I researched major European countries to find the warmest cities in each of the countries.
I wrote an individual article for each of the countries, listing top 10 cities and ranking all the major cities. For easier navigation, in this article I combine all my research along with a link to each article.
The countries are listed alphabetically. You can use the table of contents to skip to the country that interests you. Each country comes with:
- A quick description of the country.
- Top three warmest places with their annual average temperature and average temperature ranges in the winter and summer (the average high temperature between December and February and June and August). The cities are ranked by their average temperature.
- A link to an in-depth article featuring a given country’s warmest cities as well as other related articles you may find interesting.
Albania isn’t a particularly known warm weather destination compared to the most famous European hot spots like Spain, Italy, or Greece. Still, it’s home to some of the warmest places in Europe.
While the country’s interior may be chilly in the winter, the Albanian Riviera enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters months. Given the country’s relative obscurity, it’s an excellent option for budget-friendly beach vacation and/or exploring the country’s wild, remote mountains.
The three warmest places in Albania are:
- Sarandë – average temperature of 17.6 °C, winters between 13-15 °C and summers between 30-34 °C.
- Berat – average temperature of 17.2 °C, winters between 14-16 °C and summers between 30-34 °C.
- Vlorë – average temperature of 16.5 °C, winters between 13-15 °C and summers between 27-30 °C.
Click the link for a more detailed article on the warmest cities in Albania.
Although Croatia isn’t known for long sandy beaches, it still has some of the most spectacular coastal landscapes in Europe. The turquoise Adriatic Sea and charming towns and cities located alongside it (including the extremely popular historic city of Dubrovnik) make Croatia one of the most popular warmest places in Europe.
Add to that a UNESCO World Heritage Site for every type of a tourist (from towns to natural wonders), hiking trails, and mild winter weather and Croatia is a solid alternative for more popular destinations on the Mediterranean Sea.
The three warmest places in Croatia are:
- Dubrovnik – average temperature of 16.6 °C, winters between 12-13 °C and summers between 25-29 °C.
- Hvar – average temperature of 16.55 °C, winters between 12-14 °C and summers between 26-30 °C.
- Split – average temperature of 16.2 °C, winters between 10-11 °C and summers between 27-30 °C.
Click the link for a more detailed article on the warmest cities in Croatia.
Due to its size, France spans several different climate types, from some of the coldest in Europe in the Alps to some of the warmest in southern France and on the French islands in the Mediterranean Sea. If we also include the country’s overseas departments in the tropics, France would be by far the hottest country in Europe.
Home to some of the most well-known European cities (including the capital city of Paris, each year ranking as one of the most frequently visited cities in the world), France has something for everyone, whether you’re into beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, old architecture, fresh seafood, or outdoor activities.
The three warmest places in metropolitan France are:
- Toulon – average temperature of 16.7 °C, winters between 13-14 °C and summers between 27-30 °C.
- Nice – average temperature of 16.3 °C, winters between 13-14 °C and summers between 25-28 °C.
- Antibes – average temperature of 16 °C, winters between 13-14 °C and summers between 26-30 °C.
Click the link for a more detailed article on the warmest cities in France.
Germany is the industrial powerhouse of Europe, offering a strong economy and excellent life quality. The country also has varied geography, from islands in the Baltic Sea to some spectacular mountainous landscapes in the south. What it lacks, though, is warm weather. But there are some exceptions: a few areas of the country have a surprisingly mild subtropical climate which is very rare considering the country’s latitude.
In the winter season, many German tourists head to destinations like southern Portugal, southern Spain, or the Canary Islands to look for winter sun.
The three warmest places in Germany are:
- Heidelberg – average temperature of 13.95 °C, winters between 7-11 °C and summers between 26-30 °C.
- Offenbach am Main – average temperature of 13.15 °C, winters between 8-11 °C and summers between 28-30 °C.
- Freiburg im Breisgau – average temperature of 12.45 °C, winters between 6-7 °C and summers between 24-26 °C.
Click the link for a more detailed article on the warmest cities in Germany.
Home to some of the world’s most spectacular ancient ruins, Greece is more than just the ancient city of Athens or Corinth. Due to its consistent warm weather, the country is a common destination for tourists seeking guaranteed sunshine in the summer or mild weather in the winter months.
