Looking to escape the autumn/winter blues? But you don’t have enough vacation days left? Workations might be your answer.
What exactly is a workation?
It's the brilliant fusion of work and vacation, that enables you to work temporarily from sun-soaked destinations. It’s not a fully-fledged holiday where you can start on the cocktails at 11am, because you will still have emails to do and tasks to action, but it does offer a change of scenery with warmer temperatures and the chance to relax away from home outside working hours.
Why these destinations?
In a nutshell: Because of sunny weather, warm temperatures, affordability, beach, and a high quality of life—and on top a maximum of 1-hour time difference!
Now let's delve into our favorite winter escape options in Europe that are tailor-made for a workation:
With its amazing beaches, Spanish cuisine, laid-back lifestyle, picturesque cities, and fantastic opportunities for road trips and hikes, Andalucía is a great workation destination. From the vibrant shores of the Costa del Sol to the tranquil beaches of Costa de la Luz, the region invites visitors to indulge in the sun-kissed paradise and embrace the coastal charm.
Especially Sevilla and Malaga are recommended by us, but all cities offer several co-working spaces, laptop friendly cafés, as well as hotels prepared for remote working travellers.
Other great cities to visit in Andalucía are:
- Granada with the breathtaking Alhambra
- Córdoba with its mesmerizing Mezquita-Catedral
- Ronda & the Puente Nuevo
- Cadiz & the Pueblos Blancos
- Jerez de la Frontera: The Birthplace of Flamenco
Also, make sure to dive into the world of tapas, where each bite is a burst of Spanish goodness. Whether savoring paella by the beach or enjoying traditional Andalusian gazpacho, the region's cuisine is a delightful journey for the taste buds.
From siestas under the warm sun to leisurely strolls through charming streets, the region encourages a slower, more relaxed approach to daily living, which helps immensely to get rid of the winter blues.
The Greek capital is known for its abundant sunshine throughout the year. With approximately 2,500 to 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, it allows visitors to engage in various outdoor activities, such as exploring its vast historic sites, strolling along picturesque streets, and enjoying al fresco dining in the local Greek taverna, all without the discomfort of winter chill. Picture yourself taking a break to wander through the historic Plaka district or visiting the Acropolis and Parthenon after work.
Also consider extending your stay to uncover the allure of Greece's islands: Santorini, Kos, Paros, and Crete beckon with their distinct charms, offering a refreshing contrast to Athens' urban vibrancy.
Moreover, a noteworthy advantage of considering Greece for a workation during the winter months are the lowered costs. Islands like Santorini, Mykonos, and Crete, known for their peak-season popularity, become more accessible and affordable during the winter, allowing workationers to enjoy the charm and beauty of these destinations without the typical high-season costs.
Often referred to as the Hawaii of Europe, Madeira is a paradise for those seeking beautiful hikes in their free time, excellent internet connectivity, and, of course, local delights like "Bolo do Caco" and "Poncha".
"Bolo do Caco," a round-shaped bread traditionally cooked on a flat basalt stone, is often enjoyed with garlic butter or as a sandwich. "Poncha," a traditional Madeiran cocktail, is a delightful mix of local sugarcane rum, honey, and citrus flavors.
While Madeira might not boast pristine sandy beaches, its allure lies in the rugged coastline, towering cliffs, and volcanic landscapes. Madeira is a haven for hiking enthusiasts, boasting an extensive network of scenic trails that traverse lush forests, dramatic cliffs, and picturesque landscapes. From the challenging trek to Pico Ruivo, the island's highest peak, to the serene Levada walks, every hike unfolds a tapestry of natural splendor.
Madeira is committed to sustainable tourism and ecotourism initiatives, emphasizing responsible travel practices. This ensures the upkeep of the island's natural beauty, including the Laurissilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the enchanting Laurissilva-topped mountains.
The island also comes alive with vibrant celebrations, including the famous Funchal Carnival, where colorful parades and lively performances showcase Madeira's rich cultural heritage.
In conclusion, Madeira beckons as a European gem, where nature, culture, and remote work seamlessly intertwine.
Canary Islands 🇮🇨
In general, the canary islands are a dream for digital nomads: Beach, surf, fast internet connection (35Mbps) and a great international community. Especially the Islands Tenerife and Fuerteventura are great to leave the winter blues behind? Why?
In Tenerife, you'll need to choose between the North and the South. Both areas have distinct communities. The North is greener, more rugged, slightly colder, and less touristy, with beautiful coastlines and impressive hikes in Anaga National Park. The South is sunnier but also more touristy, with many large hotels. We'd always opt for the North, with our favorite place being Puerto de la Cruz!
Picture yourself start your day with a refreshing dip in the 𝐁𝐚𝐣𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐫'𝐬 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐰𝐢𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬. Explore the hidden gem of Masca, resembling Vietnam's Ha Giang Loop. Enjoy the "Golden Hour" at Costa El Sauzal. Arrive early, pack a picnic, and stay late for a mesmerizing sunset experience.
For authentic cuisine, visit "Restaurante Playa Casa Africa." For something unique, try "Restaurante La Ola." Looking for local, budget-friendly fare? Head to "Guachinche Bibi y Mana."
While Fuerteventura may not have the most stunning landscapes among the Canary Islands, it is an absolute haven for digital nomads! Corralejo, in particular, hosts numerous events like meet-ups, breath work sessions, yoga classes, hikes, and parties. Great conditions for (kite-) surfing 🏄
Our Growth Marketing Manager Anna Dung spent 5 weeks there and met many incredible people.
And last but not least: The 𝗔𝗹𝗴𝗮𝗿𝘃𝗲 🇵🇹
The Algarve region is a workationers or digital nomad‘s dream. Here, you'll find stunning beaches, robust internet connectivity wherever you go, a thriving digital nomad community in Lagos, and breathtaking sunsets. It's an ideal spot for surfing and hiking, making it the perfect place to balance work and leisure.
Yes, these places are all not really well kept secrets but winter season means its not their high, which, in turn, means less tourists and lower prices!
Now that we've explored some enticing workation destinations, each boasting warm weather and a maximum one-hour time difference, the possibilities are at your fingertips. You don't need to jet off to far-flung corners of the world; even Southern Europe can provide the warmth and change of scenery you crave. Whether it's the stunning beaches of the Algarve, the laid-back charm of Andalucia, the sunshine-soaked streets of Athens, the natural beauty of Madeira, or the vibrant communities of the Canary Islands—these destinations beckon to remote workers seeking a reprieve from the winter blues.
So, if the monotony of your daily routine has you yearning for a change, why not consider a workation? Pack your laptop, embark on a journey to warmer horizons, and let the blend of work and leisure rejuvenate your spirit.
And don't forget to check with your employer beforehand to make sure to have an A1 certificate and valid travel health insurance when going on workation. Safe travels!
Now you know where to go? Check out our workation tips to make the most of your workation!
· How to organize a workation - Insights from a serial workationer
· 7 Mistakes to avoid on your Workation!
With the right balance, you can turn your workation into a memorable experience, leaving the winter chill far behind. Cheers to new adventures and the freedom to work from wherever the sun shines brightest! 🌞✈️