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Which European cities are the best in December?

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Dear all,

In December, Europe is normally very cold and . So could you please recommend which city is the most pleasant to visit in December?

My sincere thanks,

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In Europe? That may be difficult.

Can you travel to the southern hemisphere?

Try Buenos Aires.

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Sicily stays around 10 degrees

Crete

Maybe Cyprus

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My cousin wants to go to Europe, so I have to obey him. Smile

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Italy and Spain are ok in December (not swimming weather) but it's comfortable enough to walk around cities. the only problem with Europe in December is the ridiculously small amount of daylight you get. I was in Rome in January 2005 and the sun was going down at 4:30PM...great if you love the nightlife I guess.

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Depends what you want to do here. December is not a great season for outdoor activities, except skiing in the mountains (if there is snow). But it is all right for city trips, cultural activities like museums, concerts, theatre, exhibitions, etc., and for enjoying the cities in their Christmas decorations. Especially in the German-speaking countries you'll find those splendid Christmas markets in all cities and towns (keep in mind that they all close on Dec 23 or maybe 24, so come before Christmas).

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Thank you. Your suggestion of coming for seeing Xmas preparation is very interesting. To see all this, do you think 10 - 15 Dec is a good time?

To everyone: I've found two (separate) good offers for Rome and Barcelona during this period. Which city would you prefer?

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I'd say Barcelona over Rome...only because I lived there for the last year and loved it.


But with the ease and affordability of budget airlines, cant you do both rome and barcelona?

Check out: http://www.vueling.com

By the way...what airlines did you find your flight for Barcelona on? I'm planning on going back sometime in the next few months and am scouting out tickets now.

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I would say Crete. Don't know if the sea would be warm enough to swim in, but I doubt it.
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Dec 10-15 is just perfect for German Christmas markets.

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Originally posted by Publius_X:
I would say Crete. Don't know if the sea would be warm enough to swim in, but I doubt it.


Be aware that right about the end of September, the ferry service to Crete becomes relatively infrequent and timing is crucial. I got screwed out of visiting Crete last year (starting on Santorini) as the daily ferry service dropped to twice a week while I was there. Don't know about the schedule from the mainland, though it's sure to be a bit better.

Otherwise, Barcelona kicks ass in winter. Still crowded, but not teeming and not butt-crack hot. Anywhere in Andalusia would be a good bet too, Seville in particular as no sane person should be there in the summer anyway. I was in Rome in December. It rained all but one day, but the trade off in the smaller crowds was well worth the hassle.

Don't rule out Portugal. I'm told Lagos gets about the best winter weather on continental Europe.
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Italy, Spain, Portugal would be the warmest that I have been to.

I did eastern Europe in December, but my desire to see the cities beat out the cold, and it was cold.

I did spend a Christmas in London, it never really go unbearable there, just dreary.

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Someone said in December, the days are very short in Italy. After 4, 5p.m, it gets dark. Is it true? So what do people do then?

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In Rome people crowded the streets around Piazza Venecia and Piazza di Spagna. It was pretty surreal seeing tons of romans just wandering about in the 5 PM dusk... On the other hand if you stay there long enough it really starts to affect you (me in any case), sightseeing at night.

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Barcelona is a wicked city, having spent a few weeks there in April I´d love to go back and can imagine that it is still nice and warm, then again most places are compared to sunny ol´ England.

One caveat - a couple of years ago we went to Malaga in southern Spain in December and it rained non-stop for the ten days we were there. Unfortunately we hadn´t packed for rain and donned modified trash bags whenever heading out to the (mercifully close) pub Smile


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