Get ready for the incoming heatwave this winter season, and no, we’re not talking about turning up your thermostat. Trade the hat, gloves, and scarf for swimwear, sunglasses, and sunscreen because we’ve found this year’s top tropical destinations, helping you to make the dreary morning bustle a distant memory. Clear skies and an even clearer mind await you, so check out these scorchers and plan your winter sun getaway! Plus check out our great deals on airport parking to help save time, money, and stress on your way to the airport.
Looking for the heat? We recommend booking a trip to the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife! Whilst there, you’ll be subject to some of Tenerife’s stunning scenes and with temperatures reaching heights of 22 degrees over the winter season, you’re sure to top up your tan just in time for the Christmas celebrations.
Tenerife’s natural beauty is one of the best reasons to visit the island, especially if you enjoy exploring the outdoors! You can visit the summit of Mount Teide by cable car, taking you 3335m up to where you can view the beautiful national park that surrounds it. And why not take a trip to the picture-perfect cliffs of Los Gigantes and wander down the nearby beach. You can also take a boat excursion from the marina and view the cliffs from the crystal-clear water. And if you enjoy being in the water, you must visit the world’s biggest and best water park, which features heated pools, white sand beaches and beautiful waterfalls.
Make sure you don’t leave Tenerife without visiting Loro Parque, the world’s best modern zoo. They house a wide range of wildlife and plant life. They welcome over 40 million visitors a year and it has quickly become one of Tenerife’s top attractions.
It’s time to reopen the summer wardrobe and give it a new life this winter! Head to Alicante for comfortable high temperatures of 18 degrees. And with only around 2 days of rainfall, you almost certainly won’t need a jacket this holiday season.
Even though you’ll be basking in some warmer weather, there is still some festive fun to be had in Alicante. Why not take a pilgrimage to the largest nativity scene in the world, with larger-than-life models and a figure of Joseph that stands tall a huge 59 feet. There’s even more festive fun to be had if you head over to the Plaza de Toros, with Ice skating rinks and tobogganing or visit the Plaza de San Nicolas where you can browse through the Christmas markets for some last-minute gifts.
You can’t go to Alicante without taking in the sights and scenes. Take a trip to the Castillo de Santa Bárbara which sits on top of Mount Benacantil. The ancient ruin is open for both self, and guided tours around the old keep tower and magnificent reception hall, Patio de Armas, whilst taking in the panoramic views of the stunning coastline. All this and more make Alicante a must-see destination over the Christmas period.
Another perfect place to spend Christmas this year is the Canary Island of Lanzarote, and we’d love to tell you why! Temperatures can reach as high as 21 degrees from December to January, so it makes it the ideal location to flee from the cold mornings.
Lanzarote has long played host to UK travellers chasing the sun during winter, and as such, many restaurants and hotels have adapted their menus over the festive period to cater to Brits abroad who are still craving a Christmas dinner. A scrumptious turkey dinner with all the trimmings in the glorious sunshine, what more could you ask for?
The yuletide celebrations don’t stop there! In January, all of Spain celebrates the Three Kings parade and every town and city get involved in similar ways. It involves children writing letters to the Three Kings who will then parade the streets sometimes on camels and hand out sweets and toys to the children of the town, and Lanzarote is no different.
Of course, every holiday must have a beach trip included in the itinerary, but you may want to make time for more than one, there’s far too much choice in Lanzarote. Visit Papagayo Beach which lies between the mountainous setting of Ajaches or walk down the golden sands of Playa Grande. Playa Flamingo, formerly a fishing village has become one of the most desirable beaches boasting upmarket shops and restaurants and a fine sand beach that leads into calm waters, making it a huge hit with families and children.
Gran Canaria is the perfect holiday destination for anyone wanting to run away from the cold winter weather. During the winter months of December and January, temperatures can reach highs of 19 degrees, making it the most ideal time to explore its famous white sand beaches and mountainous terrain. Top tip; make try and book to stay in the southern part of the island as you’ll experience much drier/warmer weather.
Fancy a beach day? You’re in the right place! We’ve rounded up some of Gran Can’s most popular and beautiful beaches. The most popular and internationally renowned and awarded beach is Playa de Las Canteras. The blonde sand beach stretches for around 3 kilometres with clear water and a beautiful barrier reef running through it, as well as some delicious eateries, stunning hotels and leisure offerings. If you feel like crossing the sands differently, head over to the beach near Maspalomas and hop on a camel’s back, literally! Take a guided tour across the dunes and tick this once-in-a-lifetime experience off your bucket list.
Wanting more animal content? Head over to Palmitos park. The tropical 200,000 square metre park is home to animals from every corner of the world. Don’t forget to check out the Orchid House and Cactus garden for some gorgeous horticulture.
Are you looking for beautiful beaches, awesome architecture and fantastic food? Take a trip to the capital of southern Portugal’s Algarve region, Faro. With a mild climate of around 17 degrees over the winter period, it’s the ideal location for a relaxed city break over Christmas.
We highly recommend taking a day trip to the Old Town, where cobbled streets will lead you to cosy cafes, museums and restaurants. Also don’t leave without taking a visit to the ancient remains of the city gates which have stood strong since the 4th century! The party doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, the nightlife in Faro is buzzing. With countless bars, some of them rooftops with scenic views of the city, you’re set to have a great night.
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the food. Faro is known for showcasing some of Portugal’s best food. Make sure you try Bacalhau à Brás; fried potatoes codfish mixed with parsley and eggs. Or taste the aromatic Cataplana de Mariscos; a mix of seafood with herbs, tomatoes and white wine. And we can’t forget about Pastéis de Nata; Portugal’s world-famous custard tarts… delicious!
Lastly, if you need some last-minute serenity before leaving, make sure to stop by Ilha de Faro beach, it’s a five-minute drive from the airport and the perfect place to end your winter sun holiday