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In search of sunshine - Top outdoor destinations for winter

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If you’re feeling a bite in the air as the cooler season approaches, nip those winter blues in the bud and set your sights on warmer climes abroad this November. However you like to spend your time outdoors, within a few hours you can be soaking up the last of the summer rays. Sound good? Then take a look at some of our top European destinations for fun outside in the autumn sun.

Top outdoors destinations for winter - Madeira

Head for the hills in Madeira

Keen hikers and those with a head for heights will appreciate Madeira Island’s lofty terrain. Explore the rugged volcanic isle, with walks taking you past ancient canals called ‘levadas’ or along the breath-taking coastline. Expect some rain and clouds, but with temperatures still reaching 20°C in November, Madeira is a great place to get out and about.

Top outdoors destinations for winter - Madeira

Perfect your planing in Tarifa

As the westerly ‘Poniente’ blows in from the Atlantic, November is still a good time to make the best of Tarifa, Gibraltar’s hot-spot for windsurfing. As well as plenty of sunshine to soak up and beautiful beaches to relax on, expect an average wind speed of 10 knots over the course of the month.

Top outdoors destinations for winter - Madeira

Take the plunge in Tenerife

For swimmers who prefer the fresh salty sea to fumy chlorine, take a dip in the rock pools of Tenerife this November; there are plenty of natural pools to explore along the wild and rugged coastline. Take in the views as you float at La Caletón in Garachico, bathe in the beautiful waters of Punta del Hidalgo, or swim amongst craggy outcrops at Los Gigantes pool.

Top outdoors destinations for winter - Madeira

Search for the serene in Malta

Average highs of 21°C in November make Malta great place for taking some time out, and enjoying a short break for those seeking a bit of calm before the storm of the festive season ahead. With Roman catacombs and the medieval town to discover, there’s plenty to keep you busy if you can’t sit still. And for those who can, relaxing on the beach and soaking up the sun is a perfectly good option, too.


So wherever your wanderlust takes you, enjoy yourself while you explore new places in search of out-of-season sunshine.

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