrounding jungle.

Where to Stay in Mombasa: Combining both Arabic and Kenyan influences, the design of the Swahili Beach Resort is intended to envelop you in comfort. At the same time, their staff caters dutifully to your every need.


A British Overseas territory in the mid-Atlantic, the small island of Bermuda is famous for its picturesque, pink sand beaches. It is known as the “shipwreck capital of the Atlantic”, as it is ringed by coral reefs that have infamously snagged hundreds of approaching ships over the years. Though dangerous for boats, these same reefs are perfect if you’re a fan of diving or snorkeling, particularly in December as hurricane season will have just ended.

Probably the most compelling attractions on the island are the magical Crystal and Fantasy Caves. This incredible cave system is replete with thousands of crystalline speleothems and subterranean lakes, though thankfully you’ll find a boardwalk constructed just so visitors like yourself can more easily explore.

Where to Stay in Bermuda: With its own private beach club on one of Bermuda’s most renowned pink-sand beaches, the Fairmont Southampton offers some of the most generous amenities on the island for families, including childcare, kids’ play and swim areas, and even water slides.

Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Home of some of the most famed beaches in the world, Rio de Janeiro is synonymous with its coastline, and unlike its northern counterparts, December marks the beginning of summer. Keep in mind that summer in Rio is hot. Temperatures can occasionally exceed 90º F, but the steamy nightlife and rich culture are well worth braving the heat.

The most popular beaches in Rio, claimed by pop culture for everything from songs to movies, are Copacabana and Ipanema. These are also the busiest stretches of sand, where you’ll find both towering resort hotels as well as beach bars and restaurants. If you have time, also try to visit some of the beaches north of there just off of the city center, like the Praia Flamengo. In comparison, the vibe seems nearly the opposite: much more local and far fewer crowds.

Where to Stay in Rio de Janeiro: The result of a four-year, comprehensive restoration, the Emiliano Rio is a clear nod to Brazillian Modernism. Many come for the rooftop infinity pool overlooking the iconic Copacabana beach.

Phuket, Thailand

Long famed for its near-perfect white sand beaches that seem to poke right out of the jungle, Phuket is Thailand’s most popular resort destination. While it is a fantastic city to visit in its own right, it also serves as a gateway to a number of nearby islands and municipalities that draw thousands of tourists every year.

Now re-opened to tourism, travelers can fly directly into Phuket from abroad without transiting to Bangkok, making it exceedingly easy to visit. Once there, you can cross off the unique majesty of Phang Nga Bay from your bucket list: the warm, turquoise water and impossibly tall limestone cliffs of Thailand’s most famous bay are the biggest draw to the region and a must-see while you’re in town.

Where to Stay in Phuket: The perfect blend of Western and Eastern influences, the Naam Sawan Villa invites you to luxuriate on their grounds though you’re welcome to explore Cape Yamu Beach as well. They provide everything you’ll need for your stay, including a housekeeper, a pool maintenance technician, and even an in-house chef.

The Maldives

An island nation in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is comprised of over a thousand individual coral islands arranged into 26 distinct atolls. The island chain stretches across the equator, and in December its tropical climate is tempered somewhat by a break in the rain and humidity, with the latter half of the month experiencing dry, balmy days and breezy sunsets.

The Maldives is famous for its over-sea bungalow resorts which range in size from quaint but well-appointed huts to elaborate, modern villas. While the Maldives isn’t renowned for catering to budget travelers, there are some relatively reasonably priced options available for those who don’t mind a typical beach bungalow or hotel.

Where to Stay in the Maldives: On its own secluded island along the Maldivian atoll, Lhaviyani, the Hurawalhi Island Resort provides over-water cabanas – as one might seek out in the Maldives – but they also have the distinction of having an underwater restaurant.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Home to both the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and the world’s largest shopping mall, Dubai has made a name for itself as a city of excesses. No other city in the region is more renowned for offering the most luxurious and ostentatious attractions, and in December, when the most intense heat has subsided, is the perfect time to experience this truly unique locale.

Where to Stay in Dubai: Situated in the heart of downtown Dubai, the Anantara provides easy access to both the airport and many local attractions while offering sweeping views of the city, with many suites facing the iconic Burj Khalifa.

Key West, Florida

This tiny island at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys is easy to reach from Fort Lauderdale or Miami, but it feels like it’s an entire world away. The self-proclaimed “Conch Republic” is home to tropical weather, its famous frozen cocktails, and a distinct culture and vibe from the rest of Florida.

December might be the perfect month to visit Key West, when the humidity ebbs somewhat and its notoriously quirky locals erect elaborate – and sometimes hilarious – displays for Christmas. Temperatures will rarely dip below 70º F, even at night, and the water is just warm enough to go snorkeling without a wet suit.

Where to Stay in Key West: Located on a tiny island just off of Key West, the Sunset Key Cottages are perfect for those who want to get away from it all and decompress. Their in-house spa will serve as the ideal accouterment to your tropical seclusion.

Medellín, Colombia

Called the “City of Eternal Spring,” Medellín is world-famous for maintaining a nearly constant perfect temperature, but in December you’ll find considerably less rain than at other times of the year. The end of the month in particular is when you’ll begin to feel a considerable decline in humidity, with the week around Christmas being particularly auspicious for having clear skies.

This landlocked, high-altitude Columbian city is obviously not a beach destination, but lovers of culture and the arts will feel right at home. You can tour the former home of one of the most famed scholars in Columbia’s history turned museum at the Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gómez, or marvel at their exquisite collections of contemporary art both domestic and from around the world at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín.

Where to Stay in Medellín: Situated in one of the best neighborhoods in Medellín for tourists and expats, La Posada Boutique offers impeccable design, youthful energy, and a commitment to the surrounding community on which you can rely.

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As the cold takes firm hold of Europe, sun seeking generally requires a longer flight. True, there are spots closer to home with the good grace to linger around 20°C, but winter provides an excellent excuse for a far-flung getaway, when a powerful and prolonged dose of vitamin D is practically prescribed. Hot cities in Africa and Australia will come alive this month, as their summers finally arrive, while tropical islands and unsung corners of the world will hit their peak. See below for our edit of where is hot in December. For more travel inspiration, see our guide to the best winter sun destinations.

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    The seven hour-flight from London to Dubai can just about be classed as medium-haul, while the time difference between the two is a jet-lag-free four hours – but this desert city in the Middle East feels worlds away from chilly England in December. Sure, there’s the glitzy side of Dubai – its mega-malls and skyscraping hotels are decked out in festive lights and ginormous trees for the season – but there’s a more laidback side to the city, too. Life’n One is a hidden yoga retreat for those hoping to end the year on a healthy note, while cultural hub Alserkal Avenue is a great place to escape the heat in arthouse cinemas and indie galleries.  

    Where to stay: Forget the glitz and glam, this cool new un-Dubai hotel is 25hours Hotel One Central, a hub for creatives, digital nomads, and those in the know. If you’re here to venture to the pool and nothing more, Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort is a great option, especially for families. For a stay that’s unlike anything else in Dubai, book a room at the secluded five-room hotel and spa Al Faya Lodge an hour east of the city. See our edit of the best hotels in Dubai for more.

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    Lanzarote, Canary Islands


    We called it ‘the surprisingly cool Canary island’, but we weren’t talking about the weather. The fact that Lanzarote resides off Africa’s west coast means that even in December it’s still fairly sane to take a dip. Avoid the package hordes and head to fine, white-sand Papagayo Beach on the southern tip of the island, or try world-class surfing in north-west Famara. In fact, more surprises lie in store the further you stray from the tourist hotels. There’s the Jardín de Cactus in Guatiza, a surreal succulent amphitheatre; or starkly alluring Timanfaya National Park, a volcanic wilderness that starred in 1966 film One Million Years BC. And don’t forget Finca Malvasia, a seductive ranch-like retreat in the central wine region, owned by a pair of designers who swapped London for island life. After wintering in Lanzarote, you might just join them.

    Where to stay: La Cabaña, a slick and earthy villa with a quote-mark-shaped swimming pool and views down to Puerto Calero. For more, check out our list of the best villas in Lanzarote.

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    Bali, Indonesia


    It’s one of South-east Asia’s winter-sun kingpins for good reason – tropical Bali’s lush rainforest and white-sand beaches tick all the boxes when it comes to a warm-weather escape. Once-scrappy beach town Canggu draws Indonesia’s thriving digital-nomad crowd, along with blissed-out surfers, while artists’ village Ubud is a hub for those seeking a more spiritual getaway.  

    Where to stay: Teetering on a high clifftop overlooking the Indian Ocean on Bali’s southern coast, Six Senses Uluwatu is a wellness retreat that gets it just right. In Canggu, we like The Slow, a 12-room bolthole with an achingly cool cocktail of art, music and interior design. Riverside jungle hideout Capella Ubud feels like an African tented camp from the 19th century and makes an ideal base that avoids any desert-island clichés. If you’re travelling in a group, Bali has some incredible villas and Airbnbs, like Laputa Villa which sleeps four and is widely known as “The Bamboo Castle in the Sky.” For more, see our pick of the best Bali hotels.

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    Marrakech, Morocco


    When winter is in full flow, don’t underestimate the power of a three-and-a-half-hour flight to another world. Yes, Marrakech is hectic, but a recent influx of design hotels – most of them reimagining glorious, red-brick riads – means there’s always somewhere more sedate to escape to. Alternatively, take up residence in a palace: La Mamounia, a grande dame of landscaped gardens, fountains, opulent tiles and velvets, is a card-carrying member of our best hotels in the world Gold List. Or book a stay at Royal Mansour, the city’s most lavish hotel, which proves you needn’t plunge into the medina madness outside to get the best of Marrakech.

    Where to stay: As we mentioned above there are no shortage of hotels in Marrakech. For a traditional riad stay, Riad Goloboy is a feast for the eyes (and Instagram) with kaleidoscopic walls and a gallery-worthy art collection.

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    Miami, USA

    The city’s year-round warm weather comes into its own in December, when the beach parties continue while other sun spots – we’re looking at you, California – pull on a sweater. For a calmer vibe, try the less-developed northern end of Miami Beach. It’s here that chef Thomas Keller serves elegant classics (oysters, steak tartare, lobster thermidor) at the landmark The Surf Club, among potted palms and white-coated waiters who evoke the spot’s history as the go-to of the 1950s jet set. Better yet, the recently extended, hacienda-style Four Seasons is here (Elizabeth Taylor and Wallis Simpson count among former guests). Refined might not be the word typically associated with Miami, but let this breath of fresh air change your mind.

    Where to stay: Miami Beach Edition sits inside the skeleton of the Seville, one of the giant 1950s hotels, with nods to the past, a connection to the city’s heritage and a bar with uninterrupted ocean views.

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    Bahamas, Caribbean


    It’s peak season in the Bahamas, and while that will certainly keep the beaches busy, it also means perfect weather. Our tip: strike out for Harbour Island, a three-mile-long, mile-and-a-half-wide sliver of sensational, pink-sand stretches, where there are always enough sunbeds to go around. Make camp at its smartest hotel, Bahama House, a chic cottage with retro Palm Beach vibes, a sunken tiki bar and just 11 rooms. It’s part of Eleven Experience, an experiential-travel specialist, you can also take advantage of custom adventures such as diving in secret grottoes or swimming with swines on Pig Beach.

    Where to stay: Pelican Bay Hotel. Inside, waterside rooms combine Caribbean cheerfulness with classic European style. Outside, white-sand beaches, lush boulevards and beautiful seascapes.

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    Cape Town, South Africa


    Cape Town is always a good idea, but particularly in December, when the fledgling South African summer sets beaches and vineyards aglow. The mere sight of beautiful crowds bronzing against its theatrical, cragged mountain backdrop will banish the winter blues in one blow. And just when you thought the Mother City’s raw good looks, smart art and design scenes and world-class food couldn’t get more appealing, it only goes and adds a pair of super-hot hotels, too. 

    Where to stay: The Silo, which is ingeniously set inside a former grain elevator house at the top of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa on the Victoria and Albert Waterfront. Also on our Gold List, Ellerman House is an imposing Edwardian mansion with smashing views of the Atlantic and one of the country’s finest private-art collections.

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    Auckland, New Zealand


    Just like that low-and-slow New Zealand drawl, Auckland is a big, beautiful city that’s seldom in a hurry. Perhaps that’s what happens when there’s nature everywhere – rainforest-covered hills here; the glittering Hauraki Gulf there. And the notion that the affable country is somehow behind the times is rebuffed by the likes of the Britomart complex, a series of waterfront heritage buildings turned boutiques and restaurants, and Iko Iko, a fabulous concept store with fans such as Emilia Wickstead. Add in a ferry trip to nearby Waiheke Island’s sandy beaches and vineyard wine tastings and be totally converted to the Kiwi lifestyle.

    Where to stay: Hilton Auckland is über-trendy retro futurism in a gleaming wharf shed redeveloped to resemble a cruise-liner.  

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    Merida, Yucatan Peninsula


    Tulum, Cancún and Playa del Carmen are the seaside giants of the Yucatán in south-east Mexico, but head instead for the state capital of Mérida for the best of everything: Mayan ruins, a charming colonial town, dense jungle and – if you don’t mind a short drive – beaches, too. Best of all, there’s Chablé just outside the city, an astonishingly lush estate with a spa and private cenote, a restaurant led by renowned chef Jorge Vallejo, a tequila ‘library’, a sweat lodge and a local shaman. Plus it has 40 splashy, limestone-and-glass casitas, each one with its own terrace and pool.

    Where to stay: Hacienda Xcanatun for marble mosaic and coral stone floors on the verandahs, exteriors are daubed in terracotta and cream, and rough-hewn rustic tables and hammocks hung between trees that give this 18th-century Italianate estate a lived-in feel.

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    Koh Samui, Thailand


    Long the Shangri-La of feverish backpacker dreams, Koh Samui has grown up. Yes, its raison d’être remains pure pleasure – in the shade of three million coconut palms, and on its bone-white beaches – but the packaging is more Four Seasons, less ratty bungalow. Wellness has well and truly arrived here, with yoga studios, health retreats and even monk-led mentoring for those looking to make a real change. If, however, you just want a proper, idyllic tropical break, Panacea takes the cake. The former home of one of the world’s top hedge-fund managers, this sprawling hilltop estate features five enormous residences, 82ft swimming pools, a cinema, a nightclub – and even a Muay Thai boxing ring (tattooed instructor included).

    Where to stay: Set high on a hill, Panacea has a mix of four-, five- or six-bedroom villas filled with tropical hardwoods, silk fabrics and petrified wood that’s over a million years old, plus there’s a kids’ room, a private cinema, gambling den and nightclub. At COMO Point Yamu a 100-metre long white-tiled swimming pool shoots out towards the Andaman Sea. Tip-top service, zingy cuisine and a wondrous spa has made this Thai hotel a favourite with LGBTQ+ Thais and travellers.

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    No doubt, Havana is spectacular. But leaving Cuba’s main drawcard to explore its steamy eastern mountains will bring you closer to a country that, in its isolation from modernity, has much to teach. In Baracoa, the mystical hangs like a heavy mist. The city, surrounded by the Cuchillas del Toa mountain range, is a world unto itself: streets infused with music, sleepy beaches and rivers and canyons where – yes, even here – you’ll stumble upon the odd thatched bar. At the very south of the island, Santiago de Cuba, with its palatial Spanish buildings by the sea, is set to be the next It destination, but for now remains thrillingly tourist-free.

    Where to stay: Casa de Miriam y Sinai is a fantastic first-floor flat that is an oasis of calm and space, with three spacious rooms, one with a street-side balcony, are spotless and have top-drawer bathrooms.

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    Melbourne, Australia


    Melbourne’s erratic climate ensures it’ll never hold the beachy appeal of Sydney. But December’s summer temperatures are ideal for exploring the city’s beloved laneways: narrow passages packed with street art, galleries, restaurants and bars. It’s here that trends are set rather than followed; where a cup of coffee has both a caffeine kick and global acclaim. And in Australia’s always dynamic second city, there’s never a shortage of new and miraculous places to explore. Currently it’s Di Stasio Città, Spring Street’s Brutalist Italian restaurant, where guests eat fabulous crab capellini in a concrete-bunker-like setting as video installations play across the walls.

    Where to stay: Lindenderry at Red Hill, a silver-birch-lined drive leading to a white rural hideout, with comforting, pared-back style and a restaurant that uses the with best local produce.

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Where is hot in December?

The hottest places to go on holiday in December

On average, some of the hottest places to visit in December are:

  1. Cancun (30.4 °C)
  2. Dominican Republic (29.6 °C)
  3. Barbados (29.5 °C)
  4. Brisbane (28.2 °C)
  5. Cape Verde (26.4 °C)
  6. Melbourne (25.5 °C)
  7. Lanzarote (22.2 °C)
  8. Tenerife (21.9 °C)
  9. Madeira (20 °C)
  10. Cape Town (19.8 °C)

Where can I go on holiday in December?

Temperature in Cancun in December

  • Cancun’s average temperature in December is 30.4 °C

The warm Caribbean sea and the north-east trade winds serve to create a typical tropical coastal climate across the eastern coast of Mexico.

Cancun does get very hot, peaking at an average daily maximum of 37.5 ° in May, so December is an ideal time to visit as it is early in the dry season with temperatures at a hot, but bearable, 30. 4 °C and rainfall at an average of 38 mm. 

Humidity can be relatively high at around 77%, but the trade winds again keep the feel of the temperature comfortable.

  • Read more about the weather in Cancun

Temperature in the Dominican Republic in December

  • The Dominican Republic’s average temperature in December is 29.6 °C

Early summer is the most popular time to visit the Dominican Republic as temperatures are slightly cooler and as with other Caribbean islands, it sees the start of the dry season. Accordingly temperatures peak at around 29.5 °C and average rainfall drops to 61 mm.

Any high temperatures are readily made more comfortable by the sea breeze caused by the alize trade winds.

  • Read more about the weather in the Dominican Republic

Temperature in Barbados in December

  • Barbados’ average temperature in December is 29.5 °C

December sees the end of the Caribbean’s wet season and the beginning of the dry season with temperatures and humidity falling slightly as well.

The year-round consistently high temperatures see December experiencing an average daily maximum of 29.6 °C however the heat is made more comfortable by the falling humidity and the cooling winds that accompany the north-east trade winds.

Rainfall rates remain at a fairly significant 112 mm, but these tend to be concentrated in short periods.

  • Read more about the weather in Barbados

Temperature in Brisbane in December

  • Brisbane’s average temperature in December is 28.2 °C

Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid conditions in the summer and relatively high amount of rainfall.

December sees temperatures rising to an average daily maximum of 28.2 °C and temperatures overnight staying at around 21°C. These sort of temperatures can be too high for some, but summer remains a popular time to visit and take advantage of the 8 hours of sunshine each day.

Rainfall rates in Brisbane are high averaging 127 mm however it is worth nothing that rainfall tends to come in short sharp burst with torrential downpours sometimes accompanied by thunderstorms which tend to pass over and allow the sun to return.

  • Read more about the weather in Brisbane

Temperature in Cape Verde in December

  • Cape Verde’s average temperature in December is 26.4 °C

The group of ten volcanic islands that make up Cape Verde lie 650 km off the coast of West Africa. The islands experience a tropical oceanic climate meaning consistently high temperatures throughout the year and low rainfall outside of the wet season.

December is an ideal time to visit with temperatures dropping from the summer peak of around 30 °C to a more comfortable average daily maximum of 26.4 °C. Humidity is relatively high at 71% but owing to its coastal location, this is tempered nicely by coastal breezes with average wind speeds of around 14 mph.

  • Read more about the weather in Cape Verde

Temperature in Melbourne in December

  • Melbourne’s average temperature in December is 25.5 °C

With a climate similar to that of coastal California, rarely experiencing any prolonged cold spells and with relatively consistent rainfall totals throughout the year.

December is a popular month to visit with the beginning of the summer season seeing temperatures rise to an average daily maximum of 25.5 °C with 8 hours of sunshine each day.

Despite being one of the driest cities in eastern Australia (receiving about half the rainfall of Sydney), Melbourne’s climate can be occasionally unpredictable and conditions in December are sometimes changeable.

  • Read more about the weather in Melbourne

Temperature in Lanzarote in December

  • Lanzarote’s average temperature in December is 22.2 °C

With consistently warm temperatures and minimal rainfall throughout the year, Lanzarote is a popular destination throughout the year and December is no exception.

Average maximum temperatures reach 21.9 °C during the day with around 6 hours of sunshine and it remains relatively cool throughout the night falling to around 16 °C.

The island tends to receive lower rainfall rates than the other Canary Islands owing to its flat topography which means clouds easily pass the island by.

  • Read more about the weather in Lanzarote

Temperature in Tenerife in December

  • Tenerife’s average temperature in December is 21.9 °C

Lying 300 km west of Lanzarote is Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands and is home to the highest point in Spain, the tip of the Mount Teide volcano.

Tenerife is a popular place for sun seekers in December with average maximum temperatures a pleasant 22.2 °C (70 °F) combined with about six hours of sunshine.

Winters are wetter on the island, particularly in the north of the island which is most exposed to the northeast trade winds, but rainfall amounts remain minimal at 31 mm and an average of 21 dry days each month.

  • Read more about the weather in Tenerife

Temperature in Madeira in December

  • Madeira’s average temperature in December is 20 °C

In winter, the Canary Islands are amongst the favourite places for sunseekers, with average maximum temperatures a pleasant 21 °C (70 °F) throughout coupled with about six hours of sunshine. Typically, there are 21 dry days each month during the winter season.

The island of Madeira is famously mountainous and the weather can vary dramatically as you go higher in altitude.

December is one of the wetter months on the island with 109 mm on average, however there are plenty of dry days and whilst temperatures may not be quite warm enough for a week of laying on the beach, it is a very popular destination at this time of year for active holidaymakers.

  • Read more about the weather in Madeira

Temperature in Cape Town in December

  • Cape Town’s average temperature in December is 19.8 °C

The southern hemisphere summer in Cape Town makes for a very appealing climate with very little rain and warm, but not tropical, temperatures and hours and hours of sunshine each day. The climate is said to be similar to a summer in the Mediterranean and is therefore no coincidence this area has become one of the most popular wine-growing areas in the world since the introduction of grapevines by French settlers in the 17th century.

Temperatures in December peak at a comfortable average daily maximum of 19.8 °C with just 15 mm of rain and an average of 11 hours of sunshine each day.

  • Read more about the weather in Cape Town

Where is hot in December 2022 – and cheap

By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer

Q.  Where is hot for a holiday in December 2022?

In December, when it’s icy cold in Britain, who wouldn’t want to jet off in search of sunshine? You can find warmer weather in the Canary Islands and Madeira. It’s a perfect time for Mauritius ,Dubai and Abu Dhabi and the Caribbean.

In terms of prices, December is a month of two halves. Travel in the first week or two and you may find a cheap deal. But once the schools break up for Christmas, long-haul destinations shoot up in price.

If you want to escape tinsel at home (or the in-laws) see our pick of the best Christmas holiday ideas. If you’re on your own, see our guide to the best solo holidays in December, and over Christmas.

These are my own personal recommendations with links to companies tested and approved by our team of editors and researchers.

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The Canary Islands enjoy a wonderful climate in winter. There are plenty of regional departures to Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria where you can expect temperatures around 22°C and six hours of daily sunshine. Flying time is just four hours. Find the warmest Canary Islands in December.

It’s a similar picture in Madeira though this island is less about fly-and-flop package holidays and more about lovely hotels and traditional quintas, along with rolling hills, dramatic cliffs and hiking trails. British Airways has direct flights from Gatwick.

I also recommend Morocco (3 hours flying time) which offers warm sunny days (20ºC), though evenings can get chilly. This is a particularly satisfying time to explore Marrakech, not least for some cheap Christmas shopping and exotic spices to bring back home.

Also see our tips for the best city breaks in December and where is hot in Europe in December.

The Caribbean

December is a great time to visit the Caribbean. The hurricane season has passed and you can expect average highs of 30°C and nine hours of daily sunshine, with little humidity. If you go before the start of the school Christmas holidays, prices are significantly lower. As soon as peak season arrives, it gets expensive.

Most of the direct flights take seven to eight hours with plenty of onward connections to the smaller islands.

Check out our research team’s recommendations in Barbados, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.

For couples, it’s hard to beat the luxury all-inclusive Sandals Resorts which has superb beach locations in Jamaica, Antigua, St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and the Bahamas. See the latest special offers.

If you fancy a cruise but not the thought of being on a huge liner, try a tall ship Caribbean cruise with Star Clippers. These majestic sailing ships can navigate into the smaller ports, giving you a more authentic and exciting experience.

You can combine beach and culture in Cuba which offers great value. Don’t miss the capital Havana, the colonial city of Trinidad and take time to chill on the beach at Cayo Santa Maria.

You can also enjoy a Latin American vibe on the Dutch island of Curaçao just 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela. It offers a cultural cocktail of Creole, Latin and African influences along with world-class beaches and dive sites. Stay at the Sandals Royal Curaçao.

See our full recommendations for the best Caribbean holidays and details of the Caribbean weather in December.

Under 7 hours flying time

The Gambia in west Africa (31ºC) is only six hours away and there’s no time difference. Prices are very reasonable, there are lovely wide beaches and some terrific hotels to suit most budgets, from luxury spa resorts to riverfront lodges. Check out the latest deals.

Egypt is a great bet, and prices on the ground are cheap. Explore Cairo then take a Nile cruise. You can expect seven hours of daily sunshine and temperatures of 24°C. Flying time from the UK is five hours.

There’s a great choice of direct flights from across the UK to the Arabian Gulf with temperatures of 26ºC and constant sunshine. Choose from glitz and excitement of Dubai and the sophisticated luxury of Qatar which offers art, culture and adrenalin sports as well as world-class beach hotels. Easy flight connections also make Qatar a great two-centre holiday with Sri Lanka, the Maldives or the Seychelles.

Our team love Cape Verde. It’s a diverse archipelago of islands off the west coast of Africa where you’ll find tropical beaches, lush mountains and temperatures of 27°C. Sal and Boa Vista are both a non-stop six-hour flight from the UK with a choice of all-inclusive resorts and charming hotels. There’s no time difference and no need for anti-malarials.

India and the Indian Ocean

In Northern India you’ll find temperatures of 23°C and eight hours of sun, ideal for sightseeing. Try a tour of the Golden Triangle to discover Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and the Taj Mahal. Goa and Kerala are both ideal for beach holidays, with temperatures hovering around 31°C and nine hours of sun. Check out this choice of affordable beachfront hotels in Goa, and the latest special offers.

It’s peak season in Sri Lanka in December, so book early, with a specialist company who can advise on the regional weather variations, to enjoy this country’s heady mix of beaches, culture, scenic wonders and wildlife adventures. I recommend the Experience Travel Group which has access to some amazing unique experiences.

For dreamy tropical beaches it’s hard to beat the Indian Ocean. Head to Mauritius (29°C and eight hours of sun) for luxury beachfront resorts and plenty to explore around the island.

Southeast Asia in December

Southeast Asia is an excellent choice in December. Thailand is a great destination in winter but pick your spot carefully. It’s the rainy season along the east coast (including Ko Samui and Hua Hin) in December but you can expect eight hours of sunshine and 31°C in Phuket and Ko Phi Phi. If you’re looking for culture and adventure in Thailand beyond the beach, I recommend Experience Travel Group which has access to some extraordinary experiences including these bespoke tours for foodies.

For a taste of sheer luxury, extraordinary scenic beauty and spiritual warmth, Bali is hard to beat. There may be a few afternoon or overnight showers but the 31°C highs and six hours of sunshine make it worth the journey.

Vietnam (31°C) is one of the fastest-growing destinations in the region – discover ancient and modern history, rich culture, great food, miles of empty beaches and a new wave of luxury hotels. Find detailed weather info here.

Cambodia offers a near perfect climate, with temperatures of 30°C and nine hours of daily sunshine. Although it has idyllic beaches, this is not a fly-and-flop destination – you should take time to explore the capital Phnom Penh and the temples of Angkor. Choose from independent or guided tours.

