So it’s official. The first big snow flurries of the season have started to whip across the north of the British Isles, and temperatures are struggling to stay above freezing. It’s time to crack out those winter woolies, wrap up warm and ramp the heating up to full in order to fight off the biting British cold.
With the chill starting to set in, there has never been a better time to book a last-minute getaway. If you are craving some vitamin D, then why not escape the Christmas shopping crowds and jet off somewhere warm in the month of December? Sunshine can be as little as a four-hour flight away, so throw off your hat and scarf and discover where you can catch some warm and glorious rays…
Sharm El Sheikh
Average temperature in December: 23°C
Ideally situated on a peninsula jutting into the Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh enjoys balmy temperatures all year round. It’s a great choice for swimmers and animal lovers, as the beautiful sea life makes it the perfect place for diving or snorkelling.
Of course, the less energetic among you could just top up your tan on one of the many sandy beaches in the region. With eight hours of sunshine a day, you’ll work up a golden glow in no time.
Think that Sharm El Sheikh is the perfect getaway for you? It’s more affordable than you might think.
Average temperature in December: 22°C
Despite being part of the nation of Spain, Lanzarote is actually far closer to the western coast of Africa. It has the climate to match, with lovely warm weather all 12 months of the year, and is a firm favourite with families craving some winter sun.
If you love to explore, then Lanzarote is for you. Thanks to its violent volcanic past, the island has lots of unusual and beautiful terrain that is perfect for an afternoon’s hiking.
Average temperature in December: 26°C
Further south from Lanzarote is the beautiful archipelago of Cape Verde. Thanks to its close proximity to the Equator, Cape Verde has a lovely balmy climate, even in midwinter.
The island of Boa Vista is home to lots of luxurious five-star resorts, but they don’t have to break the bank.
Average temperature in December: 13°C
Despite not being the hottest on this list, Benidorm still boasts a much warmer climate than the UK at this time of year! This buzzing city has a huge variety of clubs, bars and nightlife, so it’s perfect for party animals who want to dance the night away in the pleasant evening heat.
Average temperature in December: 17°C
Fancy a winter sun getaway? Then head to Tunisia, where many hotels give you the option to go all inclusive.
The resort lies on the northern coast of the African continent, which is far enough south to avoid the harsh winters we get here in the UK. With average temperatures at a pleasant 17°C, it’s a perfect place to get some winter sun.
History buffs in particular will love Tunisia, as it is a melting pot of African, Arabic and Mediterranean culture. To get the best out of your holiday, book one of the many excursions on offer to really get your teeth into the history of this fascinating country.
As you can see, just because it’s winter in the UK doesn’t mean you can’t catch some rays elsewhere! Have a look at our other deals and smash those winter blues with some well-deserved sunshine.