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Cheap accommodation, lovely people and, of course, that weather make Lanzarote tops

We settled in on our four-hour flight with a soon-to-be three-year-old and an eight-week-old. People said we were mad to do it but it was February of this year during the high winds and storms that ravished north Clare, flooded Galway and ripped the roof off a building in Limerick.

So we were happy to take our chances with everyone’s favourite low-cost airline in order to get to the Canary Islands for some much-needed sunshine.

Lanzarote was our destination. We stayed in Costa Teguise, a resort on the eastern side of the island. It was a cheaper option than Puerto del Carmen and also a bit more buggy friendly, as it is mainly flat. There was a lovely promenade which we walked every morning and there were playgrounds everywhere, which our toddler, Mini, was absolutely thrilled with. We got cheap but relatively cheerful accommodation – a two-bedroom apartment with balcony and half board only a few minutes’ walk from the beach. None of the resorts in Lanzarote are very tall but it seems not many of them have lifts so I had requested a ground-floor apartment in order to spare the hassle of hauling a double buggy up several flights of stairs and this was given to us.

None of the resorts in Lanzarote are very tall but it seems not many of them have lifts so I had requested a ground-floor apartment

Half board gave us breakfast and dinner, which included local beer, wine and soft drinks. For lunch, we were free to eat on excursions or we went to the nearby Dino supermarket or Eurospar and stocked up on some cold Spanish meats and cheeses. The food in the resort wasn’t great and the promenade was lined with British and Irish pubs. If you are longing for a good fry up and some pie and chips, then you won’t be disappointed. You need to get out of the resorts in order to find more Spanish eateries- there are some lovely bodegas in the northern half of the island and some decent beach side cafes off the beaten track, serving the local delicacy of fried fish and new potatoes with spicy Mojo sauce. Even though the food in the resort wasn’t amazing, there were some nice meals and it was certainly very handy with two small children.

Top tip: find a resort with a heated pool!

The weather was good for most of the week with lovely sunny stretches and only one rainy day. The average temperature during our stay in February was 20 degrees but, at night, that temperature plummeted and thick jumpers and jeans were needed to enjoy the stars from our balcony. Our time was divided between the beach, hotel pool – which was absolutely freezing – top tip: find a resort with a heated pool! – and day trips around the island. Car hire is cheap and child booster seats are often included free of charge – a real bonus for travelling families.

Lanzarote has a lot to see for such a small isle. The landscape is almost lunar with dark, fertile volcanic plains and very little grass. There’s a chance to get up close and personal with a volcano by visiting the Timanfaya National Park. There is also the charming old mountain village of Teguise with its sprawling Sunday market.
 

Central to the sightseeing and breathing life into the island like an artery pumping blood is the work of Cesar Manrique. A native of Lanzarote, he was an artist and architect who travelled the world, taking inspiration from Paris and New York before returning to the place of his birth in the 60s. His vision for the island meant that Lanzarote avoided the same sad high-rise fate of other Spanish holiday destinations and helped secure it a World UNESCO heritage status. He used his artistic flair and the natural caves and tunnels formed by the volcanic lava of the island to create places of natural wonder such as the Jameos del Agua and Cuevas de Los Verdes.

Amongst other things, you can visit his private residence now turned into a museum showcasing his art and design, a cactus garden and the Mirador del Rio, and ancient fortress turned into a viewpoint which give you a spectacular view of the nearby islands. All designed by the great man himself and all fantastic places to visit for young and old alike. There is a multi attraction ticket you can buy which gets you access into either four or six attractions at a discounted rate and kids under 4 are free.

Another plus for this destination is the people. They are polite and cheerful and are great with kids. Mini was delighted with all the attention that was lavished on her and by the end of the week was dispensing cheery “olas” all round – much to the delight of everyone.

Cheap accommodation, great sightseeing, almost year-round good weather and lovely people make Lanzarote a great family holiday destination.

We’ll definitely be back but may try to stay outside the resorts next time.


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