The chill in the air is undeniable: winter is coming. If you’re not a fan of the frosty season, we’ve got some blue-sky beaches lined up to warm your hearts.
One of the benefits of living this side of the equator is that when winter creeps in, we can take our pick of top destinations up north and escape to sunnier climes. If you’re keen on taking advantage of the summer in Europe, here are our top picks.
Famous all over the world for its fabulous beaches, Greece attracts millions of travellers to its shores every summer. Dotted like gems in the Aegean Sea, the Greek Islands are home to some of the best beaches in Europe, whether pebbled, sandy, secluded or bustling with beach bars.
Head straight to Mykonos for party beaches and nightclubs. Sail straight to Santorini for spectacular sunsets from Oia and black sand beach vibes at Kamari. Discover the hot springs of Milos or the famed turquoise coves of Zakynthos. What’s more, Greece is still a great value-for-money destination for South Africans. What are you waiting for?
Closer to home, you can still find some great Southern Hemisphere beach destinations to visit between June and August. While technically in the throes of winter, destinations such as Zanzibar and Mauritius are much (say it twice: much, much) warmer than your backyard pool and lapa braai area.
Only a hop, skip and jump away, the beaches and islands of the Indian Ocean are a no-brainer option for South African sunseekers. Flights times are negligible, and rates are competitive. Head to the Maldives or Seychelles for sun-kissed luxury. Mosey on over to Zanzibar for some Spice Island culture and sun-drenched shores.
A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, Mauritius is a sure bet. With a 330 km coastline encircling the island with powder-white beaches, azure lagoons, and coral reefs, there’s a beach with your name on it in Ille Maurice. Perhaps party-paradise Grand Baie is for you. Maybe you’re more drawn to the white shores of Trou aux Biches. Or, you want to pimp your Instagram at the always-impressive Le Morne Beach.
While the sun is choosing to sleep in, you’re dreaming of palm trees and cocktails served in coconuts, right? We can help with that. Get in touch with a friendly Pentravel thalassophile (someone who loves the sea) today.