HEAD SOUTH THIS WINTER FOR SUNSHINE, SURF AND SUBLIME SEAFOOD
Escaping the Northern European winter is a wise idea at least once a season. Get yourself some welcome vitamin D, see some sunshine, get some fresher than fresh seafood down your gullet. If you can team that up with scoring some world class surf then all the better.
One option that always crops up in the 'where to hit for a winter run' discussion is the Canaries. 60 miles off the coast of Morocco they're far enough south to be actually warm, but close enough to not be a hassle travel wise. Plenty of wave options from mad barrels to beginner beach breaks and with easyjet and co now running flights it's also a bargain destination flight wise.
The volcanic islands once known as the Fortunate Isles didn't get their name from tweety birds but from dogs, 'Islas Canarias' comes from the Latin name 'Canariae Insulae', meaning 'Islands of the Dogs'. But they're a lot nicer than the Isle of Dogs in London, that's for sure.
There's surf on every island but we always gravitate to the stunning volcanic landscapes and reefs of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
Both islands have been popular with Brits since the surf potential was unveiled in the late '80s and there's a thriving surf scene wherever you go. Being popular with normal tourists also means rental cars and food are well priced and getting supplies is a doddle.
Of course local knowledge is key for any trip so check out the crew featured here that offer accommodation and coaching. They'll get you wherever is best for your abilities and make sure you get the maximum enjoyment from your mission. Not to mention pointing you in the direction of the best bars and restaurants.
An annual Canaries mission is as essential as the summer Europe run ... get stuck in.