Winter equals snowflakes, winds, cold weather, skiing and sledding. Although it is portrayed as a very amusing and adventurous season, not all of us share the same enthusiasm for spending our much needed winter vacation by freezing on the top of some creepy mountain. Some of us simply cannot wait for the first rays of warm and friendly spring sun to come, so there is no need for your typical mountain holiday. Luckily, the sun is shining on some parts of the planet and there is hope for us who just want to dip their feet into the warm sand and hibernate until the snow disappears. Here are the best destinations to warm up your winter.
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
You cannot go wrong with Quirimbas Archipelago either, but Bazaruto is smaller and a lot more peaceful. Besides, it offers great opportunities for birding, snorkelling and diving. Because it is relatively untouched by tourism development, it can also be your perfect getaway if you simply want to relax and enjoy. The clear turquoise waters are filled with sublime marine life and colourful fish and the sand is coloured with a fascinating harmony of white and gold.
Tenerife, Canary Island
Tenerife is not called “The Island of Eternal Spring” for nothing. Even during the winter, the temperatures on this little piece of paradise reach 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). The appeal of this island is also in the proximity of Morocco, so you can always extend your vacation destination to one more item from your travel bucket list.
Cape Town, South Africa
Another one of the Africa’s finest, the Mother City, will truly melt your heart frozen by low winter temperature with its bountiful vineyards and golden beaches. Home to the soaring Table Mountain where you can capture the most divine rainbow images, Cape Town will make you forget all about the snowy winter and jingle bells. If you go beyond the very city you can enjoy the delights of Cape Peninsula.
The northern hemisphere presents to you its most qualified competitor for a sunny winter vacation – Goa, India. Unlike the rest of India, Goa has formerly been under the colonial government of Portugal, so it is very different in culture. The infinite stretches of beaches are, of course, Goa’s most valuable asset. The East meets West cuisine will make you never want to go back to hamburgers and hot dogs. Goa is also famous for its market where you can buy anything from a needle to a bed.
Mediterranean is reporting for duty. There is no way that anyone would leave it out of a list like this. Valletta, the pride of Malta, has been given the nickname Superbissima (most proud), deservedly so, if you ask us. This is a city for history aficionados who want to spend their time learning and discovering new things. In Malta, for instance, you have the oldest living order of chivalry – the Knights of Malta.
Zanzibar transports you through centuries all the way to ancient Persia and the tales that inspired Sinbad the sailor, but it does not stop there. It will show you the court of Omani sultans and Swahili princes and heavily laden scents of India. Besides the rich history and the amazing Stone Town, the archipelago is also home to some of the world’s most stunning stretches of coastline, so Zanzibar will not disappoint those who expect the idyllic beach experience.
What are you waiting for? Pack your bags light – there is no need for coats and boots this year – and start your winter vacation with the exotic taste of summer right now.
About the Author:
This guest post was written by Oliver Hyde, an experienced business consultant from the UK. His job allows him to travel and discover new places. He can’t stay put at the same place for a long time, but Africa was an exception; it stole his heart and made him travel through the continent for more than a year.