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Escape The British weather, The Five Driest Destinations

So far, 2012 has been a bit of a washout. Instead of sunshine and blue skies, we’ve had to put up with torrential rain, floods and high winds.

If you’re anything like me this will have you yearning for a bit of sun and a few days away somewhere dry where you won’t be reaching for your umbrella every time you leave the house.

Here are some ideas for dry holiday locations, so have a read then grab your sunnies and your swimming costume and get packing.

The Canary Islands

These Spanish islands are actually located off the north-west coast of Africa and can pretty much guarantee you some sunshine. The most popular holiday destinations are Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Tenerife, which is the largest of the islands.

Visit Mount Teide national park, which is home to the highest mountain in Spain, explore the rugged volcanic scenery or laze on the beaches, which are famous for their black sand. The summers are long and very warm on the Canary Islands, with the hottest months being July, August and September. They’re also perfect if you’re looking for a bit of winter sun.

The Maldives

The temperature in the Maldives is hot all year round, varying between 24 degrees C and 33 degrees C. Located in the Indian Ocean, to the west of Sri Lanka, the islands are a tropical paradise famous for stunning resorts and beautiful scenery.

Although the temperature can soar, the sea breeze helps to keep the air moving. The dry season that comes with the north-eastern monsoon lasts from the beginning of June to the end of August, so this is the perfect time to go if you want plenty of sunshine while lying on a tropical beach.

Saint Tropez

The famous French town of Saint Tropez is known for its warm weather and summer parties, attracting models, film stars and millionaires looking for a relaxing holiday. But you do not have to be famous or earn a fortune to enjoy what this pretty coastal area has to offer.

The weather in Saint Tropez is hottest in July and August, which is also when rainfall is at its lowest, making it a great destination for sun-seekers.

Spain

Spain is an extremely popular holiday destination among Brits and it’s easy to see why. The majority of the country is characterised by a Mediterranean Climate, which means dry, hot summers. Stay away from the popular tourist areas and rent a villa up in the mountains for a real taste of life in Spain.

Flights aren’t expensive and because it’s so close to the UK, flying times are only a few hours – meaning getting some guaranteed sun doesn’t have to take a lot of effort.

Marrakech

This north African country is ideal if you don’t want to travel too far, but fancy getting out of Europe for your holiday. The summers are hot and dry, with temperatures often soaring above 30 degrees C. Sample the delicious local cuisine and stroll around the bustling markets.

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This destination-specific post was written by travel writer, Steve Willis

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