Getting away for some Winter Sun

The weather can be pretty depressing at this time of year. The exotic holiday that you and your family enjoyed just two months ago seems like a distant memory and as the days get shorter and the mornings get colder, it’s natural for your thoughts to turn to far-flung destinations and warm winter breaks.

Here are a few ideas for winter holiday spots. Spending a week in one of these warm and sunny holiday destinations is a great way to recharge your batteries and escape from the drudgery back home.

Canary Islands

Travelling to the Canary Islands is a great choice for a family holiday at any time of the year and there are package holidays available to suit any budget. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing, luxurious all-inclusive holiday or a budget self-catering break, it should be easy to find something in your price range. The Canary Islands boast beautiful beaches, pleasant weather all year round and lots of family-friendly resorts.

Spain

Mainland Spain is a popular destination for young people looking to get away from the dull, depressing weather of the United Kingdom. While temperatures in the UK struggle to stay above freezing, the southern regions of Spain sit at a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius. Benidorm is a good destination for those that wish to spend their holiday partying. Those seeking a more peaceful atmosphere can head to the picturesque Algar Waterfalls or the beautiful Balcon del Mar.

Egypt 

Adventurous holidaymakers seeking a once-in-a-lifetime experience can take advantage of low-cost all-inclusive holidays to Egypt. Sharm el Sheikh is a popular tourist destination with something to offer to travellers from all walks of life. Activities include fine dining, sunbathing, snorkelling and the chance to explore the ancient pyramids. A short break to Egypt is one of the best ways to soak up some winter sun.

Gambia 

If you’re a jaded traveller and want to make your next winter break a really special one, why not avoid the traditional tourist traps and head to Tanji Beach, Gambia? If you’ve always wanted to explore Africa, then a short stay in a boutique hotel in Gambia is a good first introduction, letting you explore the country without going too far out of your comfort zone. If you decide you want a more “authentic experience” you can always go back to Africa for a safari or a lodge experience next year.

Cape Verde 

Cape Verde is just a six-hour flight from the UK, but you’ll find it hard to believe it’s so close when you see how gorgeous the weather is. There are ten islands to choose from and the region is a melting pot of Portuguese, Brazilian and African cultures. The beaches are clean and attractive and there are lots of entertainment options to choose from, including scuba diving, windsurfing and even fishing.

You can find great package deals for most of these destinations. Don’t limit yourself to shopping for packages via traditional travel agents – take a look at the holidays offered by other companies for some great-value short breaks. If you prefer a bit more freedom and flexibility, then going through a provider such as www.privatevilla.co.uk for a self-catering villa rental could be a good option. You can save a lot of money if you are willing to shop around to find the best deals on transport and accommodation.