Winter sun holidays are pretty hard to come by. I say that as someone living in London because, let’s face it, unless you’re willing to travel halfway across the world to the Indian Ocean/Caribbean/Asia, there aren’t many places in Europe that you can get some winter sun. There is one place, though. One place that won’t cost you a fortune, and that is almost guaranteed to have warmer weather than the UK: Majorca.
Winter sun holidays: where to go
Located in the Mediterranean, Majorca is the biggest of the Balearic Islands, and it’s so beautiful. The capital is Palma (where the airport is), but we always stay in my boyfriend’s family home in Canyamel, on the north east coast in Son Servera. It’s about an hour’s drive from Palma- we hire a car through Rent-a-car since Canyamel is also quite spaced out. Think English countryside with beautiful beaches, good weather and friendly locals.
Where to stay
As mentioned, my boyfriend’s family are kind enough to let us stay there whenever we go, so we’ve never had to find a hotel, but I’ve heard good things about the following Canyamel hotels:
Hotel Can Simoneta (closed from November 30th 2017- March 23rd 2018 for refurbishment)
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When to go
Early October- mid December. Temperature over these months will gradually decrease from around 20 degrees to 15 degrees in mid December, which might not seem high, but is still a lot warmer than winter in the UK. The evenings can get cooler, but you’ll have around 8 hours of sunshine in the daytime, and a light jacket is all you’ll need at nighttime. FYI, if you do take my advice and choose Canyamel for winter sun holidays (you really should ;)), the weather forecast will be different to Palma since Canyamel is set up in the hills. This can mean more sun during the day, but also more wind in the evenings.
Tip: Avoid going anywhere in Majorca later than mid December since rain is a lot more likely from mid December- early Feb.
What to do
1.Eat at Vintage 1934, Cap Vermell Beach Hotel
I’d happily eat somewhere with average food for a good setting, but Vintage 1934 has both. It’s set on Canyamel beach with tables right in front of the sea on an outdoor terrace. Food is just as good as the view, but it’s not cheap. We paid around £100 a head for 3 courses each and a bottle of wine.
2. Eat at Sa Punta
This is by far our fave. The waiters are so friendly, food is affordable but delicious, and there’s live music on every night in peak season. Unfortunately, this one closes at the end of October, so you’ll need to go from mid-late October if you want winter sun, too.
3. Walk along Cala Ratjada
Cala Ratjada is about a 10-minute drive from Canyamel, featuring a beautiful beach and plenty of places to stop for something to eat or drink. You can walk the whole length and back in around 40 mins without stopping, but we’d usually take a pitstop in one of the restaurants or bars. If you like seafood, try Restaurante del mar- I have the whole seafood platter whenever we go and it honestly tastes like they’ve just fished it out of the sea there and then.
4. Hike in the hills
Canyamel is situated in the hills and when you make it to the top, the views are amazing. It can get too hot in peak season, but if you’re visiting for winter sun, it’ll be the perfect walking temperature.
It depends when and where you’re staying, but flights on Skyscanner during November will cost you an average of £70 return from London to Palma Majorca. Hotel rates are often subsidised outside of peak season (from October onwards), too, so you’ll end up paying less for winter sun than you would if you went in summer.
It’s only a 2-hour flight from London, so if you’re looking for winter sun holidays and you live in Europe, Majorca is the one. Everything in this post is open year round (bar those mentioned which are only open for certain winter months), and chances are, you’ll have much better service (and opportunity for room upgrades ;)) on winter sun holidays since it’s a less popular time to go. I can’t wait to go back!