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Put away your fleece jacket and take a welcome break from the chilly season with a winter sun holiday somewhere warm. 

From Europe and Asia to North America, we’ve rounded up some of the best spots for a dose of vitamin D.

DestinationTempSunshineFlight time
Algarve17C5.5 hrs3 hrs
Benidorm16C6 hrs2.5 hrs
Cancun24C8 hrs10.5 hrs
Cyprus18C6 hrs4.5 hrs
Dubai24C8 hrs7 hrs
Florida22C7 hrs9 hrs
Goa31C9 hrs12 hrs
Jamaica30C9 hrs10 hrs
Lanzarote20C7 hrs4.5 hrs
Mauritius26C9 hrs10 hrs
Phuket27C8 hrs12 hrs
Tenerife20C7 hrs4.5 hrs

*All temperatures are based on average high temperatures from December, January and February.

A world of winter sun awaits right here on your doorstep. If you don’t fancy a far-flung flight, compare cheap holidays and all-inclusive packages to these wonderfully warm destinations.

Benidorm: 16C

Best months to visit: January, February, March

Once a sleepy fishing village, these days Benidorm is less maritime and more party time. Restaurants, bars, clubs and cabaret line the streets and shores of Costa Blanca's famous holiday hub.

Levante Beach is the place to be for watersports fans. Strap in for paragliding, water-skiing, windsurfing and more. Or just grab a drink and watch the world unfold from its 2km (1.2 miles) of sandy shore.

Lanzarote: 21C

Best months to visit: December, January, February

The Canary Islands may bring to mind cheap summer holidays, but there's plenty going on here under the winter sun, too. Head for Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, to pick up a souvenir at its handicraft market and stop off for a plate of papas arrugadas in a traditional restaurant.

When you’re ready for evening entertainment, check out Jameos del Agua. This dramatic seawater lagoon surrounded by volcanic rock is one of the most unique concert halls around.

Gibraltar: 17C

Best months to visit: December, February, March

While you’re basically still in Blighty on a Gibraltar holiday, with winter weather this warm, you’d never have guessed.

Africa may be a way across the waves, but at Sandy Bay, you can sit on the sands of the Sahara (50,000 tonnes of it was imported from the desert!). And no visit to Gibraltar is complete without a quick hello to the Rock’s most famous residents, the barbary macaques.

Algarve: 17C

Best months to visit: January, February, March

The Algarve is a classic winter sun destination – and it’s just under three hours from London. If the first thing on your packing list is your walking boots, then take to the trails for meandering mountains and clifftop coastal routes.

For something a little less heart-racing, Estudantes Beach near Lagos is nothing but sand, sea and serenity. Whatever you do, break up each day with a tasty seafood cataplana – it’s the region’s specialty.

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