Does all this festive frenzy make you want to delve underground? Check out our Top Five Christmas caves – an alternative way to spend the holidays!
Guaranteed Christmas sunshine at Ebro Ecovilla, Catalonia, Spain
For some winter sun this Christmas, head to this traditional cavehouse in a village boasting an amazing 320 days of sun a year – compared to around 40 in the UK! Due to the cave’s structure, even if it snows the inside remains warm, but there is a fireplace just in case. The house disappears seamlessly into the landscape – surrounded by olive groves and the majestic mountainscapes as a backdrop – you can’t help but completely relax this Christmas in this captivating peaceful haven.
Christmas week £528, sleeps 2.
Christmas with a difference at NEW Benaguacil Cavehouse, Andalucia, Spain
Built into a hillside, this property is bright and spacious despite its subterranean name. It runs on solar panels and even has a wood burning stove to warm up, or to hang your Christmas stockings! The remarkable structure enjoys an amazing secluded mountain location, right up a long track among olive groves, with huge open views across Catalonia which are stunning any time of year.
Christmas week £849, sleeps 4.
Christmas Crib in Postojna Cave, Slovenia
Postojna Cave is the most visited show cave in Europe yet relatively unknown in the UK. The world’s only double-track underground railway takes visitors deep underground to begin their magical journey exploring 21km of tunnels, caverns and subterranean halls. Imagine fantasy stalactite forms, the imaginative use of light and a surround sound acoustic effect of harmonious Christmas music… All this creates an almost surreal Christmas atmosphere as guests peruse the underground market or watch the biblical story come to life. 20th-19th December from 1.00-3.00pm, every half an hour.
Stay in: Postonja Cave Rooms – newly built rooms or en-suite apartments above modern Proteus restaurant, only 500m away from the caves. From €41,00 per person per room
Exclusive Christmas Cave tickets with Tudor Farmhouse, Forest of Dean
In a first time collaboration, this year visitors can skip the huge queues to Clearwell Caves’ annual Christmas Fantasy as nearby luxury hotel, Tudor Farmhouse, are giving their guests exclusive access after the caves have officially closed! Visitors who book Christmas with Tudor Farmhouse will enjoy their own out-of-hours Christmas Fantasy tour at 4pm on Christmas Eve, included in the hotel’s three-night package which now includes a FREE bottle of champagne in your room on arrival too!
Three night package from £595 for single occupancy, £995 for double.
Christmas Sunsets at Casa Cueva Rural Las Margaritas, Gran Canaria
This exquisite cave house is located right on the peak of the island hidden in the mountainside, restored by owners who have kept the original structure of the cave walls and stone roof. Inside remains at 17-20 degrees all year round and outside you have access to a garden with a jacuzzi and pool! From the terrace the landscapes views are incredible, with The Natural Park of Tamadaba in the distance and you can even spot the sunsets over El Teide (in Tenerife).
€90 per night based on 2 sharing/€100 based on 4 sharing, sleeps 4.