Best winter sun short haul destinations

Best winter sun short haul destinations

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Short haul winter sun holiday destinations don’t need to cost a lot. Don’t want to splash out too much money on a holiday? Desperately in need of some Vitamin D, but hate sunbeds? Below are 5 short haul winter sun holiday destinations places to visit, under £1,000 for the week where you can get real sunshine from the actual sky.

The Gambia, West Africa

The Gambia is a small West African country, bounded by Senegal, with a narrow Atlantic coastline – a short haul winter sun holiday destination. Only 6 hours on the plane and in the same time zone as the UK, (so no jet lag). The Gambia is worth a visit due to the friendly people and exotic things to do.
Weather – The Gambia experiences almost uninterrupted sunshine and practically zero rainfall. In fact, from November to June, you can experience average maximum temperatures in the
low-30s, not bad at all.
Things to do – Plenty of wildlife to see (600 bird species, plus bush pigs, crocodiles, hippos and monkeys), some very exotic market stalls, sandy beaches and fun evening entertainment is on offer.
Cost of a week  Book package deals with Thomas Cook from £450 for a week bed and breakfast.
* Tip: Vaccination – It is advised to take: Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid; Yellow Fever (£40). Also pre-order anti-malaria tablets (Approx. £2.50/tablet) Other vaccines to consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Meningococcal Meningitis; Rabies.

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Cape Verde

Only a six-hour flight from the UK, Cape Verde is a stunning collection of islands off the coast of Senegal in West Africa – a short haul winter sun holiday destination. The white sandy beaches are perfect for water sports, deep sea diving or even just soaking up some vitamin D.
Weather – The sun is almost permanently shining, with average temperatures comfortably around 24-30 (°C) all year.
Things to do –Visit the beautiful botanical gardens, try some tasty local food, visit different islands, see the hot Santa Maria beach and even try some surfing
Cost of a week  You can book package deals with Thomas Cook from £540 for a week bed and breakfast.
* Tip: Vaccination – It is advised to take a typhoid vaccine in case of contaminated food or water in Cape Verde.

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Morrocco

Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influence – a short haul winter sun holiday destination. It is only a 3-hour 14 minutes flight from the UK, Morocco is at the edge of the Sahara desert. Morocco has some interesting cities like Marrakech and Agadir, remaining warm throughout the winter.
Weather – Marrakesh and Agadir enjoy an average temperature of 21°C (70ºF) during the winter.
Things to do – Relax on a beach by the mountains or visit the markets of Marrakesh and haggle for a bargain.
Cost of a week – You can book package deals with Thomas Cook from £494 for a week all-inclusive package deal.
*Tip: If you’re shopping in the markets or medinas, you will have to learn to haggle. Start the price a lot lower than the price you are prepared to buy.

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The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa, are rugged volcanic isles known for their black- and white-sand beaches – a great short-haul winter sun holiday destination. Canary Islands are the closest places to the UK to find that much-needed winter sun. Weather – Tenerife and Gran Canaria are the warmest islands with average daily temperatures hitting the low 70s, about six hours of sun a day and only six rainy days a month. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura can be distinctly cooler, but still, are warm.
Things to do: It is worth seeing the incredible Timanfaya National Park (volcano) in Lanzarote, try relaxing at the Papagayo Beaches, Lanzrote or even climb Mount Teide and Las Canadas National Park in Tenerife. All islands are worth a visit
Cost of a week – Book an all-inclusive holiday from £236/month, so definitely the cheapest option.
*Tip – Hire a rental car if you are staying longer than a few days. The cost is reasonable in the Canary Islands, from £15/day if you book in advance.

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Egypt

Egypt, a country linking north-east Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs –  a great short haul winter sun holiday destination. On the same equator line as the Canary Islands, expect a hot climate throughout the year.
Weather – Cairo is the largest city in the middle east and the best time to visit is October (32c) 
Things to do –  Visit the incredible ancient pyramids, explore the museums of Cairo (see a real mummy) or jump on an affordable boat trip along the world’s longest river, the Nile.
Costs of a week – Stay in Cairo for £361 a week
Flight time from London – 6 hours

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I enjoy watching comedy, learning about new digital marketing trends, helping people generally (including saving money) and completing sport challenges (This year I plan on cycling to Paris from London).

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I enjoy watching comedy, learning about new digital marketing trends, helping people generally (including saving money) and completing sport challenges (This year I plan on cycling to Paris from London).

All stories by:William Pointing
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