Before you know it, fall will be waving goodbye and winter will be pushing down the door to settle in for a few months. To some, winter is a sign from the Gods. Those people who love this season tend to be those who spend every waking moment on the mountains, shredding and skiing their way around Europe’s best resorts. To others, winter could not leave quick enough. Snow is cold and cold cannot be a fun time…or can it? Just because you may not be a snow bunny or like to be dropped from a helicopter to ski a black diamond route doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the winter season. Check out the winter getaways in Europe for those who don’t ski below:
The Swiss Alps are more than just perfectly groomed ski runs. Switzerland is home to hundreds of little villages for the rich & famous. Check out Are, a town dedicated to the beauty of architecture. Whether you’re looking for futuristic, minimalism, retro or vintage, this village has it all. Some of the best architects in the world have created buildings here, giving this little Swiss spot a big reason to come visit any time of the year. Other destinations like Zermatt, Zurich, and Geneva also give the visitor plenty to do. Whether you’re looking for a five-star spa, a night out in to go dancing, or you want to dine out in style, Switzerland has something special for you.
Foodies rejoice! Belgium has always been a favourite destination for waffles, beer and chocolate. While that has not changed, a new foodie revolution has swept across the tiny country. Places like Bouillon, Belgium are like a dream come true. There’s a castle to visit, plenty of bakeries and chocolate shops in the town centre, and hearty delicacies that will keep your stomach happier than a million dollars. Add in local spas and wellness centres, and you have one relaxing and indulging destination. Other popular destinations like Bruges and Brussels offer equally indulgent activities. Go beer and chocolate tasting in Brussels, stroll along the cobblestone streets in Bruges and enjoy a crackling fire at your boutique accommodation.
As the saying goes, Paris is always a good idea. And whoever said that couldn’t have been more right. Paris is a dazzling city with plenty to offer any visitor. For those who love history, fashion and cuisine, this town might be your dream come true. Paris is home to the most famous museum in the world, the Louvre. Packed with millions of artefacts from every era, you can spend an entire week exploring these halls. But the big draw to the museum is none other than Mona Lisa herself. The city of love is also home to the biggest fashion brands like Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few. You can shop til’ you drop on the massive Champs Elysees boulevard. Foodies will love Paris for the variety, whether you’re on a budget or not. Cafes, restaurants and clubs spill on to the streets in every direction. It really is one special place.
Spain is a popular destination any time of the year, but for those who want to skip out on winter, you can come here. Spain’s regions are all worth visiting, but if you’re looking to catch the sun, hit up the coast. Barcelona is a vibrant city full of funky architecture, late-night attractions and a killer food scene. If you’re looking for a smaller location, head south to Seville or Cadiz to watch Flamenco dancers, drink red wine and enjoy the unique shopping districts. If you’re wanting to experience a culture within a culture, head up to San Sebastian in the Basque region of Spain. The beautiful beach, stunning sidewalks, luxury around every corner, and some of the best food in the world, San Sebastian will charm the socks off of you. Winter time is really special as it’s the celebration of San Sebastian Day in January. Join locals in their traditional festival full of food & wine.