Warmest Places in Europe In Winter & Spring

Are you looking for the warmest places in Europe during winter to escape the cold? If so, you have come to the right place. Below we provide extensive information about all the hottest destinations in Europe. We cover all the major countries with the warmer climates with some of the top cities to visit also. Please use the orange links to move to each month.

Much of northern Europe sees the temperature plummet to below freezing during winter. The southern areas closer to the equator tend to remain warm for most of the year. Taking a warm winter holiday is now as popular as enjoying a summer vacation.

Warmest Places in Europe In Winter

Warmest Places in Europe in December

December is the beginning of winter in most places and a top time for a winter holiday. Millions leave the cold weather behind and head somewhere warmer. Christmas time is especially popular to go in search of that elusive winter sun. One of the top destinations is Tenerife for a warm weather Xmas vacation where warm weather is a guarantee. Most of the hot weather is within reach with less than a four hour flight. Below are some of the warmest places in Europe in December.

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are the number one winter destination in Europe by some distance. This part of the Atlantic Ocean enjoys a warm tropical climate. It’s rarely cold here, the winters are mild and the summers are hot. The Canaries are always the warmest places in Europe during winter and spring.

The Canary Islands

These beautiful volcanic islands lie off the western coast of Africa. They are unique because over 1500 km’s separate them from mainland Spain and the rest of Europe. We are going to feature the climate of each of the four main islands and pair them with other warm places.

If this is your destination of choice you can check which islands are the hottest during winter.

Fuerteventura, Spain

Among the warmest places in Europe in December is the Island of Fuerteventura. The two islands closest to Western Africa see the best temperatures now. The daytime temperature of Fuerteventura now is 19 Celsius. The daily high temperature is 22 Celsius with the sea a warm 20 Celsius. This island also sees the least rainfall with a total of three rainy days.

Fuerteventura Beaches

The three other main Canaries such as Lanzarote in December see more tourism but Fuerteventura gets it’s fair share. This super destination boasts some of the best beaches in all of Spain. There are over 150 to choose from, some of which stretch to close to 10 km’s in length. You could spend a whole day enjoying the glorious December weather and not see another soul.

If water sports is your thing then this is one of the top surfing and windsurfing places in the world. Fuerteventura promises warm weather with magnificent beaches, isn’t it time you paid a visit?

Fuerteventura Temperatures

Average Temp
19°C

High Temp
22°C

Low Temp
16°C

Sea Temp
20°C

Sun Hours
6

Rainy Days
3

More Hottest Places in Europe in December

Islands of Madeira, Portugal

The islands of Madeira are also among the warmest places in Europe in December. These Portuguese islands lie 500 km’s north of the Canary Islands. It’s no surprise that the climate here is like that of the Canaries.

Islands of Madeira, Portugal

The average temperature of Madeira during December is 18 Celsius. The daily high here is 21 Celsius with a low of 15 Celsius. During December the temperature of the sea is a warm 20 Celsius. Although the temperature is warm here, there could be up to 12 days of rainfall during the month. January is usually the wettest month.

The main island of Madeira is one of the most picturesque places to take a holiday. A volcanic island which is green and rugged with high cliffs and spectacular scenery. Some of the top attractions here include Areiro Peaks, Pico Ruivo and the Botanical Gardens.

Madeira December Temperatures

Average Temp
18°C

High Temp
21°C

Low Temp
15°C

Sea Temp
20°C

Sun Hours
6

Rainy Days
12

What Are The Warmest Places in Europe In January?

January tends to see more heading south to the warmer climates than December. This is usually the coldest month in most of northern Europe when temperatures are at their lowest. Tourism begins to increase to some of the top winter locations such as the Canary Islands.

Gran Canaria, Spain
The Island of Gran Canaria is one of the warmest places in Europe during January. This pretty island is a shade warmer than the other main islands and a great place to visit.

Maspalomas Gran Canaria

The average temperature of Gran Canaria in January is a pleasant 18 Celsius with a high of 21 Celsius. The daily low during the coldest month here is a mild 15 Celsius. Even the sea temperature remains warm which is 19 Celsius in January.

