Well, believe it or not, we’re almost there already. 2016 is nearly over and, no matter how your year has gone, December is a fantastic time to get away from it all.

For many people, the last month of the year is an extremely busy one. Finding presents, planning festive events and catching up with family are all fun, but they can be stressful. With this in mind, a December getaway could make you feel refreshed as we head into 2017.

While the wind and rain may leave some feeling warm and cosy indoors, not everyone will be content with the British weather. After all, who doesn’t want a trip to a warmer climate, or an exciting city break ahead of the big Christmas rush?

Here are just some of the top destinations to visit next month:

Sun, culture and live music awaits in Palma

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As the capital city of Majorca, there are plenty of awesome activities that await in Palma. While tourist resorts such as Alcudia and Cala Millor attract holidaymakers due to their beaches and entertainment, Palma offers a variety of cultural attractions and boasts a wonderfully authentic Spanish feel.

Spanish singer Ismael Serrano is appearing at the Auditorium de Palma de Mallorca on December 8th, where he will be performing a host of hits from his solo career. The politically-inspired songwriter has built up a huge following in Spain, which will guarantee an excellent atmosphere for visitors.

If it’s culture that you are looking for, the Morgana Theatre Company’s production of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark could be an excellent option for a fascinating night out. Running from December 16th to the 18th, this show is a compelling portrayal of the timeless tale and a great opportunity to see Spanish theatre’s take on an all-time classic.

Enjoy local traditions and art in magnificent Malaga

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As one of the most popular tourist spots in Spain, there are plenty of incredible attractions lined up in Malaga next month.

Music fans may be interested in seeing Spanish indie rock band Hinds, who are playing at CC Ollerias on December 15th. The all-female quartet have made a name for themselves worldwide in the last year thanks to their debut record Leave Me Alone, and the show will represent a warm homecoming.

Elsewhere, art enthusiasts will be happy to hear that David Salle’s Inspired by True Life Events show will be held at the Contemporary Art Centre until December 4th and admission is free. Salle’s work is inspired by popular culture and classical works, making this is a must-see for culture vultures.

As well as this, on December 12th, the Fiesta de los Rondeles takes place, which is a tribute to the olive oil miners who carried their torches in a procession to give thanks to the Divine Shepherdess. As part of the tradition, Rondeles walk from the square near Ermita de la Veracruz up to the parish Church of St James, carrying lighted capachos to a soundtrack of Moorish castanets.

Escape to classy Venice this winter

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Venice is a fantastic winter destination, with its winding streets and sophisticated aura glowing in the dark nights of December. There are also plenty of excellent events lined up to suit all kinds of travellers.

If you want to experience the true class of the city, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons will be performed on the December 4th at the Ateneo di San Basso theatre. Even if you’ve never seen an orchestra before, the most famous work of the legendary Antonio Vivaldi is the perfect place to start.

A trip to Venice is not complete without taking in its splendid art scene, with Ca’Pesaro top of the list for those interested in seeing the best of the destination’s creations. Located on the historic grand canal, this gallery contains a stunning selection of 19th and 20th century works and is a fascinating place to explore before grabbing a bite to eat at the nearby restaurants.

Explore authentic Spain in Almeria this December

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Spain is often associated with beach holidays and, while there’s nothing wrong with that, there is much more to the country than its golden sands and warm climate.

Almeria is one of the top destinations for travellers who are looking for an authentic taste of Spain away from the typical tourist locations. Crowds are much smaller in December, too, making it a fantastic time to explore outstanding sites such as Nijar Natural Park and La Alcazaba.

With its magnificent landscape and excellent walking routes, the aforementioned Nijar Natural Park is one of Spain’s best locations for outdoor enthusiasts, while La Alcazaba provides a breathtaking view of the city. Originally built as a defence against pirates, the structure offers a compelling insight into Almeria’s past.

Plus, if you do want to unwind at the beach, the sands of Levante are absolutely blissful with small crowds and extraordinary views.

Enjoy festive fun in the sun in Funchal

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If your only drawback of Christmas is the British weather, Funchal may be the perfect destination this December.

Festive events aplenty await next month, including a fantastic market night on December 23rd, where a wonderfully traditional atmosphere can be expected as concerts, beverage stands and street parties take over the streets.

The Santana Theme Park is another extraordinary attraction and provides a great insight into the history of the area, examining how pottery and carpentry became a vital part of the economy. With many of the exhibitions based in small and colourful houses, it’s a fun and unique experience for both kids and adults.

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