There are numerous options, from going hiking in some of Gozo’s wondrous landscapes, to catching winter sun in one of the Canary Islands. And the Algarve’s coast is packed with beautiful beaches where you can go for slow strolls in the Atlantic sunshine, stop for freshly grilled seafood and, if you pick the right week, celebrate Christmas, Portuguese style.
Wherever you want to have a holiday in December, you’ll find some inspiring ideas here.
You get a proper winter wonderland if you spend Christmas in the French Alps. Family-friendly Les Deux Alpes has fabulous skiing for all abilities, and there’s also the glacier if you want snow-sure slopes at high altitude.
SNO has a week’s self-catering at the central MMV Les Clarines in the village centre, which features a spa and children’s play area, with prices starting at £614pp based on four sharing. The price includes flights and transfers, departing 23 December.
Treat yourself to a pre-Christmas treat and bask in Lanzarote’s pleasant temperatures. The sea will be warm enough for lazy swims, yet you’ll be able to go hiking without sweltering. Stay in the resort of Playa Blanca and you’ll have a string of beaches within walking distance.
Mercury Holidays has a week’s self-catering in the low-rise whitewashed apartments of Palmeras Garden, which also has an outdoor pool, bar and children’s playground. Prices start at £408pp for a 9 December departure and include flights.
If you want a change of scenery over the Christmas week but want to stay local, book…