If you need that little boost of vitamin D to get you through the dark, cold days that face us as winter approaches, much loved timeshare destination Lanzarote is one of those places where the sun never seems to set.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when you realise what’s on offer on this unique volcanic island, which is full of beautiful beach resorts, national parks and picturesque, panoramic views.
The weather is perfectly mild, rarely dipping below 20 degrees from December to March, with the very occasional storm – though usually they only last the same amount of time it takes to have a cuppa! However, do make note that the northern shores are more exposed to the wind so they may feel a little cooler than the sheltered southern beaches.
There are plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy but first, we should mention the Timafaya National Park as it must not be missed. You’ll feel like you’ve landed in a film set as you take in its surreal, otherworldly volcanic setting which is home to the Fire Mountains.
These, according to the locals, were created in the 18th Century as multiple volcanoes simultaneously erupted creating a landscape that resembles the surface of the moon. Here you can be taken on a tour whether by foot or camel, ending at a restaurant where the food is cooked using the geothermic heat produced – amazing!
Meet the meerkats at Guinate Tropical
The kids will love the Guinate Tropical Park where you’ll find an abundance of waterfalls, gardens and lakes. The children will be amused for hours by the wildlife around here including monkeys, meerkats and wallabies as well as countless species of birds. Top tip – make sure you go to the parrot show… the striking birds even ride around on mini bikes!
Finally, head to the south coast to ride on the yellow submarine, which will take you around surrounding islands on an underwater voyage that reaches 60m deep. You’ll get an insight into the beautiful and colourful marine life that calls the warm Atlantic Ocean home, seeing what is normally hidden from the human eye.
Blue Flag beaches galore
If you’re escaping the cold British weather simply to lie on the beach and getaway from the Christmas hustle and bustle, many of Lanzarote’s beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag, with first-class amenities, bars, nightclubs and plenty of restaurants.
On the southern coast, the most popular area, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to water sports. Learn to scuba dive or try out windsurfing in the calm, warm waters. Perhaps Playa Blanca is best for families as the two sheltered beaches are perfect for children. Here, you’ll find a yachting marina and some of the best seafood restaurants on the island.
So if you’re dreading the thought of another UK winter, grab your sunnies, pull out that bikini and get out there!