Three of the best Mediterranean getaways this winter
Summer might be over, but there’s no better time to find cheap holiday packages than during the winter months. Not only will you avoid those pesky high season crowds, chances are you’ll also find yourself a more affordable getaway in the process.
And if there’s one region that makes for a fabulous winter getaway, it’s the glorious Mediterranean. Here’s a look at three of the best winter holiday destinations and what to expect from travelling there.
The largest and most diverse of all the islands, Crete is one of the few islands that could almost survive independent of the mainland. There’s something about it that’s sure to tempt everyone, from its fascinating history to its exquisite local cuisine.
Few other destinations can boast a Minoan palace, Byzantine monasteries and the legendary cave and supposed birthplace of Zeus. The locals are warm and hospitable, as well as rightfully proud of their island’s unique culture, including their strong musical tradition.
Best of all, with fewer crowds during the winter months you can have the stunning scenery and delectable feta all to yourself!
Malta is one of the true gems of the Mediterranean and winter is the perfect season for finding cheap Malta holidays. With the network of islands that make up the Maltese Archipelago, there’s bound to be something unique and fascinating to tempt everyone. This includes the Sliema and St. Julian's area, famous for its buzzing nightlife and cosmopolitan vibe.
To the north there is a range of stunning coastal resorts and in the south, there are beautiful rustic villages that border the rural life in the centre. Malta also boasts an eclectic mix of cuisine, culture and history, making it a superb winter getaway spot.
A holiday to Italy is on the top of most tourists’ must-do lists and the crowds usually flock during the balmy summers. One of the best ways to see the fascinating country is by opting for a cheaper, cooler and less crowded winter break.
In the southern regions, summers are long, hot and dry, but winter temperatures tend to be relatively moderate. Steer well clear of the north, with the Alps experiencing strong snow fall.
Be sure to do your research about which cities are best suited for a winter trip but as a guide, Rome experiences mild winters, as does Sicily, Sardinia and Florence.