It’s not easy picking the perfect holiday destination, so to offer a helping hand we’ve put together a handy month-by-month guide for the best time of year to visit some of our favourite places.
January is quite possibly the best month to go on holiday as far as we’re concerned. Once the excitement of Christmas has passed and we’ve had our fun ringing in the New Year, it’s only a matter of time until we feel those familiar January blues approaching. What better way to eliminate that feeling of melancholy than to jet set across the globe to somewhere the sun is shining? Our recommendation for this time of year is Antigua, with its unique curving coastline of white sand beaches and dramatic mountainous vistas. January is the perfect time to visit as the weather is at its driest with an average daytime temperature of 25˚c.
Our recommendation for February is another stunning Caribbean island: Mustique. A private island known for idyllic white sand beaches, it’s no wonder visitors continue to return to this beautiful and tranquil haven. The average daytime temperature in February is a satisfying 25˚c.
As the nickname ‘Sunshine State’ suggests, the sun really does shine all year round in Florida, and March is an ideal time to visit with 9 hours of sunshine each day and average temperatures of 25˚c. A great destination for an Easter break with the kids, our villas in Florida are within easy reach of Orlando’s theme parks.
As the April showers come pouring down at home, we recommend you head to a warmer part of the world. Morocco, specifically Marrakech is perfect in springtime. The weather is warm enough for sunbathing if you’re simply looking to relax, or if you feeling more adventurous take a tour of the souks to find an array of dazzling jewels, handmade textiles and other unique souvenirs.
If you are yet to visit Tuscany, then May is the time to go. Before the height of summer it offers pleasant daytime temperatures at an average of 23 ˚c. Bask in the glory of the iconic Duomo in Florence or journey through the vineyards of Chianti, Tuscany is a vast region with plenty to offer. Why choose between a beach holiday and a city break when you can have both?
The Côte d'Azur may be known for the glitz and glamour of Cannes Film Festival but we recommend waiting until the festivities are over to truly enjoy what the destination has to offer. Channel your inner VIP with a visit to La Croissette, or simply soak up the atmosphere and while away your afternoons on one of many beautiful beaches. Highs of 27 ˚c make June the perfect time to visit.
We can be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a destination for a getaway in the height of summer. One island that continues to increase in popularity of late is Mallorca. With plenty to offer for families, groups of friends or couples, this Spanish hot spot is right at the top of the list for next summer. There are beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, quaint villages and not to mention the delicious cuisine. All the while the average temperature in July is an idyllic 24˚c.
If travelling in August, chances are you’re hoping for some sun. Dubrovnik, with an average temperature in August of 28˚c, is memorable place to spend a summer. The pedestrianized old town is a UNESCO world heritage site, and one not to be missed. Aside from the incredible architecture and history, this destination is also home to an array of stunning beaches, picture perfect azure waters and five-star cuisine. Though August is a popular time to visit, it will allow you to experience the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
The school holidays may well be over, but the chance to make it feel like the summer isn’t is to take a break in September. Although many countries in Europe will be cooling down, one island where you’re still likely to experience an average daily temperate of 24 ˚c is Crete. It is not only the biggest but also the hottest of the Greek Islands, with attractive beaches, mountain villages and an absolute heaven for foodies.
As we ease into the winter months October is the ideal time for a bit of late season sunshine and what better place than the Algarve with average maximum temperature of a pleasant 23˚c. The best choice for a half-term break as far as we’re concerned, this is a great family destination with numerous sandy beaches and family-friendly restaurants.
The island of Bequia has a tropical climate, which means that the weather is consistently warm throughout the year. November is a great time of visit to escape the beginning of the cold British winter, with perfect winds for sailing.
Some of us prefer to spend December at home, wrapped up and feeling festive in the run up to Christmas. But if you’d prefer to escape the hectic atmosphere at home, then Barbados is just the place to do it. With a December average of 26˚c this is a popular time to visit for an alternative festive season featuring white sand over snow.