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10 Best Holiday Destinations in December


With December temperatures hovering around 6°C here in the UK, and plenty of wet and windy weather too, isn’t it about time you took a trip away?

People are getting into the Christmas spirit in countries right across the globe, and New Year celebrations are on the horizon too. Whether you’re a culture vulture, a sun worshipper or simply in search of some Christmas spirit, here are 10 of the best holiday destinations in December.

For Sun Worshippers


Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

As one of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is somewhere you should consider if you want sunshine without a long-haul flight. With average highs of 21°C in December, it’s certainly shorts and t-shirt weather. A four hour flight will see you sunbathing on the beach, exploring volcanoes and sipping cocktails in one of the island’s vibrant bars – so don’t be surprised if your friends and family back home are more than a little jealous! Papagayo is well worth a visit while you’re in Lanzarote – its soft white sand and towering cliffs warrant the extra effort of hiring a car to get there.

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Another of the Canary Islands, Tenerife should also be up there on your bucket list of destinations for winter sun in December. While it’s the coolest month of the year for this beautiful island, temperatures still hover around 20°C. Throw down your towel on the golden sands of Playa de las Teresitas, and be sure to try the black sand beach at Playa Jardín with Mount Teide towering in the background. And, La Laguna had its first Christmas market in 2016 – so don’t be surprised if you see market stalls selling festive fare against the backdrop of blue skies and flip flops.

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Want some serious winter sun? The average temperature in Cancun is 28°C, meaning you’ll still be pretty comfortable but guaranteed to need some sun cream. Sea temperatures tend to average around 27°C which is perfect if you fancy dipping in and out of the waves while you’re relaxing on the beach. Take a trip to Coba to see the Mayan ruins and make memories you’ll never forget diving beneath into the ocean to explore the Underwater Museum.

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For Christmas Cheer


Mount Teide

New Year

There’s no better time to visit Hungary than December. Wrap up warm and head straight to Vörösmarty Square to explore the city’s oldest Christmas market; you’ll have a maze of stalls to explore, perusing everything from Christmas tree decorations to steaming mountains of mouth watering goulash and sauerkraut. The nearby Opera House is the perfect place to see a performance (ballets including the Nutcracker are performed over Christmas), and don’t overlook the magic of simply strolling the streets with a mugful of mulled wine to keep you in high spirits.

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New York

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Notre Dame Cathedral

For a very Merry Christmas, you couldn’t do better than heading to the Big Apple. New York is extra exciting at this time of year, with gigantic Christmas trees illuminating the city’s streets and decorations making the department stores of 5th Avenue look even more enticing. Press your nose against the glass of Barneys, Saks and Macy’s before going ice skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park, and do a spot of Christmas shopping at Union Square Holiday Market.

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For City Slickers


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If it’s a romantic getaway to an iconic location you fancy, Paris is well and truly the best holiday destination in December. The city sparkles with thousands of fairy lights, with artfully decorated trees lining the boulevards, and the scent of cinnamon and other Christmas spices scent the air around Paris’ boulangeries. Book tickets to the Notre Dame Cathedral to listen to the most goosebump-inducing performances from world-class choirs, and twirl your way around the ice rink at the Champs-Elysées.

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Vrsmarty Square

As one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan is a sophisticated city to visit at any time of year. Bring a sizeable amount of spending money with you if you fancy dressing yourself from head to toe in the stylish threads this Italian city is famous for, or simply wander the streets and treat yourself to various trinkets on offer at the O Bej! O Bej! festive market. You won’t want to miss a visit to Duomo Cathedral on the run up to Christmas (the Italian Gothic building is breathtakingly beautiful), and you’ll certainly enjoy eating your way around this magnificent city too, filling up on cheesy panzerotti and melt-in-the-mouth pizza.

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Canary Islands

While Dubai is an excellent location for year-round sun, it’s actually its credentials as a glistening city that make it such a good idea for a December getaway. It’s a shopping mecca for those who are serious about snapping up some of the best quality products in the world, making it the ideal place to get a jump-start on your Christmas shopping for friends and family. December also sees the stars arrive for Dubai’s International Film Festival, and of course, Dubai’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are truly spectacular – so time your holiday here to take part in arguably the best fireworks display on the planet… a grand way to welcome in the new year indeed.

