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Which will it be: Winter Sun? Or Winter Snow?

The burning question: where's best for a walking holiday during the English winter months and should you go in pursuit of sun or snow? Where's best for balmy temperatures in January and February when the mercury dips in the UK? Alternatively where do you go to combine wild landscapes blanketed by snow and wonderful walking and snowshoeing? Browse below for a collection of the best winter month walking holidays we offer in the Canary Islands and across Europe, most just a short hop away and all the ideal tonic to the British winter. 

If you're excited about the prospect of some serious off-season sun...

There’s no need to wait until summer to feel its heat against your skin. Just a short hop will bring you to the Canary Islands. Scented pine forests, blasted landscapes, secret coves, miles of Sahara-style dunes and both white and black sand beaches wait to be discovered as part of the unique beauty of the Canary Islands. We've rounded up some holiday spots that boast warm weather during the British winter along with stunning landscapes to explore on foot... so get ready to shake off the shackles of your heavy coat and jumper while you top up your levels of vitamin D!

If you prefer walking in a winter wonderland...

Don't miss the magic of trekking in winter or snowshoeing across landscapes of vast white mountains set against bright blue skies! This is your chance to explore the fairy tale winter scenery of Europe at enchanting destinations in Austria, Switzerland and Italy. We’ve also introduced new trips to the Spanish Pyrenees to visit the winter wilderness of Aigües Tortes National Park with its remote Romanesque churches the Sorteny Natural Park in Andorra, and to the Bulgarian Mountains to discover the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery and hike the Rila Lakes Circuit, one of the most beautiful walks in the country.

Winter Sun in the Canaries

With year-round sunshine and a range of dazzlingly diverse landscapes there’s a Canary Island for every interest and style of walking holiday. This Spanish archipelago, off the north west coast of Africa, has an irresistible combination of Moroccan and Spanish flavours. The varied topography and scenery are spellbinding. Volcanic landscapes, tick. Lush pine forests, tick. Secret rocky coves and swathes of sand dunes, tick and tick. Whether you’re a keen walker looking to explore the remote corners of Gran Canaria, a culture buff interested in Cesar Manrique’s architecture across Lanzarote or a nature-lover looking to explore La Palma, nicknamed ‘La Isla Bonita’ (the Pretty Island), you’ll be entranced by what you discover.

Featured Winter Sun Holidays

Which Canary Island is for you? All are incredible in their own unique ways...

Highlights

  • Marvel at the Martian landscape dominated by the El Tiede volcano in Tenerife – Spain’s formidable tallest peak is home to some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the Canaries
  • Explore the hushed rainforests and black sand beaches on La Palma, the greenest island in the archipelago
  • Uncover the mountainous interior and melodramatic views that give way to laurel and pine forests on Gran Canaria
  • Contrast the other-worldly landscape with the unconventional architectural structures of Cesar Manrique on Lanzarote
  • Combine cacti-dotted plains and the largest dunes in the Canary Islands walking coast-to-coast on Fuerteventura
  • Enjoy some of the best cuisine among the authentic tavernas of La Gomera after thrilling walks through lush valleys and deserted beaches

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Winter Snow in Europe

Enjoy the magic of white mountainscapes against a backdrop of bright blue sky when winter walking or snowshoeing. Break new ground or follow prepared and cleared paths in pretty Alpine conditions. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and walk off-piste into a peaceful white wilderness, out of bounds to most people. Snowshoeing in the Bulgarian Mountains, Andorra or the Spanish Pyrenees liberates you from prepared tracks and crowds, and you can be the first to cross virgin landscapes, unmarked except for the occasional fox or bird track. Instant silence. Just you and your snowshoes, and a local guide to show you the secret corners of the mountains. 

Featured Winter Snow Holidays

Where would you like to discover next?

Highlights

  • Walk through the Valais and use cable cars to gain height for some spectacular walks in Switzerland
  • Let a local winter guide show you the best of the Pirin Mountains while snowshoeing in Bulgaria
  • Hike to a high hut in the Austrian Alps for a well-earned fondue
  • Immerse yourself in the silence of the winter mountains as a local guide leads you on a pure wilderness experience in the Dolomites
  • Explore pine forests and glacial lakes among the rugged backdrop of Andorra
  • Snowshoe through the quiet valleys of the Spanish Pyrenees with an experienced local expert
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