Flying time from UK: 4.5 hours
Typical airfare: Around £120
Temperature: 21°C
Hours of sunshine per day: 6
Chance of rain: 19 per cent
Why go: Lanzarote is the classiest of the Canaries, with whitewashed villages, smooth volcanic sands, family-owned tapas bars and great surf breaks. The island works hard to conserve its natural beauty, especially the dramatic lava patterns in Timanfaya National Park. Eat a scenic lunch nearby at El Diablo, a restaurant created by local artist Cesar Manrique, with a kitchen that uses the volcano’s geothermal heat.
Get me there: Thomas Cook (0870 160 9192, has seven nights’ B&B from £289pp, including flights from Gatwick.
Or try: The Cape Verde Islands, another archipelago off the West African coast, with an exotic blend of African, Portuguese and Brazilian cultures.
If you’re looking for affordable, quick-fix winter warmth, Lanzarote is a good bet.