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24 SURPRISINGLY AFFORDABLE PLACES TO CHASE THE WINTER SUN

At this time of year, it’s dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home. Depressing. Perhaps that explains my recent daydreams of sun-drenched destinations and a dose of much-needed vitamin D. But Christmas (the most financially draining of festivals) is fast approaching and the sad fact is, I don’t have much dosh to dedicate to holidays.

To help, I’m going to take you through our list of 24 destinations that pack a punch in terms of temperature, but are a little gentler on the pocket. Enjoy…

1. Cape Verde

The best thing about Cape Verde (apart from the year-round warm weather) is the distinct personalities of each island: head to São Vicente for bars, Boa Vista for beaches, Santo Antão for walks through lush landscapes and Santiago for architecture. But why not tick them all off while you’re there? From diving shipwrecks to trying out windsports, it’s a top spot for winter breaks.

Average price per week: £308*

Average temperature January – May: 23°C

To sum up: “Sunshine and hospitality that will put a smile on your face”

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2. Fuerteventura

Gentle winds and white sand beaches await you in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.

Its name means ‘good wind’ and so it’s not surprising that it’s a centre for watersports including windsurfing. It’s also on the same latitude as Florida and Mexico, but far more affordable.

Average price per week: £392

Average temperature January – May: 19°C

To sum up: “Expect weather as warm as the welcome”

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3. Goa

If you like your winters warm, go to Goa. This holiday haven in western India has miles of golden beaches where you can gaze out over the Arabian sea. Palm trees? Sure. Traditional fishing boats? Absolutely. Food-wise, expect an exciting, exotic blend of flavours: you can even take a tour of a spice farm to enhance the experience.

Average price per week: £425

Average temperature January – May: 28°C

To sum up: “Sun, sea, spices and more shades of blue than you knew existed”

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4. Granada

Perhaps best known for the magnificent Alhambra Palace, the province of Granada is an enigmatic and intriguing region nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Against this inspiring backdrop, you’ll find old-school bars that make top-notch tapas, and modern street art that makes a statement.

Average price per week: £427

Average temperature January – May: 25°C

To sum up: “A magical mix of modern and medieval”

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5. Tenerife

The largest in the Canary Island archipelago, Tenerife is a delightful mix of the traditional and the contemporary. Charming towns like La Oratava provide the perfect antidote to the bustling, Brit-heavy south of the island, where you’ll find most of the all-inclusive resorts and white beaches (made with imported Saharan sand). If hiking is your idea of heaven, then Mount Teide (Spain’s highest peak) offers rewarding climbs and vistas of the island’s rugged, volcanic landscape.

Average price per week: £436

Average temperature January – May: 18°C

To sum up: “A lava-hot holiday destination”

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6. Penang, Malaysia

Penang is the perfect choice for travellers wanting to experience the East in all its exotic glory. Celebrated the world over for its cuisine, foodies will fall for the island state’s street food as well as its fine dining. Adventure junkie? Trek through the jungle. Laid-back traveller? Relax in the shelter of a palm tree on the beach.

Average price per week: £464

Average temperature January – May: 28°C

To sum up: “Tasty treats and tropical temperatures”

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7. Naples, Italy

Naples charms its visitors and perhaps this is down to the city’s affinity with fabulous food. From seafood to street food, you can wander from one captivating culinary experience to the next. If you’re happy dividing your time between beautiful architecture and appetising cuisine, Naples is tough to beat.

Average price per week: £483

Average temperature January – May: 13°C

To sum up: “Food, food, jaw-dropping architecture… and more food”

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8. Lanzarote

Another volcanic island in the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is a patchwork of cliffs, beaches, valleys, craters and lava fields. Wander along the promenade in Arrecife, take in Puerto Calero’s quiet harbour or cove-hop your way around the pretty coast discovering little beaches and snorkelling opportunities… there’s no shortage of ways to fill your sunny visit.

Average price per week: £497

Average temperature January – May: 19°C

To sum up: “Other-worldly landscapes and seaside relaxation”

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9. Guadeloupe

A paradise in the south Caribbean sea, Guadeloupe’s rich cultural heritage gives it a truly unique character. The rhythm of these islands is infectious and its musical traditions offer incredible variety from Conch and Creole jazz (using actual conch shells) to Gwo-Ka (singing and dancing to Ka drums). Don’t miss the smaller island of Marie Galante, with its white sand beaches, château and rum distillery.

Average price per week: £504

Average temperature January – May: 26°C

To sum up: “Caribbean beats under the tropical sun”

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10. Lisbon

Lisbon brings together the best aspects of beach and city, so it’s the ideal winter getaway. The cityscape undulates with domes and tiled roofs spreading out over the hilly terrain. Its charming trams add to the sense of history too. But don’t be fooled: Lisbon is home to a lively clubbing scene, so nightlife seekers won’t be disappointed.

Average price per week: £511

Average temperature January – May: 14°C

To sum up: “A near-unbeatable beach and city combination”

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11. Pattaya

The nightlife in Pattaya is as hot as the average temperature (a sweltering 31°C), with bars and clubs aplenty. The stunning bay curves in a spectacular crescent with buildings bordering the beach, giving a unique coastal cityscape. Head to the neon lights of Pattaya’s Walking Street for the biggest choice of entertainment, but be warned: this is certainly not a location for shy and retiring types.

Average price per week: £527

Average temperature January – May: 31°C

To sum up: “Bright lights and eyebrow-raising entertainment”

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12. Gippsland

Gippsland is home to some of Southeast Australia’s most glorious natural sights, including Australia’s largest inland water network, the Gippsland Lakes. The rich environment supports a wealth of wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, wombats and even elusive echidnas. It’s a landscape on a truly awe-inspiring scale.

