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My Top 5 Winter Family Holiday Destinations With Aer Lingus

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Missed out on a summer holiday abroad this year? Can’t wait to get back travelling? Aer Lingus has some super deals right now, to help you book a well deserved winter family holiday.

I am delighted to team up with Aer Lingus to showcase the wide range of family holiday destinations available this winter. I am champing at the bit to get on a plane again, and for those who feel the same – this post might help! Whether you are looking for some winter sun, a trip to Disneyland Paris, or want to bring the kids skiing for the first time, I have lots of winter family holiday ideas for you. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Aer Lingus has launched September offers on over 1 million seats across Europe starting at only €29.99! You can travel anytime from October 1st to February 17th, but you need to book by September 29th to avail of these amazing offers. You can see a full list of destinations here, and I have highlighted some of my favourites below.

 

1. Sun and Fun in Lanzarote

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Lanzarote is a great choice for a winter family holiday. The year round sunshine, long sandy beaches, and low rise buildings have been attracting Irish visitors for many years. There are many resorts to choose from, I have stayed in Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca and loved both. 

Puerto del Carmen is located less than 10 minutes from the airport – this is a Godsend if travelling with small children. Rancho Texas Park is also located here, and there is an open air cinema and inflatable water park at the beach. 

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Rancho Texas Park

Read: Top things to do in Puerto del Carmen with kids

I love watching the sunset in one of the many great restaurants in the old town. Depending on the age of your kids, there is a fabulous playground here so you can enjoy a pre or post dinner drink, while they play happily away in front of you.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Playa Blanca is often described as the sophisticated choice, as there are many luxury hotels here, as well as a stylish marina. You can also catch the ferry to Fuerteventura from Playa Blanca. 

Aer Lingus is offering return deals from Dublin to Lanzarote from €120 per person in December, January and February.

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2. Hit the Slopes in Austria 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I have always loved skiing and was delighted to bring my kids skiing for the first time in 2019 – in fact it was the last trip we took overseas!

We travelled to Söll in Austria and got great value flying into Munich with Aer Lingus. I booked ski-school for the kids and they learned so much in just three days. We were able to use the chair lifts and ski down the mountain together on the last day – it was a great experience.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Read: Top tips for family skiing

Aer Lingus is offering return flights to Munich from just €70 in December, January and February. We booked a private transfer to Söll and the journey time was just 90 minutes. This is an economical way to enjoy a family ski holiday this winter.

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3. Visit Disneyland Paris at Christmas time

Disneyland Paris is a superb family holiday at any time of year, but there is something even more magical visiting during the festive season. We visited at Christmas time a few years ago and would highly recommend it. Christmas songs were playing throughout the parks, there were gorgeous Christmas decorations everywhere, Disney characters were decked out in their festive costumes, and the firework displays were spectacular.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This year Disneyland Paris’ Enchanted Christmas runs from 13th November to 9th January 2022. The Parks will be transformed into a winter wonderland throughout this time, so you don’t travel over Christmas to experience the magic.

Read: Top tips for visiting Disneyland Paris

Aer Lingus is offering return flights to Paris in November, December and January from €60 per person.

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4. Enjoy a city break in Lisbon

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When it comes to city breaks with kids, Lisbon is up there with the best of them. In fact our first family trip overseas since 2019 will be to Lisbon and the Algarve in October.  

I suggest exploring this gorgeous city using the hop-on hop-off trams, and make sure to stop at Castelo de Sao Jorge. Castles are usually a big hit with kids and Castelo de Sao Jorge is no exception. As well as stunning views over the city, children will enjoy exploring its walls and cannons.

I also recommend a visit to Sintra. It has numerous designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but Luke and Alex loved the lesser known Quinta de Regaleira. There are underground tunnels, waterfalls and a magical castle here – it was a feast for their imaginations.

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If the weather is good you can take a trip to the beach, but don’t panic if you have a rainy day –  Oceanário, one of the world’s largest Aquariums is in Lisbon.

Lisbon also offers some superb dining options for families – don’t miss Time Out Market, and you should find the cost of living very reasonable priced compared to prices at home.

 

Aer Lingus is offering return flights to Lisbon from €60 per person from 1st October – 17th February.

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5. Luxury and relaxation in Gran Canaria

winter family holiday in Mogan

Gran Canaria is renowned for its year round sunshine, but it can be quite windy depending on which part of the island you are in. Did you know that the south-west coast of the island is the most sheltered?

