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.
With average daily temperatures of over 19 degrees year-round, this Mediterranean island is scorching in the summer, with highs in the low thirties, and mild (if sometimes rainy) in the winter and early spring. Winter temperatures are warmest in the capital city, Valletta. Average sea temperatures are also high year-round.
In addition to its natural beauty, Malta is a feast for the history lover. The island’s megalithic temples are some of the oldest buildings in the world, built during the Neolithic period for ritual purposes.
Malta’s history also includes periods of occupation by the Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, French and British, making it an architectural and archaeological patchwork comprised of many different cultures and traditions.