Find more hot winter sun destinations recommended by our researchers.

More long-haul holidays in December

It’s the middle of summer in Brazil and Argentina where our researchers recommend Dehouche, a locally-based tour company. It’s run by expat Brits, who have discovered some amazing things to do across South America.

Further north it’s also peak season in Costa Rica. Direct British Airways flights from the UK will get you to world-class beaches, jungles, forests, volcanoes and lots of exciting activities. This 12-day Costa Rica Highlights tour hits all the right spots.

Another country with perfect summer weather in December is South Africa. You can go on safari, lie on a beach, take a self-drive tour and explore beautiful Cape Town and the Winelands, where temperatures are 26°C and you’ll bask in 11 hours of daily sunshine. See a full range of South Africa itineraries.

It’s the wet season in Kenya but that means you can enjoy lush vegetation and a wealth of wildlife, not least the new-borns.

See a full selection of our expert tips on where to go on holiday in December. Our sister site, 101 Honeymoons, has recommendations on the best December honeymoons. Also see the hottest, sunniest places in Europe.

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22 Warm Places to Visit in December in USA (2022) — Travlinmad Slow Travel Blog

Looking for some warm places to visit in December in USA to escape the winter cold? We’ve got not one, but 22 places — time to plan for some warm winter destinations!

Does the thought of spending another long winter clad in wool socks and tucked under your down comforter send you screaming into the night? Start planning your warm weather winter getaway right now. C’mon, do it now before you’re too hibernated to leave your socially-distanced winter cocoon!

Between the 5 or 6 months of generally overcast skies, dry skin from being baked in front of your nightly fire (if you’re lucky to have a fireplace), and the unpredictability of all the snow, ice, and sleet many parts of the US can throw at you — winter in many parts of the US can be brutal.

So let’s get you someplace warm, OK? Where every morning you wake up and open the shutters has you jumping for joy at the sight of bright blue skies, sunny weather, and oversaturated color in everything you see.

Warm US winter destinations make the best getaways and there are quite a few in the US that will change the way you look at winter.

We’ve compiled 22 best places to visit in the US in December for warm weather this winter, so you can plan your escape!

Which of these warm US winter vacations is right for you?

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Warm Places in the US in December (by State)



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Warm Places to Visit in December in USA


When it comes to having some of the best options for warm places to visit in December in USA, Florida is hard to beat. The Sunshine State is one of the best places to visit in US in December, period! But… but — not every place in Florida is a prime destination during the winter.

Parts of North Florida and the Florida Panhandle can get snow and ice during late December and into January and February!

If temps in the 40s, 50s, 60s are good with you, then just about everywhere in Florida will work.

Luckily, the state is so big, you really have a great selection of places to go for the short sleeve, balmy, 70-80 degree weather you’re craving.

Florida from the central Gulf coast (Tampa, St. Pete, and Clearwater) down to southwest Florida and the Florida Keys offer many great options for great winter destinations.

Not only are these good places to visit year round, but visiting in the wintertime offers better wildlife viewing: migratory birds are typically back in the area, and eagles, osprey, and wading birds like herons, egrets, and roseate spoonsbills are abundant.

And the best part about Florida in the winter? Manatees are back in the springs keeping warm!

Fiery sunsets in Naples Florida

1. Naples

Average Winter High: 74-77°F

Located at the southwestern tip of Florida’s Gulf coast, the cities of Naples and Marco Island — collectively known as the Paradise Coast — are two great warm weather places to visit in the US if you want a warm and balmy tropical destination. Ahhh the paradise coast… sounds dreamy right?

This part of Florida is among the warmest places in the US in December!

Often known as one of Florida’s most upscale locales, there are plenty of things to see and do in Naples that everyone will enjoy. If you’re looking for a great Florida beach vacation, Naples has the warmest beaches in Florida in December — one for every day of the week.

If a pampered luxury getaway is more your speed, the options are truly endless with sublime spa treatments, culture and nightlife, and dining al fresco (yes, even in winter). Naples has over 700 amazing restaurants.

But given its proximity on the doorstep of the Florida Everglades, this part of Florida is a nature and outdoor lover’s paradise with unique hiking, boating, and wildlife galore.

Go early in December to enjoy the light display at the Naples Botanical Garden, Christmas boat parades, and catch a holiday performance at Artis Naples.

Where to Stay in Naples:

Situated in the heart of beautiful downtown Naples, The popular Inn on Fifth is a luxurious Mediterranean-inspired hotel that is close to some of the best restaurants in Naples and also has a full-service spa.

Check availability and rates here.

Bellasera Resort is a moderately priced hotel with poolside cabanas, a heated outdoor pool, and a fitness center and it’s just an easy walk to 5th Ave S. for some of the best dining and shopping Naples has to offer.

Check more details and availability.

2. Marco Island

Average Winter High: 74-77°F

Just 15 minutes south of Naples Florida is its sister city of Marco Island on the Paradise Coast. But while it’s close by, the city of Marco Island is different from Naples in several ways. You can expect more of a quiet luxury community on Marco, if that’s the vibe you’re going for.

When it comes to beaches, you’ll have more of a selection in Naples than Marco, but Marco Island is closer to the Ten Thousand Islands and the Everglades for outdoor enthusiasts. In fact, Marco Island is the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands!

As for restaurants? The dining scene in Marco Island is equally good with everything from Italian to seafood and everything in between.

Where to Stay in Marco Island:

Planning a visit to Marco? You can’t go wrong with a stay at Marriott Crystal Shores resort. With direct access to South Marco Beach and great sunset views, the resort features 2 pools, a fitness center, restaurant and a long list of amenities.

Check current rates and availability.

3. Orlando

Average Winter High: 68-73°F

If you’ve been dreaming of Disney, Orlando offers one of the best warm winter vacations in the USA. And visiting in early December offers some of the smallest crowds of the year — don’t worry, Santa starts his Christmas visits early at Disney World, beginning the second week in November.

While Orlando may be landlocked between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, there are plenty of fun water activities and day trips you can take, from kayaking at Blue Spring State Park and taking in the beautiful holiday lights around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando including the Eola Wonderland 72–foot Christmas tree with a synchronized light and music show.

You’ll never be without a great Christmas celebration sometime in December. It’s what makes Orlando one of the best US winter destinations.

How about Grinchmas at The Islands of Adventure? Or the “Dazzling Nights” display at the Harry P. Leu Gardens that transform the gardens into a winter wonderland with over a million dazzling light displays, twinkling lights, and beautiful sculptures — nearly a mile long interactive holiday experience.

Where to Stay in Orlando:

Orlando may not have a beach on the ocean, but you can still feel the vibe with a stay at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites. The resort offers early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay water park, and provides complimentary transportation to Universal Orlando Resort’s 3 theme parks and Universal CityWalk.

Click here to check availability at this amazing resort.

If you need a beach fix, Clearwater has just what you need



Average Winter High: 70-73°F

If you’re looking for a warm US winter vacation, Clearwater Florida is a great option for winter getaways.

Beach lovers should head to Honeymoon Island State Park, located about 25 minutes north of Clearwater Beach with four miles of stunning beaches to explore. It’s a great place to lounge in the sun, go swimming, fishing, biking, kayaking, or hiking along the 3-mile trail through one of the last remaining virgin slash pine forests.

Or, take the ferry across the channel to Caladesi State Park — it’s even less crowded and rocky than Honeymoon Island. On your way out, stop at Frenchy’s Outpost on the Dunedin Causeway for their Grouper sandwich. One bite and you just might start looking to pack up and move here.

Where to Stay in Clearwater:

Just opposite the sugary sand beach and featuring an outdoor heated pool among its many amenities, Pier House 60 Clearwater Beach Marina Hotel is only a 3 minute walk from premier dining and shopping, and just over a mile from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Check here for the latest rates and availability.

5. Fort Lauderdale

Average Winter High: 78°F

Like most destinations in southern Florida, Fort Lauderdale in the winter is warm and inviting. Situated on the southeastern coast of Florida, the city is famous for its beautiful beaches, fishing, and boating. Most major airlines have direct service to the Fort Lauderdale Airport, or fly into Miami, rent a car, and drive the 25 miles north on scenic A1A.

The city is much more than just great beaches and every water sport imaginable. Stroll the promenade known as The Strip for upscale shopping, a cocktail at one of the many bars, and dining at excellent outdoor restaurants.

In early December, catch the annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, one of the longest boat parades in Florida at over 12 miles long! Private boats and megayachts twinkle with hundreds of thousands of lights, blasting music, and showing off their festive holiday spirit!

Enjoy world-class shopping along Las Olas Boulevard, and walk the beautifully landscaped Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk. There are arts and cultural events for the whole family. Take an easy day trip to the Everglades National Park for hiking, experiencing this unique environment, or take an exciting airboat ride.

Where to Stay in Fort Lauderdale:

Premiere Hotel is less than one block from the beach and features a saltwater outdoor pool. The hotel is located in a popular part of Fort Lauderdale close to shops and restaurants.

Check more details and availability.

Swimming with manatees in Crystal River is one of the best warm winter vacations in USA

6. Crystal River

Average Winter High: 74°F

You may not have heard of this small city in Florida but no doubt you’ve heard of its most famous activity. Crystal River is one of the most popular warm winter destinations in the US for one, very large, reason… the return of its most famous resident, the West Indian manatee!

Located on Central Florida’s central Gulf Coast, Crystal River sits on Florida’s Nature Coast. The city and the surrounding area is full of small, natural warm springs, found commonly throughout central Florida’s limestone shelf. The springs bubble up from below and remain a constant 72°F, offering manatees a warm sanctuary when the Gulf of Mexico turns cold in December.

But the best part is, Crystal River offers visitors a chance to get in the water (wetsuits required!) and swim alongside the manatees to passively observe these gentle creatures in their natural habitat.

It’s one of the coolest warm places in the US to visit throughout winter — December, January, and February too.

Don’t want to get in the water to see them? No worries. Visit Three Sisters Spring in downtown Crystal River and stroll the elevated boardwalk that surrounds the spring. You’ll sometimes see hundreds of manatees huddled together keeping warm in the crystal blue water.

Where to Stay in Crystal River:

Situated on 232 acres close to King’s Bay, the Plantation on Crystal River, Ascend Hotel Collection features a 27 hole championship golf course, a spa, a cool poolside Tiki bar, and 4 on-site restaurants.

For your next getaway check here for availability.

Sanibel Island is the Shelling Capital of the World

7. Fort Myers and Sanibel

Average Winter High: 74-77˚F

The historic town of Fort Myers in southwest Florida is one of the top year round destinations in Florida, with winter being the most popular time of year.

The great part about visiting Fort Myers is all the additional amazing buck-list places you can easily visit just minutes away — from the shelling beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, to Fort Myers Beach, Pine Island and the artsy town of Matlacha, the geography has the city of Fort Myers surrounded by them all.

The city of Fort Myers has incredible turn of the century history having been a favorite summer residence of Thomas Edison and his friend Henry Ford, and their homes are must see attractions in Fort Myers. Nearby Fort Myers Beach is the ideal location for parasailing, a lively beach scene, or a guided fishing trip.

The holidays in Fort Myers are also fun, kicking off with the annual Sand Sculpting Championships on Fort Myers Beach and leading into the local Christmas Boat Parades, the Cape Coral Festival of Lights, and the impressive Holiday Nights at the Edison and Ford Winter Estate.

Where to Stay in Fort Myers Beach:

Although we generally don’t stay in chain hotels, But the Best Western Plus Beach Resort has one of the best beachfront locations in Fort Myers Beach sitting on a white sand beach with an outdoor pool and rooms with a private balcony. Included among the many amenities are barbecue and laundry facilities.

Check availability and current rates.

Where to Stay on Sanibel Island:

The Sundial Beach Resort & Spa features a special Gulf-side spa and 5 swimming pools. Kayaks, paddle boards, tennis and pickle ball courts , 4 onsite restaurants, and a take-out sushi shop all make for a very relaxing stay.

Check rates and details on a Sanibel Island getaway.

Smathers Beach in Key West

8. Key West, Florida

Average Winter High: 77°F

If you are looking for one of the best winter destinations with an island feel and a lively social scene, Key West may be the perfect place for you.

Located at the very end of the beautiful Florida Keys, Key West is officially the Southernmost City in the USA, making it the warmest place in US in December — probably January and February too — outside the US Virgin Islands.

It’s a tropical outpost party atmosphere waiting to happen — it can be loud and raucous or as laid-back as you want, it’s really up to you. That’s the beauty of the Conch Republic.

Getting to Key West is easy, and a few ways are even more adventurous. You can fly directly into Key West from anywhere in the US. Or take the 3-hour high speed catamaran ferry from southwest Florida called the Key West Express.

But for the adventure of your entire winter, take a road trip! The Miami to Key West drive is something every traveler should do in their lifetime, and the journey itself can be the destination!

There’s lots to do in Key West from the touristy to the hidden gems fewer travelers discover. Head to Duval Street to do your own self-guided pub crawl — known as the Duval Crawl — from one famous watering hole to the next. Or get off Duval and wander the side streets of Old Town to the Key West Cemetery and check out the headstones. In the evening, head to Mallory Square for the daily evening sunset celebration.

Where to Stay in Key West:

Simonton Court Historic Inn & Cottages is one of our favorite places to stay in Key West. Whether on your honeymoon or just getting away from it all this quiet resort in the heart of Old Town is the perfect stay! This is an adults only resort offering a complimentary continental breakfast, 4 onsite pools, and is an easy walk to Duval Street. Click here to book your stay.

Or check out our favorite Key West Airbnbs in Old Town from the hundreds to choose from!


View of the Seven Sisters from scenic Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas, Nevada

9. Las Vegas

Average Winter High: 59-66°F, Average Low 40-44°F

If you’re looking for a little more adult action in your warm winter break, there’s always Vegas! And if you haven’t been there in a while, well, it ain’t what it used to be.

Las Vegas is still the playground it always was, only now it’s so much more than casinos and gaming, and very family-friendly (for the most part). While the night are considerably cold, the desert is sunny during the day and perfect for 18 holes of golf and high-end shopping. But for the adventurous travelers, the best parts about Las Vegas lie outside the city.

Go boating at Lake Mead Recreational Area or visit the Hoover Dam. There’s great hiking in the Red Rock National Conservation Area just west of the city. This is just one of the attractions in the Mojave Desert, known for its towering red sandstone peaks and Native American petroglyphs.

Just south of Hoover Dam and the town of Henderson you’ll find some incredible outdoor activities too, including a trail of hot springs that can actually soak in that will keep you busy for days.

If you’re going around the holidays, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway has an amazing light display, and the Las Vegas Festival Of Lights at Craig Ranch Park is a must-see!

Where to Stay in Las Vegas:

You can relax at Desert Paradise Resort and still be just a short drive to the Strip and Fremont Street. A great location with spacious suites that include a laundry and a full kitchen, an adult pool, a family pool and whirlpool, and a long list of amenities will make your stay comfortable and convenient.

Check here for availability and the latest rates.

US Caribbean

Beautiful Trunk Bay on St. John

10. St. John, USVI

Average Winter High: 78°F

Winter in the US Virgin Islands may be your ultimate warm winter US destination if you’re longing for the Caribbean — winter is perfect beach weather. Winter in St. John (and all the islands) offers the same vibrant culture and historic architecture as you’ll find year round, not to mention the island’s amazing food, sprinkled with flavors from across Africa, America, Europe, and the West Indies.

But the USVI are most famous for their gorgeous white-sand beaches and clear turquoise waters, where you can spend all day sunbathing or lounging in a hammock somewhere.

If you crave activity, there’s every kind of water water sports to fill your days from snorkeling, diving, sailing, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding, and hiking. In fact, St. John stands apart from its sister islands with the presence of the St. John National Park where you’ll find some awesome hiking trails.

And the best part about a warm winter getaway to the Virgin Islands? There’s no exchanging currency and no translation apps needed (though the local patois may take some getting used to).

Where to Stay in St. John:

Estate Lindholm is a lush Indonesian inspired resort with an outdoor pool and great panoramic sea views. Some rooms have a kitchen and a direct direct view of the sea. You’ll find this family run business friendly and very helpful for getting around during your stay.

Check current rates and availability.

Gozalandia Waterfall in San Sebastian Puerto Rico

11. Puerto Rico

Average Winter High: 80°F

If you’re dreaming of a warm tropical island escape, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico may be the right answer! This beautiful Caribbean island and unincorporated territory of the United States has so much going on, from breathtaking mountain landscapes to centuries-old architecture at the fortresses of El Morro and La Fortaleza.

Not to mention the beaches are some of the best in the world, and the surfing at Rincon is world-class.

Rent a garita cart (the island’s golf cart) and explore the cobblestoned streets and over 500 years of history of Old San Juan, or take a guided tour to El Yunque Rainforest, the only tropical rainforest that’s part of the US National Forest System.

The 28,000-acre rainforest is home to amazing wildlife and unique flora, and includes 25 waterfalls, several rivers, and ancient petroglyphs of Taíno deities. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Whether you spend a week or a few days in Puerto Rico before hopping to another nearby island, this US territory makes a great warm winter destination in December.

Where to Stay in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico:

Perfectly located in the heart of Old San Juan, Fortaleza Suites Old San Juan is close to great restaurants and shopping, and is only an 8 minute walk to Pier 4. With a very friendly and helpful staff this is one of the best in the area.

Check current availability and rates.

12. South Padre Island

Average Winter High: 61-64°F

South Padre Island is a well-known beach resort town just off Texas’ southern Gulf coast. Vacationers love the beaches here to escape winter. The water is calm and warm enough for a swim or just about anything you can do on the water. Premier fishing and boating are major activities.

The island has a lot for nature lovers and especially birdwatchers as the island is home to a variety of migrating birds. The South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center has a 5 story watchtower to get great panoramic views. There is the Dolphin Research & Sealife Center that has boat tours and touch tanks for the kids. And Sea Turtle Inc. rescues and rehabilitates, well, sea turtles so they can be released back into the sea.

When you get tired of the beach, SPI has a wealth of art and culture. Enjoy a taste of Mexico with a day trip to Matamoros. You can be there in less than an hour. Just remember to bring your passport. Or take the short 30 minute drive to Brownsville, one of the most historic places in Texas.

Where to Stay in South Padre Island:

With direct access to a beautiful beach the La Copa Inn Beach Hotel is conveniently located to shopping, restaurants, and water activities. The hotel amenities include the Bar & Grill restaurant, a Starbucks, and a hot breakfast with an omelet station.

Check availability and rates here.

The famous, colorful Riverwalk of San Antonio

13. San Antonio

Average Winter High: 64-68°F

Located in south-central Texas, San Antonio has plenty to do when you need to get away from the cold and snow. For those that don’t relish high temperatures and humidity, San Antonio is a perfect destination. With average daytime temperatures ranging fro the mid 60s to the high 70s, it’s easy to get out and around exploring the sights and sounds of the city.

No trip to San Antonio would be complete without a visit to the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, a UNESCO world heritage site that includes 4 missions along with the famous Alamo. The 15 miles long Riverwalk along the San Antonio River has at it’s heart a 5 mile stretch running through downtown with lots of shops, restaurants, and bars.

Visit The Witte Museum to see the dinosaur exhibits and Texas history. The Museum of Art features exhibits from around the world and defitiely check out the Japanese Tea Garden which dates back to 1919. There is so much to do and see in San Antonio, and plenty of things for the entire family.

Where to Stay in San Antonio:

Hotel Contessa-Suites on the Riverwalk offers 4-star accommodations with a hot tub. There is an excellent onsite restaurant, fitness center, and an outdoor pool. This hotel enjoys a great location close to the most popular sites and activities.

Check more details and current rates.


There’s more to New Orleans than the French Quarter

14. New Orleans

Average Winter High: 64-66°F

Not only is the city of New Orleans, Louisiana one of the most culturally unique cities in America, it also happens to be a great city to visit when the cold temps dip down to unbearable — a great time to get combine your warm winter escape with some of the best things to see and do in the US. Where else can you get the raw energy of the French Quarter, vibrant jazz, rich history, and some of the best food in the country than in The Big Easy!

It’s the perfect US city for those looking for warm winter getaways. If you can wait to escape until January, go for Mardi Gras, a celebration unlike any other. Mardi Gras begins on January 6th and runs until Fat Tuesday with most events and parades held the last two weeks before Fat Tuesday.

If you’re a foodie, you’ll see why the cuisine makes New Orleans such a great culinary city (Cafe du Monde for beignets is a must!), but the amazing craft cocktails like the Sazerac, and the history that goes along with them, are equally compelling.

Explore the French Quarter and visit the Voodoo Museum for unbelievable history. It’s one of the best NOLA attractions for couples on a winter getaway. If you’re driving or have a rental car, be sure and take a day to see the River Road plantations west of New Orleans — highly worth a visit.

Where to Stay in New Orleans:

The best selection of hotels and apartments for any budget is at the famous “French Quarter”, by far the best area to stay in New Orleans to be close to the action and attractions.

For a quieter, more local experience, we love the Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District. This excellent hotel is located on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line giving convenient access to shopping, attractions, and restaurants. Or stay onsite and enjoy local specialties and coffee at Babin’s Bar & Bistro.

Check current rates and availability.


The lush Garden Isle of Kauai

15. Kauai

Average Winter High: 72°F

The Hawaiian Islands have always been on the radar for travelers seeking to get away from the winter chill, but Kauai stands out as the perfect choice in the islands for those wanting a laid-back location in a lush natural setting.

Nicknamed the “Garden Isle”, the island is almost totally covered by rainforest with more shades of green than can be imagined. Add in spectacularly beautiful beaches — some quite secluded — surfing, and hiking in Waimea Canyon and on the Nounou Trail near Kapa’a, and you have a great recipe for a warm destination.

Go kayaking the 20 mile long Wailua River, then cool down at Opaekaa Falls and Wailua Falls.

The only way to Kauai is to fly with many airlines now offering non-stop service. If you are flying into Oahu first, the good news is that it’s only a 25- minute flight from the Honolulu International Airport.

Where to Stay in Kauai:

The Waimea Plantation Cottages enjoy an ideal location on a stunning black sand beach. The oceanfront cottages feature plantation period furnishings and patios with a seaside view of the Pacific Ocean. You’ll enjoy the oceanfront pool and barbecue facilities. The property is within easy walking distance of Waimea River Park and the Waimea Theater.

Check current availability and rates at Waimea Plantation.

16. Oahu

Average Winter High: 74-78°F

Want to hop a quick flight to Hawaii and plant yourself for a week of fun in the sun? Then Oahu may be your ideal Hawaiian island. Home to the main airport on Hawaii, Honolulu International Airport, you can fly in, unpack your swimsuit and hit Waikiki Beach within the hour!

Oahu is the most visited of the Hawaiian islands for several good reasons, and the ease of getting there is a big one. Add in all the fun activities you can see and do without going far and a vibrant night life scene, and you can see why it’s a favorite destinations among many travelers.

For history and culture lovers, Oahu is a clear favorite to explore as it’s the site of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial with its somber World War II history. It’s also the home of Hawaii’s Royal History, and the ʻIolani Palace, the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii beginning with Kamehameha III under the Kamehameha Dynasty.

For nature outings, there are plenty of water activities and hiking trails to choose from, and a hike to the summit of Diamond Head volcano for stunning views over Waikiki is at the top of the list. Surfers will head to the North Shore for some of the world’s premier surfing. Or book a boat tour to dive with spinner dolphins or go whale watching offshore.

Where to Stay in Oahu:

Located in a favored area of Honolulu, the Queen Kapiolani Hotel is just one block from famous Waikiki Beach. Enjoy sunsets with a panoramic view of Diamond Head from the outdoor pool and terrace. Beach towels and beach chairs are available. The hotel is convenient to shopping, restaurants, and activities.

Check more details and availability.

Can you think of a better warm winter destination than Maui?

17. Maui

Average Winter High: 70-72°F

If you’re looking for a good mix of nature and outdoor activities with a full array of touristy things to do, Maui is the Goldilocks Hawaiian island for you — not as touristy as Oahu and not as lush as Kauai…. juuust right!

On Maui, you’ll have your choice of amazing restaurants, luaus, and shopping areas around Lahania and Kihei and Kahului. But venture out and drive the road to Hana to see the full spectrum of natural beauty the island has to offer. You’ll find lush waterfalls and verdant countryside along the twisty winding road on the eastern side of the island until you round the bend to the south side past the Seven Sacred pools.

Eventually the drive brings you to the volcanic landscape of Haleakala, past black sand beaches lava fields that empty right into the sea.

One of the biggest rewards for driving this incredibly scenic roads? The Tedeschi Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch, on the west side of the island and a beautiful place to visit in Upcountry Maui. And, everyone aged 21 and up will be rewarded with free wine tastings — how can you pass that up?

And all of this can be seen in one day!

So what about the rest of your time? Watch the sunrise at Haleakala National Park, swim in the amazing water, try your hand at wind surfing, go whale watching, or snorkeling trip to nearby Molokini.

Where to Stay in Maui:

We can recommend this property because we’ve stayed here. Aston Kaanapali Shores is located right on beautiful Kaanapali Beach along with its oceanfront pool and restaurants. Onsite massages are available as are free scuba lessons and ukelele classes.

Amenities include a salon, sauna, hot tub, fitness center, tennis courts, and the property is family friendly. American and local cuisine including sushi is available all day.

Check rates and current availability


18. Tucson

Average Winter High: 45-65°

The city of Tuscon is located an hour and a half southeast of Phoenix in southern Arizona. With a year-round average of 70.9°, Tuscon is a nearly perfect destination to warm-up in winter. The city boasts numerous museums and venues on the area’s heritage and culture. A particularly interesting museum is the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Main Gate Square near the University of Arizona is a popular shopping and dining district with over 30 restaurants with cuisines from around the world. Explore Tuscon by renting a Pedego electric bike and make your way to the Tuscon Botanical Gardens.

Hiking, golfing, and horseback riding are all popular. Reid Park Zoo and the Boyce Thompson Arboretum are also at the top of most visitor’s list of things to do. Tuscon is very family friendly and you definitely won’t run out of things for the entire family to do.

Where to Stay in Tucson:

Situated on 14 beautifully landscaped acres in downtown Tucson, the Arizona Inn features 3 onsite restaurants and an out door heated pool. Enjoy fine dining in the Main Dining Room, or stop by the Audubon Bar for a more casual lunch or dinner. The long list of amenities includes tennis courts and free bike rental.

Check availability and the latest rates.

The famous Cathedral Rock in Sedona

19. Sedona

Average Winter High: 60-64°F Low: 34-36°F

With stunning red rock landscapes, New Age vortex vibes, and over 120 unique hiking trails for just about every skill level, Sedona, Arizona is a favorite winter getaway for nature lovers and shopaholics alike. While it’s not the warmest place in US in December, it made our list because it’s a great over US winter destination.

Like any desert location, you’ll be plenty warm during the day as you hike or wine taste your way around town, but it does get cold at night. Like in the 30s!

The landscapes around Sedona are unparalleled — one more breathtaking than the next — and a photographer’s dream, especially at sunset when the rocks glow endless shades of orange.

Road trippers can easily expand a trip to Sedona with the Grand Canyon, Montezuma Castle in Jerome, and Scottsdale, all close by.

Sedona also has some great shopping options, boutiques and art galleries filled with authentic Navajo pottery and artwork complete with certificates of authenticity.

Like Florida, Arizona is a huge snowbird state, drawing sun seekers, retirees, RVers, healers, and hikers from all over the western US and beyond to admire the amazing rock formations, buttes and canyons. It’s one of the best warm US winter vacations to satisfy everyone — just about everything you could want except the ocean and balmy nighttime temperatures.

Where to Stay in Sedona:

We have stayed at and highly recommend L’Auberge de Sedona on Oak Creek. The property has a great location with views of the mountains and easy access to Sedona and the stunning landscapes surrounding the city. There is a spa, an outdoor pool, and free shuttle service to uptown, and fine dine at L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek.

Check availability and current rates at L’Auberge de Sedona.


