Looking for the perfect winter getaway?
The low temperatures can be a little imposing when planning a winter getaway, but there are many benefits to taking a trip at this time of year. Imagine snow-covered rooftops, quiet streets all to yourself to explore and no queues for world-famous museums and galleries. Some might argue winter is the best time to travel. But where to go?
At GoEuro we've gathered the best places to escape to this winter with our selection of beautiful destinations from some of the main cities in the UK - London, Birmingham and Glasgow. All you need to do is get yourself a woolly hat, pick up your passport and be on your way.
Winter getaways from London
Home to six airports, two of which are the largest in the country, flying from London offers an array of divine destinations all over Europe. Whether it's a tan you're chasing, or snow-capped mountains, there's certainly a flight on offer. Check out three of our top recommendations for a winter getaway from London.
Winter getaways from Birmingham
Birmingham being in the middle of everything makes it easier to get to pretty much anywhere, but not just in the UK. Birmingham airport offers flights to 150 destinations, so there's plenty of options to choose from. From winter sun destinations to staycations, we've listed our top three recommendations below.
One of the best winter getaways from Birmingham is Amsterdam, since there are over 75 flights per week heading to the Dutch capital provided by Flybe and KLM. Snow-covered Amsterdam looks like something taken from a fairytale, from ice-skating on the canals to illuminations hanging above the skinny streets. When it's too cold outside, simply tuck into one of the many cosy bars and snuggle up with some traditional Dutch staunch cuisine.
The crown jewel of the Costa del Sol, Malaga offers the perfect balance of a winter sun holiday and city break getaway. The city is known for its warmer winters, with the average temperature hovering around the mid-teens in January and February. Although it may still be too cold to swim in the sea, it's the best time to embrace the empty beaches. Head into the city to discover old forts, a monumental Cathedral and an endless supply of tapas bars. All flights to Malaga are provided by Ryanair and depart a few times a week.
Oxford is the perfect winter getaway from Birmingham for those who don't want to stray too far. The architecturially-famed city lies just over an hour from the centre of Birmingham, with direct trains provided by CrossCountry. Enjoy the beautiful blend of buildings across the city alongside the museums and booming independent cafes and bars.
Winter getaways from Glasgow
Glasgow's two airports, Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick Airport, allows for a plethora of options for winter getaways from Glasgow. Escape the low temperatures to a sunny part of the world, or simply plan a super staycation. Whatever you prefer, we've listed our top three winter getaways destinations below:
Short queues, quieter streets, less busy attractions, winter is the best time to visit Rome. Visit one of Europe's top most popular destinations in its most quiet tourist season. Temperatures are not below freezing, and when do you feel a little chilly you can enjoy an espresso in front of Pantheon. All direct flights to Rome are provided by Jet2.com from Glasgow International.
Be on the Balearic sea in just under 3 hours from Glasgow International with Ryanair flights departing a few times a week. Warmer weather in Barcelona makes for the perfect winter getaway for sun-seekers. Experience Barcelona's historic centre in the beautiful Gothic Quarter, a medieval area of the city which is bursting with trendy bars and quirky restaurants.
Manchester has become one of the UK's top weekend destinations in recent years due to regeneration of the city. Pick up bargains and local goods at The Corn Exchange or enjoy one of the city's vibrants music venues. Explore old roman ruins or simply enjoy a walk along one of Manchester's canals. Hop on a train from Glasgow central and be in Manchester within 3 hours and 11 minutes with either Virgin Trains or Transpennine Express.