/ Best place to Escape our Winter?
Anyone got any other suggestions? ( In March I am planning to escape the the Himalaya)
What about places like New Mexico? Lots of photo opportunities there and I imagine it stays warm in winter. I have to say Istanbul would be high on my list.
What about further afield - the southern hemisphere?
Best place for cheap guaranteed winter sun is the Canary Isles. Though this may not be what you're looking for.
I am limited regarding the cost of flights, trying to keep them down to a minimum. Ideally no more than £100 in total, £150 tops. I can just about do that with Istanbul
Ooo, good call - I found Fuerteventura very photogenic.
Was also about to suggest Canaries. Beautifully warm in our winter without being searingly hot.
Indeed - but unfortunately also with a maddening, continuous and relentless wind. Was there in Feb this year and wanted to kill the wind by the time we left.
If you can get to Istanbul, that would be my choice. An amazing city with lots to do if sitting on a beach isn't your thing or a beach to sit on if it is. Not sure what the weather is like though.
I would still favour the Canaries or Madiera wind or no wind. The Eastern Med can be really cold in the winter with arctic blasts coming down from Russia.
The "Cape Doctor" can get very wearing in Western Cape at that time of year - lovely clear weather and a relentless gale force warm wind which can go on non stop for weeks....
what winter do you want to escape from? In the UK it very rarely gets as cold as -10 and snow that lasts more than a week is unusual, at least in low lying areas.
I'll agree about the lack of daylight being miserable though, nothing worse than dragging yourself out of bed when its still pitch dark. Gonna try a daily drop of vitamin D & see if this helps.
Istanbul's not exactly roasting in the winter. I don't know where you are in the UK, but you may not be much warmer in Istanbul. But you will get a bit more daylight, and it does look a fascinating place to visit.
Ta daaaa: http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=4410
That's just Tenerife though - not sure about the others.
I was put of the idea of the canaries because i have a preconception of them as being tacky package holiday destinations but there seem to be a few positive comments on here. have you been there?
I went to Fuerteventura years ago with my parents on a timeshare thing. Whilst some of the coastal areas were clearly heading for tackiness, the interior and some of the more remote coastline were amazing - proper spaghetti western territory and fabulous for photographs.
It's not hard to get away from the tourist hotspots in Tenerife. We've been a couple of times and stayed in a small village away from the coast. Nothing like the Tenerife you might imagine
Photos from our last trip
I'd say even at that once you've a rental car the tourist hotspots aren't that bad. And have certain advantages like they can be cheaper to eat and drink out in if you're careful about where you go.
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