20. Huntington Beach

Average Winter High: 65° F

If you’re dreamin’ of your warm USA winter vacation in California, you don’t have to hang ten to love Surf City USA! Huntington Beach is a great place to visit if you love an overall cool beach town, biking at the beach, luxury spas, great restaurants and shopping, and unique restaurants and eateries to fit any budget.

Located in Orange County, there’s plenty to do in Huntington Beach, and it’s a prime spot to base yourself to explore nearby Bolsa Chica State Beach, Seal Beach, and the surrounding cities of Anaheim (home of Disneyland), Santa Monica, and of course LA which offers endless great options for fun!

Huntington Beach is the quintessential surfing town, complete with the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum and the Surfing Walk of Fame honoring the many surfing legends who’ve surfed the waves here. Stroll the Huntington Beach Pier, one of the longest on the West Coast, then rent bikes and see the beautiful beach on 2 wheels along miles of paved bike paths.

Where to Stay in Huntington Beach:

Paséa Hotel & Spa is located almost directly across the street from the Huntington Beach Pier and features a spa, outdoor pool, and lovely sun terrace. Watch the sunset from your room then enjoy any of the great restaurants all within walking distance.

Pacific City is next door with restaurants and upscale shopping. We love Huntington Beach and so will you.

Check the current rates and availability.

Sunset over San Diego California

21. San Diego

Average Winter High: 66°F

San Diego is a great warm weather destination located in southern California only 20 miles from the Mexican border. When visiting you can take advantage of this closeness for a day trip to Tijuana which takes just a bit over 30 minutes.

For beach lovers one thing to remember is your on the Pacific Ocean which tends to be relatively cold year round maxing out in the high 60s. But not to worry, Mission Beach is a family favorite with soft sand, a fun boardwalk, and a crazy roller coaster.

Some popular activities are touring the USS Midway, a WWII era aircraft carrier that has been turned into a museum and is open to the public, and spending time at the world class San Diego Zoo. For an educational taste of the ocean, visit SeaWorld San Diego, and in the evening for drinks and dinner make your way to the seaside Gaslamp Quarter. San Diego will keep you busy and relaxed for days, and it’s warm.

Where to Stay in San Diego:

If you’re looking for something a bit different with a very cool laid-back vibe, a stay at Moxy San Diego Gaslamp Quarter might just be for you. This fun hotel is close to the heart of downtown, the waterfront, and a wide variety of restaurants.

Check availability and current rates.

The wonders of Joshua Tree National Park

22. Palm Springs and Joshua Tree

Average Winter High December, January, February: 58-63°F

Perhaps best known as California’s chic vintage desert oasis, the bustling city of Palm Springs exudes style. Without a doubt you can shop to your heart’s content in cool vintage boutiques and design stores before noshing on lunch or sipping wine for the rest of the afternoon in El Paseo, the Rodeo Drive of Palm Springs. This is also a top gold destination for those dying to get out on the links.

But the city is also close to some of the most beautiful natural areas in the state, and the ideal winter temps around 70° is perfect for taking it all in. The surrounding Coachella Valley has incredible hiking and biking, or go horseback riding through Indian Canyons.

Better yet, add Joshua Tree National Park to your itinerary! This national park is one of the best warm winter destinations in the US for outdoor lovers looking for the next enticing trail — seriously, the adventure activities and unique desert landscapes of Joshua Tree’s are unlike anything else in the country.

Go crack climbing on the tall cliff wall faces or bouldering on gigantic rocks strewn throughout the Park, hike along trails to a lush oasis, or just grab your camera and have at it — there’s 800,000 acres to explore.

Where to Stay in Palm Springs:

ARRIVE Palm Springs is only one mile from downtown Palm Springs with an onsite bar, ice cream shop, and coffee at Cartel Coffee Lab. Complimentary water refills, a bocce court and fire pits, and free bikes round out the list of onsite amenities. Close to restaurants and shopping.

Check here for availability and rates.

Where is your favorite warm winter place in the US to visit in December?

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Where is hot in December? Our top 5 destinations.


Some people are just not meant for winter, so when December comes around – all cold and frosty, a warm beach and a heated pool sound extremely tempting. You end up asking yourself (or Google) ‘ok I’m done with winter, where is hot in December?’ and you find yourself booking the next available flight.

Besides, who needs Christmas presents when you can have some winter sunshine instead?

Ok. Maybe the presents too.

Anyway, here are the top six destinations we think are the best places to visit in December if you want to ditch the knitted jumpers for shorts, sandals, and a sun lounger instead.

Canary Islands

Weather: Max 21° | Min 16° (avg.)
What to do: The Canary Islands are one of the best places to visit in December if you want a bit of winter sunshine, without it being too intense. They’re beautifully volcanic, with striking coastlines, occasional black-sand beaches, lush tropical interiors, stunning national parks, and charming towns and villages. Plus, the waters are still warm enough to swim in.
Where to stay: Tenerife and Gran Canaria are slightly warmer in December, due to stronger winds in Lanzarote at this time of year.
Further reading: Which Canary Island is right for you? 


Weather: Max 29° | Min 23° (avg.)
What to do: Barbados is one of the best countries to visit in December if you want to experience a vibrant culture. Soak up local Caribbean life on a Friday at Oistin’s Fish Fry (a Bajan party at a fish market), go rum tasting at Mount Gay Distillery, wander charming colonial towns and plantation houses, swim with sea turtles, or just chill on a beach. 
Where to stay: We’ve got a great collection of stylish, luxury villas in Barbados.
Further reading: The best reasons to visit Barbados 

Dominican Republic

Weather: Max 28° | Min 22° (avg. )
What to do: This is one of the best places to go in December for those looking for an outdoor adventure. The Dominican Republic may be famous for its white-sand beaches, but go beyond that and you’ll find stunning waterfalls nestled into lush jungle, the vivid ‘Blue Hole’ lagoon, dramatic canyons and caves, and the Unesco-protected neighbourhood of Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo (a must!) 
Where to stay: Our handpicked collection of villas in the Dominican Republic will make you feel like an A-Lister.
Further reading: Top 10 Caribbean islands for a holiday 

Southern Thailand

Weather: Max 31° | Min 23° (avg.)
What to do: The islands of Southern Thailand are one of the ideal places to visit in December for some well-deserved R&R – stroll along powder-soft beaches, try your hand at a watersport (or five), swim in crystal-clear water, meet friendly locals and sip cocktails while watching a beautiful sunset.
Where to stay: We’re continuing to expand our impressive Thailand portfolio, so you can find unique villas in lively Koh Samui, upmarket Hua Hin and stunning Phuket… with more in the pipeline!
Further reading: Best beaches in Thailand 


Weather: Max 23° | Min 12° (avg.)
What to do: Beautiful golden beaches, ancient archeological sites that are steeped in history and mythical legends, and incredible cuisine. You’re not short of interesting things to do and see in Cyprus. Check out the Tomb of Kings, Blue Flag Nissi Beach, and Aphrodite’s Rock, to name a few.
Where to stay: We’ve got an extensive selection of handpicked villas to choose from in Cyprus.
Further reading: The local’s guide to authentic Cyprus 


Weather: Max 28° | Min 20° (avg. )
What to do: Swim in magical cenotes, kick back on white-sand beaches, explore luscious jungle or discover ancient Mayan ruins. Mexico is a playground for adventurers, but is also the ideal place for kicking back and relaxing! December to April is the dry season, where you can expect good weather with little rainfall… it’s the best time to visit!
Where to stay: We’ve got villas spread across Baja California, The Pacific Coast and Cancun & The Riviera Maya! 


We hope we’ve managed to answer your question about where is hot in December… would you add any other countries to our list? If you’re interested in holidaying in any of the above places but not sure where to start, we’ve got a friendly concierge team who can help you find a villa to match your tastes and requirements. We’ve even made a list of our favourite villas for winter sun! Or if you’re thinking ahead, check out our best holiday destinations for 2020.


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Holidays in the 2021-2022 school year at school: autumn, winter, spring, summer

From year to year there are proposals to shorten or move the beginning of the school year. Komsomolka found out how schoolchildren rest and how long will the holidays last in the 2021-2022 academic year

Ksenia Konyukhova

Journalist “KP”

Maria Zarbalieva

Alekseykin Journalist

CEO of
TalentTech digital education development area,
founder of Foxford online school

So far, the three summer months of rest remain untouched. We are sorting out what the school vacation schedule will be like in the 2021-2022 academic year in order to plan holidays with the whole family in advance.

Quarters or trimesters?

Many schools are now moving from traditional quarters to trimesters. At the same time, according to the law, study and vacation time are equal in them, but vacation days are distributed unevenly throughout the year.

With the traditional quarter system , each of the four quarters ends with vacations. Before the holidays, grades are given, and schoolchildren with a clear conscience go to rest.

The disadvantage of this system is that the quarters are very unequal. The second flies by, you won’t have time to look back. And if a child gets sick for a couple of weeks, problems arise: how to evaluate him in subjects that go, say, once a week.

The third quarter, on the contrary, is very protracted. Pupils get tired, get sick a lot and come to the finish just exhausted.

“Most schools in Russia study according to the classical quarter system,” comments Alexey Polovinkin, CEO of TalentTech digital education development, founder of Foxford online school. – It can hardly be called ideal, because it distributes the teaching load unevenly: the third quarter lasts as much as 11 weeks, and the second and fourth – seven. It turns out that with such a system, a quarter is either too long, like the third, or too short, like the second. The child either just got involved in work, as the holidays come, or he studies with his last strength and waits for rest. Of course, if this system did not have positive aspects, so many schools would not choose it. One of them is the completion of the quarter by grading. The child understands that he has worked, sees the result and goes to rest. Another plus is that if the child is studying at an art, sports or music school, then the holidays will coincide.

modular and trimester systems are deprived of these shortcomings – when the academic year is divided into equal intervals. With a modular system, this is 5 weeks of training, followed by a week of vacation. With a trimester – three months, that is, two modules of five weeks each with holidays in between.

The shortcomings of the trimester system include the fact that vacations do not become the logical conclusion of the study period, as in the quarter system. Where you did your best, got good grades for a quarter – and walk boldly. Under the trimester system, children can go to school on Monday, and they will be given trimester grades on Wednesday, since the next school period ends on Wednesday. But, on the other hand, it motivates you to take a more responsible attitude to your studies throughout the year, and not just before the end of the study period.

“Trimester education looks more comfortable for schoolchildren,” says Alexey Polovinkin. – In five weeks, the guys do not have time to get tired, but there is another problem: as soon as they tune in to study, the holidays come – and the cycle repeats again. Junior and middle school students are unlikely to realize this, but high school students who are determined to enter, feel it more sharply. Compared to quarters, there is a feeling of incompleteness, because the assessment is set at the end of the trimester (after three months).

Holidays for children during the school year become longer, and this is inconvenient for parents who do not have the opportunity to take their child during school breaks. Not every employer will allow you to take a vacation every five weeks. But children rest more evenly, the incidence decreases in the spring. And there are more grades in each training period, so even if the child missed a week or two, he will certainly be certified.

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the result of his work, but he manages to accumulate a sufficient number of grades for objective certification for the trimester. Children usually like the fact that they leave for the New Year holidays without grades. If suddenly they did not study as well as they would like, they will still have time to correct everything, and the holidays will pass without thinking about bad grades. Another plus for children is a more objective annual mark. For example, if a child has two fours and two fives in the quarters, then it remains to be seen what the teacher decides to put. With the trimester system, there are no such fluctuations, because there are three final marks.

Despite the external similarity of the modular and trimester training systems, there are significant differences between them, which relate to both the curriculum and the peculiarities of the distribution of rest time.

— A modular system involves deep immersion in one or more related subjects over a certain period, such as a month, says Alexey Polovinkin. – It is more common in private or profile schools, where they experiment with teaching formats more often. You almost never meet her in an ordinary school, because it is difficult to organize a rotation of teachers here. From the point of view of the quality of education, it is more effective: schoolchildren show a higher percentage of residual knowledge. There is an explanation for this. Imagine that at work you need to complete tasks not for one or two projects, but for 6-7 every day. Tomorrow – 6-7 others, and they will also alternate: some must be performed once a week, some – three times. Can you switch and do each equally effectively? Hardly.

In the modular system, education often continues until July, which means that the summer holidays are shortened by a month. Thus, the load during the school year is distributed more evenly. There is a positive moment in this, because the summer holidays in Russia are very long. When compared with European countries, only schoolchildren in Italy and Bulgaria also have a rest for 14-16 weeks in the summer. This has a detrimental effect on the concentration of children. To maintain tone, parents try to send their children to camps or summer schools.

There is also training for bimester . But it is not very common in Russia. In the Moscow region, for example, there are only a couple of such schools. There are 5 training modules for 7 weeks. There are 2 weeks between them. And summer holidays are shorter. Schoolchildren study in June inclusive.

We remind you that the total number of rest days is the same for all systems. This is 30 days during the school year (for first graders – 35 days) and three months in the summer.

Summer holidays for elementary school students usually start on 24 (25) May. But older children and those who have a trimester system at school study longer – until June 1. Pupils 9and 11 classes because of the GIA and the Unified State Examination study until the beginning of July.

The school will decide when the holidays are. This decision is made at a meeting of the governing council, which includes not only teachers and administration, but also representatives of parents and the students themselves.

The Ministry of Education (formerly the Ministry of Education and Science) usually publishes recommended vacation schedules for different educational systems, which take public holidays into account. But the school can adjust this schedule to suit its needs – for example, holidays can start a couple of days earlier or later.

Therefore, it is better to look for the final schedule of vacations and holidays adopted by the school on its official website – it should be published no later than September.

Vacation schedule for those who study in quarters

Traditionally, schoolchildren who study in quarters rest for 7 days in autumn and spring and two weeks in winter. Taking into account the New Year and the November holidays, the school administration may add two more days to the autumn or winter holidays.

The approximate vacation schedule is as follows:

  • Autumn holidays – from October 25 to October 31, 2021.
  • Winter holidays – from December 27, 2021 to January 9, 2022.
  • Spring break – March 21-27, 2022.

There are additional holidays for first-graders – they will be held from February 7 to 13. This is necessary in order to dose the load and not to overwhelm the baby with studies from head to toe. Such additional vacations will help those who are lagging behind catch up with the rest, and those who are already doing well with their studies can simply take a breath.

Vacation schedule for those who study in semesters or modules

The vacation schedule for these systems is almost the same, but each school can make adjustments to it. Typically, a module or semester is designed for 5-6 weeks, after which there is a week of vacation.

The schedule of modular or trimester holidays will be something like this:

  • Autumn holidays: from 4 to 10 October and from 15 to 21 November 2021.
  • Winter holidays will also be held twice – from December 27, 2021 to 9January 2022, and from 14 to 20 February 2022.
  • Spring break alone – from 4 to 10 April 2022.

    For trimesters, the schedule will be essentially the same. Under this system, the year is divided into three academic parts (autumn, winter and spring), with holidays in between and an additional week of rest in the middle of each trimester.

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        Is it possible to change the holiday schedule?

        If parents want to spend more time with their child on vacation and give him a better rest, it’s okay to be a day or two late for school. In the first days of classes, teachers specifically do not give any serious workload in order to help students tune in to study and switch to work mode. The main thing is to find out the homework for the missed days, so as not to start a new quarter (or semester) with deuces.

        If the problem is much deeper and the parents see that the child is barely able to cope with the academic load, it is worth considering changing the schedule. Most often this is noticeable at the end of the third quarter when studying according to the traditional system. For this period, unfortunately, the most difficult topics in the program fall, and the lack of sun and vitamin deficiency exacerbate the picture. Trimesters and modules are simpler in this regard – there are no such long study periods and the time for rest comes earlier.

        You can discuss the transition to another system of education at the parent meeting at the school, as well as by contacting the school’s governing board directly. The decision is made after discussion and general voting. In order to correctly substantiate your position, it is better to discuss this idea with other parents of students and teachers, and stock up on support from them.

        Holidays are the best time at school! Photo: Vladimir Velengurin

        Expert opinion

        Lyudmila Akovantseva, educational psychologist at the District Center for Psychological, Medical and Social Support of the Moscow Department of Education:

        — Different schedules have pros and cons. With a modular system, children study and rest evenly, study and vacations begin on Monday. The guys do not have time to get very tired. But sometimes parents have to wonder what to do with the child so that he does not sit all week in front of the TV. The advantage of quarters is that they are more familiar to most parents, and theaters, entertainment facilities, as well as music schools, circles are guided in their schedule so far by them. But during the long third quarter, the students get very tired, there is even a special term “third quarter syndrome”.

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            Many children, and parents too, what is there to hide, dream of the beginning of a long New Year’s weekend, better known as winter holidays. When? – the question of the date eats away many. In particular, people who are still planning their New Year’s trips and do not know which date to take tickets for. How long the holidays will last is also an important question, there are stories on the Web about the extension of the winter holidays right up to February 1 due to the new strain of the Omicron coronavirus.

            Photo: AGN “Moscow”

            In Moscow, according to the schedule, the official start date of the holidays is December 30, December 31 is a holiday. But, as is often the case, the date may vary at the discretion of the schools. Somewhere they immediately announced that studies would end by the 30th, in other places they are pulling rubber – no certainty.

            – Our nanny asks us to tell you exactly when the last day of school is so that she can get a ticket to her homeland. She is not a Muscovite, she lives near Kursk, – says the schoolgirl’s mother Anna Metelkina. – I called the class teacher, she talks about the 30s, but somehow evasively. Lord, I had to find out in a roundabout way, through acquaintances in the school administration, that the last school day, in fact, will be on the 24th! And the “tail” in the week from the 27th is attending school at the request of the parents. This has been decided in our school for a long time.

            Echoed by Anna and Valentina Pines, mother of a Moscow 9th grader. Her child for the first time in his life is going on a winter trip to Karelia and also does not know what date to take tickets for.

            “I’m so afraid that his trip will fail,” the mother worries about the grown child. – For the first time he became seriously interested in something, he even saved up money for a ticket. He travels with a friend who is a hiker, there they have a group of 12 people plus an instructor. And they all sit on backpacks and do not know which date to take tickets for. But there will be an influx of trips within the country this year as well. ..

            Official holidays in Moscow will start on December 30th and end on January 9th, children go to school on the 10th. In St. Petersburg, the holidays will officially last from December 29 to January 11, to school on the 12th. But in the Leningrad region, holidays will begin on December 25 by order of the governor Alexander Drozdenko. This decision was made due to the unfavorable situation regarding the coronavirus. In the Moscow region, holidays – from December 31, in some areas of the region – from December 29.

            In the Tula and Sverdlovsk regions, children will officially leave for the New Year holidays on December 25th. The same is true in the Stavropol Territory – the holidays will start a week earlier. Of course, the authorities of these regions associate this decision with a high level of coronavirus diseases. However, at the same time, parents will be allowed to attend preschool and school New Year’s parties and holidays if they have QR codes or a negative PCR test. But in Moscow, parents will not be allowed to go on holidays under any circumstances.

            Holidays in Tatarstan will start on December 29th. In Bashkortostan – from the 29th for those who study quarters and from 30 for the “trimesters”, which is probably a shame. For other cities and towns there is no official information yet. This uncertainty worries teachers as well. Teachers are people too, they want to relax. The streak of dates in the regions forces teachers to share information from their school magazines with each other. “In the Rostov region – until December 24.” “From the 25th to the holidays, Chelyabinsk.” “From 25.12. Chrysostom. “Murmansk from December 28 for students, but each school makes its own vacation schedule. Teachers from 31.12. “And here in Novosibirsk until 29.12 have so far been announced.” “Karelia, Sortavala, December 24 is the last day of school.” “Samara region – from December 29 to January 11. Yes, I just dream about it…”, the teachers report on the “wall”.

            Both parents and teachers are actively discussing among themselves the rumor about the extension of the New Year holidays until February 1st. But after digging around on the web, I managed to find its source. This is a satirical site that now and then releases stuffing, which many, however, are taken seriously. So, the extension of the New Year holidays has not yet been seriously discussed anywhere. There is no question even of an extension until January 14th instead of January 11th, as some suggest. Fatigue, of course, fatigue, but, as one of the teachers wrote: “According to the plan, will we study this year, in general? ..”


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            Published in the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper No. 28684 dated December 10, 2021

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            If the legislator had asked our readers’ advice about the number of holidays and weekends, he would have had a hard time: opinions were divided.

            Someone is suggesting that any holiday vacation be shortened, because prices for entertainment usually rise at this time and not everyone can afford such a holiday anyway. And for some, the holidays are an opportunity to relax between vacations throughout the year and not burn out. Collected all points of view in one collection.

            These are comments from Community readers. Collected into one material, carefully edited and formatted according to editorial standards.

            Viewpoint No. 1

            Time to shorten holidays

            Number of supporters: ✋✋✋✋✋✋

            Yegor Grishin
            is on vacation

            For everything else, there is a vacation.

            Our workshop is always open from Monday to Friday, regardless of public holidays. But nothing forced: if you need to rest, you can not come, if you want to earn money, come and work.

            Denis Sergeevich
            has time to rest in two days

            During the New Year holidays, two days off above the roof – December 31 and January 1. I would completely remove the May ones.


            Complete nonsense to rest in May for 10 days. You need to work, work. In my opinion, Russia has the largest number of holidays compared to other countries. It is a pity that on holidays the prices for flights and hotels are too high.

            Konstantin Ishchenko
            worries about his compatriots

            With the current level of average income and aspirations, both New Year and May holidays should be reduced. Beyond the CADs, in fact, there is life too. There, no one skis in Sochi and spends extra days in Bali due to holidays. But people skip the stash, fall into a mayonnaise coma and watch the telly to the holes.

            New Year holidays – from December 31 to January 3. And in May, attach Friday and Monday to one weekend. Do not need anymore.

            In what regions is December 31 a day off

            is also worried about Russians

            The people become drunk, the holidays turn into a ten-day alcohol marathon. Prices for vacations, flights, leisure these days are growing at times – very few can afford it.

            does not have time to work

            Three or four days, no more. And so the weekends are in bulk – it feels like we are living in a continuous holiday: New Year’s, May, February 23, March 8 and others. No time to work.

            Viewpoint No. 2

            It is better to extend all holidays

            Number of followers: ✋✋✋✋

            Goddess of Decay I don’t understand those who are against it: they themselves are workaholics and don’t give life to others. Shifts have been invented for really important work, but why do office workers interfere with you on vacation? For example, advertising or sales managers.

            uses holidays instead of holidays

            It would be great to have a rest from December 30th to January 9th and from May 1st to 10th. Not everyone can take a vacation whenever they want, and these are legal holidays.

            Leona Krasutskaya
            alternates holidays with holidays

            Fully agree with the periods from 30 December to 9 January and from 1 to 10 May. So it turns out to relax between ordinary holidays and not burn out.

            How to deal with burnout

            always ready to rest

            The more days of rest, the better! Both in January and May. Ideally, a week or two.

            Point of view No. 3

            It is worth reducing the New Year holidays and extend the May

            The number of supporters: ✋✋✋✋✋✋✋✋✋

            Elisha Kostomarov
            loves to relax when heat

            I would add weekends in May at the expense of January. May is much better for relaxing: there are many places to go around the country and abroad. Well, gardeners can safely plant potatoes. In winter, holidays are good only for skiers, but how many of them do we have? And even then, all good European resorts are not available now.

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            Sergey T
            wants more days off in May

            A week off for the New Year is enough for the eyes. And on May, you can make 9-10 days in a row non-working.

            Anyone but me
            does not want to rest in winter

            It would be better if the New Year holidays were moved to May. I would like to rest for two weeks in May, and not in January.

            Nehetti Green
            against abuse

            Shorten the New Year holidays to three or four days, lengthen the May holidays from May 1 to May 10.

            You can’t completely remove the New Year holidays: people not only hang out under the Christmas tree, but also see their loved ones for once, do some business at home. Someone is studying, preparing for a session, for professional exams – there are always not enough days off, everyday life is eating. Many people have a quality rest, since there is somewhere: a forest, a park, the sea, a trip to another region or country.

            We have a bad climate, December is the most difficult month, and winter has just begun. Not seeing the sun for weeks is a “pleasure” that almost the rest of the world is deprived of. And we live in twilight for four or five months a year. I am silent about the wild oak tree. Thus, people in our country vitally need a respite-reboot in the winter. Small, so that abuse does not slip.

            is indifferent to the New Year holidays

            January is a bad thing for me: it’s still not really possible to relax at this time. So, technically, it would be possible to reduce the New Year holidays to the interval from December 31 to January 3. Well, the fifth maximum.

            But the long May ones would not really hurt. Just because the idiotic breakdown of three working days between May Day and Victory Day is neither here nor there. Most people still take days off, work is not really done because of half of the absent participants. And at the same time, taking a vacation in May is again unprofitable. Well, it’s kind of stupid. It would be better if everyone had honest nine days of May rest. Albina Ponomareva
            loves May

            It’s better to have 10 days off in May than in January! Let them move here from January – it would be great!

            Sergey Redin
            chooses favor

            It would be ideal to have nine or ten days of rest in May, without working days in between. But the New Year, on the contrary, will be reduced to three – from December 31 to January 2. So the total number of days off will even be reduced, and the benefits will be much greater: there is still nothing much to do in January.

            nafis yusupov
            thinks about gardeners

            I think that on New Year’s holidays you need to rest from December 31 of the old year to January 4 of the new year. January 5 – back to work. And on May holidays – as much as possible. These are the hottest days in terms of gardening: planting, digging, cleaning and just barbecue.

            How much does it cost to be a gardener? Many people go to other cities to visit their relatives or friends – in one day and the way, and the New Year is difficult. And on December 30, the majority already have completely non-working results and mood.

            And the May days need to be somehow arranged and not to tear the non-working days between May 1 and 9: this brings much more losses to the efficiency of the work itself than one might think. Four or five days, including weekends, is more than enough for barbecues, gardening, and country holidays.

            Point of View No. 4

            You can shorten the May holidays, but leave the New Year holidays

            Number of supporters:

            Sasha Utkina
            does not touch the winter holidays

            Cancel May holidays altogether – leave only May 1 and 9. Let the New Year be as it is – two weeks. I love winter holidays, this is the best time.

            Comrades who are worried about our citizens who drink, do not worry: whoever needs it will drink both in May and just throughout the year. There is no need to look into other people’s windows to see who and what is doing there and how they are resting, sealing or drinking. It’s none of your business how to rest.

            Viewpoint No. 5

            We must extend the May holidays and not cut the New Year holidays

            Number of supporters: ✋✋

            increases vacation due to holidays

            We need to extend the May holidays and leave the New Year holidays. For me, the holidays are a chance to travel in addition to the main vacation. Sometimes I add holidays to holidays in order to fly somewhere longer.

            does not want to drown in work

            You can extend the May weekend and not cut New Year’s. These holidays are a guarantee of rest: an opportunity not to die at work and take a break from clients who, thank God, also fly away on vacation and do not bother.

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            Point of view No. 6

            should extend New Year’s holidays at the expense of May

            The number of supporters:

            wants to relax in January

            , let them leave a couple of days in May, and the rest will add to the New Year holidays. Two weeks in January would be great: to take a walk, and travel, and relax.

            Viewpoint No. 7

            Instead of holidays, a long vacation is needed

            Number of supporters: ✋✋✋✋

            Dmitry Malakhov
            is indignant about holiday prices

            I am for longer vacations, otherwise holidays cause a sharp increase in prices and crowds of people.

            Ski resorts are expensive and there are queues, tickets from the country are exorbitantly expensive, all the more it was forbidden to leave Russia by car. My trip to the mountains for the New Year would be three times cheaper in February.

            But taking into account the fact that the vacation is only two times for 14 days, the optimal length of the New Year holidays is from December 31 to January 7-8. May want to make continuous, even from 3 to 9May.

            Anna Kucherova
            chooses a vacation

            Now, probably, many would prefer to work more and earn more, even in May. Well, whoever has grown in soul to the dacha will plant potatoes in any case from May 1 to 10.

            The size of a vacation, it seems to me, should be determined by the desire of a person: if you want to have a rest, take a vacation.

