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Marbella, Spain

Flight time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Did someone say Marbella? The seaside favourite is only a short hop from the UK – under three hours to nearby Malaga airport – and you’ll have the beaches to yourselves in winter. The average January temperature is 11℃, and – though some shops close in winter – there’s still plenty to do, from heading to La Cañada Shopping Centre to driving to the Sierra Nevada ski area for a day in the mountains. British Airways flies London to Malaga from £28 each way.

Short-haul flight destinations to beat the January blues

Words: Ellie Ross

The excitement and cheer of Christmas and the New Year are over for another year – leaving behind credit card bills, cold weather and long, dark nights. Enter the January Blues, that lull in positivity that creeps in during the new year. A trip away might be just the tonic you need to ward off this nasty form of depression.

But you don’t have to travel far or fork out too much to do it – there are plenty of great value, short-haul flights (lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours) to destinations that could help raise the spirits. Here’s our pick of the best.

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