24 November 2017
Get inspired by our list of five destinations for some early year winter sun in late 2018!
The sun-kissed Canary Island of Lanzarote is a popular year-round family holiday destination. It’s a great place to visit in winter as low season temperatures hover around the early 20s, meaning that at this time of year it has a pleasant climate compared to more northerly locations.
Going to Lanzarote in winter means that you’ll miss the crowds and prices will generally be lower than in summer. The beach at Puerto del Carmen is still open for business, too, and six kilometres of beautiful coastline is there to be enjoyed. The island’s volcanic landscape is also great for kids, who can let their inner spaceman loose at Timanfava National Park. Its lunar-like landscape provides a scene that looks like a postcard from the Moon.
Over the past 40 years Cancun has transformed itself from a small fishing town on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to one of the world’s biggest beach resorts. Split into two parts, Cancun has everything to please visitors from markets and local eateries to the Hotel Zone. Here you’ll find fun for all the family with restaurants, shopping malls, nightclubs and a sumptuous stretch of beach that matches white-gold sand with amazingly azure waters along the Riviera Maya.
Although the European winter is Cancun’s cooler season, it still retains temperatures high enough to provide summer warmth. For kids, there’s Xcaret – an eco-archaeological park full of entertainment and adventure. Discover the Mayan jungle and culture of Mexico with more than 50 exciting attractions, including swimming in underground rivers and aquatic paradise.
Cape Verde maintains a wonderful year-round climate and is a popular winter destination for those looking to escape the European chill. This cluster of 10 islands off the west coast of Africa is home to some of the continent’s finest beaches.
One of the most popular parts of this former Portuguese colony is Boa Visa, which has 55 kilometres of uninterrupted golden sands caressing its coastline. The island of Sal is home to well-known resorts and colourful, cobbled towns including Santa Maria, with its fantastic beach a prime location for catching some rays or riding the waves.
From seven-star hotels to palm-shaped islands, Dubai is a sprawling metropolis which is ideal for families. Winter is one of the best times to visit this Middle Eastern city as temperatures drop to more comfortable levels of warmth compared to the summer’s blazing heat.
With miles of coastline, it is no surprise that Dubai has a wide range of beaches to relax on. Enjoy pristine sands and clear blue waters, unwind on a sunbed, go swimming or even play volleyball with your kids. For something a little different, splash the cash in the Dubai Mall – the world’s largest shopping centre – or visit one of the traditional Emirati markets to shop for souvenirs and handcrafted gifts. You can also enjoy real fine dining at one of Dubai’s many renowned restaurants with a variety that offers fantastic local food in addition to cuisine from all over the world.
For younger ones there’s adventure galore in the City of Gold. Head to one of many thrilling theme parks including Legoland and IMG Worlds of Adventure, Aquaventure Waterpark, the ultimate kid-zone at Kidzania or swimming with beautiful mammals at Dolphin Bay.
The Dominican Republic is a large and lively slice of holiday bliss. Modern attractions and adrenaline-inducing adventures complement coastal delights and classic culture in the Caribbean’s most-visited country.
Enjoy the Dominican’s sun-drenched beaches, turquoise-hued waters, mangrove lagoons, mountain peaks and waterfalls for a generous helping of natural beauty. You can also take advantage of the luxury accommodation and amenities that the nation’s three main resorts have to offer. Sample traditional rum and explore a seafront fortress in Puerto Plata, immerse yourself in island life at “beach central” La Romana, or rub shoulders with A-listers and enjoy a spot of golf in Punta Cana.
And don’t forget the children! They’ll love the great selection of child-friendly hotels and resorts on the island. Little adventurers will love Manati Park – a nature-themed amusement park packed with animals, gardens, live shows and hands-on learning, while horseback riding makes discovering the Dominican a fun activity for kids and adults alike.