5 European Winter Sun Holiday Destinations for 2024

Anticipating summer? Fortunately, you needn’t venture far for a dose of sunshine.

Southern Europe beckons with an abundance of sunlight, clear skies, and pleasantly mild temperatures. Opting for a journey during off-peak periods could yield exceptionally reasonable rates for accommodations and car rentals, along with the added perks of secluded beaches and unexplored local landmarks.

Here are our top picks for European destinations that still bask in the sun during the low season.

Paphos, Cyprus

Average winter temperature: 18°C

Ideal for beach enthusiasts and sightseers alike, Cyprus, a perennial summer favorite for Brits, is particularly captivating in the coastal city of Paphos. Steeped in ancient history and boasting postcard-perfect beaches, Paphos exudes a romantic charm, attributed in part to its association with the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.

Stay: Indulge in relaxation at the sleek Annabelle Hotel (annabelle.com, from approximately £122/night), situated near Paphos harbor and surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

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Valetta, Malta

Average winter temperature: 17°C

A haven for history buffs and sun-seekers, Malta, often overlooked, offers nearly year-round sunshine with its 300 sunny days annually. Valetta, the golden-hued city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, entices with its museums, fortresses, and historic churches.

Stay: Experience regal luxury at the five-star Xara Palace hotel (xarapalace.com.mt, around £245/night), nestled within a beautifully restored 17th-century palazzo in Mdina.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Average winter temperature: 21°C

Appealing to adventurers and sun-worshippers, the Canary Islands guarantee balmy evenings even in winter. Lanzarote, a UNESCO Geopark, showcases otherworldly landscapes with over 300 volcanic cones, blackened lava fields, and palm-filled valleys, all accessible via abundant hiking and cycling trails.

Stay: Sun-worshippers can retreat to the five-star Meliá Salinas (melia.com, £185/night), boasting a large lagoon-like outdoor pool, tropical gardens, and access to Costa Teguise’s white sandy beaches.

Seville, Spain

Average winter temperature: 18°C

Perfect for a tranquil couples’ city break, Seville, Spain’s hidden gem, offers year-round mild temperatures. Smaller and more romantic than its bustling counterparts, Seville features the Alcázar castle complex and the Instagram-worthy Plaza de España.

Stay: Palacio Bucarelli (palaciobucarelli.com, from around £132/night), set in a beautiful 17th-century building in Seville’s Old Town, provides contemporary rooms with a traditional twist, a courtyard, roof terrace, and a refreshing plunge pool.

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