The Canary Islands have long been a holiday favourite; great for summer or winter sun. There’s no need to sit on a plane for hours on end either; the vibrant island of Lanzarote is just a 4 hour flight away, and you can be certain of sun, sun, sun!
The liveliest part of the island is the party town of Puerto Del Carmen. A short transfer journey from Arrecife airport, which is a godsend in summer temperatures, this is a town with something for every taste.
The main pull is of course the weather, and the Canaries are blessed with hour upon hour of sunshine, albeit with quite a bit of wind, I found! One tip I would give is to use a higher factor sun-cream than you normally would, as the wind tends to play a huge part in sunburn and sunstroke!
Flights leave the UK all year around, with great fares available. One idea I would suggest is to pre-book one of the great value hotels on offer with AirportHotels.com, meaning a rested start to your break, and a little bit of luxury thrown in for good measure. Flights these days are often early in the day, and that means an extremely early start, which is made harder if you have children in tow! An airport hotel gives you the luxury of time and extra sleep – something money can’t buy! There are facilities available at most large UK airports, including north of the border, with a great range of Gatwick Airport hotels on offer. Check out the hotels at your airport and see for yourself!
Once you land at the airport, and during your transfer, you’ll notice one thing – a strange landscape. You’re probably aware that Lanzarote has many dormant volcanoes, and it’s the previous eruptions, many, many years ago, that have led to this lunar-like landscape. One place it’s more noticeable than any, is at Timanfaya National Park, which is a must visit, in my opinion. Here you’ll literally climb a dormant volcano, and see food being cooked from the thermal heat emitted. You can even ride a camel if the mood takes you!
Puerto Del Carmen’s beaches are golden, but with black flecks, due to the volcanic sand. It’s for this reason I would highly recommend wearing flip flops at all times when walking on the beach – that sand gets hot, hot, hot!
There are sun-loungers and umbrellas for hire on the beach, and a number of water-sports on offer, perfect for a cool-down in the intense heat – I’d highly recommend jet-skiing.
There are a few excursions available from resort, the main one being Timanfaya, but another I’d highly recommend is a glass bottom boat-trip, with the chance to catch a tan in quick time and see some of the colourful underwater residents. You can take your pick from full-day or half-day trips, so take your pick.
The biggest pull for when compared with the island’s other resorts, is the night-life. This is where you’ll find clubs and bars playing music until all hours, with bars competing for customers. This is where you’ll save money on drinks offers, so shop around!
Year-around sunshine is a huge bonus, and the relatively short flight time is the cherry on the top. Remember my idea of an airport hotel prior to travelling, which makes airport stress a thing of the past. Be sure to check out the wide range available, including Manchester hotels with
AirportHotels.com, and you’ll soon be jetting off to the Canarian sun, without a care in the world!