Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Canaries: Lanzarote vs. Fuerteventura

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21025038As your mind comes around to the idea of escaping off on holiday, whether you just landed from your last holiday yesterday, or you’ve been waiting a while for a getaway, you want it to provide everything that you hold dear.

One such place that can tick all the boxes, holidays in Fuerteventura have a great long list of activities on hand, from dolphin spotting or kite surfing to deep sea fishing and shopping. The beaches are some of the best in Europe with vast expanses of white, silky soft sand that is just perfect to lay on. The sea is irresistible with its cool and crystal clear waves that gently lap the beach. It’s fair to say that this quiet island is perfect for a family getaway.

Fuerteventura is not the only great family holiday that the Canaries can offer, however. Lanzarote holiday deals make this Island a hot bargain for last-minute holiday hunters. Whether you’re sneaking off for a week away or it’s your long-awaited annual vacation, Lanzarote is a slightly more lively island compared to Fuerteventura. The beaches are more reminiscent of its volcanic past and rock formations create interesting walks, often appearing lunar or martian! Although the black sandy beaches of Lanzarote are dominant, there are several white sandy beaches on the North side that give a more luxurious feel to your sun bathing escapades.EUROPE__MEDITERRANEAN_SPAINCONESP_FUERTEVENTURA_CORRALEJO

As with all of the Canaries, there is plenty to see and do. With lovely towns steeped in history and tradition, offering little shops and restaurants with freshly-cooked menu items, it can make for a memorable holiday even before you have been tempted by the activities on offer.

Needless to say, the Canaries have become massively popular thanks to the time and attention the Spanish have lavished on the tourist trade, while keeping the quaint feel to its towns. A family holiday to any of these Islands will keep you coming back year after year.

Festive Shopping: Christmas in London

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Prepare yourself for the onslaught of Christmas shopping and be organized by buying gifts now rather than at the last minute. Beat the crowds in the weeks leading up to the big day and use a weekend in the city to break the back of your festive shopping list.

A city escape, particularly our capital, can prove to fulfil any shopping list, with all the wares available at your fingertips. Whether you’re on a strict budget and being frugal this year, or can afford to splash the cash on your loved ones, London can provide something for everyone. Spend a weekend in the city and stick within your budget with an affordable hotel. With a multitude of accommodation options located within the inner city limits, you never have to be too far away from your stores of choice. For more information, visit Travelodge and grab some fabulous early bird deals.

If your budget can stretch to the high street stores, look no further than Oxford Street. Home to every store you can think of, it’s a fashionista’s paradise. Grab the latest threads for the trendsetter in your life; with chains ranging from TopShop to H&M, they are all here, ideally located along one stretch. Pop into the massive HMV for a gadget, DVD new release or latest computer game. Peruse the music section and pick up something by your loved one’s favourite artist. Treat your spouse to a funky gadget or some up-to-the-minute technology.

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If you’re shopping for children, the Disney Store is a must. Set over two levels, it has to be one of the largest of its kind and offers everything from princess goodies to the latest Disney film merchandise. With Selfridges, John Lewis, and Debenhams department stores all centrally located, there is plenty to be browsing to ensure you cross off items from the wish lists.

Take a detour around Covent Garden and there are some brilliant little finds to be bought. From international candy in Cyber Candy, making ideal stocking fillers, to a variety of independent toy stores to visit, it’s a super area for festive shopping.

If you’re hoping, instead, for something a little more unique, London is the place to find it. For the alternative wears, head for Camden. From the clustered markets to the Stables, it’s hard not to find something quirky here. Particularly popular with young rockers and vintage lovers, brands such as Hell Bunny, PunkyFish and New Rocks can be easily found. Stop by the impressive Cyberdog store, right in the middle of the Stables market for some psychedelic wear and paraphernalia – if only to see the imposing futuristic giants that guard its doorway.

oxford-street-london-1The Christmas markets are an excellent place to visit if you’re looking for something unique, independently made and affordable. Providing a vast array of stocking filler ideas, handmade items and delectable culinary goods, you could wile away hours perusing the wooden chalet-style stalls. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland offers a beautiful market that you can enjoy whilst basking in the festivities and Christmas spirit. Alternatively, the markets that line the South Bank provide some excellent hand crafted trinkets and festive gifts.

If you want to take a little break and are feeling lucky, treat yourself to a fabulous lunch at one of London’s high-end casinos. Gourmet prepared food and extensive wine lists will surely hit the spot while playing a few hands. It you’re a little rusty, get some practice in online and you may even win some extra shopping money!

Whatever your budget, there’s something that can be found in our bustling capital for everyone. A city break here will not be a waste and you will return with your arms full of tidbits for all of the family.