The Prime Minister is to arrive in the Canary Islands this Saturday, to spend the Easter holidays with his family in Lanzarote, where the temperature will be hovering around a very pleasant 22°C all week. The low-key resort of Playa Blanca on the southern tip of the island is perfect for families, with curving beaches of golden sand and views across the Atlantic to Isla de Lobos and Fuerteventura beyond.
Speaking on BBC Radio Norfolk today, Mr Cameron was asked what he would be doing over the Easter break and replied that he would be spending the festival with Samantha’s family.
“I am going to be spending a bit of time with my mother-in-law,” he said. “I think I am spending Easter Day with Samantha’s family.”
The sporty Camerons may have been attracted to Lanzarote as the island is becoming increasingly renowned for activity holidays, particularly surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding and paddleboarding – as well as cycling and hiking. Lots of athletes go to the island to train in winter and people are timing their holidays to coincide with one of the popular Triathlon events.
The family might fancy taking the ferry across to Fuerteventura for the day, or maybe they’ll just get the boat to the fabulous Papagayo beaches just to the east of the resort, where a spot of snorkelling in the clear turquoise water followed by a leisurely paella and a cold beer will relieve any stresses.
Evenings in Playa Blanca usually involve strolls along the promenade, stopping off to watch the sunset with a gin and tonic. The Camerons will no doubt walk along to the swish Marina Rubicón at the eastern end of the resort for dinner, perhaps at the laidback Casa Brígida (restaurantecasabrigida.com), where chef Pedro Santana uses locally-sourced ingredients such as the goat cheese made at the Finca de Uga dairy farm on the island.
If the pair fancies a romantic meal they should book in at Isla de Lobos, at the five-star Princesa Yaiza hotel (princesayaiza.com), which is one of the best restaurants in the Canaries, where they can watch the moon glittering on the sea as they feast on Canarian lobster and sip the excellent Los Bermejos white wine, made from Malvasía grapes grown nearby in the volcanic vineyards of La Geria.
The 400-bedroom hotel is also where the family might stay, and was recently recommended by the Telegraph’s Alex Polizzi, who went with her young family and complimented the property on its direct access to a white sandy beach, Playa Dorada, the stocked fridges in bedrooms and the flexible attitude of staff.
Art and architecture are very much part of the landscape in Lanzarote. As the Camerons drive around the island, they will come upon the extraordinary creations of the César Manrique, who turned the volcanic terrain into a series of tourist attractions that are artworks in their own right.
The Timanfaya National Park is a mesmeric expanse of purple, ochre and charcoal hues, created when more than 100 volcanoes erupted in the 18th century. The kids, however, might be more fascinated by the El Diablo restaurant there, where meat is cooked on a huge grill over the ferocious heat rising up from deep inside the Islote de Hilario volcano.
While the Prime Minister might well be dreaming of nothing more than a nice lie down on a sunlounger, if he were to get out on a bike or even do some surfing – there is a surf school in Playa Blanca and lots more at Caleta de Famara – he could return to Westminster not only restored but re-energised.
Lanzarote travel guide
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