Is your idea of a “White Christmas” a sunny beach with pristine white sand?  If you’d rather swim than shovel, then read on, dear fellow travelers.  Here are six of Europe’s best winter sun destinations.

1.  Sicily, Italy

The coast has a reportedly balmy Mediterranean climate.  Travel to Sicily in the winter and you will be met by fewer crowds, beautiful blue skies, and blooming almond trees.  You will also have the interesting archaeological sites and charming Baroque towns comparatively to yourself.

The ski slopes on Mount Etna will also be more open.  See attractive Taormina.  There’s also the delicious cuisine.  Ricci di mare or sea urchin season is also “in full swing” so be sure to sample this rather distinctive delicacy.

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