Winter travel

Winter travel: Where to chase the sun when the cold gets you down

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We at Cinta Manis love the beach, the sunshine and everything else about summer. Now that the colder weather is approaching, we’re dreaming about better days…

If you’re anything like us, the cold, grey skies tend to get you down. But did you know that the miserable mood many people experience during winter can also be attributed to a lack of Vitamin D, which comes directly from the sun? Studies have proven that sunshine is good for your mental and physical health.

Around Christmas and New Year is the perfect time to do some winter traveling, and you don’t have to go that far to chase the sun. It’s always been a dream of ours to spend the Christmas holidays at the beach, so this winter we’re planning our perfect getaway and you’re invited.

The best part is, you don’t have to venture far out into the world to find some of the most dreamy beach destinations in the world (but we say, why not?!)

Close to Europe

Canary Islands

This group of islands is one of the best spots to find sun all year long. They are situated close to Morocco, a country which is known for its great weather, and are known for their magnificent black and white volcanic beaches.

Tenerife is the largest and most well-known island, has an international airport to welcome visitors on their winter travels. Mt. Teide is an active volcano and you can soak up the sun while hiking in the stunning Teide National Park.

El Bollullo is one of the most magical beaches in Tenerife, with its black sand and fresh seafood beach bar. This sounds like the kind of place we’d want to escape to when Europe becomes cold.

Cape Verde

An interesting mix of cultures have come together to inhabit this beautiful cluster of islands situated off the northwest coast of Africa. Portuguese, Creole and African roots can be seen in the local food, traditional music and the warmth of the people.

Sal and Santiago are popular islands for tourists who love to be outdoors. Some love to spend their days tanning on the pristine beaches or swimming in the bright blue water, but others prefer to be a little more sporty. You can enjoy kitesurfing and windsurfing as well as long walks on the beach.


This North African country has beautiful weather year-round and has long been a popular holiday destination for Europeans who hate winter. Stunning beaches, ancient cities, breathtaking architecture and delicious, traditional cuisine are just some of the reasons to visit this destination.

Marrakech, Fes and Casablanca are the most popular tourist spots with something for everyone to do. Besides the first-class beach destinations, the culture and the people will make you want to stay forever. This is definitely one to put on your winter travel list/

Not so close to Europe

Cape Town, South Africa

Don’t let the 10-hour flight put your off; Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful beach cities and has become increasingly popular over the past few decades. The best part is that while you might have to go far, the city is on the same time zone as Brussels, so you won’t be jetlagged.

Divine beaches at Clifton and Camps Bay with crystal-clear water are only a few minutes’ drive from the city’s buzzing center where you’ll find world-class restaurants, museums and a variety of lovely rooftop bars; not to mention wild animals and nature in abundance.

Go shark-cage diving, mountain climbing on the World Wonder, Table Mountain or wine tasting in the country’s oldest vineyards. You won’t regret venturing South for this one.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This futuristic city is most well-known for having the tallest building in the world, but there is so much more  to behold than inspiring architecture. Dubai has incredible beaches that will blow your mind because some of them are completely man-made, meaning they are suited to all your holiday needs.

Take a dip in the amazing seaside resort of Atlantis, The Palm, where you can spend days entertained and never once think about going home. Dubai’s perfect weather during winter attracts crowds, because in summer it’s highly advised to avoid due to unbearable temperatures.

Bikinis in winter?

We know that you can’t leave on a winter travel bucket list to a beach destination without having a brand new, beautiful swimsuit. Luckily, Cinta Manis’ online shops is open all year long, so head over to find your perfect match.

We hope that you chase the sun the same way you chase your dreams this winter: passionately and with a heart full of hope.

-With Sweet Love

Cinta Manis

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