As we reach the tail end of summer, we can’t help but think of winter. Whilst you may not enjoy winter at home, there is something truly magical about this season when in Europe. With fewer crowds and cooler temperatures, it makes for an easy time of year to be travelling. We named some exceptional cities to visit in winter here, and here are another 7 European cities that are winter stand outs.
1. Berlin, Germany
Despite some freezing temperatures, there are plenty of activities that will keep you warm and toasty in Berlin. Museums are a great indoor activity – in particular, the Pergamon Museum will be less crowded. The food scene is diverse with coffee shops or restaurants to hole up in, and Turkish and Vietnamese being popular international cuisines alongside traditional German specialties. If you’re willing to brave the cold (nothing some layers and a decent coat can’t fix!), a walking tour of the city or a visit to the East Side Gallery is still just as fascinating as in summer. If visit Berlin in December, a plate of currywurst and mug of mulled wine are sure to keep the chill away at a Christmas market.
2. Sorrento, Italy
Located on the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is understandably packed with tourists during summer. In a bid to preserve this prized coastal area for the future, we encourage you to travel in winter to help spread the load of visitors. Sorrento doesn’t completely empty out in winter, so it still retains its quintessential charm. Explore the surrounding area on a couple of day trips – take a ferry across to gorgeous Capri, head to Pompeii to learn about the devastating eruption in 79 A.D. or discover nearby towns like Positano. Return in the evening to join locals on their evening stroll through town to admire shop windows and settle in for a Sorrentine dinner.
3. Dublin, Ireland
The capital of Ireland is a vibrant city, even through its colder months. Complete with a Christmas market and concerts, and a variety of festivals, ending your day at a cosy Irish pub has never sounded better. Museums are that little bit quieter, lit up nights during snowfall seem magical, and sampling Irish whiskey at Jameson Distillery Bow St is one way to warm yourself up from the inside out.
4. Seville, Spain
Tapas, architecture and flamenco – all this and more can be experienced in Seville for a cheaper price in the off-season! With its Mediterranean location, winters are typically mild. Seville is famous for its Royal Alcazar, cathedral, Plaza de España and charming neighbourhoods. You’ll be able to capture them in all their glory with fewer people about – perfect for getting that photo for your ‘gram!
5. Paris, France
Rug up and enjoy Paris, a magical city to lose yourself in in winter. There’s no reason why you can’t do all the main landmarks, museums, art galleries and shopping, followed by bunking down in a cosy café or restaurant to refuel. Paris (and France, in general) do seasonal cuisine extremely well; make sure you tuck into a comforting cassoulet or onion soup.
Now, the next two places are not in Europe but are close enough for us to include in this list…
6. Petra, Jordan
Dating back to the fourth century, the ancient city of Petra has impressive ruins and a unique desert landscape. The ‘Rose City’ attracts travellers from around the world each year and – you’ve guessed it – the winter months are more bearable to visit this desert destination with temperatures between 5 – 15° Celsius. There are several hikes you can do which are more tolerable than in the searing summer months, plus sites like the Monastery aren’t so crowded so you can take your time.
7. Marrakech, Morocco
Can you picture lounging by the pool in winter? With an average winter temperature of 20° Celsius, you can do just this in Marrakech! Desert sunsets, shopping in the souk, exploring the Medina and the city streets are all easily done with fewer travellers about, bargains to be had and cooler temperatures.
Check out our full range of Escapes by Globus tours, showing you the very best of Europe during winter.