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For Culture Vultures


Duomo Cathedral

Duomo Cathedral

Despite what you might imagine about walking around Rome in the sunshine, December is actually the best time to see Rome. That’s because the low-slung sun softly illuminates the Colosseum and other breath-taking pieces of architecture, and the restaurants are filled with locals tucking into hearty pasta dishes and Italian soups. Walk through spacious museums such as the Musei Capitolini, boldly explore the Catacombs beneath the ground, marvel at the Sistine Chapel and sit quietly in the Church of St Louis of the French. 

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Italian Gothic building

This city is somehow both cosmopolitan and quaint, with cobblestone streets and ancient castles and palaces partnering with art galleries, museums and shopping boutiques. Pay a visit to Christiansborg Palace, stroll through the Open Air Museum (one of the oldest open air museums in the world) and check out the Copenhagen Contemporary – an international art centre displaying works on the harbour front. You’ll feel a million miles from home and want to come back for more, that’s for sure.

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The Best Places In Europe For Travel Photography And Instagram (14 Top Locations)


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The Best Places In Europe For Travel Photography And InstagramThe Best Places In Europe For Travel Photography And Instagram

Throughout Europe are some of the most beautiful places in the world. Many of them are perfect to visit for travel photography and getting those Instagram shots. In this post you’ll find top suggestions of places that have an abundance of good spots to take photographs.

You may also like our page Instagram and Photography Guides, where you’ll find some of the best locations for taking pictures of lots of destinations across Europe and beyond.

Here are the best places in Europe for travel photography and Instagram.

Colmar, France

One of the prettiest places in France, Colmar is in the Alsace region in the east of the country. The most famous area is near the river and is full of wonderful timber-framed buildings and colourful facades. It also has a special area called La Petite Venise which is particularly nice to see and photograph.

Colmar and Canals at nightColmar and Canals at nightImage by @mikecleggphoto

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is one of those destinations that is great to visit and photograph at any time of year. A city that has beautiful snow-covered rooftops in the winter, and colourful vibrant colours in the autumn. In Tallinn are lots of viewpoints around the city which give you those perfect angles, as well as landmarks, cobbled streets and cute architecture.

Tallinn at nightTallinn at nightImage by @mikecleggphoto



Copenhagen, Denmark

The most beautiful area in Copenhagen is the Nyhavn, which is a wonderful harbour area with picturesque buildings and boats on the banks. The city also has lots of other fantastic Instagrammable spots throughout the city worth visiting. From the State Rooms in the Christiansborg Palace to gazing out at the city from the Church of our Saviour, as well as parks, beautiful streets and architecture.

Colourful buildings along Nyhavn in CopenhagenColourful buildings along Nyhavn in CopenhagenImage by @mikecleggphoto

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is a destination which makes it very difficult to put your camera away. Throughout the Centrum area are tons of interlocking canals weaving throughout the city, and lining all the banks are beautiful and quirky architecture. If you are visiting for photography we recommend heading out early morning for potential colours and perfect reflections, as well as at night around the blue hour.

Amsterdam Damrak at nightAmsterdam Damrak at nightImage by @mikecleggphoto

Prague, Czech Republic

One of our favourite cities in Europe, Prague is a joy to visit and photograph. Throughout the city are amazing opportunities to get your snaps. Such as the fantastic medieval Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. Within the centre is a beautiful cobbled Old Town as well as various viewpoints. Prague is one of those destinations you’ll find yourself filling up all your memory cards, and we recommend putting this city towards the top of your list.

Prague skyline from Letna HillPrague skyline from Letna HillImage by @mikecleggphoto

London, UK

From classic double-decker buses, red telephone booths, impressive landmarks, awesome viewpoints and endless photo opportunities, London is a top location for travel photographers. The city is great to explore at any time of day, although at sunset it’s even more fantastic when many of the city’s landmarks get lit up. A few highlights in the city for Instagrammable shots include Tower Bridge, The Shard and Westminster.

