Beat the Weather: Four of the world's sunniest cities to visit this winter
Fly south for winter
If you fancy a dose of summer this winter, try Sin City, southern Spain or swapping hemispheres says Susan Morrell.
Abu Dhabi, UAE
The culture-rich counterpart to blingy Dubai, Abu Dhabi is a desert oasis of art, architecture and luxurious accommodation. Winter is the best time to visit, with beach-perfect temperatures in the mid-20s (summer temps of 40+°C are simply unbearable.) Between spells on the beach blanket, seek out Emirati culture in the souks, camel market and Al Ain Heritage Village, where you can watch local craftspeople at work. There's plenty for sports buffs (like diving and golf) and art lovers too.
Get there: etihad.com
The capital of Andalusia - considered Europe's sunniest spot - is brimming with history and tradition. Home to flamenco, sherry and jamon Ibérico, Seville is a delight any time of year, but in winter, average temperatures of 12-17°C and a lack of crowds in places like the 600-year-old cathedral and the Museo de Bellas Artes make a refreshing alternative to Holy Week.
Get there: Aer Lingus (aerlingus.com) and Ryanair (ryanair.com) fly to Malaga, a two-hour drive from Seville.
Las Vegas, USA
Where else can you find guaranteed sunshine, a miniature Paris, an Egyptian pyramid and a man-made tropical beach all on one, out-of-this-world street? Enjoy all the shopping, dining, clubs and casinos without the crowds and feel like a winner with significantly lower prices. Sin City's desert setting means some of its most rewarding adventures lie off the Strip, including excursions to the Grand Canyon and Death Valley. A certain Mr McGregor fights at MGM Grand on December 12, too...
Get there: americanholidays.com; touramerica.tv, sunway.ie; travel.independent.ie
Cape Town, South Africa
If you fancy a dose of summer this winter, your best bet is to swap hemispheres. This is when South Africa's multicultural Mother City bursts into life - think outdoor dining, Western Cape wine tours, open-air concerts and the beauty of Table Mountain National Park all bathed in summer sun. It's definitely the most popular (albeit expensive) time to explore the region, but you're guaranteed plenty of vitamin D.
Get there: gohop.ie; joewalshtours.ie
PS. Adventures in Addis
Ethiopian Airlines (ethiopianairlines.com) now flies direct from Dublin to Addis Ababa. Amazing food, 15-23°C temperatures and unique history make a winter break with a difference.