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Everyone has their own idea of what a winter holiday should be. For some it means escape, traveling to a destination that promises warm weather, endless sunshine and cloudless blue skies. For others it means embracing the cold – a time for layers and hot chocolate after a day out on the slopes.
Whatever you’re looking for in a winter holiday, you’ve come to the right place. Below you will find lots of tips and recommendations for all kinds of winter breaks, from Alpine adventures and festive-themed trips to the best places to go for winter sun holidays or snow-based activities.
Explore guides to the best ski resorts and winter city breaks both in Europe and further afield. Discover the secret to guaranteed winter sun, whether island hopping in Thailand, surfing in Morocco or seeking out off the beaten path destinations in Mexico. We’ve also got tips for unmissable Christmas markets in Berlin and Bruges, Manchester and Vienna, as well as recommendations on what you should be eating and drinking when you get there. So, whether you’re dreaming of snowy mountain tops or paddling in the shallows, have a scroll down the page and find out about them all.
For more information on the best winter holiday destinations for families, head to our family section. Or, if you know you’ll be away over the festive period, browse our Christmas-themed articles.

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The Best Things to do in London this Winter

Planning a visit to London or just want to know what’s on? Check out our seasonal guide for the best things to do in London this winter.

The 8 Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in France

Discover the most beautiful Christmas markets in France and experience the magic of Christmas. Find out more about our 8 unmissable markets!

Winter Wonderland: 12 Destinations for a Christmas Sun Holiday

From surfing in Barbados to diving in the magnificent Maldives, the winter promises plenty of adventure. Here are 12 of the best Christmas sun holidays.

What to Do in Lisbon in Winter: 10 Reasons to Visit

Here’s what to do during the winter in Lisbon, from enjoying Portuguese treats and adding a seasonal concert to browsing Christmas markets.

Hogmanay: Tips for New Year’s in Edinburgh

Get tips and advice for spending New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh for Hogmanay so you can have the time of your life.

10 Reasons to Visit Barcelona in Winter

Discover the best things about Barcelona in winter to plan your trip during the holiday season and make the most of the experience.

10 Reasons to Visit Budapest in Winter

Discover the best things about Budapest in winter, from the beautiful scenery to the vibrant holiday markets.

10 European Cities to Visit in Winter

Which European city to visit in winter? From the warmth of Granada to Lapland via the alleys of Strasbourg, find out where to go this winter.

Blogger Picks: Cosy Hotels in Denmark for a Winter Retreat

Blogger Picks: Cosy Hotels in Denmark for a Winter Retreat

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