Winter is right around the corner and that means so is the typical cold and miserable weather of the season! So if you’re looking to banish those winter blues and escape to somewhere different and exciting, look no further than a fantastic winter getaway.
Whether you’re a sun-worshipper or city breaker, we’ve got a wide range of winter holidays for you to choose from. And if you need a little help whittling down which is perfect for you, simply take our quiz to find your favourite. You’ll then be entered into a prize draw to win one of six fantastic winter getaways. Plus, one lucky winner will win the ultimate Winter Your Way package, which includes six amazing getaways!
Not sure which winter break is best suited to you? Here’s a rundown of the six different winter getaways you can choose from…
Sun-soaked winter beach holiday
Sun-seekers, rejoice! You don’t have to wait until next summer to roll around to get your next dose of vitamin D. There are plenty of destinations peppered throughout Europe that still bask in a golden glow all throughout the winter season. That means you can escape Blighty’s chill and recline on a lounger by the sea or pool with a good book and cocktail. Bliss? We think so.
Balmy Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Tenerife are all ideal winter sun destinations. These sun-drenched Canary Islands are popular year-round destinations and temperatures in winter are still up in the high teens. You can expect dramatic volcanic scenery, beautiful beaches with sands varying in colour from inky-blacks to golden-yellows and when it comes to the crave-worthy cuisine, you’ve got so much to look forward to. Think succulent seafood drizzled in a flavoursome sauce, washed down with a glass of one the archipelago’s top wines. Cheers!
Relaxing winter sunshine escape
If you enjoy peace and tranquillity when you’re away, then dodging the crowds and heading to popular resorts in the shoulder months should be top of your wish list. Traditional towns are at their most authentic and there are no huge queues at the top attractions. Does it get much better than that?
Destinations such as Cyprus, the Costa Del Sol and Menorca are perfect for this. Many of Cyprus’ resorts are open all year round and you’ll find the mid-teen temperatures ideal for exploring Blue Flag beaches, ancient treasures and lively resorts such as Ayia Napa and Limassol.
Across on mainland Spain, the Costa Del Sol is the perfect choice if you’re looking for buzzy beach resorts alongside charming old towns. Meanwhile out in the Mediterranean, Menorca is part of the Balearic archipelago and home to Ciutadella, its former capital, and cool and colourful Mahon. These popular spots are famed for intricate historic buildings and an impressive selection of eateries.
Travelling out of season means you’ll have historic sites basically all to yourself and there’ll be no struggle to find a spot for your towel on the beaches. It’s a win-win!
Festive Christmas market getaway
Crisp air, steaming mugs of mulled wine, twinkling lights – oh Christmas markets are full of seasonal magic! Europe’s teeming with plenty of spots for you to experience all of this and more. And in these bustling cities, you can spend your days ticking off top attractions, before turning your attention to the markets themselves at night.
For your festive fill, set your sights on Vienna, Krakow and Cologne. These exciting destinations host some of the most-loved Christmas markets in the world. Think rows and rows of wooden market stalls to browse, endless amounts of indulgent food and drink to try and festive entertainment that’ll have you singing along all night long.
Cultural city break
Love nothing more than strolling bustling streets and finding hip hangouts? Checking out the world’s top cities should be high on your winter hit list. Tick off jaw-dropping attractions, wander glitzy shopping avenues and make the most of every meal. There’s nothing better than sniffing out street food stalls, experiencing top-rated restaurants and feasting on local goodies.
New York, Paris and Rome are three of the best cities on the planet to do just that. France’s capital looks even prettier when it’s covered in a crisp-white blanket of snow and Rome, with its world-famous landmarks, is much less-crowded in winter. That means you’ll have plenty of time to pose for those cheesy selfies in front of each iconic spot. And New York… well do we even need to say anymore? There’s a reason why the Big Apple is regularly voted one of the world’s best cities to visit.
Super-fun ski break
If you’re looking for an active getaway against a stunning mountain backdrop, then a ski break is the one for you. You could start your day on the ski lift, before whizzing down the slopes. Not forgetting the all-important après-ski scene. Think hearty meals in a chic alpine lodge, followed by a refreshing Aperol Spritz in a cosy bar.
So many ski destinations, so little time! But Innsbruck, Geneva and Verona should be on your radar. Innsbruck acts as the gateway to the Tyrolean Mountains, where you’ll find the popular areas of Alpbach, Hintertux and Seefeld. Or why not head to dreamy Geneva and immerse yourself in Verbier or choose Verona to discover the Dolomites?
Working through that never-ending bucket list? Then it’s time to book another once-in-a-lifetime getaway and make memories that last a lifetime. From jaw-dropping natural wonders to iconic destinations, a bucket list location can take multiple guises. New York and Iceland are worlds apart but equal contenders for any bucket list.
New York, New York! The Big Apple has so much to shout about when it comes to attractions, especially in winter when it’s lit-up in twinkling lights. Speaking of lights… is there anything more enchanting than the Northern Lights? On a trip to Iceland, you could see this natural phenomenon in all its glory. And when it comes to exploring, head to the capital, Reykjavik, for cool and colourful buildings and a unique nightlife scene.
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Posted: 14th Oct 2019.