The sun gives way to Christmas lights on Europe’s afternoons, but the tourist brochures are still tempting with warm seas and blue skies. And leaving when the rest does not do it is the golden rule to save on travel. Here are some ideas for those who can.
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Just 82 square kilometers suffice to contain a Mediterranean universe in Formentera. A landscape of dunes, jungles, rocky cliffs and beaches such as Ses Illetes, Migjorn or Cala Saona that the low season allows you to discover without crowds. To travel there you can take advantage of the flights on offer to Ibiza from Ryanair from Madrid: 29 euros, round trip with sewa bus PARIWISATA. Ferri between Ibiza and Formentera: 43 euros, round trip.
02 Sevilla Top Secret
The Top Secret formula (the name of the hotel is not known until the time of reservation, although its category and location) offers the opportunity to stay in hotels with prices reduced by up to 45%. To set up, for example, a cheap getaway to the warm Sevillian winter: in Lastminute, rooms for 54 euros per night, two people, in four-star hotels in the center of Seville.
03 Italian cities
In addition to the trilogy Rome, Florence, Venice, Italy there are other cities where art lovers can find lesser known treasures, such as Perugia, a capital of the Umbria region, or Pisa, gateway to the Tuscan villages. Ryanair flies to Perugia and Pisa (departures from Girona and Madrid) from 40 euros, round trip.
04 Green Berlin
Easyjet has some of the best rates for traveling to Berlin in winter: from 71 euros, round trip, with departures from Madrid and Barcelona. An excuse for the trip can be the International Green Week, an ecological fair that will be held from January 16 to 25. The Berlin Tourist Office has accommodation offers with a public transport ticket and tickets to museums and shows from 56 euros per person.
05 The immortal detective
Until the 12th of April, 2015, the exhibition “The man who never lived and will never die”, the largest exhibition dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and his author, writer Arthur Conan Doyle, since 1951. Return to London with Easyjet from Madrid: 70 euros.
06 Bilbao or Zihuatanejo?
Until the release of Frank Darabont’s Perpetual Chain, few had heard of Zihuatanejo, a beach on the Mexican Pacific coast. For those who want to flee there like Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in the movie, the hotel’s signature Tablet Hotels offers luxury palapas at Playa Viva resort for 153 euros a night. In the same portal there are more close links: staying at Miró hotel in Bilbao, for example, costs € 79 a night in a double room.
07 Sunsets and nettles
Winter beaches such as those of Bologna or Conil de la Frontera, in Cadiz, to stroll or see sunsets from the chirping Ito. In Trivago, accommodation in hotels and cottages of Conil and surroundings from 40 euros per night.
08 The wolves of Gévaudan
Three-day French getaways to Carcassonne or Narbonne for 195 euros per person, a weekend in Montpelier for 75 euros or two nights in the region of Lozère, the country of Red Caperucita, with the visit to the reserve of the Gévaudan wolves, from 105 euros per person on the tourism website of Languedoc-Roussillon.
09 Hot Wine in Riga
The first weeks of December can be used to stroll around the Christmas market in Riga, the capital of Latvia, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Wizz Air flies from Barcelona, for 65 euros, round trip.
BETWEEN 200 AND 500 EUROS
10 The volcano of the trade winds
Between the sunny southern beaches and the cliffs of Isla Baja or the tip of Anaga, Tenerife boasts amazing landscapes marked by the sea, the Teide, and the trade winds. Logitravel offers seven-night stays at the Semiramis hotel, a five-star hotel in Puerto de la Cruz, with flights, transfers, and breakfasts from 305 euros.
11 A bathroom in Budapest
The thermal baths of the Hotel Géllert can warm up a winter getaway to Budapest, which invites you to discover its attractions with the Winter Invitation campaign, a four-night promotion for the price of three at 40 hotels, as well as free access to one of the four spas Historical and discounts on transportation, restaurants, shops and visits. Wizzair has flights to Budapest from Madrid and Barcelona for 120 euros.
12 Hot prices against the cold
Many travelers take advantage of the weeks before and after Christmas to make a getaway, and for destinations such as Reykjavik (Iceland) or Rovaniemi (Finland), there are good prices, with round trip tickets for 430 and 298 euros, respectively, in Kayak.
BETWEEN 500 AND 1,000 EUROS
13 Winter Caribbean
Keeping a few days of summer vacation can have its reward in December, January or February: change sidewalks and lampposts for beaches and coconut trees. Natalia offers stays of seven nights in Playa Bávaro (Dominican Republic), with flights, transfers and all-inclusive regime for 815 euros per person.
Colonial cities and towns, and sandy cays for bathing or snorkeling. A different way to visit Cuba is to stay in private homes, with an offer of more than 5,000 rooms authorized by the Government: they are cheaper than hotels – prices move between 25 and 30 euros a night – and let you know the day to Day of the island. In search engines such as Skyscanner or Kayak, there are flights between Madrid and Havana for 612 euros, round trip.
15 Cruise to Brazil
Many passenger ships leave their ports in Europe in late autumn to head towards warmer seas, which offers the possibility of embarking on a transoceanic cruise at affordable prices. The Costa Favolosa, for example, will set sail on November 25 in Barcelona on an 18-day trip to Rio de Janeiro and stop at Cadiz, Casablanca, Madeira, Tenerife and the Brazilian ports of Recife, Maceió, Ilheus and Salvador de Bahía. At Logitravel, from 699 euros per person, with full board and taxes. Those who prefer to travel to Brazil in direct flight can take advantage of the offer of Tam Airlines, which flies from Madrid to São Paulo for 629 euros round trip, and the 20% discount for domestic flights from Latam.
16 Vibrant Bangkok
Visiting markets such as Talad Rot Fai (train market in Thai), a Bangkok overnight trail located in a former railway warehouse, is one of the possibilities offered by the Thai capital. In December, Natalia offers stays of seven nights, with flights, transfers, and rates from 624 euros per person.
17 Volcanoes of Salt
The archipelago of Cape Verde has pleasant winter temperatures (more than 20 degrees average) and amazing volcanic landscapes. Logitravel offers seven-night stays on the island of Sal, with flights and breakfasts for 774 euros.
MORE THAN 1,000 EUROS
18 Sheltered in Moscow
A Russian proverb says there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. In order to venture into the frigid Moscow winter, Politours organizes an eight-day trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg from 1,180 euros per person (flights, transfers, train, accommodation, breakfasts, and taxes). Departures on Sundays from Madrid.
19 Colors of Rajasthan
The fall and winter months are the best time to travel to Rajasthan, the kingdom of Rajput warriors. In December, the agency Exotic organizes trips to India, 11-day circuits through Delhi and Agra, and in Rajasthan, the cities of Jaipur, Manawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur for 1,245 euros per person.
20 The beaches of Serendip
Chillout beaches, tea plantations, coral reefs, wild elephants, giant buddhas and impregnable places at over three hundred meters high await in Sri Lanka, the island of Serendip in Persian tales (hence the English term serendipity, incredible chance To be looking for one thing and to discover another). Qatar flies to Colombo from Madrid and Barcelona for 622 euros, round trip.