Why go: For a great city-beach break, Cape Town has a balmy Mediterranean climate, with temperatures at their warmest from December to March. Dramatic beaches, mountains and vineyards form a show-stopping backdrop, permeated , by seafront restaurants, thumping nightlife and cheap shopping -the perfect antidote to a British winter. And no jet lag.
Get me there: Elegant Resorts (01244 897517, www.elegant resorts.co.uk) has seven nights’ B&B at The Bay, near the Twelve Apostles, from.£1,320pp, including flights from Heathrow.
Or try: Sydney, if you can handle the jet lag. Like Cape Town, it has gorgeous beaches moments from town, and a buzzy urban appeal (see our guide on page 54 for more Sydney tips).SUNSHINE SCORE:3
Cape Town is a great city-and-beach break – but the flight is long.

Flying time from UK: 12 hours
Typical air fare: Around £700
Temperature: 24°C
Hours of sunshine per day: 11
Chance of rain: 19 per cent