We take a look at some of the most spectacular parts of the world to visit during the winter months.
As the snow starts to fall and the temperatures drop to ‘nippy finger’ levels, each of the 11 destinations below offer a fantastic opportunity to take in some truly stunning scenery to be treasured forever.
Future travel in mind, here are some positively ‘winterful’ destinations you should ‘snow’.
Updated – September 2021!
Yes, Scotland is, barring ‘Beast from the East’ level events, a great country to visit during winter.
As the colours of autumn fade away and leaves disappear completely from trees, Scotland becomes adaptable, catering to different tastes.
Keen to kick-start your festive celebrations?
The country’s biggest cities, particularly Edinburgh, have some great festive markets that take over the cities right through to the New Year.
Set on exploring the Scottish wilderness?
Take advantage of the weather and catch sight of some special wildlife throughout the Highlands with Loch Lomond one of the UK’s finest lakes tucked away within a stunning National Park.
Throughout the year, Norway is one of the world’s most beautiful countries.
Comprised of a jaw-dropping collection of landscapes that are spectacular regardless of the season, the onset of winter has a magical effect on this beautiful country.
Setting off far above the Arctic Circle, the city of Tromso is one of the ultimate places to witness Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) – a beautiful dancing light effect and truly magnificent spectacle to behold.
The city, home to a striking cathedral, is the perfect base to set off in search of the Northern Lights. In fact, on many an occasion, simply stepping out from the comfort of your chosen accommodation gives you the chance to experience this wondrous spectacle.
The wonderful island of Malta and neighbouring Gozo lie in the heart of the Mediterranean.
Taking full of advantage of this prime position, the islands collectively enjoy some of the finest weather on this side of the equator.
Exploring and making the most of this renowned climate, Malta is suitably stocked for visitors to take full advantage of the glorious weather.
Whether deciding to follow the coastline and settle on a beach, enjoying the clear waters hidden away in coves or setting off to discover the island’s long and interesting past, Malta is one of the great winter destinations for holidaymakers searching for a sunny escape.
The romantic island of Cyprus, often referred to as ‘Aphrodite’s Isle’ is a firm favourite holiday destination.
Another Mediterranean island offering a wonderful climate with the scenery to match, the welcoming island is a fantastic winter sun destination, basking in over 300 days of sunshine annually.
Whether setting off to discover the beauty of the Troodos Mountains or exploring Paphos’ UNESCO-listed Old Town, there is much to see on this fascinating island, home to the iconic Aphrodite’s Rock.
The largest of the Canaries, Tenerife enjoys a wonderful climate, particularly during the winter months.
A collection of sparkling and contrasting natural landscapes and home to Mount Teide – the highest mountain in Spain, this wonderful island is well suited as an island escape destination.
Whether scaling the heights of the beautiful national park, exploring the coastal beauty of Anaga or discovering the history of Puerto de la Cruz or La Laguna, Tenerife is a worthy contender for your winter destination choice.
Beautiful Bavaria is up next. Packed full of wonder throughout the year, the German region is really something special during the winter months.
Incredible highlights range from Oberammergau to Mad King Ludwig’s extraordinary Neuschwanstein castle (pictured).
Why not consider travelling to one of the continent’s oldest cities this winter?
Krakow, Poland’s second-biggest city is rich in history and packed with beautiful buildings.
Wandering the streets and paying a visit to its lively Christmas market is the perfect introduction to the city.
Set up in the middle of Krakow Old Town, explore the stalls, sample some local festive delicacies, pick up a bargain or two and admire the surrounding decorated buildings.
The picture-postcard beauty of Austria at the height of winter is truly a remarkable sight.
Explore the beauty of Tyrol, taking in enchanting Innsbruck, St Anton and more on festive adventure.
Spend some time this approaching winter in the serene Swiss Alps.
The perfect wintertime break, travel to Switzerland to experience wonderful resorts and the epic scenery around Lake Geneva.
Fully embracing local culture, popular experiences available locally include snowshoe walking, cross-country skiing and even Dog-sledding!
10. The Algarve
Sun it up on the southern Portuguese coast with a venture to The Algarve.
A quintessential holiday destination throughout the year, the beautiful beaches and coves along the Algarve coast can be the perfect remedy for any emerging winter blues.
Birthplace of the iconic RMS Titanic, visit Belfast, one of Europe’s most stylish cities this approaching winter.
Giving readers a chance to kickstart their festive celebrations in style, Belfast is a magical destination to visit at this time of year with the city’s historic buildings and streets lit up wonderfully during the festive period.
During a visit, enjoy the sights including City Hall (pictured), the Crown Bar and Albert Memorial Click, the city’s Christmas Markets and the wonderful Titanic Experience.
Dedicated to telling the story of one of history’s most famous ships, the Titanic Experience is located in the historic shipyard quarter where the RMS Titanic was actually built!
Journey through time via an excellent collection of interactive exhibits and galleries charting the life of the ship from construction right up until her final moments.
Back in the heart of the city, for readers looking to explore a bit more, the city’s shops and Black Cab tours cater to different tastes away from the festivities a little.
A visit to Iceland in the winter months caters to both first-time visitors to the country and returning visitors drawn back by the beauty of this terrifically scenic holiday destination.
All the natural wonders the country is famous for can be visited and admired whereas returning holidaymakers get the chance to enjoy the beauty of this small island during winter, a period that sees landscapes dramatically change.
Great geysers, relaxing striking waters, and mammoth waterfalls all await holidaymakers visiting Iceland.