Already fantasising about your next dose of vitamin sea? Thankfully, it’s never too soon to book a winter sun holiday – especially when the dreary wet weather starts to kick in. To help point you in the right direction, we’ve picked our favourite winter sun destinations that will happily see you through November to the end of March (and even possibly April). They all have the right balance of good weather and low-season benefits. But also, each destination will have enough to keep you on your feet, or on the flip side, enough to ensure you’re relaxed every step of the way!
1. Lanzarote, Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are a renowned destination for catching some winter sun. But how did Lanzarote snag the pick of the bunch? For starters, Lanzarote’s ethereal beauty simply can’t be contested. But combine that with the knowledge that it’s one of the cheapest destinations for short-haul winter sun and you’re onto a winner. As a winter sun destination, Lanzarote really does tick off all the boxes (if not most): plenty of sunshine – with temperatures between 19-24°C, relaxation and adventure. So, whilst you happily escape the summer flurry of British holidaymakers, use your time on the island to truly explore every offering going.
Unmistakeable beaches, extraordinary geology and interesting sights – most of which have been aesthetically designed by the late Cesar Manrique. And if you fancy getting up close to the islands culture and architectural integrity, visit the Cesar Manrique House Museum which is well worth the £10 entry fee.
Where to stay in Lanzarote: Casa Picon | Villa Tias | Villa Valdes
Romantic old-world harbours, long stretches of sandy beaches and compelling history – Cyprus is a cracking choice for your winter sun escapade. Although Cyprus will appeal to most travellers, it’s especially great for those seeking a balance of not too hot, not too cold temperatures. Now, you may already know a thing or two about the divide between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, but crossing the line between the South and North (which we couldn’t recommend enough) will put the country’s complex history into perspective – all the while you experience the two Cypriot communities which are both equally as interesting.
But it’s certainly not a trip to Cyprus if you don’t sink your teeth into some meze, which is a delicious way to familiarise yourself with the local cuisine. The dishes are small but incredibly filling. From hummus, sausages, kebabs and everything in between – try anything and everything. Your taste buds will thank you for it.
Where to stay in Cyprus: Villa Turquoise | Villa Kissonerga | Villa Oceania
And last but certainly not least, dizzyingly beautiful Morocco – where the most diversity can be found. From the whirlwind markets of Marrakech, the remarkable sand dunes of the Sahara desert to the breathtaking backdrop of snow-capped mountains – it’s as though it was created for endless travel adventures.
Enjoying Morocco starts with the simple pleasures like drinking a mint tea in the nearest cafe as you watch the world go by. That’s exactly as the locals do! But of course, there’s more to Morocco than meets the eye, for example, you can to learn how to roll couscous (and then devour it all), take up camel trekking, or eat your body weight in tajines. And don’t forget to indulge in a luxury spa treatment or two to really elevate your winter sun getaway. Enjoy!
Where to stay in Morocco: Marrakech | Dar Madani | Pool Villa Orangerie
We hope that’s given you some inspiration to see you through the winter/spring months. If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, or you’re just yearning for more, have a read of our best villa holidays for 2018.