Some parts of Europe can be as cold as Alaska in winter. In most areas of Europe, winter means wearing a jacket, drinking warm beverages, and binging on Netflix for a while.
You can still enjoy the sun long after autumn has gone by without taking a "proper" flight.
These top picks will help you get away from it all without bringing a heavy jacket.
You'll not only find water that isn't too different from the pool in Cyprus, but you will also find temperatures warm enough to make you want to jump in. Winter temperatures hover around 65 degrees F (or 18 degrees Celsius) from November to March.
Cyprus is the perfect place to socially distancing. There are many villas and boutique hotels available, as opposed to huge properties with shared elevators that house thousands.
Azore Islands (Portugal)
The Azores isn't the only option, as many parts of Portugal are far enough south to provide mild, beautiful weather in winter. Faro is also a wonderful place, but the Azores' scenery and weather are unbeatable when you travel is your priority.
Imagine rugged mountains, charming coves, friendly towns, and all the delicious food, culture, and fun you would find anywhere in Portugal. But with the added thrill of being at the islands.
You can reach the Azores easily with direct flights from Portugal or other European gateways via Ponta Delgado Airport (PDL). With temperatures hovering between 60-65degF and 16-18degC, it's easy to go wrong.
You can come for the sun and leave with diet plans. Sevilla is more than a place to relax and enjoy the sun. It's also the epicenter for European culinary culture. The year-round food growing conditions provide some of the best produce in the world. There are many Michelin-starred restaurants in Sevilla.
Although tables can be difficult to find in summer, winter is quieter and offers a more authentic experience with lower prices and better sunsets. Fun fact: Sevilla is historically the most warm place in continental Europe. It has an average temperature of 66°F or 19.2°C.
This is the perfect combination of culture, weather, and relaxation that you will find anywhere in Europe during winter. If you prefer the sun, the Canary Islands are always an option.
Okay, so you might not be referring to the sun, but Turkey can still be beautiful in winter.
Antalya, Bodrum, and Bodrum are great choices for easy access, beautiful coastal views, delicious food, and lots to explore. You can reach both Antalya or Bodrum from most European gateways. Or, you can hop via Istanbul to get there from anywhere else in the world.
Temperatures in the teens Celsius and high 50's, mid 60's Fahrenheit are not uncommon. Unless you are coming from the UK where Turkey is on the "red list". Rumours suggest this may change soon, though, as the country could move to "amber".