This year, you’ve no doubt put all your effort into giving friends and family the perfect Christmas – but what about you? This time of year can really take it out of you and you may find that you’re in need of a quick break.
Booking a winter holiday is a great way to reward yourself for the stress of Christmas and alongside booking last minute holidays to take in the New Year, you can also look forward 12 months for deals on winter breaks for 2014.
We’ve listed the top five winter break destinations for you to try.
With the lights shinning brightly in the West End and Christmas markets gracing both the South Bank and Hyde Park, winter is a fantastic time to visit the capital.
Packed with theatres, restaurants, bars, cafes, galleries and museums London has plenty to keep you entertained.
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2. The Algarve
If it’s winter sun that you’re after, you can’t do much better than a trip to the sunny south of Portugal.
This favourite holiday destination has some of the best weather in mainland Europe with temperatures remaining at a pleasant 15?C for most of the winter. The region also enjoys plenty of blue sky with an average of 6 hours sunshine per day – even in January!
3. New York
While away the chilly days with a stroll through the snow in central park, ice skating at the foot of the Rockerfeller Center or indulging in a bit of retail therapy in the city’s world famous department stores.
With temperatures of around 20?C, Agadir is a great place to shrug off those winter blues and relax after a hectic Christmas.
If you get bored of sunning yourself on the beach, head to the vibrant city of Marrakesh for a day or two of haggling, sightseeing and exploring.
5. Gran Canaria
Lying off the west coast of Africa, the Canary Islands enjoy a climate like no other in Europe.
Take advantage of the peace and quite of the winter months to explore the rich flora and fauna of Gran Canaria, hiking through its stunning countryside or soaking up the winter sun on deserted beaches.
Getting away for a few days or even a few weeks is a great way to make the most of the winter, so book a trip now and make this January (or next winter) one to remember!