Away with the Girls to Sunny Lanzarote!

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As you know, I’ve been reallocating my priorities away from freelance writing and onto finding a job and working on a few travel startups with classmates at INSEAD. I miss the blog terribly and hope that I’ll find time to write again soon, but right now, that’s just not happening 🙁 If you’re keen to read more about what I’ve been up to- I write a weekly piece for 10 minutes with. In terms of this blog, I’ve been accepting a few guest posts to keep things going.. and this one is about a girly getaway- enjoy!

 

Planning a sun, sea and sand holiday with the girls? Look no further than the sunny, chirpy (no pun intended!) Canary Island of Lanzarote. There are soft swathes of beach upon which to languish in your favourite polka-dot bikini, thrumming nightclubs which kindle like hyperactive fireflies after dark and an otherworldly volcanic landscape filled with adventure. Factor in the cheap travel to the island on Lanzarote flights, and a range of apartments, villas and hotels designed to meet every budget, and you’ll be supping a daiquiri on the Playa Blanca in no time!

What to pack

Yes, it might be tempting to bring seventeen changes of outfit, replete with matching stiletto shoes in every hue, but pack the essentials first. Lanzarote is a rugged island, so bring a strong-soled pair of hiking shoes if you plan to explore without incurring bunions (not so pretty in a kitten heel)! The refined natural light on Lanzarote makes holiday snaps pop, so at the very least bring a little point-and-click camera to capture the sights, and a mini tripod so no-one is left out of the frame.

Girly activities

Lanzarote offers the perfect blend of touristy attractions, rugged natural beauty and adventure. Become a bonafide beach babe with some morning surfing lessons at Famara; it’s known as Europe’s Hawaii. Then, join the girls for an afternoon bargain-hunting in the street market of Teguise. For a day trip a little out of the ordinary, head out to Timanfaya National Park, and have your food cooked over the crater of a volcano amid the Montañas del Fuego in El Diablo restaurant. Just beneath the surface of its black soil lies a boiling inferno, so tread carefully, or commission a camel to transport you to your onward destination.

Where to eat

In Lanzarote, traditional Spanish dishes mingle with African and Latin American influences, not to mention a wider, international spread of offerings. Enjoy a morning cake and coffee in Café de la Plaza, then stop by Casa Rafa del Mar for a traditional paella lunch. For your evening meal, indulge in something a little special with a bottle of wine at the Restaurante El Navarro. It might be pricey, but the a la carte menu is so unique you won’t mind forking over for the bill.

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The nightlife

Make for Puerto del Carmen and follow the sound of the music to Avenida de las Playas. This palm-fringed promenade boasts almost a mile or bars, clubs and eateries that will whet your appetite for a fiesta until sun-up. If you’re looking for some live music, head for The Island Bar in Puerto’s Old Town: if you’re on a hen or birthday party, you might even get a request played!

Lanzarote is the ultimate destination for a fun holiday with the girls. You can party till the sun goes down and comes back up again, if you choose, but you can also enjoy new experiences. After all, not many people have a volcano do their cooking!

Images by bortescristian and Francesco Crippa, used under Creative Commons license