The best winter sun holidays 2018 / 2019
As summer fades away and the nights draw in it’s only natural that we start to dream of sun-drenched shores and exotic landscapes. Well for winter this year, stop dreaming and get booking! We have some fantastic sunny holiday deals to your favourite destinations waiting to be snapped up. From luxury city breaks in Dubai to beach holidays on islands like Malta and Crete, we’ll find you the perfect escape from the UK’s dreary grey skies.
With cheap flights from airports up and down the country, whether you want to fly from Gatwick or Leeds Bradford, and phenomenal hotels at bargain prices, there’s a deal for every kind of holidaymaker. Hop over to the Portugal and enjoy the gorgeous Algarve coast without the crowds, even in midwinter you won’t often need a jacket. Gran Canaria and the surrounding Canaries are famous winter sun hotspots. Or, for a more tropical sunny break, treat yourself to a Caribbean escape.
The possibilities for a cheap winter sun holiday are endless, so there’s no excuse not to give yourself a break at the end of 2018, or start 2019 off with some much-needed beach time! Here are just a few of our favourite destinations.
Cheap Winter Sun Holidays
With grey skies and cold haunting much of the northern hemisphere, it can feel like affording a holiday in the warm sunshine is well out of reach. But with some fantastic deals in destinations like the eternally blue skied Canary Islands, Southern shores of Europe, and even further afield, a cheap winter sun holiday is within the reach of every budget.
All Inclusive Winter Sun Holidays
Looking for complete relaxation and peace of mind on your winter sun getaway? An all inclusive winter sun holiday takes care of every detail, meals, drinks, snacks, stay and flights, which can save you some money as well as guaranteeing a real break from those winter blues.
Family Winter Sun Holidays
Family winter holidays are an excellent way of keeping everyone’s spirits up during the chilly season. With some fantastic family deals towards the end of the year, it’s the perfect opportunity to make the most of a bargain and get some sunshine and smiles on the whole family’s faces.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +0
- Average flight time: 4h 40m
When to go
(°C) Avg. High Temp
Portugal & The Algarve
Portugal is a holiday favourite during the summer, but it offers many hidden winter sun treasures for those willing to look for them. The Algarve, with its breathtaking coastline, is more than just a summer escape with moderate temperatures, plenty of sunshine, and some fantastic deals on the most sought-after hotels and resorts. Flights to the Algarve over Christmas, in particular, are extremely cheap.
Alternatively, Madeira has an equally appealing midwinter holiday pitch. The archipelago boasts simply outstanding natural beauty, gorgeous beaches (which won’t be crowded in the winter) and a mild climate all year round. A glorious combination of historic European charm, particularly in the seaside town of Funchal, and that quintessential island atmosphere, Madeira is a fantastic winter sun holiday destination. With flights from airports across the UK, and a wonderful array of top-class hotels offering cheap winter holiday deals, finish off 2018 and kick-start 2019 with a taste of Portuguese paradise.
The Caribbean and Mexico
There is a reason December and January are highpoints for holidays on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. When Europe is at its coldest and greyest, Mexico and the Caribbean enjoy their driest, sunniest, and most popular holiday period. UK winter is the perfect time to enjoy a sun holiday on a Caribbean island. Picture yourself sipping rum cocktails on the beach of the Dominican Republic, sunbathing on the sugar white sands of Barbados, dancing in the streets of Cuba, or embracing the laid-back vibe of Jamaica. Now that’s how we’d spend winter! With a fantastic array of all-inclusive and half board hotels, there’s a resort to catering towards every winter holiday preference.
If not a Caribbean Island then a winter break in Mexico is equally dreamy and we've got deals on flights and hotel packages, too. For relaxation in idyllic surroundings head to the stunning beaches of Tulum and the Riviera Maya. But if you’re looking to dance away those winter blues head to vibrant Cancun, where sun soaked days on the beach give way to throbbing nights of clubbing, live music, circus shows and so much more. With holidays to suit families as well as luxury adult only resorts, whatever your budget and holiday style you’ll find the perfect fit this winter.
Eternal sunshine is the calling card of these island gems. Located just off the coast of Africa, the Canaries enjoy year-round sun as well as boasting striking landscapes, gorgeous coastlines, and a vibrant social scene. These winter sun holiday favourites are a perfect choice for anyone sick to death of grey skies and looking for an island paradise at bargain prices on flights.
Each island has a distinct personality and it’s worth going back to try them all! Tenerife, the biggest of the bunch, really does have something for everyone. Beautiful beaches, the famous Mount Teide national park and stunning nature, as well as a thriving nightlife, you really couldn’t ask for more. However, Tenerife isn’t your only choice for a fantastic midwinter holiday.
Famed for its lunar landscape, Lanzarote also has some fabulous beaches, like the three which make up the Playa Blanca resort - perfect for lounging in the sun and building a winter tan. Lanzarote also has an average high of 22 degrees, even in December. Talking of beaches, Fuerteventura has an amazing 150 of them, and with that Canaries sunshine keeping the temperature high, it would be rude not to exploit them for a winter break. We haven’t even mentioned La Palma, La Gomera, or the fabulous Gran Canaria, all of which will satisfy that craving for sun without breaking the bank. Gran Canaria, in particular, edges it by a small margin on the temperature front. For a sunny escape to fight off those wintry blues, you cannot beat a winter holiday to the Canaries.
We recommend the Canaries over the Balearic Islands for years-end sun, as islands like Menorca and Majorca (although fabulous in the summer) can become wet, windy, and have lower winter temperatures than the Canaries.
Boasting one of the warmest climates in Europe, Cyprus makes a fantastic winter holiday choice. Anyone looking to enjoy some warm sunny skies, glorious landscapes, and fascinating European history, will find their fill of holiday delights without having to take a long flight. Visiting popular spots like Limmasol, Larnaca and Paphos in the off-season means you escape the crowds but enjoy the full benefit of historic coastal towns. Think stunning, uncrowded beaches, glorious local food, and fantastic rates at some of the top hotels and resorts! Towards the end of the year temperatures remain in the high teens to low twenties on the coast, so you can still enjoy a sunny beach holiday even in December! Inland on Troodos mountain, you’ll find snow should you feel like breaking up your beach holiday with some skiing. Make the most of winter 2018 / 2019 and escape to one of Europes’ most unspoilt treasures for a cheap holiday you'll remember for years.