Warm Places in Europe in December

Warm Places in Europe in December 2024 – Discover Europe’s Cosy Winter Retreats

Are you tired of the cold, having-to-wear-three-layers-of-clothes and slipping-on-the-ice weather? Spend the last month of the year at one of the warm places in Europe in December. Escape the winter chill and indulge in a sun-soaked getaway. In which cities? Find out below.

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Warm places in Europe in December

1. Malaga, Spain

Welcome to the warm regions of Andalusia, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and surely one of Europe’s December warmest places. In addition to a tremendous artsy offer, Malaga will warm you with a maximum daily temperature of 18 degrees. At the same time, you will be able to explore the Christmas celebration in full swing. Walk through Calle Larios and feel the actual New Year’s magic. If you’re staying longer, organise a day trip to Costa del Sol, one of Spain’s most famous tourist locations.

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Things to do in Malaga

  • Explore the Old Town (Centro Histórico)
  • Stroll along Calle Larios
  • Experience Christmas Markets
  • Visit the Picasso Museum
  • Enjoy Local Cuisine
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Facade of Malaga Cathedral

How to get to Malaga

The closest available airport is the airport in Malaga itself, Costa del Sol Airport. If you choose to come by car or rent a car after arriving in Spain, remember that Malaga can be reached via the A-7 or A-47 highways.

Where to stay in Malaga

Although you will not be able to swim, there is a beautiful beach area you can go to and relax. This neighbourhood is considered relatively safe and clean, which is one of the reasons why I recommend it if you are looking for the best places to visit in Europe in December with children.

As for couples, ask for accommodation in the centre with a unique historical charm. It is the home of the most charming square in the city, rest assured your evenings will be reserved for romantic strolls and candlelit dinners.

If you’re travelling solo, Soho is a place for you. Why? Because it captivates with an artistic vibe, welcoming atmosphere, cultural diversity and exciting street performances. This part brings the natural local energy and the best tapas bars, which comes as a plus to being one of the warm places in Europe in December.

Hotel Plaza Del Castillo

The hotel is decorated in a unique mediaeval design and has an ornate garden. Hotel Plaza Del Castillo is located in a quiet neighbourhood, 10 km from the centre and offers family rooms.

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Relax and unwind at Hotel Plaza Del Castillo

Have a great time at Hotel Plaza Del Castillo

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2. Lisbon, Portugal

Have you ever been to Lisbon, one of the warm places in Europe in December? The Portuguese charm will warm your soul after all the snowy and rainy days. You will enjoy seasonal food in the White City without crowds. Find out why Lisbon is also called the City of Explorers.

The story is related to the famous explorers Vasco de Gama and Magellan. Don’t forget to visit the New Year’s decorated city landmarks such as Praca do Comercio and Jardin da Estela, where some Christmas markets are also located.

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Things to do in Lisbon

  • Explore the Historic Neighbourhoods
  • Visit Belém
  • Stroll through Christmas Markets
  • Attend Fado Shows
  • Ride Tram 28
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Lisbon Tram No. 28 Ride & Walking Tour

How to get to Lisbon

As you may have guessed, the nearest airport is Lisbon Portela airport, where the metro and the train depart to the centre.

If you are coming by car or renting, take the A1 highway if you are coming from the north, and the A2 highway if you arrive from the south.

Where to stay in Lisbon

Why choose Parque das Nacoes if you are coming as a family? This is a modern, family-friendly neighbourhood with a variety of accommodation that suits everyone’s desire and pocket. While you’re here, one of the main attractions for you and your kids will be the nearby Oceanario de Lisboa.

Meanwhile, Alfama is created for romantic walks with scenic views. One of the more famous summer houses for a romantic getaway is Miradouro das Portas do Sol, from where you can see the best sunset. Here, couples can enjoy rides with the famous Tram 28 and bars with fado music.

Are you looking for warm places in Europe in December while staying on a budget? Visit Baixa, in the centre of Lisbon. In terms of location, you won’t have to catch buses because everything is within walking distance. The neighbourhood also offers affordable dining spots and even more affordable accommodations.

Next Level Premium Hotels

As the hotel’s name says, the service here is at the next level. That means excellent staff, a perfect central location and a superb breakfast. The larger rooms at Next Level Premium Hotels can accommodate a maximum of 5 people, and there are also smaller rooms for two.

