Where to go on holiday in January

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Destinations in Europe

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Long haul destinations

January holidays

January isn't everyone's favourite month, with the New Year's festivities winding down and the return to routine. But it's the perfect time to think about where to go for a rejuvenating January getaway.

Post-Christmas is an off-peak season, meaning you can find some fantastic deals in the January holiday sales. For those craving winter sun holidays, the southern hemisphere and tropical countries are ideal. And for the snow enthusiasts, this is the prime time for cheap ski holidays in Europe's winter wonderlands.

Explore the best destinations for your January holidays, whether you're seeking sun or snow. And don't forget to check out our Last Minute deals.

Top destinations for a holiday in January

Destinations in Europe

Amsterdam

A warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves will come in handy if visiting Amsterdam in January. But, with cosy pubs, fairytale architecture and hearty food to warm you up, the Dutch capital glows in winter.

For a real snow experience, head to Westerpark or Vondelpark, where you'll find lots of the white stuff to pack into snowballs or build a snowman. If you're in town for New Year, enjoy Oliebollen - delicious doughnut balls, traditionally served at this time of year.

Don't miss: The Anne Frank House, a moving museum dedicated to the teenage diarist.

Weather in January: Average high: 6°C / low: 1°C

Dublin

The winter month of January in Dublin could turn out to be the best time of the year. If you are in the city, one of the destinations you must see is the historic campus- Trinity College. It is the oldest University in Ireland. Samuel Beckett Bridge is the next great site you should cover.

It gives Dublin city a magnificent view. Don't forget to see St. Paul's Church which was constructed in the 1830s.

Don't miss: Guinness Storehouse - a must for fans of the 'Black Stuff'.

Weather in January: Average high: 8°C / low: 1°C

The French Alps

January is quiet and snow sure in The French Alps. What could be better than celebrating the New Year in a winter environment with awesome fireworks? Catch sight of the Père Noel, Aiguille du Midi and Mont Blanc.

Plan a ski holiday in the fresh snow and save your travel budget. The slopes are uncrowded and there are no lift queues so you will maximize your ski time or snowboarding.

Don't miss: Tramway du Mont-Blanc for spectacular views of the Alps.

Weather in January: Average high: 6°C / low: 1°C

Tenerife

The sea around Tenerife is warm enough for swimming in January, thanks to a year-round pleasant climate. On average, the water temperature is 21°C. The island is best known for its vibrant nightlife, Blue Flag beaches, holiday resorts and a beautiful natural landscape.

It's an ideal getaway for adventurers keen to explore the highest mountain peak in Spain, volcanoes, caves and natural parks.

Don't miss: Beach Bollullo – a black sand beach with mesmerising views.

Weather in January: Average high: 17°C / low: 10°C

Cyprus

Often, January has pleasant temperatures and sunny days in Cyprus. Temperatures range from 10-20°C in the daytime. Make the most of this post-Christmas period that's full of tranquillity. You can have just any meal at the seafront restaurants with a panoramic Mediterranean view.

The country brims with historic places that stretch back to the Roman and prehistoric eras. All the sites are open year-round but visiting in the off-season like January is advantageous.

Don't miss: Petra tou Romiou, the supposed birthplace of Aphrodite.

Weather in January: Average high: 17°C / low: 8°C

Finland

Deciding on the activities you want to do in Finland allows you to pick the perfect time. For instance, if you want to go dog sledding or skiing, January guarantees plenty of snow in the northern region.

Come prepared for skimobile safari, ice fishing and ice skating. Winter is yours to enjoy in the arctic conditions. Lapland is arguably the biggest tourists' dream with a chance to witness the Northern Lights.

Don't miss: A ferry to Suomenlinna, a picturesque island just south of Helsinki.

Weather in January: Average high: -3°C / low: -8°C

Iceland

If you don't know where to go in January to see Northern Lights, plan a trip to Iceland. During this low season, the place is incredibly beautiful and less crowded. It can also save your travel budget as you sightsee the majestic ice caves.

Adventure in the winter wonderland by wandering outside of Reykjavik or go for a hike. Enjoy ice climbing and snowballing or simply hop out to make a snowman.

Don't miss: The Blue Lagoon, Iceland's most famous geothermal spa.

Weather in January: Average high: 3°C / low: -2°C

Long haul destinations

Marrakech

Even though the locals will be wrapped up in coats, it is actually warm in Marrakech if you come from the UK. January holiday in Morocco feels like summer back at home.

Temperatures will be about 20°C during the day so you can comfortably stroll around the medina with no sweat unlike in the months of November and April. You also get more value for your money and it's sunny.

Don't miss: The Majorelle Garden, an artsy botanical garden built in the 1920s.

Weather in January: Average high: 19°C / low: 6°C

Florida

The coolest month in Florida is January, well we say cool - its with average highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C. But it does mean you can spend time exploring the natural scenery, like the famous Florida Everglades, or hang out at the beach in the middle of the day since there's endless sunshine.

Look for thrills at theme parks where holidays are celebrated in a big way. Disney World will always earn brownie points with your kids.

Don't miss: The incredible wildlife at Everglades National Park.

Weather in January: Average high: 22°C / low: 10°C

Thailand

Thailand is a heavenly getaway in January given that the commotions of the New Year and Christmas are over. Bangkok and Andaman Coast islands on the south-west region are as pleasant as never before.

Everyone is back on the beach with Phuket, Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi beckoning invitingly to swimmers. After touring all the temples, watch the Muay Thai fight, take a cruise through the river, visit Khao San Road and shop at the Bangkok malls.

Don't miss: UNESCO-protected Khao Yai National Park.

Weather in January: Average high: 33°C / low: 24°C

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