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1. Posted by AmandaJohn (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

Hey,
Has anyone here ever backpcked Eur. in the winter? What are the best coutries to see backpacking in the winter? Which countries are the warmest in the winter?
Thanks!

2. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 9y

The Czech Republic is lovely, lots of snow and ice and Slovakia, I bet most of the Eastern European countries would be lovely at that time of year!

Or the French Alps, very romantic

Just realised you wanted the warmest... umm not sure about that, South Spain maybe?

[ Edit: edit :) ]

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

yeah I recommend East Euro - i did Romania for 2 weeks in January. Was brilliant. Germany last year was nice too

4. Posted by veri77 (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

nothing to say.. but the previous 2 emails were from ';)highlanders' ...if you suffer from cold...i should recommend Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey... and fantastic south of france!! in this moment in Italy there are 15 celcious degrees... it seems springtime! (this hot is very unfamiliar in the north.. in any case in ROme...and south very warm...).

same thing in Spain. Wish you all the best! if you need advice for accommodation...restaurants, museums, tips.. etc let me know.

bye now

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6. Posted by AmandaJohn (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

I am from Canada, so I want to avoid the cold...although it is very mild where I am right now. I would prefer to travel the warm spots and avoid the snow as much as possible. Do you have any example intineraries for the south of Europe/Mediterranean? Thanks!

7. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

The warmest places in europe in the winter are the Canary Islands. Although you can't really packpack over to them as they are off the coast of Africa! I would recommend going right down to the south of Spain as it is also quite warm there. Not roasting hot but warm.

8. Posted by AmandaJohn (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

Thanks for the info! Will I need a work visa in order to work in an EU nation? If so, will I require a separate vis for each country?

9. Posted by Ulvova (Budding Member 39 posts) 9y

I went backpacking in Finland in December and I must say I was frozen the whole time. Obviously the south of Europe and the Mediterranean coast are the best places if you don't like the cold.
I came working in Canada last month and I needed a work permit (I'm from France). But if I had worked in the EU, I would have needed nothing so I think you need a visa or a work permit, something like that, check several European embassies and/or consulates in Canada (online websites often provide the information you need) , they know all about that. But I think once you got the work permit, you can work anywhere in Europe, unless the regulations are special for foreigners, which would not be surprising.
However, it depends on the type of work you want to do. You might only need a normal visa and no work permit if you volunteer or if you do some summer jobs.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 20, 2006, at 6:22 PM by Ulvova ]

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Amandajohn

I have backpacked in Winter.
I usaully dont try to visit just warmer countries. I wear a ski jacket, and visit lots of warm cafes.

But, if u want to go to the warmer countries, they would be Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and the southern countries of the former Yugoslavia. However, they are not what one could call warm, in Winter. Just not as cold, as the more northern countries.

Mel