You can’t beat a trip to this volcanic island for sun, sea and striking views
With its amazing volcanic landscapes, year-round sunshine and average temperatures of 22°C, Lanzarote is a firm favourite destination for winter sun. Even at its hottest times during July and August, the temperature is usually only in the late twenties, and the water is nearly always warm enough to swim in, so it’s a great place to take the kids.
Lanzarote is the fourth largest of the Spanish Canary Islands, and is located around 60 miles off the shore of north Africa. The island’s dotted with more than 300 volcanoes, has 132 miles of breath-taking coastline, and offers something for everyone.
Where to stay
The stunning five-star Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel is situated in the Playa Blanca area, which was once a fishing village. Not only will you be treated to a glass of fizz on arrival, the pampering will also continue for the whole trip. With six pools (including one seawater) to choose from, it really is the perfect place to catch some rays. This luxurious colonial-style hotel has stunning sea views across Isla de Lobos and Fuerteventura, and has direct access to Dorada beach. It’s also positioned in the centre of the resort, which is handy for visiting shops and bars, too.
The rooms are well designed, practical and very spacious. We were lucky enough to stay in a two-bedroom family suite, and the second bedroom was fitted with a PS4 games console that kept the kids quiet when we were indoors! There is also a large children’s area called Kikoland, which has lots of kid-friendly activities and two pools just for your young ones.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food. The hotel has a couple of buffet-style restaurants and several á la carte eateries, dishing up everything from Spanish tapas to Italian pasta dishes and show cooking at the Japanese restaurant.
Where to relax
The huge spa offers a Thalasso experience using the therapeutic properties of sea water, marine mud and seaweed to help de-stress the mind and body. Book in for a treatment, or relax in the heated swimming pool, complete with hydro-massage jets and showers. Indulge with the relaxing magnesium body wrap and massage to help ease insomnia, stress and irritability.
Where to eat
Canarian cuisine is a tempting blend of Spanish, African and Latin American influences. Try the grilled local white fish served with possibly the best-known Canarian dish, papas arrugadas, which consists of baby potatoes cooked with their skins on and served in a delicious garlicy sauce.
For a romantic meal, we suggest you book a table at the Princesa Yaiza’s Isla de Lobos – it’s one of the best restaurants in the Canaries and has terrific sea views. The chef works with local suppliers to get the best ingredients to create a superb menu. You can even accompany him to the hotel’s private dairy farm for a tour while he decides on the evening tasting menu. If you fancy some after-dinner cocktails and live music, head to the lounge and jazz bar 4 Lunas.
Where to explore
Take a trip to Timanfaya National Park on the south of the island to experience the surreal moon-like landscape that surrounds the famous Fire Mountains. The spectacular volcanic terrain was created by six years of eruptions almost 300 years ago. The focal point is the Islote de Hilario volcano, although due to the fragile nature of the rocks, you can’t walk around unaccompanied. There is a charge to enter the national park, but this does include a free tour guide bus to drive you through where the lava once ran. On the way back down from the volcano, there is even a chance to go camel riding.
There are many traditional festivals on the island, and the markets are very popular with visitors. The Teguise market is held every Sunday morning, and the Marina Rubicón market is open every Wednesday and Saturday morning, selling handmade jewellery, scarves, leather goods and much more.
Need to know
· Rates for a Basic Superior Room at Princesa Yaiza start from £169 per night, including a buffet breakfast, and based on two people sharing. For more details, or to book, visit Princesayaiza.com or call 0034 928 519 300.
· For more information on Lanzarote, visit Turismolanzarote.com
· Entry to the Timanfaya National Park costs around £10 for an adult
and £5 per child.