Winter in Europe is all about Christmas! While you’ll find lingering sunshine in the mild Mediterranean, and cosy cafe culture and Christmas spirit in the centre, some places can be sunless and dull. It’s an inspiring time to visit charming villages: with fewer queues you can fit more into your itinerary and pocket sizes.
Here are few European destinations that are best to visit in winter.
– Snow and reindeer add festive spirit, while the Arktikum museum gives insights into life at these latitudes. Fistfuls of Christmas clichés characterise Rovaniemi, the ‘official’ terrestrial residence of Santa Claus. [/ts_one_half] [ts_one_half]
– Almost as far north as you can get in Europe in a train, Abisko in Lapland is for some serious winter lovers. The sun doesn’t rise for several weeks in December and January but that darkness makes it one of the world’s best and romantic places to view the majestic aurora borealis. [/ts_one_half] [/ts_row]
All summer stresses – crowding, tourist pricing, intense heat, queues, air pollution – more or less disappear right here in Greece. It’s the best time to explore the country’s ancient heritage and get to experience local culture and people. [/ts_one_half] [ts_one_half]
At night seek out a ruin pub – an atmospheric drinking venue that was once-abandoned building now turned into a creative pub. Couples skating hand-in-hand, breath cloudy in the frosty air – there’s nowhere better for it than the Hungarian capital’s picturesque central park, with its enormous outdoor rink. This is worth exploring. [/ts_one_half] [/ts_row]
Venice’s Carnevale in February is a European highlight, some call it hauntingly beautiful while others call it weird. Elaborate costumes and spooky masks bring the canal city’s colourful history to life. Book accommodation ahead. Day-tripping in and out on a train will lower costs considerably.