It may be cold and drizzly outside but that doesn’t mean that you have to endure it. With sun kissed destinations right on our doorstep there’s no reason why Brits shouldn’t get a chance to thaw in the midst of the cold winter months. To get you inspired we’ve put together some sizzling ideas on where to soak up some much needed winter sun this year.
Malaga – Spain
With average January highs of 17C and eight hours of sunshine a day, Malaga is Spain’s premier winter sun destination. Thanks to the Sierra Nevada Mountains the region is largely sheltered which gives it a wonderfully mild winter.
Lanzarote – Spain
Located 70 miles off the coast of West Africa, this idyllic Spanish island is perfectly positioned for winter rays. Average January temperatures sit at around 20C and with this month seeing just 30mm of rainfall you’re guaranteed to stay dry. The luxurious black sand only adds to the balmy atmosphere.
Gran Canaria – Spain
As the second most populous landmass in the Canary Islands archipelago, Gran Canaria is a mecca for sun seeking Brits. Head straight to the sub-tropical south for winter sun that’s sure to give you a gorgeous summer glow. If you really want to get a taste of the heat take a day trip to the sprawling Maspalomas sand dunes and imagine you’re traversing the sweltering Sahara.
Sharm el-Sheikh – Egypt
Boasting nine hours of daily sunshine, 1mm of monthly rainfall and January highs of 22C this Egyptian resort is one of our top picks for winter sun. You can snap up some fantastic all-inclusive accommodation deals as well as cheap flights. Spend your days soaking up the sun, scuba diving in the colourful Red Sea and sampling local cuisine.
This picturesque island country is a relative newcomer on the winter sun radar but it’s definitely one of our favourites. The region is made up of 10 volcanic islands perched in the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to its maritime climate the beautiful destination has January temperatures of 24C – perfect for lazing around on the stunning beaches.
Goa – India
If you simply can’t handle one more drop of rain Goa’s January rainfall record rings in at 0mm. Yes, zero! The destination is celebrated as India’s ‘sunshine state’ and is great for families, couples and solo travellers alike.
Don’t forget, if you’re heading off on a winter sun getaway it’s essential to cover every holidaymaker with comprehensive and affordable travel insurance. You might be able to get away with a little sunburn but it pays to be covered for serious incidents such as lost luggage, illness and injuries.