Feeling spontaneous this winter? Whether you're craving some sun and fancy a trip to the gorgeous Turkish seaside, feeling adventurous and want to explore the northern lights in Norway, or simply just need a break in the English countryside - we have the perfect winter destination for you. HELLO! Online has picked our top 10 winter destinations in England and Europe... Check them out for inspiration for your next cheeky break.
To get a look into Spain's Moorish history, visit cities such as Cordoba, Ronda, Sevillie and Granada (the home of Alhambra) in the region of Andalucia. Whether you want to explore the many romantic secret spots or enjoy a generous portion of authentic Andalucian tapas – this charming agricultural region has got just what you're looking for.
For the spectacular experience of seeing the northern lights, visit Norway’s most northern University town, Tromsø. The northern lights are completely unpredictable yet the most beautiful spectacle when the atmospheric conditions are on point. While one can't guarantee you'll see the aurora borealis, your best chance is in Tromsø between November and April. Even if you don't get to see them, you can enjoy an exciting husky safari, go ice kicksledding or ice fishing.
With its Baroque palaces and parks and shop fronts glittering in the lead-up to Christmas, the winter season is a magical time to visit Vienna. Escape the cold in the city's legendary coffeehouses and warm up on mulled wine. Get glammed up for an opera or ballet performance at the State Opera and discover the birthplace of the waltz by joining Europe’s socialites at one of the many winter balls.
Escape from the grey and gloomy winter days to the Pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik, Croatia. Take a walk in the cosy streets of the Old Town or soak up the sun at a tourist-free hidden beach. Croatia's dramatic Dalmatian Coast is spectacular at Dubrovnik. That, with the two-kilometre historical city wall overlooking ancient monasteries, aristocratic palaces and baroque churches, makes for a magical stroll on a wonderful city break along with endless activities to pick from.
If you fancy a relaxing pre-Christmas break, this stunning Italian island is the place to go. With some of Europe's most seductive beaches and its beautiful nature, Sardinia is sure to put your stress at ease. If you’re feeling sporty or adventurous, there are medieval churches, city wall hikes and ancient museums for you to explore in all corners of this spectacular island destination.
To escape the early winter blues, visit Kas for the much needed autumn/winter sun. With some of the best diving in the Mediterranean and paragliding in Turkey, the activities are endless. White-washed houses amid the green mountains, the beautiful harbour and beaches make for picture-perfect scenery. Just a short four-hour flight away, you'll feel like you're on the other side of the world – without the jetlag.
With the temperatures slightly dropped and most of the tourists returned home, Budapest is perfect for a long winter weekend. Not only does this dynamic city offer everything from thermal baths and trendy pubs to operas and theatre – it is also very budget-friendly. Not to mention Hungarian food, which can be tested at the city's many food markets and festivals.
St Tropez has been a hotspot for A-listers and royals for decades and is the ultimate destination for a glammed-up short break. Located in the French Riviera, St Tropez is the perfect getaway for anyone up for a chic and relaxing atmosphere. In winter it's not only less crowded, but the prices drop from the pricier high season. Drop-in brunches and shopping are welcomed, without all the queues to be endured in the summer.
If you're in need for a break from every-day stress, but don't like the idea of travelling far, Cornwall is the perfect place. With the opportunity to hide away for a weekend - without leaving the country - you can enjoy a peaceful coastal walk or an exciting visit to Tintagel castle. Finish off your cosy countryside weekend with a spectacular gourmet seafood experience at the Rick Stein restaurant. With the many options of cottage rentals, boutique and luxury hotels, Cornwall has the makings for the perfect romantic weekend away.
With designer boutiques, the iconic Eiffel Tower, the charming Champs-Elysées, a whole wealth of Parisian delights to tuck into - from croissants to Ladurée macaroons, hot chocolate to France's finest wines, and some of the world's most famous museums at your fingertips, there are plenty of reasons to visit Paris this winter.