Top winter sun destinations

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Ready to escape the cold nights and enjoy some winter sunshine? Want to go solo and immerse yourself in extraordinary history and culture? Maybe you’re looking for an affordable get away with friends or family? Look no further, here’s everything you need to know about these top destinations to make the best choice for your next winter sun holiday.


Cape Verde

This cluster of islands off the north-west coast of Africa is home to Caribbean-esque beaches, soft white sands and crystal clear waters that glisten in the sun. Cape Verde is the perfect location to escape to for some winter sun with temperatures that rarely drop below the mid-20s.

If you’re a water sports enthusiast, spend your time at Santa Maria beach riding the waves, or if you’re a sun-seeker, relax on the beach with a cocktail or two.


The Gambia

Not just famous for its stunning beaches and West African sunshine, The Gambia is an exciting place to explore! Look out for exotic birds and wildlife in the forests, swaps and savannahs; monkeys, hippos and eagles all live here. You might want to pack some binoculars if you’ve got some!

You’ll be amazed by the talent of the local street artists and graffitists. Why not visit The Gambia’s street art villages of Kubuneh and Galoya, with murals everywhere? Some are even designed by big names in the street art world.


Canary Islands

All four islands in the Canaries (Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Fuerteventura) are ideal for your family winter sun holiday. Each one offers plenty of fun days out with the kids, stunning beaches and brilliant seafront hotels.

The Canary Islands are lined with mountain ranges, sandy beaches, lush vineyards and lively harbours, so you really can experience it all on one island.



Rarely dropping below 20°C in the winter, Mexico is a fantastic choice for a sunny escape and is even home to one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the new world’; Chichen Itaz.

Cancun is a lively resort with fantastic beach bars, nightclubs and popular hotels lined along the ‘strip’, making it a top location for couples and groups.

Further down, the Riviera Maya is filled with ancient ruins, exciting activities and stunning nature. Here you’ll find white-sand beaches and countless things to see and do. The spectacular Mayan ruins at Tulum have stood for centuries, so definitely worth a visit!



With its excellent value and year-round sunshine, Tunisia makes for a great winter get away. Maybe you’ll want to get lost in the culture and indulge your taste buds with the amazing food or relax in a thalassotherapy spa, using salt water to cleanse and benefit the skin?

Tunisia has it all, and if you really want to immerse yourself in this beautiful country , staying in Hammamet is the best way to see authentic Tunisia.



With the perfect blend of Indian and Portuguese culture, Goa is more than just sun, sea and sand. There are 63 miles of stunning coastline with Calangute Beach being the most popular spot. If you enjoy water sports then Baga Beach is the place for you. If you’re lucky, you may even get a visit from the dolphins who are often spotted from the beaches in the winter.

To really dive into the culture of Goa, Mapusa town has a daily market where you’ll find a variety of colourful fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, tasty treats and clothes. To see these streets come to life, visit the market on a Friday.



Take a Step back in time, roughly 60 years, to get lost in the rich cultures and history of Cuba. This destination draws in Spanish, American and Caribbean flavours and we’re not just talking about the food. Cuba is famous for its love of old American cars which fill the streets with bright, classic colours.

This extraordinary country has so much to offer, so why not combine your stay and spend some time in the wonderful capital of Havana where you can enjoy cobbled streets, Spanish colonial architecture and picturesque plazas? Then, head over to Varadero to relax, enjoy the sunshine and experience Cuba’s unique charm.


Have you ever been on a winter sun holiday before? Tell me where your favourite destination is and what makes it the perfect place to escape to in the winter months.

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