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Winter Sun Destinations

Winter sun destinations are the perfect way to escape those frosty days and dark nights, so whether you choose to follow the sunshine with a closer to home destination like the Canaries or a further afield spot like Jamaica, we offer tons of fantastic holidays to some scorching winter hotspots.

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Winter sun closer to home

You don't have to travel half way across the world to grab your fix of Vitamin D. In fact, there are plenty of nearby destinations which offer continuous sunny skies from Morocco to the Canary Islands and Cape Verde.

For many, the most obvious choices are popular islands like Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote which offer plenty of tropical options to choose from. Plus, with an average flight time of just 4 hours and 30 minutes, you could be enjoying a warmer climate in a matter of hours.

But the winter sun doesn't end there – we also offer some fantastic deals to year-round favourites like Morocco and Cape Verde where the average yearly temperatures rarely dip below 20°C.

So, if a day on the beach is in order, you could be lazing on Sal's Caribbean-like beaches in less than six hours or exploring Marrakech's Sahara desert in less than four!

Escape the cold on faraway shores

Travelling a little further afield for winter sun opens you up to a world full of options. Whether you go for hotspots in the Caribbean like the Dominican Republic, Mexico favourites such as Cancun or popular resorts in Thailand like Phuket – ones things for sure, you're guaranteed plenty of sunshine!

Mexico remains a firm favourite for winter sunshine, from its Caribbean Coast to its Pacific you'll find a whole host of resorts perfect for all kinds of travellers. And a winter break in Mexico means you get glorious sunshine without the rainfall you see in summer.

If you prefer something a little more exotic, then you can always swap those frosty morning views for Indian Ocean sunrises. Sit among palm-covered spots on the beaches of Mauritius, or better still, immerse yourself in India's fascinating culture and take a trip to Sri Lanka or Goa.

Wallet-friendly winter sun

A winter sun holiday doesn't mean you have to exceed your overdraft. Forget scrimping and scraping with less people choosing to travel in the winter months, plus plenty of discounted holidays, you can enjoy a well-earned winter break for less.

Booking last minute can also save you a fortune, especially if you're not restricted to the school holidays and have no preferred travel dates. With huge savings on holidays travelling within 8 weeks, you could be jetting off to warmer shores in days.

That said – we work hard to make sure you don't pay over the odds for your trip away by offering savings of up to 70% and great last minute bargains. Also, with a price match guarantee, if you come across the exact same holiday for cheaper, we can match it.

Which holiday destinations are hot in January?

January is a great time of year to get some winter sun. For long-haul destinations, Goa has an average temperature of 32°C. You can try the local cuisine, or for an action-packed break why not get involved in some water sports. Thailand is another favourite with similar temperatures. For an unforgettable experience, it offers activities such as island-hopping or spending time at an elephant sanctuary – don't miss bath time!

If you prefer something closer to home, Morocco is a great option. Venture into the desert and explore the rugged landscape while riding a camel, or if you prefer, why not watch the sunset over the Atlas Mountains?

Which countries are hot in winter?

Cape Verde is a great place to visit for some winter sun. It sits off the western coast of Africa so warm temperatures are the norm, with an average of 20°C. If you prefer something further afield, the Dominican Republic has warmer temperatures in winter. It has an impressive line-up of beaches, particularly on beauty spots such as Saona Island or Bacardi Island.

Aruba is one of the Caribbean's hidden gems. And with average temperatures in the high-20s, you are sure to see the sunshine. Visit Eagle Beach, famous for its soft white sand, or Palm Island – an island close to Aruba. You'll find activities such as salsa lessons and banana-boat rides alongside the water park.

Where in Europe has winter sun?

You don't need to travel far for some winter sun – the Canary Islands, for example, are a great option. Being close to Africa, the warm temperatures rarely fluctuate. In Gran Canaria, you can explore giant sand dunes or go parasailing. You can also explore the island on a jeep, travel through the mountains and take in the local sights such as the natural caves or the wildlife. With temperatures hovering around 20°C, Cyprus is an excellent choice for some winter sun. Whether you're interested in waterparks, nature parks, or the local cuisine, Cyprus has it all.

Where is the warmest place in Europe in winter?

Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, sees temperatures of around 20°C-25°C in the winter. Visit Teide National Park to see some dramatic landscapes. A Unesco World Heritage site, you can explore Mount Teide, which is Spain's highest volcano. Take a cable-car trip that soars above the crater, giving you stunning views of the Canarian archipelago. Tenerife is also home to Loro Parque – featuring parrots, dolphins and sea lions, there's something to keep all the family entertained.

What are the best places to visit in January?

You can find some good deals in Cape Verde as it's a great destination for all months. It's becoming more popular with tourists, which is not surprising due to its laid-back charm and the friendly locals. You can experience the culture in Boa Vista – why not try the traditional food? It tends to be a mix of African, European and Caribbean cuisines. If you're lucky enough, you'll see turtles laying their eggs on the beach, or you may even be able to spot baby turtles hatching and making their first trip to the sea.

Mexico has guaranteed sun, with January sitting outside the rainy season. Explore the hidden coral reefs while snorkelling or surfing. If you prefer, relax and top up your tan on Mexico's picturesque beaches.

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