Greek islands in the Aegean Sea in particular are known for dependable beach weather, abundant sunny days, turquoise waters, and natural beauty often shared in stunning photos on social media (thankfully, for those who don’t want the crowds there’s always a sleepy island available if you want to go off the beaten path).
The three warmest places in Greece are:
- Rhodes – average temperature of 20.6 °C, winters between 15-17 °C and summers between 28-31 °C.
- Ierapetra – average temperature of 19.45 °C, winters between 16-18 °C and summers between 29-32 °C.
- Piraeus – average temperature of 19.35 °C, winters between 14-15 °C and summers between 30-33 °C.
Click the link for a more detailed article on the warmest cities in Greece.
Due to the country’s rich culture, it’s hard to say what’s the first thing that comes to mind when people think about Italy. For some, it may be pizza. For others, gelato. For yet others, it may be the country’s rich history, the capital city of Rome, delicious food in all shapes of forms, historical sights, beautiful beaches or incredible hiking trails in the mountains.
Italy is also blessed with a variety of climate zones, from subarctic ones in the mountains to a mild Mediterranean climate. Particularly the island of Sicily is one of the warmest places in Europe.
The three warmest places in Italy are:
- Messina – average temperature of 18.85 °C, winters between 14-16 °C and summers between 27-31 °C.
- Agrigento – average temperature of 18.4 °C, winters between 14-16 °C and summers between 28-34 °C.
- Reggio Calabria – average temperature of 18.3 °C, winters between 15-17 °C and summers between 28-31 °C.
Click the link for a more detailed article on the warmest cities in Italy.
Norway is a rather cloudy and wet country. But what may surprise you is that due to the influence of the warm Gulf Stream, Norway has a mild climate for its latitude. Some cities in Norway are at a higher latitude than cities in Alaska, yet have much higher temperatures in the winter.
While temperatures in Norway combined with extremely short days in the winter don’t seem to be particularly conducive to outdoor activities, Norway is often portrayed as a paradise for nature lovers. Unless you’re comfortable with darkness, it’s better to visit the country during its mild summers, though.
The three warmest places in Norway are:
- Haugesund – average temperature of 8.5 °C, winters between 4-6 °C and summers between 15-18 °C.
- Stavanger – average temperature of 8.4 °C, winters between 5-6 °C and summers between 16-19 °C.
- Bergen – average temperature of 8.3 °C, winters between 4-5 °C and summers between 17-19 °C.
Click the link for a more detailed article on the warmest cities in Norway.
My home country of Poland is one of the coldest places in Europe I cover in this article. While there are some differences between various regions of the country, don’t count on pleasant temperatures outside of the spring and summer. To make matters worse, sunny days can be very infrequent in the winter months.
Take this piece of advice from me: visit only between May and September. This is not a good winter getaway destination. Poland is an excellent summer destination, though. Go on a walk around the old town, enjoy local food, visit castles from the Middle Ages, or explore the country’s peaceful countryside.
The three warmest places in Poland are:
- Opole – average temperature of 9.8 °C, winters between 2-4 °C and summers between 24-26 °C.
- Legnica – average temperature of 9.7 °C, winters between 3-5 °C and summers between 23-26 °C.
- Wrocław – average temperature of 9.7 °C, winters between 3-5 °C and summers between 23-26 °C.
Click the link for a more detailed article on the warmest cities in Poland.
Along with Spain, Portugal is one of the most popular warm weather destinations in Europe. Whether it’s the Algarve region, the capital city of Lisbon, the volcanic island of Madeira, or the Azores, tourists (and expats) flock to the country in droves.
Portugal is a top winter sun destination due to its mild winter temperatures. And because of its hot and dry summers, combined with the country’s long sandy beaches, it’s also a top summer destination. The Atlantic Ocean is also a year round playground for surfers coming from all over the world.
The three warmest places in Portugal are:
- Funchal – average temperature of 19.55 °C, winters between 20-21 °C and summers between 23-26 °C.
- Faro – average temperature of 17.9 °C, winters between 16-17 °C and summers between 26-29 °C.
- Ponta Delgada – average temperature of 17.85 °C, winters between 17-18 °C and summers between 22-26 °C.
Click the link for a more detailed article on the warmest cities in Portugal.
