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Best destinations for maximum sunshine

Whether you're looking to top up your tan while you explore ancient temples, or are eager to cool off in the sea after a day of cycling, we've gathered our best destinations for maximum sunshine.



During June departures, visitors to the Land of the Midnight Sun will be treated to around 20 hours of daylight each day. On this 8-day Iceland adventure, you’ll make the most of these extended days by exploring the iconic city of Reykjavik, as well as ‘the capital of the North’, Akureyri. Surrounded by cascading waterfalls and volcanic landscapes, photographers will enjoy endless opportunities to snap the scenery, while those looking to unwind can opt for a soak in a GeoSea bath in the beautifully light evenings.
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Croatia boasts over 300 days of sunshine each year, with Hvar Island taking the lead for the sunniest region. From the seat of a bike, explore this island as well as Croatia's picturesque Dalmatian Coast, setting off from Split and heading to Dubrovnik. Along the way you’ll explore an old Venetian village, swim from sun-soaked sandy beaches, and indulge in delicious sun-ripened Plavac Mali grapes from the vineyards of this sunny coast.

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Southern Spain

Home to white-washed villages, lush apricot orchards and no shortage of authentic Spanish cuisine and wine, Murcia is an idyllic destination for foodies and cyclists looking to enjoy the sunshine. With over 320 sunny days every year and mild winters, there’s no bad time to cycle Southern Spain. Set off in the bustling town of Murcia where you’ll head on to the holy city of Caravaca de la Cruz to explore the surrounding groves and settlements.
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Set on the southern Mediterranean coast, Lycia benefits from its very own microclimate. Staying sunny and mild even up until Christmas, while spring arrives by late February - Turkey is an ideal destination for year-round sunshine. As you hike Turkey’s Lycian Way you’ll explore a historic abandoned Greek village, as well as golden, sandy beaches including Patara where you can cool off in the glittering turquoise sea or explore the ruins of Patara.

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With an average daily temperature of around 20 degrees celsius, Malta is an excellent choice for those looking to get out and about in the sun. Soak up the Mediterranean weather as you discover Malta and Gozo, from the impressive fortified Old City of Valletta, to the ancient Megalithic Temples - the oldest freestanding structures in the world. Meanwhile, the Grand Harbour cruise is a particularly relaxing way to take in the sights and sounds of the dockyards, as well as the sunshine.
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Canary Islands

Thanks to their idyllic location in the Atlantic, the Canary Islands are known for their year-round sunshine with famously beautiful beaches from which to enjoy the weather. While walking in Gran Canaria you’ll have the opportunity to dip in the sea, as well as sip coffee or sangria alfresco in a scenic village, and explore white-washed cave dwellings dating all the way back to the Stone Age.

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Ladakh, India

As a high-altitude desert in the rain shadows of the Himalayas, Ladakh boasts 300 days of sunshine and just 100 millimetres of precipitation each year. As you embark on a journey through India’s Little Tibet, weaving through the rugged mountainscape of Northern India, make the most of the high altitude sunlight and the spectacular photography conditions it creates. With the Western Himalayas and ancient Buddhist monasteries as your backdrop, this is a truly special destination to soak up the sun.
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Enjoying over 310 days of sunshine every year, Jordan’s ancient spice trails - once travelled by the Nabateans - are a unique destination to top up your vitamin D. The vast open space of Jordan's Wadi Rum desert is a perfect starting point, with epic canyons and pristine dunes standing out brilliantly against the blue skies. Later, after you descend to the lowest place on Earth, take the opportunity to cool off by floating in the iconic Dead Sea.

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United States

With some of the sunniest destinations in the world, the USA is a hotspot of sun-soaked sightseeing. Arizona in particular - home to the Grand Canyon - features over 4,000 hours of sunshine every year as well as unique and colourful geological formations, making it a photographer's dream. As you walk the Western US National Parks, you’ll experience five of these spectacular outdoor paradises, as well as Las Vegas, one of the sunniest cities in the world.
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