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Winter Sun Spots with Monarch

Neil Sowerby and the delights of the Red Sea, the Med and up to £50 off travel

Published on August 12th 2011.

Winter Sun Spots with Monarch

It's never too early to start planning those winter sun breaks. Here's our guide to the hotspots that are just a Monarch booking away...

ONE of the great travel deals of the year has to be Monarch Airlines offering savings of up to £50 on return flights. Their Great Summer Sale has helped sun seekers afford that trip to their dream destination.

Even better news! It's not going to end with the summer. The offer now includes winter flights for travel up to March 24. Millions of seats have been added and the same attractive conditions apply: No booking charge when you pay with a debit card. Only a £10 fee for credit card payments. And £5 for PayPal payments, no matter how many people in your booking.

Click here to get up to £50 off Monarch Flights.

Great Sheikhs for Some Winter Sun!
MONARCH'S air deals are a passport to some great destinations with guaranteed sunshine to dispel those post-summer blues - Turkey and Greece in late autumn, the Canary Islands, and, of course, Sharm-el-sheik in Egypt and the increasingly attractive United Arab Emirates. And it's not just flights of course. Monarch offers an amazing range of accommodation packages.

Egypt2EgyptSharm El Sheikh - underwater paradise
THE incredible collection of resorts along the Sinai Peninsula is famous for its blend of blazing sun, azure sea and desert sand. From the ultra-modern Na'ama Bay to the world-class restaurants of Shark's Bay, and from cliff-top monasteries to the throbbing dance floor of Pacha nightclub, Sharm El Sheikh offers the ultimate sun-soaked escape.

No wonder it's known as the Land of Perpetual Sunshine. The average November temperature here is 27C. Protected by the Sahara Desert and fed by the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea boasts great beaches and some of the best diving and snorkelling sites in the world.
Sharm El Sheikh's vast marine reserve, created in 1983, is brilliantly awash with 1,240 miles of coral up to 100m deep, and teems with turtles, manta rays, sharks and more than 1,200 species of fish.

A package holiday can be tailored to accommodate some underwater activity - or if you prefer to keep your feet dry, there are a number of comfortable glass-bottomed tours departing regularly from Sharm El Sheikh.

It's perfect for night owls, too. Haggle over chic clothes and perfumed spices with the market traders, or dance the night away in one of the trendy nightclubs lining King of Bahrain Street. The waterfront offers a vast array of excellent seafood restaurants. Or head inland to sample local delicacies, such as the creamy spinach and chicken molokheya soup, at ridiculously low prices.

The more intrepid can explore the fortress-like St. Catherine's Monastery on camelback, which was built on the supposed spot of Moses' Burning Bush and remains the oldest working Christian monastery in the world or discover the geographical marvel of the Coloured Canyon by quad bike.

For further details on Monarch holidays to Sharm-el-sheikh click here.

GoaGoaGoa – laid-back India at bargain prices
A VIBRANT cultural scene and value for money. That sums up Goa. Monarch specialise in top notch all-inclusive package holidays to this ravishing South Indian state for the more, discerning traveller on a budget.

India with its gleaming palaces and great temples can be an intimidating experience. Let Monatch take the strain. Goa offers a more westernised version of the sub-continent where exhilarating local markets stacked with spices and silks teem with activity and vast sandy beaches are lapped by the Arabian Sea.

One of Monarch’s Central Goa holidays will take you inland, to Vainguinim Beach where you can enjoy a fantastic range of range of watersports and a diving centre. Just south of Vasco da Gama, you will find Arossim Beach. Near the town of Cansaulim, this small local village offers visitors a glimpse into local culture while enjoying all the perks of a hotel-based holiday.

Up in the north Candolim is a lively bustling area with plenty of restaurants and shops. There is a beautiful, broad, golden sandy beach backed by dunes and offering excellent watersports. Nearby Calangute is a bustling village resort set beside the beach. The main street is lined with local shops, bazaars, tourist stalls and a range of restaurants offering local cuisine. Baga offers a more picturesque setting with miles of golden sand and a lively street market.

Down in the south, the action is all around the 10 km stretch of pristine beach extending south from Benaulim which has, for several years, been considered Goa's jewel. But its fellow resorts Cavelossim, Mobor Beach and Varca Beach all boast a wealth of history and culture, attractions ranging from from baroque churches to local bazaars. Not to mention the wonderfully spicy seafood and vegetarian-based cuisine

The average climate hovers above the 30C mark from October to March with minimal rain, making Goa the perfect beach/culture winter break destination

For further details click here.

Canary IslandsCanary IslandsCanary Islands - worth singing about
THE Fortunate Islands by an alternative name. Quite appropriate too with their year-round climate and range of top class resorts for every taste, whether you're looking for a cheap family holiday, a relaxing all inclusive or package holiday or a holiday villa.

Where to go for that perfect winter break? You are spoilt for choice. A group of islands located south-west of Spain and north-west of Africa, directly in front of the coast of Morocco. They consist of seven larger islands including Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, and a few smaller ones. The landscapes of each island differ from each other, but the winter climate is reliable wherever you go. And the beaches of white sand are splendid.

The sheer variety of landscape on Gran Canaria has led the third biggest of the Canary Islands to be dubbed "a continent in miniature". An entire holiday spent on the fabulous beaches of Playa de Ingles and Maspalomas (go on a camel trek among the amazing dunes) will send a winter sun-seeker home happy, but it would be a shame not to explore the mountainous interior of the island and get a sense of the island's traditional way or life.

Lanzarote is the most easterly of the Canary islands just 79 miles of the coast of Africa and it shows - with reliable year-round sunshine. Annual rainfall is just 144mm. The black volcanic landscape is often described as lunar, but it still boasts some beautiful white beaches such as Papagayo and the one at Playa Blanca.

For safety reasons visitors are no longer allowed to visit the crater of barely dormant volcano Mt Teide, Spain's highest peak, which dominates the south of Tenerife. Its beaches are where the bulk of sun seekers head. We'd recommend the lusher if cooler north to get a greater feel of the local culture.

Less developed, Fuerteventura has an allure of its own, especially for beach lovers, snorkellers and deep sea fishing enthusiasts. Must see: the ornate cathedral in the old inland capital, Betancuria.

A sample of villa holiday prices in November: Tenerife from £204, Fuerteventura £207, Lanzarote £217, Gran Canaria £240. Per person subject to availability and party sizes.

For further details, click here.

GreeceGreeceGreek and Turkish delights for the autumn
When the summer crowds have gone, both these destinations offer pure escapism. Even in late October the temperatures can touch 20C.

In Greece, Monarch flies to a huge variety of destinations - Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Kos, Lefkas, Preveza, Rhodes and Zante. Monarch specialise in quality family holiday villas in Greece, as well as apartments and hotels. October villas per person per night from £15 pp per night based on maximum occupancy. For further details click here.

Turkey offers exceptional value for money, especially for family packages, but Monarch also has some exceptional villa opportunities, within easy reach of its airports. October villa holiday prices: Turquoise Coast (Dalaman) £173, Aegean Coast (Bodrum) £73, Mediterranean Coast (Antalaya) £232. Per person subject to availability and party sizes. For further details click here.

The Monarch Sale offer applies to online scheduled flight bookings only and is not valid on charter flights. Discount refers to an increase in web discount up to £25 off one ways (usually £5) and up to £50 off returns (usually £10). Discount varies by route and date.

Prices quoted are each way inc. taxes when booked as part of a return trip. Base fares may fluctuate in price during promotional period according to demand. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion. Pay by debit card to avoid credit card/PayPal booking fees.

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