For many of us, Christmas time means having to endure near-freezing temperatures, huddled together with loved ones next to the fire. Whilst this may be as much a part of the experience as Turkey and all the trimmings on Christmas Day, wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy the season’s festivities in shorts and sandals rather than thick socks and a woolly hat? Here are a few suggestions for sun-seekers looking to enjoy the season of goodwill from a lounger on the beach.
A Turkey holiday can offer a western or eastern cultural Christmas experience, depending on where you decide to visit. If you want sun and warmth then the southern areas of Turkey are your best bet. Along the Mediterranean coast the weather can remain mild throughout December and around Christmas.
The Turkish population is predominantly Muslim and sometimes Christmas festivities are hard to find. However there are still plenty of sights to visit and a trip to the capital is a must.
You can expect the streets of Istanbul to be fully decorated during the Christmas period. Christmas time is perfect for sightseeing, with many of Istanbul’s attractions being less crowded. It’s also advisable to stay for the New Year’s celebration in the capital as each year the Ni?anta?? district hosts a giant street party which should not be missed.
Averaging around six hours of sunshine in the winter, the Costa Blanca is probably one of the most popular parts of Spain to visit around Christmas. Probably the most famous resort on this part of the South East coast is Benidorm. A firm favourite with families looking for a cheap holiday abroad, even in the colder months you will still enjoy temperatures into their teens. With its many British-themed pubs you will be sure of a warm welcome when you arrive and many of the extensive bars and restaurants will be putting on traditional dinners so you won’t have to forgo your turkey and all the trimmings on Christmas Day. However if your aim is to avoid all things festive, the quaint old town is packed full of authentic tapas bars, so you can enjoy local delicacies while admiring the stunning views over the water.
If you can’t be torn away from your cold Christmas in the UK, why not banish the January blues by travelling to this superb area of Western India.
With a wide range of cheap holidays to Goa on offer in the New Year, you’re almost guaranteed the perfect weather to kick-start 2013 off in some style. In January there is very little threat from rain, and cool temperatures will allow you to travel around this amazing place without having to endure searing temperatures.
Offering miles of golden sandy beaches and crystal clear water; there is plenty to do and see in India’s smallest state. Water sports are becoming ever more popular with tourists and the surfing is excellent with jet skiing or parasailing also growing in popularity.