Cold air, snow, and gray skies. As the winter days set in and the weather gets colder, the desire for sunshine and warm temperatures grows. Commonly, we think we have to travel far away to follow the summer. However, take a look at the temperatures in some regions of Europe: spring weather in Portugal and summer temperatures in the Canary Islands. There is nothing better than bright and sunny days in contrast to a gloomy and snowy winter.

In this blog post, you will learn more about the most beautiful warm places for winter and we will introduce you to an excellent selection of beautiful, sustainable hotels.


Where is it warm in December and January?

Portugal and the Azores

In winter, Portugal attracts with many hours of sunshine. Take a hike on the beautiful Azores islands and experience the picturesque nature. Grab your surfboard and ride the perfect waves or enjoy the sunshine on the beach. With temperatures ranging from 15 to 22 degrees Celsius and in these beautiful hotels, winter at home will be quickly forgotten…


Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort – Nature Experience in the Azores

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The Azores in the Atlantic Ocean are climatically very exceptional. Daytime temperatures vary between 18-25 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Even a step into the sea can be dared at water temperatures of 18-20 degrees. Ideally, the beautiful Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort is located on the beautiful island of Sao Miguel, right on the beach. Enjoy a magnificent view of the azure Atlantic Ocean from your room or villa. Experience the lush nature and go hiking, watch the whales and dolphins or treat yourself to a few hours of pampering massage.


Sublime Comporta – Luxury Surrounded by Pine Trees and Long Sandy Beaches

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Located south of Lisbon lies the beautiful hotel Sublime Comporta. Right under pine trees, cork oaks and red sunsets you can relax in pleasant warm sunshine. Enjoy a day at the spa or listen to the sound of the sea as you walk along miles of pristine sandy beach. At lunchtime, treat yourself to delicious meals at the Beach Club, and in the evening, enjoy the crackling fireplace in your cabana.


Luz Charming Houses – Mountains, Beach and the Holy City of Fátima 

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North of Lisbon and surrounded by nature lies Luz Charming Houses. The colorful hotel is located on the outskirts of the Catholic holy city of Fatima. Explore Fatima or enjoy spring-like temperatures of up to 18 degrees in the surrounding mountains. At the hotel, you can expect a variety of spa treatments and a delicious breakfast with organic ingredients from the region.

Discover more hotels in Portugal here!


Spain and the Canary Islands

Be it on the mainland, the Balearic Islands or the Canary Islands. During the cold season, some regions of Spain can entice you with warm temperatures. On Tenerife you can enjoy 23 degrees sun and water temperatures of 20 degrees. On Mallorca and Ibiza you can experience the beautiful nature with spring-like temperatures. So, pack your summer clothes and spend pleasant days in these hotels.


Cas Gasi Ibiza – Sustainable Agrotourism on the Magical Island of Ibiza

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Escape the winter and take a trip to Ibiza. The beautiful Cas Gasi is a great place to stay at 18 degrees. In one of Ibiza’s best restaurants, you’ll enjoy excellent gourmet cuisine made with local organic ingredients and produce. Feel the sun on the terrace with a free yoga class, go to the beach or explore the otherwise crowded island in peace.


Marbella Club Hotel – Wellness, Golf and Tennis at the Luxurious Sunny Coast

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Located on the Golden Mile, you will find the luxurious Marbella Club Hotel. If you crave sporting activities like tennis, golf, or horseback riding during the winter season, this is the place for you. Book personal training or yoga and Pilates classes and enjoy Hollywood luxury at this renowned hotel. Delicious food, a diverse wellness program, and walks along the boardwalk to the vibrant city of Marbella will round off your winter vacation in the south.


Ecohotel El Agua Tenerife – Health and Healing at this Retreat Hotel

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Summer temperatures of up to 23 degrees in winter are the order of the day on the Canary Island of Tenerife. At Ecohotel El Agua Tenriffe you can enjoy the warm days in your own villa with a large garden, terrace and private pool. If you are planning to do something good for your body and mind during the winter months, this hotel is the right place for you. You can book one of 4 different retreats around health, healing and sports to start the spring in a balanced way.

Here you can check out our sustainable hotel selection in Mallorca or discover more hotels in Spain.



On otherwise crowded islands like Santorini or Crete, quiet streets, beaches, and restaurants are waiting for you during the winter months. The well-known destinations are free of mass tourism and offer pleasant temperatures between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius. You can also visit numerous ancient sights in Athens and let the Greek sun shine on you.

Far away from the main season, many hotels in Greece are closed. Discover here one of the few that are open for you during the winter:


Ethos Vegan Suites Santorini – Vegan Getaway Surrounded by the Classic Scenery of Santorini

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Mass tourism in Santorini? Crowded alleys and restaurants – wrong! Because in winter most hotels on this beautiful island are closed. However, with an average temperature of 16 degrees, the picturesque island and the world-famous island town scenery can be experienced perfectly. Hotel Ethos Vegan Suites is located in the heart of the capital Fira. The small ecological hotel offers suites with private Jacuzzi and delicious vegan breakfast all year round. You can also enjoy yoga and spa treatments or a personalized activity program to explore the whole island.


Coco-Mat Athens BC – City Trip to the Center of Ancient Greece

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How about a city trip to Athens? Winter temperatures of 15 degrees are the best time to explore the most beautiful monuments of ancient Greece. Start with the Acropolis: admire the famous monument from the rooftop terrace of Coco-Mat Athens BC while enjoying local food or a glass of Greek wine. The hotel offers an ideal base for exploring the diverse city in the chic and lively Kolonaki neighborhood. Stroll through the streets of Athens, enjoy the warm rays of the sun on your skin and visit the most interesting museums in Greece.

If you do fancy a real winter break in the mountains, check out this blog article.