The Canaries tend to see quite a bit of rainfall in January and Gran Canaria is no exception. Usually there will be 3 -4 rainy days during this month.

More Canary Islands Weather In January

There are many super resorts in Gran Canaria to spend your holiday. Puerto Rico and the capital Las Palmas are the best for family holidays. The resorts of Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés are where to head for nightlife.

Among the top attractions here are Palmitos Park and Maspalomas sand dunes. if you enjoy your hiking then don’t miss the amazing rock formations of Roque Nublo.

Gran Canaria Temperatures

Average Temp
18°C

High Temp
21°C

Low Temp
15°C

Sea Temp
19°C

Sun Hours
6

Rainy Days
3 – 4

More Warm European Locations in January

The Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve is much cooler than the Canaries but still one of the warmer places in Europe in January. The average daily temperature here is 13 Celsius with a high of 16 Celsius. A low of 7 Celsius is a touch on the cold side but much warmer than northern Europe.

The Algarve, Portugal

The sea temperature is now 17 Celsius which is also on the chilly side. Much of this popular destination has the same Mediterranean climate as southern Spain. The areas of Portugal that face the Atlantic will be much cooler now.

The beaches in this part of Portugal are incredible with many unique rock formations. There are regular boat tours that take you to remote caves and more amazing coastline.

Monte Gordo and Tavira are two of the best resorts if you are looking for warmer weather. Praia da Rocha and Cape St Vincent are some of the top places to check out.

Algarve January Temperatures

Average Temp
13°C

High Temp
16°C

Low Temp
7°C

Sea Temp
17°C

Sun Hours
5

Rainy Days
8

Hottest Place in Europe in February:

Lanzarote, Spain
Lanzarote is one of the warmest places in Europe during February along with Fuerteventura. Both are very similar now but Lanzarote during February has more going for it. The daily average temperature is now 18 Celsius with a high of 21 Celsius. February is a colder month like January which sees a daily low of 15 Celsius.

Cueva de los Verdes

The sea temperature is now at it’s lowest yearly level of 18 Celsius which it will remain until April. February tends to see 3 days of rainfall on average but the precipitation levels are low. The hours of sun are now 7 hours which increase in spring.

Lanzarote is another of the Canaries that boasts magnificent beaches and turquoise sea. There are also several excellent resorts spread across the island. Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and the super Playa Blanca are the top resorts here.

Lanzarote also has it’s share of top attractions both natural and man made. Timanfaya National Park and Cueva de los Verdes are the two best natural attractions. The Cactus Garden and the incredible Underwater Museum (Museo Atlántico) are more top attractions to look out for.

More Warm February Locations in Europe

Lanzarote Temperatures

Average Temp
18°C

High Temp
21°C

Low Temp
15°C

Sea Temp
18°C

Sun Hours
7

Rainy Days
3

Canaries in February

Malaga, Southern Spain

On the Spanish mainland, Malaga is one of the warmest places in Europe in February. The Costa del Sol makes part of the southern coastline of Spain which tends to see the best weather in winter. Many of the top towns along the coast have good climates but the weather in Malaga is better than all of them. The average temperature in Malaga during February is 14 Celsius. The daily high is 17 Celsius with a low of 11 Celsius.

Malaga, Costa del Sol

Malaga sees 5 rainy days during February on average. This is much less than the previous 3 months which saw more rainfall. The sea temperature remains at it’s lowest yearly level of 16 Celsius. The hours of sunshine now increase to 7 from the 6 of January.

Malaga February Temperatures

Average Temp
14°C

High Temp
17°C

Low Temp
11°C

Sea Temp
16°C

Sun Hours
7

Rainy Days
5

Warm Locations In Europe During March

If you would like to know where is hot in March for warm temperatures this is the guide for you. Here we cover both the hot places in Europe and further afield.

March is a popular month for a winter or spring vacation to escape the colder weather. This is often the case for those that live in norther Europe. March is one of the coldest months of the year, lucky for us, many places are much warmer now. You can use the links here to quickly move to each location.

Where Is Hot In March in Europe?


