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The holiday destinations that are better in winter


With spring breaks off the table and uncertainty around summer escapes abroad, we thought we'd take a look at the winter holiday destinations that are far more beautiful in the colder months than in summer, anyway.

The coronavirus outbreak might have ruined our Easter holiday plans but we're looking ahead to the end of 2020 and early 2021, and luckily for us, winter is the best time to take a trip in these top spots around the world.

Whether it's a snowy escape to Lapland, a sunshine getaway in the Seychelles or a lively city break in Cape Town, these winter holiday destinations are undeniably more fun during the UK's coldest months.

To show you why now is the perfect time to start dreaming of a post-isolation escape to a winter holiday destination while you stay at home and start planning a holiday after lockdown, we're bringing you the best winter holiday destinations to visit next.

Our inspirational roundup of gorgeous locations around the world are perfectly fine to see in the summer but it's in winter that you can have a truly unforgettable time. In fact, some of these places experience hotter weather during the UK winter, so you can escape the cold and enjoy them at their most wonderful time of year.

So, forget the UK summer for now and feast your eyes on these incredible places to visit in December, January and February.

Finnish Lapland: Best winter holiday destination for snowy adventures

The warmer months welcome wildlife, verdant forests and the Midnight Sun, but we'll always take Finnish Lapland in the winter when it's covered in snow. It's when you can embark on amazing icy adventures, such as snowshoeing and reindeer safaris, and stay in unique hotels, like glass igloos and cabins fo taking in the snowy surroundings. It's also when you're most likely to view the Northern Lights in a winter holiday destination that ticks all the boxes. BOOKMARK TRIP

Cape Town: Best winter holiday destination for a lively city break

One of the best New Year's Eve spots in the world, it's not just the end of year parties that make Cape Town one of the best winter holiday destinations. Head here in the UK's coldest months and you'll be rewarded with long days, blue skies and temperatures that can reach as hot as 35 degrees during the glorious South African summer. From people-watching on the beach in Camps Bay to hiking Lion's Head to take in the view, there's so much to see and do during summer in Cape Town. You'll find music festivals, hip food markets and a lively scene in the bars, where you can sip terrific wine, for a winter holiday you'll never forget. BOOKMARK TRIP

Seychelles: Best winter holiday destination for an island paradise

If you're after a trip to the Seychelles when it's at its hottest, December is the month to go. While this is the season when it's the wettest, it's also when the Indian Ocean islands are lush and light winds make soaking up the heat a real treat. There's a reason why A-listers like the Beckhams like to head to the Indian Ocean in December. During a trip to this dream winter holiday destination, you'll want to experience sailing aboard a catamaran to go from island to island as you take in the beauty of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. BOOKMARK TRIP

Iceland: Best winter holiday destination for breathtaking nature

In the summer, Iceland is bright green with moss covering the lava fields, but winter is when it's a magical sight covered in snow and ice. You can feel the heat of the Blue Lagoon against the sub-zero air temperature, step inside the natural ice caves such as those at the glacier Vatnajökull and go on a hunt for the Northern Lights. Staying in remote hotels, where the facilities include outdoor hot tubs and indoor observatories, you'll be able to make the most of the season as you take it in day and night. BOOKMARK TRIP

Moscow: Best winter holiday destination for fairytale scenes

The coldest time of year to visit Moscow is also the most festive when the Russian capital is a scene straight out of a snow globe. Browse the elaborately designed department stores, marvel at the dessert-like St Basil's Cathedral and discover the country's rich history at the Kremlin Museums. Winter is when you can wrap up warm in your most stylish cold-weather clothing and see the city at its best. We'd recommend keeping warm at a Russian banya (sauna) or the cool Garage Museum. BOOKMARK TRIP

Oman: Best winter holiday destination for desert luxury

In the Middle East, Oman is a perfect place to visit in the winter, with plenty to keep you entertained, whether you’re looking for a luxury beach holiday or an adventurous trip with mountain climbing or diving. From wild camping to five-star hotels, there's something for everyone and temperatures in the winter range from the mid-20s to mid-30s. The summer can be too hot, when temperatures reach around 40 degrees, and this often seen the closure of some desert camps. Dunes by Al Nahda, for example, is one of the luxury spots that you'll only find open during the winter months. BOOKMARK TRIP

Venice: Best winter holiday destination for crowd-free bliss

A city that's known to get so crowded that it introduced a tourist tax for day-trippers, Venice is also one of the most beautiful places on the planet that you won't want to miss. So, when can you go to avoid the hordes? Winter! Aside from fewer crowds, Venice in winter means festive decorations at Christmas, decadent Italian hot chocolate in beautiful cafes and gondola rides without the summer traffic (just wrap up warm). Some of the loveliest ways to see Venice in the colder months is by browsing atmospheric bookshop Libreria Acqua Alta and taking a quiet tour of St. Mark’s Basilica. BOOKMARK TRIP

Goa: Best winter holiday destination for laidback beach vibes

This winter holiday destination has earned its reputation as a top Indian hotspot thanks to its gorgeous white sand beaches and laidback local charm. Temperatures in Goa reach 28 degrees between December and February, and when you're not sunbathing, there are old churches, temples, forts and incredible food to discover. Don't miss the tasty seafood: try the shrimp coconut curry and for dessert, bebinca, made with coconut and almonds. BOOKMARK TRIP

Patagonia: Best winter holiday destination for adventure

Visit Patagonia in February and you can see South America at its UK winter best. With clear sunny skies and warmer temperatures, it's the perfect time to go trekking in Torres del Paine or visit the colossal Perito Moreno Glacier. A little further north, it’s also a fabulous time to see the Lake Districts of both Argentina and Chile. These are arguably the best places on the continent for adventure sports like kayaking, canyoning, rafting and mountain biking. The climate is ideal - beautiful and warm but with the lakes offering great conditions for swimming.