Top 5 Winter Sun Destinations (Flight Time of 6 hours or Less!)

23 November 2011

Top up your tan without emptying your wallet with a "medium-haul" winter sun holiday. Northern Europe isn't quite warm enough to get that winter suntan and if you are short on time or don't want to spend a lot, you may not want to travel long haul for your winter sun break. That's why winter sun holidays to "medium haul" destinations are ideal.

Typical selling prices for "medium haul" destinations is generally lower than long haul hotspots such as the Caribbean or the Maldives due to shorter flight times and the availability of affordable accommodation and amenities. Here are our Top Five Winter Sun Destinations, all of which are have flying times of 6 hours or less.

1. Cape Verde

Located half way between Portugal and Brazil, a holiday to Cape Verde offers a similar climate to the Canaries with average temperatures between 22 and 29 degrees in winter. The flight time from the UK to Cape Verde is approximately 5 hours. Cape Verde is a group of 10 islands, the most popular of which tend to be Boa Vista Island and Sal Island.

2. The Gambia

A beach holiday to the Gambia is probably the best value option for an affordable winter sun holiday. Temperatures can be as high as 33 degrees and holiday prices are very reasonable for budget hotels, all inclusives and 4 and 5 star breaks. If you are flexible on dates, as a guide, you can usually pick up a deal to budget accommodation for less than £250 on a bed and breakfast basis, a 3 or 4 star property for less than £500 including meals and a 5 star deal for less than £700. Flight time from the UK to the Gambia is around 6 hours.

3. Egypt

There are a number of affordable options for a winter sun holiday to Egypt. You could take a city break to Cairo or take a River Cruise up the Nile. Alternatively you could visit Luxor where you will find affordable luxury hotels within easy reach of the popular sights such as the Valley of Kings, the Valley of Queens and the Karnak temple. Another option is to explore the marine life with a diving holiday to the Red Sea, or relax in a luxury Spa hotel or All Inclusive resort which are plentiful in the popular areas of Sharm El Sheikh, Taba Heights and Hurghada. Flight time from the UK to Egypt is around 5 hours and winter temperatures tend to average between 20 and 25 degrees.

4. Senegal

You may not have considered a holiday to Senegal and to be honest it isn't going to be as cheap as the other destinations in this article. But with average temperatures of 22 to 29 degrees all winter and a flight time of just 6 hours, if you are looking to try somewhere different, why not consider Senegal for a change?

5. Canary Islands

The Canary Islands have long been popular with British holiday-makers largely due to the near guarantee of year-round sunshine! The Islands include Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma and La Gomera plus some smaller islands. The Canary Islands offer something for all budgets from basic self catering apartments through to luxury spa hotels and all inclusives. Flight time from the Uk to the Canaries is around 4 and a half hours.

Happy Winter Sun Holidays!!

We hope you find this selection of winter sun holiday destinations useful. If any of our suggestions tickle your fancy, you can browse our latest holiday offers or contact our Travel Advisors for the latest deals........ Happy holidays!!!