5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Spain this Winter

By on November 4, 2021
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Autumn is finally here in the Northern Hemisphere marking the end of the summer months. Trees are starting to shed their leaves in preparation for the winter months. It is starting to get chilly, and the nights are getting longer, which means, winter is coming.

And if the thought of a cold and long British winter is making you miserable, consider booking a get-away trip to Spain, a perfect holiday destination all year round. Here are 5 good reasons that we think will convince you to visit Spain this winter:

Spain is still one of the top holiday destinations in the world

This comes as no surprise. Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world, with over 84 million international travellers visiting the country in 2019. As such, travel and tourism is the third-largest sector in Spain and accounts for 10-11% of its GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

While the COVID-19 pandemic led to countrywide disruptions and substantial revenue losses for Spanish tourism businesses, tourism is beginning to bounce back in the country, aided by looser travel restrictions. In fact, the number of foreign travellers entering Spain, mostly from France, the UK and Germany, surged by 112.8% year-on-year to 5.2 million in August 2021.

Cheaper off-season flights, packages and deals

The off-peak season is the time of the year when there is the least amount of tourist activity, and this is reflected in flight price changes with the seasons. Often, different factors determine tourist activity, the main one is usually due to climate conditions.

Spain is one of the most climatically diverse countries in Europe where the weather can vary from region to region. Hence, your travel experience will depend on the region you visit and the time of year. Usually, the off-peak season in Spain is from September to late November and January to March as they are less popular months for tourists to visit. So, this is the time when you can get the cheapest deals on flights and accommodation, especially in November, when the prices are at their lowest.

Fewer tourists and queues in many of Spain’s popular attractions, hotels and restaurants

While travelling during the off-peak season can reduce the cost of flights and accommodation, there is the added benefit of fewer tourists and queues in many of Spain’s popular attractions, and even hotels and restaurants. Hence, it will be easier to book lunch and dinner reservations in most restaurants, and you can also visit most of the popular attractions without the added stress of having to wait in line for hours.

Also, UK travellers can benefit from decent pricing in hotels and restaurants, since the majority of travel and tourism businesses will reduce their prices to attract travellers during the off-peak season. Moreover, with fewer tourists and crowds, Spanish residents can be more receptive and welcoming to foreign travellers, so you can enjoy a better, richer cultural experience at a leisurely pace.

Soak a bit of winter sun

British people love travelling abroad for a bit of winter sun. The data speaks for itself; over 4.4 million UK residents visited overseas in November 2019 and 3.9 million visits were recorded in December 2019.

While the climate varies hugely across continental Spain, the South Coast of Spain and the islands off the coast stays relatively warm during the winter months, with an average temperature between 15 and 23 degrees. So if you feel like you are missing out on natural sunlight and vitamin D, you may want to consider visiting Spanish beaches for the winter sun in Tenerife, Malaga, or the Canary Islands of Spain.

More leisure and outdoor activities to choose from

If you don’t fancy spending time at the beach, then there are plenty of other outdoor activities you can enjoy during the trip. In fact, British holidaymakers travel to Spain in almost consistent numbers, even during the winter months to partake in different outdoor activities, from stargazing, hiking, cycling, scuba diving to surfing. 

From wild subtropical forests, desert landscapes to mountainous regions, Spain is blessed with natural diversity, offering some of the best hiking routes in the world with spectacular views. You could walk one of Europe’s iconic pilgrimage routes along the Camino De Santiago, and treat yourself to chocolate and Churros, a traditional breakfast meal, along the way.

While the weather in the southern parts of Spain stays relatively warm during the winter months, the northern parts and the mountainous regions of Spain can get cold and snowy, making it an ideal condition for skiing and snowboarding. And if getting some winter sun while skiing is important to you, consider the Sierra Nevada in Andalusia, which has one of the best ski resorts in Europe.

We hope we’ve managed to convince you to feel more confident about planning a get-away trip to Spain, away from the cold and long British winter months that lay ahead. And should you choose to visit Spain this winter, consider adding travel insurance with covid cover to your trip budget? While it is getting easier to travel abroad, there are still more risks and uncertainties than usual, from the COVID-19 situation changing unexpectedly during the trip to flights getting cancelled with short notice. Hence, consider getting some form of travel protection from the unexpected during the trip. Click here to find out more.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Spain this Winter