Regardless of the European winter destination you pick, if the destination does not involve winter sports, then you can look forward to lower prices, shorter queues and a generally more relaxed atmosphere than you would be sure to experience in the same destinations during the frenetic summer months. If winter sports are on the agenda, consider winter sports travel insurance policy to protect yourself and your trip.

This article will recommend the top five destinations for winter sports and then the top five destinations offering a milder climate for those who wish to escape the cold.

For Winter Sports:

Val D’Isere France With its 300 KM of trails stunning alpine views and easy access, Val D’Isere offers world-class skiing while allowing holiday goers to benefit from the French obsession for food and wine.

Sant Moritz, Switzerland

Originally founded as a health spa for tuberculosis patients, Sant Moritz is one of the most expensive winter destinations in Europe. True five star accommodations, high-end shopping and celebrity watching are some of the activities to be enjoyed in addition to some of the best Glacier Skiing in Europe. Sant Moritz is known as a resort for the rich and famous or for those who just wish to go on a holiday. Due to the exceptional costs and challenging conditions, winter sports travel insurance there may be a better decision than at less challenging resorts.

St Anton, Austria

While this resort offers world-class skiing in its own right, it is actually better known as a party destination. With world-class skiing, celebrity watching and the legendary nightlife St Anton provides the right recipe for a legendary winter holiday.

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

If a variety of ski trails of all different skill levels are what you seek, check out Cortina. Located in Italy’s Dolomite Mountains you can purchase the Dolomiti Super Ski pass and gain access to over 1225 kilometers of trails. When you tire of challenging your abilities on the slopes, try just sitting with a cappuccino and take in the scenery while you enjoy the warmth of the Italian people.

Levi, Finland

Levi does not offer the gastronomic delights of France nor does it provide the heart-pounding exhilaration of world-class Alpine resorts. The nightlife is not legendary and you probably won’t party with Lady Gaga until the wee hours. What Levi does offer is the more priceless family-friendly winter holiday vacation. Less challenging slopes are augmented by miles of snowmobiling trails, arctic horse racing, and even reindeer. If winter memories with the children are what you seek than Levi might be one of your better choices. Due to the less challenging conditions, winter sports travel insurance may not be as important here as in the aforementioned winter resorts but still recommended, nonetheless.

For Those Wishing to Escape the Cold:

The Canaries

With some of the warmest winter temperatures in Europe, the Canaries may be just what the doctor prescribed in order to beat the winter blues. Empty beaches for trekking, local museums for culture and unique shops for charm add to this destinations winter charm. Wonderful off-season rates at all-inclusive resorts may just make this the perfect winter holiday.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

With winter temperatures ranging from 5 to 15 degree Celsius, frolicking in the surf may not be on the agenda. Easy day trips to Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, numerous architectural and historic sites to broaden your horizons and deepen your appreciation for Italian culture at prices that make the Amalfi coast the best winter holiday bargain in Europe. You can also try kayaking if you are planning for an adventurous trip.

Athens, Greece

Winter weather in Athens can be unpredictable. If you’re lucky your winter trip here should include temperatures between 11 and 15 degree Celsius. No long queues for the Parthenon or the Acropolis. Uncrowded museums shops and bars. A Sunday flea market that is more reminiscent of an ancient bazaar. These are some of the delights that await those who choose a winter holiday in Athens. Offseason Athens allows the traveler a greater opportunity to know the Athenians, not to mention the wonderful off-season prices.


The largest island in the Mediterranean offers the winter traveller daytime temperatures in the 15 to 20 degree Celsius range. Mountains and beaches for trekking will help you build an appetite to experience the joy of a Cypriot seafood feast to the fullest.


Indulge your James Bond fantasies at the famous Monte Carlo casino. Be careful though, the casino represents this fairytale kingdom’s biggest single source of revenue. Not interested in gambling? Monaco offers wonderful museums, shops, and architecture to entertain the winter traveller. Daytime temperatures should range between 10 and 20 degree Celsius in the winter.

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Stephen Leo

Stephen Leo is a passionate paddler and he has made his hobby a career and is extremely happy about it. He is also a fitness fanatics and he loves whitewater kayaking. When he is not paddling, he likes to contribute to popular kayak journals like – Kayak Manual.

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