It's time to stop dreaming of a white Christmas and start planning for golden sand and glorious sunshine. A Christmas getaway in your own private villa is the perfect present, with those winter sun cravings all wrapped up. And you can forget about roasting around an open fire! Imagine warming up in the balmy 20°C plus weather instead, laying back on your sunlounger without a care in the world. This is when you really start to believe that it's the most wonderful time of the year. So leave the layers behind, pick out your favourite swimwear and start planning your Christmas holiday. We've put together some of our winter warmer destinations for you to enjoy over the festive period.
Villa holidays are perfect for the festive period! Your villa is your home away from home, where you can maintain as many of your Christmas Day traditions as you like. The winter sun might even encourage you to make a few new ones too! Whether that means taking a dip in the pool before opening your presents or preparing Christmas dinner on the barbecue, it's completely up to you. You'll have plenty of space, privacy and freedom – the perfect recipe for quality time and Christmas celebrations shared with loved ones.
Average December temperatures of 22°C might have you dashing straight for the beach, throwing down your towel and thawing out after the winter freeze back home. And why wouldn't you want to? Lanzarote is home to a beautiful coastline! With the Canarian sun beaming down, all those amazing summer feelings soon come flooding back. Plus, there's beaches for every taste too. From black sands off the beaten track, to golden stretches in Los Ajaches Natural Park. But with the scorching summer sunshine over until next year, the cooler breeze might bring out your inner adventurer. This is the perfect time to trek and hike your way across Lanzarote's volcanic terrain! You could soon be swapping a chilly Christmas back home for exploring craters in the winter sun…
A little cooler than the summer months, Christmas getaways in the Algarve offer ideal temperatures for exploring the historic towns and cities. Lagos is one of the most intriguing, with a seafaring history that dates back hundreds of years. Statues dotted around tell the tale of this fascinating coastal gem, so be sure to take these in on your stroll around the city. Maybe the only walking you're planning on doing is from tee to green? The Algarve is home to a number of Championship golf courses and average monthly temperatures of 20°C offer almost perfect conditions. Although with the mention of these December temperatures, your mind might have already wandered off to the beach? With turquoise waters, inviting sands and rugged cliffs, the Algarve's 100 mile coastline could offer the best gift of all.
Boasting the same winter temperatures as its Canary island counterpart, Gran Canaria offers plenty more stunning beaches for winter sun and spending Christmas abroad. But there's much more to see and do on these shores. And if you're searching for a city with lots of layers, Las Palmas is likely to lure you in. The old town of Vegueta is a cultural gem, with cathedrals, chapels and colonial buildings that all add to its sparkle. While the district of Triana offers a slightly more modern take on life in Gran Canaria, with equally as much charm. All this culture is just a stone's throw from the beach too! So if you are craving a stroll along the sand or a relaxing sunbathing session be sure to head to Las Canteras Beach. And with mountain hiking, deep sea diving and impressive sand dunes, you'll really feel like you've pulled a cracker with a Gran Canaria Christmas Getaway.