5 Family Friendly Winter Destinations in Europe

Winter in Europe can be as different as chalk and cheese. In the north, the weather can deliver some serious snowfall complete with cold but truly magical nights. Meanwhile, in the Mediterranean south, you’ll witness long, lingering sunshine and azure seas.

Indeed winter is an inspiring time to visit Europe as a family, but where should you go? Here are five fantastic European destinations that children and adults will love.

5 Family Friendly Winter Destinations in Europe

Abisko, Sweden

Winter Destinations in Europe
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Abisko is about as far north as you can get on a train in Europe. For families in search of some serious winter magic, this is the place to be – because Abisko is of course in Lapland. In December and January, the sun barely rises, which makes it one of the world’s best places to view the stunning Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

For a bit of a family adventure why not go husky mushing via endless trails taking you through stunning national park land? Or perhaps a reindeer sleigh ride? Transun.co.uk offers a checklist of child friendly experiences should you wish to create an itinerary of activities for your trip.

Finally, a visit to this area wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the inspiring and world famous Kiruna Ice Hotel.

Rovaniemi, Finland
Rovaniemi is the official residence of everybody’s favourite bearded man at Christmas and his stunning Arctic Circle grotto is something to behold. Reindeer and the obligatory snowfall really gets you in the Christmas spirit.

If you love a slice of history, a visit to the Arktikum museum takes a look at what life was like for normal folk living at these extreme latitudes.

When it comes to clothing, Finnish temperature gauges tend to have more minus numbers than they do above, so it’s essential to pack good quality outdoor clothing. For men and women, this means a good coat, base layers, headgear and walking boots.

Germany and Austria Christmas Markets
There’s nothing to get you into the festive spirit more than a good Christmas market. Why not visit the famous markets of Vienna, Cologne and Munich? Here, you’ll find everything from gingerbread and mulled wine, through to sleigh bells and a never-ending array of fabulous decorations. There’s nothing better than warming yourself up with a mug of hot chocolate.

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Copenhagen is Hans Christian Andersen (above) country and what better way to experience it than from one of the city’s many cosy pubs sat next to a roaring log fire? It’s a magical place and there’s nothing that sums this up better than a trip to the Tivoli Amusement Park. Complete with mugs of steaming hot chocolate and exciting illuminations, it will really make your winter break.

Andalucía, Spain
If you want to escape the cooler winter temperatures then a trip to Andalucía is a must. Steeped in history, the cities of Seville and Granada are seriously enticing.

Take a trip to the majestic Alhambra Palace or seek the gastronomic delights of tapas in Seville. If you crave snow, take a family trip to the Sierra Nevada ski resort for some perfect ski action.

So there you have it, five winter destinations that will have you going back for more. Wherever you decide, make sure that you take the right outdoor clothing for yourself and for your family.

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About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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