            Biggus Nickus
            wants 56 days of vacation

            Holidays must last one day. The stupid vacations should be canceled, but two weeks should be added to the vacation.

            Boris Köln
            would cancel the holidays

            I am in favor of having a vacation instead of public holidays, which everyone takes when it is convenient for him. Then transport and hotels will be loaded more evenly, and prices will be lower.

            Viewpoint No. 8

            Instead of holidays, a short working week is needed

            Number of supporters: ✋✋

            Pavel S
            would be happy to work four days

            It always amazes me how people start to decide for others what to do. Come to your senses! The phrase “the whole country drinks on New Year’s holidays, let them work” sounds like “I’m super smart, the most correct, non-drinker and hard-working, but you all are not.” Do not decide for others and do not judge. If you want to make people better, start with yourself and your environment.

            If you have a lot of rest, don’t rest. Do something useful, read books, take courses, teach children to draw, or at least just play with them. And if you are such workaholics, so who forbids you – work.

            I would be happy if the working week were reduced to four days, so that there would be time not only for family and a bunch of things, but also a day could be allocated for study and self-education. From this, the work would only become better and more productive.

            Pros and cons: is it necessary to shorten the working week

            wants a day off on Friday or Monday

            For me, it’s better to remove all holidays altogether and make Friday or Monday an official day off. I think that, under the guise of news about the extension of May, they will also push through an increase in taxes, moreover, year-round. Do you think at whose expense this banquet will be?

            Point of view No. 9,0003 Instead of holidays you need a short working day

            The number of supporters:

            Daniil Popov
            wants to work less than


            less holidays, but you can do work from 09:00 to 17 to 17 to 17 :00.

            Viewpoint #10

            Not enough summer holidays

            Number of supporters:

            for moving holidays to summer

            I would postpone a couple of days from January to summer, otherwise July and August without any additional days off. Although many people have holidays in the summer, eh…

            Where to go with children in December

            What is the only word to describe December? “Holiday!” – some will say and immediately complain that behind the bustle of work there is no time to be in a pre-holiday mood.

            “Cold,” others shiver and straighten the child’s scarf. “Skiing,” the third will rejoice and look with distrust at the slush under their feet. “Fatigue,” the fourth will sigh: in the mornings, a child cannot be woken up to kindergarten, schoolchildren have control one after another, and summer vacation has already been forgotten.

            “Rest,” Kidpassage suggests and is ready to decipher his version. We recommend a holiday abroad in December for those who want to immerse themselves in a Christmas fairy tale.

            Rest in hot countries where palm trees whisper with the sea. Rest in the mountains, covered with snow, on which skis glide so intoxicatingly easily. And just rest – as an opportunity to forget about everyday life and be with your family.

            In order not to wonder where to go with children in December, use our selection of resorts. We have found where to relax for beach lovers, ski fans and all families who dream of seeing something new.


            1. Holidays with a child in December: pros and cons
            2. Weather at popular resorts
            3. Sea and beach
              – Safaga (Egypt)
              – Abu Dhabi (UAE)
              – Cha Am (Thailand)
              – Phan Thiet (Vietnam)
              – Goa (India)
              – Negombo (Sri Lanka)
              – Boca Chica (Dominican Republic)
              – Varadero (Cuba)
            4. Alpine skiing
              – Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany)
              – Stubai (Austria)
              – Bansko (Bulgaria)
            5. Sightseeing holiday
              – Prague (Czech Republic)
              – Rovaniemi (Finland)
              – Bangkok (Thailand)
            6. Amusement parks
              – Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi (UAE)
              – Europa-Park (Germany)
              – Ramoji Film City (India)
            7. Holidays, events and festivals
            8. Where to go in Russia in December
              – Moscow
              – Arkhyz
              – Karelia
            9. Where to go in Ukraine in December
              – Kyiv
              – Bukovel
              – Pistyn
            10. Prices for holidays with children in December
            11. How to save money
            12. Where not to go
            13. Tips for traveling with children

            Holidays with a child in December: pros and cons

            Beaches, excursions, amusement parks, skiing, holidays – vacation options in December abound . All of them are good to shake off fatigue and give the family a delightful New Year’s gift.

            With such a significant advantage, there are also disadvantages:

            • prices increase in December – due to the high season, because of the approaching holidays, because of vacations;
            • the road to popular seaside resorts can take a day or more;
            • there are a lot of vacationers in the resorts of Southeast Asia;
            • most ski resorts start the season only at the end of December;
            • on New Year’s Eve, all popular holiday destinations are overcrowded;
            • you need to book accommodation and buy tickets long before the trip.

            The good news is that there are ways to minimize the disadvantages. We figured out where it is better to relax in December with a child in order to enjoy the trip.

            Weather at popular resorts

            December is cold and snowy – a common occurrence. Such weather is set in high-mountain resorts, immensely pleasing skiers. In the Alps, good snow cover is formed at the end of December, but Stubai and Garmisch-Partenkirchen provide comfortable skiing from the first days of the month.

            Hot and sunny December is no longer surprising either. In Thailand, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, the rainy season has finally ended, and the heat there never weakens. Nice weather for a beach holiday comes in Egypt and the UAE.

            December with a slight frost is typical for many cities in Central and Eastern Europe. Usually the weather allows you to take a little walk, but it is better to supplement the recreation program with trips to museums.

            What to expect from the weather at popular resorts?

            Resort Daily t Night t t water
            Safaga +22.5°C +17.0 °C +24.6 °C
            Abu Dhabi +25.8 °C +21.6°C +23.6 °С
            Cha-Am +29.9 °С +24.6 °C +27.9 °С
            Phan Thiet +30.8 °С +22.7 °C +26.7°C
            Goa +33.8 °С +22.9 °С +28.2 °C
            Negombo +31.5°C +24.2°C +28.4°C
            Boca Chica +29.0 °C +21.3°C +27.7 °С
            Varadero +26.6°C +20.7°C +26.2 °C
            Bangkok +31. 4°C +25.3°C +28.0 °C
            Garmisch-Partenkirchen +0.9°C -4.3 °C
            Stubai +1.4°C -5.8°C
            Bansko +1.4°C -1.6°C
            Prague +3.7°C +1.1°C
            Rovaniemi -6.5°C -7.3 °C
            Rust +5.0°C +1.8°C
            Hyderabad +28.8 °С +19.4°C
            Moscow -3.1°C -5.2°C
            Arkhyz +2.1°C -6.4 °C
            Petrozavodsk -3.0°C -4.5°C
            Kyiv +0.4°C -1.9°C
            Bukovel -1. 4°C -5.3°C
            Pistyn +1.8°C -1.3 °C

            Sea and beach

            Not too long ago, vacations with children in December abroad began to mean vacations at seaside resorts. Summer in the middle of winter – why not a gift for the New Year? The beaches are loaded with exotic distant lands, new cuisine and cultural features.

            Safaga, Egypt

            You will like:

            • quiet resort near Hurghada;
            • moderate housing prices;
            • lack of coral near the shore;
            • suitable weather for an excursion to Luxor.

            Please note:

            • choice of hotels is relatively small;
            • not enough entertainment for children;
            • best family hotels are concentrated in Soma Bay.

            Those who do not like the heat prefer to spend their holidays in Egypt in winter. In Safaga, the December temperature ranges from +20°C to +25°C during the day and from +15°C to +20°C at night. At the same time, the sea is often warmer than the air: in early December, the water is warmed up to + 25-27 ° С, at the end it is never colder than + 23 ° С.

            Swimming is therefore pleasant, but sunbathing is not always. Despite the fact that the days are sunny, quite a strong wind brings discomfort. Protective screens that are installed on the beaches save from it.

            Beach activities are the main form of recreation in Safaga. The shore here is covered with dark healing sand, and an ordinary sunbath becomes a session of psammotherapy. The entrance to the water is smooth everywhere, the sea is mostly cleared of corals, but in some places you still need protective slippers.

            And the main plus of Safaga is calmness. He, however, has a reverse side – lack of entertainment .

            Vacationers usually go to Makadi Bay to relax in the best water park in Egypt Makadi Bay Water World, see the main attractions of the country in the Mini Egypt Park and get to the show at the Dolphinarium.

            But Safaga is the closest to Luxor, where the tombs of the ancient Egyptian nobility and temples of amazing beauty have been preserved.

            Safaga hotels are mostly unpretentious, so tourists prefer to stay near the resort, in Soma Bay. There are many family hotels with a decent range of services for children and the concept of “all inclusive”.

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            Abu Dhabi, UAE

            You will like:

            • family hotels with many services for children;
            • water park and two major amusement parks;
            • holidays are cheaper than in Dubai.

            Please note:

            • in the second half of the month the sea can be cool;
            • not all hotels offer all inclusive;
            • in terms of the number of entertainment, Abu Dhabi is inferior to Dubai.

            Coming to the capital of the United Arab Emirates in the summer means dooming yourself to sitting in a cool room and short outings in the evenings. Come in winter – enjoy the soft warmth, relaxation on the beach and excursions.

            In December, Abu Dhabi does not know the heat: thermometers show about +24-28°C during the day and +20-25°C at night, and sea water remains at a temperature of +24-25°C and only by the end of the month cools down to +22 -23°C.

            It doesn’t rain in the city, but a noticeable wind is a frequent phenomenon.

            December is the right time to travel if you want to do everything at once. In autumn it is still hot for excursions, in January-February it is cool for sea swimming, but at the beginning of winter the weather is conducive to any kind of rest.

            The beaches of Abu Dhabi are covered with fine sand , the bottom is clean and flat, the sea is usually calm and warm. If you are going on a trip in the second half of December and cannot imagine a vacation without swimming, it would be good to play it safe and find a hotel that has heated pools.

            And yet the main thing in this city is the abundance of attractions. What to attribute to them – the Sheikh’s Palace, Al Husn Fort, fantastic skyscrapers or the Ferrari World amusement park – depends only on your preferences.

            Kids will love Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.

            There are no problems with choosing good housing in Abu Dhabi. There are many respectable hotels located on the first coastline and apartments with different levels of comfort in the capital.

            The Corniche is considered the best area for a relaxing holiday; to be closer to entertainment, choose accommodation on Yas Island.

            Please note that in December it gets dark at 17:30-18:00. It dawns around 7:00.

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            Cha Am, Thailand

            You will like:

            • quiet small resort;
            • children’s activities in Cha-Am and nearby;
            • budget, in comparison with other Thai resorts, rest;
            • direct buses from Bangkok airport.

            Please note:

            • there are relatively few services for children in hotels;
            • the room rate usually includes breakfast only;
            • hotels are usually separated from the sea by a road.

            The heat in Thai resorts lasts all year round, but because of the rainy season, it is not always possible to have a good rest. Cha-Am in December forgets about heavy rains – finally the sun shines over the resort, sometimes it is covered by clouds, and only a couple of times a month a short rain is possible.

            What to expect from the weather at the beginning of winter? The air temperature is kept at + 25-30 ° C during the day and + 23-25 ​​° C at night, the water temperature in the Gulf of Thailand is + 27-29 ° C. True, December is the windiest month, the wind speed reaches 4 m/s.

            The beaches of Cha-Am are good for relaxing with kids: the coast is covered with fine white sand, and the sea is very shallow, just right for little swimmers.

            Usually there are few tourists on the beaches, especially if you get out of the city center, but on weekends Cha-Am is flooded with Thais – this resort is very popular with them.

            Let’s add that the central beaches abound in entertainment, and the service sector is well established here. There are no cafes and rental points for umbrellas and sun loungers on the country beaches.

            There is not much to do in the resort, except for the amusement park with the water park Santorini Park. The neighboring Hua Hin will save you from boredom, where there are two large water parks, a zoo, an elephant nursery and much more.

            To feel the flavor of Thai nature, we recommend going to the Sam Roi Yot National Park – with mangrove forests, mountain trails, caves and lotuses growing in the swamp.

            There are no problems with the choice of housing in Cha-Am – there are decent hotels, apartments, and modest guesthouses. Resting in a small town is much cheaper than in the bustling resorts of Thailand.

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            Phan Thiet, Vietnam

            You’ll like:

            • quiet resort for families with children;
            • good wind conditions for wind and kite surfing;
            • many charters to Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang.

            Please note:

            • the road from the airport takes 4-6 hours;
            • strong sea waves possible;
            • on the beach you can not sunbathe directly on the sand and walk barefoot on it.

            Palm trees, the beach, the sea, a nice hotel on the coast and summer in the middle of winter – this is all about Phan Thiet. Summer in the Vietnamese resort lasts all year, but by December, the rainy season is finally behind and sunny weather returns.

            The temperature stays at +30°С during the day and +25°С at night from day to day. Well, the water in the South China Sea is never colder than +26°C.

            On the sandy beaches of Phan Thiet, which stretch for 40 km, there is enough space for everyone. Entrance is free, the coast is quite clean, but changing rooms, showers, sun lounger rentals are not everywhere.

            On the other hand, there are many windsurfing centers in the resort, and just in winter there is a great wind for sliding on the waves. Waves, unfortunately, sometimes interfere with swimming. But if you come in early December with a child, there is a chance to find a calm and very clean sea.

            Let’s add that on the beaches of Vietnam there are biting insects known as sand fleas. Their bites are very unpleasant, and it is easy to protect yourself from them – do not lie directly on the sand and walk along the beach in shoes.

            There are special products that drive away fleas: they, like mosquito and fly repellents, are best bought directly in Vietnam.

            The choice of housing in Phan Thiet is huge, from expensive hotels and villas to budget guesthouses. There are no problems with catering either – in addition to establishments with local dishes, the resort has restaurants of European cuisine, pizzerias, etc.

            Goa, India

            You will like:

            • perfect weather for a beach holiday;
            • serenity on the beaches;
            • large hotels for families with children.

            Please note:

            • water parks and attractions are located in the north of Goa;
            • if you fly to Mumbai, it will take more than 10 hours to get to the resort by train;
            • in the south near the hotels, as a rule, there are no shops.

            In Goa, December is by no means the hottest month, although the temperature at this time does not fall below +30°C during the day and +22°C at night. There is no rain in winter, no clouds – the sun is hot and calling to swim, since the temperature of the Arabian Sea is + 27-29°C.

            South Goa is usually chosen for a trip with a child to the sea in December. This is a quiet part of the state with long beaches and good hotels.

            The beaches are often located in bays, due to which there are almost no waves on the sea. Entertainment on the beach is a rarity, but sun loungers, awnings and small restaurants are everywhere.

            There are no difficulties with the choice of housing either. In the south of Goa there are status “five”, a lot of “triple” and an infinite number of villas, apartments and guesthouses of different levels.

            When choosing a budget accommodation, it is very important to study the reviews of the guests. Let us clarify that in the southern resorts, hotels are often located far from shops and entertainment.

            How to complement lying on the beach? With kids, you can visit one of the reserves, where the jungle is real, and the animals are very close. Older children will be interested in the ancient fortresses and ethnographic museums of Goa Chitra and Big Foot.

            Negombo, Sri Lanka

            You’ll like:

            • nearest airport resort;
            • sparsely populated beaches;
            • abundance of attractions nearby;
            • more pleasant prices for rental housing and transport than in the south of Sri Lanka.

            Please note:

            • the central beach of Negombo is the least comfortable;
            • the closer to the end of December, the less often it rains;
            • not everywhere there are services for families with children.

            There are resorts where tourists sunbathe even during the rainy season. In Sri Lanka, this number will not work: the downpours here are such that you can’t stick your nose out into the street. But the rains are unlikely to interfere with a beach holiday with children in December – they are still possible, but they go mostly at night.

            During the day the sun shines, sometimes clouds run over it, but the temperature stays at +29-30°C. And what is the water in the Indian Ocean! + 27-28 ° С – children cannot be lured ashore.

            In the popular resort of Negombo, the beaches are sandy and usually half empty. The entrance to the water is relatively gentle, but sometimes swimming is prevented by high waves. And vice versa, waves and wind attract windsurfers here – the resort has surf stations and equipment rentals.

            “Fives” and “fours” on the first coastline – a frequent choice for families with children. Usually in such hotels there is a playground for small tourists.

            Meanwhile, many travelers stay in apartments and guesthouses, of which there are countless in Negombo.

            The resort is not rich in entertainment, but only an hour’s drive from Colombo, and immediately there is a choice – Water World Lanka Aquarium, Maritime Museum, National Museum of Colombo . You can also visit the Dehiwale Zoo.

            LeisureWorld is also located an hour from Negombo. If you are ready to travel a lot, we recommend visiting the medieval city of Polonnaruwa, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Kumana National Park.

            Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

            You will like:

            • only 12 km from the airport;
            • picturesque beaches;
            • always very calm, shallow and warm sea;
            • good hotels and apartments.

            Please note:

            • hotels are rarely located right on the beach;
            • the nearest water park is located 2 hours away;
            • excursions will be interesting for older children.

            Who was waiting for the end of the rainy season in the Dominican Republic, then waited: you can safely go to the sea in December with children. In Boca Chica, in winter, the temperature is within + 26-30 ° C during the day and + 20-23 ° C at night, the water in the Caribbean Sea is very warm, not less than + 27 ° C. The sun sometimes hides behind clouds, but it rains very rarely.

            People go to this resort for the beaches of incredible beauty and complete peace. Just imagine: a lagoon fenced off from the sea by a coral reef, an ideally calm, transparent, shallow sea, fine white sand, palm trees, reed umbrellas – thoughts about work and study instantly disappear from your head.

            Hotels without a category, but with a decent service – a characteristic feature of the Dominican Republic. In Boca Chica, housing is rarely located right on the beach, but it is usually a few minutes of leisurely walk from the beach.

            Some places have services for children, some hotels offer an all-inclusive concept. An apartment or a room in an apart-hotel can be a convenient option – there will definitely be cafes, restaurants and grocery stores nearby.

            For those who are afraid of getting bored in this idyll, let’s add that the Dominican Republic is very interesting for active travelers. Here is amazing nature, original architecture, special customs.

            The main bait – whales playing in the ocean – appears closer to January.

            Varadero, Cuba

            You will like:

            • well-maintained sandy beach and calm, clear sea;
            • no heat;
            • modern hotels on the first line.

            Please note:

            • there may be poisonous physalia on the coast after a storm;
            • light jackets or sweaters are useful on vacation;
            • the level of hotels does not always correspond to their star rating.

            Cuba is not a typical place for holidays with children in December by the sea. No, the weather here is beautiful: + 25-28 ° C during the day and + 20-23 ° C at night, the water in the Caribbean Sea is warmed up to + 26-27 ° C, and partly cloudy contributes to beach bliss and excursions.

            And the beaches on the island are amazing: in Varadero, the sandy beach stretches for 20 km, the sea is shallow near the coast and very clean.

            But Cuba itself, whose name until recently was deciphered with irony as “Communism off the coast of America”, is an unimaginable mixture of luxury and poverty.

            However, this is not noticeable everywhere. The resort of Varadero is quite respectable, with modern hotels and apartments, good restaurants, shops and even a golf club.

            An important plus is the presence of family-oriented hotels. However, after examining the list of services, still check if there is a disco or a night club nearby.

            In order not to have a monotonous vacation, we advise you to visit the Varadero Dolphinarium and Josone Park, visit the local historical museum or get out to Cardenas, where a museum works at the sugar cane processing factory (they tell about the production of sugar and rum).

            Be careful: after a storm, physalia, or Portuguese boats, wash up on the shore. You can not touch them – they leave a painful burn.

            Alpine skiing

            Cold and snow are not always a disadvantage. Those who like to slide on fresh snow on their skis are rushing the onset of winter to finally open the season. Here are a few options for where to go on vacation in December with a child in order to devote maximum time to skiing.

            Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

            You will like:

            • bus service to Munich and Innsbruck airports;
            • a rich program of recreation with children;
            • family hotels.

            Please note:

            • each ski area has a separate ski pass;
            • it takes 1.5 hours to get to the Zugspitze plateau;
            • there are a lot of people in the resort during the Christmas and New Year period.

            Where to fly with a child in December to get into a real snowy winter, only without severe frosts? In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, snow has been lying since November, and the temperature ranges from +5°C to -3°C during the day and from -2°C to -10°C at night.

            In the first days of winter, the resort blooms with bright skiers’ clothes, but the real excitement will begin closer to Christmas (approximately from December 22), and before that you can safely ski.

            For skiing with children, the Garmisch Classic area is usually chosen, where there are many easy tracks, ski schools for children from 3-5 years old and a children’s park. Meanwhile, the famous Kandahar downhill is also located here, a difficult track on which the Alpine Skiing World Cup competitions are held.

            The Zugspitze plateau, Germany’s highest point , is dominated by red pistes, but there are also blue pistes for those new to skiing. This area is very popular, even though it takes an hour and a half to get there from the villages.

            But more importantly, the resort offers more than just skiing. There is a lot of entertainment for children (let’s mention at least long sledge tracks), a lot of beauty (which is only worth the painted facades in GaPa itself and in the village of Oberammergau) and many attractions (in an hour you can get to the Swarovski Museum in Innsbruck and Neuschwanstein Castle).

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            Stubai, Austria

            You will like:

            • one of the best family resorts in the Alps;
            • free ski passes for children under 10;
            • close location to Innsbruck airport.

            Please note:

            • in the resort 60 km of slopes, of which in the Schlick 2000 zone – 22 km;
            • to ride on the Schlick 2000 slopes, it is advisable to settle in Fulpmes;
            • The Stubai Glacier is easier to reach from Neustift.

            Holidays with children in Austria in December are usually devoted to skiing. However, in many resorts the season begins only at the end of the month, but Stubai has been open since November.

            The slopes of the Stubai resort are located at high altitude – from 1000 to 3210 meters.

            Accordingly, by December, the mountains are covered with a thick snow blanket: this applies not only to the Stubai Glacier, where the snow does not melt all year round, but also to the popular Schlick-2000 ski area – it is located next to the hotels, and there is a children’s park.

            True, in Stubai you need to be prepared for extreme cold. With an average temperature of about +2°C during the day and -6°C at night, frosts up to -12-15°C are possible, and sometimes the temperature drops below -20°C.

            Stubai is a classic Austrian resort with impeccable infrastructure. German ski guide ADAC calls it one of the best resorts for families with children. There are excellent conditions for putting the child on skis, full-fledged family hotels and a lot of entertainment for the whole family.

            At the same time, there are relatively few slopes in Stubai, when compared with the powerful centers of Salzburgerland, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Gastein, etc. However, here you can ski from the very first days of December, while in other resorts the season opens later.

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            Bansko, Bulgaria

            You will like:

            • very beautiful and cozy town;
            • modern ski infrastructure;
            • inexpensive ski passes.

            Please note:

            • season opens in the second half of December;
            • ski school accepts children from 6 years old;
            • at the beginning of the season, the ski bus may not run (it is better to settle closer to the ski lifts).

            Rest with a child in December in Bulgaria is not nonsense at all, it’s just that ski resorts are now in focus instead of seaside resorts. The Pirin Mountains soon pass under the power of winter.

            In December, there is already snow here, during the day the thermometers show from +5°С to -5°С, and at night it can be -3°С, and -15°С. If you are planning a trip in the second half of December, then 75 km of prepared slopes will be waiting for you on the slopes of the Bansko resort, equally for beginners and experienced skiers.

            Bansko is chosen for holidays with children in December, because there is a lot of snow, there is a children’s campus, and ski passes are much cheaper than in Austria or Germany.

            In addition, the Bulgarian resort is relatively sparsely populated – tourists come to the mountains closer to the new year, and then the hotels really run out of rooms, and there is a queue near the ski lift.

            Entertainment for children in Bansko is mainly provided by hotels – many have playrooms, swimming pools, mini-clubs.

            Let’s add that the resort has everything for independent rest: apartments and apart-hotels, grocery stores, restaurants with national cuisine.

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            Excursion rest

            One can argue until hoarse where it is better to have a rest with children in December. If you don’t like lazy lying on the beach and being too active in winter resorts, why not make an excursion program?

            Snow-covered Europe, Santa Claus’ possessions in the Arctic, many-sided Asia – in winter there is a place to go with the whole family.


            You will like:

            • festive atmosphere and Christmas markets;
            • museums that are interesting for both adults and children;
            • large selection of hotels and apartments.

            Please note:

            • the weather in December can be wet and windy;
            • the closer to Christmas, the higher the prices for flights and hotels;
            • in the Old Town is very noisy.

            Residents of Prague complain that more and more Christmas is celebrated without snow. But this does not sadden travelers – the positive temperature and, if you’re lucky, the dry pavement is much more suitable for walking.

            The beginning of winter in Prague is relatively warm: during the day the temperature rises to +3-8°С, at night it fluctuates from +3°С to -4°С. Despite this, it is better to dress warmly on a December trip – the sun rarely shows up from behind the clouds, sometimes a damp wind blows.

            Why does this bother tourists a little? Firstly, because Prague hosts amazingly beautiful Christmas markets.

            When you have a warm, freshly baked trdelnik in your hands, and a nativity scene with real animals nearby, and holiday hymns sound, and the Christmas tree lights up, the cold does not bother you at all.

            Secondly, there are many museums in Prague where the whole family can visit. The most interesting place, perhaps, is the Kingdom of Railways Museum, which depicts the regions of the Czech Republic.

            Equally interesting are the National Technical Museum and the Lego Museum. The secrets and legends of the Czech capital come to life in the Museum of Alchemists and Magicians.

            In fine weather, we recommend stopping by the town hall, where at the beginning of every hour the Prague Eagle (clock tower) shows a mini-performance.

            In Prague, you can easily find a good hotel or apartment, but for a holiday in December, you need to book accommodation in advance – before Christmas the city is full of tourists.

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            You will like:

            • Santa’s residence;
            • wonderful museums dedicated to the history and culture of Finland;
            • own major airport;
            • the opportunity to stay in a city hotel or in a cottage in the middle of the forest.

            Please note:

            • in December the sun is only visible for an hour;
            • it is necessary to book accommodation well in advance of the trip;
            • supermarkets and restaurants are concentrated in the city center.

            All children know that Santa Claus lives in cold Lapland beyond the Arctic Circle. But not even all adults know that he receives guests, and it is easiest to get to him from Rovaniemi.

            In Santa’s Village, you can ride a reindeer and dog sled, learn how to bake gingerbread, study at the elf school, send a postcard from the magic mail and meet the magician grandfather himself. The village is open all year round, but in December there is a special atmosphere.

            Moreover, in December, Rovaniemi is covered by the polar night – it is dark here almost around the clock. But on December 6, the Finnish Independence Day, the darkness is dispersed by the light of torches, with which the inhabitants of the city go to the church.

            On December 23, the townspeople greet Santa, who sets off on a sleigh loaded with gifts, and there is always plenty of light and fun.

            Rovaniemi also has original museums. In the Arktikum Museum, for example, they staged a theater of northern lights. In December, Arktikum holds a fair where they offer products made from traditional Sami materials, including deer antler and skins.

            Holidays in December with a child can be supplemented by skiing – there are several easy slopes in the city. It is no less interesting to walk through the forest on snowshoes.

            True, the cold in Rovaniemi is severe. The temperature can drop to -16-20°C, although it often stays at -5-12°C.

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            Bangkok, Thailand

            You will like:

            • a large number of flights;
            • plenty of family entertainment;
            • the opportunity to combine sightseeing and beach holidays.

            Please note:

            • December in Bangkok is the peak of the high season;
            • Sunscreen and hat required for walking;
            • before Christmas and New Year, the flow of tourists becomes even greater.

            The main city of Thailand, oddly enough, in December is also preparing for the celebration of Christmas. But not for the sake of this, tourists come here, but for the sake of exoticism, Buddhist temples and unthinkable entertainment. And definitely there is a place for families with children.

            How to get started in Bangkok? From the Grand Royal Palace and Wat Prakaeo if you are interested in Buddhist culture. From Dusit Zoo or Siam Ocean World if you want to learn about the local flora and fauna.

            From Dream World and Siam Park City if you’re looking for the ultimate in fun. From the interactive science museum and the Ancient Siam Park, if you like to learn something new on vacation.

