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Sunshine hours - the longest days around the world

16th June 2011 Print

As we approach the longest day of the year on June 21st, our lighter evenings will unfortunately begin to fade. 

However, head abroad and you can be sure to secure the best sunshine hours – and temperatures - in this year’s hottest destinations.

Thomas Cook selects its pick of the places to be this summer:

Egypt – 13 hours sunshine per day
In at number one spot is Egypt, with a July average of 13 hours sunshine per day and temperatures hitting mid to late thirties. Renowned as a snorkeller’s paradise, Egypt has some of the finest beaches and coral reefs in the world – ensuring the long days are packed full of activities.  And it’s not just its seafront that offers a world of discovery, with Egypt’s stunning pyramids, temples and bazaars providing a magical insight into this oldest of civilizations.

Direct Holidays- 7 nights in Egypt from £474 per person -
Staying at the 3 star Sunrise Island Garden in Sharm El Sheikh on all inclusive, Birmingham - 13th July 2011

Turkey – 13 hours sunshine per day
Hot on Egypt’s tail is Turkey, with an average of 13 hours sunshine per day with temperatures hovering around 35°C in July.  Promising good value, a great choice of accommodation and the opportunity to explore new cultures and cuisines, Turkey is one not to missed when looking for that last minute getaway.

Thomas Cook - 7 nights in Turkey from £435 per person -
Staying at the 5 star Grand Prestige in Side on all inclusive, Doncaster – 3rd July 2011

Ibiza – 12 hours sunshine per day
After long days of temperatures around 30°C, Ibiza holidaymakers may be waiting longer than they think to see its legendary sunsets in July, with an average of 12 hours of sunshine per day. A diverse island that remains a popular choice with party lovers, couples and families alike, Ibiza’s charm will continue to shine this summer.

Airtours - 7 nights in Turkey from £458 per person -
Staying at the 3 star El Pinar in Cala Llonga on self catering, Manchester – 1st July 2011

Majorca – 11 hours sunshine per day
Another Balearic favourite, Majorca soars with daily temperatures of 31°C and an average of 11 hours sunshine in July to be enjoyed. Try the south of the island for a more active break in the lively resorts of Palma Nova and Magaluf, whose golden beaches play host to an array of watersports.  If it’s relaxation you’re craving, then head to the east of the island for long, lazy days amongst the pine fringed ‘calas’ and pretty bays of resorts such as Cala Bono and Cala d’Or.

Direct Holidays - 7 nights in Majorca from £339 per person -
Staying at the 3 star Mimosa in Palma Nova, Aberdeen – 1st July 2011

Tenerife – 9 hours sunshine per day
Moving onto the Canaries, the year round favourite of Tenerife boasts an average of 9 hours of sunshine per day and highs of 29°C in July. Renowned for its lively nightlife, there is more to this beautiful island than just nighttime entertainment, including some of the best waterparks in Europe and some of the most stunning scenery thanks to its mountainous backdrop.

Thomas Cook - 7 nights in Tenerife from £274 per person -
Staying at the 3 star Casablanca Apartments in Puerto De La Cruz on self inclusive, Cardiff – 1st July 2011

*Optional supplements may be applicable at the time of booking.  Correct at the time of issue however subject to change.