Average price per week: £529

Average temperature January – May: 22°C

To sum up: “Outdoor adventures, aboriginal trails and wildlife wonderland”

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13. Mauritius

This tiny island nation in the middle of the Indian Ocean has captured the imagination of travellers for centuries. Its forested volcanic peaks and inviting beaches are the stuff of desert island stories and, for many holidaymakers, a dream reserved for honeymoons. But a rental here is surprisingly affordable, so you can go without getting married first.

Average price per week: £547

Average temperature January – May: 28°C

To sum up: “Coral reefs, lagoons and crystal waters… a snorkeller’s paradise”

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14. Gran Canaria

Another Canary Island has made it onto our list: Gran Canaria. The expansive sand dunes at Meloneras bring a hint of the Sahara to the island and this contrasts beautifully with the lush landscape at its centre: head to the Tamadaba forest and you’ll be rewarded with wonderful views across to Tenerife. The marina and beach at Puerto de Mogán are highlights too.

Average price per week: £569

Average temperature January – May: 18°C

To sum up: “Rich landscapes and sand dunes make this a surprising hit”

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15. Sunshine Coast, Australia

From the multicoloured sands of Rainbow Beach in the north to Caloundra in the south, Australia’s Sunshine Coast sounds spectacular and doesn’t disappoint. Watch for whales appearing in the waves or stop for a surf school session. If watersports sound too much like hard work, just relax on the beach and enjoy the warm air and laid-back lifestyle.

Average price per week: £592

Average temperature January – May: 23°C

To sum up: “Sun, sea, colourful sand and a warm welcome”

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16. Buenos Aires, Argentina

The sultry heat of Argentina’s capital city has seduced many a traveller over the centuries. As you explore, there is shopping to enjoy, flavoursome steaks to sample and impressive architecture to admire. And after all that, you’ll have no trouble finding a venue to experience the steamy Argentine tango (the city’s most famous export).

Average price per week: £626

Average temperature January – May: 24°C

To sum up: “Heat things up in fiery South America”

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17. Madrid

Madrid is a spicy melting pot with an exciting mix of old and new, especially in its food scene. After a day seeing the sights and tasting the tapas, this spellbinding city will hit you with its after-dark appeal: take your pick from the contemporary restaurants, laid-back cafés and bars. At the end of the night, just follow the crowd to a club and dance till dawn.

Average price per week: £629

Average temperature January – May: 12°C

To sum up: “A spectacular city bursting with life”

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18. Florence

Don’t be put off by Florence’s relatively low average temperature throughout the winter: it’s still a stunning city to explore. You can’t help but admire the magnificent dome of the Duomo and lose track of time in the art galleries. With so much to see, you’ll probably have to arrange a return visit. Oh well…

Average price per week: £677

Average temperature January – May: 12°C

To sum up: “The heart of Italian art and architecture”

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19. Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Diving and snorkelling are ideal ways to spend your days in Ocho Rios, on Jamaica’s north coast: the turquoise waters and sea life are breathtaking. The Coyaba River Gardens, with their walkways and trails, take you past waterfalls and pools where you can swim and soak up the tropical atmosphere. Heaven.

Average price per week: £723

Average temperature January – May: 27°C

To sum up: “Perfection for lovers of year-round warmth and laid-back living”

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20. Rome, Italy

Even the novice traveller is richly rewarded for their first wander around the ‘Eternal City’. Ancient ruins, monuments, frescoes and churches appear around almost every corner and it’s a genuine feast for the eyes. Once the sun sets, get dressed up and head to the many fashionable bars for an apéritif before sampling some of the irresistible Italian fare on offer. Pasta Romana, anyone?

Average price per week: £752

Average temperature January – May: 13°C

To sum up: “Step back in time”

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21. Orlando, Florida

Located in Florida (known as the Sunshine State), Orlando has a balmy average temperature of 20°C over the winter months. It’s best known for exciting theme parks and stands out as a perfect out-of-season spot for a seriously fun family holiday. But if you’re looking for an altogether gentler experience, dig a little deeper and you’ll uncover charming gardens, museums and pretty avenues, a world away from the delighted screams and whooshing rides of the parks.

Average price per week: £780

Average temperature January – May: 20°C

To sum up: “Lots to discover in the Sunshine State”

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22. Puerto Rico

The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is a place of enchanting natural beauty: from mountainous rainforest to vibrant coral reefs, its wonders never cease. During the day, relax with a stroll on the beach or explore the island’s colonial history. When the sun goes down, treat yourself to a tour of the island’s bioluminescent bay: the resident organisms create a spectacular green glow in the water illuminating sharks, rays and fish. Unforgettable.

Average price per week: £811

Average temperature January – May: 18°C

To sum up: “Warm, white sand and palm trees aplenty”

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23. Perth, Australia

A visit to Perth in Western Australia promises everything from outback adventures to beachside relaxation. If it’s Wi-Fi free wilderness you want, head north to the Kimberley, Australia’s last frontier. If a bustling bar and café scene is more your style, the port city of Fremantle is just 30 minutes from Perth. But for simple, breathtaking beauty, the cliffs and crashing turquoise waves of the coast are tough to beat.

Average price per week: £823

Average temperature January – May: 23°C

To sum up: “Australia’s west coast wonder”

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24. Phuket, Thailand

Dramatic limestone cliffs rising through the water, waves lapping the shores and fishing boats bobbing on the sea: this Thai island really is the picture of paradise. If you’ve had your fill of cocktails on the beach (admittedly this is rather unlikely), hit the culture trail exploring Phuket Old Town’s history as a trading hub. After dark, the west coast beach nightlife is as hot as the average temperature (around 28°C).

Average price per week: £989

Average temperature January – May: 28°C

To sum up: “A warm (and wild) spot to soak up some sun”

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