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.
The Canary Islands have one of the hottest climates in Europe, a distinction they achieve by not really being in Europe at all. Still, how can you argue with a yearly average temperature of over 21 degrees?
In the summer, daily highs climb into the mid-20s, and even the winters are pleasantly warm, with temperatures seldom falling below the mid-teens.
The Canary Islands are also one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. Things to do range from enjoying the vibrant nightlife in the main resort towns to taking whalewatching tours around the islands. The island of Fuerteventura is a popular destination for windsurfers, while walkers enjoy the rugged terrain of La Gomera, cut by densely forested barrancos or ravines.