Cyprus is one of the islands situated in the warmer parts of the Mediterranean Sea that is worth escaping to with your whole family during the chilly months of winter. It offers fabulous sandy beaches, sun, intriguing mythology, historical sites, family friendly resorts and exciting opportunities for family activities such as cycling, hiking and walking.

During winter, the weather in Cyprus is warm up to 20 degrees Celsius and the waters are warm enough for swimming. It is a common joke that the sun escapes to Cyprus when it has disappeared from the rest of the island. Since summer is often the peak season for Cyprus, you can get great deals during winter and enjoy Cyprus on a budget.

Some of the most incredible highlights of Cyprus, aside from its alluring sandy beaches include the Aphrodite’s Rock near Paphos, the Old Town of Paphos and skiing in the Troodos Mountains. If you enjoy hiking with your family, the winter months are ideal for such activities. The best place to stay in Cyprus during winter in Cyprus is Paphos, which keeps most of its shops and restaurants open unlike other resort towns.


The Algarve is one of the most popular destinations in Portugal; its selling point is its all year round sunshine, which most parts of Europe can only dream about. Those seeking to escape the winter blues and still be in Europe will find the Algarve irresistible with its alluring sandy beaches, endless miles of sandy beaches, family oriented culture and its ability to entertain every age group. It is popular for golfers too with its scenic golf courses and the nature lovers will fall in love with its unique flora and fauna.

The glorious beaches contrast distinctively with the stunning rural countryside, which seems more tranquil with its picturesque villages, which seem to have stood back in time. When tourists have had enough of building sand castles, they can enjoy wandering in the lush countryside. Algarve is famous for its beaches, which are some of the best in the world, but it also an ideal destination for other activities such as sightseeing, walking, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing, surfing and tennis. Families can also enjoy boat trips, theme parks, water parks, zoos and exploring caves. With so much to see and do, your family winter escape to the Algarve only gets better.


Malta is a popular family destination during summer that is often forgotten in winter. Its weather is similar to that of Cyprus and it is therefore one of Mediterranean best-kept winter escaping destination. During the winter months, which are warm, the crowds are less on the beaches and on the streets and the prices are definitely lower. This means that you can enjoy your family winter escape without compromising on comfort, beaches or attractions.

With the temperatures ranging in and out of the low twenties in Malta, you can expect clear blue skies and sunshine, which is the perfect weather for exploring the Baroque and Neo-classical architecture in Valletta, boat trips and let the kids enjoy a tour to the Popeye’s village.


The UK winter is a beautiful time to visit the Land of the Rising Sun and soak up a culture which is overflowing with interest and amazing touches. Head to Tokyo for an extreme intro into Japanese city life and soak up the hectic lifestyle in amongst the fluorescent lights. If you like something a little more serene then head out to Kyoto and follow any of the tips mentioned here to guarantee a great time. Whether you go an soak up the sumo, gorge on sushi or get drunk on saki, Japan is the perfect place for a winter break with the family.