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The Sunniest Short-Haul Holidays from Manchester

It’s fair to say we don’t get the best of the weather here at home. Particularly at this time of year, we Brits yearn for the feeling of the sun beating down on our skin, and that warm sea breeze blowing through our hair.

Fortunately, we’re rather ideally placed in the world. In just a two, three or four-hour flight, you could be sunning yourself on some of the world’s most spectacular beaches, or traversing the streets of Europe’s more climatically-privileged cities. With near-guaranteed sunshine across much of the continent, you need not travel far to get the weather you’ve been dreaming of.

Here are just a handful of our favourite seriously-sunny destinations, all just a few hours’ flight from Manchester Airport.

Ibiza

Ibiza

Flight time: 2hrs 30mins
Total sunshine hours June – August: 938
Average daily sunshine hours June – August: 10

You’ll probably know Ibiza for its raucous reputation, but there’s far more to the White Isle than partying. If you’re seeking out some sun this summer, you simply can’t go wrong on this incredibly beautiful island.

It boasts perhaps the greatest concentration of stunning beaches anywhere on the Med, all flanked by crystal blue waters and lush greenery. Benirrás beach is a real standout; it’s a popular spot for the island’s famous hippie collective. You’ll be more than happy with an average of 10 hours sunshine each day in the summer, which is best enjoyed kicking back with a cocktail on a trendy terrace in Ibiza town. Our favourites include ZELA, where you can sample delectable Japanese fusion food, and S’Escalinata; which spills out into the cobbled streets of the old town and offers spectacular views.

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Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Flight time: 2hrs 50mins
Total sunshine hours June – August: 985
Average daily sunshine hours June – August: 11

The standout-star filming location for TV’s Game of Thrones, the Croatian city of Dubrovnik is more popular than ever. The beautiful walled old town sits surrounded by the shimmering waters of the Adriatic, offering a picture-perfect scene for all who visit. Of course, the weather comes as a welcome bonus, with around 11 hours of clear skies and golden sunshine each day during summer.

By morning you can walk the ancient city walls, while the shade of the streets below will offer some relief when the mercury hits 25+ in the afternoon. You can spend your afternoon horizontal at one of the city’s many beaches – Banje Beach is just outside the old town to the east, and its chic and stylish club house will cater for all your needs. Once the sun sets over the water, the hustle and bustle begins in the old town’s stone streets.

Flights to Dubrovnik from Manchester Airport >

Costa del Sol

Malaga, Costa del Sol

Flight time: 2hrs 50mins
Total sunshine hours June – August: 992
Average daily sunshine hours June – August: 11

The clue’s in the name. With almost a thousand hours of sunshine across its summer, the Costa del Sol more than earns its title. Whether you’re hanging out in cosmopolitan Malaga, heading for popular family spots like Torremolinos and Fuengirola, or making tracks for the glamorous town of Marbella; sun and heat are firmly on the menu.

You’ll be delighted to know that the sand stretches for miles at each of the coast’s major resorts, with the waters eternally inviting and perfect for cooling off in. When you’re not at the beach, there’s an incredible list of must-see sights for you to work your way through. Highlights include Bioparc Fuengirola, a specialist zoo dedicated to the preservation of species and habitats, as well as Marbella’s Old Quarter; which is the perfect place to stop for tapas. In nearby Malaga, any history buffs will love the Alcazaba, a military fortress almost a millennium old.

Flights to Malaga from Manchester Airport >

Crete

Crete

Flight time: 4hrs
Total sunshine hours June – August: 1070
Average daily sunshine hours June – August: 12

Crete is Greece’s largest island, so there’s practically no end of things to do and places to visit. As it happens, it’s also blessed with some beautiful weather, with an average of 12 hours sunshine each day throughout the summer. That’ll give you plenty of time to take in Crete’s natural splendour; from the world-renowned waters of Elafonissi Beach to the very depths of the Samaria Gorge.

The island’s human history is equally fascinating, and spots like Rethymnon Old Town serve up plenty of rustic charm. When the sun’s at its hottest, you can cool off with a cocktail under cover in one of its sleepy squares, but if that doesn’t do the trick there are over 7 kilometres of beach to the east of town.

Flights to Heraklion from Manchester Airport >

Malta

Malta

Flight time: 3hrs 20mins
Total sunshine hours June – August: 1098
Average daily sunshine hours June – August: 12

At the very heart of the Mediterranean Sea, the island nation of Malta holds the title of Europe’s sunniest spot. If you visit in the Summer, there’s a good chance you won’t see a single spot of rain, and instead can expect blue skies from beginning to end.

With such fantastic weather there’s almost no limit to what you can do, provided you’ve a bottle of water to hand to help cool off in the peak of the day. An afternoon spent touring the narrow streets of Valletta is a must; the period architecture is simply jaw-dropping. The city’s Upper Barrakka Gardens are the perfect place to unwind for an hour or two, and offer stunning views back over the Maltese capital and out across the waters of the bay.

Of course, you’ll want plenty of time to relax on the island, and you’ll find you’re more than catered for. Golden stretches like Mellieħa Bay and Għajn Tuffieħa are the perfect place to catch some rays, and their gentle waters irresistible when you need to cool off. With an average of 12 hours of sunshine each day, you’ll certainly be able to make the most of your time in Malta.

Flights to Malta from Manchester Airport >

Enjoy these sun-soaked short haul destinations, and many more, with flights from Manchester Airport.

Santa Eulalia

from £43pp

15 October 2018 - 22 October 2018

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Es Cana

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15 October 2018 - 22 October 2018

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Talamanca

from £50pp

15 October 2018 - 22 October 2018

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Playa den Bossa

from £51pp

15 October 2018 - 22 October 2018

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