London at sunriseLondon at sunriseImage by @mikecleggphoto



Vienna, Austria

Vienna is a charming city, with rich and perfect architecture providing great subjects for taking pictures. The city has grand palaces such as the Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace, the very impressive Rathaus, elegant interiors in cafes and hotels (such as the Hotel Imperial Vienna) and other cute elements such as trams and Fiakers around the city.

Vienna in the summerVienna in the summerImage by @mikecleggphoto

Ghent, Belgium

Ghent is a very popular destination to post on Instagram. It is a smallish city with a medieval centre, wonderful churches, ancient architecture and a beautiful river running through it. For viewpoints, you can head up the Het Belfort van Gent, and for pretty shots go along the Korenlei and Graslei at night.

Ghent Old Town at nightGhent Old Town at nightImage by @mikecleggphoto

Venice, Italy

Incredibly romantic and unique, Venice is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world! With no cars, just canals, gondolas, old architecture and narrow streets. Also nearby is the Island of Burano which is almost like a place from a cartoon, and one of the most colourful places in the world.

Canals and architecture in VeniceCanals and architecture in VeniceImage by @mikecleggphoto

Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled is a beautiful destination to visit in Slovenia. The most famous element is the church on an island in the middle of the lake. Around the outskirts, as well as from some high perspectives, you get picturesque views over the lake. This destination is wonderful to visit all year round. Often with snow in the winter, colours in the autumn, and wonderful greens in the summer and spring.

A spot highly recommended is Vintgar Gorge which is around 4km from Lake Bled.

Lake Bled at SunriseLake Bled at SunriseImage by @mikecleggphoto

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest has one of the most beautiful parliament buildings in the world. It’s incredibly striking and makes for one of the top photo spots in Europe. One of the best places to take Instagram photographs of the parliament is from the opposite side of the River Danube. Also in Budapest, you’ll find the magnificent Chain Bridge, Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion. After visiting this city you will for sure leave with lots of awesome pictures to share with your followers on Instagram.

Hungarian Parliament at night, BudapestHungarian Parliament at night, BudapestImage by @mikecleggphoto



Paris, France

Paris is a dream for photographers and has an abundance of good spots around the city. You’ll get to enjoy fantastic landmarks, beautiful streets and passageways. With such a diverse range of photo spots, the city is great to take pictures at any time of day, and during any season. Visit in the spring for wonderful flowers that you could use to frame pictures of the Eiffel Tower or the winter for more gloomy pictures, earlier sunsets and if you’re lucky, snow.

Sinking House at MontmartreSinking House at MontmartreImage by @mikecleggphoto

Lisbon, Portugal

A delight for Instagrammers and photographers, Lisbon has a whole host of photography opportunities. Throughout the city you’ll find stunning tiled facades, wonderful (and free) viewpoints, as well as impressive landmarks. As well as this not far from Lisbon is Sintra, which has its own share of beautiful places for pictures including Pena Palace.

Lisbon Skyline and SunsetLisbon Skyline and SunsetImage by @mikecleggphoto

Barcelona, Spain

For some of the most fantastic and picturesque architecture in Europe then head to Barcelona. Throughout the city you’ll find architecture designed by Gaudí which has highly creative designs. A few highlights of the city include the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Park Güell.

Barcelona - Sagrada FamiliaBarcelona - Sagrada FamiliaImage by @mikecleggphoto



Other Suggestions

Below are some other beautiful destinations that make for great travel photography. Click on the links below to see a picture of the destination on Instagram.

Photography Tips for Beautiful Destinations

Here are some general photography tips for taking travel pictures at these destinations.

  • Head out early to capture streets and landmarks when no one is around.
  • Try and get reflections water when possible. This is also easiest in the morning before boats haven’t disturbed the water.
  • Use a tripod and take photographs at night for a different perspective.
  • When taking pictures of colourful destinations, consider adding a bit of extra saturation to really bring out the colours.
  • For key photo spots consider looking at local photographers on Instagram.

For more photography tips head to:
Ultimate photography tips
How to Quickly Enhance your Travel Photos in Lightroom
How to Take Great Instagram Pictures

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Mike is a traveller, photographer, WordPress developer and the creator of TravelAndDestinations.com. He started this website so as to share his experiences and tips with travellers. He is from the UK and has travelled to many places around the world. He loves to shares his pictures and stories through Instagram and this website… [Read full bio]   

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