            All the fun is facilitated by good weather. It rains very rarely in December, although the sky frowns from time to time, and thermometers show + 25-35 ° C during the day and + 20-30 ° C at night.

            Humidity is low and the heat is not particularly bothersome.

            In Bangkok, you can stay for two or three days if you are planning a vacation at one of the seaside resorts. For example, from the capital in a few hours you can get by train to Hua Hin and Cha Am, where the beach season is already in full swing.

            It is best to go to Bangkok in early December, because by Christmas the flow of tourists increases many times over. Pratunam is considered the best area for families with children: there are convenient transport links, good infrastructure, and many budget hotels.

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            Amusement parks

            Searching for a place to relax with a child in December is not complete without collecting information about excursions and entertainment. But there are some family activities that can be the main purpose of the trip.

            Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, UAE

            You will like:

            • excellent design of thematic areas;
            • coolness thanks to air conditioners;
            • entertainment for all ages.

            Please note:

            • long queues line up near the main attractions;
            • it is advisable to take a light blouse for children;
            • when buying at the box office, the ticket is 15% more expensive than when buying online.

            In the United Arab Emirates, tourists are ready to be surprised, and you can’t get them through something ordinary. Warner Bros. Park World (Abu Dhabi) gets everyone – from fans of cartoons about Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, and those who know the intricacies of the confrontation between Batman and the Joker, and even those who imagine themselves as Superman in their dreams.

            Actually, visitors find themselves either in gloomy Gotham, or in Metropolis inhabited by superheroes, or in Bedrock, where the Flintstone family lives, or in Dynamite Gorge – the habitat of the Road Runner and Vile E. Coyote.

            Each themed area has special rides, performances, restaurants, souvenir shops. Toddlers love the carousels with cartoon characters, and older kids will love the 5D adventures of the Justice League.

            Let’s add that this huge park is located indoors. Air conditioners work here, and even on a hot day, the sun will not interfere with walking around fantastic worlds all day long.

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            Europa-park, Germany

            You will like:

            • Germany’s largest amusement park;
            • special winter program;
            • children’s menu in restaurants;
            • family hotels in the park.

            Please note:

            • the park is closed on December 24 and 25;
            • water attractions are closed in December;
            • in bad weather changes in the program are possible.

            Europa-park closes in November to reopen by December – and not just reopen the attractions, but stun guests with a special winter program.

            Traditional Christmas market opens here with gingerbread, gluwine, souvenirs and chants. There is an exhibition of ice sculptures. A fluffy spruce is burning with lights here.

            There is an ice rink and a children’s ski school. In general, everything is done in the park to make you feel the festive atmosphere long before the holiday.

            Of course, attractions are also open in December – only water activities are not available. Well, the main attraction, probably, should be called the fact that the territory of Europa-park represents different countries of Europe.

            On the steep Eurosat roller coaster – CanCan Coaster you will ride in “France”, on the Bellevue ferris wheel – in “Portugal”, and whirl on the Mül-Müls carousel and even in the fabulous land of minimotes.

            The park has restaurants with children’s menus and several family hotels that continue to entertain even when the park is closed.

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            Ramoji Film City, India

            You will like:

            • tour of the largest film city in the world;
            • a variety of children’s entertainment;
            • room for parents with babies.

            Please note:

            • there is a paid shuttle from several cities in India;
            • it is advisable to book tickets in advance;
            • the park is always very crowded.

            Children probably don’t know anything about Indian cinema. But in the Ramoji Film City Park (Hyderabad) does not need specific knowledge – the largest film city in the world will show and tell everything.

            First of all, the park is a place where films are made: with fifty pavilions, locations for outdoor filming, models of buildings and natural objects, dressing and props workshops, laboratories for creating special effects. And all this, imagine, is open to visitors.

            Secondly, this is the Fundustan amusement park with bright performances (there are also Indian dances!) And original attractions.

            Thirdly, it is a landscaped green area with a bird park, a butterfly park and a bonsai garden.

            Fourth, these are atmospheric restaurants – in one of them, for example, they offer to feel like a celebrity, and in the other they invite you to dine with blockbuster stars.

            It is difficult to see all this in one day, so there are several hotels in the park.

            Events, holidays, festivals

            One of the main events of the month is Christmas , which is celebrated on December 25 in many countries. Preparation for the holiday begins ahead of time, and what a pleasure it is to immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere!

            At this time, Christmas carols float through the streets of Vienna, mixed with the aroma of gingerbread. In the cities of Germany, among the souvenirs you will definitely see the nutcrackers.

            If you find yourself in Christmas Prague, the photo will certainly include a betlem (nativity scene) with live lambs bent over a manger with a hedgehog (as little Jesus is called in the Czech Republic).

            In Barcelona, ​​you are unlikely to find snow, but you want to buy children kaga tio – a log with legs that brings gifts on a festive night.

            However, December is rich in holidays and festivals of a different kind.

            From the first days of December, Munich (Germany) gathers those who do not yawn from boredom at the word “art”. There are no bored people at Tolwood Festival , because there is music, theater, circus, art objects, and Bavarian cuisine – and at the same time, admission is free everywhere.

            In December, when it gets dark early, it’s time for light festivals . One of them takes place at the beginning of the month in Lyon (France), and here everything is used, from candles to complex laser projections.

            The second one is held in December-January in Amsterdam (Netherlands) where intricate light installations appear.

            Cosmopolitan Haifa (Israel) every December weekend starts Feast of Holidays – an event that unites the traditions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Part of the events of the holiday is intended for children.

            The Jewish holiday Hanukkah often falls in December. For eight holidays, candles are lit in hanukkahs – special candlesticks, and children are supposed to give small gifts every evening. In addition, it is customary to cook dishes in oil for Hanukkah: the kids love latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyah (doughnuts) the most.

            In Dublin, Ireland, on December 26, St. Stefan: boys dressed as chimney sweeps walk the streets and ask for money. The funds raised go to charity.

            pancake run is organized in Berlin (Germany) before the new year. Everyone can participate in it: it is enough to come to the Mommsen stadium on December 31 and get ready to run from 2 to 10 km.

            Pancakes are waiting for all participants at the end of the race. Many come to the race in carnival costumes – for the originality shown, you can get a special prize.

            Where to go in Russia in December

            There are many options for holidays with a child in Russia in December – these are excursions to the most beautiful cities, skiing, and relaxation in secluded cottages. What attracts you the most?


            You will like:

            • convenient transport links with many countries;
            • abundance of attractions;
            • ice rinks and other outdoor activities.

            Please note:

            • rest is quite expensive;
            • at the end of December, many theaters arrange children’s matinees;
            • winter is very cold.

            Where to go with children in December in Russia? Moscow is the first thing that comes to mind, because everyone knows the sights of the capital and everyone knows that in case of cold weather, you can switch from walking to museums.

            Indeed, the list of interesting places in Moscow is long and varied. With children, you can safely go to the Kremlin Armory, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Darwin Museum, and the Moskvarium oceanography center.

            Kids will be enchanted by the Zhili-byli Museum-Theatre, and teenagers will be enchanted by the atmosphere of the Bulgakov Museum. Surprisingly, there are many free museums in the city, including the Metro Museum and the Water Museum.

            But we must also mention Moscow circuses, theatres, parks, playgrounds, indoor entertainment centers. .. No, definitely the weather will not interfere with the rest.

            You can really expect some surprises from the weather in Moscow. Sometimes the temperature stays near zero, allowing you to walk around the old city. And sometimes it gets down to -10°C, and then you need to rent skates and go to the skating rink – there are about a hundred of them in winter.

            There are sometimes exhibitions of ice sculptures next to the ice rinks. With a child, you can go sledding in one of the parks.

            Many people come to Moscow for the New Year – here it is celebrated colorfully, with fireworks, shows, and treats. But at this time, the capital is very crowded, and prices skyrocket.

            • Holidays with children in Moscow


            You will like:

            • trails for beginner skiers;
            • good road coverage in the second half of December;
            • good hotels, chalets and guest houses.

            Please note:

            • you need to get to the resort with several transfers;
            • there are almost no shops in tourist villages;
            • few opportunities for excursions and entertainment.

            If you don’t have the strength to wait for the school holidays, already in mid-December you can rush to the Arkhyz ski resort with your children. Windless, sunny weather with a slight frost and snow-covered slopes of the Caucasus – what you need for comfortable skiing.

            Daytime temperatures are usually between +4°C and -4°C, although colder days are possible.

            Against the backdrop of Alpine resorts, Arkhyz looks modest: there are only 15 km of pistes (there should be 270 km), and most of them are intended for beginners. But the infrastructure here is developing in the right direction – the lifts are modern, the slopes are of high quality, classes for little skiers are organized in the children’s town.

            Hotels are also not far behind. So far, with a generally fairly high level of service, they provide few services to families with children, but even now there are playrooms and babysitting services in some places.

            It must be said that the ski pass in high season is not that cheap. A day of skiing costs about 25 euros for an adult and 13 euros for a child.

            Another disadvantage of Arkhyz is the weak après-ski program.

            • Family vacation in Arkhyz
            • Things to do and see


            You will like:

            • wonderful nature;
            • sanatoriums with services for families with children;
            • opportunities for active recreation.

            Please note:

            • for excursions with children it may be too cold;
            • there are heavy snowfalls in December;
            • It is most convenient to travel around Karelia by car.

            People often come to Karelia in summer to visit the Kizhi Museum of Wooden Architecture, visit Valaam Island and see other objects of the Blue Road tourist attraction.

            In winter, all this is also available to tourists, however, you need to dress warmly: at an average temperature of -3°C, it can get colder to -10-15°C.

            In December, excursions shift to the background, and the main goal can be to relax in country cottages, walks in the snow-covered forest, skiing and sledding. There are even small ski resorts here – Malaya Medvezhka, Yalgora, Gorka.

            Some dedicate the winter months to treatment in Karelian sanatoriums. For example, at the Marcial Waters resort, diseases of the digestive and respiratory organs, the cardiovascular system, and the musculoskeletal system are treated.

            In the sanatorium “Marcial Waters” there are treatment programs for children from 4 years old. In addition, they took care of children’s and family entertainment. In December, such a vacation is much cheaper than in summer.

            On December 1, it is interesting to be in Olonets, where the games of Santa Clauses are held – a fun competition with unexpected contests.

            Where to go in Ukraine in December

            Holidays with a child in December in Ukraine are successful because several national holidays fall at this time. Despite the Orthodox Christmas fast, there is also a place for fun and fun.


            You will like:

            • varied entertainment program;
            • acquaintance with folk traditions;
            • colorful winter holidays;

            Please note:

            • there are many tourists in the city closer to the New Year;
            • school holidays start at the end of December;
            • December is sometimes very cold.

            The capital of Ukraine is good at any time, but in December we recommend not just walking and visiting museums, but learning more about folk holiday traditions.

            For example, the Cossack settlement “Mamayeva Sloboda” at the beginning of winter invites you to master classes in singing carols, to horseback riding and sleigh rides, to evenings (“vechornitsa”).

            Look at the “Sloboda” December 7, the day of St. Katerina to look at fortune-telling, or on December 13, on the day of St. Andrey to try dumplings with all sorts of fillings.

            A special program awaits children in Mamayeva Sloboda – just sit on a warm stove or write a letter with a quill.

            Winter master classes are also held in the ethno-complex “Ukrainian Village”. Before the holiday, children willingly sculpt toys from clay, make handicrafts from straw, and make greeting cards. The kids will not refuse to help their parents at the dumpling making master class.

            In the Pirogovo open-air museum people’s holidays are also cheerfully celebrated. On the day of St. Andrey, here you can participate in biting kalita, fortune-telling and tasting dumplings.

            And about the middle of December, the residence of St. Nicholas begins to work. It is interesting to go on an excursion, where they tell how people in Ukraine decorated their homes for Christmas, what they put in the house instead of a Christmas tree, and what they were treated to on a festive evening.

            Part of the fun takes place in the open air, and you need to dress for a walk, taking into account the fact that the daytime temperature in Kyiv can drop to -5-8°C.

            • Kyiv for children
            • Family Entertainment Kyiv


            You will like:

            • modern ski infrastructure;
            • focus on family holidays;
            • affordable prices compared to European ski resorts;
            • respectable hotels;
            • children’s winter camp.

            Please note:

            • at the beginning of December there may be problems with snow cover;
            • on New Year’s Eve the resort is overcrowded with tourists;
            • accommodation must be booked several months before the trip.

            Where to go with children in December in Ukraine to go skiing? In Bukovel – there is already a real winter.

            During the day it usually stays light frost, about -3-7°С, at night it gets colder up to -8-15°С, it snows every now and then – it’s time to open the season. It happens that colds and snowfalls are late, but in the second half of December the slopes are already quite ready for skiing.

            By the beginning of the season, 16 lifts are launched in Bukovel, 68 km of slopes and a snow park are opened. Beginners are welcome at the ski school, and children are accepted from the age of 3.

            Older children, who are no longer averse to skiing on their own, will not refuse to spend time in the Bukovel for Children ski camp.

            The recreation program, however, is not limited to skiing. The resort has a snow tubing track and an outdoor skating rink, here you can ride snowmobiles, snowbikes and dog sleds, and children are invited to indoor play centers.

            More and more hotels open every year in Bukovel. The level of service in them is quite high, but there are still few services for children. To save money, you can stay in the private sector or in nearby villages.

            • To Bukovel with children


            You will like:

            • St. Nicholas Manor;
            • events for children;
            • sleigh rides.

            Please note:

            • Pistyn is best reached by car;
            • there can be a lot of snow in winter;
            • nearest catering establishments are located in Kosovo.

            The Carpathians are a blessed land. It was here that the winter wizard, who is revered in Ukraine, settled. In the Ivano-Frankivsk region, in the village of Pistyn, the estate of St. Nicholas has recently opened, where something interesting happens all year round.

            Guests of the estate are offered to visit the saint’s dwelling, built in the Hutsul style, the museum of Christmas toys, the museum of nature. For children, master classes in making jewelry are held here.

            But most miracles happen on the eve of Christmas. On December 19, St. Nicholas sets off to deliver gifts to children, and the day before, a festival of Christmas decorations is held in his estate.

            You need to dress warmly for a trip: in the Carpathians it can be both -3°С and -15°С.

            Prices for holidays with children in December

            The cost of holidays in December, as a rule, increases, because the high season begins at both beach and ski resorts.

            The end of December is a popular period for travel, for carriers and hoteliers this is a reason to raise prices.

            The island resorts are the most expensive. So, for a week in the Dominican Republic you need to pay at least 850 euros per person, in Cuba – at least 700 euros. A trip to the UAE falls into the same price range, although prices for tours to this country start from 400 euros.

            A week tour to Egypt, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand will cost from 500-600 euros per person.

            Ski resorts have their own rates. A 7-day trip to Austria costs from 700 euros per person, to Germany – from 650 euros, to Bulgaria – from 440 euros.

            The cost of a sightseeing holiday is very different: for example, in the Czech Republic you can relax for a week for 400 euros per person, and in Finland get ready to pay twice as much.

            How to save money

            There are only two ways to have a cheap rest in December – book a hotel many months before the trip, as well as purchase tickets from low-cost companies or travel around your native country.

            But even in this case, you can’t count on a budget holiday at the end of December. Usually prices rise from the last decade of the month, reach a peak by the New Year and stay at this level the first week of January.

            Where not to go

            Despite a decent list of places where you can relax with a child in December, you still want to add something else to it. The list can really be expanded – the main thing is that resorts where December does not please the weather do not get there.

            So, some warm countries for holidays will fall out of the list. The rainy season is starting in Indonesia. In the Maldives, on the contrary, it is coming to an end, but we recommend waiting for January, when the precipitation will come to naught.

            Rainy weather interferes with tourists on the east coast of Sri Lanka – on the west coast at this time it is much more pleasant, especially if you go on vacation with children at the end of December.

            Thailand also has resorts where winter is not the best time to relax. From November to January, the rainy season lasts on Koh Samui, in Krabi. It also rains in Phuket, but it usually rains at night.

            Many ski resorts are also at a low start – most open the season in the middle or at the end of the month. It is better not to go in December to the ski resorts of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland.

            At the beginning of the month there may be problems with snow, and at the end of the month there can be incredible queues for the ski lifts due to the Christmas holidays.

            Recommendations for families

            December is often referred to as the time for the best holidays with young children. We are talking about a trip to hot countries, where in winter you can bask on the beach and not languish in the heat. It’s good to relax with a baby in Egypt or the UAE – the weather is excellent there, and the hotels are suitable for families.

            Southeast Asia (India, Thailand, Vietnam) also gets rave reviews. But there in December it is quite hot and also crowded. If you are traveling with a small child, take a week to adjust after the climate change.

            For a relaxing holiday, the western coast of Sri Lanka, as well as the Caribbean (Cuba, Dominican Republic), is suitable. Their minus is a long flight.

            If you are planning a trip during the school holidays, you can take your children to ski resorts in Europe. Of course, you should not count on half-empty tracks, but high-quality service and picturesque mountains will still leave a good impression.

            Only a few days left? This is enough for a sightseeing trip to those countries that can be reached by plane in 2-4 hours – for example, to the Czech Republic or Finland. If possible, shift the rest to the first half of December, when there are relatively few tourists.

            A great idea for a family trip is to go for a couple of days to one of the European cities where the Christmas market takes place. A lot of vivid impressions and a New Year’s mood are guaranteed to you.

            The Kid Passage website has information about the best destinations for family tourism – find out which resorts are interesting to visit with children and what you can see while traveling.

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          Holidays in Thailand: December 2022

          December is one of the best months for holidays in the resorts of sunny Thailand. Numerous tourists from all over the world are attracted not only by the hot sun, azure sea and snow-white beaches , , but also by the abundance of exotic fruits, a wide selection of excursion programs.

          Favorable tours and all-inclusive packages

          We recommend comparing prices for tours on the websites: Travelata or Level.Travel. The cost of the tour includes: airfare, transfer from the airport to the hotel and back, accommodation and meals at the hotel and medical insurance.

          Weather and sea water temperature

          Read more about the weather in December here. The average air temperature on the mainland (in Bangkok and Pattaya) and in the south-west (Krabi, Phuket) is about +30…31°C, at night the air cools down to +21…23°C. Koh Samui gets a little hotter during the daytime.

          Average air temperature :

          • Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket, Samet, Phi Phi, Pattaya: +31°С,
          • Hua Hin, Samui: +29°С.

          Water temperature in December is comfortable for swimming and averages +27…29°С. There is practically no precipitation during the daytime, the sky is cloudless and clear.

          Beach holidays

          According to tourists, the best holiday on the beaches of Thailand in December is on the islands, and the water and coast on the city beaches on the mainland at this time are not very clean. Great for relaxing in the middle of winter, Koh Chang, located in the Gulf of Thailand. The beaches of the island are mostly sandy and most of them are located on the western part of the island, where you can enjoy stunningly beautiful sunsets in the evenings.

          In Hua Hin, the sea warms up to a comfortable +29°C. The number of cloudy days does not exceed three, and precipitation is very rare, so relaxing on the beach here is considered one of the best.

          The best beaches in Thailand for holidays in December:

          • Maenam (Koh Samui), suitable for families.
          • Phuket’s most highly rated beaches, located on its west coast: noisy Patong , quiet Kamala and Surin , pretentious and luxurious Bang Tao .
          • Jomtien (Pattaya) .
          • Quiet beach with soft sand and clear sea – Long Beach (Phi Phi).

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          Phuket is the most popular tourist destination for beach lovers. The holiday season in Phuket in December is in full swing: the sea is warm, there are no waves.

          An excellent vacation is guaranteed in the Phi Phi Islands. There is no precipitation, the beaches are delightful with cleanliness, and an interesting excursion program promises a lot of impressions and adventures.

          You can have a good time in winter in the capital – Bangkok, where the weather is hot and dry, and the amount of precipitation is minimal. The downside is that the influx of travelers from all over the world and biting prices.

          Another good option for a trip in December is Krabi with gorgeous beaches on the islands and the mainland and several natural parks for active pastime. Here you can have a secluded family vacation away from noisy entertainment. The advantage of the province can be called relatively low prices for accommodation and meals.

          Pattaya pleases with dry and sunny weather, like all the resorts of the Andmaman Sea. The sea is calm and calm compared to previous months. One of the advantages of the city can be called a wide range of tourist attractions for adults and children, including farms, parks, gardens, many water activities and excursions.

          But later than a month it is worth postponing a trip to Koh Samui , Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Chang . The beginning of December on Koh Samui can be overcast by cloudy days. It is comparatively cooler here than in the rest of the country of smiles. For a holiday on the island, it is better to prefer the last days of the month.

          Where to relax with a child?

          In blissful silence with children, you can relax in the seaside resorts of the Malay Peninsula: Krabi, Cha Am, Hua Hin , and in Phuket . Each of them offers accommodation in cozy and comfortable family hotels.

          Many families prefer Cha Am for a trip with kids, which is characterized as a place for lovers of a relaxing holiday. The resort is not very crowded, the beaches are spacious, wide, there is a wide range of water activities.

          Also great for family trips:

          • Bangkok with lots of attractions and museums for older kids to visit.
          • Outlying areas of Pattaya (Wongamat, Jomtien, Naklua, Pramtumnak). The city has a controversial reputation, but it can be considered as one of the options for traveling with a child. The main thing is to choose hotels away from noisy nightlife.

          Current prices

          For those who prefer to spend time in Thailand at the height of the tourist season in Thailand, it is worth considering that the lowest prices for holidays are in late November and early December. The month is traditionally divided into 2 periods , which can be called high and peak seasons. November prices for holidays remain high, and in the second half there is an increase in prices by an average of 30-50%, since tours to the land of smiles are very popular due to the upcoming holidays.

          Relatively high prices will remain until January 15, . You can save only by purchasing last-minute tours or by using early booking.


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            The cost of hotel accommodation in Thailand on New Year’s Eve skyrockets compared to the beginning of the month. The difference can be up to 50%. To save on accommodation, it is recommended to book rooms already with the arrival of autumn.

            The cost of accommodation in hostels in Chiang Mai will be from 130 baht, in Bangkok – from 150, in Pattaya and Phuket – from 200. The cost of a room in a 2 * hotel in Bangkok – from 480 baht, in Pattaya – from 500 baht , in Phuket – about 600. 5 * rooms will cost at least 2300 baht in the capital, 3000-3500 in Pattaya and Chiang Mai, from 4000 baht in Phuket.

            Activities and excursions

            We recommend exciting excursions for vacationers and travelers here: is a service of unusual excursions from local residents and guides who can tell you about the most interesting things in their city.

            The cost of organized excursion trips depends on the remoteness of the object and its demand among tourists. The cost of an excursion to the River Kwai in December is from 2200 baht, a dynamic sightseeing tour of the capital – from 1000 baht, a two- or three-day trip to neighboring Cambodia – from 4300 to 9000 baht,

            Other popular entertainments in December:

            • Snorkeling, diving – from 900 baht,
            • Supply on 700 baht,
            • Independent visits to Pattaya (Cartunes Net -Vlavek or Ramayana) – about 100 baht.

            What is remarkable, on the night of December 31 to January 1, the people of Thailand, together with the whole world, celebrate the New Year with the indispensable decoration of the streets of tourist cities with all the attributes of the holiday, solemn processions and concerts with the participation of local stars. On December 25, Catholic Christmas is celebrated in tourist cities.

            In addition, a beach holiday can be combined with visiting other holidays that are celebrated in Thailand during the month. One of the most interesting events is the locomotive race . On December 10, Thais celebrate Constitution Day, when entertainment centers, catering establishments and discos work without any restrictions.


            Food prices are slightly higher than in summer. The cost of dishes in macaroni and food courts in local shopping centers – from 40-60 baht , in inexpensive cafes – from 70, but the cost of dinner in a restaurant can cost from 150-300 baht. In a number of cities in Thailand, there is a network of buffets “Slizzer” , presented in large shopping centers. Here, for 139 baht, you can use the buffet with an unlimited number of approaches.

            Some tourists prefer to cook on their own, so they go to local markets or supermarkets to buy groceries.

            Approximate food prices in December (in baht):

            • Milk – from 45,
            • Yoghurt – from 14,
            • Chicken eggs – from 40,
            • Pork – 265,
            • Chicken fillet – from
            • – 125, 130 ,

            • Seafood – from 300,
            • Vegetables – from 40 to 100 baht.

            The highest prices in Thailand for dairy products, chocolate, imported alcohol, cheeses, imported fruits, cheeses, beef and turkey.

            What fruits are there in Thailand in December?

            The cost of fruit, especially seasonal fruits, is low. December – the ripening time of sweet tamarind (prices – from 80 baht / kg), rose apples (from 50 baht / kg), tangerines (from 25 baht / kg), bananas (from 27 baht / kg), pineapples (from 15-20 per piece), mangosteens (from 45-50 baht / kg).

            coconut ripens all year round in Thailand . The cost of one fruit is from 30 baht per piece. Unchanged throughout the year prices for watermelons , which can be purchased at a price of 20 baht per kilogram

            Tourist reviews about the holiday

            • Tourists who vacationed in Thailand in December, as a rule, are satisfied with the trip and share exclusively positive reviews. Not surprising, because being in the middle of winter in a real tropical paradise is a real pleasure . The advantages of a holiday in December, according to travelers: the opportunity to spend the New Year holidays in a non-standard setting; comfortable air and water temperature, minimum rainfall.
            • Disadvantages: influx of tourists and increase in prices for tourist services . No critical minuses, with the exception of these, vacationers do not name.


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              Plants help us to determine the weather, for example, the water lily, which is grown for decorative purposes in summer cottages.

              Winter omens for spring and summer

              • Summer falls after winter.
              • Winter summer building.
              • Snowy winter – rainy summer.
              • The more snow in winter, the more moisture in spring.
              • Winter heat is not good for summer (winter is warm, summer is cold).
              • Blizzard in winter, bad weather in summer.
              • Frosts in winter and thunderstorms in summer.
              • If it is dry and cold in winter, it is dry and hot in summer.
              • If the winter was dry, frosty, the spring will be dry; winter is stormy, spring is warm and rainy.
              • Frosts in December – heat in July.
              • Long icicles at the end of January – to a long spring.
              • January sweeps – July will flood.
              • If January is cold, July will be dry and hot.


              Weather signs. Winter.

              January – the beginning of the year and the middle of winter. In the Non-Black Earth region at this time, nature sleeps in a deep sleep. The sky is usually covered with clouds, and only occasionally the sun peeps through a gray veil. The ice on the rivers freezes firmly. There is often a lot of snow in January.

              Signs and holidays in January

              • January 1 — New Year. If there is a strong frost and little snow – to a good harvest of bread.
              • January 5 Fedul. On this day there is a saying: Fedul came, the wind blew – to the harvest.
              • January 7 – Christmas. Before the holiday, they looked at the sky: if there are a lot of stars on it, there will be a lot of mushrooms and berries.
              • Holy days (from Christmas to Epiphany). If they are cloudy and warm, then good bread will be born, if they are clear – to a crop failure.
              • January 19 – Epiphany. The peasants said: Snow on the eve of Epiphany will inflate – bread will arrive. It was also believed that clear and cold weather – for a dry summer, cloudy and snowy – for a bountiful harvest. Starry night at Epiphany – peas and berries will be born.
              • January 21 – Yemelyan. We must watch the wind: if it blows from the south, it promises a thunderous summer.
              • January 23 – Gregory. If frost forms on the stacks, the summer will be damp and cold.
              • January 25 – Tatyana. The people noted: Snow on Tatyana – rainy summer, the sun will peep through – to an early flood.
              • Purple sunset – to a big snowfall. The sun sets in a red iridescent dawn – tomorrow there will be wind and frost. The sun’s rays go down in bunches – to the cold, up – to the blizzard. The moon shines brightly, and on a moonless night the sky is strewn with bright stars – tomorrow will be clear and frosty.
              • The forest is noisy – to the thaw; the crackling intensifies – to severe frosts.


