Author Archives: Claire Martin

Skiing in Mestia, Georgia: everything you need to know

Two skiers making their way down a snowy slope surrounded by dense pine forests on a cloudy day in Mestia, Georgia.

Fancy going skiing in Mestia in Georgia’s Svaneti region?  One of the most isolated regions of Georgia (and all of Europe), Svaneti is a truly unique place to ski.  Fir trees line the brilliant white slopes, and guaranteed snow means that conditions are ripe from around mid-December to late March.  I recently visited Mestia as […]

Visiting Georgia’s Mestia in winter: things to do & tips

A snow-covered landscape at sunset with a traditional Svan tower and the sun peeking out from behind, casting a warm glow over Mestia, Georgia.

Interested in visiting Mestia in winter? Here’s everything you need to know about the largest town in Georgia’s Svaneti region! The Svan towers, constructed due to village feuds back in the medieval era, stand tall against the milky-coloured mountainous backdrop.  On the streets, a distinct tongue is spoken. It’s not Georgian and certainly not Russian, […]

15 top things to do in the UK in February (2024 guide)

Are you off to the UK in February?  While this winter month is far out of the peak season to explore the UK, there’s plenty going on! You’ll find end-of-winter festivals, Valentine’s Day events and Shrove Tuesday activities.  There’s also the chance to enjoy cooler weather – especially in the Scottish Highlands – and there’s […]

12 coldest places in Europe for winter breaks

Svalbard in Norway

When winter descends in Europe, travellers across the continent often flock to its most famous winter sun destinations (Malta, the Canary Islands and Southern Portugal to name a few!). But what about the other side of Europe in winter? The coldest side? If you’re keen on visiting the coldest cities in Europe – or are […]

Does it snow in Vilnius, Lithuania?

View of Vilnius with snow covered cityscape

Does it snow in Vilnius? YES, but it’s not guaranteed. While Vilnius – and Lithuania in general – used to be snowsure for most of the winter, global warming means it’s nowadays less likely. That said, snow is still fairly common, and when I visited Vilnius in December 2023, it was very snowy indeed. Here’s […]

How to visit Tallinn Christmas Market, Estonia

It’s certainly not Europe’s busiest Christmas market, but Tallinn’s is gloriously underrated.  The square’s usually dusted with snow and sits in the shadow of the historic town hall – the oldest of its kind in Northern Europe.  Purchase local souvenirs, try Estonian glogg and gorge on delicious Baltic cuisine – here’s all you need to […]

How to visit Wroclaw Christmas Market in Poland

If you’re planning on visiting the Wroclaw Christmas Market, read on for my full review! Wroclaw, or Poland in general, might not leap to mind when you think of Europe’s most Christmassy destinations.  Surely the markets of Bavaria, or the slopes of the Alps, have more to offer?  Wrong. Poland is actually one of my […]