Though winter months might be a low time for travel, because of low temperatures that don’t really encourage sightseeing, there’s plenty of interesting places to visit in Europe during this time. From skiing resorts to warm retreats, here are my top destination for winter travel!
I’ve visited Rome in February and since then I’m convinced that winter is the perfect time to visit the Italian capital. The weather is mild (about 15 degrees Celsius) and there are definitely less visitors than in summer – you can easily get to every tourist attraction, avoiding the usual queues. Streets and restaurants are less crowded, not to mention that hotel prices are three times lower than during high season.
Austria with its beautiful mountains is a great country to visit during winter. The best place to start your exploration of Austrian Alps is the city of Innsbruck, as it’s located between very high mountains and near several big ski resorts. It’s also very charming and offers lots of activities for tourists all year round.
One of my favourite cities in Europe offers the best solution to cold weather: thermal baths. There are over 15 of them in Budapest and some offer outside pools to swim during the winter – you have to try it! To keep your belly warm, there are also two food festivals in February: Mangalica and Gozolgo. If you need some more inspiration, head on to this site!
Les Trois Vallées
A huge region in France where you can ski all interlinked valleys using a single ski pass. It’s actually the biggest area of this kind in the world and quite an impressive one – with over 600 km of slopes and 180 lifts everyone, from a begginner to an expert, will find his perfect piste. Also, due to its size you don’t have to worry about queues and bumping into another skiers. Absolutely a must-see for every ski lover!
Here’s a handy guide for choosing a resort in France if you’re not sure which one would be the best for you.
The heat of summer in Spain can get unbearable, but mild temperatures of Spanish winter are perfect for sightseeing. One of the most mysterious cities is Granada, with its fascinating islamic legacy and narrow medieval streets. The main attraction is Alhambra – a walled palace on a hill which was once a residence of Nasrid sultans. You can also visit Generalife, a summer estate of the Emirs with a Persian garden – both of the palaces are UNESCO World Heritage sites.