Holidaymakers looking for cheap holidays in the sun this winter will find what they seek in Egypt and Tunisia, the UK travel association ABTA said today.
As the nights draw in and temperatures plummet across Britain, canny travellers will be looking for those off-season bargains, ABTA spokesman Sean Tipton said.
North Africa and the perennially popular Canary Islands are a good choice, as well as cheap holidays in Cyprus, he suggested, thanks to their consistently good weather, warm temperatures and their relatively short travel time from the UK.
“Tunisia and Egypt in particular are offering exceptionally good value for money following the demonstrations earlier on this year, which had a knock-on effect on business,” Mr Tipton noted, before acknowledging another trend – the return of British holidaymakers to traditional eurozone destinations like Spain and Portugal, which is expected to continue next summer.
Cheap holidays in Spain and Portugal are no longer to be trusted if you’re looking to escape to the beach this winter, however. Both countries are entering their winter period, and even in the far south of Spain temperatures have fallen, even if the sun is still shining.
People taking Tunisia holidays this winter, conversely, can look forward to average temperatures of 13-16 degrees Centigrade (55-61 Fahrenheit) in November and December, and a balmy 12 degrees (54F) in January. The prognosis for warm weather in the popular Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh is even better – 19-23 degrees Centigrade (66-73 Fahrenheit) in November and December, and 18 degrees (64F) in January.
As well as the weather both destinations offer excellent levels of customer service in the resorts, plus a wealth of fascinating Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Arab and Christian historical sites for those holiday excursions.