Brrrr! Bad news holiday lovers – The UK is only going to get colder from here to Christmas. The best solution we’ve found is to break worsening weather with a winter sun holiday. Because we’re conscious that money gets tighter and tighter as Christmas approaches, we’ve sought out the best cheap winter sun hotspots for you to take your pick from!
This is the quintessential winter sun spot for us Brits, and with a choice of islands you can tailor your holiday just the way you like it. Head to Tenerife and the resorts of Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos for a traditional resort based trip, or choose Lanzarote if you want to add in some top-class cultural attractions like the Jameos del Agua caves where you can often hear musical recitals.
Long popular with expats, Cyprus is just coming into its own as a great place for cheap winter holidays thanks to the emergence of budget airlines offering the route. You can choose from a variety of spots that boast great beaches and some pretty ruins too, perfect for a day trip. Paphos is popular with its vibrant new town and pretty old town, or you can experience Ayia Napa without the hordes of partygoers that visit in summer. North Cyprus is also an emerging destination so keep your eye open for offers!
Morocco offers a different culture to accompany your winter sun and you can choose from city breaks or beach holidays depending on how active you want to be. Marrakech is a hot ticket at the moment, with its beautiful architecture and vibrant souks, but you could also try Fez or Casablanca. For beach-based winter sun head as south as possible to get the warmest weather, and there are so many pretty spots near Agadir you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Turkey’s south coast doesn’t quite swelter as much in winter as it does in summer but you can experience warm sun and lovely food with some pretty important historical attractions within your reach. The enchanted mountain of the Commagene Kingdom, the Roman’s second city of Epehseus and the UNESCO heritage site of the thermal baths of Pamukkale are all accessible with car hire. Choose from Side, Bodrum or Marmaris to enjoy beaches, warm seas and close proximity to some great day trips!
It was good enough for the Romans, who used to head over to the south of Portugal to escape the cold of the European winter, and today it’s popular with expats because of the year-round warm temperatures. The coastline here is some of the prettiest on the continent, with towering cliffs and crazy rock formations, with Lagos the perfect spot if you want long and dramatic cliff walks. Faro offers plenty of Old Town attractions, as well as the Ria Formosa Wetland Reserve, and Albuferia and Portimao are also great holiday spots.
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