The weather is miserable, and many of us are feeling stressed by the Christmas shopping and the thought of feeding the masses over the festive period. So what could be better than planning an escape in the New Year? A spot of winter sunshine can work wonders and make spring seem less far away.
If you are lucky enough to be heading off to sunny climes, make sure you don’t pay over the odds for parking at the airport by using our Airport Parking Shop to make your booking.
Now, lets take a look at those Top Destinations for Winter Sun we mentioned…
The Canary Islands
Only a four-hour flight from the UK, the Canaries are probably the closest destination for sun-starved Brits to have almost guaranteed winter warmth. Of the various islands forming the Canaries, Gran Canaria is recognised as having the best climate. In fact, its capital, Las Palmas, has been ranked as the city with the best climate in the world by a leading climatologist.
The temptation when holidaying in the Canaries is just to lie on the beach or by the pool, moving only to enjoy a tapas lunch and a jug of sangria. But if you are the sporty type, there are ample opportunities for hiking, cycling, kite-surfing, wind-surfing and diving.
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Unless you relish shade temperatures in the 40s, the best time of year to visit Dubai is in the winter. If you are a shopaholic, you will love this Emirate: huge malls and traditional souks offer everything from designer labels to gold, perfume and spices.
Even the most dedicated shopper needs a change now and then though, so you will be glad to know that as well as sunbathing on the beach you can visit water parks, zoos, cultural centres, museums, sports stadia or even go for a desert safari.
Flights to Dubai leave from: London Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester.
You may have fun haggling in the souks, wondering whether you have really got a bargain, but use our website to make sure you get the best rate for parking.
The southern hemisphere in our winter offers great weather and there is no need to go all the way to the Antipodes to have a break from grey skies and freezing temperatures. South Africa is half the flying time and has become a popular destination for Brits seeking winter sunshine, particularly the Cape Town area.
Within a few hours’ drive of Cape Town you can enjoy wine tasting at Franschoek, game spotting at Sanbona and whale watching at Hermanus, to say nothing of taking the cable car up Table Mountain in the city itself or visiting Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.
Cape Town has direct flights from London Heathrow. Unless you live near Heathrow you will probably want to drive to the airport, rather than struggle on and off public transport with all your luggage. Make sure you get the best possible rate by booking with us.
Egypt has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons this year but the Red Sea resorts such as Sharm-el-Sheikh and Hurghada are a long way from the civil unrest and violence of Cairo.
Enjoying a perfect winter climate, the area has become popular with those who like scuba diving and snorkelling in warm waters and of course with those who just want to sit on the beach with a good book. If you get bored sunbathing, it is also possible to take a day trip to Jordan or St Catherine’s Monastery, or even climb Mount Sinai to see the sun rise.
If you have children and are looking for a good combination of theme parks and silver sandy beaches, then Florida is a great choice.
The various theme parks in Orlando offer something for everyone, from the tiny tots meeting Winnie the Pooh to the thrill-seekers getting their adrenaline rush at 65 mph on the Kraken roller coaster. The Gulf coast of Florida offers miles of beautiful sandy beaches, often with the added bonus of seeing dolphins playing close to the shore.
Orlando airport is served by direct flights from: Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester. Entry to the theme parks does not come cheap so make your money go further by getting a good rate on airport parking by using Airport Parking Shop.
Enjoy the sun!