After what feels like an eternity of being stuck in lockdown, the thought of being able to travel again fills us all with joy. While we still have to be cautious about what destinations to choose as per the official government travel guidelines, that certainly isn’t going to stand in our way of jetting off for some much-deserved winter sun.
To help you decide on where to visit on your next getaway, we’ve put together our list of top 3 destinations to escape to this winter.
1. Madeira, Portugal
With its deliciously warm climate all year round, you won’t be disappointed with a trip to this vibrant volcanic island. Set just 520km from the northwest coast of Africa, there’s a whole host of things to see and do on this beautiful green island.
Trek through the subtropical forest of Laurissilva, famously named after its broadleaf tree species known as “Laurophyll” – it is said to be like something out of a movie, with its ethereal and enchanting feel. Or why not absorb some local culture at the Casa Das Mudas art gallery? Strategically placed on a dramatic cliff edge overlooking breath-taking views of the Atlantic ocean.
2. Alicante, Spain
This wondrous city is set within the 200km coastal line of Costa Blanca. Lose yourself exploring the charming old town of Casco Antiguo (Spanish for Ancient District) which is swimming with local culture and historical architecture. Or take a romantic evening stroll to the Castle of Santa Barbara – complete with sea views that sparkle against the twinkling city lights after sunset.
If you’re booking your trip in advance, don’t forget to organise your airport transfers to and from this beautiful city, so you can make the most of every moment while you’re there!
3. Limassol, Cyprus
As one of the warmest parts of the Mediterranean during winter, if it’s hot climates you’re in search of, look no further than Cyprus. Located on Cyprus’s southern coast is the ancient city of Limassol. Explore the Medieval Limassol castle, dating all the way back to the 1500s! Enjoy a sun-filled stroll down the Promenade, with luscious sea views where you can stop for refreshments at the many authentic eateries and cafes scattered along it. Or why not do a spot of shopping in the exquisite Limassol Old Town?
Get to know the locals at the fantastic markets, filled with authentic cuisine and traditional clothing and souvenirs. However you decide to spend your time in Limassol, with warm sunshine, blues skies, and tranquil waters surrounding you, you’re sure to have a trip to remember here.
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