Its so important to get away from it all.
Once a year I try to take a real break, somewhere without too many distractions, and I leave all my digital gadgets behind.
It’s a chance to give the old grey matter a break, so I come back restored.
This year we went to a small Island off Lanzarote in the Canaries called La Graciosa , what a gem. It’s a very small Island, with an outcrop in the middle that lights up like a small Ayers Rock at sunset, the coast is lined with black volcanic rock, interspaced with beaches that literally take your breath away. White sand and clear turquoise seas, with one side of the island having flat calm waters, and the other has great waves to play in.
We stayed in an apartment owned by Adrian Fisk, a local English man, with fluent Spanish and a real knowledge of the Island. He is such a treasure, he makes you feel so welcome, meeting you at the airport and taking you to the ferry, then coming over to the island to show you the apartment and point out all the attractions of the Island.
There are only 500 registered residents on La Graciosa, so the small port town has 2 small supermarkets, about 5 restaurants a beach bar and a bakery that would rival any I have ever found in the U.K.
Our daily activities consisted of walking or cycling to a new beach, spending time in the sun, swimming and reading, having lunch a local restaurant that served tappa’s and cold beer, then after an afternoon siesta, a leisurely dinner with a bottle of wine.
The mornings were really lovely, the bakery serves fresh pastries filled with chocolate or fruit, we bought a few each morning, took them to the coffee shop next door to have with a great Spanish coffee. It’s just my perfect start to any day.
I recommend the Island to anyone who loves time away from the crowds, its not for people looking to dress up each day and enjoy a night life. Its an Island without tar roads, the people don’t stand on ceremony, it helps if you have some Spanish and you are guaranteed to return feeling alive and rested.