The Warmest Places in Europe in December

By: Leah Shoup

Tenerife, Spain

The largest of the Canary Islands is the warmest place in Europe in December. Don't miss the chance to visit Teide National Park without the crowds!

Gran Canaria, Spain

Crisp temperatures offer the perfect opportunity to check out the hiking trails to Pico de las Nieves and Roque Nublo in the winter months.

Lanzarote, Spain

Enjoy natural wonders like Timanfaya National Park, Cueva de los Verdes, or celebrate the New Year in style with live music and fireworks.

Fuerteventura, Spain

The second-largest Canary Island is one of the warmest places for winter sun, with average temperatures from 64 to 73°F (18 to 23°C).

Madeira Island, Portugal

This year-round destination sees a handful of rainy days in December but is still a great choice for hikers and those looking for a warm winter.

São Miguel, Portugal

It's one of the best destinations in winter in Europe, home to diverse landscapes including volcanic craters, crater lakes, and hot springs.

Valletta, Malta

Travel to this capital city for warm weather, Baroque architecture, grand fortifications, and a wealth of historic buildings and monuments.


Explore beautiful archaeological ruins, UNESCO sites, and the Akamas Peninsula during the holiday season on this island.

Mallorca, Spain

Situated in the Balearic Islands in the western Mediterranean, you'll find plenty of activities for history lovers as well as Christmas markets!

Crete, Greece

Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and the Old Town of Chania on this island in the Aegean Sea.