Book a winter escape!
As the days grow colder and nights longer here in the UK, many places across the globe are basking in beautiful, warm weather. In fact, in many holiday hotspots, summer is just getting started.
If you’re sad to see summer go, one of the best ways to banish the blues is to book a sunny winter escape. Here are some ideas to fire up that wanderlust.
If you’re partial to a little luxury, Dubai is drenched in the stuff. From high-end hotels that line the coast, to boutique shops and ultra-modern skyscrapers which pierce the sky, this city is as much glitz as it is glam, and is a true spectacle to behold.
Aside from the hedonistic pleasures, this desert gem has some cultural sights up its sleeve too, and an afternoon amble around the sleepy back lanes of Al Fahidi is an experience not to be missed. The weather hovers at a balmy 26˚C even in the winter months, so it’s the perfect place to top up your tan. If you visit here, be sure to buy the Dubai Pass, which entitles you to up to 60% off the city’s main attractions.
If you’re not too keen on long haul, the Moroccan city of Marrakesh is only a four-hour flight from the UK. Even still, when you step foot in this dusty, red-tinged city, you’ll feel as if you’re a million miles from home.
The town is divided in two, each area as beautiful and beguiling as the next. The walled Medina is steeped in tradition and sprawling with souks, with its plethora of ancient palaces and mansions well worth a visit. In contrast, the Ville Nouvelle boasts roadside cafes, stylish boutiques and well-tended gardens. The best time to visit is from September to November when the intense summer heat subsides.
An archipelago of 10 islands floating 500km off Senegal’s coast, Cape Verde is relatively new to the travel scene but is fast making a name for itself. This is mainly due to its pristine beaches and crystalline shores no postcard could do justice.
Cape Verde caters to all types of traveller. Explore never-ending dunes, stand at the foot of a still-active volcano, stroll through quaint villages clinging to the cliffs, or simply soak up the sun on a white-sand beach with a good book. If relaxing features high on your holiday agenda, the island of Sal is the place to be.
From one Cape to another, the charming, South African port city of Cape Town is something special. Aside from being a thriving and diverse town, it’s the gateway to the mighty and magnificent Table Mountain National Park. The mountain’s summit is reached by cable car, which gives you sweeping, panoramic views over the town as you make your ascent.
If you love wildlife, you’re in luck. Walk with giants at the Addo Elephant National Park, witness whales and dolphins dance in the sea on a boat trip, or come face-to-face with flapping penguins on Boulder Beach. You name it, you can find it in Cape Town.
Once you’ve settled on your winter escape, it’s important to make sure that you’re prepared for all eventualities by taking out quality travel insurance. Medical Travel Compared can find the best policy for your needs, even if you have a pre-existing medical condition.