If you’re like me and have been raised in one of the coldest countries in the world, then traveling to a warm destination will sound welcoming. As most travel bans and restrictions have been lifted around the globe, people are flexing their calf muscles and are eager to go on a vacation. Europe is a popular destination and flights are booking up fast. While many areas in Europe are cold and snowy in January and February, there are just as many places that are sunny and balmy with modest and comfortable temperatures. Let’s check them out.
Spain has lots of sunny and warm days and oodles of breezy beaches that draw in crowds each year. It’s a great place to laze around and take in the gorgeous scenery. And there is so much to see.
Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary islands. It has beautiful sandy beaches and warm sub-tropical temperatures all year round and it offers both relaxation for sun-seekers and a diverse landscape for adventurous travelers. This off-the-grid island has lots of gems that are waiting for your discovery. There are lots of excursions and day trips to take advantage of like dolphin and whale watching, glass bottom boat cruises, Oasis wildlife, snorkeling, sailing tours, catamaran tours and so much more. Spain is a great place to travel in cooler months as their summers are scorching hot. Average day temperatures in January are 18 – 20 C or 64 – 68 F.
Toulon is the 3rd largest southern France port city on the Mediterranean coast. It’s an Idyllic vacation spot for travelers with its brimming with sandy beaches, cozy sheltered coves, and fantastic views. There are lots of fun things to do, take a cable car up to Mont Faron, visit an 11th-century church, explore Anse de Magaud, trek the gorgeous coast trail of Sentier de Douaniers or mingle with the locals at the local stores and markets.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen is a stunning coastal town in Mexico along the Riviera Maya known for its tranquil and sunny beaches and beautiful coral reefs. It has in fact 75 miles of shoreline to sunbathe, do water sports, snorkel, explore freshwater cenotes or take in some of the many excursions available. The average temperature in January is 27° C or 81° F.
Puglia is a province in Italy that is sprinkled with an abundance of charming cities, towns, and villages. There is so much to do and experience in this area, that Puglia warrants a mention. Each town or village has something to offer tourists aside from its spectacular beaches. In Foggia, visit the ruins of Arpi — in Bari, visit the 11th-century Basilica di San Nicola — in Leece take in a cooking or wine-tasting class or take a walking tour and discover quaint streets, alleys and historic center — in Taranto take a cruise or sailing tour or visit the ornate churches and cathedrals. And of course, don’t forget to enjoy the beaches!
The Madeira archipelago consists of 4 islands, two are inhabited and two are not. Maderia is the largest of these islands and offers lots of sites for tourists. With its subtropical temperatures, it’s comfortable all year round. Visit the Risco Waterfalls and the Jardim Tropical Garden. Or go whale and dolphin watching, or scuba diving at Garajau, or enjoy a spa treatment at a natural mineral spring. Or explore the geological formations on the island or take in a wine tour, or just laze on their gorgeous beaches. There is an abundance of fun and relaxing things to do on this island.