Ski, Sip, and Sightsee: Why You Should Visit Europe Right Now!
① Winter Sun Destinations in Europe
Winters in Europe can be unpredictable and less lively, which is why many people opt to go to Europe in summer. The weather is cold; the days are short, there is less time for sightseeing, and many places are closed at the end of the year. Winter in Europe is truly a different experience, lacking the vibrant atmosphere of summer.
On the bright side, though, many European destinations are even more charming in winter.
Portugal, located in Southern Europe, offers outstanding landscape diversity, and its two major cities, Porto and Lisbon, are great places to explore. Compared to other European countries, Portugal enjoys a mild winter. Even in the dead of winter, temperatures do not drop below freezing, and the highest temperatures in January and February are 15 degrees Celcius (59 degrees Fahrenheit).
Portugal is also known to be cheaper than other European cities. They have fantastic food and remarkably fresh seafood dishes. Enjoy the unique winter atmosphere of Lisbon and Porto in Portugal.
It is no doubt that summer is the peak season for Spain. Walking around the city in the dazzling sunlight and enjoying a swim on the stunning beaches–that’s what Spain is all about. January and February are the coldest months in Spain, but if you head to the south, you can enjoy mild winter weather.
Spain is a large country, so the weather varies significantly by region. You can visit Granada, Malaga, Ronda, and Seville in southern Spain. Unlike summer, winter offers the advantage of escaping the crowd and traveling in a quieter atmosphere.
A winter trip is not bad if you want to enjoy Spain’s exotic architecture and grand natural landscapes.
② Winter Wonderland Covered in Snow
Renowned for its majestic Alps and stunning landscapes, Switzerland offers an unparalleled experience for winter sightseeing.
To truly enjoy the winter, there would be no better place than here. Thrilling winter sports and snow-covered mountain peaks await in Switzerland.
A train journey through Switzerland’s picturesque, snow-covered landscapes is a truly magical experience.
If you’re planning a trip to Switzerland in winter, it’s a good idea to make a reservation a few months in advance. As train reservations become competitive in winter, booking in advance is better.
In winter Switzerland, you can visit Zermatt, Interlaken, and Jungfrau. While in Switzerland, enjoy the winter wonderland and melt away the cold with a warm cup of hot chocolate.
Many travelers seem to dream of romantic getaways in Northern Europe. The winters in Northern Europe are particularly long and dark, but they are also a time of romantic scenery. As the sun sets very early in winter, you experience more nighttime than the daytime. The sun doesn’t stay out long, so you might be in an endless silent night. The sun sets as early as 2-3 pm, so consider this before traveling.
In Sweden, many tourists flock to see the Northern Lights in winter. Abisko is located at the northernmost point of Sweden and is one of the best places in the world to observe the Northern Lights. Another famous place to see the Northern Lights is Kiruna. Once you see the mysterious Northern Lights spreading across the sky, you become mesmerized, and the cold of winter becomes insignificant.
Sweden offers a variety of winter activities in addition to the Northern Lights. Despite the freezing weather, many travelers head to Sweden to enjoy the unique winter that can only be experienced there.
③ Alps Destinations Better than Switzerland
Switzerland is famous for the scenery of the Alps. However, those who have done some traveling often choose Austria over Switzerland when it comes to winter beauty. The cities of Salzburg, Tyrol, and Carinthia in Austria are known as the “jewels of the Alps.”
They are loved for their picturesque natural scenery along the Alps. Salzburg will enchant you in winter with the snowy scenery of the Alps and the serene lakes. You can also climb to Salzburg’s observation deck and look down on peaks over 9,842 feet high, waterfalls, glaciers, etc. You can also visit the ski resort located in the best scenery.
And do not forget, Austria offers many activities that will make your visit unforgettable. If you’re considering a European destination to enjoy the Alps, you don’t need to weigh the option between Austria and Switzerland. You know what the answer is.