The days may be getting longer and your scarf may be out of storage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get your fill of winter sun! Take off that hat and forget the woolly jumpers – instead, jet off to warmer climes this year, with a long stay in the sun.
Plus, with prices starting from as little as £429 per person for an 18-night stay, you'd be silly to miss out. That works out at around £23 per person, per night!
We’ve found the perfect destinations that will help you get your fix of vitamin D, even as the weather turns colder in Blighty. Take a look at our top picks…
Costa del Sol
With plenty of resorts, year-round heat and beaches galore, you can always rely on the Costa del Sol for sun and sand. Wherever you plant roots in the ‘Coast of the Sun’, the many resorts offer plenty to keep you busy during your long stay.
Head to Marbella for sandy beaches, plenty of restaurants and a picturesque old town to boot. Torremolinos is your go-to for nightlife and parties, while Fuengirola provides a buzzing atmosphere after dark. If shopping is on the agenda, chic boutiques, historic streets and craft shops can be found in Almuñécar Old Town.
The ‘White Coast’ is a hub of activity throughout summer and holds its own in winter too. If you’re in search of sea and sand, then you’ve come to the right place. True to its name, Costa Blanca is flush with bright white beaches, where you can lay down your towel, grab a sunbed or simply splash around in the surf.
Aside from its enviable shores, this destination is also famous for its lively nightlife. It’s home to the popular resort of Benidorm, which truly comes to life as the lights go low. Whether you’re holidaying for good times, a relaxing beach break or both, Costa Blanca should be on your list for your next long winter trip.
Love nothing more than basking in the rays? With average temperatures of 16°C in January and February, the Algarve is the place to be for your fix of heat in the winter months.
When it comes to picking a beach, you’ve got your work cut out for you, with a coastline famous for its silky soft sands and turquoise waters.
The Algarve is also the home of delicious fresh seafood dishes, shorefront restaurants and beachside bars. So, if enjoying good grub in an al fresco setting is high up on your to-do list, you’re well catered for here.
With year-round sun, incredible scenery and resorts built for fun, Tenerife is a massive holiday hit. Whether it’s summer or winter, you can expect fantastic weather here. Natural wonders are aplenty on this volcanic island. With the incredible Mount Teide and its national park in the centre, the dramatic scenery draws so many to Tenerife.
After a little activity on your winter break? Take to two wheels and pedal your way around Tenerife, taking in the stunning views as you go. Winter is also a great time to go dolphin spotting, so hit the waves for your best chance to witness these playful creatures.
Brit travellers have a real soft spot for Lanzarote – and for good reason too! The heat, beaches and fantastic selection of resorts makes it a home-from-home for so many holidaymakers.
Framed by sandy beaches and famous for fab weather, it’s excellent for an extended break – even in winter. With the dramatic volcanoes of Timanfaya National Park, the spectacular Mars-like scenery and some explosive natural wonders, this little island packs it all in.
Although it may be cold at home, Gran Canaria won’t let you down. The average temperature of 19 degrees in December means enjoy a retreat in the sun while it gets frosty back at home. Laze by the pool, chill at the beach or even climb sand dunes – Gran Canaria has something for every winter sun-seeker.
What’s more, the many popular resorts are packed full of amazing eateries, beachfront restaurants and night-time entertainment. So, there’s always somewhere new for you to go.
The island of Fuerteventura is always a travel favourite and, in winter, it’s a hotspot – literally. The weather stay’s toastie and warm throughout the cooler months, so you can still get a good dose of sunshine while everyone at home is pulling on their woolly socks.
With plenty of bright-white beaches to discover, epic landscapes to explore and delicious foods to sample, Fuerteventura is the perfect place for a long winter holiday.
Posted: 1st Sept 2022.