Discover Winter Sun

Magnificent mountains, glorious coasts, fascinating islands - the choice is yours

The Burning Question:

Where's Best for Winter Sun Walking Holidays?

Where's best for winter sun? Where's best for sun in January and February when we haven't had any in the UK for months? How far do you have to fly to find sunshine, heat and sand, with wild landscapes and wonderful walking? 

Browse below for a collection of the best winter sun destinations, most within four hours flight time, many with no jet lag at all, and all the ideal tonic to the British winter.

malta and gozo

Maltese Islands

[Malta & Gozo]

These islands pack glorious variety into small spaces. On Malta you'll find prehistoric temples, fossil-studded cliffs, hidden coves and history of remarkable intensity. There are also 300 days of sunshine every year, and English is one of the official languages, making it easy to navigate. Gozo in turn offers secluded bays, the inland sea, blue lagoon and calypso cave to explore. 

Best time to go: December to March

Flight time: Around 3 hours

Time difference: GMT

 Selected Departure Dates

Feb - Mar Malta Guided Walking 7nts

From £699

Save £50 pp on selected dates

Feb - Mar Gozo Guided Walking  7nts

From £699

Save £50 pp on selected dates

 

Portugal holidays

Portugal 

[Algarve & Madeira]

The alluring coast of the Algarve receives a lot of exposure for its breath-taking cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands but there's no shortage of other attractions: the enchanting inner Algarve is home to pretty castle towns and historic villages, cork tree and flower-covered hillsides, birdlife and a network of walking trails that crisscross its breadth.

Best time to go: February to April

Flight time: 3 hours

Time difference: GMT

 Selected Departure Dates

Jan - Mar Madeira Guided Walking 7nts

From £899

Save £50 pp on selected dates

Feb - Apr Eastern Algarve Guided Walking 7nts From £799
Feb - Apr Western Algarve Guided Walking 7nts From £799

  

Canary Isles

Canary Islands

[Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma & La Gomera]

Spanish in ethos, African in location, these islands are not what you'd expect. Looming volcanoes, prehistoric sites, lush pine forests, lunar landscapes, sandy coves and miles of Sahara-style dunes are bathed in a 20C glow during winter that's just right for exploring a world beyond the seafront resorts.

Best time to go: January to March

Flight time: 4 hours

Time difference: GMT

 Selected Departure Dates

Jan - Mar Lanzarote Guided Walking 7nts From £999
Jan - Mar Tenerife Guided Walking 7nts

From £949

Save £50 pp on selected dates

Jan - Mar La Palma Guided Walking 7nts From £899
Jan - Mar La Gomera Guided Walking 7nts From £1,099

A fraction further afield

Fly just two hours more to discover one of the world's under-rated winter sun destinations. Hidden in the mid-Atlantic, Cape Verde is an African archipelago touched with European heritage, born of volcanic fury but as beautiful as it is mysterious, which bathes in temperatures of 25C between December and March making it an ideal seasonal escape.

Best time to go: November to February

Flight time: 6 hours

Time difference: GMT -1 

Cape Verde 

 8 Jan 2019

12 Feb 2019

12 Nov 2019

11 nights, from £1,199

Caribbean Islands worth going a bit further for

Timeworn but magnificent, fun but frequently misunderstood, Cuba is a country of indefinable magic that is slowly awakening from a long slumber. Explore beyond the beaches to find forests, coffee plantations, rugged mountains and revolutionary folklore. Alternatively, head to the almond-shaped, beach-rimmed gem of Grenada, which sells itself with miles of stunning coastline and a lush interior that conceals forested mountains, waterfalls, spice plantations and pretty towns.

Best time to go: January to April

Flight time: 11-13 hours

Time difference: GMT -4

 Selected Departure Dates

Cuba

Feb - Apr

14 Nights

From £3,249

Grenada

Mar

10 Nights

From £2,999


 *T&Cs apply. Subject to availability. Offers only available on selected dates.

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