January 18, 2013
recently revealed that 2012 was the wettest year in
since records began in 1910. On 27 December, the average rainfall across
(1,095.8mm) had already surpassed the previous record of 1,093mm in 2000, with downpours continuing right up until the end of the year.
For Brits looking to escape the dreaded drizzle, Lanzarote
in the Canary Islands is a fantastic choice - the average annual rainfall is a mere 140mm, which means the only umbrella you're likely to need is a sun parasol! Lanzarote not only enjoys the lowest rainfall of its neighbouring islands, but average January daytime temperatures reach a pleasant 20°C. Here is a brief look at some of the island's other charms.
Lanzarote is known as the 'island of 100 volcanoes' although it actually has around 300 volcanic peaks. The island's extraordinary scenery is a result of eruptions in the 17th and 18th century, and today the solidified lava streams and amazing rock formations offer visitors a spectacular lunar landscape to explore. The highlight is the longest volcanic tunnel in the world, the
, which extends for over 7km.
The island is still home to one active volcano called
('Fire Mountain'). Head to the
for a bus tour of the volcanic landscape, or an alternative option is the free guided walk at the park's visitor centre at Mancha Blanca, called the
As Lanzarote is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, you can enjoy water sports such as sailing at the yacht marina
and parascending and water skiing at the main resorts. Those who like diving and snorkelling should visit the pristine coastline in
and enjoy the crystal-clear waters, with their abundance of colourful marine life.