The pretty town of Mogan is not only one of my favourite resorts in the Canary Islands, but it is also renowned for having the warmest temperatures in the winter time, due to its sheltered location.

If you are looking for a luxury family winter holiday, where you can relax and enjoy the sun, then this is the location for you. The 5-star Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Mogan is one of those rare finds  – a luxury hotel that caters well for families.

The hotel has three restaurants, two swimming pools, as well as a kids splash pool with water jets. There is also a luxury spa onsite, so you should come home well and truly relaxed.

Aer Lingus is offering return flights to Gran Canaria from €122 per person in December, January and February.

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I hope this post on some of my favourite winter family holidays will inspire you to book a trip away soon. Aer Lingus’ September offers are valid on over 1 million seats, for travel between 1st October 2021 and 17th February 2021. However, they must be booked by midnight 29th September 2021 – so don’t delay!

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This post on winter family holidays was sponsored by Aer Lingus, but all views, as always, are my own. Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. 

 
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10 Winter Sun Holidays in the Canary Islands With Prices from €349

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Self-catering apartments, luxury five-star hotels, and villas with private pools, I’ve got 10 winter sun holidays in the Canary Islands to help you plan your next break away.

Have you been dreaming of beach days and balmy nights? Are you chomping at the bit go get away? This Digital Covid Certificate will facilitate travel within the EU next month, so I think now might be a good time to plan some winter sun holidays to the Canary Islands.

With direct flights from many Irish airports, average temperatures of 20°, and plenty duty free shopping, it’s no surprise that the Canary Islands is the number one choice for winter sun holidays from Ireland.

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I have hand-picked ten great winter sun holidays for one week, departing on various dates from November – February. Don’t worry if the dates I have chosen don’t suit, they can be changed – simply edit the dates to suit your requirements when you click on the links below.

I know many of you have Aer Lingus and Ryanair vouchers to use, so you can use this post as a guideline. Choose one of the accommodation options below, and contact your airline or travel agent to book flights.

Read: Aer Lingus allow free changes for summer 2021
 

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I advise you to book hotels or apartments with free cancellation, and for that reason I have priced all of accommodation below with flexible rates, in fact many hotels allow you to book now and pay later – so you don’t even need to pay a deposit. All hotels and apartments are highly rated on TripAdvisor with great reviews from previous guests. Note, these winter sun holidays contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

1. Lanzarote: Bitacora Apartments, 21st November, €290pp

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Lanzarote is Ireland’s most popular destination for winter sun holidays. There are so many great resorts, but I love the old town of Puerto del Carmen – having a drink at one of the waterfront cafes as the sun sets over the harbour is a lovely way to end your day. I found a great deal in the popular Bitacora apartments which are located within walking distance to the centre and the beach.
 

 

 
Price for flights and a seven-night stay on the 18th of November is just €290 per person. If that date doesn’t suit, simply change the dates to suit your requirements when you click on the links below.

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island 
 

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2. Gran Canaria: 4-Star Gloria Palace Hotel & Thalasso Amadores, B&B, 25th January, €679pp

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Perched on a cliff with stunning views of the sea, and only 300 meters from the beach, it is not surprising why the Gloria Palace Amadores Hotel and Thalasso is a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers.
 

 

 
Situated between Puerto Rico and Mogan, this hotel offers the best of both worlds – a relaxing holiday with the option to travel to nearby resorts if you fancy a livelier scene. Renowned for its high quality cuisine, attentive staff and for having one of Europe’s top thalassotherapy centres, can you think of a better way to beat the January blues?

View flights here €176pp

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3. Tenerife: 5-star Hard Rock Hotel, 2nd December €839pp

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The beachfront Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife is one of the island’s most popular luxury hotels. With three swimming pools, a beach club, spa and fitness centre, as well as a host of dining and entertainment options, this is the place to be seen in Tenerife.

View flights here €129pp

View hotel here €710pp
 

 

 

4. Fuerteventura: 4-Star Correlejo Beach Apartments, 9th November, €439pp

Corralejo Beach apartmnets, Fuerteventura

The Corralejo Beach apartments are superbly located  just 50 metres from the beach in the vibrant resort of Corralejo, The harbour is just 400 metres away where you can catch the ferry to the neighbouring island of Lanzarote. There is an outdoor pool, restaurant, snack bar and gym, as well as a games room for billiards and darts.

