January is the month when you'd like to take a breather, after the frenzy of the holiday season and all that time spent overdoing it. It's also the beginning of a new year, and what better way to get off to a good start than to go away for an extended weekend, or even a week or two? Sunbathing, enjoying winter sports or a getaway in a charming historic city, enjoy a time when people are mostly at work and therefore less crowded. Here are a few destinations where you can be sure to have a good time, to disconnect, in short, to start the year in the most pleasant way.

Leaving in January for a sunny destination

The weather in Mexico in January is ideal, so why not make it a favourite destination to escape the cold weather in Europe? Leaving in January is part of the tips for travelling cheaper and simply treat yourself to a break that revives the sweet memories of summer. It is advisable to head towards the Pacific coast, to enjoy the beautiful beaches as in Acapulco or Yelapa, a sublime small fishing village, located between the tropical jungle and the sea. Those who prefer to head for the Caribbean coast can stop at Tulum. How not to be enchanted by this city, which shelters superb preserved vestiges of an ancient Mayan port city? Many historic monuments overlook the translucent waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Another destination, other moments under an equally generous sun, Cape Verde. Located off the northwest coast of Africa, it is a perfect destination to recharge in January. Among the islands that make up the archipelago, we can stop on the island of Brava, which delights lovers of hiking through the mountains and cliffs overlooking the sea. On the island of Boa Vista, people like to put their towels on the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, with date and palm trees as a backdrop. On the island of São Vicente, you can also enjoy the beauty of the beaches and in the evenings the different Cape Verdean musical genres that enliven the bars. A festive and cosmopolitan island!

Leaving in January to enjoy winter sports

For those for whom winter rhymes with winter sports, there is a wide range of resorts in Europe that offer advantageous prices in terms of accommodation, meals and ski passes. The Principality of Andorra, for example, has hundreds of kilometres of slopes for skiing, snowboarding and all the activities you like to do in the mountains, but at a lower cost. The resort of El Tarter is one of the most dynamic and attractive in the Grandvalira ski area. It's a perfect resort for lively evenings! You can also reach the Vallnord ski area, quite simply one of the most beautiful in the Pyrenees.

Now it's off to the Czech Republic for a stay in the heart of the snowy Krkonoše mountains. Here you will find the resort of Spindleruv Mlyn, with slopes for adults and children, but also a beautiful national park around it, a UNESCO-listed nature reserve. In the pretty snow-covered village, you can enjoy the gastronomy, because snow and mountains also whet the appetite.

Leaving in January to do a City Trip in Europe

Europe is full of splendid historical cities, cities that can often be reached in no time by plane, and which offer a pleasant cultural interlude. Seville is a destination that brings sweetness, with often blue skies in January and temperatures that are ideal for outdoor walks. The Spanish city is home to exceptional monuments such as the Real Alcázar, and squares where you can stroll peacefully like in the incredible Plaza de España. It is also a destination where you can enjoy an electric atmosphere in the evening, around tapas, as in the lively Alameda district.

Much further north, a weekend getaway in Glasgow is a great way to discover one of the UK's most dynamic cities. Besides, it's a little different from the London City Trip. In Glasgow, you can enjoy the Victorian buildings, visit its imposing cathedral, and go shopping around the city. In Style Mile, you can stroll along the luxury boutiques, while the West End district is home to incredible vintage boutiques.

The possibilities of escape where to go in January are varied, and the least we can say is that there is something for everyone. Sun, snow, culture, shopping, it's up to everyone to choose the best way to start the year!