Best European travel destination in January

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1. Posted by andoreia (Budding Member 7 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hello,
I'm really struggling planning a trip for the end of January - the 24th is a national holiday in my country so that means a free day off that I want to take advantage of.
The problem is I don't know where to travel to. Ideally, it would be outside of Europe, somewhere warm, but with the pandemic going on it sounds risky.
I was thinking of Gran Canaria, but I'm not too sure, it looks kinda resort-oriented. I was also debating Finland, but I kinda want to save it for a future Christmas to visit Santa's Village.
Any ideas you could give me, I'll be super thankful.
TIA.

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3668 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Cyprus would be nice in January, imo. :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 30 Dec 2021, 18:24 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by andoreia (Budding Member 7 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I actually haven't visited Cyprus yet <3. I'm guessing the sea will be out of the question, what else is there to do on the island?

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3668 posts) 3w 2 Star this if you like it!

>I'm guessing the sea will be out of the question

Sea temp doesn't drop much below 17C (63F) so it's not too bad. I'm not a swimmer but I was quite happy paddling on sunny days!

https://www.holiday-weather.com/paphos/averages/

>what else is there to do on the island?

Cyprus is a *big* island.

Wonderful coastline and walking opportunities...good food....prehistoric & Roman remains (e.g. the fantastic Pafos mosaics & 'Tombs of the Kings', the ancient town of Kourion)....the beautiful Troodos mountains (some may even have snow & skiing in January)...the 11th century Kykkos monastery....the resort towns of Pafos, Ayia Napa, Larnaca etc with clubs, bars, restaurants (and possibly some watersports even in winter)....Nicosia with its pedestrian border crossing into Turkish-run/owned/invaded/whatever Northern Cyprus....the Akamas peninsula (a beautiful wild, wooded area)...wine routes....golf courses....plus lots of towns and villages to explore. More than enough to occupy anyone for a couple of weeks!

https://www.visitcyprus.com/index.php/en/

Cyprus drives on the left. If you're not comfortable hiring a car and doing that there are daytours, local buses and some long-distance bus routes too: https://www.cyprusbybus.com/?fd=true&t=3

[ Edit: Edited on 30 Dec 2021, 22:09 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by andoreia (Budding Member 7 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for all this information! <3
I will look into it.

6. Posted by Thetravelvoyeur (Budding Member 3 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

This all depends on the type of trip you are looking for, although most places are pretty cheap at this time of year.

If you are looking for a beach holiday I would recommend Cyprus, Lanzarote or Tenerife. They have lovely weather all year round.

For a city break though perhaps think about Prague or Budapest. It is cold but also beautiful at this time of year and not as busy as other months. They are also very cheap too so you won't be spending loads f money whilst you are there.

Be aware of any covid restrictions though and research first so you don't get caught out ;)

7. Posted by andoreia (Budding Member 7 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I ended up giving up on trying to travel abroad for now and I booked a lovely A-frame cabin overlooking Apuseni mountains in my own country. The restrictions with covid were giving me a headache even though I'm vaccinated with the booster too.
Hopefully in march things were be more stable and safe and I'll be able to travel then.
Thank you for all the advice though! :D