There’s no better way to banish the winter blues than by jetting off to warmer climes.
And with a range of good package deals available, a winter break doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Here are 5 winter sun destinations which won’t break the bank.
With warm weather all year round, a wide range of accommodation and numerous resorts all a short flight away, the Canary Islands have been a favourite winter sun spot for decades.
Lanzarote, the fourth biggest Canary Island, and one of the most sensitively developed, is fast becoming an upmarket destination, with much to offer the culture vulture.
As well as enjoying the island’s beautiful sandy beaches, tourists can visit the unique creations of Lanzarote’s visionary artist and architect Cesar Manrique, who did so much to protect his homeland from over-development.
Seven nights all inclusive at Los Zocos Club Resort, Costa Teguise from £467 per person with Tui.
For those willing to travel a little further, the small African country of Gambia is a great option for a winter sun holiday.
Boasting a subtropical climate with winter temperatures of around 32 degrees, the ‘Smiling Coast of Africa’ offers pristine sandy beaches, lush green nature reserves and a mix of lively and laid-back resorts around six hours away by plane.
Seven nights bed and breakfast at Kombo Beach Hotel, Kotu Beach from £522 per person with Thomas Cook.
Another popular destination for sun-seeking Brits, the Mediterranean island of Cyprus boasts stunning castles, churches and monasteries, glorious sandy beaches and 300 days of sunshine a year.
Among the most popular resorts is Paphos, a picturesque harbour town which boasts an array of Blue Flag beaches as well as being a handy base from which to explore the island’s secluded mountain villages.
Seven nights half board at Dionysos Central Hotel, Paphos from £257 per person with Tui.
If lounging on a beach isn’t your idea of fun, you could always opt for a winter sun city break.
Just four hours away from the UK by plane, the ancient city of Marrakech is a vibrant mix of markets, gardens, public baths, palaces and mosques.
And with temperatures of around 19 degrees, as well as fewer tourists than in the spring and autumn, winter is the perfect time to enjoy the ‘Red City’s’ timeless charms.
Seven nights all inclusive at Riu Tikida Garden from £361 per person with First Choice.
Often overshadowed by its flashier neighbour Dubai, the Gulf state of Oman is an ideal destination for an adventurous winter break.
With almost 2,000 miles of unspoilt coastline rich in marine life, Oman is perfect for scuba diving, snorkelling, whale watching and a whole host of watersports.
As well as possessing some luxury beach resorts, the capital Muscat is a great base for trekking in the nearby Hajar mountains or exploring the country’s desert interior.
Seven nights all inclusive at Park Inn by Radisson Muscat from £619 per person with Expedia.
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