Tenerife, Spain
Tenerife is one of the hottest places in Europe in March and the rest of spring. This super Canary Island attracts the most tourism by far. The average temperature in Tenerife in March is a warm 18 Celsius. The daily high is now 21 Celsius with a low of 15 Celsius.

Tenerife tends to see about 4 days of rain in March, far less than the winter months. During our visit here in 2016, most days saw an average temperature of 20 Celsius or more. The sea temperature remains at it’s lowest yearly level of 19 Celsius.

Loro Parque Tenerife

March is one of the top months to pay a visit to Tenerife. There are more top resorts here than most of the Canary Islands put together. Playa de las Américas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje are a few top resorts in the south. The southern resorts also see the warmest of the weather during March. In the northern areas are Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz.

Tenerife is also home to some of the top attractions in the Canary Islands. Loro Parque and Siam Park are popular attractions to enjoy with all the family. Those who prefer natural attractions have Teide National Park and Cueva del Viento. Masca Walk and Anaga Mountains provides hikers with great options. There are many great beaches to enjoy such as Las Teresitas among others.

More Hot Destinations in March

Tenerife Temperatures

Average Temp
18°C

High Temp
21°C

Low Temp
15°C

Sea Temp
19°C

Sun Hours
8

Rainy Days
4

Malta

Malta is another top destination during the colder months which has a warm climate. The average temperature during March increases to 14 Celsius. The daily high is now 17 Celsius with a low of 11 Celsius.

St Julians, Malta

Unlike most of the warmest places in Europe during March, Malta sees a big reduction in rainfall. It still rains here for about 8 days of the month but the previous 5 months are much wetter. The sea temperature is still at it’s lowest yearly level of 16 Celsius.

Malta March Temperatures

Average Temp
14°C

High Temp
17°C

Low Temp
11°C

Average Temp
14°C

High Temp
17°C

Low Temp
11°C

Rhodes, Greece

The Greek Island of Rhodes is another European location that remains warm in March. Weather conditions here are like Malta around this time. The average temperature now is 15 Celsius at the beginning of the month. This beautiful island does see a decent jump in temperature closer to April. If you plan to visit in late March there is a good chance of much warmer temperatures. March can often see the temperature rise to 20 Celsius during the month.

Grand Master's Palace, Rhodes

Rhodes is the largest of the Greek Dodecanese Islands which lies southeast of the Greek mainland. This popular destination is actually much closer to the Turkish mainland than Greece. Rhodes is also the capital of these islands and famous for it’s beaches and archaeological sites. Here you will also find many medieval castles and Byzantine churches to explore. The most popular of these castles is the Grand Master’s Palace of the Knights of St. John. This lies at the end of a the scenic Street of Knights, a must see attraction when you visit.

Rhodes March Temperatures

Average Temp
15°C

High Temp
18°C

Low Temp
12°C

Sea Temp
16°C

Sun Hours
7

Rainy Days
8

Where Is Hot In March Outside Of Europe?

Camp Verde (Cabo Verde)

The volcanic isles of Cape Verde are a super place to visit if you want hotter weather in March. These tropical islands lie around 1400 kilometres south of the Canaries. Senegal and the African mainland are 570 kilometres or 350 miles to the east.

Camp Verde Beaches

The temperature of Cape Verde rarely drops below 20 Celsius no matter the time of year. If you plan to visit during March you can expect a daily temperature of 23 Celsius on average. The record high for March is 35.2 Celsius so you will likely see much hotter days than the average suggests. Most of the 10 islands and 9 islets are quite arid due to the lack of rain. There are some exceptions where the humidity and seas mist provide enough precipitation.

Boa Vista is one of the best places to go if you are on a family holiday. Sal gets the vote if you are taking a vacation with your partner. One thing you can be certain of, wherever you go will have magnificent beaches. The sea temperature here in March is lovely and warm at 23 Celsius.

