4 Destinations you can escape to for Winter Sun
Are you suffering from the Winter blues? The days are shorter and darker and the bright lights of summer are long gone. If you’re wanting to escape the cold climate and bathe in the sunshine, there are plenty of destinations you can get away to this Winter and can fly direct from Birmingham Airport.
Situated on the coast of Cyprus, Paphos is perfect for those seeking a hot, relaxing beach getaway during these chilly winter months. Visit Coral Bay, one of the most beautiful coastal regions in the country, where the sandy beaches are surrounded by sparkling clear water, fishing villages and the grand Troodos mountains.
Included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world’s heritage, Paphos has many spectacular ancient ruins and archaeological sites to offer. Embrace the Cypriot history and culture by visiting the Paphos Archaeological Park where you can see the remains of the House of Orpheus, the Basilica of Panagia Limeniotissa and the Tomb of Kings.
Approximate flight time from Birmingham: 4 hours 30 minutes
Top temperature in December: 18°
Fly direct with: Jet2.com, TUI
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A luxurious, glamourous holiday calling your name? Dubai is the place to go.
Marvel in awe at the stunning architecture of the Middle Eastern Metropolis. See some of the world’s greatest in one city, including the World’s tallest building, largest mall, and largest flower arrangement.
Tired of the city pace? Relax in the sun on the white sandy beaches, which stretch for over 10 miles along the coast! Notably, Sunset Beach is perfect for catching a beautiful evening sky, or Kite Beach for some fun on a windy day.
Renowned for its giant shopping centres, Dubai’s shopping scene is one of the best in the world. Visit Downtown Dubai to find The Dubai Mall, the largest shopping centre in the world, or the opulent Mall of the Emirates, for a shopping (and skiing!) experience.
The city is full of attractions including everything from fine dining, to museums, and buzzing nightlife. There is really something for everyone in this lavish city.
Approximate flight time from Birmingham: 7 hours
Top temperature in December: 26°
Fly direct with: Emirates
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Perfect for families, Tenerife offers a perfect balance of activities and relaxation.
Enjoy the landscape of the island with a hike up the Anaga Mountains, or a sail around the coast to observe the marine life.
For families, there are several fun activities available, including waterparks (Siam Park and Aqualand) and the Loro Pargue Zoo.
Take some time to relax at one of the countless cafes, bars and restaurants or enjoy some time in the sun at one of the several beaches around the island. Benijo beach also offers whale and dolphin watching excursions as well as surfing and other water sports.
History lovers will enjoy a visit to the archaeological sites of Gauche time and the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar, as well as the numerous museums on the island.
Approximate flight time from Birmingham: 4 hours 25 minutes
Top temperature in December: 21°
Fly direct with: Ryanair, Jet2.com and TUI
Overflowing with modern life, the capital of India is the perfect place for a change of pace and a completely different cultural experience.
Visit the 17th century Old Delhi for a more traditional feel, complete with vibrant streets, markets, local street food, and historical mosques and tombs.
For a more contemporary experience, visit New Delhi to see the impressive colonial architecture, monuments and museums. Enjoy some shopping at the malls and relish in some downtime in the many excellent restaurants and peaceful gardens scattered throughout the city.
Complete the Indian experience by sightseeing at some of Delhi’s top landmarks, including the towering Qutub Minar, the stunning Humayun’s Tomb and the iconic India Gate.