Top 10 winter sun destinations for the over 50s- all under £350

From our friends at Skyscanner why not escape to the sun from just £37 – start dreaming with these gorgeous pictures of 10 of their top winter warmer destinations.

Now the nights are drawing in and your summer holiday seems a long, long way away, it’s time to start planning your escape from the UK this winter. But you don’t have to break the bank jetting off to the Maldives – we bring you 10 sunny places that you can fly to for under £350. Start dreaming…


1. Malaga, Spain from £34

Average January high temperature: 17C
Average daily sunshine hours in January: 8
Average monthly January rainfall 70mm

Winter warmth isn’t guaranteed in the south of Spain, although the Costa del Sol, sheltered by the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, is your best bet for winter sun in Europe.


2. Lanzarote from £64

Temp: 20C
Sun hours: 6
Rainfall: 30mm

Lying just 70miles off the coast of West Africa, Lanzarote is well positioned for winter warmth. The sand is black but there’ll be none of the white stuff falling on Lanzarote’s beaches.


3. Orlando, Florida from £349

Temp: 21C
Sun hours: 7
Rainfall: 67mm

Winter is a much more agreeable time to visit Orlando than in the heat and holiday crowds of high summer. But if you go on holiday to Florida, you don’t have to do Disney, or any theme park, come to that – just enjoy the sunshine.


4. Gran Canaria from £64

Temp: 21C
Sun hours: 7
Rainfall: 26.6mm

The weather actually varies across the island of Gran Canaria, but the sub-tropical south is a sure bet for sun. Don’t miss the magnificent Maspalomas sand dunes – close your eyes and you could be in the Sahara desert.


5. Doha, Qatar from £274

Temp: 21C
Sun hours: 8
Rainfall: 13mm

Doha was once just a small pearl fishing village and now it’s capital of the richest country in the world. Interesting. Contemplate history while lounging in the winter sunshine on the beaches on Palm Tree Island.


6. Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from £155

Temp: 22C
Sun hours: 9
Rainfall: 1mm

Unless you like the searing heat of summer in Egypt, winter is a preferable time to holiday in Sharm. As well as the beach, the resort also offers first-rate scuba diving in the Red Sea, where you’ll see dazzling fish and many-coloured corals.


7. Dubai from £260

Temp: 23C
Sun hours: 8
Rainfall: 10mm

Average temperatures in Dubai hit the crazy heights of the 40s in summer, so check out the capital of the UAE in the agreeable winter months when you can laze on the beach until you’re bored, then hit the shops.


8. Abu Dhabi from £277

Temp: 24C
Sun hours: 10
Rainfall: 9mm

If Dubai is a little over-done for your tastes, up-and-comer Abu Dhabi is a similar Gulf destination: brash, flash, and boasting a winter climate of sunshine and hardly any rain, just a mid-haul flight away.


9. Cape Verde from £218

Temp: 24C
Sun hours: 7
Rainfall: 2mm

Just a few years ago, Cape Verde was undiscovered territory for holidaymakers, but Brits are starting to cotton on to the glories of this Atlantic island group’s beaches, scenery and reliable winter sun.


10. Goa, India from £299

Temp: 24C
Sun hours: 10
Rainfall: 0mm

Check out that stat: 0mm. No rain. Can’t say fairer than that. While an average of 80mm of rain falls on Manchester in January, it’s the dry season in India’s sunshine state, Goa. Nice.

Article courtesy of Skyscanner


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