Fancy a cheap winter holiday in the sun? Europe makes it easy to pick a destination that is close enough to be affordable and convenient but far enough away to be warm – Fuerteventura is a great example. Do you prefer your holidays to be a little more exotic? Try Bali or in Tanzania! Although your air tickets are more expensive, your lower accommodation costs should be a nice surprise. You can also count on lower prices by booking your trip in advance.
An affordable holiday paradise? Try Fuerteventura!
The Canary Islands are a good choice for holidays at any time of the year. From December to February, you can expect temperatures of between 20-24 degrees Celsius, with sunny, rainless days. Fuerteventura’s subtropical climate and 335 days of sunshine per year will cure your winter blues – an added bonus are the affordable prices! You can find affordable stopping and direct flights to Puerto del Rosario from all across Europe and, once there, you’ll find accommodation prices to be reasonable. This is the case both in resorts such as Costa Calma and Morro Jable and in small towns, such as Caleta de Fuste and Costa de Antigua.
What to do in winter in Fuerteventura?
Pack a swimsuit for the beach and a warm sweater for cold evenings if you’re heading to Fuerteventura.The island’s 300 km-long coast has over 150 km of mostly sandy beaches, the most beautiful of which are Sotavento, Playa de Cofete, Moro Jable and El Matorral or Popcorn Beach, which is covered in white coral instead of sand. If you have an adventurous spirit, explore the towns of Antigua, Betancuria, La Oliva or Pajara, or the De Las Dunas national park, with its vast sand dunes and stunning landscapes.
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Do you love water sports? Fuerteventura has ideal conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing all year round! Prefer trekking? You can climb the Calderon Hondo volcano or take a walk through the Barranco de Las Peñitas Gorge. Pay a visit to Betacuria, the former capital of the island with its colonial origins, located in a valley with palm tree-lined cobbled streets l. The most beautiful sunsets can be enjoyed in the charming coastal towns of El Cotillo, Ajuy and Majanicho.
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The winter warmth of Africa in Zanzibar
The Tanzanian island of Zanzibar experiences its short dry season between January and February, with temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius! December is equally warm, with occasional showers bringing relief from the intense heat. What better conditions for basking on the beach and swimming in the sea? A plane ticket to Zanzibar may be more than to Fuerteventura, however there is a huge range of accommodation options on the island, with something for every budget. From hostels and pleasant boarding houses to apartments and five-star hotels. The largest resorts are Pingwe, Nungwi or Kendwa, which are ideal bases for travel around the island.
Safari, Full Moon Parties and other attractions in Zanzibar
Zanzibar is an island with plenty for everyone. Swimmers will appreciate the beautiful local beaches with white sand and turquoise seas – the most beautiful of which are Kiwengwa, Jambiani, Paje, Bwejuu and Matemwe. Most have kitesurfing, windsurfing and diving schools. A visit to Zanzibar is also a perfect opportunity for a safari. In winter, which is outside the main tourist season, you can not only count on great weather for animal observation, but also lower prices.
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Do you love to party? Kendwa’s famous Full Moon Party in awaits! The party lasts until dawn and takes place every month on the full moon. During the day, go and explore this beautiful island. Stone Town is Zanzibar’s historic district and is absolutely delightful. Here, you will find a museum about Freddie Mercury, who was born on the island. Be sure to visit Mangapwani and its caves, as well as Prison Island to see the former yellow fever facility and the giant Aldabra turtles.
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An unforgettable and exotic holiday in Bali
The Indonesian archipelago of the Lesser Sunda Islands is a tropical paradise, and Bali is the jewel in the crown. In the winter period from January to the end of February, you can enjoy temperatures of up to 30 degrees, along with high humidity. Rain showers can be intense at this time of year, but are typically short-lived and occur mainly in the jungle at the island’s center.
Costs are higher to get here, however a trip to Indonesia presents the opportunity to explore even more, often quieter islands. Internal flights from Bali to Lombok, Komodo or Sumba are inexpensive and fast, taking just 30 minutes to Lombok, one hour 20 minutes to Komodo and one hour and 30 minutes to Sumba. These islands are far from the tourist hustle and have plenty of affordable accommodation options.
Summer in the middle of winter – spending time in Bali
For many visitors, Bali is synonymous with lounging on heavenly beaches by the azure sea in resorts such as Dreamland, Jimbaran, Kuta, Pandawa and Nusa Dua. There is also plenty of opportunity for sightseeing. The biggest attractions include the temples of Tanah Lot, Luhur Uluwatu and the Besakih and Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple complexes. Don’t miss the water palaces at Ujung and Tirta Gangga. If you want to capture iconic photos of Bali, head to the rice terraces near the villages of Tegallalang or Jatiluwih.
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If you’re looking for relaxation, you’ll find it in the village of Ubud. Famous for its yoga courses, massages, wonderful Balinese cuisine and a monkey sanctuary, you’ll also find the temple of the Holy Source here, where you can take a cleansing bath. Do you prefer active breaks? Bali and the surrounding islands are great for, scuba diving, swimming under the most beautiful waterfalls in Sekumpul, and trekking – for example, at the Gunung Batur and Gunung Abang volcanoes. From Bali and Lombok, you can also take a boat trip to the picturesque Gili islets.