Winter Holidays – Escape those dark days
Sometimes it can be hard to cope with that British winter. The days get shorter and the nights get longer and the rain never seems to end! The best thing that your HolidayGuru would recommend is getting away for a cheeky winter holiday to blow away those cobwebs. Whether you want to avoid the stress of certain celebrations or just want to get away to recharge those batteries there is plenty that I have on the blog for you. It doesn’t always have to be a sun holiday as well sometimes you just want to get a weekend away in a city that you’ve always been meaning to visit or you want to experience certain holidays in a new and interesting way. No matter what you’re into I have got you covered with some of the best deals around!
Where are the best Winter Holidays?
So you’ve decided you need to get away and you’re not sure where you want to go. Well, there are plenty of options whether you want some sun or just need to do some site seeing. In terms of sun holidays, there are plenty of offers on Loveholidays, Wowcher and even Expedia. The obvious choice for destinations would be the Canary Islands where you can get some pretty great sunshine almost year round. Places like Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife are always great choices for your winter sun holidays.
What are some alternative ideas for Winter Holidays?
Sometimes it’s not even just some sunshine that you are looking for, sometimes you just need to get away from it all! In this case, I would recommend a city break and especially a city break when the Christmas markets are on. Some of the best deals on the blog are ones for really great value for some fantastic destinations on a small budget. Some of the best places to check out Christmas markets like Prague, Budapest and Warsaw have some really underrated hotels and packages that will put a smile on your face.
Best Places for a Sunny Winter Holiday
As I have said above there are simply tonnes of options for destinations for your next Winter holiday. The hardest thing is picking a place to check out so I’ll give you some of the top picks for destinations to check out. Whether you want to celebrate Christmas, New Years or just need some time away from the daily winter grind these are the cream of the crop. Don’t stress about those rainy days once you book a deal with your HolidayGuru you’ll be looking forward to the winter!
These amazing Islands are a geographic wonder and have so much to offer to its many visitors. No matter which of the Islands you visit you’ll be amazed by the rich and varied landscapes that you will encounter while visiting this amazing place. Whether you want to get out and about in nature or you just want to relax on some white sandy beaches, this is the destination for you! Its in a great location as well, off the coast of North Africa, that means you get some amazing sunshine year round.
This amazing Island has an absolutely fascinating landscape. As well as having some of the best and most beautiful sunny resorts in Spain it has some amazing geographic formations. While you are there you can lounge in the Sunshine or you can explore some really interesting volcanic lava fields. You could check out landmarks like Cueva de Los Verdes or the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya. These amazing landmarks will have you smiling from ear-to-ear. This tropical island will certain cure those blues that make winter so hard!
This is probably one of the most popular winter holiday destinations and the largest island in the collection of the Canaries. There are plenty of great resorts that provide excellent value and a comfortable experience that will have all of your troubles just melting away. Whether it’s a family holiday you’re looking for or couples retreat there is plenty on the Island that will keep everyone happy. The most famous landmark that you can check out is the absolutely stunning Teide National Park. For all the geography buffs out there you can check out the amazing live volcano. There’s also the option to just relax on all of the gorgeous beaches.
This is the ultimate relaxation destination for anyone who needs to just flake out and recharge those batteries. The island is mostly known for providing some great resorts and as you can imagine with all those resorts there are plenty of really great ones that you can find as well. This place is world famous for its year-round sunshine and fantastic value for money. You can book yourself a cheeky escape here and have something really excellent to look forward to.
This gorgeous little archipelago just off the coast of North Africa has an average year-round temperature of about 27°! So as you can imagine its one of the top destinations to check out for a brilliant little winter break. It has a really fascinating history and has heritage stemming from all kinds of different cultures. There are plenty of gorgeous cathedrals to explore and amazing cobblestone streets to wander down really get lost in. This isn’t even mentioning the rugged coastline that provides some of the most beautiful views of the Mediterranean. The great news about this destination is that you can also get some seriously great value when you book!
Best Winter City Breaks
It doesn’t always have to be a sun holiday destination when you’re going for a winter holiday. There are plenty of great options on mainland Europe that will give you some value and make sure that you’re getting some serious bang for your buck! Whether it’s a short little break or a week or so you can find some great deals here on the blog. Places like Prague, Budapest, London and Paris are all amazing destinations that will satisfy your wanderlust for a long time to come.
The city of love is a must-see destination any time of the year but at winter time the city really comes into its own. Picture in your mind long winding streets lined with the most amazing restaurants lit up with a warm glow and you cannot decide which place to go to first. This is what awaits you when you visit this historic city. There are plenty of great value deals on the blog for city breaks to Paris. During winter another great aspect of the city is the fantastically charming Christmas markets. These markets are some of best in Europe and they will have you falling in love all over again!
Budapest is gorgeous in winter! The view across the Danube of a snow-covered city is simply enchanting. When it gets too cold exploring the streets of Budapest, take shelter in the many cosy pubs or tea houses and warm up again. Of course the best way to warm up is visiting one of the great baths in the city. There is nothing better than this rejuvenated feeling of a good spa session in a crisp winter. A fun activity is also taking a “spin” on the ice rink or if you’re not so much a sporty person but are more the foodie-type, there are two food festivals taking place in winter, the fish festival, as well as the Mangalica Festival. Check them out
Of course nothing beats the panorama of a snowy Charles Bridges leading its way to the Old Town. It’s simply magical. Apart from the Christmas Market in December you will also see many nativity scenes in the street. This adds to the special Christmas ambient. Winter is also a great time to take in the wide offer of concerts and theatre plays taking place, so you could think about booking tickets in advance.
Why is London great in Winter? Well of course there is WinterWonderland in Hype Park, but we all know how very crowded and pricey this fair is… I would actually recommend you to take an actual walk in the parks. Hopefully they are snow-covered, then they look specifically magical. The Wintertime Festival at London’s South Bank is open to anyone, so why not go for an evening stroll there and treat yourself to some sweets and mulled wine. I can also recommend the ice rink at the Natural History Museum. It’s super cosy!
Of course the cherry on top of every Winter break is a visit to the Christmas Market. Europe has some great ones on offer and I have to agree those trips are my favourite ones! The most authentic ones can be found in all major German and Austrian cities, however, the old towns of Budapest, Prague, Krakow or Copenhagen have a lot to offer as well! The eastern cities are generally cheaper to book a city break for. Check out my Christmas Markets offers to be sure not to miss any deal. I made sure the Christmas markets are on for the travel period, so all you need to do is book :)