The great escape

Leave your January blues behind and soak up some sun in Lanzarote, the land of eternal spring…

IF you’re starting to feel the post-Christmas blues it might be time to soak up some sunshine in the warm climes of Lanzarote.

Temperatures on the island rarely fall below 16°C in the winter and 25°C in the summer, a climate which has earned the it the nickname ‘the land of eternal spring’.

Lanzarote has a beach for every occasion. You’ve got the busy band of sand in Puerto del Carmen, the Blue Flag bay in Playa Blanca, and the family-friendly bucket-and-spade affairs in Costa Teguise.

If you get bored of sunbathing, their shores are also top spots for watersports.

But it’s not all about the beaches. Away from the coast, Lanzarote’s lunar landscape is stunning and has been given World Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO.

Take a trip to the island’s interior and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to the moon as you stand among the silver mountain peaks and black rock formations.

The landscape in Timanfaya National Park deserves a special mention – dotted with the craters of more than 100 volcanoes, known as the Fire Mountains.

You can’t visit Lanzarote without seeing a work of art by the famous Cesar Manrique. The island is covered with his off-the-wall creations.

Visit the Jameos del Agua, on the north coast, to explore the underground caves Manrique converted into a chic bar and concert hall.