Want to leave the grey skies behind and do Christmas differently this year? A lot of us would prefer to spend a 2018 Christmas holiday in the sun. For guaranteed sunshine (plus plenty of golf and watersports if you’re in the mood!), you can’t beat the Canary Islands, or, slightly closer to home, there are the gorgeous Spanish costas and the beautiful Algarve. Corfu, with its appealing mixture of rural charm and lively towns, is a fantastic Christmas holiday destination, or you could hang up your stockings in Dalaman on the Turkish coast or even jet off to the heavenly Caribbean beaches of Cancun.
Our top picks include the Costa Blanca, any of the Canaries (it does get hard to pick between Lanzarote, Tenerife and Feurteventura...), Albufeira in the Algarve, and of course the old favourite, Lloret de Mar in the Costa Brava. All of which make a great December holiday.
You might think that cheap Christmas holidays are hard to come by. But, Christmas is a great time to travel because you can snap up some lovely deals, guaranteeing you and your loved ones a cheap holiday.
Christmas can be an expensive time of year, but with some amazing Christmas holiday deals available, money is no obstacle to treating yourself at this special time of year. With magical Christmas holiday destinations available, from tropical escapes to snow-capped mountains, treat yourself to a Christmas holiday in 2018.
Christmas is a wonderful time for family, and treating your nearest and dearest to a holiday is the perfect way to guarantee happy memories with those you love for years to come. With some fantastic family holiday Christmas destinations available, whether you want to ski or sunbathe, treat the family to the best present of all, a Christmas holiday.
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What better Christmas present for you and your family than finishing off 2018 with a few days in the sun? You could spend your 2018 Christmas holidays in Spain, Europe’s sunniest country, and its stunning Mediterranean coastline – from the Costa Blanca to the Costa del Sol – boasts more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Temperatures rarely drop below a balmy 20 degrees, and, although perhaps a bit chilly for a dip, the weather is perfect for enjoying a lazy lunch overlooking the sea, or a stroll across the cliff-tops. You won’t have to handle the summer crowds, but most resorts still offer plenty in terms of entertainment and activities, whether you want to join in with some karaoke or perhaps indulge in a spot of golf. Popular resorts for a Christmas break in 2018 include Benidorm on the Costa Blanca, Salou on the Costa Dorada, Marbella and Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol, and Lloret de Mar and Calella on the Costa Brava.
The great thing is, after enjoying your Christmas holidays, you can stay on your holiday for the New Year too, for an extended break.
The stunning Canary Islands have everything you need to enjoy a fantastic Christmas break! Of course, there’s the guaranteed sunshine that you’d expect of these islands located just off the coast of Africa, but there’s also a wide range of spectacular landscapes, pristine nature reserves, charming cities, and well-equipped and inviting resorts full of plenty of places to eat, drink and relax. Plus, thanks to the excellent choice of all inclusive holidays available, it’s also a surprisingly affordable option for winter sun.
Lanzarote and Fuerteventura have been designated biosphere reserves by UNESCO for their magnificent natural beauty. Popular resorts on Lanzarote include Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen while outstanding options on Fuerteventura include Caleta de Fuste and Corralejo. Gran Canaria has been a popular winter break destination for decades, and takes excellent care of its visitors at long-established resorts like Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas. Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, offers something for everyone, with its mountains, forests, extraordinary volcanoes and beautiful beaches. Playa de las Américas and Adeje are two of the largest and best-equipped resorts, offering everything you need to celebrate the Christmas holidays 2018 in style.
Running along much of Portugal’s magnificent Atlantic coast, the beautiful Algarve is fringed with superb resorts, including the ever-popular Albufeira. Celebrating your Christmas 2018 holiday here is sure to be special, as you’ll avoid the summer crowds and be able to take in some of the wonderful local Christmas traditions. Local restaurants will serve the traditional Christmas meal on Christmas Eve – Consoada, a fishermen’s dish made with cod and potatoes – but you’ll find plenty of places offering a traditional British roast if you prefer. You can make the most of the fine weather and empty beaches by going for long, romantic strolls, or perhaps enjoy a round or two of golf.
The Balearic Islands are just a short flight away, but feel like another world. Majorca, the largest of the islands, boasts a wealth of beautiful landscapes, from the rocky coves and turquoise bays of its northwestern coast to the vineyards and olive groves of the central plain. The hedonistic party scene of summer gives way to a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere in resorts like Magaluf, or you could opt for tranquil Alcúdia in the northeast, which has some of the island’s most beautiful beaches. The other Balearic islands – dreamy little Menorca, boho-chic Ibiza and tiny Formentera – are all ideal for an escape-from-it-all winter break, with plenty of sunshine thrown in.
Can't wait to go on a sunny Christmas holiday but not sure which winter break to choose? Check out some of our top cheap Christmas 2018 holiday destinations for some inspiration!