Camp Verde March Temperatures

Average Temp
23°C

High Temp
26°C

Low Temp
19°C

Sea Temp
23°C

Sun Hours
9

Rainy Days
2

Warm European Locations in April

So you want to know where is hot in April for some warm sunshine? There are many places the closer you get to the equator. The spring month of April is a super time of year to book your holiday. Although much of Europe will be warming up, it’s still quite cold in most places. Southern Europe will be warmer now but there are many other locations where it’s much hotter still.

The great thing about April is that many destinations will not be as busy. Some locations will be quiet so you won’t have to share them with the whole world.

Where Is Hot In April

Where Is Hot In Europe in April?

Below you will find some of the warmest places in Europe during April.

Paphos, Cyprus

Apart from the Canary Islands, Paphos is one of the warmest places in Europe in April. This ancient city lies on the southwestern coast of the island of Cyprus. Paphos in April sees an average daytime temperature of 17 Celsius. The high temperature now is 21 Celsius with a low of 13 Celsius.

If you enjoy a swim then the sea temperature during this month is 18 Celsius.

Paphos in Cyprus

April sees a big reduction in the amount of rainfall from previous months. This month could see the last rainfall here until autumn. It usually rains for around four days with low precipitation levels. The days are now getting much longer which will yield 9 hours of sunshine per day.

Those who enjoy Archaeology will be in their element in Paphos. The Archaeological Park contains part of an ancient Greek and Roman city. There is still an excavation to unearth more ancient history and artifacts. Some of the top landmarks to check out are Agios Neophytos Monastery and the Tomb of Kings. There is plenty of stunning scenery and incredible views to enjoy during your visit.

Paphos April Temperatures

Average Temp
17°C

High Temp
21°C

Low Temp
13°C

Sea Temp
18°C

Sun Hours
9

Rainy Days
4

Canary Islands

April is a popular month to head south to the Canary Islands for some spring sunshine. The temperatures in this part of the Atlantic are now increasing leading up to summer. Lanzarote is the hottest of the Canaries now with the other major islands also seeing warm temperatures. The islands closest to the western coast of Africa are usually a touch hotter.

Canary Islands Beaches

Depending on which island you visit, you can expect temperatures between 18 – 20 Celsius. The daily high here can reach at least 24 Celsius throughout the month. If you plan a visit closer to May, that is when the weather is warmer still.

Tourism will be at one of it’s busiest points now, especially among the main islands. The temperature in Tenerife during April will be as cool as it gets across the Canaries. This month sees an average of 18 Celsius with Gran Canaria a shade warmer at 19 Celsius. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura see the temperature rise to 20 Celsius.

April Temperatures & Weather Pages

Tenerife: 18°C
Gran Canaria: 19°C
Lanzarote: 20°C
Fuerteventura: 20°C

You can use the buttons below to see what weather to expect in these location in the Canaries.

How Warm Are The Balearic Islands in April?

The Balearics may not be as hot as some places but they offer much warmer temperatures than most of Europe. The arrival of spring sees conditions finally begin to warm up after the colder months. Tourism to these islands will also begin to increase, especially to Majorca.

Balearic Islands

Many northern Europeans tend to favour the Balearics as they are much closer. A holiday to the Med will usually save a few thousand kilometres in travel for most. For Brits, this is the difference between a two hour flight or over 4 hours.

Where Is Hot In April Outside Of Europe?

It’s true that you have to go outside of Europe to find the hottest weather in April. The closer you are to the equator, the higher the temperatures. Below are a few of the hottest places to check out if you don’t mind the extra travel.

The small island of Ibiza sees some of the best weather of the Balearics but there is little difference. For popularity, the vote goes to Majorca for this month which see an average of 15 Celsius. Ibiza is closer to the mainland which is a touch warmer at 16 Celsius.

Balearics Temperatures

Majorca 15 C
Menorca 15 C
Ibiza 16 C
Formentera 16 C

More April monthly weather pages.

Barbados

Like all the Caribbean, Barbados remains hot during April. This is because the equator lies only 13° to the south of this popular island. The average temperature now is around 82 F most of the month. This is very much the dry season so you can expect it to be hotter regularly.

bridgetownbarbados beach

This is also a super time to visit when conditions are fantastic. The hurricane season in this part of the world makes some nervous about visiting later in the year. It’s usually between June until November when the wet season arrives. If you have not taken a holiday here then April should be an ideal time to go. The magnificent white sand beaches here are a must visit during your stay. If you enjoy a swim then you can look forward to hot sea temperatures of 80 F.

