Top Five Winter Sun Getaways From Manchester Airport

With nothing but long, dark winter days lying ahead, it’s time to look on the bright side, grab your passport and head to Manchester Airport – your gateway to winter sun.  Here’s our guide to the best winter getaways for all budgets. Don’t forget to pre book your Manchester airport parking with APH, or add a touch of luxury to your trip with our range of Manchester airport hotels and parking packages.

Tobago

When to go: December to May
Average winter temperatures: 25 to 27-degrees
Flight time: 9 hours
Flights only: From £580

A hidden jewel of winter sun destinations, the island of Tobago offers tropical temperatures for short-haul prices. Tobago’s dry season is December to May, so it’s perfect for a winter break. However, this is also the island’s high season, so expect prices to be at their highest and hotels at their busiest. Travelling from October to December will result in cheaper accommodation and crowd-free beaches to enjoy. Tobago offers a more relaxing atmosphere than the neighbouring island of Trinidad, however water sports, hiking, bird watching and various sports are all available should you feel the need to stray from its palm-bordered beaches.

Tobago Winter Sun from Manchester

Tobago, Atlantic Beach

Weather characteristics: The dry season is from December to May, so travellers escaping the British winter should expect warm, sunny, dry days, with most of the rain falling in May, June and July.

Goa

When to go: November to March
Average winter temperatures: 23 to 31-degrees C
Flight time: 9 hours
Flights only: From £450

Travelling to India to dodge the UK’s winter makes perfect sense. With the country’s oppressive summer heat receding, November and December make up the peak months for destinations such as Goa – but holding off and booking for January will result in the best-value deals. With more than 80 miles of coastline, Goa offers India’s most sophisticated tourist location – but this doesn’t mean travellers can’t stray from the beach and delve deeper to find plenty of culture, history and stunning countryside. Choose from around 30 beaches along the coastline, where Goa’s liberal attitude means the wearing bikinis on beaches is readily accepted – but topless sunbathing remains illegal. Calangute and Baga are popular with tour operators and offer the best hotels and nightlife, so we’d suggest heading to one of these locations.

Goa India Winter Sun from Manchester

Goa India

Weather characteristics: During the dry season – October to May – visitors can expect highs of around 30-degrees C, while minimum temps will remain pleasant at around 20-degrees C. December to February is considered a great time to visit, with plenty of sunshine, but low humidity. January is the sunniest month, with more than 320 hours of sunshine expected.

Canary Islands

When to go: Anytime
Average winter temps: 17 – 21-degrees C
Canary Islands
When to go: Anytime
Average winter temps: 17 – 21-degrees C
Flying time: 4 hours
Flights only: From £85

The Canary Islands make a must-go destination for those searching out winter sun. With temperatures that rarely fall below 17-degrees and flight times of just over four hours from Manchester – it’s the perfect antidote to our grey winter skies. The region also makes a great destination for weekend excursions – with Friday to Sunday flights and accommodation available for less than £200. Suggestions for where to go range from the popular Playa del Ingles and Playa de las Americas resorts, to smaller, quieter islands such as La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro.

Canary Island Winter Sun from Manchester

Canary Island Carnival Emperor

Weather characteristics: It’s no surprise that so many Brits fly from Manchester to the Canary Islands in winter, with temperatures reaching a high of 21-degrees, it’s the place to be. Additionally, you can expect around six hours of sunshine each day. Averages also reveal there are around 21 dry days in each month during the winter season.

Marrakech

When to go: November to March
Average winter temps: 18-degrees C
Flying time: 4 hours
Flights only: From £140

For those who want to leave the bucket and spade at home, taking a flight from Manchester to Marrakech could make the perfect winter break. A visually stunning city, Marrakech is a cosmopolitan destination where ancient ritual with modern-day living exist in a captivating alliance. Plunder the city’s rich history through museums, tombs and palaces, or simply sit back and enjoy a long, exotic lunch in one of the city’s stunning restaurants or cafes. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for sightseeing and al fresco dining, too, with average daytime temperatures of 18-degrees from November to March. However, don’t leave your jumper and jacket in the UK, evening temps can fall below 8-degrees C. We recommend staying in the Palmeraie area of the city, where many large, luxury hotels are located with all the facilities you’ll need on one site. The main tourist area and restaurants are just a short taxi ride away.

Marrakech Winter Sun from Manchester

Marrakech, Berber and his donkeys

Weather characteristics: Throughout the months of November to March, Marrakech has warm daytime temperatures of around 18-degrees C. However evening temperatures do fall dramatically. There is a moderate chance of rainfall, but temperatures quickly recover.

Miami

When to go: December to March

Average temperatures: 20 to 25-degrees C

Flying time: 9 hours

Flights only: From £450
Head to Miami from Manchester Airport and expect to be greeted by winter temperatures of anything between 20 to 25-degrees C as you step from the plane. There might be the odd shower, but with an average of eight to nine hours of sunshine a day – Miami is a serotonin-seeker’s nirvana. The stunning 8.5-mile-long Miami Beach will keep most visitors happy – but there’s so much more to this city than sea and sand. Leave the beach and head into the city to sample it unique arts and culinary scene that offers a unique blend of American and Caribbean influences. Another top tip is to take a boat trip to the nearby Bahamas – which can be reached in just a couple of hours. A great destination for those looking for a lively winter break.

Miami Winter Sun from Manchester

Miami, Ocean Drive

Weather characteristics: With temperatures that range from 20 to 25-degrees C, it’s easy to see why Miami makes a great winter destination. However, visitors should note that the area’s official hurricane season stretches from June 1 to November 30, so leaving your trip until December and beyond might be advisable.

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