Simon’s Trip to Lanzarote

In early July I spent four days in the Spanish Island of Lanzarote . The trip was arranged by British Airways and the Spanish tourist board to celebrate and introduce BA’s inaugural direct flights to the island. My group and I were fortunate enough to be seated club class on both journeys and the luxuries that go with it. We were treated to a champagne breakfast in British Airway’s exclusive lounge at Gatwick Airport after skipping the queues at baggage check in. Both flights served more than adequate food, perhaps the best food I have ever had on an aircraft, and we were given more space than those in the economy classes. Sipping a glass of champagne and looking out of the window during the flight I said to myself ‘don’t get used to this!’

Despite Lanazarote being a mere 125 km off the coast of Morocco it has a pleasant dry climate. The temperature rarely exceeds 30 degrees but has plenty of sunshine for you sun worshipers. Our hotel Los Jameos Playa is situated only a ten minute drive from the Arrecife airport which is of course very convenient after a four hour flight. The four star hotel is in a prime location being by a long stretch of glorious beach, numerous bars and shops selling all you need for your break-away. However the family hotel also has plenty to keep you entertained. I tried my hand at mini golf, received tennis lessons and swam in some of the hotel’s swimming pools. The Los Jameos Playa seems to cater for families and couples alike with a decent array of activities in and out of its grounds (there are diving and sailing excursions available) while the buffet styled breakfast, lunch and dinner provides a sufficient choice of food. Although queuing time for steaks during dinner could sometimes exceed ten -minutes.          

Lanzarote has many points of interest. The islands buildings are not permitted to be over two stories high which gives it some distinctiveness. We visited the stunningly barren Timanfaya National Park with its high volcanic tips, geysers and arid surroundings it is a very unique place and perhaps the island star attraction.  We also guzzled on wine at various vineyards and had a meal in the epic setting in The Cave of Los Verdes. Arrecife, the capital, also has art galleries, fine dining and a vibrant night-life.

Lanazarote combines natural beauty, gorgeous weather and versatile hotels that cater for tourists of all needs. I would recommend a trip for any wishing for a relaxing time in the sun.