13 hot destinations for sun-lovers

13 hot destinations for sun-lovers

With unlucky Friday 13th approaching, many of us would prefer to be basking in the sun instead of shivering in the cold of January! For those looking to escape the unluckiest day of the year, we’ve compiled a list of 13 destinations offering brilliantly warm climates all year round.


1. Lanzarote

The warmest place to be in Europe during the winter months is most definitely on one of the Canary Islands. Lanzarote is wonderfully warm in January, with spring-like weather and around seven hours of sunshine per day. The average temperature for the island is 17*C with average highs of 21*C during the hottest part of the day.

2. Gran Canaria

As the third largest island in the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is home to hundreds of beautiful beaches to relax on with an average temperature of 18*C in January and around six hours of sunshine per day.

3. Tenerife

Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is an ideal destination to escape to this Friday 13th. The south of the island enjoys dry weather with higher temperatures and more sunshine than the north – with an average temperature of 17*C in January and around six hours of sunshine per day.

4. Fuerteventura

Another island in the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura, offers miles and miles of white, sandy beaches to soak up the six hours of sunshine a day in January, with the average temperature of 18*C during this time.

5. La Palma

You can easily soak up the sunshine in La Palma, the most north-westerly island of the Canary Islands, in January with the average temperature of 18*C (average high of 21*C) and around five hours of sunshine.

6. Cyprus

If you want a guaranteed sunny escape this Friday 13th, the island of Cyprus, in the eastern Mediterranean, promises temperatures as warm as 20*C in the winter months and around seven hours of sunshine per day.

7. Madeira

Madeira, the autonomous region of Portugal, boasts as much as ten hours of sunshine per day in January, with the average high temperature of 18*C.

8. Crete

Crete, Greece’s largest island, may not offer many hours and hours of sunshine per day in January, but does boast temperatures above 15*C in the winter months (and an average high of 16*C).

9. Barbados

Many flock to Barbados in the winter months to enjoy the average nine hours of sunshine per day and an incredible average temperature of 29*C.

10. Malta

The island of Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, is definitely worth escaping to this January, offering seven hours of sunshine and the average high temperature on the island at 16*C.

11. Cape Verde

Cape Verde, on the northwest coast of Africa, offers six hours of sunshine to those escaping the January blues with an average temperature of 23*C (and high temperature of 24*C).

12. Thailand

Thailand boasts a brilliant eight hours of sunshine per day in January and an average temperature of 27*C in the winter months.

13. Jamaica

Jamaica has an average temperature of 25*C in January – and you can bask in up to nine hours of sunshine per day!

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