If you’re missing summer, here are the 10 most popular places in Europe, the United States, and around the world to enjoy the warm winter sun in December.
Kiwi.com has the best deals on cheap flights year round, so we’ve looked at the numbers and found our customers’ favorite routes for a warm December vacation. Here we are!
Hot cities in Europe
Let’s start with Spain, a country famous for its hot climate, with the city of Malaga. Its explosion of growth in tourist traps and tour packages can still be seen in high-rise buildings and hotels along parts of the waterfront, but the city itself is worth exploring further.
It is dominated by a severe hill and two fortresses dating from its years of Moorish rule: the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro now in ruins. Visiting them gives you a fantastic insight into the city’s history through the museum, as well as wonderful views up the hill to the winding streets of the Old Town. Visit the mighty but curiously unbalanced cathedral, lose yourself in the alleys and squares of the historic center and wonder why you left it for so long to visit.
Likewise tarred with the brush of mass tourism is Tenerife, but again, don’t judge a book by its cover. It is one of the most diverse places in all of Spain, so whether you like lying on the beach, learning about colonial history, hiking in the mountains and eerily silent pine forests, enjoying a traditional cooking or spending the night partying, you can do one, a few or all of that!
Finally this month, passing through Portugal, Lisbon is a great option. A classic European capital – seven hills, the great São Jorge Castle, noisy trams, graceful churches – it’s also a wonderfully atmospheric place. Swept by the Atlantic winds and bathed in the beautiful light of dawn or red and golden sunsets, you will immediately feel part of the city.
Grab an early morning coffee and watch the city wake up, wander around until lunchtime where you can grab a snack to refuel. Relax in the afternoon to the sound of fado songs drifting through the alleys and side streets of Alfama, before savoring fresh seafood and exceptional local wine.
Hot places in the United States
With the United States opening its borders on November 8, making tourism easier again, California might just be the place to go for a few rays of December. There is also just about everything, so everything you are looking for for a getaway, Los Angeles has it covered.
For foodies, this is one of the best cities in the world for dining out, and its cocktail bar culture is famous the world over. But hey, if you are a fan of burgers and dive bars, you will also find more than you expected! The beaches stretch for miles and if you are with children there is plenty to keep them busy. In the sport? Well, the Dodgers, Rams, Lakers, Kings, and Galaxy are here for you, whatever ball (or puck!) Shape does it for you. Otherwise, just visit these world famous movie sites and soak up all that the City of Angels has to offer.
What about Hawaii? Most visitors from Honolulu are here for a few specific reasons, namely the sun, the shopping and the food. And that’s fair enough: Hawaii basks in the sun most of the year, and downtown Honolulu, while not huge, has its shops and restaurants centered around Waikiki, its long, crescent beach backed by walks, shops and restaurants.
To learn a little more, you can take a four-hour city tour, including Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, Iolani Palace, and downtown Honolulu. Alternatively, there are full-day tours of the entire island of Oahu, snorkeling and sailing trips from the beaches, surf schools, or even sunset cocktail cruises!
Otherwise, aside from the obvious theme parks, Orlando is a pleasant city to explore, with tree-lined neighborhoods and pretty parks, gardens and nature reserves. It also has some fabulous museums, including those of the Orlando Fire Department, County History, the Orlando Science Center, and a sculpture garden by Czech artist Albin Polasek. So while the adrenaline rush of the rides is great, there is a quieter, more relaxing side of town that might surprise you.
Hot places to visit in South America
We have a few cities to suggest here – after all, where better to go to escape the winter than in the southern hemisphere? First, let’s take a look Medellin. Colombia’s second largest city is nicknamed the City of Eternal Spring due to its pleasant climate all year round. It has also undergone one of the most amazing transformations of any city in the world. Once infamous for drugs, violence and rampant lawlessness, it was hailed in 2013 as “the most innovative city in the world”.
Nowadays, you can’t go out for fun and clever ideas: take the eco-árbol, a tree-shaped structure that acts as an air purifier; or Barefoot Park, where visitors are encouraged to take off their shoes and socks and wriggle and squeeze through sand, mud, grass and pebbles before washing everything in pools of fresh water. The city itself is in a beautiful setting, the people are friendly and everything about Medellín is progressive, exciting and alive.
Heading south-east, we come to Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay. As a country bordering Argentina and Brazil, many tourists simply ignore it. This is a mistake, because as you stroll through its impressive colonial-era monuments and elegant squares, you will quickly realize that this is a place that should not be overlooked.
His laid-back demeanor is refreshing – there’s little of the constant grueling go-go-go from Lima or Buenos Aires, for example – but that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. A selection of fabulous modern art galleries, parks and plazas, restaurants ranging from traditional food to street food and fusion meals, all crowned by Paraguayans’ friendly pride in family and tradition.
Sunny destinations all year round in Asia
Manila is the number one Asian destination for our customers in December. Many people only arrive in Manila to leave – after all, it is the gateway to some of the most beautiful islands and beaches in Asia (Boracay, Cebu, etc.), but stick to them. nearby and there is plenty to do.
Granted, it’s known for its urban sprawl and frenetic energy, but get to know Manila and you’ll find a city that is still rediscovering its place. It is home to the world’s oldest Chinatown, a multitude of markets, shops and food stalls, as well as Intramuros, its 16th-century walled city containing a cathedral, churches, fortress, gardens and ponds, while carriages slam their way through the streets. It’s not the Manila you thought it was.
We end with Jakarta, which is Manila amplified. Sparkling high-rise towers, colonial vestiges, working-class neighborhoods mixed side by side with luxury hotels, clothing boutiques and sprawling malls, everything moves thousands of miles an hour.
Despite this, the people are warm and friendly, crime levels are low, and parts of the city like Merdeka Square sum up how Indonesia wants the world to see it: open, confident, secure. Wherever you go you will notice how multifaceted the city is, its intoxicating mix of cultures, religions, languages, foods and traditions, a nation of thousands of islands and identities brought together in one place. . It’s quite an experience.
These are our top picks (and our customers’!) For a sunny December vacation. Remember: you can search, customize and create your own travel itinerary on Kiwi.com, and book your entire trip for one price, with just a few clicks. We hack the system, you fly cheaper in December.
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