Now that winter has set in throughout many places in the northern hemisphere, you may be wondering just where you can go for great winter breaks that won’t break the bank. While the destinations in this short guide may not be ideal for sunseekers looking to get their tan on, they are great for those of us who love a bit of culture, history, art and exploring foreign countries. If this sounds like the kind of thing you want to get up to this year, just have a read through our list of top European countries for winter breaks.
One of the most beautiful countries in the Mediterranean, Greece is awash with a whole host of history and culture, just waiting to be explored. Whether you’re exploring the Greek mainland or you’re more interested in the islands, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful, welcoming country. For the adventure lover, why not start in Athens and then make your way up to the stunning rugged hills of Meteora, where a collection of monasteries sit atop cliff sides, just beckoning visitors to challenge the heights to explore them. If you’re on the hunt for a bit of fun and frivolity, the islands of Zakynthos, Crete and Rhodes offer up some nightlife and partying, but if that isn’t your think, check out Santorini for a truly romantic, grown-up Greek island experience.
Croatia is a unique country, having been part of the former Yugoslavian state. The result is a combination of unique history, culture and architecture which many people come from around the world to experience. Not only this, but Croatia is probably best known for its beautiful islands, numbering into the hundreds all along the Dalmatian Coast near the city of Split. Other cities worth mentioning in Croatia include Zagreb – home of one of Europe’s most beautiful and frequently high rated Christmas markets, as well as Dubrovnik, a coastal city many may recognise as the filming location of some of Game of Thrones. Whatever your desires when visiting Croatia, it’s likely you won’t be bored for a moment – and you’ll want to keep coming back for more.
This popular central European nation is home to some of the most beautiful cities such as Cesky Krumlov, Karlovy Vary and of course, Prague. A hot spot for travellers of all kinds from all over Europe and beyond, the Czech Republic is a perfect blend of the old world and the new, with old castles amid bustling market squares lined with touristy cafes and restaurants. A hot spot in Europe, especially in the summer, the winters are just as enjoyable, with Christmas markets and gorgeous scenery being enhanced by the light snowfalls the country is known for.
So if you’ve been looking for a great option for your next holiday this winter, hopefully one of these great European destinations will suit you and your budget just right so you can get a taste of the luscious winter life on the continent.