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Loving Lanzarote: Irishman-come-lately to a Canary islands paradise

Avoiding its strip of ‘Paddywhackery’, your family will be enthralled by Lanzarote’s natural beauty

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The stunning Jameos del Agua caves

The stunning Jameos del Agua caves

Mirador del Rio offers spectacular view. Photo: Stefano Ember

Mirador del Rio offers spectacular view. Photo: Stefano Ember

Martian-like terrain at Timanfaya National Park. Photo: Lukas Bischoff

Martian-like terrain at Timanfaya National Park. Photo: Lukas Bischoff

Hilary White with Sasha at Los Hervideros

Hilary White with Sasha at Los Hervideros

Hilary White with Sasha at Rancho Texas Park Lanzarote

Hilary White with Sasha at Rancho Texas Park Lanzarote

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The stunning Jameos del Agua caves

My friend was incredulous. Whatever about he, a true Spaniard, never having vacationed in the Canaries, it was baffling to him that an Irishman had lived to the ripe old age of 40 without ever setting foot on the perennially sun-kissed islands. I was, he pondered aloud, probably the only one of my countrymen who had never visited.

Winter in Ireland had been hard, I reminded him, and had instilled in our young family a steely determination to escape before more heating oil had to be purchased to see out the last weeks of cold.


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