In spite of the recession hundreds of thousands of tourists will still be flying off for a sunshine break this winter. Exchanging the cold and gloom of the UK for warmth and beaches in far flung destinations around the world. But you don’t have to break the bank to join the jetsetters this year. As some destinations, such as Lanzarote in the Canary Islands are within the reach of all.
Lanzarote has long been a firm favourite with British holidaymakers thanks to a great year round climate and an abundance of excellent golden sand beaches. Boasting a terrain that is far more arid and dry than the other six islands that makes up the archipelago. A legacy of low rainfall and the islands volcanic roots.
Flights to Lanzarote have become much cheaper recently – as there is now more competition on this route as the bigger low cost airlines such as Ryanair have started to enter the market. Dropping ticket prices to as low as £9.99 return. Cheaper than some London tube train journeys.
Accommodation in Lanzarote is very affordable too. For example a weeks stay on an apartment complex in the main resort of Puerto del Carmen – home to some fabulous beaches – costs as little as £160 this winter. And that’s the price per room, not per person.
Visitors will find that the temperatures are in the 20´s – making it possible to enjoy long lazy days by the pool or at the beach. Although during the winter months the mercury can fall quickly after sun down. Which is never earlier than 18.00. Giving more sunshine hours than the UK too.
In the unlikely event that the weather refuses to play ball for a day or two there’s still loads to do and see. And many first time visitors are amazed at the abundance of Lanzarote´s attractions.
There are a dozen good quality museums – such as the Museum of International and Contemporary Art located in the historic Castillo San Jose in the capital of Arrecife. Along with a wealth of cultural attractions created by the island born artist Cesar Manrique. Whose influence on Lanzarote is inescapable. As his work adorns everything from coffee mugs to roundabouts and much more in-between.
One of the joys of a holiday here is that the island is small. Making touring and exploring really manageable and easy. Car hire in Lanzarote is cheap too – starting from as little as €90 per week.