Other articles related to Portugal that may interest you:
Spain is the uncontested top warm weather destination in Europe. While countries like Italy or Portugal have similar characteristics, Spain is by far the most popular destination for those who want reliable sunshine. Many Spanish cities, because of their semi-arid climates, enjoy sunny days every month of the year.
Whether these are coastal cities on the Mediterranean Sea or the Canary Islands (by far the warmest places in Europe), winter sun is always available in abundance. This makes Spain a popular destination for expats, digital nomads, and retirees from colder European countries like the UK, Germany, and Scandinavia.
The three warmest places in Spain are:
- Santa Cruz de Tenerife – average temperature of 21.5 °C, winters between 21-22 °C and summers between 26-29 °C.
- Granadilla de Abona – average temperature of 21.3 °C, winters between 22-23 °C and summers between 25-28 °C.
- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – average temperature of 21.2 °C, winters between 21-22 °C and summers between 25-28 °C.
Click the link for a more detailed article on the warmest cities in Spain.
Other articles related to Spain that may interest you:
- What’s the Hottest Place in Spain?
- Tenerife vs Gran Canaria
- What’s the Best Warm Country in Europe?
- Madeira vs Canary Islands
Similar to Norway, while you may equate Sweden with freezing cold temperatures, there are some areas of the country that have a surprisingly mild climate. Winter months in Sweden are still cold but they aren’t as cold as you’d expect.
If you’re into snow and Scandinavian coziness (in Sweden, it’s called “mys” instead of the Danish and Norwegian word “hygge”) Sweden’s long winters may be pleasant. Otherwise, better skip the cold season and visit in the summer (which is warmer than in Norway).
The three warmest places in Sweden are:
- Karlskrona – average temperature of 9.7 °C, winters between 4-6 °C and summers between 21-23 °C.
- Helsingborg – average temperature of 9.35 °C, winters between 3-4 °C and summers between 21-23 °C.
- Lund – average temperature of 9.25 °C, winters between 3-4 °C and summers between 21-23 °C.
Click the link for a more detailed article on the warmest cities in Sweden.
As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, Switzerland often tops the rankings of the best countries to live in. And there’s a good reason for that. Home to some of the most spectacular mountainous landscapes in the world, Switzerland is a paradise for nature lovers.
Due to the country’s varied geography, Swiss climate can’t be easily defined. While Switzerland is overall chilly in the winter months, it also has areas that have a rare temperate version of a humid subtropical climate. But as is the case with many places in Switzerland, they come with a high price tag.
The three warmest places in Switzerland are:
- Locarno – average temperature of 13.25 °C, winters between 7-9 °C and summers between 25-28 °C.
- Lugano – average temperature of 13.2 °C, winters between 7-9 °C and summers between 25-27 °C.
- Bellinzona – average temperature of 11.95 °C, winters between 7-9 °C and summers between 26-28 °C.
Click the link for a more detailed article on the warmest cities in Switzerland.
The United Kingdom
One of the top associations people have with the United Kingdom is cloudy and rainy weather. While it doesn’t always rain in the UK, the country is indeed one of the least sunny in Europe. It also has rather mild summers, often with maximum temperatures similar to winters in the Canary Islands or southern Spain.
While the United Kingdom doesn’t have any regions that are very warm, it does have areas that have surprisingly mild winters. It also has some sunnier cities where gray skies are less prevalent.
The three warmest places in the United Kingdom are:
- Portsmouth – average temperature of 11.74 °C, winters 9 °C and summers between 20-22 °C.
- Southampton – average temperature of 11.73 °C, winters 9 °C and summers between 21-23 °C.
- Chichester – average temperature of 11.43 °C, winters between 8-9 °C and summers between 19-21 °C.
Click the link for a more detailed article on the warmest cities in the United Kingdom.
Other articles related to the United Kingdom that may interest you:
- What Are the Sunniest Cities in the UK?
- London vs New York Weather
- What’s the Sunniest Part of England?
- What’s the Number of Sunny Days in London?
- Is Scotland Colder Than Canada?
I wrote various articles related to the climate of Europe.
For starters, you may want to read my article Where Is It Warm All Year Round in Europe? In this article, I talk about warm year round weather destinations on the Old Continent.
I also wrote an article ranking the hottest countries in Europe.
As a fun article, I also published my thoughts on places like Hawaii in Europe.
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