Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and the only one to have two internationals airports, which means that it is no more than between two and four hours flying time from the Spanish mainland and the rest of Europe.
Tenerife’s climate is renowned for its mild summers and relatively warm winters, as well as the constant presence of the sun pretty much all year round. With temperatures ranging from lows of 17°C in winter and highs of 25°C in the hotter months, the sea breeze and the trade winds cool the atmosphere.
The speed of Dubai’s metamorphosis is unparalleled, creating a thriving metropolis in the heart of the desert in less than half a century. Many people are likely to be dazzled by the whiteness of the sand and the scale of the skyscrapers, but it’s also still possible to step back in time with a desert safari or boat trip on the creek.
Expect year-round sunshine – it’s just a case of exactly how hot you like it. October to April provides the most pleasant option (small potential of rain and wind in January and February), with temperatures around 25-28C. From May, these temperatures really rocket between June and September (upwards of 40C) but Dubai offers plenty of incentives to visit then, such as shopping festivals in air-conditioned malls, indoor attractions and fantastic value offers.
A holiday to South Africa is unforgettable – breathtakingly diverse in landscape and visitor experiences. Many first-time visitors make a beeline for the Cape, the Garden Route and Kruger National Park, and with good reason, but this amazing land rewards a longer-than-usual stay, giving you a chance to enjoy less well-known adventures such as the scenery and battlefields of KwaZulu Natal and the fascinating blend of cultures in Gauteng.
South Africa lies in the Southern Hemisphere, therefore the seasons are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere. December and January are the main summer holiday months. In May and June, autumn brings warm days and cool nights. Autumn and spring are the best seasons for hiking. From the beginning of July to the end of September, you can expect cold conditions in most of the country and rain in the Western Cape.
Phuket is among the world’s finest beach destinations, with fine white sands, nodding palm trees, glittering seas and lively towns. It has something for any taste and budget, with hundreds of hotels to choose from, a wide choice of dining and partying options. Aside from visiting the fantastic attractions of Thailand’s biggest island, you can take an exhilarating speedboat trip to the many nearby tropical paradises, including the famous Phi Phi Islands, or enjoy a serene cruise around the mystical Phang Nga Bay. Phuket is blessed with more than 30 amazing beaches to choose from. Patong Beach, Kata, Karon and Kamala have always been the most popular, but the north of the island reveals some hidden gems for travellers searching for a more romantic atmosphere.
The hottest Phuket weather is from April through May, with temperatures ranging from 27°C to 36°C (80°F to 95°F). Humidity is high, at this time, which can make the days feel even hotter. Occasional short, thundery showers bring a little relief from the heat. There’s also the Thai New Year festival of Songkran in mid-April, when you’re likely to get splashed with cold water. Locals enjoy visiting in June, July and August. The weather in Phuket is generally fine and the island’s favourite attractions remain uncrowded. The usual pattern is for brief but heavy showers, with plenty of sunshine between downpours. Temperatures range between 70°F and 90°F (20°C to 33°C).
Goa is a land of amazing contrasts, of tangible and intangible heritage; of human endeavour and natural wonders; of music and stillness. Flanked by the Arabian Sea on the West and the imposing Sahyadri Mountains on the East, the Goan landscape rises from sea-level to a towering 1022 metres. Several rivers crisscross the state and add to its natural beauty.
The period from October to March is very pleasant for tourists with normally clear skies. During this period the sea condition remains normal. This period is the most popular, especially the peak season in December and through New Year, when the destination is packed. Temperatures range from 20°C to 32°C. January with more than 320 hours of sunshine remains the sunniest month of the year. During this period, the weather is glorious, the atmosphere is suitably festive, the tinsel is liberally festooned and fireworks grace the evening sky.