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Private room at Next Level Premium Hotels

Have a pleasant stay at Next Level Premium Hotels

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3. Seville, Spain

Let’s see why Hispanic Rome is worth visiting and why it belongs to warm places in Europe in December. Here, you will feel the cosy festive atmosphere without freezing, like in some other European cities. All in lights, you can explore the Christmas markets and the most famous locations, Metropol Parasol and Plaza de San Franc. And if you are a dance lover, let the locals teach you to play Flamenco.

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Things to do in Seville

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How to get to Seville

The Seville Airport is closest to you, making it convenient if you’re travelling from afar. If you are coming from other Spanish cities, take the high-speed AVE.

Where to stay in Seville

If you want to feel the authentic Andalusian atmosphere during your visit to Europe’s December warmest place as a family trip, look for accommodation in Santa Cruz. Enjoy the colourful Flamenco shows, peaceful piazzas and parks.

Have you been planning to afford a luxury trip to Seville? Well, find accommodation in Arenal, the central, vibrant area. There are excellent boutique hotels and high-class rooftops here.

Triana is great for solo travellers. You can feel the local atmosphere here through tapas, culture and nightlife.

Catalonia Giralda

Catalonia Giralda is in the old town and has a beautiful view of Seville, one of the best warm cities in December in Europe. It also has family rooms and suites for groups, so if there are more people, you have found a solution. The indoor pool is also available for use in December, and another good news is that you can take your pet with you.

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Make yourself at home at Catalonia Giralda

Enjoy your time at Catalonia Giralda

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4. Valletta, Malta

Have you ever believed that Arab, British and Italian cultures can be merged into one? Well, it can, in one of the best places to visit in Europe in December! I am taking you to Valletta, the capital of Malta. This country got its independence relatively late, in 1964. Before that, it was a British colony, which you can notice by left-hand driving.

Many people from the East live here, whose influence is still seen, and the proximity of Sicily makes the cuisine similar to that of Italy, which is a real blessing. If you decide to travel here, make sure to enjoy the incredibly pleasant and festive atmosphere as you explore Malta’s rich history and culture!

Things to do in Valletta

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Scenic view in Valletta, Malta

How to get to Valletta

Malta is a small island, and the most exciting thing is that the airport is quite close to the centre. There is even an underpass under the runway. You have 2 bus stations at the airport that take you to any part of the city. This makes travelling to one of the warm places in Europe in December very convenient.

As for going by car, I recommend that you embark on that experience only if you have driven on the British system. Bus transportation is frequent, but it is prolonged, and the traffic is chaotic. But I still recommend taking a bus or a Bolt taxi.

Where to stay in Valletta

Floriana is almost merged with Valletta, but it is much calmer and ideal for family accommodation. Public transport to all attractions is frequent and very fast.

If you travel alone, Valletta will offer you excellent opportunities for historical research, pub crawls, bonding with the locals, and, most importantly, accommodation in authentic Maltese houses with colourful doors and windows.

Malta focuses its opulence on Sliema or in St. Julian. The location right next to the coast offered an excellent opportunity for many top hotels to be located here. What you should notice is the high-class rooftop bar and restaurant. And if you want to experience the nightlife, Silema presents you with Paceville.

Hotel Castille

The building dates back to the 16th century. The hotel had a beautiful rooftop restaurant called De Robertis, famous throughout Malta. Inside Hotel Castille, the rooms are historically elegant, and you can also find peace in the quiet reading lounge. The location is excellent because it is only 5 minutes from the ferry to Sliema and 5 minutes from the central bus station.

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Experience comfort at Hotel Castille

Have a wonderful stay at Hotel Castille

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5. Nice, France

Nissa la Bella hides a unique charm and invites you to choose it as one of the warm places in Europe in December. You will first notice the festive atmosphere due to the preparations for the upcoming carnival in February and the celebration of Christmas.

This city offers Mediterranean charm in a relaxing pace and pleasant climate. If you are a gourmet, try the traditional Nicoise salad, and if you are more into research, go on a day trip to the surrounding villages, wineries or Monaco.

