Chase the winter sun
Chase the sun across the globe in search of some winter sun. Soak up the Caribbean rays, warm up in the Indian Ocean, laze around in Europe, take a fly-drive across the states or indulge in an exotic Middle Eastern retreat.
Sun, ski or mulled wine?
Avg sunshine in Cyprus
6.5 hrs per day Nov-Jan
254 ski resorts
Budapest Christmas market
is the second largest in Europe
To help you decide where to go we’ve compiled some of the most unforgettable destinations and experiences – whether it’s balmy beaches, fresh powder pistes or Christmas market nostalgia that inspires you.
A mid-week visit to Europe’s Christmas Markets is a chance to combine an indulgent city break with shopping for truly individual gifts. Travel writer Simon Heptinstall – who once drove through 12 European countries in one day – reveals five of the continent’s best cities to soak up the fairy-tale festive atmosphere.
Vienna’s Christmas Markets are easy to find – simply follow the aroma of roasting chestnuts, simmering hot punch and fresh almond cakes.
There’s something deeply satisfying about a weekend on the slopes – it’s short enough to ski and party hard, but long enough to blow the cobwebs away. As you stride into the office on Monday morning, you’ll not only be the envy of the meeting room, but you’ll also have your holiday allowance in tact, says ski expert and travel writer Gabriella Le Breton.
With a cluster of elegant buildings and a handful of restaurants and bars, St Christoph is one of the most picturesque hamlets in the Alps.