Feeling sun-starved? Here’s where’s hot right now…
Winter doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom if you fly out to one of these sun spots with easyJet or Thomson Holidays, Emirates Airways or Thomas Cook. Not only are these places still positively tropical this time of year, but winter breaks can be dramatically cheaper than summer, leaving you more money for day trips or cocktails on the beach. Go on, put your sun cream, not scarf on during our sub-zero British months.
1. Malta – October average 25°c
One of the world’s smallest, but perfectly formed countries, Malta’s sunny for at least 300 days a year, guaranteeing you a toasty winter break. Run riot in Qawra and Bugibba’s waterparks or head down south to Mellieha Bay to relax on one of the island’s few sandy beaches. Fancy sightseeing? Here, you could explore everything from prehistoric temples to the oldest stone building in the world.
2. Tenerife – December average 21°c
After the dry season, the Canary Islands come alive with plants during the milder winter months, making Tenerife’s Teide National Park especially beautiful. Climb Spain’s highest mountain there or soak up the winter rays on Playa del Duque beach, lined as it is with cafes and high end shops. Those of you with kids in tow can let them loose on the Thai-themed Siam Park, Tenerife’s largest waterpark. This time of year, your all-inclusive resorts are far quieter, calming and more relaxing, whether you stay at Los Cristianos, Puerto de Santiago or somewhere else.
3. Kerala, India – December average 27°c
Feeling adventurous? Winter is the best time to visit Kerala, India, where you could canoe down the backwaters, trek tea-covered hills or find your personal paradise somewhere along the 600km stretch the Arabian Sea coast. You wildlife lovers will also be in your element, as the Western Ghats, one of the world’s most biodiverse places, are famously known as the ‘Elephant Hills’ and you could come face-to-face with a big cat in Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary tiger reserve.
Fly to Kerala with Thomson Holidays.
4. Morocco – October average 21°C
Swap your hot chocolate for mint tea this winter. Morocco has you covered, whether you fancy camel trekking in the Saharan desert, hiking through forests potted with waterfalls and caves or relaxing on 9km of sandy beaches in Agadir – a bustling city, packed with European style cafes, that gets 300 days of sunshine a year.
5. Gambia – November average 27°C
Just six jet-lag-free hours from the UK, Gambia offers an incredibly laid back sub-tropical winter break where you could sunbathe on the incredible Bijilo or Cape Point beaches by day, and party in Kotu or Kololi when the sun goes down. Of course, the wildlife here is a major attraction, you could find anything from leopards and hyena in the Kiang West National Park, to monkeys and crocodiles in the Abuko Nature Reserve. Just don’t expect the traditional African safari experience, this is far more unique.
Fly to Gambia with Thomas Cook.
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