If you enjoy an easy to reach sub tropical climate but don’t fancy the Canary Islands the Portugese island of Madeira could be the place for you. Aside from beaches this is the perfect destination for anyone looking for an active break with surfing and other water sports available all over the island and the largest evergreen forest in the world at the Laurisilva Forest.
Average winter temperatures are 20° C. Flight time is 4 hours.
Miami is an experience as much as a destination. Art Deco on South Beach, shop of the best shopping and dining in the world and of course, those white sandy beaches. Hard to beat as a choice for a fun filled winter holiday.
Average winter temperatures are 20-25°C. Flight time is 9 hours.
Just one hours flight time south past the Canary Islands the Cape Verde islands off the coast of Senegal offer guaranteed hot winter sun. Across the 10 different islands there are activities and experiences to suit all from the more beach and activity based Sal to Mindelo which offers a more cultural experience it is worth doing some research before chooing your island.
Average winter temperatures are 28°C. Flight time is 5 hours.
Rio de Janeiro
The party capital of the world will be partying even harder in 2014 with the World Cup about to visit town. Soak up some serious sun on the iconic Copacabana or Ipanema beaches or vist the famous Christ the Redeemer statue for breathtaking views over the city. You can also take a cable car to the summit of the Sugarloaf for a different perspective and even more impressive views are available by having a go at the current number one tourist attraction…hang gliding over the city.
Average winter temperatures are 29°C. Flight time is 11 hours.
Yes it is a long way to go for some sun but the ultimate getaway from Irish winter has to be a visit to the southern hemisphere’s summer. The biggest challenge you will find with a short holiday to Australia is deciding where to go and how to divide up your time. There is just so much to see here serious research is required before you plan your route.
Average winter temperatures are 25-30°C. Flight time is 22 hours.