Nice places to take a last minute holiday in December!

Fed up with the dreary 3.00 pm darkness? Sometimes what you need in December is sun and a siesta, rather than drizzly days. Luckily for you, it's never too late to book a last minute getaway. In fact, you could even take the Christmas festivities abroad and cram in one last sun fix before the end of the year. 
Where to? Here are a few suggestions:

Escape to Tenerife

The coastal resorts of Costa Adeje in Tenerife offer golf courses to perfect your swing on - are you a golfer mum? - and calm, inviting waters for families to dive into. There's no shortage of entertainment here - spend a fun-filled afternoon wowing over whales and gawping at gorillas at the highly acclaimed Loro Parque zoo. 
Image by Javier Lastras, used under Creative Commons License (CC BY 2.0)

A short drive from Costa Adeje, you can lose yourself to the dramatic volcanic scenery of Teide National Park. Here you can find postcard-perfect views made easily accessible thanks to a wide-reaching network of roads. On one side you'll see Mount Teide - an active volcano towering over the island - and on another you can delight in the far-reaching view over the Atlantic - both of which trump torrential rainfall and freezing temperatures back home!

Resorts in Costa Adeje provide no shortage of things to do on your holiday - whether Christmas galas or New Year's Eve parties, and even if you
haven't planned your stay ahead, you'll have a blast. Temperatures are currently in the low to mid twenties - what's not to love?
Image by Carlos A. Rodriguez, used under Creative Commons License (CC BY 2.0)

Christmas in the Canaries

Further south in the Canaries, the sun-kissed town of Maspalomas rewards visitors with tranquilising beaches sat on the shores of the cool clear Atlantic. The spectacular Fataga Valley is just over an hour's drive from the resorts of the coast, with public transport links departing every twenty minutes or so. Here you'll have the chance to ditch conventional transport for a more traditional ride - a camel. Scale the rocky peaks, or simply tread gently and relish the wandering mountainside scenery.

No matter the season, the beaches of Maspalomas bring in choppy waves which attract daring surfers and adventurous families alike. It's frequently referred to as the Hawaii of Europe due to its volcanic landscape and variety of surf spots - so why not take advantage and enrol on one of many surfing courses on offer? With balmy temperatures and clear blue skies year-round, Maspalomas makes for the ideal end of year getaway no matter what month you choose to go.

Fancy a change this Christmas? Replace scarves for swimsuits and ensure that your December holiday makes for a festive adventure that you'll never forget. 
Article by Daniel Holyrood

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