Winter Sun Holidays: Destinations for Winter in Spain 2019

winter sun spain

Contrary to what some might think, not everywhere in Spain is warm in winter. In fact, some places in Spain can be blanketed in crisp, white snow, whilst elsewhere 20 minutes down the road, the sun is shining at a glorious 25 degrees. Isn’t Spain awesome?

To escape the winter months, many people flock south to catch some winter sun in Spain. There are several spots in Spain for winter sun which will be fairly obvious, but some of them may just surprise you. If you’re looking for where to avoid the bitterly cold days and the dark and grey nights, then get yourself on a flight to one of these winter sun holidays.


benidorm skyline hotel bali intempo poniente

Benidorm is one of the warmest places in Spain throughout the year. Thanks to the mountains that shelter it and protect it, winter just doesn’t seem to hit here like it does elsewhere.

Blue skies and beach days are all-year-round and the sun seems to always be shining at some point. Whether that’s December or Benidorm’s own winter, February.

Benidorm can be a beautiful city, but if you’re stuck for ideas of what to do you can take a look at some of my previous posts.


building in cartagena spain

If you want to escape the cold but still be surrounded by culture and history, Murcia could be a perfect option. There are plenty of coastal resorts around this province, like Cartagena, which are significantly warmer than other places in Spain.

You can wander along the streets of Cartagena in the winter in shorts and t-shirt whilst stopping at many of the tapas bars dotted along the main road. Filled with parks, the Roman Amphitheatre and, one of the biggest ports, there’s plenty to do. It also has huge connections with the navy, so it’s worth a visit!


teneride winter sun

Tenerife is the biggest of Spain’s Canary Islands. Found to the west of North Africa, it guarantees some fabulous winter sun.

Tenerife is a super popular winter family holidays choice and a holiday I remember us going on many times when I was a child. Beach days and pool days in December are definite highs amongst kids.

Tenerife offers an outstanding all-year-round climate, but it does get chilly in the evening. Other than that, the diverse landscape makes for some interesting day trips. Hiking up one of Spain’s Seven Wonders, Mount Teide or making a splash at one of the most famous water parks in Spain, there’s plenty to see and do.



Mallorca in winter means that you can enjoy the beautiful island without the crowds of people. The beginning of December can bring glorious temperatures of around 20 degrees, though be aware, it is a risky one. Due to its location and little protection, temperatures can soon dip to around 10 degrees should the wind and sea change direction.

Though, don’t let that put you off though as even when the temperatures are as low as 15 degrees, the sun still shines and the blue skies are still around to lift the mood. A cool breeze makes it a perfect destination for those who don’t like to feel super hot.

Mallorca has only around 900,000 permanent residents, yet it attracts more than 12 million tourists per year, so you can only imagine how different Mallorca is in the winter to the summer. There will be no queues to the attractions, little waits at restaurants and narrow, quaint streets decorated with twinkling Christmas lights.

Costa Tropical

beautiful view of la alhambra in granada

Now, a trip to Granada has it all. A day in Granada visiting La Alhambra and the wonderfully narrow streets of Albaycín, then a winter skiing day in the Sierra Nevada mountains followed by lounging on the beach at Costa Tropical. In the province of Granada, you really can have all the seasons at once.

Costa Tropical is much quieter than its neighbouring beaches like the Costa del Sol, so it’s less crowded.

Temperatures are around 15 degrees in the winter meaning it’s warm enough to chill out along the beach with a drink taking in the winter sun.


seville spain winter sun

Seville, we would love it whether it was 30 degrees or 3 degrees. Thankfully, it’s more like 15 degrees in the winter.

The capital of the Andalucia region, the city is bursting with history, tapas and the sounds of flamenco dancers stomping their way around the dancefloor.

Home to one of Europe’s biggest Cathedrals and many filming locations for Game of Thrones and Star Wars, you’ll be taken aback by just how beautiful Seville is. Don’t forget to visit the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza and Plaza de España.

Seville is one of the hottest cities in Spain, so a winter trip to Seville is perfect to bask in the winter sun.

Where are you off to this Winter?

Hasta luego,

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winter sun destinations spain


2 responses to “Winter Sun Holidays: Destinations for Winter in Spain 2019”

  1. Great post and fantastic photos, would love to visit every single place on your list especially Granada followed by Murcia! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Definitely recommend heading to granada when you can 😀


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