Autumn and winter in the British Isles can be depressing times of grey days, long nights and heavy rain. Rainy springs are common as well, and summer can be a little unpredictable.

With all of this cold and rain, it’s good to know that you don’t have to go all the way across the world to find some sunshine. This list of some of the warmest places in Europe should help you find a sunny spot, no matter what time of year you want to travel.

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Cyprus, Greece

Cyprus, Greece

The island of Cyprus has one of Europe’s warmest climates; daily temperatures during the warmest part of the year run into the high 20s, while even during the cooler period from December to March they seldom drop below the high teens. Sea temperatures also average in the 20s, and are still comfortably warm in the winter.

Cyprus isn’t just sunny beaches, though — the island also boasts thousands of years of history, hundreds of kilometres of nature paths and magnificent snorkelling around the Cape Greco nature reserve.

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Cyprus, Greece