Top 10 short-haul sun spots

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Whether you’re stuck in the middle of a never-ending winter or the Great British Summer has left a lot to be desired, the prospect of escaping to warmer climes is always a pretty attractive one. Here are our top ten short-haul winter-sun destinations for when the weather becomes a little too cold for comfort…

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Barcelona, Spain

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Current temperature 19 degrees, flight time about 2 hours

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Summer in the Catalonian capital has been known to last well into our winter,  making it the perfect place to thaw out when the cold sets in. November temperatures sometimes rise to the 20s. With its glorious array of Gaudi-designed architecture and several kilometres of beaches within close reach, Barcelona offers the ultimate blend of cultural city break and Mediterranean beach holiday.

Tenerife, Spain

 Tenerife. The beach of Teresitas (playa de las Teresitas) and San Andres, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, The Canary Islands. More Tenerife images:

Current temperature 27 degrees, flight time about 4 hours

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Long a summer favourite, Tenerife’s popularity extends to the latter seasons too. Holidaymakers from throughout Europe flock to enjoy the sub-tropical climate that close proximity to North Africa affords the island. Flight times are relatively short, making a week-long break a very viable choice, yet the Canary Islands still feel more exotic than comparable destinations – perhaps the reason why so many ‘Spaghetti Westerns’ were filmed here over the years.

Ibiza, Spain

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Current temperature 20 degrees, flight time about 2 hours

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The party never stops at La Isla Blanca, no matter what time of day or year it is. It’s just as well, then, that temperatures still average around 20 degrees at the height of the day during the final few months of the year. However, if yoga and sunbathing sound preferable to clubbing the days and nights away, then explore the many faces of Ibiza and choose the aspects that appeal the most to you.

Bodrum, Turkey

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Current temperature 23 degrees, flight time about 4 hours

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While the waters around this Turkish port city are often warm enough for swimming in the penultimate month of the year, the same certainly cannot be said for the likes of Brighton and Blackpool. With this in mind, many actually prefer to visit outside the high season: the weather in Bodrum remains favourable long after the crowds have departed, leaving the beaches and off-peak accommodation rates for canny winter sun-seekers.

Costa del Sol, Spain

 Nerja beach, famous touristic town in costa del sol, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain.

Current temperature 25 degrees, flight time 2.5 hours

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For many travellers, Malaga is left as quickly as possible for resorts such as Benalmadena and Fuengirola, but it’s a wonderful city in its own right, with plenty of culture as well as beaches and temperatures that rarely fall below 10 degrees in the depths of winter. Should a cloudy day force you away from the beach, there are plenty of sights such as the Museo Picasso, Museum of Popular Art and Customs, Castillo de Gibralfaro and Malaga Cathedral.

The Algarve, Portugal

 Praia da Marinha - Beautiful Beach Marinha in Algarve, Portugal

Current temperature 22 degrees, flight time about 3 hours

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Is there anywhere better to sit out the grim, grey winter than on that beautiful stretch of sandy beach on which the sun beats down? In January, temperatures can top 28 degrees. The beaches are of the softest sand with just the right number of rocky outcrops for small children to clamber over, the Atlantic Ocean laps the shore, wild weather at sea is not unheard of, and the gentle pace of life in the small towns and villages of the Algarve offers a cure for rat-raceitis.

Paphos, Cyprus

 Ruins of ancient Kourion. Limassol District. Cyprus

Current temperature 28 degrees, flight time about 5 hours

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Sun can be sought successfully in this southern Cypriot city, right up until the year’s close: temperatures in December have been known to surpass 20 degrees. Rich in intriguing history, Paphos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site strewn with archaeological sites and artefacts from the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. The mosaics of New Paphos, in particular, attract much admiration.

Larnaca, Cyprus

 Rock of Aphrodite

Current temperature 28 degrees, flight time 4 hours

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The second Cypriot city to make our list, Larnaca lies on the eastern side of Cyprus. This part of the island has the hottest and driest climate. It’s an excellent choice for a package break, with the airport conveniently close to the resorts. The city is known for its beaches, water sports, nightlife and beautiful palm tree-lined seafront.

Costa Cálida, Spain

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Current temperature 21 degrees, flight time about 2.5 hours

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Off the tourist track, (as much as any part of perennially popular Spain can be) the Costa Cálida gets at least 315 days of sunshine every year. This region is in southeastern Spain, a land of beautiful beaches, calm waters, small towns and gentle landscapes. And lots and lots of golf courses.

Marrakech, Morocco

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Current temperature 23 degrees, flight time 3.5 hours

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The “Red City” is not on the coast so there are no beaches to flock to, but there are magical gardens. Plus, there is its Old Town, its souks, the Koutoubia Mosque and Bab Agnaou. Even in January, as Britons turn up the thermostat to its highest setting, Marrakesh is basking in temperatures of around 20 degrees.

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Top 10 short-haul sun spots was last modified: November 16th, 2017 by Oonagh Shiel
Author: Oonagh Shiel (3400 posts)

Content Manager at Cheapflights whose travel life can be best summed up as BC (before children) and PC (post children). We only travel during the school holidays so short-haul trips and staycations are our specialities!