If you are from Europe, North America and many other destinations around the world, then you may be wanting to get away during the cold winter months. In Europe the colder temperatures tend to be from around November until early March. In this post I will give you some ideas on places you could visit from hot beach destinations, skiing in the alps, spas, or even cities in Europe that are still fantastic to visit in this season. So keep reading for my suggestions, and if you have ideas on other places to visit, then please feel free to leave a comment.


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Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn makes for a wonderful winter destination. The city has a large range of things to do, and is well equipped for the snow and ice. Tallinn is also darn beautiful, and if you visit when there’s snow then you are in for a magical treat.

Want to know more about Tallinn and things to do? Head to my post City Breaks: Guide to Tallinn in 24-48 hours.

Tallinn in the winter
Tallinn in the winter

Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

If visiting a city isn’t quite what you’re after, and you want a warmer destination, then head over to Thailand and visit the fantastic Ko Phi Phi islands in the south. Here you’ll be able to catch the sun, swim with exotic fish, go on boat rides and basically wear anything but that winter coat.

Read my post Guide to Ko Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay to learn more.

Maya Bay - Ko Phi Phi
Maya Bay – Ko Phi Phi

Riga, Latvia

Another great city to visit in Europe would be Riga in Latvia. The food is often very hearty and warm, and my top recommendation if you were to visit would be to go to Folkklubs ALA pagrabs as the food is next level. Similar to Tallinn mentioned above there is plenty to do around the city. From walking the beautiful parks, visiting museums, heading up St Peter’s Church and lots more.

Read more: City Breaks: Guide to Riga in 24-48 hours

Riga skyline from St Peter's Church
Riga skyline from St Peter’s Church
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Bad Gastein, Austria

For those skiers and snowboarders head over to Bad Gastein in Austria. This resort is pretty fantastic with 208km of slopes for you to ski and snowboard, and with runs for beginners through to the most advanced. Afterwards you could head to the 600m2 spa to completely relax and forget about the cold winter.

Head to Winter Sports in Gastein, Austria

Skiing in Gastein, Austria
Skiing in Gastein, Austria

Bali, Indonesia

With average temperatures of between 26-27oC from November to March Bali would be a great destination to visit in this winter. Throughout the Island are beautiful beaches, temples, monkey sanctuaries, a large water park and also amazing luxury hotels such as Padma Resort in Ubud.

Padma Hotel Resort, Ubud
Padma Hotel Resort, Ubud

Bled, Slovenia

Bled is an almost magical destination, and although a lot of people visit in the summer, actually visiting in the winter may be nice with less crowds. Around the lake are several hiking spots and if you wanted a treat then consider staying in Grand Hotel Toplice, which has an amazing thermal pool that is actually quite cold but super refreshing.

Bled at Sunrise
Bled at Sunrise

New Zealand

A nice winter getaway (although it can be far) would be to visit New Zealand. Between November-March you’ll be looking at temperatures from 15-18oC and a great way to experience this country would be to go on a road trip, where you’ll get to enjoy the beauty of the landscape.

A blog post on New Zealand's Most Scenic Drives
Photo via Good Free Photos – CC0 / Public Domain

Golden Triangle, India

A great escape from the winter is to head over to India. Where you’ll experience lots of heat and not just from the sun, but also in your food. A good way to experience India is to go on the Golden Triangle route, where you’d visit Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

India - Taj Mahal
India – Taj Mahal

Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a pretty city to visit in the winter and comes with heaps of things to do, from exploring the East Side Gallery, visiting museums, walking around wintery parks, enjoying local beer and currywurst, or partying at one of the cities many awesome nightclubs.

Part of the Berlin Wall
Part of the Berlin Wall

Maldives

An ultimate beach destination and the perfect winter getaway is to the Maldives located in the Arabian Sea. Here you’ll be able to relax in exotic paradise and in temperatures ranging from 27-29oC (November to March). The Maldives doesn’t tend to be the cheapest destination, so make sure you have a deep wallet if you are visiting.

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Maldives- Image via Pixabay
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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a fantastic city to visit at any time of year. Being incredibly photogenic and with lots to see throughout the city, as well as affordable hotels, food options, beautiful cafes and super cheap beer. For those that wanted to see a bit of nature during your time in Prague, then go on a hike with Northern Hikes where you’ll get to see part of the stunning Bohemian Switzerland and Saxon Switzerland National Parks.

Charles Bridge in the winter and snow
Charles Bridge in the winter and snow

South Tyrol, Italy

A great experience to do in the winter is to go to a beautiful spa, such as at Alpen Palace Resort and Spa which comes complete with indoor and heated outdoor pools, a salt cave, massage facilities and more. As well as this the hotel serves a fantastic selection of food for breakfast and dinner. If you fancied you could also consider going to the nearby Klausberg or Speikboden ski resorts. Read more about those ski areas on www.kronplatz.com.

Outdoor pool at Alpen Palace
Outdoor pool

Summary

Of course there are so many amazing destinations to visit in the winter. Whether to make the most of the cold and snow, or to completely get away from it. Whatever you fancy I hope this post gives you some ideas of beautiful places to visit. Do you know of any other great winter destinations? If so please leave a comment below.

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