7 incredible destinations to escape the chill of winter

Frost crystals on a window with the winter sun rising outside, and tree branches casting blue shadows, in central Michigan, USA
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Get some holiday inspiration for your winter getaway with seven of the best locations to escape the cold. From modest temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius to the sweltering heat of the 40s, there are plenty of locations to escape to during the cold winter months.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

An ideal location for the whole family, with modest temperatures and a whole array of activities on offer. The Canary Islands are a reliable source of winter sun in Europe, with incredible volcanic landscapes, unique beaches and a lively capital city.

Tenerife beach , Playa de las Teresitas , Canary Islands, Spain
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Cape Verde

With guaranteed temperatures in the mid-20s, Cape Verde is the perfect destination for some winter sun. Located just off the coastline of west Africa, the islands of Cape Verde cater for a range of holiday-makers. So, whether you prefer a week soaking up the rays on a sun lounger, or action-packed days of hiking and water sports, it’s well worth a visit.

Fishing boat off the coast of Sal Island, Cape Verde, Atlantic Ocean
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The Maldives

The perfect retreat if you want nothing but pure relaxation. More of a luxurious destination, it might be costly to get out there, but glorious sunshine, average temperatures of 29C and crystal clear waters await your arrival.

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Rio de Janeiro

If you fancy turning the heat up, Rio de Janeiro is the place for you. Average temperatures over the winter season are a whopping 40 degrees C! So if you love vibrant, city life, stunning views and scorching heat, you need to pay Rio a visit!

View of Sugarloaf Mountain and Botafogo Bay at dawn, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Malta’s subtropical Mediterranean climate means winter on this tiny island is mild and pleasant. Temperatures sit comfortably at 20C, so it’s perfect weather for getting outdoors and experiencing what the island has to offer. Nicknamed ‘The Rock’ by the locals, there are plenty of ways to relax and unwind whilst immersing yourself in the Maltese culture!

Paradise Bay, Cirkewwa, Malta, Europe
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Stunning white beaches, vibrant colourful buildings and a whole lot of culture – Cuba is a solid choice for a winter break in the sun. You’ll be treated to warm, dry weather, with average temperatures of 24C from November to February.  The capital city of Havana is bursting with personality, with bright colours, vintage cars, and sensational food to name but a few of its perks!

Early one morning in Centro Havana
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Miami, USA

If you’re looking for great weather, stunning beaches, buzzing nightlife and great shopping, Miami is the place for you! With its tropical climate, you’re guaranteed the heat, but if you need to cool down, there’s a huge variety of water sports to get involved in.

Surfing, Haulover Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
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