There’s no denying that, during the summer months when the sun is shinning and the air is warm, there is probably nowhere better in the world to be than Devon.
However, during the winter or timid spring, when the mercury simply refuses to get into double digits, the beaches of Devon can seem a little unwelcoming, even to the most intrepid of bathers.
So this is the perfect time to escape the winter blues and jump on a plane to a sunny European destination. If you hurry then you’ll be back just in time for the first glorious day of summer.
If you’re heading off on a spring or early summer break, then the first thing that you’ll be looking for is guaranteed sunshine, so with one of the best climates in Europe, Portugal’s Algarve region is a pretty good place to start.
With regular flights linking Exeter and Faro, the region is very easy to access, with most of the major resorts within an hour’s drive from the airport.
Spend your days enjoying the mild winter temperatures, or take advantage of the weather to explore the beautiful countryside of the region.
If you want to incorporate a touch of luxury into your sunny break then the Cote d’Azur, France’s most exclusive holiday region, is a terrific place to head.
Easily accessible with Superbreak and Eurostar to Paris and then a fast train to the south, you could be sunning yourself on the French Riviera within hours.
The Canary Islands
Like the Algarve, the Canary Islands are known for their year-round warm climate, so whether you’re going in March or August there’s a good chance you’ll see blue skies and sunshine every day.
Though some of the islands can become crowded with tourists, it is possible to find areas off the tourist trail from which you can explore the unique volcanic landscape and island culture of the Canaries.
Like Devon, the coast of Croatia is dotted with coves, secluded beaches and stunning views.
There are hundreds of islands to explore, as well as traditional villages and ancient cities which, together with its great weather, make Croatia an ideal summer destination.
If you’re looking for a great getaway this summer then Europe is simply packed full of them, the only hard part is deciding exactly where to go. Although wherever you choose, you’re bound to have a fantastic time in the sun.