mar. 24 enero 2023
The holidays are over and winter is in full swing in the Netherlands. All you can think about is sun, sea and beach: Holidays! And we understand this like no other. We are always longing for the sun in this month too. But where is it warm in January? And where are you guaranteed enough sunshine hours? We like to share with you some sunny destinations to escape the cold winter month. Here we have taken into account the sun hours, temperature and of course whether it is a nice destination to complete your holiday. Read on and get inspired for your next trip!
1. Vacation on the Canary Islands
Did you know that you can enjoy sun, sea and beach all year round in the Canary Islands? Wonderful right! Now you must be wondering which islands are the best to visit in January. We are happy to share them with you:
Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Islands. This creates a big climate difference between the north and the south. The north is humid and cool, while the south is very dry and sunny. Although the climate is very different, Tenerife is one of the warmest Canary Islands in winter. You will enjoy beautiful weather here all year round. In winter, the temperature in Tenerife is between 20 and 25 degrees, and in the sunshine it can even reach as high as 33 degrees!
Apart from the fact that Tenerife is a beautiful island, there is also plenty to do. Enjoy the beaches of Playa de las Americas. Or take a hike up the island's most famous mountain, El Teide. And do you like a bit more excitement and adventure? Then visit Siam Park: a water park full of grandiose slides.
Gran Canaria is the most popular island among the Dutch. Not surprisingly, as it is never colder than 20 degrees here. As on Tenerife, it is slightly cooler in the north than in the south. The south of the island has over 320 days of sunshine a year and it hardly ever rains. Add the 7 to 8 hours of sunshine per day and you have the perfect island to enjoy the sun in winter. Enjoy the beach at Playa de Las Canteras, visit the Dunes of Maspalomas or spend a day shopping in the capital Las Palmas.
For a wonderfully warm climate, Lanzarote really is the place to be! Due to its favourable location, the island benefits from the warm airflow from North Africa. This ensures that it never gets colder than 20 degrees. With these warm temperatures, Lanzarote definitely deserves a place in the list of warmest Canary Islands in winter. For real beach lovers, visit the Papagayo beaches. Looking for something more adventurous? Then climb the volcano Cueva de los Verdes.
In short, the Canary Islands are the perfect escape for a sunny January month. Would you rather spend less time on the road but still enjoy the Spanish sun? Then check out our complete guide to a weekend in Barcelona
2. The Antilles
Together with Aruba and Bonaire, Curaçao forms the ABC islands. They belong to the Windward Islands and are part of the southern Lesser Antilles. Whether you go to Aruba, Bonaire or Curaçao, actually all three places are ideal to go to in January. Here the weather is guaranteed to be nice!
Snow-white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and swaying palm trees. A holiday to this Caribbean island will make you forget all your worries. The island is also called "Dushi Kòrsou" by its inhabitants, meaning sweet Curaçao. If you are a real beach lover then you have definitely come to the right place. Take a look at perhaps the most popular beach, namely Jan Thiel Bay. Are you looking for a bit more peace and quiet? Then Cas Abao Beach is the perfect place.
There is also room for nature - mainly on the west coast. Although it has long since ceased to be a well-kept secret, Christoffel Park is well worth a visit. This largest national park on the island is known for its wide variety of flora and fauna. To complete this visit, a climb to the top of Christoffel Mountain is definitely recommended.
Bonaire is the second largest island of the Netherlands Antilles after Curaçao and is located just off the coast of Venezuela. Opposite the capital Kralendijk is the smaller uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire. The tropical climate makes Bonaire an excellent sun destination during the cold winter months. January is therefore among the best months to visit the island.
Are you a real water rat and do you prefer to spend your holidays underwater as much as possible? Then you will feel like a fish in the water during a diving holiday on Bonaire. After all, the sea around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire is a true paradise full of tropical fish and colourful coral and is part of the protected Bonaire National Marine Park. No wonder Bonaire is one of the most beautiful diving spots in the world!
Aruba, also known as one happy island, guarantees a relaxing and laid-back holiday. If you like sun, sea, beach and cocktails, this is the place to be. The south-west coast of Aruba is exactly what you see in the pictures: wide pearly white beaches along the azure blue sea.
Although Aruba is not much bigger than Texel in terms of surface area, there are plenty of things to do on the island. For example, visit the oldest building on the island; Fort Zoutman in Oranjestad. And climb the Willem || Tower here for stunning views over the town. Are you a true nature lover? Then discover the Arikok National Park. This nature reserve covers as much as one fifth of the island and consists of exotic rock formations of volcanic lava, petrified corals and impressive limestone caves. You won't want to skip the underwater world on the island either. Near the coast, for instance, you will find a special snorkelling location, namely with a sunken ship from World War II.
A holiday in the Antilles in January is above all sun, sea and sand. And of course enjoying all that these beautiful islands have to offer. Have you ever thought about taking the plunge and travelling alone? We have the best solo travel tips and destinations for you
Dubai is located on the Arabian Peninsula which is known as one of the hottest places on earth. As a result, the emirate has a subtropical warm desert climate. Thanks to this climate, the sun shines practically all year round and the average temperature is around 25 degrees. Perfect, therefore, for a sun holiday in Dubai.
It is a great destination for a unique and spectacular holiday. Indeed, no other country in the world has so many records to its name: from the tallest tower in the world to the largest shopping mall and from the tallest Ferris wheel to the largest aquarium. Dubai is not called Disneyland for adults for nothing.
The one thing you absolutely must not miss during your Dubai holiday is the Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world. During the At The Top Experience, you will take a lightning-fast lift to the top, after which you will have stunning views of the entire city. Below you can see the Dubai Fountain and in the distance you can even see Palm Island, with the famous Atlantis Hotel on it. For the best experience, go around sunset, so you can see Dubai in both daylight and darkness. Would you also like a bit more excitement in your activity? Go on a desert safari
. Prepare for an hour of dune bashing
: Racing through the desert in a jeep. A very cool and unique experience. You stop in the middle of the desert to watch the beautiful sunset.
4. Holidays in Cape Town
In January, summer is in full swing in Cape Town, with temperatures roughly between 25 and 30 degrees. It is one of the country's most popular destinations, especially among the Dutch. The 'Mother City', as Cape Town is also called, lies at the foot of Table Mountain, one of the city's icons. It is therefore well worth climbing the mountain and enjoying the insane views.
There is much more to see here! For instance, a day of rest at the beach is also not entirely unimportant during your holiday. Head to beaches like Camps Bay or to one of Clifton's cosier beaches. Before that, also make a stop in the cosy and colourful village of BoKaap. For some more history of the country, visit the Robben Islands. Tours of these islands are given by ex-prisoners, which adds to the experience.
5. Travelling to Bali
If you go on holiday to Bali, you do so for the beautiful island, of course, but also for the good weather. Although the sun shines most of the year, Bali also has a rainy season. In the rainy season, showers are frequent (sometimes every day) and humidity is much higher. So sweat! The rest of the year is the dry season. That means very little rain!
There are several places in Bali that are worth visiting when you are on the island. Canggu, especially among backpackers, is a popular spot. This trendy village is known for its good surfing, but you can also have fun going out. Many millennials feel at home here because of the many yoga spots, the various culinary restaurants and the cosy cafés. If you want to discover more culture on the island, Ubud is a good place to go. There is an awful lot to see and do in and around Ubud. Close to town are some beautiful rice fields and the famous Monkey Forest. In the south of the island is the lovely Uluwatu, with some beautiful beaches, spectacular cliffs and good surf spots.
If you would like to discover more of Southeast Asia, read our blog on travelling alone through beautiful Asia and what to expect
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