Where is hot in December?

Discover the world’s best destinations for December sun

Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
HomeAway travel expert

Where is hot in December? December in Britain: the only things going for it are Christmas and New Year! Yes, we all get excited at the prospect of snowmen and sledging, mulled wine and merriment, but by the time the climate cools and we’re well and truly into winter, the promise of some sunshine doesn’t go amiss. Some prefer skiing and enjoy short breaks in France and Switzerland, but most of us want to head off to warmer, sunnier climes! A well-deserved break in the sun may be just what you need when December rolls round, but where to go for the very best weather?

Below are just a selection of some of the best destinations for December sun, including the coasts of Cape Verde and magnificent Madeira, as well as the dry, sunny deserts of Egypt. But wherever you fancy going, and wherever you’d like to stay when there, HomeAway can provide the perfect property. We have hundreds of villas in Africa, including those in Cape Verde, Goa and Egypt, as well as properties in Madeira and central apartments in the Canaries. Regardless of your budget, need or desire, you’ll enjoy superior space and privacy when you book through HomeAway.



December holidays in Egypt December holidays in Egypt

Egypt is the perfect destination for December holidays, as it enjoys - on average - around 7 hours of sunshine a day, and temperatures of at least 24°C. You can laze along the Red Sea Coast, making the most of excellent sunbathing and swimming conditions, or simply buy a snorkel and admire the magnificent marine life. Sightseeing is also best done when Egypt’s not overly hot: fewer tourists and a slightly cooler winter climate mean you can really make the most of the Pyramids, the Sphinx and Cairo’s colourful markets. Why not hop on a Nile cruise to see the best of Egypt in style?

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December holidays in the Canary Islands December holidays in the Canary Islands

When you don’t want to deal with long-haul flights, the Canary Islands are a great bet for breaks in December. Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife are bathing in blissful temperatures of at least 20°C, so you’re ensured some sunshine and even a spot of swimming, if you’re brave! The fact that it’s not overly warm means you can can also enjoy sightseeing to the fullest, and even some hiking if you want to get out and about. For quieter breaks, head to the islands of El Hierro or La Gomera, where you can forget about the festive season, and enjoy some pre-Christmas relaxation.

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December holidays in Madeira December holidays in Madeira

Lying almost 1,000 kilometres off the Portuguese coastline, Madeira’s a great choice when you want to escape the British winter. Offering temperatures of at least 20°C, it’s the perfect spot for those looking to relax and unwind in warm, balmy weather. Its rolling, luscious countryside and excellent network of walking trails are also best explored during December, as you can explore outside the city without getting hot and bothered! Of course, if you’d rather spend time relaxing in Funchal, there’s lots to keep you busy: watching boats bob up and down in the harbour will beat those December blues!

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December holidays in Cape Verde December holidays in Cape Verde

Everyone knows Cape Verde’s the ultimate paradise, but few know it’s best visited during December. A group of islands located off the western coast of Africa, it promises paradisiacal temperatures to boot: expect nothing less than daily highs of 27°C, and at least 8 hours of sunshine a day. What could be better? Well, cheaper flights and bargain accommodation prices, as well as a relatively short 6 hour flight time! Enjoy lazing on the beach, explore in dense forests, or relax on the balcony of your sun-soaked private home. One thing’s certain: Cape Verde’s a winning destination for winter holidays.

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December holidays in Goa December holidays in Goa

If nothing but high temperatures and hot, sunny days will do, then look no further than December breaks in Goa. While northern India enjoys relatively modest highs of 23°C, Goa’s sun-soaked sands see temperatures of at least 31°C! Ideal for days spent sunbathing and swimming, Goa’s the perfect spot for that ultimate beach break. Of course, if you do want to get out and about while you’re there, there’s plenty to keep you entertained: you can go scuba diving in the Arabian Sea, visit a number of wonderful wildlife reserves, or admire the beautiful palaces and temples of Goa’s capital Panaji.

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Holiday Homes in Thailand for December Holidays

Phuket luxury penthouse - Surin Beach

Luxury penthouse with an exceptionally rare view over the Bangtao bay and the Bangtao/Surin mountains, as well as the a view of the swimming pool area. Included in the living area is a large roof top area of 110 M2 with sun loungers, shade sails...

Fisherman's Villa On The Lagoon

Baan Moon is originally a fisherman's house. Located right on the lagoon, it was recently renovated into a full-fledged wooden villa that retains the unique charm of traditional Thai houses while offering the comfort of modern habitat.The 140m² vi...

Apartment in Patong Tower with panoramic sea view of Patong beach (Phuket)

Situated on the 13 floor, this apartment opens up to the stunning panoramic sea view of Patong beach. Fully furnished apartment: two bedrooms with safe box, fan and air conditioning, a living room with air conditioning, LCD TV with DVD player, a ...

Stunning luxury villa with infinity pool, chef, minibus with driver

Villa Sanyanga is a seven bedroom, seven bathroom villa in an exclusive private residential development on the hill above Surin beach, on the north-west coast of Phuket, Thailand. There are fabulouse panoramic sea views over the Andaman sea, and B...

Luxury catamaran yacht, sleeps 16, takes up to 50 on day cruise

Shared between 16 people, this is only £187 per person for a 24 hour cruise. ALL INCLUSIVE on board. Includes all meals and drinks, diving, fishing, snorkelling, kayaking, visiting wonderful tropical islands, with white sand beaches and crystal c...

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