With another bitterly cold winter expected in the UK this year, why not book a family holiday to Lanzarote. With inviting weather, excellent amenities and a full schedule of interesting sights and fun activities, there are fewer places better equipped for a beach holiday than this popular island in the Canary Islands. After all, Lanzarote was a pioneer of the classic winter break.
Christmas in Lanzarote gives you the chance to enjoy a moderate winter climate with temperatures averaging 18-20C. There is the occasional shower and evenings can be cool so take a light coat or cardigan just in case. But generally speaking you can look forward to a sun-soaked and fun-packed winter break. For more information and ideas take a look at the Lanzarote Tourist Board website.
Where to go
There are no shortages of resorts to go to in Lanzarote, but to offer you some guidance, here are the four big-hitters.
Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen is a popular destination for its long stretch of golden sands, quaint portside location and wealth of bars, clubs and restaurants. A great place to go for families, the centre is brimming with Christmas markets and with a host of activities including karting, cycling and the animal theme park – there is plenty of things to do for visitors of all ages.
Perched on a picturesque marina, Playa Blanca has a quiet, laid-back atmosphere which is perfect for a relaxing family holiday or a romantic retreat. With a backdrop of volcanic mountains, the beautiful white-washed apartments and villas provide an idyllic setting in sun-drenched and sophisticated surroundings. With an abundance of tropical marine life, this is a great spot to go snorkelling, scuba diving or take a sailing trip. And for something a little different take a Segway Tour and explore the island in a way you would never have dreamed of.
Costa Teguise is arguably the most idyllic location in Lanzarote. Put it this way, the former King Carlos of Spain has a villa here and who are we to argue with royalty? The affluent golden stretches of sand oozes sophistication and offers top-class windsurfing for those interested in water sports. At night there is an eclectic mix of nightlife, much of which is geared towards families. Check out Caesar Manrique’s creative and peculiar architectural designs using natural habitats.
Playa de los Pocillos
Playa de los Pocillos is the newest and smallest of the four premium resorts along the southern coastline and is mostly suited for families with younger children. The calm, shallow waters are ideal for paddling and offer peaceful surroundings together with a smattering of water sports including a surf school. Great for families, many restaurants offer free early-evening meals for children.
Visitors to Lanzarote should not pass up the opportunity to visit the incredible Timafaya National Park to discover the otherworldly setting of Montanas del Fuego or Fire Mountains, so called due to the 100 or so volcanoes that erupted here in the 18th Century.
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