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5 of The Best Budget Winter Sun Holidays


Want to escape the cold but need to save money on your winter getaway? You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy a budget-friendly trip to sunnier destinations. Find out where to search for affordable options, with 5 of the best budget winter sun holidays we’ve found.

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1. Lanzarote

Lanzarote Papagayo turquoise beach and Ajaches in Canary Islands. Turquoise water with a sandy rock coastal background

Average flight time: 4 hrs 20 mins
Average high temperature: Around 22c

Explore this unique island and its stunning scenery. Lanzarote’s natural beauty and sunny winter days make it a top winter sun holiday destination. Plus it’s affordability is a pleasant surprise. Enjoy the golden beaches of Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca year-round or try your hand at water sports at Playa de Famara.

But Lanzarote offers more than beaches. Don’t miss a trip to Timanfaya National Park’s Fire Mountains for surreal landscapes. If you need budget travel, Lanzarote’s bus network is convenient, and you can save 10% on fares with a travel card.

2. Andalusia

Panoramic view of Malagueta beach in Malaga. Costa del Sol, Andalusia, Spain. Palm trees on greenery, next to a beach with sun loungers and blue sky

Average flying time: 2 hrs 45 mins
Average high temperature: Around 16c

Andalusia, in southern Spain, is famous for its captivating flamenco music and delectable tapas. With an average of 320 sunny days each year, you’re guaranteed pleasant winter weather.

Explore Almeria, home to Europe’s unique tabernas desert, and Malaga, a coastal gem with Picasso museums and affordable beachfront hotels.

Inland, you’ll discover even more budget-friendly options, where orange trees bloom and clear blue skies grace cities from Seville to Granada.

Looking for a bargain meal? Keep an eye out for “menu del dia” offers at restaurants, providing a starter, main course, small dessert, and a drink for under £15.

3. Tenerife

El Duque Beach aerial view in Tenerife, Spain. Crystal blue water with a mountain in the distance

Average flight time: 4 hrs 25 mins
Average high temperature in winter: Around 23c

Enjoy an affordable winter escape on Tenerife! Tenerife, a classic winter sunspot, offers consistent sunny weather and activities like the February Carnival, catering to various budgets.

Winter in Tenerife is calm and mild, with temperatures comfortably warm compared to the UK. You can easily still relax on the island’s stunning beaches during winter.

Need some adventure? Explore Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide, in the UNESCO protected national park. Take the cable car for a fantastic panoramic view or opt for a hike to save money and savour the fresh mountain air.

Want some culture? Visit museums on Sundays when entry is free.

4. Fuerteventura

A sandy beach surrounded by costal rocks and 3 surfers walking down to the water with high waves.

Average flight time: 4 hrs 15 mins
Average high temperature in winter: Around 22c

What can you expect in Fuerteventura? Picture great weather, budget-friendly options, and beautiful sandy beaches. The island also offers a vibrant water sports scene, thanks to its strong offshore breeze. Feel adventurous? Try surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and more during your winter getaway. Make sure you get the right travel insurance for a sports holiday.

For the best places to stay, Corralejo and Costa Caleta, the larger resorts, are top choices. If you’re flexible with travel dates, you can snag fantastic winter deals here.

If you’re in need of a cheap day activity – winter swimming is a delight. Pack a picnic and head to beaches like Playa la Guirra or Playa del Moro for an affordable and enjoyable day out.

5. Cape Verde

Turquoise water on a white sandy beach

Average flying time: 6 hrs
Average high temperature in winter: Around 26c

Explore Cape Verde’s rich culture and affordability on your next trip! Dubbed the “African Caribbean,” Cape Verde offers a fantastic Barbados-like vacation experience at a fraction of the cost.

Beyond the obvious attractions of stunning beaches and turquoise waters, Cape Verde’s unique blend of Portuguese, Brazilian, and African influences make it a captivating destination.

Boa Vista and Sal, the primary holiday islands, still retain their “off the beaten track” charm, especially among British travellers. You can enjoy activities like surfing, ocean fishing, and kitesurfing.

This music-loving nation hosts vibrant fiestas for various occasions, and many of them are free.

Want to learn more about holiday budgeting? Check out our blog on how to snag the cheapest flights!

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*Based on Avion Bronze (lowest premium) for a 35 year old, 7 day trip to France with no medical. Discount code GS10 – offers 10% discount on any travel insurance purchase – expires 31st December 2024, this can be used online or over the phone.