              February snowdrifts

              Ancient Romans named February in honor of the god of the underworld and dedicated to repentance for sins and the memory of the dead. And in Russia, February had several names: the cross section – the winter winds are still whipping, the low water – the boundary between winter and spring, snowfall – a lot of snow, lute – frosts are fierce, sideburns – the sun begins to warm.

              This is the last month of winter, the most windy and blizzard, not without reason people say: “Blizzards and blizzards have come in February”. At first, the weather does not differ from January. On frosty days, the snow shines dazzlingly brightly in the sun, the sky turns blue, the shadows from the trees turn blue.
              In the second half of January, humid winds begin to blow and the winter softens, turning into prolonged thaws. After them, the old snow settles, forming a solid crust, on which you can walk without falling through. The dark trunks of the trees noticeably heat up, near the butts the snow begins to thaw. But winter does not give up, the thaw is replaced by cold and snowstorms: Sretensky (February 15), icy Nikolai (February 17) and Vlasevsky (February 24) frosts.

              The average monthly temperature in February in the Moscow region is -9.6ºC. But sometimes February is warm, and sometimes too cold. So, in 1935 the average monthly temperature rose to +5.7ºC, but in 1929 it dropped to -38.2ºC.

              Signs and folk holidays in February

              February signs are most often directed to guessing the warm season.

              • February 1 – Makar. If the weather is clear, it will be early spring.
              • February 2 – Efim. On Yefim at noon the sun – by early spring, if a blizzard – the whole Maslenitsa is blizzard. (Maslenitsa usually falls on the last week of February).
              • February 6 – Aksinya the spring indicator. What is Aksinya – such is spring.
              • February 10 – Ephraim. The wind rushed – to the wet year.
              • February 14 – Tryphon. If the sky is starry – by late spring.
              • February 15 – Candlemas – the first meeting of winter with spring. If a thaw sets in on the Meeting, then the spring will be early and warm, if the cold is cold, the snow that fell that day will lead to a long and rainy spring. On the Presentation of the snow – rain in the spring.
              • Short February is angry that he has few days.
              • February has two friends: a blizzard and a blizzard.
              • What January missed, February will pick up.
              • January – frosts, February – snowstorms.
              • February – April’s grandfather, closes the winter, adds days, the sun turns for the summer.
              • Although February is angry, it smells spring.
              • In February, even the snow smells like spring.
              • February warms the sides, cools the legs.

              As a rule, there is a direct relationship between winter and summer: winter heat – summer cold, cold winter – hot summer. In February, short-term forecasts are also noted. If the sun sets in a cloud – to a snowstorm, if cirrus or cirrostratus clouds are visible above the cloud – to a change in the weather. If at sunrise the sun appears larger than usual or a light strip (pillar) appears – to frost. A young moon with sharp ends – to cold weather. The sky is strewn with stars – to the cold, there are few stars – to a blizzard. Clouds float against the wind – to the snowfall. Smoke from the chimney spreads along the ground – there will be snow. Red fire in the oven – to frost, white – to thaw.

              In the last ten days of February – the first days of March, it is time to start sowing perennials, the seeds of which need stratification, and preparing the seeds of vegetable plants.

              What can be sown in February

              Sowing seeds of the Syrian milkwort

              In the last ten days of February, perennials that need soft stratification can be sown. These are the seeds of the following plants:

              • aquilegia,
              • peonies,
              • aroiniki,
              • aconites,
              • hazel grouse,
              • colchicum,
              • St. John’s wort,
              • bells,
              • Ledebour bathing suit


              The average monthly temperature in March in the Moscow region is -4.9ºC. By the second half of the month, more and more sunny days are observed, the sky becomes unusually clear. In March, the sun shines for 109.3 hours.

              But the snow cover is warmed up not only by the sun’s rays, it melts even faster from the south wind and rains in cloudy weather. Daylight hours are increasing more and more: March 21 is the spring equinox, the day becomes equal to the night.

              Spring is the time of arrival of birds. In mid-March, rooks arrive, at the end – larks and starlings.

              Folk omens and holidays in March

              • March dry and wet May – there will be porridge and loaf.
              • It will melt early – it will not melt for a long time.
              • Dry spring – to a rainy autumn, long icicles – to a long spring, frequent fogs portend a rainy summer, dry weather – fertility, and rainy – crop failure.
              • March 14 – Evdokia Plyushchikha. Evdokia is red – and spring is red, what is Evdokia – such is the summer, on Evdokia it is finer – all summer is more beautiful, from where the wind from Evdokia, from there all summer, on Evdokia water – on Egory (May 6) grass. If on this day there is snow with rain and a warm wind – to a wet summer, and frost and a north wind – to a cold one.
              • March 15 – Fedot. Skid on Fedot – there will be no grass for a long time.
              • March 17 – Gerasim Grachevnik.
              • March 18 – Konon the gardener. It was believed that if there was a bucket on Konon, then there would be no hail in the summer.
              • March 22 – forty martyrs. Forty martyrs – forty matinees, forty more frosts are ahead.
              • 23 March. If the day is hazy with mist, the flax will be fibrous.
              • The month of March loves to play tricks: he is proud of the frost and sits on his nose.
              • February is strong with snowstorms, and March with drops.
              • March came – put on seven trousers.
              • If in March blizzards the snow falls wavy on the fields, then vegetables and spring bread will be born well.
              • If matinees from this day continue constantly, then the summer will be warm. Our ancestors believed that on this day forty different birds arrive from warm countries, and the first of them is the lark.
              • The forest turned black – to the thaw. Water appeared on the early ice – to heat.
              • Early arrival of rooks and larks – by early spring.
              • If the rooks fly directly to the nests – to a friendly spring.
              • Clouds are floating high and fast – to good weather.

              Signs that determined what the summer will be like.


              April — snowdrops bloom

              The name of this month comes from the Latin word aprilus, meaning “warmed by the sun”. And in Ancient Russia, April was called a bloom, because at this time some plants bloom (for example, an exotic butterbur), as well as a snowman, an aquarius, a birch tree.

              During the day in April, the sun warms up more and more, the drops are louder, although it is still frosty at night. Reservoirs are freed from ice, streams run along ravines, rivers overflow. The ground begins to become bare of snow, cloudiness decreases. True, sometimes clouds come in and snow falls again. But as soon as the north wind subsides, the sky becomes blue again.

              It also snows in April.

              The duration of sunshine reaches 164.5 hours. By the end of April, the land is completely free of snow. Trees begin to sap. In the middle of the month, coltsfoot usually blooms, followed by hazel and red willow. Buds of willow, birch, blackcurrant, gooseberry, lilac, poplar unfold. The cuckoo starts to chirp.

              Signs and public holidays of April

              • According to short-term signs, if the snow melts at midnight (on the north side) from ant heaps, the summer will be warm and long, if at noon (on the south side) – cold and short.
              • The first thunder in the north wind – spring will be cold, in the east – dry and warm, in the west – wet, in the south – warm.
              • A lot of juice flows from a birch – by a rainy summer.
              • If the birch blossoms before alder and maple, the summer will be dry, and if vice versa – wet.
              • April 8 – Gabriel, Vasily. What is the weather like on April 8 is like October 8, and vice versa.
              • April 21 – Rodion-icebreaker, roaring waters. A clear day is a good summer, bad weather is a bad summer.
              • April 29 – Irina – urvi shore. On this day, the cuckoo usually begins to cuckoo.
              • If the days are hot in April and the nights are cool, the weather will not change yet.
              • Cloudy during the day, but it cleared up at night – expect frost.
              • Clear nights usually end in frosts.
              • Rooks flock over their nests, scream and immediately take off – the weather will change.
              • If a birch gives a lot of juice, the summer will be rainy.
              • If the birch leaves leaves before the alder, the summer will be dry, later – wet.
              • Birds build their nests on the sunny side – the summer will be cool.
              • April is red with buds – May with leaves. Early flight of bees is a sign of early and warm spring. Damp weather was not accepted to scold under any circumstances. April with water – May with grass.
              • Wet April – good arable land.
              • April is knee-deep winter and shoulder-deep summer.
              • April 1 – Daria Dirty probing holes. The ice-holes are muddying on Daria. If spring water flows to the Darya with noise, there are good grasses, but when it is quiet, they should be withered and undersized.
              • Brownies began to wake up on Daria, so everyone tried to deceive each other that day, at the same time confusing the head of their bakery owner. The saying “The first of April – I don’t trust anyone” has been preserved since that time.
              • April 4 – Vasily Solnechnik. April, the snow-driving road destroys, and all around there are streams and puddles. There is so much water that she begins to dream at night.
              • April 6 – Zechariah day. If the night is warm, then spring is friendly.
              • April 7 – on the Annunciation – for the third and last time Spring meets Winter. Winter surrendered her positions, but she negotiated, bargained for herself the right to visit the gardens 40 more times (40 matinees or frosts) in the evenings or in the mornings.

              Signs for the Annunciation

              • If the night is warm on the Annunciation, the spring will be friendly.
              • If the sky is cloudless on the Annunciation, the summer will be formidable, but then the wheat will be born.
              • Rain on the Annunciation portends a good harvest of mushrooms, and frost promises cucumbers.
              • Thunderstorm on the Annunciation – to the harvest of nuts, and hoarfrost and fog – to the harvest of spring crops.
              • Spring before the Annunciation – a lot of frost ahead (40 cold matinees).
              • If there is snow on the roofs on the Annunciation, then he should lie until Yegory (May 6) and in the field.

              According to the legend, on April 7 Archangel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she had found grace from God and would give birth to the Savior of the world. Since then, the feast of the Annunciation has been considered by Christians to be one of the brightest and most significant.

              And for the celebrations, especially on such a serious occasion, in Russia it was customary to carefully prepare. Clean, wash, clean, wash … but you never know the worries of the real owners. Tomorrow, not only will there be no time, but it will be impossible to do all this. Indeed, in the Annunciation, any, even the most trifling work, was considered a great sin. Therefore, preparations for the feast fell on Zechariah and Jacob. The bright feast of the Annunciation should be celebrated in a clean house.

              On this day, not only the earth rejoices and rejoices, according to popular belief, even angels in heaven celebrate it, and sinners in hell cease to be tortured. They say that on the Annunciation the sun plays at sunrise, shimmering with all the colors of the rainbow. After all, the Mother of God herself sows on this day from heavenly heights the fields of the earth, scattering grains and seeds of all blades of grass growing on the earth from the golden kosher.

              Only in the evening will she finish her good work, and then the great plowing begins throughout Russia. But while the Mother of God is working, no one: “neither people, nor birds, nor reptiles of the earth, nor animals of the forest” – can perform even the most seemingly trifling work. It is believed that the cuckoo was left without a nest because it tried to curl it on the Annunciation, and the mole paid the price, disobeying the ban.

              Therefore, away from sin, on this day “the bird does not nest, the red-maiden does not weave her braids.” The water consecrated for the Annunciation was considered holy and had to stand under the icons all year round. They say that she did not deteriorate and did not become troubled, unless a sorcerer or a person who was seen in unseemly deeds touched her. This water, according to rumors, could raise the most neglected patient to his feet or drink sick cattle. This month is the beginning of preparations for the summer season, and it is important to redo a lot of the April gardening work that falls at this time.
              This year in April there was a snowfall (see photo), which lasted three days.

              More Spring omens…


              The omens of May are lush lilac blossoms. Variety “Beauty of Moscow”

              May is the holiday of spring: the cold winds are gone, it is getting warmer, frosts in the air are ending. The first thunder rumbles. However, the return of cold weather often occurs. Usually they come in the first and third five-day period, which is associated with the flowering of the bird cherry and the blooming of the oak. And sometimes it even snows.

              By the middle of May the air temperature, as a rule, steadily exceeds +10 degrees. The average monthly temperature in the Moscow region is +11.5 ºС. Violently moving in the growth of grass. Dandelion, bird cherry, yellow acacia, gooseberry, cherry, apple, plum are blooming. Swallows fly in, nightingales try their voice. At the end of May, mosquitoes appear.

              Folk holidays and omens of May

              • May cold weather is for the harvest.
              • Cold May is a grain-bearing year.
              • May 1 – Kozma. To plow on Kozma in a shirt – to sow in a fur coat.

              If violets bloomed on Kuzma, they sowed radishes, parsley, dill, and some people even planted onions. It was strictly forbidden for peasants to appear in the garden, because everyone then knew: “What a peasant does not sow, he will grow in color, but will not give fruit. ” And in general, all garden work was supposed to be done secretly, remembering that “another’s look is envious, and envy, like rust, will eat the whole crop.”

              • May 5 – Luke. Onion suffering was called by the people the day of St. Luke, leaving for landing by the whole world.
              • May 6 – Egory Veshny, the Brave, St. George’s Day.

              Yegoriy and Yury are names that our ancestors did not recognize as different. In Russia, two Egories were celebrated: one cold – on May 9, the other – hungry – on May 6. Egory was considered the patron saint of livestock, the first pasture of cattle in the field, on spring grass, was timed to coincide with this day. It was perceived as a great holiday and was furnished with various rituals, sentences and songs.

              • May 13 – Jacob. A warm evening and a starry night on Yakov – to a windy and dry summer, and a warm day with rain portends abundant bread.
              • May 14 – Yeremey. It’s nicer on Yeremey – cleaning is good, bad weather – you’ll miss the whole winter. If the day before the sunrise was clear, then the whole summer will be clear.
              • May 18 – Arina nursery. Seedling planting time.
              • May 19 – Job – pea. Often it was also called borage. Big dew on this day is for the harvest of cucumbers.
              • May 22 – Nikolay. Twelve morning frosts remained from Nikola, if not in the spring, then on Semyonov’s day (September 14).
              • May 24 – Moky. It’s wet on Mokia – it’s wet all summer. If on this day the sunrise is crimson, then summer will be with thunderstorms.
              • May 25 – Epifan. If the morning is red on Epifan, then the summer will be hot and dry.
              • May 28 – Pahom. On Sidor Siverko – all summer is cold, on Pakhoma it is warm – all summer is warm.

              If the oak leaves before the ash, the summer will be dry. Yellow dandelion flowers close before the rain, if its seeds – parachutes shrink like umbrellas – it will rain, if they soar in the air for a long time – to good weather. When a strong smell of yellow acacia flowers is felt in the morning, there will be a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

              • Everything will be dressed up in May – a leaf here, a flower here, and a blade of grass somewhere.
              • In May, even the wind sings merrily.
              • May dragged spring to the threshold, decorates forests, awaits summer to visit.
              • But just as the peasants did not believe capricious April, so they did not place bright hopes on gentle May.
              • Ah, ah, the month of May is both warm and cold.
              • May grass will feed the hungry.
              • May – give hay to the horse and climb on the stove.
              • Our sexton hoped for May, and became without a cow.
              • The first thunderstorm in May, according to legend, brought prosperity. Therefore, when they heard thunder peals, the youth hurried out into the street to catch their luck, and the old people, no longer chasing happiness, only crossed themselves, and said: “Send, Lord, still water and warm dew.”

              May is an important part of the gardening work that is best done this month.


              June – evening

              The coming summer brings its weather signs: rainy summer – snowy winter, dry and hot summer – winter with little snow and frost.

              • June 1 – Ivan the Long. If it rains on the first two days of the month, June will be dry. Ravens sit with their beaks in one direction – to a strong wind.
              • June 2 – Faley-borage. Faley came – finish the cucumbers soon.
              • June 3 – If on this day it rains with hail, then on December 3 there will be snow with “groats”.
              • June 5 – Leonty – borage. The last cucumbers are being planted in the Moscow region. The mass appearance of gadflies on this day is for the harvest of cucumbers.
              • June 7 – Midsummer Day. Abundant dew on this day – to a good harvest. Rowan should bloom: if it blooms well – by the flax harvest, late flowering – by a long autumn.
              • June 10 – Eutychius. If it is quiet on Eutychius, without wind – to the harvest.
              • June 14 – Ustin. It is believed that if on Ustin the morning is cloudy – for the harvest of spring crops, rainy – for the harvest of flax.
              • June 17 – Mitrofan. On Lukyan, on the eve of Mitrofan, do not go to bed early, but take a closer look at where the wind is blowing. Pulls from noon (south) – spring good growth, blowing from a rotten corner (north-west) – expect bad weather.

              If during the day the leaves of oxalis are parallel to the soil surface, and at night they fold in half, then the weather will be clear, if vice versa, it will rain.

              Exceptional weather forecaster and thistle. Before cloudy days, its spines are tightly compressed and do not prick at all, and before hot days, they are bent to the sides. Before the rain, violets, field bindweed, celandine, daisies, clover wilt, rose buds, wild rose, mallow do not open, droplets of nectar appear on the petioles of maple leaves, nectar is intensively secreted and drowsiness, honeysuckle, tobacco, sweet clover, levka smell good. If drops of water appear on the leaves of horse chestnut, long rains will begin.

              • If a woodpecker knocks hard on a warm day, it will soon rain. Rooks graze on the grass – to rain, play – to good weather.
              • Ducks dive and splash before the rain, and turkeys trim their feathers. If there is not a cloud in the sky, and the hive butterfly flies into the house or hides in a pile of dry garbage, then a thunderstorm will begin in a few hours.
              • Abundant dew – to the sun, its absence – to the rain. In the morning fog spreads over the water – to good weather. The sun bakes in hot weather – to a thunderstorm or hail.
              • There is more red in the rainbow – the rain will stop soon, more blue – it will intensify. Evening rainbow – to good weather, morning – to rainy. If the evening dawn is light pink, then, despite the small clouds, tomorrow in the morning there will be good weather. If on a cloudy evening the horizon is clearly visible and sounds are clearly audible, tomorrow it will rain, and possibly a thunderstorm.


              July is the crown of summer. At this time, the garden is unusually beautiful. Blooming daylily pink “Entrapment” and phlox Chameleon.

              July – the green feast of the year, “the beauty of summer is the middle of color”; month of fragrant berries, honey herbs; the month is violent, lush, multi-colored. July is the zenith of summer. It is considered the hottest month of the year. In central Russia, there are usually no frosts in July. The hottest days in the middle lane are set when tropical air is brought in from the south of the country or from Central Asia. At such times, the air temperature even in the shade reaches 30 C.

              Tropical air lasts for a week and then most often gives way to continental-polar dominance, which sets more moderate and even cool weather. The average monthly temperature in the Moscow region is 18.3 ºC. Precipitation in July is more than at other times of the year – up to 74 mm on average. Rains are usually heavy and rarely do without thunderstorms. By the end of the month there is a lot of dew. The sun shines from the open sky for more than 8 hours, slightly yielding in this respect to the June pore. In July, the sun warms without fire.

              The colors of July are bright, unfading, the air is fragrant. Forbs bloom profusely: Ivan-da-Marya, corostavnik, tansy, chamomile. Berries are reddening in the forest clearings. Cherries and bird cherry trees ripen in the orchards.

              July is also distinguished by signs. Long-term forecast: a lot of field thistle – by a cold winter. Signs of the month and individual days are known. July 3 – Methodius. If it rains that day, it will go on for forty days.

            • July 6 – Agrafena-bathing: the beginning of bathing. Grass in juice, collection of medicinal herbs. The peasants considered this day the best for sowing turnips: “This turnip for Agrafena will be a good turnip.”
            • July 7 – Nativity of John the Baptist, or, as the people call this day, Ivan Kupala. On Midsummer Night, they looked at the sky: if it was starry, there would be a lot of mushrooms. And in the morning they watched the dew: if it is plentiful, then there will be a good harvest of cucumbers.
            • July 8 – Peter and Feofaniya. From this day forward, forty more hot days can be expected.
            • July 10 – Samson-hay. It was believed that if it rains on Samson, then it will continue until the “Indian summer” (September 14).
            • July 12 – Peter and Paul. From this time the nights begin to darken. Peter and Paul shortened the day. Peter and Paul turned up the heat.
            • Rain on St. Peter – a poor harvest, two – a good one, three rains – a rich one.
            • Water lilies on the river open up and go under the water – to the rain. The maple is “crying” – it will rain soon. Drops of sticky liquid stand out abundantly in the chestnut – to a long rain in 1-2 days.
            • Swallows and swifts fly close to the ground, sparrows hide under the roof – there will be a thunderstorm. Frogs stay on the surface of the water, raise their heads and croak – to bad weather. If earthworms crawl out of the ground, clear weather will be replaced by a thunderstorm. Grasshoppers jump and chirp together – to dry and clear weather. If in the evening it is warmer in the forest than in the field, and mosquitoes and other insects swirl, tomorrow it will be a warm and clear day.
            • There is no dew at night, and no fog is visible in the lowlands – to bad weather. Stars shine – to the heat, twinkle – to a thunderstorm, fall – to the wind. If you can mentally hang a bucket on the horn of the month, it will be dry, if the bucket “falls” – it will rain.
            • The sky is covered with white clouds with clear contours – there will be no rain, but wind is possible.
            • Clear sunset – for clear weather, red – for the wind, pale – for rain.
            • Deaf thunder – quiet rain is expected, booming – there will be continuous downpour, hail. Thunder rumbles for a long time and not sharply – there will be bad weather, jerky and short – good weather.


            August is the sunset of summer. Autumn gelenium is already blooming.

            August is the last month of summer. The rich month of August is just enough. August – gustar, thick-eater, pickle. Just have time to make blanks and fill the pantries.

            But the heat of summer is gradually subsiding: the dawn breaks later, it gets dark earlier, the nights become cold, the water in the rivers and lakes freezes. Increasingly, bird youth rises into the sky, makes test flights before a long journey. That is why August is called the month of birds flocks. And our ancestors in the old days called him a glow, sickle, stubble, mistress, zornik.

            The month received its modern name in honor of the Roman emperor Augustus, grandnephew of the great Julius Caesar. Why did August choose this particular month? Perhaps because it follows July, or perhaps the emperor’s mood was as fickle as the weather in August. In August, before lunch, summer, after lunch – autumn. In August, everything is in stock: and rain, and a bucket, and damp weather. In August, everything is an hour: keep mittens in reserve. August will come, will lead its own rules. If in August the sun soars during the day, and the night was cold, then the weather will remain warm. The web in August lies on the plants – to warm weather. If in August the ripened oats turn green again – by a rainy autumn. If the oak in August is rich in acorns – to the harvest of bread. If in August-October the horse does not linger on the pasture and the coat lies smoothly on it – by a harsh winter. In August, the sun warms and the water gets colder.

            Folk omens and holidays of August

            • August 1 — Makrida. Macrida is wet – and autumn is wet, Macrida is dry – and autumn too.
            • August 2 – Ilyin’s day. What is the weather on Ilya before lunch – this will be summer, and what the weather will be like in the afternoon – this will be autumn.
            • August 4 – Mary Magdalene. Thunder day.
            • August 7 – Anna Winter-pointer (Anna-holodnitsa and Macarius). Winter was judged on this day. If the matinee is cold – and the winter is cold. What kind of weather before lunch – such a winter until December, what kind of weather after lunch – such a winter after December (a clear and warm day portends a cold winter, rainy – snowy).
            • August 14 – the first Honey Savior.
            • August 19 – the second Savior. Transformation.
            • August 27 – Mikhey-Tikhovey. If quiet winds blow on this day – to a fine autumn, a storm – to a rainy one.
            • August 28 – Dormition.
            • August 29 – the third Savior Not Made by Hands, bread, nuts.

            About August

            In calm weather, the forest makes a lot of noise – soon it will rain. The spider strenuously weaves a web – to dry weather. The rooster sings in the evening – to a change in the weather. Chickens bathe in the ground – to be bad weather. The dog is lying on the ground, eats little and sleeps a lot – it will rain.

            If the fog rises early in the morning and gradually dissipates, it will be hot during the day. Evening fog spreads on the ground – to good weather. On a cloudy day, the sun shines before sunset – to a long bad weather, if it is pale – to the west wind. A clear and sharp-horned moon portends good weather. The morning clouds are dissipating, and the sky is covered with a cloudy veil of high clouds – there will be a heavy downpour. Rare clouds – to clear, chilly weather, arranged in stripes – to rain. When bubbles appear in puddles during rain, this is for a long time.


            Podophyll Emoda – red fruits ripen in September.

            • Autumn – a spoonful of water, a bucket of mud.
            • Though Father September is cold, but full.
            • If July and August are not cooked, September will clean up, and whoever is thrifty is happy. What you pick up with your hands in autumn, you pick up with your lips in winter.
            • The September sun, as if tired after a long summer, clings closer and closer to the earth, dark nights grow bolder, and fogs strive to fraternize with cold matinees. But if the September thunder rumbles loudly and in a businesslike way in the cloud-curtained sky, autumn promises to be warm.
            • The cobweb circling the streets predicts sunny days, but the cranes, not in a hurry to fly away, guarantee two or three weeks of good weather. Warm autumn – to a long winter.

            Signs of September

            Rainbow in September. A very beautiful natural phenomenon!

            September combines both summer and autumn. In warm years, “Indian summer” begins, lasting one to three weeks. Sometimes, after dry sunny weather, when southern winds blow for 2–3 days in a row, clouds can gather in the sky, and then the last thunderstorms rumble.

            Secondary flowering of the apple tree – by the long autumn. On the trees, the leaves turn yellow from the bottom of the crown – autumn will be long. If birch leaves turn yellow from the top – early spring is coming, from the bottom – late, and if evenly throughout the crown, then the timing of the onset of spring will be medium long-term. Cranes fly high, slowly, cooing – to a good autumn. Birds fly low – a cold winter is expected, high – warm. Large ant heaps – there will be a harsh winter. Thunder in September – to a long warm autumn.

            Folk holidays in September

            • September 3 – Thaddeus and Vasilisa. If the day is clear and cloudless, the good weather should last another four weeks.
            • September 5 – Lupp Cowberry. If on this day the cranes pulled south, the winter is early. If the cranes fly low, then the winter is warm, high – cold.
            • September 6 – Arseniy. On this day, we rarely went into the forest and watched mosquitoes: if there are a lot of them, then the winter will be mild.
            • September 11 – Ivan Postny, Poletok. Ivan the Lenten came, took away the red summer.
            • September 13 – Kupriyanov day. If you can see cranes on Kupriyan, then winter will be late.
            • September 14 – Semyon Letoprovodets, Osenins (beginning of “Indian summer”). If this day is rainy, then the autumn will be wet, and if it is warm, then the winter should be mild.
            • September 23 – Peter and Pavel Ryabinniki. On this day, they looked at the mountain ash: it bowed low – to a warm and wet winter, did not bow – to a cold one.
            • September 29 – Rosehip. On this day, it was supposed not only to collect rose hips, but also to observe other gifts of the forest: if there are no more mushrooms, but there are still nuts, the winter will be snowy and harsh.
            • September 30 – Faith, Hope, Love and their mother Sophia.


            Landscape garden in October

            October 1 – Arina. On Arina – the end of porcini mushrooms. If the cranes flew to Arina, then on Pokrov (October 14) you have to wait for the first frost, and if they are not visible that day, then not a single frost will strike before Artemy (November 2).
            October 3 – Astafy. If it is foggy and warm on Astafiya, and a cobweb flies along the alleys – to a favorable autumn and not soon snow. They also noticed the wind: north – to the cold, south – to heat, west – to rain, east – to the bucket. In addition, the south wind on this day is for a good harvest of winter bread.
            October 4 – Kondraty and Ignat. The weather of this day should last four weeks unchanged.
            October 7 – Thekla. Fekla – pull the beets.
            October 13 – Gregory. If snow falls on that day, winter will not come soon.
            October 14 – Veil. On Pokrov, a north wind to a cold winter, a south wind to a warm one, a west wind to a snowy one, a variable one to a fickle one. If the day is frosty and snowy, the whole winter will be frosty and harsh. The first dry snow promises a good summer. Early snow will fall before Veil of Day – winter will not come soon. Early snow – by early spring.
            October 20 – Sergius. Winter begins with Sergius, daytime snow does not lie, and the first reliable falls at night.
            October 25 – Prov. It was supposed to watch the stars: if they are bright – there will be frost, dim – thaw, flickering blue – there will be snow, many bright stars – for the harvest of peas.
            October 27 – Paraskeva-Gryaznikha. Our ancestors believed that if there was a lot of dirt on Paraskeva, then the fallen snow would immediately set up a sledge track.

