It’s that time of the year where we’re thinking about where we might like to go on our summer holidays, or, for those that are super-organized, already looking forward to the one they booked months ago.

For many people, the vital ingredient in a summer holiday is guaranteed sunshine. The US’s weather is notoriously fickle, so where should you go if sunny days are a must?

This graph – mapped by Metric Maps based on information gathered by NASA – shows where the sunniest spots are in Europe.

summer sun

As you can see, the poor souls in the UK are struggling for sunshine (just 1200-1600 hours a year), and it’s even worse for those in the far north of Scotland (fewer than 1200 hours). But just look at Southern Europe! Most of Spain and Portugal, Southern Italy, Sardinia, Southern Greece, the South of France and coastal Croatia are basking in between 2500 and 3000 hours of sunshine every year!

In sunny Spain, it’s Seville that takes the crown as the sunniest spot of all – so much so that it’s been given the nickname “frying pan of Europe”, getting a little under 3000 hours of sunshine every year, around 12 glorious hours every day in June, July and August.