Five Reasons You Should Visit Lanzarote This Winter
The winter has well and truly drawn in now. The rain is pouring and it won’t be long before snow begins to flurry down, causing chaos on the roads up and down the country. Whilst it may be the season to be jolly, the dark evenings and bitter mornings are far from it. Unless you take a break of course…
Lanzarote is one of the best destinations for some winter sun with the island just a stone’s throw from the African coast, and here are five reasons you should take out your sandals, pack up the sun-cream, and board a plane to one of the most exciting islands in the Canaries.
It’s Lovely And Warm
With Lanzarote’s proximity to the equator you’ll experience pleasant weather all year round with December temperatures sitting comfortably at around the 20°C mark, a far cry from the single-figured temperatures you’ll be suffering with back home.
It’s a chance to extend the summer and prevent the bikini from being thrown to the back of the wardrobe. What’s more, you can do it in luxury too with a host of fabulous hotels across the island from Arrecife, to Playa Blanca, to Puerto del Carmen.
The latter is the main tourist hotspot for those holidaying in Lanzarote with the likes of VIK Hotel San Antonio looking out into the glorious blue ocean. Hotels and resorts line the Avenida de las Playas with the ClubHotel Riu Paraiso also popular with visitors, situated just 30 metres from the beach.
Despite only being a small island, there are beaches suitable for everyone whether you be a surfer, a relaxer, or an explorer. Papagayo beach, just a short walk from Playa Blanca is perfect for those wanting to sunbathe as well as doing a spot of swimming and snorkelling. At the very south of the island it’s enclosed by volcanic hills making it ideal for some peace and quiet.
Elsewhere, at the northern end of the island, Famara is slightly away from the resorts and sees many thrill seekers make the journey over to enjoy the great surf. The cliffs behind the beach make it one of the prettiest spots on the island to surf, whilst the cliffs themselves provide the base for the island’s hang gliders, which tourists are more than welcome to get involved in. La Garita in the north is also a hotspot for surfing, whilst Caleton Blanco is the place for explorers to visit with a number of coves and rock pools where you’ll come across all manner of interesting sights.
Timanfaya National Park
Whilst it may be snow coming down back home, in Lanzarote things can be a little hotter at Timanfaya, the island’s volcano which to this day is still active. Tourists can explore the national park, discovering the geysers which show the heat beneath the surface, whilst the beautiful flora and fauna will certainly have you thinking it’s still the summertime.
However, don’t panic, the last eruption was almost 200 years ago and was nothing like the huge eruption of the 1730 which lasted six years and created over 100 volcanoes, creating the Montanas del Fuego where Timanfaya now stands.
Wandering around the park is certainly one of the most interesting things to do in Lanzarote and is well worth dragging yourself away from the beach for, especially to discover exactly how the island became what it is today.
The Comforts of Tapas
The beauty of the Canary Islands, when it comes to food anyway, is that the cuisine is very much Spanish, and tapas, combining some of the most mouth-watering ingredients on the planet. Amongst the usual patatas bravas, albondigas, and croquetas, papas arrugadas with mojo is a particular favourite in Lanzarote and is a dish of wrinkled potatoes with a spicy sauce.
Generally, Canarian cuisine will use plenty of vegetables as well as a variety of seafood brought straight into the harbours around the island.
The most typical dishes popular in a number of regions include Caldereta and Sancocho Canario, a stew-like dish using fish, sweet potatoes, and wet – a type of sauce which mixes peppers with a number of spices. It’s commonly eaten during the Easter period although its most certainly worth trying in some of the fine Canarian restaurants up and down the island.
We all know the prices rise during the summer holidays, particularly family friendly resort islands like the Canaries, so not only will a winter trip be quieter, it’ll also be cheaper too. During the later months of the year airfares are down and hotel rooms are just a snip of what they are in the summer months. You might say it’s the perfect time to get away, and what better place to go than Lanzarote?