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Spain’s best winter sun spots to visit in 2024

Spain’s best winter sun spots to visit in 2024

Though tourists jet off to Spain in their millions in the summer, far fewer will consider this part of the Mediterranean for a winter holiday.

Destinations in the Caribbean, South America or Asia may steal the headlines when it comes to winter sun, but Spain’s balmy weather and the absence of summer crowds makes it the short-haul choice for those in the know.

The country’s southern provinces see temperatures that hover around 20C at certain points throughout winter. Perennial Andalusian favourites like Seville are still sundrenched from December through to March, with lower temperatures allowing opportunities to explore without the threat of sweltering weather ruining your plans.

Even on the eastern coasts, destinations including Valencia offer opportunities for walks on the beach from Christmas Eve until spring. The Canary Islands, famed for winter temperatures in the mid-20s, may be Spain’s most revered winter sun destination, but read on below for a selection of the others.


Tenerife has seen temperatures as high as 30C in December

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The Canary Islands are the capital of winter sun in Spain, and none of them are more visited than Tenerife. Though a well-documented summer destination, this island receives six hours of sunshine per day between December and February, and temperature averages in these months stand at around 18C (with average highs around 22C).

Many of the island’s highlights are natural sites. It is home to the highest peak in Spain, Mount Teide, an active volcano that towers over the national park of the same name. While a cable car can get you to the top, there are plenty of hiking routes among the red rock and rugged terrain.

If exploring doesn’t appeal, don’t fret – the weather is still good enough to spend the day on the beach too, whether you’re looking for water sports in the coastal resorts of the Costa Adeje or exploration in the capital, Santa Cruz, before lying on Playa Teresitas.

Where to stay

For the ultimate child-free luxury and relaxation, head to the western coast for Red Level at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora. This is a private section of the wider Gran Melia Palacio, and every room has a private terrace and views. There’s a pool, hot tubs and plenty of peace and quiet.

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