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take Struggling with
the changing seasons?
Beat the blues and treat
yourself to a moment
in the sun
Who needs an excuse to
�ee Britain's grey cloudy
skies during winter? Just
pack your bags and �y
o� to the sun. But where
you go will depend on
your budget, the amount of time you can
spare and the sort of holiday you enjoy.
So why not browse our
pick of top destinations
and lift those seasonal
blues with a rejuvenating
blast of sunshine?
The clement weather of
the Canary Islands (spain.info) can prove to
be a real tonic during the winter months. A
mere four hours by plane from the UK, you'll
enjoy mainly sunny days with temperatures
reaching about 20°C.
Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and
La Gomera all have much to o�er, but you
should also consider Lanzarote: it's an eyecatcher,
with black volcanic earth, abundant
green cacti and simple whitewashed houses.
It has great beaches and fantastic conditions
for water- and wind-powered sports, and was
the home of the artist César Manrique. You
can't miss his striking sculptures scattered
across the island, and you shouldn't miss his
fascinating studio home either, buried in the
volcanic rock in Haría and now a museum.
For quirky, o�-grid accommodation, you
could book in at the beachside complex of
16 eco-properties in Finca De Arrieta run
by Lanzarote Retreats (+34 928 826 720;
lanzaroteretreats.com). Mongolian yurts and
restored properties have interiors a boutique
hotel would envy. From £84 per night, return
�ights from £72 with Ryanair (ryanair.com).
A little further a¤eld, a seven-hour �ight
will take you to Dubai
(visitdubai.com), the classic
mid-haul winter sun
destination. It's a cooler
time to visit this desert
hotspot, with the mercury
wavering around the 30°C mark.
Dubai is a pleasure ground for visitors who
�ock to its world-beating hotels, beaches,
shopping and various attractions, including
the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
THE CLEMENT WEATHER OF THE CANARY ISLANDS CAN
PROVE TO BE A REAL TONIC DURING WINTER MONTHS
WORDS KATE SIMON