With the imminent arrival of the UK’s winter, it’s a great time to start planning your evacuation from Gatwick Airport. The mercury might be in retreat here, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to mothball your Speedos and flip-flops just yet – here are our first five winter sun getaways from Gatwick Airport 2014-15…
It’s the big-boom destination for winter sun seekers – where the hot stuff never really stops shining. The summer months between July and September can climb to an unbearable 48°C, but heading to the city between January and March will offer wall-to-wall sunshine and temps of up to 30°C. If you’re looking for a serotonin-stuffed sojourn from Brit winter blues, then book your tix for Dubai and expect luxurious surroundings, sophisticated bars, and plenty of fine-dining restaurants. Make sure you book an aerial tour of the city, too, taking in the stunning architecture. Visit seawings.ae for more information and a sneak preview of what you’ll see.
Weather characteristics: Dubai enjoys year-round blue skies, with the hottest months being June to September – when temps can soar to the high 40s. It’s so hot that many of the city’s pools need cooling. The most comfortable time is between September and March when temperatures are a more bearable 22-35°C. There is very little rainfall in Dubai, but when showers do fall it is mainly in the cooler months.
The classic destination for those who want the best of beaches combined with a sophisticated social life that’s played out in a wealth of first-class restaurants and bars. Bailing out of the UK’s winter and heading to Barbados between October and March makes perfect sense, with the Caribbean island offering temps of mid-to-high 20s. You’ll also be looking at a daily average of eight hours sunshine. If you ever feel like peeling yourself off the sun lounger, you can also indulge in everything from horse racing to submarine tours. Otherwise – just lie back and chill or enjoy the island’s signature dish of flying fish served lightly breaded and fried, with a yellow sauce consisting of hot Scotch Bonnet peppers with onions in a mustard sauce.
Weather characteristics: Barbados weather is predominantly warm and sunny throughout the year, with an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine each year. The prevailing north easterly winds help to ensure the climate is rarely unbearably hot. Winter sun seekers will be pleased hear the dry season lasts from January to June.
Canary Islands are always sunny and ideal for a winter escape: Image credit
There’s no point waiting any longer – next up it’s the Canary Islands. It’s no surprise the islands top many Brit hit-lists, either, with winter temperatures that rarely dip below 17°C. It’s so close, too, with a 3.5 hour flight from Gatwick making it an ideal destination for a weekend of topping-up the tan. From the popular Playa del Ingles and Playa de las Americas resorts, to the smaller islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro – there’s a resort and island for all tastes.
Weather characteristics: It’s no surprise so many of us Brits fly from Gatwick 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.
Miami has average ‘winter’ temperatures of 20 to 25°C: Image credit
Head to Miami from Gatwick Airport and prepare to be met by winter temperatures of anything between 20 to 25°C. There might be the odd shower, but with an average of eight to nine hours of sunshine a day – you won’t be confusing it with a soggy winter outing to Southend-on-Sea. The stunning 8.5-mile-long Miami Beach will keep most visitors happy – but there’s so much more to this city. Swerve the beach for a day and head into the city to sample its unique arts and culinary scene with its unique blend of American and Caribbean influences. You can also expand your horizons with 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.
Weather characteristics: With temperatures that range from 20 to 25°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.
Gatwick to Marrakech just four hours flying time for a winter respite: Image credit
For those who want to leave the bucket and spade at home, booking a ticket from Gatwick to Marrakech will make the perfect winter respite from dark, dank days of home. A visually stunning city, Marrakech makes a cosmopolitan destination where ancient ritual with modern-day living co-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 many restaurants or cafes. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for sightseeing and al fresco dining, too, with average daytime temperatures of 18°C 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.
Weather characteristics: The months of November to March offer warm daytime temperatures of around 18-degrees C. However evening temps do fall quite dramatically. There is a moderate chance of rainfall, after which temperatures quickly recover.