Things to do in Nice

  • Explore Christmas Markets
  • Walk through Promenade des Anglais
  • Visit Old Town (Vieux Nice)
  • Go to Castle Hill (Colline du Château)
  • Explore Nice Cathedral (Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate de Nice)
  • Visit Museums and Galleries
  • Try Winter Sports in the Mercantour National Park
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Promenade des Anglais in Nice (Nizza), France

How to get to Nice

Want to visit one of the warm cities in December in Europe? Cote d’Azur is your landing point, 7 km from the centre, allowing you to book transportation to the centre or come by bus.
And if you are travelling from France, you can board a train from Paris or Marseille.

Where to stay in Nice

The most luxurious part of Nice is the Promenade de Anglais, which offers scenic views, up-scale hotels, designer shops, and many wellness centres with spas and massages. The Yacht Port is also located here.

If you are coming as a family, visit the Carré d’Or area. This is a central area, with all the attractions being a step away from you. It is also close to the promenade, so you can enjoy its luxury.

If you are travelling as a couple, Vieux Nice or the old town is your choice. During the romantic walks through the narrow streets, you will experience a story with a historical note and beautiful sea views.

Hotel So’Co by Happyculture

Hotel So’Co by Happyculture is located in the old town in one of Europe’s December warmest places, hosting guests in rooms with 1 to 4 beds. There are also separate family rooms. All visitors consider the complete service to be excellent.

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Relax and unwind at Hotel So’Co by Happyculture

Have a great time at Hotel So’Co by Happyculture

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6. Rome, Italy

What does enjoying the Italian Christmas magic look like without freezing to death? Head to Piazza Navona and see for yourself! And if you want to celebrate the New Year here, put Piazza de Popolo in your itinerary. What is genuinely enchanting are the night walks during the Christmas celebration and the unique beauty of the illuminated St. Peter Basilica, Colosseum and Spanish steps.

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Things to do in Rome

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Colosseum, Ancient Rome and Evening Combo Tour

How to get to Rome

Rome has two airports, Campino and Fiumicino, which are pretty busy. If you come from other Italian cities, check with FlixBus or bus.

Where to stay in Rome

Thinking about where to stay in Rome, one of the warm places in Europe in December? If you ask me, you can’t go wrong with choosing accommodation here. However, these are the neighbourhoods I highly recommend:

With its small, narrow streets and orange-brick houses, Trastevere fascinates couples.

And if you are a nightlife seeker, there is also Testaccio, an extra unique Roman experience with many bars and restaurants, from osterias to nightclubs. There is an infectious local vibe here.

The Termini district is ideal if you plan to visit Rome on a budget. There is the central train station, markets and cheap street food stalls. You will not need to change 2 or 3 transport lines to reach the desired locations.

Hotel Maximus

The hotel has light and bright rooms in soft pastel colours. Hotel Maximus offers excellent Italian food for lunch and dinner and a continental breakfast. The hotel has been rated the highest by couples.

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Private room at Hotel Maximus

Have a pleasant stay at Hotel Maximus

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7. Limassol, Cyprus

Let’s fly to Southern Cyprus, to the City of Wine and Song, Limassol. This is the second largest city in Cyprus and offers a mix of historical exploration and outdoor activities even in December, as the weather is much warmer than the rest of the European cities. And while you’re here, don’t forget to visit the ancient ruins of Amathus.

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Things to do in Limassol

  • Spend some time at the beach
  • Indulge in local cuisine
  • Visit the Cyprus Medieval Museum
  • Go to Limassol Zoo
  • Enjoy Christmas Festivities
  • Go on a Limassol Old Town Exploration
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Aerial view of Molos, Limassol, Cyprus

How to get to Limassol

Planning on visiting one of the warm cities in December in Europe? Book a ticket to Larnaca Airport and take a bus from there.

Where to stay in Limassol

The old town is an excellent place to stay for couples and offers an atmospheric backdrop for a romantic getaway. Almost all accommodations are in Cypriot style and offer desired intimacy.

If you are coming with children, find accommodation in Germasogeia, a popular residential area that is considered relatively safe. It also has excellent transportation and beautiful parks.

If your priority is nightlife, Limassol Marina hides what you want: stylish waterfront, late-night dining and many private party events.

YAMAS Urban Living

The hotel is entirely paved with white marble, adding to the feeling of elegance and opulence. YAMAS Urban is located next to the harbour and has apartments with a balcony.

