A couple relaxing by a pool in the Winter Sun


Top Winter Sun Destinations


When the cold months set in, many of you will want to follow the sun in search of warmer climes. To give you a helping hand, we’ve curated a list of some of our favourite destinations that are perfect for a winter escape. If you’re searching for your very own winter in the sun, remember that it’s not too late to plan your getaway! Check out our top tips for finding your winter sun bargain and more of our warming destinations.

The Canary Islands – For the adventurous holidaymaker

The picturesque Canary Islands receive sun all year round, so they’re the perfect location for your winter sun getaway. You’ll find staggering nature abound on these islands, with huge volcanoes, pinewood forests, vast sand dunes and an other-worldly landscape. If you want more than just sun and sea, the Canary Islands are for you.

There are several sign-posted hiking paths that run through the islands, with difficulty levels ranging from an easy stroll, to a more challenging trek. If you love the ocean, the warm waters surrounding the islands are great for scuba diving as they support shoals of exotic fish. Land-dwellers looking for excitement can enjoy horse riding, golf and even camel rides.

A couple hiking in Tenerife

Prepare for an adventure on the Canary Islands, with fantastic volcanic walks

Madeira – For the nature-loving holidaymaker

The Madeira archipelago is largely made up of protected areas, with the Maderia Islands laurel forest designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. The Madeira Natural Park boasts rare species of flora and fauna to admire, and covers nearly two-thirds of the archipelago. The forest area of Madeira is considered to be a living relic, and it attracts visitors from all over the world who come to admire its natural beauty and rare species of wildlife.

Once you’ve explored Madeira’s natural offering, you might want a bit of man-made fun. The island boasts its own theme park, and has a great selection of shopping outlets, from local food markets to boutiques and shopping malls. For the largest shopping mall head to the island’s capital, Funchal, and if you want something a little more authentic, many of the island’s towns and villages have their own small shops, selling handmade crafts and Madeira wine.

Madeira Natural Park

Discover the natural wonders that Madeira has to offer.

Mallorca – For the fun-loving holidaymaker

The island of Mallorca is full of great things to do for all the family in addition to the fantastic beaches and sunny weather. There are stunning caves, adorned with stalactites, which you can explore on one of the many day trips.

There are fantastic sea life centres, as well as fun nature trails and aqua parks where you’re sure to have a splash. Sports on the island are varied, and you can go cycling, swimming, sailing and even water-skiing. Head to Palma for some great shopping, and buy a gift for a loved one back home, such as hand-painted plates, pearls, and leather goods.

A couple taking a stroll along a beach in Mallorca

Visiting one Mallorca’s beautiful beaches is just one of the things you can do

Cyprus – For the history-loving holidaymaker

Cyprus is a place where locals enjoy the good life, and it makes for the perfect winter getaway for anyone seeking relaxation and a little pampering. Prepare to eat well and relax in an area steeped in history, with an amazing cultural heritage.

Ancient monuments can be found across the island, and religion has left its mark on the landscape in the form of monasteries and churches, which collectively tell a story covering over 9,000 years. Stunning mosaics, Greek temples and Roman settlements will fascinate, and in the evening you’ll have your pick of the local restaurants and bars. So follow the sound of Bouzouki music and let Cyprus lead you on the winter holiday of a lifetime.

Cyprus ruins of an ancient greek city

Step back in time as you peruse the ancient ruins of Cyprus

It’s not too late to book your winter getaway, whether you’re after a romantic trip or fun for the whole family. It’s time to find your dream villa in a winter warmer of a destination. 


Alex is a Marketing Communications Manager at James Villa Holidays.

Known as the 'unique' one in the team, I have been with James Villas since November 2013...

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