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The new year is on our doorstep! A new year means new annual leave from work and new chances to explore the world. Do you have any European destinations on your list to visit for 2020? If you’re not sure of where to go, I’ve got the perfect list for you. Divided up in seasons, this guide shows you the best destinations to choose for 2020.
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In the spring season you might be looking for some sunshine to kickstart the new year. Maybe you can find time for a 3 night mini break! Get rid of the cold, rainy weather and find the sun! Although most places in Europe won’t be scorching just yet, temperatures are starting to rise to comfortable t-shirt weather.
The Southern Croatian city of Dubrovnik has been up and coming for a while now. It’s easy to see why! It’s Old Town is very charming and the fact that it is fronting the Adriatic Sea is a feature for many tourists. Whereas in March the temperatures might still be around a mild 15° degrees, in May these rise up to 23°! Explore the history of Dubrovnik, enjoy some shopping or have a great night out clubbing – Dubrovnik has a lot to offer.
We love Malta! This island is an absolute must-visit in 2020. It’s becoming increasingly more popular, but you can beat the tourist high-season by going in the spring time. With temperatures around 20° this is an ideal destination for escaping the post-Christmas blues. Malta has a very interesting history to explore, as well as a buzzing nightlife. And don’t forget to explore the neighbouring island of Gozo!
Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal with islands of the coast of Africa. Although temperatures in spring are generally around 13°, you should find the nature in bloom ready to start the new year. And if you love being in nature, Madeira is the perfect destination for you. Volanic landscapes, cliffs, greenery and more – Madeira’s nature and wildlife is incredible. The island is known for the botanical gardens and luxury resorts: two of our favourite things!
I can completely understand if you are already looking at a Summer break! Sun, sea and tasty cocktails – I can’t wait! Of course the Meditteranean gets very hot in the summer time.
Bulgaria might not be your first thought when considering your summer holiday destination. But hear me out. The temperatures in Bulgaria are generally around 30°, but it can get as hot as 40°! It has beautiful white sandy beaches, with lots of water sports for those who like a bit of adventure. Especially if you are on a budget, Bulgaria is a fantastic destination!
Of course Greece is already a family favourite when it comes to a summer holiday. The weather is always nice and hot, it is surrounded by water and has thousands of beaches. But have you explored the island of Crete yet? If not, head to Chania, the islands’ second largest city. The famous Venetian harbour, old town and abundance of restaurants and bars won’t disappoint.
The famous Portuguese Algarve region. If you haven’t been here yet, you need to get here as soon as possible! If you are familiar with the Algarve, why not come back and explore it all over again. This area screams holiday: fishing villages, cliffs, sandy beaches and water sports. The Algarve is also famous for the fantastic golf courses, so why not try a spot of golf! Temperatures in the summer can go up to 35° degrees, but there is often a coastal breeze which makes the heat a bit more tolerable.
Whether you are embracing the colder weather or are still looking for some autumnal sunshine, there are plenty of destinations to choose from. A lot of Mediterranean places stay quite warm until the end of the year, so get all the vitamin D you can before winter starts.
Tuscany is an amazing place to visit in the atumn. With temperatures hoving around 20° degrees, weather is comfortably warm but not scorching. Medieval towers in San Gimignano, jetsetting in Forte Dei Marmi or finding tranquility in Artimino: Tuscany has it all!
Croatia has become a popular tourist location. The seaside city of Split is Croatia’s second largest city and famous for its beaches and rocky coves. With bustlin markets, shops and restaurants, Split is coming a cosmopolitan city! The Old Town is very charming and there are plenty of nearby islands you can visit for day trips.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Lanzarote is a fabulous autumn destination, as the temperatures still average about 23° degrees. If you’re not ready yet for darker evenings and colder days a holiday to Lanzarote is the one for you. This island is part of the Canaries and has a lot to offer. Chill out on the beaches, discover the interesting history of the island or explore the vulcanic landscape.
Winter breaks are my absolute favourite! Celebrate the festive season by travelling to a wintery destination, or seek the winter sun. Although even southern Europe will get colder now, some areas will still be mild and comfortably warm.
If you are feeling festive and are ready for the winter, Iceland is where you need to be! Reykjavik is easiest to get to at this time of year, but you can rent a car and travel around the country to explore the breathtaking landscape. Glaciers, waterfalls and hopefully the Northern Lights! Make sure to pack your warmest clothes!
Costa del Sol, Spain
The world famous Costa del Sol might not be the first destination that comes up when you are looking for a winter holiday. But this seaside resort has a lot going on outside of the summer season. With mild temperatures and few rainy fays, the area is famous for golf, scenic walking routes and food & drink culture. Doesn’t sound like a bad winter break to me!
Krakow is one of the most Christmassy cities of Europe! Visit between the end of november until Christmas and you will be able to enjoy the Christmas markets. The Medieval maze of streets and squares in Krakow are magical any time of year, especially with a sprinkling of snow!
What are your favourite European holiday destinations? Let me know in the comments!