Five of the top beach destinations in Europe this winter

Craving sun, sea and sand? Winter is the perfect time for a beach vacation as it allows you to get some much-needed sun and escape the doom and gloom of back home.

Fortunately, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world for winter sun as there are some fabulous sunny places in Europe with beautiful beaches to enjoy and much more to explore at this time of year.

Here are five of the top beach destinations in Europe this winter.

1) Madeira, Portugal

This beautiful archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa has a gorgeous subtropical climate and the main island features outstanding natural beauty as a volcanic, verdant island with imposing high cliffs and pretty pebble beaches. There’s a huge amount of exploring to be done here but it is also the perfect spot for chilling out – don’t forget to sample the world-famous local wine!

2) Malta

Another archipelago this time between Sicily and the North African coast, this is one of the most unique destinations in the entire world largely thanks to its succession of rulers over the years each leaving their fingerprints on the island.

It’s an ideal destination if you’re interested in history, with many fortresses and temples along with the stunning walled capital city of Valletta. Malta also has postcard-esque beaches with stunning azure waters to enjoy.

3) Crete, Greece

Greece is known for its warm weather throughout the year, and the southern position of Crete means it stays the warmest for the longest. Greece’s largest island is also known for its alluring fine sand beaches that are ideal for sunbathing and taking in the mesmerising views.

4) Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are an ideal winter choice because you get sunshine all year round. There’s also an island to suit every type of visitor. Hiring a villa through a specialist like Villa Plus will allow you to completely unwind during your stay and allow you to get out and explore or hit the beach each day.

5) Cyprus

Located just south of Turkey and north of Egypt, sunny Cyprus benefits from perhaps more sunshine than anywhere else in Europe. It also features a cool capital city, beautiful nature parks, archaeological sites and more to explore. It’s also home to breathtaking beaches that are perfect if you’re looking to escape the dreary winter conditions back home.

These are the five best destinations if you’re seeking sun, sea and sand this winter. This is a great time for a sunny vacation as it allows you to escape the harsh winter conditions and find some much-needed sun so that you can return home feeling refreshed and ready to take on the new year ahead.

Photo by Dawid Zawiła