Top picks for sunshine holidays

Craving some sunny weather and perhaps a pristine beach? If you're sick of unreliable weather, it's time to consider holidays in sunnier climes. Here we take a look at some of the best sunshine holidays from the UK. So whether you have a weekend or a month, consider these top picks for holidays in the sun...

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands have long been popular with British holiday makers, and as a result you'll find excellent flight connections between major British airports and the major Canary Islands - including Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. Plenty of British travel agents will offer a range of sunshine holidays, usually ranging between five and 14 days in duration.


If you only have a weekend to spare, why not consider Portugal's sunny capital? Many European travellers overlook Lisbon, or ignore it in favour of Portugal's famous coastline and the resorts of the Algarve. Lisbon is particularly popular with budget travellers.


Think Thailand is only for backpackers and honeymooners? Think again. With the rise of long haul budget airlines, such as Air Asia and Tiger, Thailand is more accessible than ever. It has some of the best beaches in the world, a tropical climate, fascinating culture and incredible cuisine.


When it's cold and miserable in Britain, it's high season in Australia. Plan a Christmas break Down Under to enjoy hot sunny days on some of the world's most famous beaches - like Bondi, Cable Beach, Bells Beach and Manly. If you book your flights in advance, you can get return flights for around £725.

Of course, there are plenty of other great options for holidays in the sun - and in off season, you'll find sunshine holidays at reduced prices. If you're looking for the best deals, look for package holidays - they may not be flexible but they do often offer great value for money.

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