            Folk omens of autumn

            October. Blue aster blooms.

            If the fall of leaves passes quickly in autumn, expect a harsh winter. Light rain is drizzling and there is no wind – to heat. Late departure of birds portends a warm winter. The first snowball is not lying. Dry leaves rustle on the trees – there will be snow. Growing crackling in the forest heralds dry weather. Frosty frost on the grass promises rain. Low dark clouds – to the cold and, possibly, to the snow. If in early October a birch or oak leaf does not completely fall off – to late snow and cold winter, late leaf fall – to a long harsh winter. If the stars are bright in October, the weather is good. If the cranes fly slowly and “talk” – to a warm autumn. If the cranes flew together – wait for the coming frosts. Red sunset – good weather. Mice hide a supply of grass inside the hole – for a cold winter, fold it outside the holes – for a warm one. October thunder – to a snowless winter. Bees are active – the weather will still stand. If the cones on spruce grow low – to early frosts, and if high – to the cold at the end of winter.


            November in the forest.

            November – September’s grandson, October’s son, winter – brother. In November, the peasant says goodbye to the cart, climbs into the sleigh.

            November got its name from the Latin word novem (nine), as it was the ninth month in ancient Rome. And the old Russian name for November – breast – because of the frozen piles of dirt on the roads. November is the “twilight of the year”: deep autumn is replaced by pre-winter with unstable weather. Following sharp cooling, timid thaws are possible. After November 4, the air temperature steadily drops below 0ºC. The average monthly temperature is -2.3ºC.

            Signs of November

            • Signs of November – long-term: A lot of snow in November – there will be a harvest of bread. If the snow fell on the wet ground and did not melt, then in the spring snowdrops will bloom early and together. If possible, they monitor the mice: if the mice make large supplies, a harsh and snowy winter is ahead.
            • November 2 – Artemy, Sadok.
            • November 4 – Kazan. The people said about this day: “If the Kazan sky cries, then after the rain, winter will come. The first snowball appeared – the real one will be in a month.
            • November 5 – Jacob. The peasants believed that if Jacob had a grain, then from Matryona (November 22) winter would come to its feet.
            • November 8 – Dmitry. If it is cold and snowy that day, spring will be late and cold; if it is a thaw, winter and spring will be warm.
            • November 14 – Kuzma and Demyan, or Kuzminki. “Kuzma and Demyan forge ice on land and on waters,” says the proverb. A snowy day promises a big spring flood. If there are still leaves on the trees that day, frost is expected next year.
            • November 19 – Pavel and Varlaam. A lot of snow on this day – for a snowy winter.
            • November 23 – Erast. Our ancestors said: “From Erast, wait for the ice crust.” But if on this day there is frost on the trees, and the next day after Fyodor the Studite (November 25) the ground is covered with snow, then until the Introduction (December 4) there will be thaws and the autumn thaw will stand.
            • November 28 – Gury. The snow that falls that day does not melt until spring.
            • November 29 – Matvey. It was believed that if violent winds blow on Matvey, then before Nikola (19December) to be blizzards and snowstorms.
            • According to short-term forecasts, if the branches of spruce and pine fall down – to the rain. The goose presses its paw – a cold is expected, it rinses in the water – it’s warm. Long twilight – to bad weather, short – to good weather.


            December in the garden. Tui and Christmas trees in the snow.

            The last month of the ancient Romans was the tenth, so its name goes back to the Latin word decem (ten). And the Slavs called December jelly – for the cold.

            December – the beginning of winter. Cold, snowy, cloudy. Thaws are few. Severe frosts also occur this month: Vvedensky (from December 4), Nikolsky (from December 19), Spiridonievsky (from December 25). So, in 1892, in December, a temperature of -38. 8ºС was recorded. The average monthly temperature is -8ºС.

            Strong winds blow in December and snow often falls. The depth of the snow cover reaches 15-45 cm. Snow has always been considered a peasant wealth. As the saying goes, “The snow is deep and the bread is good.” Indeed, snow protects perennials and winter crops from freezing. Even in the most severe frosts, the temperature of the soil surface under the snow cover is four to six times higher than the air temperature.

            December is the darkest month. There are only two or three clear days, the rest are cloudy. “A winter day the size of a sparrow’s sock,” says the proverb.

            The shortest day of the year falls on December 22, the winter solstice, or solstice. Since December 25, the length of the day increases.

            Signs and folk holidays in December

            December is generous with signs. Long-term forecast: dry December promises dry spring and summer.

            • December 1 – Plato and Roman. If the day is warm, the winter will be warm, and if the weather changes during the day, then the winter will be changeable.
            • December 3 – Prokl. It was believed that if it snows on December 3, then it will rain on June 3.
            • December 4 – Introduction. The people said: “If the snow falls before the Introduction, it will melt, after the Introduction, winter will fall.” It was also believed that frost in the Introduction – all holidays are frosty, heat – all holidays are warm.
            • December 6 – Mitrofan. If on December 6 it is sleet and the wind is from the north, then on June 6 it will rain and the north wind will blow.
            • December 9 – St. George’s Day. Crimson dawn on this day – to the winds. They also went to listen to the water in the wells: if it is quiet, it doesn’t worry – the winter will be quiet and warm, a sound will be heard – it is necessary to wait for strong blizzards and frosts.
            • December 12 – Paramon. The peasants believed that snow on Paramon would be snowstorms until Nikola (December 19).
            • December 13 – Andrew the First-Called. On this day, they went to rivers and lakes and again listened to the water: quiet – for a good winter, noisy – for colds and snowstorms.
            • December 15th. Our ancestors believed that if it rains on this day, it will last 47 days.
            • December 17 Varvara. On this day, they looked closely at the chimneys: the smoke reaches for the sky – for frost, for the earth without wind – for bad weather, hangs like a rocker – for a thaw. And in the evening they looked at the sky: starry – to the cold, dim – to the warmth.
            • December 22 – Anna. The people said: “If there is frost on the trees on Anna, there will be a harvest.”
            • December 25 – Spiridon-turn. “On Spiridon, the sun is for the summer, the winter is for the frost,” says the saying. This day was considered the beginning of the most severe cold and snowstorms. The peasants also argued that if it is sunny on Spiridon in the morning, then there is no need to rush with early sowing.
            • December 26 – Eugene and Evstrat. From that day on, the weather was observed for 12 days, believing that each day would show the weather of a certain month of the next year: December 26 corresponds to January, December 27 corresponds to February, December 28 corresponds to March, etc.

Playa del ingles water temperature: Playa del Ingles Water Temperature (Sea) and Wetsuit Guide (Gran Canaria, Spain)

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Playa del Ingles Water Temperature (Sea) and Wetsuit Guide (Gran Canaria, Spain)

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    Today’s Playa del Ingles sea temperature is 23. 3 °C.

    Statistics for 12 Sep (1981–2005)
    mean: 23.3 °C,
    range: 22.1 °C
    to 24.1 °C

    Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 24 °C once we account for wind), and similar sea temperatures (23 °C). Wear boardshorts or a shorty, or better still a thin summer wetsuit to keep the UV off.

    Map of current Spain (Africa)

    Surface Water Temperatures
    based on measurements from oceanographic satellites

    Map of current Spain (Africa)
    Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

    (compared with long term averages
    at this time of year)

    (click thumbnails to expand)

    Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Playa del Ingles. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

    All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

    Playa del Ingles water temperatures peak in the range 22 to 24°C (72 to 75°F) on around the 12th of September and are at their lowest on about the 21st of February, in the range 18 to 20°C (64 to 68°F). Playa del Ingles water temperatures are always warm reach their highest in the second week of September. You’ll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it’s windy. The lowest Playa del Ingles water temperatures in mid to late February require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit.

    Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Playa del Ingles can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Playa del Ingles. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.


    Playa del Ingles ocean water temperature today

    This data the coastal Playa del Ingles ocean water temperature today, tomorrow and the upcoming days. Besides, you can also get information about the weather and surf forecast, as well as the data on sunrise / sunset and moonrise / moonset at a given point on any given day.

    Water temperature in Playa del Ingles today is 23.8°C. Based on our historical data over a period of ten years, the warmest water in this day in Playa del Ingles was recorded in 2012 and was 24.5°C, and the coldest was recorded in 2019 at 22. 1°C. Sea water temperature in Playa del Ingles is expected to drop to 23.3°C in the next 10 days. September average water temperature in Playa del Ingles is 23.2°C, the minimum temperature is 21.8°C, and the maximum is 25.5°C.

    The swimming season in Playa del Ingles lasts from May to January. During those months, Playa del Ingles water temperature does not drop below 20°C and therefore suitable for comfortable swimming. The average water temperature in Playa del Ingles in winter reaches 19.6°C, in spring 19.3°C, in summer the average temperature rises to 21.9°C, and in autumn it is 22.9°C.

    Playa del Ingles water temperature now

    Sea temperature


    Sunrise and Sunset

    12 September 2022
    today temp
    11 September 2022
    yesterday temp



    Surf Forecast in Playa del Ingles for today

    Another important indicators for a comfortable holiday on the beach are the presence and height of the waves, as well as the speed and direction of the wind. Please find below data on the swell size for Playa del Ingles. We calculate the swell size based on the mean wave height (trough to crest) of each third highest wave. For more information on surf forecasts for the next ten days, please visit sea state forecast Playa del Ingles. Data in table shown for 12 September 2022, time in GMT 0 format (you can change the time zone on the sea state forecast page)

    0-3 h 3-6 h 6-9 h 9-12 h
    1′ 6″ 1′ 5″ 1′ 5″ 1′ 6″
    0.45 m 0.44 m 0.44 m 0.46 m
    12-15 h 15-18 h 18-21 h 21-24 h
    1′ 8″ 1′ 9″ 1′ 10″ 1′ 11″
    0.52 m 0.53 m 0.55 m 0.59 m

    Current temperature and weather

    Data in a table show Playa del Ingles temperature today (12 September 2022). For more information and forecast for a few days, go to the weather forecast Playa del Ingles

    0-3 h 3-6 h 6-9 h 9-12 h
    23°C 22. 2°C 21.9°C 23.3°C
    12-15 h 15-18 h 18-21 h 21-24 h
    25.7°C 26.5°C 25.6°C 24°C

    Playa del Ingles water temperature by month

    These figures shows the average, minimum and maximum monthly sea temperature in Playa del Ingles. In addition to the table values, the graph below displays of changes average surface temperature during the year. Values are calculated based on the data over the past 10 years. Using them, you can check the water temperature in Playa del Ingles on any day of this period that interests you. Click on the month link and you will see a table for each day, or alternatively you can view the temperature curve of the month and select 2 different years you want to compare, either in a table or as a curve

    Month Avr Min Max
    January 19. 5°C 18.1°C 21.3°C cold
    Ocean water temperature in Playa del Ingles in January
    February 18.8°C 17.6°C 20.5°C cold
    Ocean water temperature in Playa del Ingles in February
    March 18.7°C 17.2°C 20.4°C cold
    Ocean water temperature in Playa del Ingles in March
    April 19.2°C 17.1°C 20.9°C cold
    Ocean water temperature in Playa del Ingles in April
    May 20.1°C 18.5°C 21.9°C warm
    Ocean water temperature in Playa del Ingles in May
    June 21.2°C 19.1°C 23.5°C warm
    Ocean water temperature in Playa del Ingles in June
    July 21.9°C 19.6°C 24. 3°C warm
    Ocean water temperature in Playa del Ingles in July
    August 22.6°C 21.3°C 23.9°C warm
    Ocean water temperature in Playa del Ingles in August
    September 23.2°C 21.8°C 25.5°C warm
    Ocean water temperature in Playa del Ingles in September
    October 23.3°C 21.2°C 24.8°C warm
    Ocean water temperature in Playa del Ingles in October
    November 22.1°C 19.7°C 24.7°C warm
    Ocean water temperature in Playa del Ingles in November
    December 20.6°C 18.3°C 22.3°C warm
    Ocean water temperature in Playa del Ingles in December

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    Nearby beaches and cities

    The nearest beaches and cities from Playa del Ingles with the water temperature today, as well as the air temperature and the state of the weather during the day and the average wave height for today

    Water Weather Wave
    San Agustin 23. 8°C 27°C 0.5 m
    Costa Meloneras 23.9°C 22°C 0.53 m
    Bahia Feliz 23.7°C 26°C 0.38 m
    Tarajalillo 23.6°C 26°C 0.41 m
    Pasito Blanco 23.9°C 26°C 0.53 m
    Castillo del Romeral 23.5°C 26°C 0.41 m
    Las Salinas del Matorral 23.5°C 26°C 0.41 m
    Cornisa del Suroeste 23.9°C 26°C 0.57 m
    Arguineguin 23.9°C 26°C 0.57 m
    El Pajar 23.9°C 26°C 0.57 m

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    Water temperature in Playa del Ingles in Atlantic Ocean now

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    Playa del Ingles, Spain | © Hans Richard

    The most detailed information about the water temperature in Playa del Ingles in Atlantic Ocean (Canary Islands, Spain).

    Forecast of changes in water temperature for the next 10 days. Statistics by months for recent years. Information about the neighboring resorts. Weather forecast in Playa del Ingles for a week.

    Analysis and forecast

    The water temperature today roughly corresponds to the average value on this day in recent years. Its value has rise both over the past 20 days and over the past week. Exactly a year ago, on this day, the water temperature in this location was 23°C. Water temperature range in Playa del Ingles in September is from 21 to 25 degrees.

    According to our forecast, the water temperature in Playa del Ingles will slowly rise for at least the next 10 days and reach a value of 22.7°C.

    Table of water temperature values in Playa del Ingles
    Day Fact* Average** Forecast***
    Sep 5 22.7°C 23.0°C
    Sep 6 22.6°C 23.3°C
    Sep 7 23. 0°C 23.0°C
    Sep 8 22.6°C 23.3°C
    Sep 9 22.8°C 23.0°C
    Sep 10 22.9°C 23.3°C
    Sep 11 22.8°C 23.0°C
    Sep 12 22.5°C 23.3°C
    Sep 13 23.3°C 22.5°C
    Sep 14 23.0°C 22.2°C
    Sep 15 23.0°C 22.2°C
    Sep 16 22.8°C 22.0°C
    Sep 17 23.3°C 22.5°C
    Sep 18 23.8°C 23.0°C
    Sep 19 23.0°C 22.2°C

    * Fact – Actual value of water temperature
    ** Average – Average water temperature on this day in past years
    *** Forecast – Our forecast for the water temperature

    Actual nearshore temperatures may vary by several degrees from the indicated values. This is noticeable after heavy rain or after prolonged periods of strong winds. Some downstream winds cause cold, deep waters to replace surface waters that have been warmed by the sun.

    To develop a forecast, we use our own mathematical model, which takes into account the current change in water temperature, historical data and the main weather trends, wind strength and direction, air temperature in each specific region. We also take into account data for other resorts in Spain.

    Puerto de Mogan, Spain | © Mayka Perdomo Morales

    Annual graph of average water temperature change in Playa del Ingles

    Water temperature in Playa del Ingles by month

    Playa del Ingles located in the northern hemisphere, at latitude 27 degrees. The comfortable water temperature for swimming is set here in January, usually at the beginning of the month. During a year in Playa del Ingles there are 229 days of swimming. In general, the swimming season ends In December. Average annual water temperature on the coast in Playa del Ingles is 21. 0°C, by the seasons: in winter 19.8°C, in spring 19.4°C, in summer 21.9°C, in autumn 22.8°C. Minimum water temperature (18.0°C) in Playa del Ingles it happens in March, maximum (23.8°C) in September.

    You can find out detailed data on how the water temperature in Playa del Ingles changes in each specific month:

    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December

    Playa del Ingles: general information and map

    Original name

    Playa del Inglés






    Canary Islands


    Atlantic Ocean

    The local time








    Length of the day

    12 hours 28 minutes

    Neighboring cities and resorts
    City Water* Distance**
    Maspalomas 22. 6°C 1km
    Pasito Blanco 22.2°C 4km
    San Augustin 23.0°C 5km
    Tarajalillo 22.9°C 7km
    El Pajar 22.3°C 9km
    Arguineguin 22.5°C 10km
    Los Caideros 22.4°C 12km
    Castillo del Romeral 23.0°C 13km
    Puerto Rico 22.4°C 13km
    Taurito 22.7°C 18km
    Puerto de Mogan 22.6°C 19km
    Arinaga 22.9°C 22km

    * Water temperature in this place today
    ** Straight line distance in kilometers

    Palm-Mar, Spain | © roy harvey

    The warmest water today in Spain recorded in Santa Ponsa, its value is 29.3°C. Lowest – in Pontevedra, there water temperature now 16.4°C. Average water temperature in the country today – 23.1°C.

    Water temperature data in Playa del Ingles and neighboring towns and resorts collected from various sources, using buoys, using satellite maps of sea, river and lake surfaces of the NOAA agency.

    We use data from various local authorities in each specific location of the world to more accurately reflect temperature values.

    The nearest airport is located in a 27 kilometers. This is Gran Canaria (LPA) airport. We have no information as to whether it is valid and what flights it receives or sends.

    Playa del Ingles: weather forecast

    The weather forecast is shown in local time in Playa del Ingles





    feels like 23.0°C, Clouds (overcast clouds: 85-100%)
    humidity: 88%, clouds: 96%




    feels like 23.8°C, Clouds (overcast clouds: 85-100%)
    humidity: 82%, clouds: 94%




    feels like 25.0°C, Clouds (overcast clouds: 85-100%)
    humidity: 75%, clouds: 97%




    feels like 24. 9°C, Clouds (overcast clouds: 85-100%)
    humidity: 77%, clouds: 100%




    feels like 25.0°C, Clouds (overcast clouds: 85-100%)
    humidity: 82%, clouds: 100%




    feels like 24.5°C, Clouds (overcast clouds: 85-100%)
    humidity: 85%, clouds: 86%





    feels like 24.4°C, Clouds (broken clouds: 51-84%)
    humidity: 81%, clouds: 66%




    feels like 23.8°C, Clouds (scattered clouds: 25-50%)
    humidity: 86%, clouds: 46%




    feels like 23.6°C, Clouds (scattered clouds: 25-50%)
    humidity: 89%, clouds: 34%




    feels like 24.3°C, Clouds (few clouds: 11-25%)
    humidity: 84%, clouds: 20%


    24. 4°C


    feels like 25.0°C, Clouds (few clouds: 11-25%)
    humidity: 82%, clouds: 21%




    feels like 25.1°C, Clouds (scattered clouds: 25-50%)
    humidity: 82%, clouds: 50%




    feels like 24.7°C, Rain (light rain)
    humidity: 84%, clouds: 57%




    feels like 24.4°C, Clouds (broken clouds: 51-84%)
    humidity: 86%, clouds: 60%





    feels like 24.0°C, Clouds (scattered clouds: 25-50%)
    humidity: 87%, clouds: 46%




    feels like 23.7°C, Rain (light rain)
    humidity: 85%, clouds: 57%




    feels like 23. 6°C, Clouds (broken clouds: 51-84%)
    humidity: 85%, clouds: 69%




    feels like 23.8°C, Rain (light rain)
    humidity: 82%, clouds: 67%




    feels like 25.1°C, Clouds (broken clouds: 51-84%)
    humidity: 73%, clouds: 56%




    feels like 24.7°C, Clouds (scattered clouds: 25-50%)
    humidity: 75%, clouds: 32%




    feels like 24.3°C, Clouds (scattered clouds: 25-50%)
    humidity: 77%, clouds: 37%




    feels like 24.0°C, Clouds (broken clouds: 51-84%)
    humidity: 79%, clouds: 54%





    feels like 23.5°C, Clouds (scattered clouds: 25-50%)
    humidity: 82%, clouds: 34%

    Valleseco, Spain | © LUISA M. DOMINGUEZ GUERRA

    Playa del Inglés weather and climate ☀️ Water temperature 💧 Best time to visit

    Best time to visit Playa del Inglés

    The best time to visit Playa del Inglés on Gran Canaria is from January through December. In this period you have a pleasant temperature and almost no precipitation. The highest average temperature in Playa del Inglés is 76°F in August and the lowest is 65°F in February. The maximum water temperature is 76°F and the lowest water temperature is 67°F.

    Offers for Playa del Inglés

    • Trivago
    • Momondo

    In the table below you can quickly find the average weather in Playa del Inglés per month, the monthly temperature or when it rains the most. Monthly averages are based on weather data from the last 30 years.

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Temperature (°F) 66 65 67 68 70 72 75 76 76 75 72 69
    Water temperature (°F) 68 67 67 70 72 73 72 74 76 75 74 71
    Precipitation (inch) 2 3 3 1 1 1 1 4 4 8 5 3

    Travel and stay Playa del Inglés

    If you are planning on visiting Playa del Inglés, check out these well-known travel agencies. They have been rated as the best by travelers and offer great prices for any budget.

    • Trivago
    • Momondo

    Airline tickets

    Looking to book a flight to Playa del Inglés? Hop on one of these airlines.

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    • TAP Air Portugal
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    Playa del Inglés weather

    The weather for Playa del Inglés over the next 14 days will be 73°F till 79° with a couple of days chance of light rain showers. The water temperature will be 73°F.

    5-day weather forecast Playa del Inglés

    View the 14 day weather forecast for Playa del Inglés

    Climate Playa del Inglés

    Playa del Inglés has a mediterranean climate. The summers are warm and dry, and the temperature is cold in the winter. The average annual temperature for Playa del Inglés is 42° degrees and there is about 35 inch of rain in a year. It is dry for 259 days a year with an average humidity of 75% and an UV-index of 6.

    Playa del Inglés

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Day temp. (°F) 66 65 67 68 70 72 75 76 76 75 72 69
    Night temp. (°F) 63 62 62 63 65 68 70 71 72 72 68 66
    Water temp. (°F) 68 67 67 70 72 73 72 74 76 75 74 71
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Precipitation (inch) 2 3 3 1 1 1 1 4 4 8 5 3
    Days with rain 4 4 5 4 2 1 1 4 5 7 5 5
    Dry days 27 24 26 26 29 29 30 27 25 24 25 26
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Sun hours per day 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 9 9 9
    Wind force (Bft) 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4
    UV-index 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 5

    Playa del Inglés weather by month

    What is the average Playa del Inglés weather like in a given month? Let’s find out! Click on a month to check all the monthly averages for sunshine, temperature highs and lows, percentage chance of rain per day, snowfall accumulation and number of rainy days.

    • January

      66°FView more

    • February

      66°FView more

    • March

      66°FView more

    • April

      68°FView more

    • May

      70°FView more

    • June

      72°FView more

    • July

      75°FView more

    • August

      77°FView more

    • September

      75°FView more

    • October

      75°FView more

    • November

      72°FView more

    • December

      70°FView more

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    Frequently asked questions

    Where is Playa del Inglés?

    Playa del Inglés is located in Gran Canaria. It lies in a straight line 3,391 miles from New York.

    The coordinates of Playa del Inglés are:

    • Latitude: 27.760115
    • Longitude: -15.5738179

    The GPS coordinates are 27° 45′ N, 15° 34′ W

    How long is the flight to Playa del Inglés?

    The flight time from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Playa del Inglés is approximately 13 hours.

    Airline tickets
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    What are the nearest airports to Playa del Inglés?

    These are the airports closests to Playa del Inglés:

    • Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) – 17 mi in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    What is the currency of Playa del Inglés?

    In Playa del Inglés, the Euro (EUR) is used for payment.

    Exchange rates on 12 September 2022
    • 1 US dollar = 0. 84 Euro
    • 1 Euro = 1.19 US dollar
    • 100 US dollar = 84.21 Euro
    • 100 Euro = 118.75 US dollar

    What is the area code of Playa del Inglés?

    The area code to call Playa del Inglés is +34.

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    Gran Canaria Sea Temperature | Water Temperature in Gran Canaria, Spain

    Looking to find out what the sea water temperature in Gran Canaria is for today and the next few days? Below are data and charts that will give you information about sea temperatures in Gran Canaria and nearby locations.

    Water temperature in Gran Canaria right now

    Below is the current sea temperature for Gran Canaria, Spain on 12th September 2022.

    23.69° C

    (74.64° F)

    • yesterday: 23.45° C (74.21° F)
    • a week ago: 23.52° C (74.34° F)

    Water at this temperature is very pleasant to swim in and if you tend to wear a wetsuit when swimming, you might consider removing it now to avoid the body overheating.

    The average sea temperature for Gran Canaria on September 12th over the last 10 years is 23.57° C (74.42° F), with a low temperature of 22.43° C (72.37° F) and a high of 24.54° C (76.17° F).

    Analysis and forecast for Gran Canaria water temperatures

    The water temperature in Gran Canaria today is higher than the average temperature of 23.57° C (74.42° F) and the temperature on this day last year, 12th September 2021, was 23.7° C (74.66° F).

    The chart and table below shows the change in water temperature in Gran Canaria over the last 30 days:

    Date Temperature (Celsius) Temperature (Fahrenheit)
    September 12 23.69° C 74.64° F
    September 11 23.45° C 74.21° F
    September 10 23.59° C 74.46° F
    September 9 23.63° C 74.53° F
    September 8 23.41° C 74. 14° F
    September 7 23.34° C 74.01° F
    September 6 23.72° C 74.7° F
    September 5 23.52° C 74.34° F
    September 4 23.35° C 74.03° F
    September 3 23.45° C 74.21° F
    September 2 23.49° C 74.28° F
    September 1 23.57° C 74.43° F
    August 31 23.58° C 74.44° F
    August 30 23.67° C 74.61° F
    August 29 23.9° C 75.02° F
    August 28 23.89° C 75° F
    August 27 23.6° C 74.48° F
    August 26 23.55° C 74.39° F
    August 25 23.54° C 74.37° F
    August 24 23.29° C 73.92° F
    August 23 23. 17° C 73.71° F
    August 22 23.37° C 74.07° F
    August 21 23.5° C 74.3° F
    August 20 23.45° C 74.21° F
    August 19 23.11° C 73.6° F
    August 18 23.36° C 74.05° F
    August 17 23.46° C 74.23° F
    August 16 23.25° C 73.85° F
    August 15 22.88° C 73.18° F
    August 14 22.81° C 73.06° F
    August 13 22.84° C 73.11° F

    The actual nearshore temperatures may vary by several degrees and this can also be heavily affected by weather. Strong winds can cause cold, deep waters to replace the surface waters that had been warmed by the sun, and heavy rain can also reduce the temperature of the sea surface temperature as well.

    Water temperature in Gran Canaria by month

    The chart below shows the monthly average water temperature in Gran Canaria.

    For more detailed information on how the sea temperature in Gran Canaria changes for each month of the year, choose from the months below.


    Gran Canaria map and nearby water temperatures

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    The highest temperature in Spain today is 26.73° C (80.11° F) in Costa Blanca. The lowest is in Aguino, where the temperature of the water is 16.05° C (60.89° F).

    Why measure sea surface temperatures (SST) in Gran Canaria?

    The ocean covers about 71% of the Earth’s surface, and scientists record the sea surface temperature (SST) of locations such as Gran Canaria because they want to understand and learn how the ocean communicates with the atomosphere of Earth.

    SST is one measure that provides information on the global climate, and it can be used to predict the weather in Gran Canaria as well as atmospheric model simulations and to study marine ecosystems in the area.

    Data source and citation

    Raw data for the calculations made to find the sea surface temperature in Gran Canaria comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and their 1/4° daily Optimum Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature.

    The water temperature data is constructed by combining observations from different platforms (satellites, ships, buoys, and Argo floats) on a regular global grid. A spatially complete sea surface temperature map is then built by interpolating to fill in gaps in the data.

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    Playa del Ingles Climate, Weather By Month, Average Temperature (Spain)

    In Playa del Ingles, the summers are warm, humid, arid, and extremely windy; the winters are long, comfortable, dry, and windy; and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 60°F to 81°F and is rarely below 56°F or above 86°F.

    Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Playa del Ingles for hot-weather activities is from late June to late September.

    comfortablewarmJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNowNow98%98%62%62%clearovercastprecipitation: 0.6 inprecipitation: 0.6 in0.0 in0.0 inmuggy: 46%muggy: 46%1%1%drydrybeach/pool score: 9.3beach/pool score:

    Playa del Ingles weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

    The warm season lasts for 3.2 months, from July 5 to October 13, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest month of the year in Playa del Ingles is August, with an average high of 81°F and low of 72°F.

    The cool season lasts for 3.8 months, from December 16 to April 10, with an average daily high temperature below 71°F. The coldest month of the year in Playa del Ingles is January, with an average low of 61°F and high of 69°F.

    Average High and Low Temperature in Playa del Ingles

    Average High and Low Temperature in Playa del IngleswarmcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FFeb 869°FFeb 869°FAug 2081°FAug 2081°F60°F60°F72°F72°FJul 579°FJul 579°FOct 1379°FOct 1379°FDec 1671°FDec 1671°FApr 1071°FApr 1071°F69°F69°F70°F70°F63°F63°F62°F62°FNowNow

    The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

    Average Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    High 69°F 70°F 71°F 72°F 74°F 77°F 80°F 81°F 80°F 78°F 75°F 71°F
    Temp. 64°F 64°F 66°F 67°F 69°F 72°F 74°F 76°F 75°F 74°F 70°F 67°F
    Low 61°F 60°F 61°F 62°F 65°F 68°F 70°F 72°F 71°F 69°F 66°F 62°F

    The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

    Average Hourly Temperature in Playa del Ingles

    Average Hourly Temperature in Playa del InglesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoolcoolcoolcomfortablewarmcool

    very cold

    The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

    Hanga Roa, Chile (7,290 miles away) and Mala, Peru (4,952 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Playa del Ingles (view comparison).

    © Esri, et al.

    Compare Playa del Ingles to another city:


    In Playa del Ingles, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

    The clearer part of the year in Playa del Ingles begins around May 23 and lasts for 3.7 months, ending around September 14.

    The clearest month of the year in Playa del Ingles is July, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 98% of the time.

    The cloudier part of the year begins around September 14 and lasts for 8.3 months, ending around May 23.

    The cloudiest month of the year in Playa del Ingles is November, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 37% of the time.

    Cloud Cover Categories in Playa del Ingles

    Cloud Cover Categories in Playa del InglesclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2098%Jul 2098%Nov 1462%Nov 1462%May 2380%May 2380%Sep 1480%Sep 1480%NowNowclearmostly clearovercastpartly cloudymostly cloudy

    mostly clear
    partly cloudy
    mostly cloudy

    The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

    Fraction Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Cloudier 31% 27% 25% 25% 22% 9% 2% 6% 22% 33% 37% 35%
    Clearer 69% 73% 75% 75% 78% 91% 98% 94% 78% 67% 63% 65%

    Playa del Ingles does not experience significant seasonal variation in the frequency of wet days (i.e., those with greater than 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation). The frequency ranges from 0% to 10%, with an average value of 4%.

    Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Playa del Ingles is January, with an average of 2.7 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 10% on January 15.

    Daily Chance of Precipitation in Playa del Ingles

    Daily Chance of Precipitation in Playa del InglesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jan 1510%Jan 1510%Jun 270%Jun 270%Jan 19%Jan 19%Oct 175%Oct 175%Mar 225%Mar 225%rain

    The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

    Days of Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Rain 2. 7d 1.9d 1.6d 1.0d 0.6d 0.2d 0.1d 0.4d 1.1d 1.6d 2.1d 2.6d

    To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Playa del Ingles experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

    The rainy period of the year lasts for 1.5 months, from November 27 to January 11, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in Playa del Ingles is December, with an average rainfall of 0.6 inches.

    The rainless period of the year lasts for 10 months, from January 11 to November 27. The month with the least rain in Playa del Ingles is July, with an average rainfall of 0.0 inches.

    Average Monthly Rainfall in Playa del Ingles

    Average Monthly Rainfall in Playa del InglesrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.0 in0.5 in0.5 in1.0 in1.0 in1.5 in1.5 inDec 160.6 inDec 160.6 inJul 90.0 inJul 90.0 inJan 110.5 inJan 110.5 inNowNow

    The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average snowfall.

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Rainfall 0.5″ 0.4″ 0.3″ 0.2″ 0.1″ 0.0″ 0.0″ 0.1″ 0.2″ 0.2″ 0.4″ 0.6″

    The length of the day in Playa del Ingles varies over the course of the year. In 2022, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 23 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 54 minutes of daylight.

    Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Playa del Ingles

    Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Playa del InglesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2013 hr, 54 minJun 2113 hr, 54 minJun 2112 hr, 8 minSep 2312 hr, 8 minSep 2310 hr, 23 minDec 2110 hr, 23 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow

    The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

    Hours of Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Daylight 10. 6h 11.2h 12.0h 12.9h 13.5h 13.9h 13.7h 13.1h 12.3h 11.5h 10.8h 10.4h

    The earliest sunrise is at 6:59 AM on March 26, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 12 minutes later at 8:11 AM on October 29. The earliest sunset is at 6:06 PM on November 30, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 56 minutes later at 9:02 PM on July 1.

    Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Playa del Ingles during 2022, starting in the spring on March 27, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 30.

    Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Playa del Ingles

    Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Playa del InglesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AM2 AMMar 266:59 AMMar 266:59 AM9:02 PMJul 19:02 PMJul 1Nov 306:06 PMNov 306:06 PM8:11 AMOct 298:11 AMOct 29Mar 27DSTMar 27DSTDSTOct 30DSTOct 30daynightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow

    The solar day over the course of the year 2022. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the ‘DST’ labels.

    The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun’s elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.

    Solar Elevation and Azimuth in Playa del Ingles

    Solar Elevation and Azimuth in Playa del InglesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AM0000101010202020303030304040405050606070708000010101010202020303030404040405050606070708039NowNow


    Solar elevation and azimuth over the course of the year 2022. The black lines are lines of constant solar elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon, in degrees). The background color fills indicate the azimuth (the compass bearing) of the sun. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries of the cardinal compass points indicate the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

    The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2022. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.

    Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Playa del Ingles

    Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Playa del InglesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMJan 2Jan 2Jan 17Jan 17Feb 1Feb 1Feb 16Feb 16Mar 2Mar 2Mar 18Mar 18Apr 1Apr 1Apr 16Apr 16Apr 30Apr 30May 16May 16May 30May 30Jun 14Jun 14Jun 29Jun 29Jul 13Jul 13Jul 28Jul 28Aug 12Aug 12Aug 27Aug 27Sep 10Sep 10Sep 25Sep 25Oct 9Oct 9Oct 25Oct 25Nov 8Nov 8Nov 23Nov 23Dec 8Dec 8Dec 23Dec 23

    The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

    We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

    Playa del Ingles experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

    The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.1 months, from June 15 to November 18, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 12% of the time. The month with the most muggy days in Playa del Ingles is September, with 13.4 days that are muggy or worse.

    The month with the fewest muggy days in Playa del Ingles is January, with 0.2 days that are muggy or worse.

    Humidity Comfort Levels in Playa del Ingles

    Humidity Comfort Levels in Playa del InglesmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jan 131%Jan 131%Sep 2246%Sep 2246%Jun 1512%Jun 1512%Nov 1812%Nov 1812%NowNowmuggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydryoppressiveoppressive


    The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Muggy days 0. 2d 0.3d 0.3d 0.3d 1.4d 3.7d 7.2d 12.2d 13.4d 10.6d 4.0d 1.1d

    This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

    The average hourly wind speed in Playa del Ingles experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

    The windier part of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from June 15 to September 5, with average wind speeds of more than 15.7 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Playa del Ingles is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 18.8 miles per hour.

    The calmer time of year lasts for 9. 3 months, from September 5 to June 15. The calmest month of the year in Playa del Ingles is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.5 miles per hour.

    Average Wind Speed in Playa del Ingles

    Average Wind Speed in Playa del IngleswindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph5 mph5 mph20 mph20 mph25 mph25 mph30 mph30 mphJul 1719.2 mphJul 1719.2 mphOct 1312.3 mphOct 1312.3 mphJun 1515.7 mphJun 1515.7 mphSep 515.7 mphSep 515.7 mphNowNow

    The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Wind Speed (mph) 14.3 14.9 14.8 14.7 14.8 16.0 18.8 17.7 14. 2 12.5 13.3 14.0

    The predominant average hourly wind direction in Playa del Ingles varies throughout the year.

    The wind is most often from the north for 11 months, from January 18 to December 8, with a peak percentage of 100% on July 21. The wind is most often from the east for 1.3 months, from December 8 to January 18, with a peak percentage of 47% on January 1.

    Wind Direction in Playa del Ingles

    Wind Direction in Playa del InglesENEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNoweastnorthwestsouth


    The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

    Playa del Ingles is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

    The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

    The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.0 months, from August 8 to November 8, with an average temperature above 72°F. The month of the year in Playa del Ingles with the warmest water is September, with an average temperature of 74°F.

    The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.9 months, from January 10 to May 5, with an average temperature below 67°F. The month of the year in Playa del Ingles with the coolest water is March, with an average temperature of 66°F.

    Average Water Temperature in Playa del Ingles

    Average Water Temperature in Playa del IngleswarmcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec64°F64°F66°F66°F68°F68°F70°F70°F72°F72°F74°F74°F76°F76°FSep 2474°FSep 2474°F66°FFeb 2766°FFeb 27Aug 872°FAug 872°FNov 872°FNov 872°FJan 1067°FJan 1067°FMay 567°FMay 567°FNowNow

    The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

    Water Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Temperature 67°F 66°F 66°F 66°F 68°F 70°F 71°F 73°F 74°F 74°F 72°F 69°F

    To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Playa del Ingles throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

    The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Playa del Ingles for general outdoor tourist activities is from early May to late August, with a peak score in the last week of June.

    Tourism Score in Playa del Ingles

    Tourism Score in Playa del Inglesbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810109. score

    The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

    The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Playa del Ingles for hot-weather activities is from late June to late September, with a peak score in the first week of August.

    Beach/Pool Score in Playa del Ingles

    Beach/Pool Score in Playa del Inglesbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810109. score

    The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).


    For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

    Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

    Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

    Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

    Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

    Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

    Temperatures in Playa del Ingles are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.

    Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Playa del Ingles

    Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Playa del InglesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%100%Jan 1100%Jan 1100%Jul 3100%Jul 3NowNowcoolcomfortablewarmhot

    very cold

    The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

    Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

    Growing Degree Days in Playa del Ingles

    Growing Degree Days in Playa del InglesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F1,000°F1,000°F2,000°F2,000°F3,000°F3,000°F4,000°F4,000°F5,000°F5,000°F6,000°F6,000°F7,000°F7,000°FJan 690°FJan 690°FApr 281,800°FApr 281,800°FDec 317,229°FDec 317,229°FNowNow

    The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

    This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

    The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

    The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from April 21 to August 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.2 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Playa del Ingles is June, with an average of 8.1 kWh.

    The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 1 to February 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.5 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Playa del Ingles is December, with an average of 3.6 kWh.

    Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Playa del Ingles

    Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Playa del InglesbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhJun 138. 2 kWhJun 138.2 kWhDec 173.5 kWhDec 173.5 kWhApr 217.2 kWhApr 217.2 kWhAug 207.2 kWhAug 207.2 kWhFeb 54.5 kWhFeb 54.5 kWhNowNow

    The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Solar Energy (kWh) 3.9 4.9 6.1 7.1 7.8 8.1 7.9 7.3 6.3 5.1 4.0 3.6

    For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Playa del Ingles are 27.757 deg latitude, -15.579 deg longitude, and 161 ft elevation.

    The topography within 2 miles of Playa del Ingles contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 548 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 116 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (4,190 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (6,417 feet).

    The area within 2 miles of Playa del Ingles is covered by artificial surfaces (40%), water (24%), shrubs (14%), and bare soil (13%), within 10 miles by water (56%) and shrubs (32%), and within 50 miles by water (92%).

    This report illustrates the typical weather in Playa del Ingles, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

    Temperature and Dew Point

    There are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Playa del Ingles.

    For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Playa del Ingles according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

    The estimated value at Playa del Ingles is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Playa del Ingles and a given station.

    The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:

    • Gran Canaria Airport (GCLP, 88%, 17 mi, northeast, -85 ft elevation change)
    • Tenerife South Airport (GCTS, 12%, 64 mi, west, 46 ft elevation change)

    GCLP, 88%17 mi, -85 ftGCTS, 12%64 mi, 46 ft

    © Esri, et al.

    To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Playa del Ingles and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source’s contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.

    Other Data

    All data relating to the Sun’s position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

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    Playa del Ingles

    Provincia de Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

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    Atlantic Ocean Water Temperature Current

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    Playa del Inglés

    Playa del Inglés, Spain | © Hans Richard

    The most detailed information about water temperature in Playa del Inglés in Atlantic Ocean (Canary Islands, Spain). Forecast of changes in water temperature for the next 10 days. Statistical data by months for the last years. Information about neighboring resorts. Weather forecast for Playa del Inglés for a week.

    Analysis and forecast

    The water temperature today is about the average for this day in recent years. Its value has grown both in the last 20 days and in the last week. Exactly one year ago on this day, the water temperature in this place was 23°C. The water temperature range in Playa del Inglés in September is between 21 and 25 degrees.

    According to our forecast, sea water temperature in Playa del Inglés will rise slowly for at least the next 10 days and will reach 22.7°C/78.6°F.

    Table of water temperature values ​​in Playa del Ingles
    day FACTION* MIDENT ** Forecast ***
    SEP 5 22.7 ° C SEP 6 22.6 ° C 23.3

    SEP 9 22.8 ° C 23.0 ° C SEP 10 22.9 ° C 23.3 ° C SEP 11 22.8.8 ° C


    Sep 12 22.5°C 23.3°C Sep 13 23.3°C 22.5°C Sep 14 23.0 ° C 22. 2 ° C SEP 15 23.0 ° C 22.2 ° C SEP 16 22.8 ° C

    22.8 ° C

    SEP 17 23.3


    * Actual – Actual water temperature
    ** Average – Average water temperature this day in previous years
    *** Forecast – Our forecast water temperature

    Actual water temperature close to shore may vary by several degrees compared to the indicated values. This can be noticeable after heavy rain or after long periods of strong winds. Some downwinds cause cold deep waters to replace surface waters that have been heated by the sun.

    To develop a forecast, we use our own mathematical model, which takes into account the current change in water temperature, historical data and main weather trends, wind strength and direction, air temperature in each specific region. We also consider data for other resorts in Spain.

    Radasul, Spain | © jphilippe G

    Playa del Inglés yearly average water temperature chart

    Playa del Inglés water temperature monthly chart

    Playa del Inglés is located in the northern hemisphere, at a latitude of 27 degrees. Comfortable bathing water temperature is set here in January, usually at the beginning of the month. During the year, Playa del Inglés has 229 days suitable for swimming. In general, the swimming season ends in December. The average annual water temperature on the coast in Playa del Inglés is 21.0°C, according to the seasons: in winter 19.8°C, in spring 19.4°C, in summer 21.9°C, in autumn 22.8°C. The minimum water temperature (18.0°C) in Playa del Inglés is in March, the maximum (23.8°C) in September.

    You can find out detailed data on how the water temperature in Playa del Ingles changes in each specific month:

    • February
    • May

    • August August August 9020 September
    • October
    • November
    • December

    Playa del Inglés general information and map

    Original name

    Playa del Inglés






    Canary Islands


    Atlantic Ocean

    11:19 9000 07:46



    Day length

    12 hours 25 minutes

    Neighboring towns and resorts
    Point Water* distance **

    9002 °



    Maspalomas 22. 7 ° C 1KM
    Pasito Blanko
    Tarakhalo 22.9 ° C 7KM
    El PAHAR 22.3 ° C

    * Water temperature at this location today
    ** Straight-line distance in kilometers

    Puerto de la Cruz, Spain | © H.B

    The warmest sea temperature in Spain today is recorded in El Toro and it is 29.2°C. The lowest point is in Pontevedra, where the water temperature is currently 16.4°C. The average water temperature in the country today is 23.1°C.

    Data for seawater temperature in Playa del Ingles and neighboring towns and resorts collected from various sources, using buoys, uses satellite map of temperatures provided by the NOAA.

    To provide a more accurate representation of temperatures, we use data from various local services in each specific region of the world.

    The nearest airport in a straight line is located 27 kilometers away. This is Gran Canaria Airport (LPA). We do not have information as to whether it is active and what flights it accepts or sends.

    Playa del Inglés weather forecast

    Weather forecast shown in local time in Playa del Inglés





    Feels like 25.0°C 25.0°C


    feels like 25.2°C, Cloudy (broken clouds: 51-84%)
    Humidity: 75%, Clouds: 81%




    feels like 25.0°C, Cloudy (broken clouds: 51-84%)
    humidity: 77%, clouds: 78%




    feels like 24.7°C, Clear (clear sky)
    Humidity: 81%, Clouds: 9%


    01:00 9005


    feels like 24. 2°C, Clear (clear sky)
    humidity: 87%, clouds: 9%



    Cloudy (scattered clouds: 25-50%)
    humidity: 84%, clouds: 31%




    feels like 23.7°C, Cloudy (scattered clouds: 25-50%)
    Humidity: 82%, clouds: 25% Feels like 24.4°C, Cloudy (Scattered Clouds: 25-50%)
    Humidity: 77%, Clouds: 27% (partly cloudy: 11-25%)
    humidity: 75%, clouds: 22%




    feels like 25.3°C, Cloudy (scattered clouds: 25-50%)
    Humidity: 74%, clouds: 50%



    9005 feel like as 24.6°C, Cloudy (Scattered Clouds: 25-50%)
    Humidity: 76%, Clouds: 43%



    scattered clouds: 25-50%)
    humidity: 82%, clouds: 46%

    Sep 14


    23. 2°C


    feels like 23.7°C, cloudy (scattered clouds: 25-50%)
    humidity: 82%, clouds: 32%


    94002 22.7°C /h

    feels like 23.2°C, Cloudy (scattered clouds: 25-50%)
    humidity: 84%, clouds: 27%



    °C, Cloudy (partly cloudy: 11-25%)
    Humidity: 85%, clouds: 21%




    feels like 24.1°C, Clear (clear sky)
    humidity: 77%, clouds: 10% , Cloudy (partly cloudy: 11-25%)
    Humidity: 73%, Clouds: 12%



    humidity: 72%, clouds: 28%




    feels like 25.5°C, Cloudy (scattered clouds: 25-50%)
    Humidity: 76%, clouds: 29% Cloudy (partly cloudy: 11-25%)
    Humidity: 81% Clouds: 13%

    Sep 15


    23. 7°C

    clear sky)
    humidity: 83%, clouds: 10%




    feels like 23.7°C, Clear (clear sky)
    humidity: 85%, clouds: 3%




    feels like 23.2°C, clear (clear sky)
    humidity: 79%, clouds: 3%

    5 24.2°C


    feels like 25.8°C, Cloudy (partly cloudy: 11-25%)
    Humidity: 62%, Cloudy: 11%




    feels like 26.1°C, Cloudy (partly cloudy: 11-25%)
    Humidity: 63%, Clouds: 13%

    1905° 2905° 26.00 C


    feels like 25.4°C, Clear (clear sky)
    humidity: 66%, clouds: 8% C, Clear (clear skies)
    humidity: 72%, clouds: 3%

    Sep 16




    feels like 23. 9°C, Clear (clear sky)
    humidity: 76%, clouds: 2% , Clear (clear sky)
    humidity: 77%, clouds: 0%




    feels like 23.3°C, Clear (clear sky)
    humidity: 78%, clouds: 0%




    feels like 24.5°C, Clear (clear sky)
    humidity: 70%, clouds: 0%




    feels like 26.2°C, clear (clear sky)
    humidity: 63%, clouds: 0%

    5 16:00



    feels like 26.3°C, Clear (clear sky)
    humidity: 63%, clouds: 9%


    25.5°C h

    feels like 25.8°C, Cloudy (partly cloudy: 11-25%)
    humidity: 67%, clouds: 11%




    feels like 24.8°C, Clear (clear sky)
    humidity: 70%, clouds: 2%


    01. 00 9005 9002


    feels like 24.2°C, Clear (clear sky)
    Humidity: 72%, clouds: 1%



    Clear (clear skies)
    humidity: 74%, clouds: 0%




    feels like 23.3°C, Clear (clear skies)
    Humidity: 79%, clouds: 0%



    0km/h )
    humidity: 73%, clouds: 0%

    Port de Soller, Spain | © ANIBAL VIGNEAUX

    Playa del Ingles Ocean Water Temperature today

    This data shows the water temperature in Playa del Ingles. In addition to water temperature, you can also get information about air temperature, weather for today, tomorrow and in the coming days, surf forecast, as well as sunrise / sunset and moonrise data for a given location.

    Playa del Inglés water temperature today is 23.8 degrees Celsius. Based on our historical data over a period of ten years, the warmest sea in this day in Playa del Inglés was recorded in 2012 and was 24. 5°C, and the coldest was recorded in 2019 at 22.1°C. Within the next 10 days, sea water temperature in Playa del Inglés is expected to drop to 23.3°C. September average sea water temperature in Playa del Inglés is 23.2°C/63.3°F, the minimum temperature is 21.8°C/68.2°F, and the maximum is 25.5°C/73.5°F.

    The beach season in Playa del Inglés starts in May and ends in January. During those months, Playa del Inglés water temperature does not drop below 20°C/68°F and therefore suitable for comfortable swimming. The average water temperature in Playa del Inglés reaches 19.6°C in winter, 19.3°C in spring, 21.9°C in summer and 22.9°C in autumn.

    Playa del Ingles water temperature

    Water temperature

    Sea state

    Sunrise and sunset

    0-3 h 3-6 h 6-9 h 9-12 h
    0.45 m 0.44 m 0.44 m 0.46 m

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    9002 in Playa del Ingles today

    Air temperature in Playa del Ingles and weather conditions for today (12 September 2022). To view the weather forecast for the next few days, go to the weather forecast for Playa del Inglés

    12-15 h 15-18 h 18-21 h

    21-24 h
    0. 52 m 0.53 m 0.55 m
    0-3 h 3-6 h 6-9 h 9-12 h
    23 ° C 21.9 ° C 23.3 25.7°C 26.5°C 25.6°C 24°C

    Monthly Playa del Inglés Water Temperatures:

    The minimum, maximum, and average monthly figures for Playa del Ingles water temperatures are shown below. In addition to the table values, a graph of changes in the average water temperature during the year is shown. Temperature data calculated from observations over the past 10 years



    Month Avg Min. Max.
    January 19. 5°C 18.1°C 21.3°C cold
    Sea water temperature in Playa del Inglés in January
    February 18.8°C 17.6°C 20.5°C
    Water temperature in Playa del Inglés in February
    March 18.7°C 17.2°C 20.4°C
    Playa del Inglés water temperature in March
    April 19.2°C 17.1°C 20.9°C cold
    The water temperature in Plai-del Higles in April
    May 20.1 ° C 18.5 ° C 21.9 ° C Warm is warm
    Water temperature in Playa-delGles May
    June 21.2°C 19.1°C 23.5°C Warm
    Water temperature in Plai-del Higles in June
    July 21. 9 ° C 19.6 ° C 24.3 ° C Warm
    9086 -Ingles in July August 22.6 ° C 21.30020 23.2 ° C 21.8 ° C 25.5 ° C Warm Water temperature in September October

    23.3 ° C 21.2 ° C

    C Warm The temperature of the water in Plai-del Higles in October November 22.1 ° C 19.7 ° C 24.7 ° C Warm

    9009 9009 del ingles on november December 20.6 ° C 18.3 ° C 22.3 ° C Warm Water temperature in December

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    If you are planning a beach holiday and want to enjoy the warm sea, select the day of the year, the region and the minimum comfortable water temperature. As a result, you will receive a list of countries and cities in which the average water temperature on this day over the past 10 years exceeds the value you selected

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    The closest beaches and cities with water temperature, air temperature, weather and medium waves today

    9 9001 Agustin
    23.8°C 27°C 0. 5 m
    Costa Meloneras 23.9 ° C 22 ° C 0.53 m
    BAIA Felis 23.7 ° C 26 ° C
    23. ° C 0.41 m Pasito Blanco 23.9 ° C 26 ° C 0.53 m

    9002 0.41 m LAS Salinas del MATORRAL 23.5 ° C 26 ° C 0.41 m 23.9 ° C

    900 26 ° C

    m Arginegin 23.9 ° C 26 ° C 0.57 m El PAHAR ° C


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    Weather in Playa del Inglés for months and seasons

    The weather in Playa del Inglés is not characterized by pronounced seasonality by months.
    So, the coldest month in Playa del Inglés is January with an average daytime temperature of +20.3°C,
    the warmest August with a temperature of +29.0°C.
    The rainiest months in Playa del Inglés are October (1 day),
    March (1 day) and (),
    while the driest January (0 days),
    February (0 days) and December (0 days).
    The maximum water temperature in Playa del Ingles is observed in October and is +23.5°C,
    the minimum in March is +18.6°C.


    Temperature during the day

    Temp. afternoon

    Temperature at night

    Temp. at night

    Water temperature

    Temp. water

    Sunny days

    Solar days

    Rainy days

    Rain days

    January +20.3° +17.4° +19. 24 0
    February +20.0° +16.9° +18.7° 20 0
    March +21. +17.4° +18.6° 27 1
    April +22.3° +18. +19.2° 26 0
    May +23.5° +19.4° +20. 27 0
    June +25.3° +20.5° +21.2° 29 0
    July +28. +21.4° +22.1° 31 0
    August +29.0° +22. +22.8° 30 0
    September +27.3° +23.0° +23. 27 0
    October +26.3° +22.7° +23.5° 23 1
    November +23. +20.7° +22.2° 21 0
    December +21.7° +19. +20.7° 23 0

    In winter, the weather in Playa del Inglés is mostly warm, with an average air temperature of +20.3°C. On average, there is almost no rain in winter. The wind in winter is moderate – around 6m/s. Relative humidity 22%.

    December January February
    Day temperature +21. 7 ° C +20.3 ° C +20.0 ° C
    Night temperature +19.0 ° C +17, 4°C +16.9° C
    Water temperature +20.7 ° C +19.6 ° C +18.7 ° C
    The amount of precipitation, mm 5 6 6

    The weather in the spring in Playa del Inglés is mostly warm, with an average air temperature of +22.0°C. Usually spring in Playa del Ingles passes without rain. The wind in spring is moderate – about 6m/s. Relative air humidity 16%.

    March April May
    Day temperature +21. 1 ° C +22.3 ° C +23.5 ° C
    Night temperature +17.4 ° C +18, 2°C +19.4°C
    Water temperature +18.6 ° C +19.2 ° C +20.2 ° C
    Seductive amount, mm 7 4 2


    In summer, the weather in Playa del Inglés is mostly warm, with an average temperature of +27.3°C. The coldest summer month is June with temperature (+25.0°C), the warmest month is August (+29.0°C). On average, there is almost no rain in summer. Relative humidity 18%. The wind in summer is strong and reaches 7m/s.

    June July August
    Day temperature +25. 3 ° C +28.1 ° C +29.0 ° C
    Night temperature +20.5 ° C +21, 4°C +22.8°C
    Water temperature +21.2 ° C +22.1 ° C +22.8 ° C
    The amount of precipitation, mm 1 1

    During the autumn months, the weather in Playa del Inglés is predominantly warm, with an average temperature of +25.3°C. The coldest autumn month is November with temperatures (+23.0°C), the warmest month is September (+27.0°C). On average, there is almost no rain in autumn. Relative humidity 20%. The wind in autumn is moderate 5m/s.

    September October November
    Day temperature +27. 3 ° C +26.3 ° C +23.7 ° C
    Night temperature +23.0 ° C +22, 7°C +20.7°C
    Water temperature +23.4 ° C +23.5 ° C +22.2 ° C
    The amount of sediment, mm 5 18