The WinterSun trail

The WinterSun trail

Traveling in winter offers a lot of incentives. Some of these include a huge reduction in hotel prices, the lack of large tourist groups gathering on the streets, and skipping the intense heat of the summer months. Although these are very good reasons to travel in winter, some people are still put off by the cold and harsh weather. Not all of Europe is cold and covered with snow this time of the year. This is the WinterSun trail of Europe.

LISBON – Lisbon is Portugals largest and capital city, it has a population of around 505,000. It’s composed of numerous hills throughout an area of around 100km². Lisbon is located on the west coast of the country overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Winter brings mild temperatures to the city with average highs of 15°C and average lows of around 8°C.

A tram in Lisbon

Due to the weather this time of the year it gives you a perfect opportunity to explore the city’s sights. Exploring this city in the hot summer months can be tricky due to the fact temperatures can reach up to 30°C making it hard to walk its hilly terrain. Now you can explore top-class sights such as Castelo de S. Jorge. Once you’re finished, you can walk along the Tagus river to the beautiful Parca do Comerico that’s filled with shops and buzzing cafés.
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ALBUFEIRA– After a 2 and a half hour bus journey south, you will find yourself in Algarve’s most vibrant town! Albufeira is a very popular tourist town in the summer months so getting here in the winter means you have more freedom to do as you please. Its white sandy beaches will be useful as day temperatures can reach up to 20°C. Be sure to bring some warm clothes as night temperatures can drop to 7°C.

The view overlooking a city in Portugal

Albufeira has a gorgeous Old Town that’s buzzing with life and full of character. Its upbeat bars and restaurants are housed in pretty whitewashed buildings which give for a cheerful and positive atmosphere. During the day you can lay on the beach and take part in one of the many water sport activities that is on offer here. Throughout the night you can lose yourself in the lively nightlife at one of its many bars or restaurants.
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SEVILLE – After a bus journey that takes just over 3 hours you will have crossed the border and entered Spain. Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region and is famous for flamenco dancing. It is Spain’s fourth-largest city and has a population of just over 1.3 million. The average temperatures in January are highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C.

A building in Seville

Seville flies under the radar when compares to other Spanish cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. It’s known for its extraordinary historical buildings and its outstanding architecture. Some of the major landmarks include the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. It is also believed you can find Spain’s best tapas here.
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MALAGA – It takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to get here from Seville on a bus. Located on Spain’s famous Costa del Sol, the city is known mostly for its yellow sandy beaches and its high rise buildings, even though it is much more than just that. Malaga is the final destination on the trip and also the warmest. Temperatures can reach up to 20°C and drop as low as 8°C at night.

The view overlooking Malaga

As stated above, Malaga is so much more than just beaches and resorts. The city is bursting with character and historical landmarks. Some of which include Alcazaba, a medieval palace, Cathedral de la Encarnacion, numerous castles, and even an ancient Roman theatre! Since this is the birthplace of Picasso, you can also find a museum dedicated to him here! After exploring all these attractions you can take a day to just unwind along the beach.
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