Searching for a winter sun escape? Check out these idyllic destinations

Planning ahead with a spot of winter sun in mind? It is never too early to start the holiday search.

Check out these fantastic winter sun holidays that may just prove to be the perfect winter sun solution!

The Algarve

Winter Sun Holiday- Algarve

Proving quite popular with tourists in 2018, Portugal’s Algarve region is known for its climate and beaches.

Many a voyage of discovery began in the Algarve, with explorers setting off to far flung lands such as Brazil across the Atlantic.

Rather popular with golfers, there is a wide variety of golf courses in the region to choose from. Although deciding may be tricky!

Silves, capital of the region is a former fortress that lies on the bank of the Rio Arde River.

Lying in-land, away from the hustle and bustle of the beaches, the city was once a Moorish capital.

History buffs beware! Days can be lost exploring this town’s past. Castelo de Silves, once home to the lord of the city, has suffered over the years but turrets still remain accessible.

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Malta & Gozo

Winter Sun Holiday - Malta

Almost smack bang in the middle of the Mediterranean, the islands of Malta and Gozo attract tourists throughout the year.

Sadly, the collapse of the Azure window has robbed us of a fantastic landmark known around the world. However, these island still have a lot to offer.

Rugged inlet, Comino, a natural bird sanctuary, is the perfect day-trip and can provide avid hikers a challenge – crossing the island in a day before the last boat sails off!

Valletta, capital of Malta, rightly draws the crowds. The Grand Harbour is the city’s beating heart and bustling with activity.

Over 2,000 years old, the ancient harbour contrasts with the sleek and modern cruise ships that arrive and set sail on a regular basis.

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Tenerife

Winter Sun Holiday - Tenerife

The largest of the Canaries (island, not bird!), Tenerife sits off the coast of Africa. This location provides the island with its magical (it’s nice and hot), climate.

One of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, Tenerife is a walker’s paradise.

Shaped by volcanic activity, the island’s Teide National Park features some stark rock formations and interesting plant life.

A large portion of the park is actually the crater left behind after a huge volcanic eruption took place millions of years ago.

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Cyprus

Winter Sun Holiday - Cyprus

Cyprus, an island entwined with Greek mythology, is another of the great winter sun destinations. Favourite destinations on the island include Paphos and the lively Ayia Napa.

Aphrodite’s Rock, source of great speculation, is a giant sea stack where it is said the goddess Aphrodite was born. This sharp-looking rock is a fitting symbol of the island.

Elsewhere, Limassol, known for its medieval castle and its range of fantastic beaches allows for some downtime to relax by the shoreline.

A stop at Governor’s Beach takes you slightly away from the other busier spots but still gives you access to a great sandy beach.

We recommend visiting The Limassol District Archaeological Museum, home to artefacts found on island dating back to the 4th century.

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