Playa Arena Beach TenerifeIn the busy winter and summer holiday booking period, has revealed that Tenerife is the most searched for winter sun destination this year.

The Canary Islands is well represented in the list of the most popular winter sun destinations as compiled by Cheapflights. Lanzarote is number 5 in the top 10 list while Gran Canaria comes in at number 8. The only other medium haul destination in the top 10 is the popular Red Sea winter sun and diving resort of Sharm el Sheikh at number 10.

All the other most popular winter sun destinations are long haul. Bangkok in Thailand comes in at number two, while the eternally popular Disney World destination of Orlando is placed third.

Dubai with its beaches, great shopping, luxury hotels and growing number of attractions is a very respectable fourth. More surprising perhaps is Cape Town in South Africa at number 6, with Table Mountain no doubt adding to the appeal.

India is becoming an increasingly attractive long haul destination, as the appearance of beach holiday favourite Goa at number 7 demonstrates. The Caribbean fares less well, with Barbados being the most popular island at number nine.

“January is a great time to grab a bargain,” says Cheapflights’ general manager, Francesca Ecsery. “Flight sales are everywhere so travellers have the choice between thousands of destinations at a very low cost. And the end of the holiday season brings on the January Blues which, coupled with this unpleasantly wet weather, makes it a very popular time of year to search for travel.”

Written by: Nick Purdom