Escape the icy roads, dark evenings and biting winds
Have you ever watched flocks of birds pass overhead on an autumn evening, flying south for the winter, and wished that you could join them on their journey to a sunnier, lighter destination? Well, now you can! Winter sun holidays are a fantastic opportunity to visit warmer locations when the weather here is cold and wet. Whilst we endure the misery of icy roads, dark evenings and biting winds, many countries across the globe are basking in the sunshine, with temperatures ranging from pleasantly warm to scorching. A great way of cheering up a bleak January or bringing a taste of the summer to an early spring or late autumn break, many people also choose to travel overseas for Christmas or to see in the New Year. If you’d rather be lounging in a hammock, staring out across white sand and an azure ocean, than dealing with the winter cold, take a look at our varied collection of winter sun options.
Fly, sail or drive – lots of choice for your winter sun!
The classic way to enjoy winter sun is by flying to your chosen destination, staying in a hotel, apartment or villa for the duration of your stay. But that’s not the only option available when you decide to take a sunny break. Cruises are an enormously popular option, which can be cheaper than you think! A seven-day cruise to the Middle East (taking in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island) for example, can work out at only a few hundred pounds per person! A Caribbean cruise can also be obtained cheaply during the winter months. Cruises are particularly popular because you enjoy all the comforts of a luxury hotel whilst aboard, as well as the chance to take in some of the local cultures at the stop-offs along the way. Featuring exceptional dining, as well as entertainment which ranges from cabaret through to sports, classes, theatre performances and spa facilities, a cruise is a fantastic experience. As well as welcoming couples and groups, many cruise ships now have child-friendly facilities and activities, making them a dream option for hassle-free family winter breaks.
Africa, Morocco and Egypt are on the doorstep
Swift flight times mean that Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco are easily accessible for a quick, weekend break as well as for a week or so. With Lanzarote, Tenerife and Marrakech all less than 4.5 hours away, winter sun seekers can enjoy a couple of nights away whilst still having time to fly home before work on Monday! Not only are these “nearby” summer sun locations easy and fast to get to, but there’s also plenty going on. Tenerife, for example, boasts everything from an active volcano (which can be reached by cable car), through to a Thai-themed water park, an artificial sea-water lake and even a man-made beach. Marrakech (Morocco) benefits from ornate palaces, a bustling medina (market), ornamental gardens and even the chance of a camel ride across the desert!
If a traditional beach holiday is more your idea of the perfect winter sun experience, try the Lanzarote resorts of Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen or Arrecife. For visitors who prefer a more scenic, rural beach holiday in Lanzarote, Playa de Orzola (towards the north of the island) and Caleton Blanco (so-called because of the stunning white sand) are both good options.
Why not leave your worries behind with a visit to the Indian Ocean?
To the south of the Arabian sea lies the Indian Ocean. Possibly the most exotic part of the globe, the islands of Madagascar, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and the Maldives are all found in the Indian Ocean. To the west lies Mozambique and Tanzania, to the west the Bay of Bengal, Indonesia and Malaysia. Whether you choose to holiday on one of the beautiful islands and bathe or snorkel in the tropical waters or take a cruise to visit some of the key attractions nearby, a trip to the Indian Ocean is an unforgettable experience. Why not visit Pemba Island (off the coast of Tanzania) – an oasis of rich vegetation and clove plants? Or take a look at Piton de la Fournaise, an active volcano located on Reunion island? With stunning wildlife, spectacular scenery and vibrant, thriving cities which showcase local culture and history, the Indian Ocean, its islands and its countries are a fantastic destination for a holiday.
Thailand – surprisingly reasonable!
Perhaps best known for its thriving capital (Bangkok), where west meets east in a unique cultural blend which is as unforgettable as it is warm and welcoming, Thailand is packed with attractive destinations for almost any traveller. As well as the bustling markets (including water markets), shops, temples, entertainment and historic attractions which characterise the larger cities and towns, Thailand also offers quieter, more tranquil destinations which provide stunning beach surroundings in which to relax. Koh Kradan in the Andamen Sea, for example, provides quietly sensational wildlife and scenery, along with beautiful beaches.
Turn left for Cape Verde or right for the Caribbean!
Flying south across the North Atlantic, visitors can go east or west in their pursuit of the sun! To the west lies the Caribbean. Well-known for azure seas, white sand beaches and palm trees, the Caribbean is an iconic, paradise destination. From Cuba, Havana and Jamaica through to the Bahamas and Costa Rica, there are dozens of different places to choose from. Steeped in colonial history blended with African and indigenous cultures, the Caribbean has a unique ambience which gives it enduring appeal.
If you decide to head east to Cape Verde, you can enjoy anything from a traditional sun and sea holiday, staying at one of the hotel complexes dotted around the islands, through to water-based sports, trips and adventures. A volcano, lagoons and desert provide the stunning backdrop for kite surfing, turtle spotting, horse riding, fishing, snorkelling and much more.
With trips starting from just a few hundred pounds per person and with many winter sun destinations just a few hours away, why not turn your dreams into reality and book a few days (or more) somewhere far away from the winter doom and gloom? Call the Questor Travel team now.