Severe weather swept the UK last recently, leaving everyone dreaming of sunnier climates.

After all, who wouldn’t rather be lay on a lounger, pina colada in hand, basking in some rays. However, escaping to the sun out of the summer months can be thought to involve long-haul flights and a great expense. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.

These sunny holidays are only a short flight away from the UK. Plus, they’re totally affordable destinations! Get your passport at the ready…

Costa Adeje, Tenerife 

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Guaranteed winter sun, delicious food fresh from the sea and spectacular sunsets – there are many reasons to visit Tenerife. As Tenerife is so close to Africa, winter there consists of temperatures upwards of 20°C. The largest of the Canarian archipelago, Tenerife offers a rugged landscape, populated with sophisticated, sandy beaches and numerous luxurious hotels to choose from.

The Iberostar Grand Hotel Salome is situated in the picturesque Costa Adeje, a sunny spot for the discerning traveler.

Grand Hotel Salome has a lot to offer in terms of gastronomy, with gourmet restaurant Poseidón, the El Mirador terrace and the Salome Beach Club – which serves up some incredibly fresh (and authentic tasting) paella, while you watch the sun go down, sangria in hand.

Situated within the family-friendly Hotel Anthelia, this stunning adults-only hotel offers 33 sea-facing rooms, each with their own private butler. Fancy!

As well as indulging in lazy lunches, washed down with several Cavas (why did these ever go out of fashion again?!) there’s plenty more to discover on this beautiful Island.

Around the coast of the island, you can find its deep waters filled with pilot whales, of Blue Planet II fame. There’s also plenty of other activities on offer, including Siam Park, a thai-themed adventure park and stunning natural parks, including the picturesque La Caleta National Park.

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Salomé is  part of the Anthelia complex and the exclusive group of hotels called ‘Grand Collection’ of the IBEROSTAR chain, it is situated between Playa del Duque and Playa de Fañabe in the privileged area of Costa Adeje, Tenerife. For more information, please visit: IBEROSTAR.com

Essaouira, Morocco

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A mere three hour and 40 minute flight to Marrakech and then a short car journey will deliver you straight to the sleepy shores of Essaouira. This seaside town full of whitewashed houses with bright blue shutters enjoys temperatures between 18-22°C in January and February. Temperatures in March can reach highs of 24°C. 

Explore the sleepy streets, enjoy tasting fresh fish down by the water or take a stroll along the wide stretching beach. You might need a light jacket for when it gets windy down by the water at night, but apart from that you can leave your layers at home.

Villa Anouk’s calming sanctuary is as far away from the hustle and bustle of busy Marrakesh as you could imagine. Built in the Moroccan Beldi tradition, the hotel is made entirely of stone and wood, with thatched wood ceilings throughout adding to its authentic feel.

There are seven bedrooms in total at the boutique hotel Villa Anouk including five magnificent suites, one superior room, and one twin room, each with their own unique décor and special touches. For more information, visit: http://www.villaanouk.com/

Lanzarote, Spain

Lanzarote may not have always had the best reputation as a holiday destination. However, a few days on this sunny Spanish island might just change you mind!

Especially when the average temperature in January and February sits around 17/1814°C! Fours hours by plane from the UK, and with flights starting from as little as £39, it’s never been easier or cheaper to escape the cold British winter.

Lanzarote, what an island. Los Jameos del Agua, like the Cueva de los Verdes, are located inside the volcanic tunnel created by the eruption of La Corona Vulcano. It owes its name to the existence of an internal lake which constitutes a unique geological formation. It originates by filtration through the rock which lies below sea-level. Great pic by @evenmenor #jameosdelagua #lanzarote #cesarmanrique #manrique #canaryislands #canarias #canaries #7islas #nature_brilliance #architecturephotography #architecturelovers #modernarchitecture #vulcanoisland #visitlanzarote #visitspain #caverock #naturelove #naturephoto #natureart #artofnature #naturephotography #nature_brilliance #grottos #architecturalphotography #poolview #sunnydays #swimmingpool #pooltime #beautifulplaces #beautifuldestinations

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Visit the stunning Hesperia Lanzarote if you want to escape to a tropical paradise. You’d be forgiven for mistaking the grounds of this beautiful hotel for a remote Caribbean island. Stunning!

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The 5-star Hesperia Lanzarote hotel is in the peaceful resort of Puerto Calero Marina with views across the sea. For more information, visit: www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/hesperia-lanzarote

The best of the rest…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-winter-sunTemperatures stay in the 20s in Dubai during the months of January and February. So, you probably won’t find a better winter sun destination without flying half way around the globe! Sit back and relax by the pool all day, or buckle up for a 4×4 ride in the desert if you want a bit more adventure.

Pushing it at 6h 45 minutes flight time, you might not count this as a ‘short’ flight time, but it’s totally worth it when you get there and feel the sun on your face!

Barcelona, Spain

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Just a short two hour flight away from the UK, Barcelona is a great winter sun city destination.

With highs of 14°C in January and February, it might not be sunbathing weather, but you won’t need your thermals either! There’s plenty to see and explore in this architecturally interesting Spanish city. Plus, the night life is worth staying up for.