When the days draw in and the temperatures start to plunge, it’s time to consider booking a sunny winter holiday. Exchange those dark winter nights for some fun in the sun, or swap your usual Christmas dinner for an outdoor barbecue. Whether you opt for the splendid beaches of southern Europe, or turn the seasons on their head with a trip to the southern hemisphere, you won’t regret escaping a week or two of winter in exchange for some warm winter sun.
Escape the cold by heading to warmer climates
As the autumnal colours begin to fade and the weather at home gets gloomy, southern Europe and north Africa offer sunshine and culture away from the Atlantic hurricane season that’s at its worst during the months of September and October. But as winter progresses and the Atlantic calms, the Caribbean Islands, the Canary Islands and Mexico lure visitors to their glorious beaches. Find fabulous scenery and shopping opportunities in Dubai throughout the winter, or enjoy a sunny South African festive season.
Madeira’s perfect winter temperatures and breathtaking Christmas and New Year's firework displays make the Portuguese island a favourite holiday destination. But if you are looking to head further afield, sunny winter holidays in Thailand could be just the thing. With its exquisite beaches, world-class hospitality and guaranteed sunshine, it’s easy to understand the appeal of this exotic country.
If you’re more interested in sightseeing than sunbathing, how about a trip to see the Egyptian pyramids? With fantastic early winter sun and plenty of history, you’re guaranteed a memorable trip. Or for something really different, you could always head to Florida. With high winter temperatures and more attractions than it’s possible to see in one trip, the Sunshine State has long been a favourite sunny winter holiday destination.