Although people traditionally take their holidays in the summer, it’s now possible to find resorts that are open for those looking to take a break at any time of the year.
Inflated prices during the school holidays mean that more people are choosing to get away during the winter. So, when the weather has turned foul and the nights are drawing in, what better time to get on a plane and go somewhere exotic?
Here are five suggestions for great winter getaways this year:
One of the world’s most remarkable cities, Istanbul is a thriving, beautiful metropolis with loads to see and do. Get lost looking for bargains in the colossal Grand Bazaar, take a boat trip on the Bosphorus or simply spend hours walking around the labyrinthine streets of this truly unique city. Istanbul straddles Europe and Asia, so it provides the perfect mix of the familiar and the exotic.
Venice is an unbelievably beautiful city, though can get extremely busy in the summer months. However, in the winter you’ll be amazed at how quiet it is – allowing you to see the city how it is meant to look without the hordes of tourists. With fantastic architecture, intriguing canals and some of the best food in all of Italy, you are sure to have a relaxing time here this winter.
The other islands in the Mediterranean might shut down for the winter, but parts of Majorca remain open throughout the year. Like Venice, in the winter it is relaxed, peaceful and a very beautiful to explore. It’s also still warm enough to give you a welcome break from those winter blues, making for a great option for those looking for some winter sun.
You might not exactly be escaping the cold by going to Berlin but this is definitely one of the most unique cities in Europe and perfect for a short break this winter. First of all, there is the incredible history of the city – signs of the turbulent twentieth century are clear to see here. But then there is the new and more bohemian side to the city. With young, hip, arty types round every corner there is always something new to discover or a cool café to pass a few hours of your time.
For a real spot of winter sun, why not cross the Atlantic and head to Mexico? A fascinating country, rich in history and culture, there are miles of beautiful beaches, ancient temples and some of the best food you’ll find anywhere on the planet.
So, there you have a few ideas to get started. Why not have a look at the Co-op Holidays website and see where you can go to escape this winter?