Looking for a break from the cold climes of the UK this winter? Then look no further than luscious Lanzarote. The winters here are just as spectacular as the best British summers. Rain doesn't last long, just long enough to keep the island's greens at their most vibrant. This sweet subtropical escape delivers delightful days as warm as 24°C. Trade in scarves and gloves for all the above and make the most of Lanzarote in winter. Whether you choose to spend your days relaxing by your private pool, or exploring the natural beauty of this idyllic island, there'll be no shortage of sunshine.
With more things to do than hours in the day, squeezing everything in to your holiday itinerary is no easy task. Thanks to the balmy weather of Lanzarote in winter, all the popular hot spots are open year-round – so you'll still have plenty of choice and far less queuing to contend with.
Lose yourself among volcanoes, lava tubes and geysers in Timanfaya National Park. A site that could easily be mistaken for Mars (if it weren't for the blue skies and occasional tour group) – the Fire Mountains take pride of place in this World Biosphere Reserve. With over 5,000 hectares to explore, head over early to take advantage of this virtually untouched terrain. And be sure to bring your camera, because this is a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity!
Unleash your inner explorer and adventure underground to the Cueva de los Verdes – a fabulous day out whatever the weather. Marvel at the spectacular rocky structures and lava tunnels that stretch for miles. Irresistibly illuminated to bring this ethereal paradise of magnificent cave complexes to life. Virtually untouched by us humans, wander in wonder of the natural world.
The perfect measure of tranquillity, peace, action and adventure makes a Lanzarote holiday a unique and enchanting treasure. In-between the exploring and relaxing, don't miss out on the cultural highlights too. Museums and monuments are dotted island-wide, why not see how many you stumble upon? The Museo del Campesino isn't one to leave up to chance though – you're going to want to seek this one out!
If Lanzarote's Carnival isn't on your Bucket List, it should be! A winter sun treat, late January to early March sees this public celebration slide into full swing. Flamboyant and colourful parades of crazy costumes, fantastic floats and street showmanship combine to make a fun-filled fiesta! The mix of ancient traditions and modern festivities provide a once in a life party experience. Not least because the theme for the carnival changes every year – so each year feels like an entirely different event. Some things never change though, like the spectacle of the Carnival Queen. Elected in a grand gala, much of the Carnival experience revolves around her, and celebrations always end with 'El Entierro de la Sardinas' on Ash Wednesday. Literally translated, The Burial of the Sardine, is the grand finale of the celebrations.
Beach lovers can bask in sun-soaked seas and sands year-round, and winter in Lanzarote is no exception. There's close to 100 shores to explore, so whether you prefer the hustle and bustle of a resort or the peace and tranquillity of a secluded bay, you're bound to find your perfect set-up.
Make a day of it at Playa Blanca. Sitting pretty on the south side of the island, this peaceful and pleasant spot is the perfect place for the whole family to swim, splash and relax. One of Lanzarote's most loved resorts, it's easy to see why! Sahara sand beaches are close by at the Punta de Papagayo Peninsula, and thanks to their position they generally enjoy the best weather on the island. If you fancy something a little different head to Playa Quemada. A beach day with a twist, if you've never seen black volcanic sand before – then you're in for a treat!
For even more beach based inspiration, take a look at our run down of the best beaches in Lanzarote
The landscapes of Lanzarote come alive in the winter months. The small amount of rainfall goes a long way, and the country blooms with wild flowers, fresh fruit and vegetation. There's no better time to get outside and enjoy what nature has to offer, especially as conditions are perfect for hiking. Hundreds of kilometres of trails and coastal paths are waiting to be explored and allow you to adventure to some of the island's most inaccessible spots. Experience natural highs and discover some of Lanzarote's jaw-dropping lookout points and lunar landscapes. From lava field loops to clifftop clambers, there's something for all capabilities. Get up close and personal to the natural wonders all around you, and make sure to bring your camera!
Celebrate Christmas with a twist and swap snow for sunshine. There's plenty of festive fun to be had, and the locals go all out with magical light and stunning nativity displays. Not to be out done, resorts deck the halls with beautiful decorations.
Christmas and the Canaries might not seem like an obvious mix, but a Yuletide dip at the local beach is a new tradition that we could get behind! Trade knitted jumpers for shorts and t-shirts and join the locals for a spot of sunbathing. It's traditional on the island to eat a fish dish on the big day, but if you simply can't do without your beloved British Christmas dinner, there's plenty of restaurants that'll be able to cook up your favourites – pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and cranberry sauce.
Lanzarote is vibrant and full of excitement over the festive season, so there's no need to worry about deserted streets. In fact, it's quite the opposite! Parades, fetes, firework displays, live music shows and fancy dress are all part and parcel of a Lanzarote December Holiday. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
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