What better way to break up the long, dark winter than to follow the birds south and walk in the warmth of the sun. We have some perfect winter walking holidays for escaping the winter blues and benefiting from a much-needed vitamin D boost.
Temperatures in Spain’s Canary islands are perfect for walking during the winter months. Feel the warm sea breeze on your face as you explore the botanical paradise that is La Gomera, while enjoying awe-inspiring views of the majestic mount Teide, just over the shimmering blue sea on neighbouring Tenerife. Likewise, Madeira’s mild Atlantic climate makes the ‘flower island’ an ideal destination for year-round hiking.
While a little cooler than the Canaries at this time, the Iberian peninsula also offers excellent winter walking opportunities. With the white peaks of the Sierra Nevada standing out against a bright blue sky, this is a great time to immerse yourself in the Moorish heritage of the picturesque white-washed villages of the Alpujarras and the Sierra de Grazalema.
Portugal’s Atlantic coast offers fantastic year-round walking along some of Europe’s very best clifftop trails, while winter is also a great time to enjoy some walking and island-hopping on the Greek Cycladic islands. The absence of peak-season crowds will also enable you to enjoy a more relaxed and authentic experience.