Dreaming of a Sunshine Christmas: Best Places for a Sun Holiday at Christmas Time
As the end of each year arrives, there is often talk of a white Christmas, and there are many people who want to see the snow falling when they look out of the window during the festive season. There are others, however, who would much rather jet off for some winter sunshine and spend Christmas on warmer shores than sit in front of the fireplace. Would you like to take a sun holiday and pass the days building sandcastles with the kids, and soaking up the experience of Christmas abroad instead of shovelling snow off the drive? Here are a few destinations to consider for a sun holiday at Christmas time.
Costa del Sol
Think sunshine and your thoughts will immediately leap to the Costa del Sol, where you’ll see people quite happily walking around in shorts, even in winter time. That’s because you’ll be looking at an average temperature of around 12 or 13 degrees Celsius and hardly any rain compared to home.
In Benalmadena and Fuengirola, you can visit the traditional Christmas markets and get some unique gifts if you’ve still not got all that present shopping done! Stay till January 5th and you’ll also be able to catch the traditional Three Kings parade that comes to Benalmadena, as the Spanish like to celebrate the visit of the Three Kings to Bethlehem.
If you want to see more of the Christmas markets, visit the capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga, which features a huge market in city’s central park. Admire the Christmas lights in the city, too, while you’re there.
Wintertime Tenerife is amazing. Just imagine the view of Mount Teide, which is the highest point in Spain, snow-capped under a clear blue sky with the sun shining down on it. If you’re torn between staying at home for a white Christmas and getting away for some winter sun, then the postcard picture sight of Teide lets you experience the best of both worlds!
When you’re feeling the Christmas spirit, the southern part of Tenerife is really the place to be because of all the Christmas Eve parties going on. Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje are especially good places to start your festive season with a tipple and some dancing. In northern Tenerife, the locals tend to spend Christmas Eve with their families, and restaurants will close earlier. But the south is all about having a good time, no matter what the season!
Take a holiday in Fuerteventura at Christmas time and look forward to temperatures of between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius during the day. Instead of donning a hat and gloves to set foot on the streets, you can pop on a Santa hat and step out on the beach. It’s definitely warm enough to top up your tan. You may even feel like doing a spot of surfing.
Head to northern town Corralejo for New Year and you can enjoy the yearly firework display. Corralejo is also a little quieter in winter than in summer, so if you’re looking for a pleasant Christmas without crowds, it’s an ideal location for your last holiday of the year.
Christmas is coming and is always a good time to do something that little bit different. Why not browse our holidays and see where else you could be spending the festive season?