Where is the Warmest Place in Europe?

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Many people ask and want to know where is the warmest place in Europe.

Some of them are just curious, while others need the information because they are currently planning to spend their holidays abroad and need some more detailed information about the climate.

Few places in Europe claim to be the warmest, but each one of them has some specific and different climate characteristics and is therefore difficult to determine which is actually the warmest one.

1. Crete / Greece

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Crete is the largest Greek island and is located in the southern-most parts of Greece.

Surrounded by the warm Mediterranean waters, this island is a real paradise for tourists.

It has a wonderful subtropical climate with hot, sunny and dry summers and short, wet and mild winters.

If you are planning to visit this place and to spend one or two weeks along the coast, you should know that the beach season lasts from early April to late November.

Of course, it would be a bit risky to visit the island during the first days of April or in the late November, because the weather then is more unstable and some days are still (or already) cold.

In April for example, the sea water is still around 17 °C, which is a bit chilly and is not exactly what you can expect from a holiday destination.

In December, January, February and March the weather offers practically everything that could be expected from the spring in the rest of Europe.

Some days are really nice and great for outdoor activities, while others are windy and rainy, which could ruin your plans to walk around or to visit some local landmark.

These months, especially January, could be very wet and often experience significant rainfalls.

Winter temperatures are usually around 17 °C in January, February and March and 18 °C in December.

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Of course, weather conditions could vary significantly from one day to another.

Some days are really warm and others are pretty cool and fresh.

Sometimes the daytime temperature can reach to about 20 – 25 °C, while in other days it could drop to 9 °C.

Under certain conditions, it is possible to forms even a thin and non-lasting snow cover.

However, this is something that usually happens only in higher mountain areas and almost never along the coast.

At the height of summer the weather is always very hot, and the days are long, sunny and dry.

The average daytime temperature in July and August is 30 °C in the shade, although in some days are possible temperatures of 38 or 40 °C.

One thing is absolutely certain – Crete is the warmest large Greek island.

In fact, Lerapetra, which is situated on the southern coast, is one of the hottest places on the continent as a whole and is considered to be one of the warmest cities in Europe in winter!

2. Malta

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Another one of the warmest places in Europe is Malta.

Located only 300 km off the African coast, the small European country is actually closer to the Equator than the capitals of African countries such as Tunisia and Algeria.

The close proximity of the Sahara desert definitely has a very strong influence over the weather of the Maltese Archipelago.

The islands are among the sunniest and cloudless places in Europe.

They enjoy between 300 and 330 sunny days per year.

Summers are really hot, dry and long, and the average temperature during the day is about 32 °C in the shade in August.

However, some days are much warmer, and temperatures of over 40 °C also are not impossible.

What is more interesting, however, is the fact that Malta enjoys some of the warmest winters in Europe.

The average daytime temperature is 16 °C in the shade in January and February and reaches 18 °C on average in December and March.

However, in combination with the typical sunny weather, the temperature can easily reach 20 °C during the warmer midday hours.

In warmer winter days you could easily walk around in a T-shirt.

However, it is always recommended to have a switcher or some light jacket near at hand.

One of the typical features of the Maltese climate, which makes it better than the weather over other Mediterranean countries, is the much drier winter season.

Even if November, December, January and February often experience up to 15 or 16 rainy days, the rainfall reaches up to 100 – 110 mm, which is a really moderate quantity.

3. Cyprus

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Yet another place which claims to be one of the hottest in Europe is Cyprus.

Geographically, the island of Cyprus is a part of Asia.

However, from a cultural, political and historical point of view, the island has always been an important part of Europe.

Today it is also a member of the European Union.

The Island of Aphrodite is a real sunny paradise.

January, which is the coldest month of the year, offers mild and pleasant weather with daytime temperatures of around 17-18 °C in the coastal areas.

While the rest of Europe is under a thick snow cover, the island enjoys warm spring-like weather.

Just imagine – while in the northern parts of Europe the average temperatures are below zero, in Cyprus you could walk around wearing only a T-shirt and jeans jacket.

Compared to Crete and Malta, temperatures here are usually a little bit higher, and you could swim into the sea from April till November.

Unlike the island of Crete, in Cyprus there are wonderful days which are sunny and warm enough for sun bathing and swimming even during the winter months of March and December.

The Cypriot summer season begins a few days or weeks earlier and continues several days or weeks longer in autumn.

4. Andalusia / Spain

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The southern-most Spanish province, Andalusia, enjoys some of the highest temperatures across Europe.

The Mediterranean coastal share of the province, Costa del Sol, enjoys wonderful micro-climate, which can’t be found elsewhere in Europe.

Summers are incredible hot and sometimes become really unbearable.

Because of its specific geographic location, Andalusia feels the strong influence of air masses from Sahara desert.

They easily come from the African tropical latitudes and modify the weather in the area.

The reason why warm air masses enter so freely here is because there are not climate barriers, such as high mountain chains for example.

Summer temperatures can easily reach to around 40 °C.

Summers last from early spring to late autumn (from March to November).

During the winter months from December to February the average daytime temperatures are usually around 17-18 °C.

Some days are cooler and bring temperatures of around 15 – 16 °C.

Other days, however, are really warm, and temperatures can easily increase to around 20-25°C, offering the visitors a real summer experience in the height of winter.

Actually, some of the coastal cities of Andalusia, such as Marbella and Malaga, are considered to be the warmest cities in Europe in winter.

An interesting fact is that Andalusia is the only place in Europe, where you can see people sunbathing in January, although the beach season in Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz is still a bit shorter than on the island of Cyprus.

In winter, the sea water temperature is, of course, too cold for swimming.

However, the weather could be really very nice.

The reason for the warm winters in Andalusia is first, because the Sierra Nevada stops the cool air masses coming from the north, and second, because the Mediterranean allows the warm air masses to invade from the south.

As a whole, the climate in Andalusia is very hot subtropical with a strong tropical influence.

However, don’t forget that there is a short winter too, so sometimes is even possible to form a thin snow cover.

If you are planning to travel to Andalusia in winter you should consider to get some warmer clothes with you.