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1. Posted by G.Star (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

Hi all. Due to being from Australia, and only having 3 months of holidays from uni (during our summer) - I am heading over to europe dead in the middle of their winter. I've had trouble finding tourist guides that arent all about summer!!

Im planning to go to the following places:

(portugal) lisbon -> salema -> (spain) sevilla -> madrid -> barcelona -> monaco -> italy, switzerland, austria, through germany to amsterdam, finishing in paris.

I read a thread that there was no point going to spain in winter? What is portugal going to be like? What are your thoughts please help me!!!!

:)

2. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 11y

Well,
I think southern Spain, Portugal, Monaco and southern Italy should be OK. You might want to reconsider the rest. Hope this helps.

Pranav

3. Posted by barrito (Full Member 44 posts) 11y

Hi G star, As previous poster says those southern areas are OK in winter.
I go to southern Spain every winter. Most days are T shirt weather but needing a sweater at night.
Looking at your itinerary I would do it the other way round starting in Paris and ending in warm S. Spain. It is really cold in northern Europe in the winter.

Bon voyage

4. Posted by Jen_Bretto (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

To be honest I wouldn't personally suggest hitting Europe in the summer...too many people. Everyone is on vacation then, including the Europeans! Spring and fall is usually best, but winter isn't the end of the world if that's when you've the time off to go.

Personally I LOVE Paris, Lille and other northern euro cities around the winter holidays... the pretty white lights on the trees...the food and spiced wine...ice skating in Paris near the Seine...Paris and downtown Lille at the holidays shouldn't be missed! This is true of many other places too. To truly experience Europe one should go during all seasons, so you'll get a great trip in winter as you would in the summer, just what you'll do and see might be a tad different. If the weather is cold it's OK..you'll spend a lot of time inside buildings and museums. Then, on the better days you can venture out to look around the cities.

Also, since it's the off season there are less tourists, hotel/accommodation rates are less, etc.

As for tours that only run during summers...here are a few companies that I know of that run some items in France/Paris during the winter as well, maybe one will suit you (walk, bike and garden tours):

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/pariswalking/

http://www.sejours-ff.com/adventures/gardens.htm

http://www.fattirebiketoursparis.com/

Also, these websites are useful as well, at least for Paris:

http://www.v1.paris.fr/en/

http://www.parisinfo.com/en/

I hope that will be helpful! You'll have a great-time...ignore those that try to rain on your parade!

5. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 11y

I don't really know which areas of southern Spain are likely to be on t-shirt in Winter. It is not as cold as in Northern Spain, but I wouldn't say that much warm to be on t-shirt.

In Seville you should expect good weather, sunshine, and temperatures of about 15 °C... There can be much hotter days, but those are a rare excepcion... You know, weather is changing, the ozone layer, etc...

Madrid is rather cold. About 8 °C o 12 °C Maximum. We are having very mild weather right now here, which is rare. Right now we are at 17 °C, which is not usual at this time of the year. Anyway, Madrid is a sunny city, so even if it's cold, you will enjoy it very much

Barcelona has a mild weather, but you should except a jacket also.

Hope this helps!!!!

6. Posted by G.Star (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

thank you so much for your help everyone, i will definately have a look at those websites Jen, and also Yolandac8 - i was starting to think it was going to be really hot in spain!! hehe you have also helped me out with the clothing that i should take, thankyou ;)

7. Posted by Julia2005 (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

3 months are quite a lot for travelling, don't you think? But of course, when you live so far away in down under, the trip has to be great!
So far, your trip or the ideas of your trip are great! I haven't been in Portugal yet, but it is supposed to be great!
Switzerland (Zurich e.g.), Austria (Vienna, Salzburg) and Germany (Nuremberg, Lake Constance) are very nice in wintertime! Hopefully there will be snow so you can see some snow and really experience a great winter! Don't worry, it's going to be great! :)
When you go to Germany or Austria, please make sure that you visit the German Markets (Christkindlmarkt) and get some Glühwein (hot wine with spices) to warm you up in the cold! It is delicious and affordable! Of course, try the cookies (Plätzchen) and all the typical Christmas food.... I'm getting hungry when I think of it..... ;-) The best German Market I would say is in Nuremberg, the city is very pretty and you can discover a lot about the history of Germany (Nazi-period).

Who said that Spain is not worth in winter???????????
Of course, it is much warmer than in the rest of western Europe!
At the moment, in Barcelona (where I live) it is not that hot, but still very cozy..... If you're getting cold, than warm you up in an affordable and convenient located apartment -snip- Barcelona itself is worth a few days, you can discover so many places.... And if you miss home, there are beaches.......;)

Always take a jacket with you and you are on the right track!

Enjoy your time in Europe!!!

[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]

8. Posted by stepsdevil (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y

Hi there

I'm in Berlin at the moment, and the cold weather has not quite kicked in yet. I hope you'll consider going to Berlin. It is a great place to go in winter. At the moment, on Potsdamerplatz, they are setting up a mini-Switzerland area with a ski-slope, and everyone will be selling chesnuts and Glühwein and beautifully crafted Xmas gifts. Wish I could go.

I stayed in the Generator Hostel in Friedrichshain this time (www.generatorhostels.com) and it was largely a comfortable and positive experience, and accommodation including brekkie and blankets starts from 10e, which is what I paid, and I was dead happy with what I got.

I also think you should go up into the tv tower (www.berlinerfernsehturm), because on a clear winter's day you ought to be able to see about 30-40 kilometres. I went up the tower a few weeks ago and loved it, and there is a gift shop and restaurant up there too.

Why not some lovely walks in Berlin's famous parks, that would be good for the lungs?

If you need any more help, or general suggestions about Germany (as I know a bit about Hamburg, Leipzig and Bremen), then send me a private message or visit my website.

Thanks, and good luck with whatever you do.

9. Posted by riverbank (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I'd be careful going through Europe during the winter... It's not exactly the North Pole, but I do remember that last year there were some nasty snow storms that blocked traffic for days...

10. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 11y

Hi all,

I'll be touching down Barcelona from London on this coming 24th of Dec (Christmas Eve) I would like to know, what's the temperature there and will day time shorter and getting dark early, since it's end of the year at this corner?

Apparently knowing that most of the public transport here will be off due to Christmas and Boxing Holidays...will it be the same there in Barcelona?

Kindly please advise.

Cheers,
Nicholas