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5. Lanzarote: 4-Star All Inclusive Aequora Lanzarote Suites, 9th February, €776pp 

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Located just five-minutes walk from the beach, the modern Aequora Lanzarote Suites are one of the most popular hotels in Puerto del Carmen. With five outdoor pools and three restaurants – one of which is an adults-only restaurant, you will be spoilt for choice. Note you will see many rates when you click on the link below, but I have priced this with free cancellation and on an all-inclusive basis, where all meals and drinks are included in the cost of your stay.

Check flights here €141pp

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6. Tenerife: Beverly Hills Apartments 8th February, €342pp

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Located just outside the popular resort of Los Cristianos, with some excellent amenities on site, this is a great value choice for winter sun holidays. The apartments have an outdoor pool, sauna, fitness centre, restaurant and bar, as well as some great sports facilities including a bowling alley, tennis and billiards. The property also offers a free shuttle service to Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos.

Check flights here €137pp

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7. Gran Canaria: 4-Star Adult-Only Sol Mogan Suites, 2nd November, €412pp

Winter sun holidays in Gran Canaria

The Adults Only Sol Mogan Suites is one of the most sought after properties in Gran Canaria. The modern suites have a kitchenette and a barbecue, and its location is ideal for couples looking for winter sun holidays in a relaxed surrounding.

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8. Tenerife: All Inclusive Paradise Park Hotel, 18th January, €697pp

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Paradise Park Fun Lifestyle Hotel has been a popular choice for holidaymakers for many years. Its all-inclusive package includes meals and drinks throughout your stay, and its excellent facilities include five swimming pools, four hot tubs, a sauna, small fitness centre and aerobic classes. This is a great choice for people looking for winter sun holidays with all meals and drinks included in the cost.

Check flights here €137pp

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9. Lanzarote: 3-bedroom villa with private pool, 1st December, 4 sharing, €307pp

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This gorgeous villa boasts a private heated pool with a spacious sun terrace and garden, and is ideally located close to the popular resort of Playa Blanca. It is just 600 metres from the Las Coloradas beach and Playa Blanca’s marina is just 1500 metres away. 

Check flights here €142pp

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10. Fuerteventura: 3-bedroom villa with private pool, 10th February, 4 sharing, €386pp

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This modern villa is located beside the Las Salinas de Antigua golf course, and the popular resort town of Caleta De Fuste.  The pool is surrounded by a large garden and terrace with sea views from the back of the villa. This villa receives excellent reviews from previous guests and is an ideal choice for friends, golfers or families.

Search flights here €120pp

See villa here €266pp
 

 

 
Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of these winter sun holidays include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

 

Sarah

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10 Winter Holiday Destinations With Direct Flights From Ireland

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Can’t wait to get back on a plane again? Check out my top winter holiday destinations with direct flights from Ireland.

We all need something to look forward to, so perhaps now is the time to plan a well deserved winter holiday. I understand some of you wish to travel alone or with friends, and many will be travelling with kids – so with this is mind I have selected a broad range of winter holiday destinations to suit all tastes and budgets.

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There are of course many great winter holiday destinations available to us, South Africa and the Caribbean spring to mind. However, I have limited this list to winter holidays with direct flights from Ireland, something I think there is an appetite for at the moment. Hopefully this list will give you lots of inspiration to plan a well deserved break away.

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1. The Canary Islands

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The combination of direct daily flights from Ireland, balmy temperatures, and a low cost of living, has made the Canary Islands our most popular winter holiday destination for many years. There are many accommodation options to choose from, with hotels and apartments to suit all tastes and budgets.
 

 

 
Fuerteventura is blessed with stunning white sandy beaches, while the sheltered resorts of Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria are popular with sun seekers. Tenerife has the largest selection of luxury hotels, but my personal favourite is Lanzarote – find out why, here:

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island

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2. Dubai

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Dubai is another great winter holiday destination if you want sunshine, but it is also packed with things to do. Try a desert safari, go to the top of the world’s tallest building, ski in the worlds largest indoor ski slope, or simply relax on one of its stunning beaches. We visited Dubai last year and had a blast. Activities and dining are expensive, so you will need to budget accordingly, but if you can afford it, it is a great destination for winter sun.

