5 Destinations for Winter Sun

It's time to escape

With winter beginning to knock at the door, we can start to look forward to things like cosy pubs, fluffy socks, mulled wine and of course the festive season. It’s only when January rolls around that we are faced with the true reality of winter… Short cold days, even longer nights and that chill that gets into your bones. If you are looking to escape the depths of winter here are 5 destinations for winter sun where you can forget the cold and indulge in some much needed vitamin D.



In only about 3 hours by plane from London, you will arrive in the heat of North Africa. Fez and Marrakech are the two most recommended cities however, if you are looking for authenticity look no further than Rabat. Declared as UNESCO heritage site the city has a lot to offer with the top sites being Hassan Tower, the Chellah, and the Kasbah des Oudayas. Its proximity to Europe is why it tops our list of destinations for winter sun. 

Cape Verde

Although January is Cape Verde’s coldest month it still reaches temperatures of up to 24°C making it a perfect  destination for winter sun. It’s also a great time to enjoy activities such as hiking, horseback riding and surfing. If you’re looking for something a little slower paced you can explore the old capital Cidade Velha on the island of Santiago or enjoy a day fishing or bird-watching.


The Canary Islands

More commonly known as the Canaries, this destination continues to be a popular choice for catching some winter sun and for good reason. Boasting the best climate in the world with mild temperatures the whole year round, this is one destination where you are sure to get the warm weather you so desperately crave.

It truly is a dream destination for beachgoers, even in January.

Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are three of the most popular islands to visit with their unique landscape and natural beauty. 


Winter is the dry season in Barbados where sunshine and warm seas are guaranteed with highs of between 26°C – 29°C. Some of the top attractions to check out are Barbados Sailing week in January, the half-day hike between Bath and Bathsheba and of course swimming and snorkelling the coral reefs. 



With average temperatures rarely dipping below 22°C, Mexico is an excellent destination of choice for winter sun. As well as cocktails on the beaches of Cancún, Mexico has an appealing selection of activities from jungle hikes to historical sites and wandering around Mexico City to swimming in stunning cenotes.

If you are looking to travel this winter to sure to check .gov.uk website for travel and visa advice. Fear not if international travel is is off the cards this winter, there’s plenty to explore throughout the UK even if the sun may not be shining. Check out The Outdoor Guide for inspiration for great walks and stays in around the UK.

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