Who isn’t desperate for a cheap winter sun holiday?! The cold weather, the gloomy grey sky, the occasional snow or rain… We all love snowy winter, for sure, but there is something about this dreary season that makes you long for some beach time. Going to work when it’s not dawned yet and returning home when it’s already dark makes you want to get away from the winter darkness and restock your vitamin D levels.
Winter sun can increase serotonin and melatonin in your body, enhancing your mood and regulating your sleep. Besides health benefits, winter sunshine is tempting enough to want to escape the melancholic British weather and spend some quality time with your friends or family somewhere warm.
The good news is that now, you can have your early summer holiday in winter at massively lowered prices. So pack up your bags, book those plane tickets, and get ready to have some fun in the sun on one of these cheap winter sun holidays.
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Lanzarote will charm you in winter for two reasons: it is much cheaper, in terms of both plane tickets and accommodation, which makes this place ideal for finding those winter sun last minute deals. Plus, it is a very pleasant destination with lots to do, perfect for taking a break from wintertime at home – where the temperatures are dropping to 0ºC. You can strip away those layers and come here in a T-shirt! Simply unwind on the white sands of Papagayo beach, in the south of the island, or visit the protected landscape of La Geria and taste the wines of Lanzarote, grown on volcanic land. Timanfaya National Park is known as “Mars on earth”, where you can taste chicken cooked over a volcano and explore the unique landscape.
If your idea is to lie on the beach most of the day and experience the best possible weather, staying in Playa Blanca is the best option. This large resort town will be the perfect cheap winter sun holiday if you want to experience luxurious hotels but still stay on a budget. It is a quiet area, but you can still find many restaurants and bars.
Travelling to Tenerife in winter will be a decision you wont regret. We are heading here in December ourselves! Besides being the queen of nature with its mesmerising landscapes and gastronomic charm, this winter sun destination can be one of the cheapest places for winter sun. Here you can stay, eat and have fun at great prices.
For your winter holiday, we recommend that you visit southern Tenerife. Without a doubt, Arona offers the best weather and the best beaches. Los Cristianos is a small town in Arona with a great beach, this golden-sanded spot is equipped with all kinds of services: showers, hammocks, and umbrellas, offering a variety of fun activities with great winter sun last minute deals.
Playa de Las Americas is certainly one of the liveliest beaches that can be enjoyed in Aronas. This lively resort will give you the pleasure of partying until dawn or having some fun playing at an outstanding golf course or enjoying some water sports. You will also find the biggest waterpark in Europe here – Siam park. Take all the advantages this magical place offers and book a cheap winter sun holiday in Tenerife today!
The seven islands of the Canary archipelago are definitely one of the cheapest places to find winter sun. They have the advantage of offering a warm climate and enchanting scenery all year round. In winter, the average temperature is approximately 20 degrees, and with its 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, it rarely rains. This is why this piece of heaven is lively throughout the entire year. Here you can find many cheap resorts and cliff-top hotels offering amazing sea views.
With the dunes of Fuerteventura, the forests of the Garajonay National Park in La Gomera, Los Tilos in La Palma, or the Teide volcano in Tenerife – the nature of the Canary Islands will leave you speechless whichever island you choose. Gran Canaria is the winter dream of many who have set their heart on winter walks on the sand and offers some fantastic prices.
Located in the south of the island, Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria is well-known for its lavish flora, fauna, and best possible climate, offering a chance for a cheap winter sun holiday.
This is one of the most popular winter sun destinations for families who want to have a good time with lots of options for food and drink. The soft sands and crystal-clear waters will certainly sweep you off your feet! And if you are keen on water sports, Puerto Rico offers deep-sea fishing, sailing, scuba diving, windsurfing, or water skiing, even in winter! There is a fantastic coastal walk leading to Amadores beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
The Algarve will make you fall for its coastal allure, golden sand, turquoise water, and charming towns. Sunny weather, pleasant temperatures, less crowded beaches, and low prices – what more could you ask for? Travelling out of season is a fantastic option in this Portuguese region. Definitely one one of the top places for a cheap winter sun holiday.
Get to know the winter charms in Albufeira – a combination of splendid beaches, soft temperatures, great nightlife and discount prices. Dive into the rich gastronomic experience the lively old town has to give and order seafood for your next lunch there. We promise you will come back for more.
Portimão is another great destination with some fantastic value hotels in winter. It’s lively strip “Praia da Rocha” offers many bars and restaurant choices. Take a walk along the beach or visit the nearby towns of Alvor and Carvoerio. The laid back atmosphere here is perfect for a winter escape.
This Mediterranean island invites you to relax with the irresistible promise of the sea, the sand, and the sun throughout the year. Explore the island while enjoying the winter sun to get the most out of its endless beauty. If you are planning a romantic winter getaway in Cyprus, why not visit the Bridge of Lovers, a famous spot close to Ayia Napa. The aquamarine waters will tempt you to go swimming even at a chilly 17ºC.
With average high daily temperatures of 19ºC you may wish to go beyond the beaches and choose hiking while admiring the nature of the Troodos Mountains. Take a stroll in the small villages and get closer to their culture to taste the true Cyprus. You can simply rent a car and enjoy the ride while letting the astonishing views captivate you.
These are my top five cheap winter sun destinations to lure you into losing your jacket, scarf, and gloves and starting planning your summer holiday in winter. We all deserve a warm escape from the rainy weather. All of these destinations will offer you an uplifting, unforgettable experience.
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