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Considering how tired I am, you probably would not guess that I had been away for the past few days, with so much constantly going on I always seem to be in a state of permanent exhaustion and waiting on the next nap. The last weekend I spent four days in Lanzarote with two of my really good friends, it was a much needed weekend of sunshine, foreign adventures, good food and endless laughs. Lanzarote has never been on my list of places to visit, and a major factor in our decision to visit was the price, but it turned out to be the perfect place for a Spring weekend break.
- Short Haul
Lanzarote is just a 4-hour flight from London Gatwick, we left London early on a Friday morning and was sitting by the pool by Friday Lunchtime. On return, we arrived back in London by 11pm Monday, the short flight and no time difference meant we still felt fresh ready for work on Tuesday morning. I completely take advantage of how lucky the UK is to have so many places on our doorstep but in 2017 I plan to become a complete weekender and fully embrace the short haul destinations.
As I have a few big trips planned over the next few months cost was a major factor (as always!) on this trip. For our flights (Friday – Monday at peak times) and three-night self-catering hotel, we paid a grand total of £120 each – bargain. Over the weekend I spent £140, including a £26 taxi to the airport from home, for a girl’s weekend away with alcohol and nights out I do not think this is a bad price at all. Booking in advance is key with these trips and by making use of the self-catering hotel kitchen we ensure one meal a day was purchased from the local supermarket, meaning we saved money on food and alcohol as well!
Following on from that, when we did eat out, we ate out well. The Playa del Carmen coast of Lanzarote is filled with many independent restaurants selling traditional Spanish items. Over the weekend my life was all about freshly made vegetarian Paella or Spanish omelette. In the evenings we danced and drank cocktails, while Lanzarote is not as lively as its sister island Tenerife, there is still bars to choose from that are open until the early hours.
- Playa Blanco
We stayed in the busiest resort of Playa del Carmen, but on Saturday we hopped on the local bus (€2.25) for thirty minutes to the harbour town of Playa Blanco. This area was incredibly picturesque, with sand beaches, a harbour and a local market on Saturdays. The local bus was incredibly easy to catch and navigate so I fully recommend using it over a taxi to save money, from Playa Blanco you can also catch a ferry over to Fuerteventura for €27 return.
Being just off the coast of Africa, The Canaries are known for their year-long sunshine, making them the perfect place for a dose of vitamin D. Lanzarote was experiencing a fair bit of wind over our weekend, but we were still comfortable walking around in shorts and summer dresses in early March, which was a brilliant trade for the grey skies and rain back in London.
After our trip, I am a full converted weekender, I have come back feeling refreshed and even with a very slight summer colour on my face. Luckily for me, I am actually heading over to Orlando at the start of next week, but as soon as I am back (and earned some more money!) I will be back on Skyscanner in search on some cheap flights back to the sunshine!