Spaniards looking to travel abroad to enjoy nice weather during the three coldest months of the year will not find any cheaper option than Medellín, according to an analysis conducted by Kayak Spain.
The domestic arm of the global travel booking company charted historical data generated by users searching its site and found that travelers could enjoy a full week in Colombia’s “City of Eternal Spring” for just €1,089, including round-trip airfare.
This beat out all other destinations that have an average temperature of at least 18 degrees celsius from the start of December through the end of February, according to Kayak Spain.
“Colombia is gaining popularity among travelers, and the city of Medellín stands as the winning destination for this winter,” said the company in a statement. “Spaniards can enjoy a week of sun and vacations for about €1,089.”
The second cheapest, at €1,154, was Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, which was included in the report despite being a jurisdiction of Spain.
For Medellín, the flight represents the bulk of the cost and hotels in the three- to four-star range run cheap, whereas Spanish vacationers can get good airfare to the relatively nearby Canary Islands but will need to pay more for accommodations after they arrive.
“Luckily, for travelers who seek sun during the winter and do not want to go that far, the Canary Islands are the European destination par excellence to enjoy warm temperatures throughout the year, although the low prices of the flights contrast with the price of the hotels, the highest of the list,” stated Kayak Spain.
Rounding out the top five cheapest winter getaways are Rio de Janiero, Brazil (€1,165); Denpasar, Indonesia (€1,174); and Manila, Philippines (€1,221).
In compiling the flight and hotel price data, Kayak used real-world searches from its website during the first eight months of the year for travel during December, January, and February. The final prices also include basic meal allowances, and those costs are based upon a sample taken across five days in September for each location on Numbeo.com.
Kayak notes that it cannot guarantee these exact prices for any specific travel bookings and that the lised costs are subject to change.