Winter is not all considered a good time for travel. In fact, the first winter month in Europe can be unforgettable, if you plan the trip correctly. Where to go in January in Europe? What can make Europe happy? We will try to help you plan your winter holiday.
On what to stop your choice?
To create a festive mood, many people go to Europe in January. The Christmas atmosphere here remains, despite the fact that the main Catholic holidays are over. In every city for the winter decorate the square, open new exhibitions. Sightseeing is easy to see because the excursions in January are not so crowded and all the interesting places can be inspected without hurrying. Also in Europe there are many options for visiting ski resorts.
Perhaps even adults dream of ever seeing a real Santa Claus, and for children the meeting with him will be the most vivid impression. If you are not afraid of frost and wind, then safely go to Finland directly to the residence of Santa. He lives in the unique village of Rovaniemi. Also Lapland can surprise its guests with a unique natural phenomenon – the Northern Lights. It’s on him to see every year come thousands of tourists.
The Czech Republic is ideal not only for adult tourists, but also for children. Prague is a very interesting city and even in the midst of winter the fabulous Czech city becomes even more attractive.
France in January can be a good continuation of the New Year and Christmas. Impressions promise a lot: grandiose fireworks, folk festivals, illumination, festive Parisian streets.
What to visit in January in Europe?
Ski resorts of Switzerland and France. This is striking places! There are no special historical sites here, but why do we need them, when there are skis and the ski trails and jumps so successfully located here, an excellent sports infrastructure.
If you want to immerse yourself in a Christmas fairy tale with fireworks and illuminations, then choose Germany or France.
Visit the winter sale in London. Or take a ferry trip to the Scandinavian countries. The fjords of Norway and the skerries of Finland will not leave you indifferent.
What about transport?
Any European city of any European country has a well-organized transport network that allows passengers to easily get from the airport to the city and then move on it. In Europe, very well developed railway transport system, buses, and trams, metro and of course car hire for those who want more independence and comfort. In some countries, for example, in Germany and France, there is a system of travel cards, which you can buy while traveling around the city in several modes of transport. In some European countries, public transport operates around the clock. In any case before the trip, study all the nuances of public transport of the country that you are going to visit.
But how about a beach holiday in January?
If to talk about where it is worth to go to the lovers of sea beaches, then first of all you should talk about Spain and its Canary Islands, Italy, Portugal, Malta or Montenegro. Here you can relax in January! Despite the comfortable temperature (at plus 24 degrees water is not cooler than 20 with plus) in January there are not so many tourists in these places. Clean air and a relaxed atmosphere allow you to luxuriate under the sunlight during the New Year holidays.
Food in Europe is one of the joys when visiting any country. In each country, the national cuisine is much more interesting and accessible than the famous fast food restaurants.
For example, Polish cuisine is a synthesis of European and Slavic cuisines, but at the same time there are also notes of Asian cuisine. This situation is determined by Polish history. Sausages, sausages, cereals, vareniki, soups, delicious beer, a variety of strong alcoholic drinks – all this makes Polish cuisine very interesting for lovers thoroughly and tasty to eat and drink. At the same time, Polish restaurants are cozy and well decorated.
In France you can also enjoy local food. Local products are fresh and natural cheeses of countless varieties, bread, sausages, vegetables, seafood, and wines. In French restaurants you can taste both pan-European dishes like pizza, croissants and sandwiches, and many fantastic dishes of local cuisine, a special place in which is given to vegetables and cheeses.
Austria in January, however, as in any other month, meets tourists with local beer, delicious salads, soups, grandiose schnitzels in Vienna, and, of course, apple strudel.
Historical places in January
Winter vacation is good because not many people choose this time for vacations. And this means that you can visit the main European attractions without a huge crowd of idle tourists, without queues and without haste. Besides, if you chose the southern Europe for the purpose of your trip, then the absence of scorching heat and a comfortable temperature will also help to examine the historical places.
The eternal city of Rome (Italy) is beautiful at any time of the year, but you will agree that in the absence of crowds of tourists you have more chances to appreciate the grandeur of this city. The Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Vatican – in the summer months, all these places of worship are usually dotted with tourists, and the queues stretch for many meters ahead. In winter, free of traffic jams and queues, you can easily try all the cultural program of the city
Visit Malta in January to see the unique architecture of the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino, as well as enjoy the natural attractions in the absence of crowds of beach-tourists. By the way, in winter, the cost of living in Malta hotels, as a rule, is much less expensive.
Andalusia (Spain), where, as elsewhere in Europe, the beauty of the Christian and Eastern worlds is interspersed. The region of Andalusia itself is heterogeneous and is divided into several parts. The Costa de la Luz is a historical district. There are also beautiful ancient and beautiful cities of Cadiz, Jerez and others.