Dreaming of unspoilt beaches, warm terraces, and poolside sunbathing? It may nearly be winter, but the sun’s still shining in some parts of the continent. So make your holiday dreams and plan an out-of-season quest for some Vitamin D.
The one for nostalgics
WHAT A British Overseas Territory in southern Spain.
WHY Faded fish and chip shops, red pillar boxes and cosy pubs… no, this isn’t old Blighty (at least, not the mainland). Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory on the tip of the Iberian Peninsula, so you can expect stuck-in-time Britannia with a balmy climate to match Marbella. Take a stroll around the higgledy-piggledy Old Town, where traditional Spanish facades mix with familiar British high-street shops.
DON'T MISS The mighty Rock of Gibraltar is the territory’s crowning natural sight. The limestone promontory is also home to Gibraltar’s most famous residents – the mischievous Barbary macaques, who you can spot monkeying around the Apes’ Den near the Rock’s middle cable-car station.