Naturally, the weather plays an incredibly important role in our decisions about where and when to go on holiday. Many of us are after guaranteed sun, particularly when we don’t get much of it at home! However, if you’re keen to get into the great outdoors, it’s a much more pleasant experience in spring or autumn temperatures rather than the blazing heat of summer. Even the chill of winter has its charms… no really, it does! Here’s our quick guide on where to go, when to go and how to cope with whatever Mother Nature throws at you.
Spring is a great time to make the most of rising temperatures in the Mediterranean. The weather can still be a little unpredictable closer to home, so you may want to consider heading to the largest island in the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus. Flights to Cyprus are cheaper in spring, but temperatures can often reach the mid twenties. The island also enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year.
Cyprus is renowned for a wide variety of beaches, from vast golden stretches of sand to cosy secluded coves. The calm, shallow, warm waters make it ideal for families and water sports enthusiasts alike. Spring is also a great time to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Troodos Mountains in the South, where there’s a wide selection of marked trials. Those in search of a party need look no further than the dizzying nightlife of Ayia Napa.
Packing tip: Take a light waterproof that you can carry around in your bag – should it come, you don’t want a little bit of rain to ruin a day on your hard-earned holiday!
Sun-seekers can find great deals to destinations that are only a short flight time from the UK. Cheap flights to Malaga clock in at less than three hours, giving you the opportunity for plenty of extra time on the beach.
Offering a more traditional taste of Southern Spain, Malaga comes complete with several museums, art galleries and a charming Moorish old town. There are countless authentic bars and restaurants to choose from, where you can savour some delicious tapas and catch some captivating flamenco performances. Temperatures approach 30°C in June, July and August, with over 10 hours of sunshine every day.
Packing tip: Although very warm, Malaga can get quite windy, so pack a lightweight jacket like a windcheater for those seafront walks or visits to rural areas.
Autumn can be a great time to visit places where the temperature is still warm, but a little more conducive to exploring and activities. The spectacular cities of Europe are packed full of plenty of things to see and do. Venice, for example, exudes heaps of traditional charm and the old city centre has gone largely unchanged in the last 500 years.
A private gondola trip down the canals makes for the quintessential romantic break away. Saunter over the Bridge of Sighs and marvel at the Doge’s Palace – the stresses and strains of daily life will seem a million miles away!
Packing tip: Temperatures are fine during the day but may dip a little at night, so pack a comfy warm jumper if you’re planning on dining alfresco.
Unless you’re planning on six inches of fresh powder, winter is all about finding some sun at an affordable price. The Canary Islands boast an unparalleled climate and offer great-value accommodation for families and couples. A winter’s day in Fuerteventura can match some of the sunniest summer days in the UK. Fuerteventura has some of the best beaches in the Canaries, including some striking natural shoreline in the South East.
If you want to do some exploring under the waves, Fuerteventura is superb for scuba diving. Or you could take a relaxing glass bottom boat trip with the kids if you fancy staying dry.
Packing tip: Strong sun lotion is essential. You may think that the winter sun is not that strong, but that’s certainly not the case in the Canaries. Cover up well to avoid getting burnt.