Winter Sun Holidays

Are you feeling the chill this winter? If the answer is yes, then take a look at this year’s top tanning destinations. We’ve handpicked these exotic locales and we’re sure they’ll have you yearning for a heatwave holiday. Enjoy your escape from the morning rush in glitzy hotels with stunning pools or stroll across sandy beaches and bask in the sun. Swap out your Christmas tree for a palm tree and explore a warmer way to spend the winter months.



In recent years, Dubai has become one of the most desirable holiday destinations to travel to, with its opulence and exotic climate attracting vast tourism. But the weather is truly at its best in December with manageable heat during the day and freshly cool nights, and temperatures ranging between 15-30 degrees.

Despite spending the holiday season in a tropical climate, Dubai is well-equipped for those who want to celebrate Christmas festivities whilst topping up their tan. The Madinat Jumeriah Festive Market is one of the most highly anticipated events during this period. The market runs for sixteen days out of the year, where guests can expect to enjoy live music, traditional cuisine, and al fresco bars. Other activities include the North Pole Train, scenic Abra rides, and gingerbread house decorating, bringing you festive vibes in the winter sun. So why wait? Start planning your winter sun escape now, and why not book your parking ahead of time for great savings!

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Sunbathing in December? You can count on it in the largest of the Canary Islands. With temperatures of up to 22 degrees, you’re sure to warm up this winter with Tenerife’s generous weather. Try something different this winter and explore all that this tropical island has to offer.

If you’re looking to venture outdoors this Christmas, Tenerife has some of the most awe-inspiring scenes for you to experience. Ride a cable car 3335m to the summit of Mount Teide and take in the incredible views of the national park that surrounds it. Alternatively, you can visit the cliffs of Los Gigantes, where you relax on the beach, or cruise the waters by taking a boat trip from the nearby marina. And if that’s not enough, the island is packed full of activities for the entire family to enjoy. Siam Park, voted the world’s best (and biggest) water park 6 years in a row, boasts heated pools, a white sand beach and stunning waterfalls; truly the most perfect destination for fun and relaxation. Once you’ve dried off, why not check out another top-rated excursion and visit Loro Parque, the best modern zoo in the world. With a diverse and extensive range of wildlife and plants, and regular animal shows to spectate, the zoo is sure to be one of the highlights of your winter sun holiday.

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Don’t pack away your summer wardrobe just yet, we’ve got the perfect place for you to give it a second life this year! Alicante reaches comfortable highs of 18 degrees during the winter season and over December, plays host to around only 2 days of rainfall. Even in the warmer climate, there are still some festive excursions to enjoy, to help feel merry and bright! Take a trip to the Bethlehem, the largest, two-time Guinness World Record-breaking nativity scene, featuring a staggering 59 ft model of Joseph! The impressive scene attracts tourists from far and wide and is sure to be a memorable experience. However, if you’re looking for something a little different, head over to Plaza de Toros where you can practice your moves on the ice rink and have fun tobogganing. Visit the Plaza de San Nicolas and wander through the Christmas markets, where you can purchase some last-minute Christmas gifts.

If you’re looking to do some sightseeing, why not check out the Castillo de Santa Bárbara which sits atop Mount Benacantil? Take a self, or guided tour around the ancient ruin and view the old keep tower and the stunning reception hall, Patio de Armas whilst enjoying panoramic views of the scenic coastline. Whatever way you wish to spend the Christmas holidays this year, you can be sure that Alicante will accommodate your needs, all whilst providing a warmer temperature for you to enjoy your festive break! Make your trip to the airport easier and cheaper and book your official airport parking ahead of time!

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Heat things up this winter and head over to Lanzarote for the Christmas period. With the temperatures reaching highs of 21 degrees over December and January, you’re guaranteed a warmer holiday season.

Lanzarote has an influx of British tourism over the Christmas period, and as such, most hotels and restaurants adapt their menus to cater to a more traditional Christmas palette, so if you’re still craving a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, whilst being able to enjoy the sunshine, you’re in the right place! Christmas doesn’t end on Boxing Day in Lanzarote. In January, Spain celebrates the Three Kings parade, boasting beautiful colours that fill the streets, celebrating the arrival of the three wise men in Bethlehem. Whilst you’re enjoying the warmth, take a trip to one of the many stunning beaches that Lanzarote has to offer. From the Papagayo Beach that lies hidden between the mountains of Ajaches, to the golden fine sanded beach of Playa Grande, the choices for sunbathing spots and swimming in calm seas, are endless.

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Nicknamed after its most appealing allure, the Sunshine State of Orlando without a doubt is one of our top picks for winter holiday destinations. And when you talk of Orlando, you can’t forget to mention that it’s home to the happiest place on earth; Walt Disney World Resort. The park is transformed into a winter wonderland seemingly overnight, with the annual Christmas party being one of the most popular events to attend. Hosting themed parades, festive firework displays and special character guest appearances, there truly is no place more magical to spend Christmas.

However, if you’re looking to stray from the crowds and take in a bit more culture, head over to Bok Tower Gardens. It hosts seasonal events throughout the festive month with activities suitable for all ages, including ornament-making workshops, so you can decorate your tree with something special. You’ll also see beautiful displays of evergreen, poinsettias, and begonia, with a touch of Christmas sparkle, it’s sure to spark some yuletide joy! And if trees are your thing, head to downtown Orlando to Lake Eola, home to a fully lit 72-foot Christmas tree, accompanied by music and a synchronised light show.

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If you’re wanting to turn up the heat this winter, without increasing your utility bills, there is nowhere better than the eastern Caribbean Island of Barbados. Reaching scorching heights of 29 degrees and lows of 23, it’s the perfect destination for sun chasers looking to escape the winter chill. Much like some other exotic locations over Christmas, Barbados has adapted to cater to tourists who still want a Christmas dinner. Traditional favourites along with some luxury alternatives like freshly caught fish and lobster, and extravagant Christmas buffets are just some of the festive foodie treats on the menu for visitors. And why not take a trip to Oistin’s Fish Fry, one of the most famous attractions of the island, offering up some of the best local cuisines from fried and grilled fish to sweet potato, and macaroni pie! Make sure to head over on a Friday or Saturday night, when the party gets started and the music and aromas of the food fill the air, you’ll be experiencing one of the island’s most treasured past times.

After all that food, you may want to wet your whistle at the Mount Gay Visitor Centre, located in the city of Bridgetown. The centre invites guests to discover the story behind the world-famous Barbadian rum. When you’ve finished at the centre, take a stroll through Bridgetown! Named a World Heritage Site in 2012, it’s a vibrant and modern city, with some great stores to shop for clothing, jewellery, and even regional fruits and veg.

And last but not least from this exciting destination, experience an offroad safari drive by taking a Jeep safari tour around the island. The informed tour guide will take you to some beautiful parts of Barbados across some smooth and rocky terrain with intervals of refreshments as you stop at places like Edge Cliff, Little Bay and Bathsheba, ending the tour with a buffet lunch.

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