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5 winter sun holidays with flights from £30 from Newcastle International Airport

Jet off this January with Ryanair and start 2024 the right way...

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 20.12.2023

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Escape the January blues and seas the moment with a winter beach holiday

Discover the best places to chase winter away, swap the cold, wind and rain for some sun, sea and sand and top up on vital vitamin D. Plus, by travelling off-peak you won’t break the bank and you’ll miss out on the crowds too.

From Spain’s sunny shores to the captivating coast of Cyprus, we’ve rounded up our top winter sun destinations – including beautiful beachfront hotels – that are guaranteed to help you feel rejuvenated during the post-Christmas slump.

The best part? Selected Ryanair return flights from Newcastle International Airport currently start from just £29.98* – it would be rude not to.

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FUERTEVENTURA, CANARY ISLANDS

FUERTEVENTURA, CANARY ISLANDS

Average temperature: 21°C

Flight duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

Frequency: up to 2 flights per week during winter with Ryanair

Return flight cost: from £47.98*

Nestled closer to Africa than Europe, the Spanish-run Canary Islands are a sought-after spot for winter sun seekers. While Lanzarote and Tenerife are known for their hustle, Fuerteventura strikes a perfect balance – neither too quiet, nor crowded.

FUERTEVENTURA, CANARY ISLANDS

Its sun-soaked southern coast boasts sandy, surfy shores and a wild, desert-style interior. With its vast beaches – Cofete being the Canary Islands’ largest – the island calls for road trips and leisurely days by the coast. Known for its strong wind, Fuerteventura welcomes windsurfing junkies, offering prime conditions.

After adventures, relish fresh seafood and Spanish wine at laid-back eateries capturing the island’s vibe. January offers a unique winter sun escape, with postcard landscapes, sunsets over pristine beaches, and celestial stargazing at spots like Corralejo Natural Park, Morro Velosa Viewpoint, and Mirador Sicasumbre.

*Fare is correct on the date of publication based on a return flight departing on 6th January 2024 at 6:25am and returning on 13th January 2024 at 11:30am.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Rui Palace Jandia

Hotel Rui Palace Jandia

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Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace

Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace

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Meliá Fuerteventura

Meliá Fuerteventura

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Secrets Bahía Real Resort and Spa

Secrets Bahía Real Resort and Spa

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Gran Canaria

GRAN CANARIA, CANARY ISLANDS

Average temperature: 21°C

Flight duration: 4 hours 35 minutes 

Frequency: twice weekly flights during winter with Ryanair

Return flight cost: from £60.99*

In the Canaries temperatures are in the low-mid 20s all year round and January in Gran Canaria offers a unique twist. Known for its black lava and white sand beaches, this is a destination perfect for some winter sun.

Gran Canaria

Some favourite southern beaches include bustling Playa del Inglés and Puerto Rico as well as quieter Puerto de Mogán and San Agustín. Las Palmas, the capital, slows its pace, letting you savour al fresco delights without the peak-season chaos. Venture to El Pico de las Nieves for clearer skies and vibrant sunsets.

Why January? Besides beach bliss, Gran Canaria boasts cultural gems, majestic dunes, and Canarian folk experiences. Roam the Maspalomas Dunes and explore Pueblo Canario’s cultural richness.

*Fare is correct on the date of publication based on a return flight departing on 14th January 2024 at 10:40am and returning on 21st January 2024 at 11:15am.

WHERE TO STAY

Don Gregory by Dunas

Don Gregory by Dunas

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Occidental Roca Negra - Adults Only

Occidental Roca Negra - Adults Only

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BlueBay Beach Club

BlueBay Beach Club

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Ocean Hill

Ocean Hill

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PAPHOS, CYPRUS

PAPHOS, CYPRUS

Average temperature: 17°C

Flight duration: 5 hours 5 minutes 

Frequency: twice-weekly year-round with Ryanair

Return flight cost: from £40.62*

Escape to Paphos in south west Cyprus, where even winter welcomes T-shirt weather amid the Eastern Mediterranean chill. This ideal winter destination for families, solo travellers and couples.

PAPHOS, CYPRUS

January is one of the best months to see Paphos without the crowds, with mild temperatures throughout. Dive into history at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, housing Middle Ages and Roman Empire ruins, including the mystic Tombs of the Kings.

Explore Aphrodite’s birthplace at the stunning Aphrodite’s Rock and catch breathtaking views of beautiful sunsets. For a sea-view feast, savour a meal at Tsiakkas Tavern – a hidden gem in this coastal haven.

*Fare is correct on the date of publication based on a return flight departing on 22nd January 2024 at 5:10pm and returning on 29th January 2024 at 1:40pm.

 

WHERE TO STAY

Aquamare Beach Hotel and Spa

Aquamare Beach Hotel and Spa

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Alexander the Great Beach Hotel

Alexander the Great Beach Hotel

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The Ivy Mare – Designed for Adults

The Ivy Mare – Designed for Adults

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Leonardo Plaza Cypria Maris Beach Hotel & Spa

Leonardo Plaza Cypria Maris Beach Hotel & Spa

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FARO PORTUGAL

FARO, PORTUGAL

Average temperature: 17°C

Flight duration: 3 hours 10 minutes 

Frequency: Twice weekly during winter with Ryanair

Return flight cost: from £29.98*

Discover the hidden charm of Portugal’s Algarve in January. Faro, Algarve’s capital, is one of Europe’s warmest winter destinations all year around.

Faro Portugal

Sit back, relax and enjoy the mild weather, hike golden cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, and witness epic winter sunsets.

January brings affordable rates to this typically touristy haven, where prices soar in the high season. Beyond its famed beaches, Faro’s Old Town delights with charming accommodations, quaint cafes, and the intriguing Capela de Ossoss bone chapel. Explore the Faro Sé cathedral and Ria Formosa Natural Park’s picturesque salt marshes, making Faro a sunny cultural gem in winter.

*Fare is correct on the date of publication based on a return flight departing on 14th January 2024 at 4:30pm and returning on 21stJanuary 2024 at 8:05pm.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Faro & Beach Club

Hotel Faro & Beach Club

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AP Eva Senses Hotel

AP Eva Senses Hotel

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Hotel Made Inn Faro

Hotel Made Inn Faro

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ibis Hotel Faro

ibis Hotel Faro

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MÁLAGA, SPAIN

Average temperature: 17°C

Flight duration: 3 hours 15 minutes 

Frequency: up to 3 flights per week during winter with Ryanair

Return flight cost: from £50.43*

Escape winter’s chill in Málaga, a hidden gem on Spain’s Costa del Sol. This southern Spanish city comes alive in January, with its Moorish Old Town showcasing intricate architecture at sites like the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle.

The inviting beaches offer serene Mediterranean views without the summer crowds. Did you know world-famous artist Pablo Picasso was born and grew up in Málaga?

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Picasso Museum before tucking into some tapas in the warm sunshine. Experience Andalusian cuisine in terrace restaurants, enjoy relaxing days on the beach and bask in the Mediterranean sun.

*Fare is correct on the date of publication based on a return flight departing on 9th January 2024 at 5:40pm and returning on 16th January 2024 at 3:00pm.

 

WHERE TO STAY

Gran Hotel Miramar

Gran Hotel Miramar

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Vincci Málaga

Vincci Málaga

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H10 Croma Málaga

H10 Croma Málaga

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Hotel NH Málaga

Hotel NH Málaga

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