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3. Ski trip

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A ski holiday is one of my favourite winter holidays, and is the only holiday where I can completely switch off. The crisp cold air, snowy mountains and pretty villages are things I never tire of, as is the natural high I get from skiing. Austria, France and Italy are the firm favourites from Ireland and there are plenty of direct flights available during the winter holiday season.  Söll in Austria is one of my favourite resorts, but if money is not an option, check out Val d’Isere in France.
 

 

 
Top Tip: If you are looking to ski in Austria, flights to Munich are usually cheaper than Salzburg and the transfer times are similar. 

Read: Skiing in Soll, all you need to know and why you should go

Read: My top tips for family ski holidays

Read: My love affair with Club Med Val d’Isere
 
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4. Lapland

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I will never forget the look in my children’s eyes when we went to Lapland to see Santa Claus. It was a magical family experience that we will never forget. It has been seven years since we visited, but the memories never fade. There are many ways to visit Lapland, with packages from Dublin with TUI and Sunway to see Santa, as well as the option to go via the UK for a longer holiday. 

Read: Our trip to see Santa in Lapland
 

 

 

5. Christmas market breaks

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A Christmas market break is a great way to kick-start the festive season without breaking the bank. Many markets open from the end of November and there are super deals available on flights and hotels, especially if you can travel mid-week.
 

 

 
More and more cities are embracing the trend, but there are still a few show stoppers! Germany is probably the most famous country for Christmas markets, with Cologne and Berlin being most popular. However Budgapest, Vienna and Salzburg should not be overlooked.
 

 

 
Copenhagen is another city you may not have thought of, but if you are looking for a Christmas market break with children, this is a great choice. Tivoli Gardens comes alive with over 500,000 Christmas lights and there are plenty of activities to keep all the family happy. It stays open after Christmas too so it is an ideal choice for a Twixmas break.

Read: Europe’s top 10 Christmas markets

Read: Wonderful wonderful Copenhagen
 
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6. Paris

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Paris might be popular in the Spring, but winter time is also a great time to visit. There are no crowds, its great for shopping, and is have you ever seen the Eiffel Tower look so pretty?  We went for New Year and loved it. If you happen to have children, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Disneyland Paris at Christmas time – it is magical.

Read: Our visit to Disneyland Paris at Christmas time

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7. Iceland

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Scratch one off the bucket list and choose Iceland for your next winter holiday. Go in search of the Northern Lights, swim in the Blue Lagoon and enjoy Iceland’s typical winter weather. Iceland is one of the best winter holiday destinations if you are looking for a snowy destination with winter wonderland feels, and plenty to see and do. 

Read: Top things to do in Iceland
 
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8. New York

 

 
 
 
 
 
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New York is amazing to visit at any time of year, but I think it is a great winter holiday destination. You don’t need to worry about the roasting summer time temperatures or the jam packed streets, and of course you can ice-skate in Central Park in the winter time! We all know New York is a super city for shopping so it is ideal for a pre or post Christmas break.
 

 

 
The Christmas lights are turned on early December so that is a great time to visit, but if you want to avoid the crowds and the high hotel prices, leave it until January.

Read: 5 Christmas Shopping breaks to New York with flexible booking options

Read: Top 25 things to do in New York

Read: Top things to do with New York with kids 

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9. Abu Dhabi and Emirates cruise:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Abu Dhabi is the largest and wealthiest of the Emirates and a popular destination for winter holidays. However, why not go one step further and add a cruise to your trip. Many cruise companies offer seven-day cruises around the Emirates taking in Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as their own private islands.
 

 

 
There are direct flights to Abu Dhabi so you can choose to extend your stay if you wish. Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the largest and most impressive mosques in the world – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the iconic Louvre Museum, and if travelling with little or ‘big’ kids – Ferrari World is a must visit.

Read: Ferrari World – Going Italian in Abu Dhabi
 

 

 

10. Florida:

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With direct flights to Orlando and Miami all year round, why not choose winter over summer in the sunshine state. Winter is the optimum time to visit Orlando’s theme parks, although Christmas holiday time will be busy. Take the opportunity to explore Florida’s coastline too including the beaches of Miami. Why not fly into Orlando and home from Miami to make the most of your winter holiday?

Read: 10 things you need to know about Universal Studios before you book

Read: Where to stay in Orlando

Read: The best theme park tickets to buy in Orlando
 

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I hope this post on winter holiday destinations will inspire you to plan a trip overseas soon. Please note some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made but at no additional cost to you. This helps me to run my website and bring you lots of great holiday tips and ideas!

 

Sarah

 

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