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Where’s Hot in December? | The AA

Published 16th October 2023Read Time 4 min

With lots of options for travelling in the winter months, this blog should help you to decide where suits you best. Whether you want to go on a family holiday or a girl’s trip, there is something for everyone here

Gran Canaria

Flying from Ireland: Approximately 4h 30m.

Average high temperature in December: 21-22°C

With Gran Canaria being so close to the Sahara Desert, you can be sure to enjoy some winter sun! The south of Gran Canaria is the best if you are planning to travel with children; it’s full of beaches, parks, and family-friendly hotels. In addition to the winter sun you’ll enjoy in Gran Canaria, the centre of Las Palmas welcomes Christmas festivals and markets at this time of year, so you can get into the festive spirit while still enjoying the warm weather!


Flying from Ireland: Approximately 4 hours.

Average high temperature in December: 21-22 °C

Tenerife has a mild climate at this time of year, but you can still expect warm daytime temperatures, perfect for a trip around the Atlantic Ocean on a Catamaran, or why not take a trip to Siam Park? Unlike most water parks, Siam Park is open 365 days a year.

The Ritz-Carlton Abama is the hotel to be if you are travelling to Tenerife. With a Michelin-star restaurant and a fun, entertaining Kids’ zone, there is something for everyone!

Playa de las Americas is known for its nightlife with a strip including tons of Irish bars, such as The Dubliner, Temple Bar, and The Hole in The Wall Irish Pub. With bars and nightclubs open until 6 a.m., this is definitely the place to be with a group of friends.


Flying from Ireland: Approximately 5 hours.

Average high temperature in December: 16-18 °C

Cyprus is a very popular choice for holidaymakers in the winter months. It can get very crowded during the summer season, so heading to Cyprus in December is perfect! Paphos is a popular spot with a rich history and natural beauty. It is perfect for a family holiday!

Paphos Zoo would be a great family activity, as well as the Blue Lagoon boat trips. There are package deals for both of these activities here.


Flying from Ireland: Approximately 4 hours.

Average high temperature in December: 19-20 °C

Visiting Madeira in December is a great choice; there are lots of festive activities you can take part in while enjoying the warm temperatures. While much of Europe experiences cold temperatures during this time, Madeira remains comfortably warm. The famous “Funchal Fireworks” are a great attraction if you are visiting on New Year’s Eve.

To enjoy Dolphin Watching, Whale Watching, Catamaran Cruises and Sunset sailing tours, click here and explore the options.

Crete, Greece

Flying from Ireland: Approximately 4 hours.

Average high temperature in December: 16-17°C

Crete is a lovely location to visit all year round, thanks to its warm Mediterranean climate! Whether you want to explore Crete’s ancient ruins or walk along the beautiful beaches, Crete has it all; the slightly milder temperatures are ideal for exploring the landscapes and mountains.

Peace of mind when travelling

Are you considering a winter escape? Ensure your travel plans and personal protection are in place by acquiring the right insurance coverage this December through AA travel insurance. Get your online quote now!