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Swap Sunshine for Snow: Winter in Summer Destinations

Swap Sunshine for Snow: Winter in Summer Destinations

The appeal of visiting hot countries during the summer season is a no-brainer. Whether you want to explore sunny cities in California or cruise down a Venetian canal, sunny destinations are highly sought-after during the summer. But take away the sun, and you’ll discover these places have plenty to offer during the colder months too. Visiting during the off-season means seeing the same sights – just with smaller crowds – and experiencing your favourite destinations in a completely different light. It’s also the ultimate form of Undertourism, a concept we’re keen champions of. Eager to uncover the icy side of summer-holiday hotspots? Read on for a roundup of our favourite winter in summer destinations…


  1. Venice, Italy
  2. California, USA
  3. Croatia
  4. Seville, Spain


Venice, Italy

Venice has long been a destination for the romantics. And when you pair the canals and cobblestones with winter’s lingering mist, you’re gifted with storybook scenery that even the most reluctant romantics won’t be able to resist swooning at. With winter temperatures sitting snugly below ten degrees Celsius, Venice’s historic hotspots are often dusted with snow during the colder months. Saint Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Ca’ d’Oro are all transformed into wintery wonderlands and – bonus – they’re free from the summer crowds. If you fancy really pushing the romantic boat out (literally), plan a trip around Valentine’s Day, and include a gondola ride in your itinerary. As you pass beneath the Bridge of Sighs, kiss your special someone; legend has it that you’ll be promised eternal love. And we promise that you’ll never see the Grand Canal so peaceful.


California, USA

California has been dubbed the ‘Golden State’ for good reason – the sunny climate lends itself to golden sunsets, sands and surfers (nothing beats the Californian tan). But in the winter months, head to the mountains and you’ll find the state sporting a different colour: a bright and brilliant white. California is home to over 30 ski resorts that welcome powder-lovers from mid-November to mid-May, ranging from the aptly named Mammoth Mountain to the picturesque pistes of Lake Tahoe. And for a spot of sun, combine your mountain adventure with a trip to the Pacific Coast; the temperatures won’t soar to their summer heights, but the craggy cliffs and silky sands still shine in all their golden glory.


Ski Resort in California



Come snow or shine, a self-drive adventure around Croatia is one of the best ways to discover the country’s charms. The cool coastal cities and waterfall-filled wildernesses continue to thrive as the temperature drops, filling car windows with snowy views. Think the likes of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a frozen force of nature complete with snowy trails that wind around icy waters. And while the Dalmatia Coast may not see the same snow-capped scenes, the terracotta towns benefit from the cool winter sun and diminished crowds.


Plitvice Lakes National Park


Seville, Spain

Seville doesn’t really do winter. Yes, the temperatures halve (to a respectable 15-20°C) and you might need a cardigan at night, but the signature orange trees still line the streets and plates of tapas are still devoured al fresco. Without the scorching summer temperatures, hotspots like the Plaza Nueva and the 800-year-old cathedral can be enjoyed without breaking a sweat. Come nighttime, catch an indoor flamenco show to avoid the evening chill and witness one of the region’s best-loved art forms. With sangria in hand and toes tapping away, you’ll forget all about the winter blues back home.

Written by Evie Buller