Summers don’t need to be restricted to when it’s hot at home! Chase summer across the equator and enjoy those endless days.
Here’s our top seven locations for some winter sun.
Language: Arabic and French
Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAH)
Hours from London: Three
Located on the western coast of Morocco, this traditional coastal town boasts beautiful views of the Atlantic, charming souks and a medina that’s one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
Frequented by Jimmy Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane, it’s retained its hippy, laid back vibe – so it’s perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun!
Hours from London: Nine
Florida’s known as the ‘sunshine state’, so if you’re looking for sizzling sun, clear blue sea and long stretches of pure white sand, you really can’t go wrong in Miami.
South Beach is the home of some beautiful Art Deco architecture as well as a great mix of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and hotels. Be sure to check out the bright neon lights of the iconic Dolphin Mall, or if you’re feeling sporty, head on down to Marlins Park and enjoy a game of baseball in the summer sun!
Rio de Janeiro
Currency: Real (BRL)
Hours from London: Twelve
With temperatures in wintertime reaching up to thirty degrees Celsius, it’s no wonder this lush, tropical destination has taken a coveted spot on our list! Located on the edge of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro has more than enough to offer in the winter months – sparkling golden beaches, steamy rainforest-covered mountains and a fascinating rich history to discover.
For the party animals, Rio Carnival is held before lent every year. Expect to see extravagant floats, bouncy music and plenty of energetic Cariocas in fancy dress! For those seeking a more relaxed holiday, the Jardim Botanico boasts more than six thousand species of tropical plant and an idyllic Japanese garden to enjoy in the sunshine.
Sal, the Cape Verde Islands
Currency: Cape Verdean Escudo (CVE)
Hours from London: Four
Of the ten isles that make up Cape Verde, Sal is said to be the most popular for its quaint salt marches (from which the islands name stems), dormant volcanoes and beautiful turquoise sea. Santa Maria has lots to offer the tourists that go looking for a chilled, relaxing holiday – a haven of beach resorts complete with day spas and waterside cocktail bars. With temperatures creeping up to twenty-six degrees Celsius, this is the perfect island getaway for those seeking some winter sun and picturesque views.
Language: Arabic and English
Currency: Dirham (AED)
Hours from London: Seven
Often cited as the playground of the rich and famous, Dubai has now become more frequented by holidaymakers looking for a touch of sun during European winter. Known for its glamorous shopping malls, breath-taking architecture and sweltering heat – you’ll never run out of things to do. Dubai is home to the tallest building in the world, the five star Burj Khalifa resort, and several other record breaking structures. Let the kids run wild in the Aquaventure Waterpark, or spend a tranquil evening strolling down the Gold Souk. Temperatures can reach up to twenty-nine degrees Celsius during European winter months so be sure to pack your sun cream!
Language: Seselwa, French, English
Currency: Seychellois rupee (SCR)
Hours from London: Ten and a half
The Seychelles is a dreamy holiday destination that’s perfect for chasing away your winter blues! Fancy being surrounded by one hundred and fifteen heavenly coralline islands in 32 degree heat? We think you’d be crazy to overlook the crystal-clear salty waters and palm adorned beaches of this destination. Kick back and relax on Anse Coco Beach, or for a local flavour of the Seychelles, pay a trip to Victoria Market where you can meet the natives and buy local delicacies.
Language: English, Antiguan Creole
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Hours from London: Eight and a half
From thrill seekers to beach bums, hippy to conservative, Antigua boasts activities and hotspots for every holiday maker. Intrepid travellers will be queueing up to swim with and feed stingrays at Stingray City or hire a tropical catamaran in Jolly Harbour. To let off some steam, there’s dozens of spotless beaches offering ‘Eco Tours’ and scuba diving lessons. Soak up the sun and explore everything this destination has to offer – after all, ‘happiness is a day at the beach’!