Category Archives: Eastern Europe

13 top things to do in Tbilisi in winter

Is Tbilisi in winter worth it?  Georgia’s becoming increasingly popular – but should you take a winter trip to Tbilisi?  If you’re wondering if the capital’s worth visiting in the cooler months, read on!  I’ve visited Tbilisi twice, once in summer and once in winter, and these are all my thoughts.  What’s Tbilisi like in […]

9 top things to do in Batumi in winter

Have you ever thought about visiting Batumi in winter? One of Georgia’s largest cities and the capital of the Black Sea Adjara region, Batumi’s well-known as a tourist hub in the summer months thanks to its warm weather and proximity to the beach.  But what about in the winter? Well, the temperatures may dip, but […]

10 places to visit in Georgia in winter (& travel tips)

Have you ever thought about visiting Georgia in winter?  Ski slopes without a soul on them. Wine bars and restaurants across the country throwing open their doors, welcoming travellers with their hearty cuisine. A hibernating Black Sea coastline brimming with the promise of Spring. The first rays of sunlight reach the hills around Tbilisi, not […]

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, […]

Does it snow in Bucharest, Romania? Winter weather guide

Bucharest city architecture at night. There is snow on the ground and streetlights. This is a great view of Bucharest in winter

Does it snow in Bucharest?  If you’re planning a winter trip to the capital of Romania, you may be wondering just how cold the weather will be.  It can and does snow in Bucharest all winter long.  But, it’s becoming rarer. In this post, we’ll look at the snowfall patterns in Bucharest are – so […]

Does it snow in Romania? Winter weather guide

Winter in Moeciu Village. Rural landscape in the Carpathians, Romania.

Does it snow in Romania? In the cooler season, yes! Here’s all you need to know. Sitting in Southeastern Europe, Romania has a long cold season largely thanks to its mountain ranges in Transylvania.  Average temperatures in much of the country are low, although Bucharest and the Black Sea coast can have slightly warmer weather.  […]

Christmas in Sofia: things to do & what to expect

Christmas tree decorated with lights and Sophia Cathedral on background. Ukraine

Christmas in Sofia: it might not be your obvious break for a festive experience in Europe, but the capital city of Bulgaria has plenty on offer!  Sofia relishes the Christmas atmosphere, with lots of cultural events and religious focused celebrations, along with family activities.  If you’re travelling on a budget, beer prices are cheap and […]

25 best places to visit in Europe in December (2023 guide)

Classic postcard view of famous Hallstatt lakeside town in the Alps with traditional passenger ship on a beautiful cold sunny day with blue sky and clouds in winter, Salzkammergut region, Austria

There’s no better place than Europe in December.  Sure, the days might be short and the weather a little on the chilly side (although it’s warmer in the south!), but festive celebrations are in full swing.  Whether you want to embrace the cold weather in Lapland or enjoy both sunny weather and Christmas traditions in […]

40 best winter city breaks in Europe (2023/4 guide)


Are you looking for winter city breaks in Europe? When the thermometer dips in Europe, the shutters don’t go down in its cities. Some bask in the warmth of winter sunshine, whereas others come alive with snow and Christmas markets. Dozens are all-weather, with lots of museums and attractions that are perfect for winter. I […]