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Make yourself at home at YAMAS Urban LIving Spiridonos

Enjoy your time at YAMAS Urban LIving Spiridonos

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8. Izmir, Turkey

Wondering where you can find locals who are so friendly that the place received the name Smiling City? Izmir is one of the warmest cities in December in Europe because of the climate and the warm, welcoming locals’ energy. It also rarely rains here, and the food is excellent all year round.

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Things to do in Izmir

  • Explore Konak Square
  • Visit Kemeraltı Bazaar
  • Ride on Asansör (Elevator)
  • Visit Agora Open Air Museum
  • Walk on Alsancak Kordon (Promenade)
  • Go to the Izmir Archaeological Museum
  • Experience Alsancak Nightlife
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Izmir Clock Tower in Konak Square, Izmir City, Turkey

How to get to Izmir

The city’s main airport is Izmir Adnan Airport, which is 18 km from the city. If you are already in Turkey, you can book a shorter domestic flight.

Where to stay in Izmir

Wondering where to stay in one of the warm places in Europe in December? Alsancak is the neighbourhood to choose if you’re travelling with your family. It has a central location, so everything is within reach. It also has restaurants with a diverse culinary scene, and the place itself was built for family life, so there are many parks, schools, promenades, etc.

If you are a couple looking for an area to stay in Izmir, choose Konak. One of the most famous city landmarks is here, and there are also cafes, restaurants and small hidden gems that hide intimacy and romance.

If your evenings are reserved for a good nightlife place, Goztepe is it. There are various entertainment venues, live music bars and local hangout spots here. And yet the accommodations are a little further away from the noise and are great for relaxation.

Park Inn by Radisson Izmir

The hotel is unique because of the enchanting city view and the location in the heart of the city. Park Inn by Radisson Izmir is located near the Kordon coastline. The hotel is equipped with chic furniture and offers rooms that reflect comfort.

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Experience comfort at Park Inn by Radisson Izmir

Have a wonderful stay at Park Inn by Radisson Izmir

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9. Naples, Italy

This is the capital of southern Italy and the city of the best Neapolitan pizza. Enjoy the vibrant energy of the locals who will gladly tell you a lot about history and football. And, of course, they might even tell you a secret about making the world’s most delicious pizza!

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Things to do in Naples

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Piazza del Plebiscito Square Naples, Italy

How to get to Naples

Napoli has its own airport, but you often have to transfer. Rome’s two airports are more accessible, allowing for easy reach by train or FlixBus.

Where to stay in Naples

If you come as a group, settle in the historic centre to experience the local flavour and cuisine. The Gulf of Naples and Chiaia are waiting for couples in love. And if you travel alone, Vomero hides urban vibrancy and lively nightlife.

Le Corti del Re

The hotel is located in Plebiscito district, 7 km from the airport. Le Corti del Re offers family rooms and rooms that can host from 2 to 6 guests. All rooms have unique wallpapers.

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Enjoy your stay at Le Corti del Re

Have fun at Le Corti del Re

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Why should I consider traveling to Europe in December?

Traveling to Europe in December offers a unique opportunity to escape the cold weather and enjoy warmer climates in select cities. The guide highlights various warm destinations where you can experience festive holiday vibes without the chill, making it an enticing option for travelers seeking a winter getaway.

Which European cities are recommended in the 'Warm places in Europe in December' guide?

The guide recommends several European cities for December travel, including Malaga (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Seville (Spain), Valletta (Malta), Nice (France), Rome (Italy), Limassol (Cyprus), Izmir (Turkey), and Naples (Italy). These cities are chosen for their mild weather, cultural attractions, and festive atmospheres during the holiday season.

What travel tips are provided for December in Europe?

The guide offers helpful travel tips for December in Europe, such as information on transportation options to reach each destination, recommendations for accommodation based on traveler preferences (such as families, couples, solo travelers), and suggestions for activities and attractions to explore in each city.

Why is Malaga, Spain, recommended for December travel?

Malaga, Spain, is recommended for December travel because of its warm climate, with maximum daily temperatures reaching around 18 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the city offers a festive atmosphere with Christmas celebrations, including markets and cultural events. Visitors can explore attractions like the Old Town, Picasso Museum, and nearby Costa del Sol while enjoying the pleasant weather.


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Summary: Warm places in Europe in December?

Each city on the list of warm places in Europe in December invites you to trade snow and warm clothes for sand and a warm Christmas charm. Your perfect December escape awaits.

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