Where’s hot in January?
Christmas is long gone, so get your year off to a great start and soak up some rays on a winter villa holiday of a lifetime. Escape the UK’s grey and cloudy skies, top up your vitamin D and spend quality time with those you love on a luxury villa break in the sun. Our where’s hot in January guide should give you all the inspiration you need to get booking your next winter getaway.
As an island that boasts 3,000 hours of sunshine every year, it’s no wonder that the tranquil Canary Island of Fuerteventura made it onto our where’s hot in January list. When you’re thinking of venturing further than the private roof terrace of your luxurious Villa Lobos, the island offers plenty of opportunities to explore.
Those who are into hiking and the great outdoors can organise a private tour and hire a car to experience the Barranco De Los Enamorados ravine. Little known to tourists, this is the ideal place to escape from the busier resort towns and connect with Mother Nature’s epic rock formations. If you love discovering a hidden gem, this is the place to be. Do pack sensible walking shoes though, as flip-flops just won’t cut it!
If you have hired a car, and you’re staying in one of the many villas in Corralejo, Fuerteventura’s Corralejo Natural Park, stretching across the island’s north-east coast, offers some of the most beautiful sand dunes and vistas. Pack a bottle of water, as you’ll be getting thirsty in the dry heat of the desert. Also worth exploring is the famous volcano crater of Calderon Hondo, which you can hike by yourself or with a guided tour, which you can organise from many towns on the island. If you decide to walk by yourself, you have the option of two major routes to the top. When you’re driving around and exploring the towns on the island, make a stop at Las Playitas if you’re heading down the east coast. It’s a lovely quiet place for a seafront stroll, or to stop for a bite to eat. Renowned for its seafood, fresh fish and octopus, foodies will love the Bar Restaurante Las Playas – a popular hotspot with locals.
A year-round mild climate, dramatic volcanic vistas and glorious golden-sand beaches keep visitors flocking to this beautiful winter sun island. A great place for families as well as couples and cyclists who love to explore the winding coastal roads, Lanzarote has something for everyone and easily makes our destination line-up of where’s hot in January. Families with young children will love the Rancho Texas wild west park, as well as the Aquapark and Dino Water Park (when they’re not splashing around in their own private heated pool in Villa Cabrera, of course!).
Indulge in a spot of shopping around Teguise’s Market, which is held every Sunday morning in the Plaza Clavijo y Fajardo. Pick up island produce such as cheese and wine, and fruits and vegetables that you can use to cook up a storm in your villa’s private kitchen. Buy local hand-made souvenirs for your loved ones at home, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
Feel like heading somewhere a little more quiet? Drive to Playa de Papagayo – a series of small beaches situated between lava rocks, making a great place for a serene coastal walk, or a spot of surfing or snorkelling. There’s even a beach house restaurant offering refreshments. For an even more remote trek, visit el Volcan El Cuervo, a dormant volcano where visitors can actually walk inside its crater.