Where To Go For Winter Sun
The weather is decidedly chillier here in the UK now and it really does feel as though winter has us in her icy clutches – so we bet there are lots of you out there currently researching where to go for a spot of winter sun before December 25th. Here are just a few suggestions that might float your proverbial boat.
You don’t have to go to the supremely touristy part of Tenerife if you don’t want to – in actual fact, the region has a lot more to offer and it’s certainly worth an explore. Avoid the south if you don’t want a stereotypical resort holiday with lots of other Brits and make your way to the north, which is almost like a different country.
In November, the weather is still hot enough for fun beach trips – although be prepared for a bit of rain if you head off for a hike in the Anaga country park. Pop off to Garachico, San Cristobal de la Laguna, the local wine museum and the vineyards, the volcano… you’re certainly not short of activities to get up to.
December is a brilliant time to visit Lanzarote in the Canary Islands as the weather is still pretty warm (compared to Europe, at any rate!) and the sun will certainly still be shining. It’s still shorts and T-shirt weather so if you are looking for a mini break before Christmas, Lanzarote could be the perfect destination for you.
If you’re into your surfing, make your way to the beaches at Jameos del Agua. December is perfect for water sports because the waves can be bigger than at other times of the year, so surfers will be in their element. So too will sun worshippers, however, so head off to El Reducto Beach in Arrecife to soak up a few rays before heading home again.
If you’re looking to push the boat out a bit and aren’t too concerned about splashing the cash, then Cancun could be the best choice of them all. The white sand beaches are a sight to behold so make sure you pack your swimsuit and there’s something to suit all kinds of holidaymakers, whether you want to explore the Mayan ruins, shop till you drop or just drink yourself into a stupor in the sunshine.
You can also drive an hour and a half to visit Tulum, one of the best preserved Mayan coastal sites in Mexico. The ruins are definitely worth checking out and make sure you don’t miss the Temple of the Frescoes (home to some amazing murals), the Temple of the Descending God and El Castillo before you go.
You’ll find Cape Verde just off the coast of Senegal, a little collection of beautiful islands that offer the perfect escape from our chilly British winter… and because it’s just six hours away, you’ll find that jetlag isn’t a concern!
Major attractions include Sao Vincente, where you’ll find the city of Mindelo (full of music, art, culture, architecture, bars, restaurants… you name it), and Santo Antao where you’ll find stunning pine forests and a massive volcano.
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