Average Temp
27°C

High Temp
31°C

Low Temp
24°C

Sea Temp
26°C

Sun Hours
9

Rainy Days
5

Cancún, Mexico

Cancún in Mexico is another hot location for an April vacation. Like Barbados, it never gets cold here. This popular holiday location lies even further to the west and is also close to the equator. The average monthly temperature now is a hot 26 Celsius.

Cancun, Mexico

The sea temperature of 27 Celsius is warmer than the average outdoor temperature. There is also very little rainfall on record for April. The rainy season tends to start from June and lasts until December. This is another reason why most pay a visit here earlier in the year. Some of the top attractions here include the beaches, Hotel Zone and Downtown Cancún.

Average Temp
26°C

High Temp
30°C

Low Temp
23°C

Sea Temp
27°C

Sun Hours
9

Rainy Days
2

Hottest Places In Europe In May

Extensive information about where is hot in May for a spring vacation. This month is one of the most popular times to get away as the temperatures continue to rise. Many of the locations in southern Europe are now warming up so it’s a good chance to work on that tan. This is also the case for many other places that remain hot for most of the year.

Where is hot in may

Which Places in Europe Are Hot In May?

Crete, Greece
The beautiful island of Crete is one of the warmest place in Europe in May. This is like a summer month which sees temperatures on a par with the Canaries. Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands and a top holiday destination.

The average daytime temperature during May soars to 21 Celsius. May will see a daily high temperature of 24 Celsius and a low of 16 Celsius. This month signals the transition from spring to summer in Crete.

There is hardly any rainfall in Crete during May, a few days at the most. Rainy days are becoming scarce now as will be the case for several more months at least. Visitors during May will have at least 8 hours of sunshine per day to look forward to.

White Mountains, Crete

Attractions
The island of Crete boasts many attractions to keep you busy during your visit. Here you will find some of the most beautiful white sand beaches. The waters around these beaches are a deep shade of turquoise.

Crete is also famous for it’s archaeological sites such as Knossos. This is said to be the oldest city in the world which dates back to the neolithic period. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the white mountains during your stay.

Crete May Temperatures

Average Temp
21°C

High Temp
24°C

Low Temp
16°C

Sea Temp
18°C

Sun Hours
8

Rainy Days
2

Miami

Miami is another hot place to visit during May if you don’t mind a little more travel. You could want to stop off after a Caribbean cruise or take a direct flight. This month sees a hot daily average temperature of 26 Celsius.

Miami Beach, Florida

May is entering the wet season which sees a big increase in the amount of rainfall. The water temperature in Miami is now a hot 27 Celsius, a touch short of the year high. If you are hoping to avoid some of the rain then a visit in early May is best. April sees around half the rain and June is wetter still

Miami May Temperatures

Average Temp
26°C

High Temp
29°C

Low Temp
22°C

Sea Temp
27°C

Sun Hours
10

Rainy Days
11

Average Temp
21°C

High Temp
24°C

Low Temp
17°C

Sea Temp
19°C

Sun Hours
9

Rainy Days
0

Fuerteventura

The beautiful island of Fuerteventura is a super location to enjoy a spring holiday. Condition here and across the Canaries are excellent now, close to perfect. This island shares very similar weather to Lanzarote in May which lies 55 miles to the north. These popular destinations closest to the western coast of Africa tend to be a shade warmer now.

Fuerteventura Beaches

The average daily temperature in Fuerteventura during May is 21 Celsius. If you visit now you can expect a high of 24 Celsius and a low of 17 Celsius. This may not seem that hot but the record temperature here for May is 36.7 Celsius. Usually the extreme heat arrives in July and August but May can also get very hot.

Fuerteventura rarely gets any rainfall during this month, the odd day at best. The sea temperature increases to 19-20 Celsius, depending on when you visit.