Turn up the heat with a winter sun holiday

08/09/2019

Summer may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean the end of fun in the sun. Keep the warm-weather vibes going with these seven sensational winter sun destinations.

The dog days of summer are upon us here in the UK, but don’t put away your swimsuit and sunnies just yet. Let P&O Cruises whisk you away from the grey days of winter and into the warmth of the sparkling sunshine. Check out our list of seven summery destinations below and find your place in the sun.

Curaçao

The ‘C’ in the Caribbean’s ABC islands, Curaçao is certainly colourful. The capital, Willemstad, welcomes you with a parade of brightly hued buildings, floating markets, seaside stalls, shops and malls. The Jan Kok salt flats are home to dazzling flocks of pink flamingos. And of course, you can’t leave without sipping a cooling cocktail blended with the famous Blue Curaçao liqueur. Curaçao is cultural, too, and the locals take pride in preserving their traditions. Don’t miss the UNESCO-protected Otrobanda on the other side of the swinging Queen Juliana Bridge. Fancy travelling over Christmas and New Year? Britannia’s B934 cruise brings you 14 nights of festive bliss.

Tenerife

Consider yourself an outdoorsy type? You’ll find heaven in Tenerife, where the landscape is nothing short of dramatic. From valleys to beaches to the volcanic ‘moonscape’ of Mount Teide National Park, the island gives you plenty of reasons to get out and explore. Take the cable car to the top of Mount Teide for jaw-dropping views, stroll the café-lined boulevard leading to the Plaza de España, or simply park up on the sandy shores of vibrant Playa de las Americas and watch the world go by. Have fun in the Tenerife sun on Iona’s 14-night G102 cruise.

St Vincent

St Vincent is everything Caribbean dreams are made of – peaceful and idyllic with sparkling waters and powder-soft sands. Its verdant landscape has everything a nature-lover could want: lush rainforests, cool caves, swaying palms and cascading waterfalls, many of which double as swimming holes. For an unforgettable escape, spend the day on the paradise island of Bequia (pronounced beck-way). Its name means ‘island of the cloud’, and it’s a mecca for yachtsmen and anyone looking for a secluded retreat. Sail to the sands of St Vincent on Azura’s 14-night A928A Caribbean fly-cruise.

Fuerteventura

The second largest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura boasts 3,000 hours of sunshine every year and some of the best white-sand beaches in the archipelago. From miles of giant white sand dunes bordering turquoise seas at Corralejo to the rugged beauty of Betancuria, where powerful waves have kept developers at bay, the island’s natural parks are a haven for surfers, hikers, birdwatchers and stargazers. Venture inland to discover the volcanic interior: Tindaya and the moon-like Bayuyo boilers offer exhilarating hiking. Get back to nature in Fuerteventura on Iona’s 14-night G105 Canary Islands cruise

Montego Bay

Jamaica has a way of lifting your spirits, and soaking up the sun under the blue skies of Montego Bay will do just that. The region is known for its resorts, and you’ll certainly find plenty of them to lounge at, if you’re so inclined. The beautiful Doctor’s Cave Beach is said to have healing powers, and while those claims might be more than a bit dubious, the white sand and turquoise seas will certainly cure what’s left of the winter blues. For something a little further afield, head to Dunn’s River Falls, the terraced waterfalls that featured in the first James Bond film, Dr. No, in 1962. Oceana’s epic 35-night E926N Caribbean cruise visits Montego Bay

Malaga

From its perch on the Costa del Sol, Malaga triumphs when it comes to beaches. Benalmádena has 10km of them to choose from, ranging from quiet coves to lively areas packed with activities. And in Fuengirola, the restored Sohail Castle watches over a 7km band of sand hugging the promenade of this onetime fishing village. Do as the locals do: take a break at a beachside bar and nibble on crispy squid or fried anchovies. If beach life isn’t cutting it, the Caminito del Rey hike will step things up a level: boardwalks cling to sheer rockfaces, walkways span gorges and canyons, and paths tunnel through chalky mountains. Oceana visits Malaga’s sunny shores on the 14-night E001N cruise.

Madeira

Known for its mild climate, laidback lifestyle and lush countryside, Madeira also serves up some fantastic food and drink, lively nightlife and a host of adrenaline-fuelled activities. Adventurous types can take advantage of the rugged landscape and enjoy mountain biking, canyoning and offroad jeep tours. Want to reconnect with nature? Walk the extensive levada pathways that wind through the island. Energy spent, treat yourself to a glass of the famous fortified wine as you watch the world go by. Winter sun doesn’t get much more glorious than this. Ventura stops in Madeira on her way to the Canary Islands on the 12-night cruise N937

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