Beat our unpredictable summer weather - jet off to these destinations, where the sunshine is guaranteed!
Fuerteventura, one of Spain's Canary Islands, is a beach-lovers paradise, offering pristine waters, cloudless skies and miles of golden sand. With guaranteed sun all year round, Fuerteventura is the perfect place for total relaxation on the beach - although surfers will also be thrilled by the island's world class waves.
The shopping and dining scene here won't leave you disappointed, either. Explore Corralejo's high street for stylish boutiques and a twice-weekly street market overflowing with handmade crafts and unusual local produce. When it comes to eating out, the food scene is (unsurprisinly) seafood heavy, so you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh fish, but look out for hearty Canarian fare and delicious tapas, too.
Cancun may be a modern resort city, perched on top of the Yucatan peninsula and set against a backdrop of the Carribean Sea, but hedonistic pleasures aren't all that this city has to offer.
Tear yourself away from the sea and sand for a day or two (there's nearly 14 miles of beach to choose from, by the way) and you'll discover remnants of Mayan civilisation, dramatic architecture, scripture and art. Meanwhile, foodies will be spoilt for choice with Cancun's flourishing dining scene - take your pick from gourmet restaurant fare, bargain quesadilas, and mouthwatering Argentinian steak.
Ancient ritual meets modern living in the 'Red City' of Marrakech. Morocco's third largest city has it all, from the traditional (spices, souks, and yes - snake charmers) to the modern (trendy art galleries, quirky bars and hip hotels).
Nicknamed the 'Red City' thanks to its blushing pink stone walls, most visitors gravitate to the medina, where narrow alleyways offer up artisan workshops, shrines and sprawling markets. Under the heat of the morroccan sun, explore the labryinth-esque marketplaces, where you can pick up everything from mirrors to mint tea. Getting lost never felt so enjoyable.