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César Manrique's Lanzarote

Deborah Mistry

César Manrique's Lanzarote

I’ll admit that I didn’t have very high expectations for the sight-seeing opportunities in Lanzarote and had, like a lot of people, just been looking for some winter sun and thought that it sounded like an easy option for a family holiday with our two year old. However, even as we drove from the airport I was struck by what an incredibly stylish looking island it is. The black and red volcanic hills make the perfect backdrop for the flat-roofed white houses and vibrant green cacti. No one understood the appeal of Lanzarote’s otherworldly beauty or campaigned so hard to...


Paxi, the perfect Greek island

Deborah Mistry

Paxi, the perfect Greek island

I didn’t think I could ever pick a favourite Greek island (I’ve visited 16 of them) but within five minutes of arriving on the tiny Ionian island of Paxi, it went straight to the top of my list. When I think of the things that I want from a Mediterranean holiday the list goes something like this: picturesque harbour towns perfect for evening strolls, pretty outdoor restaurants, quiet beaches with clear turquoise water and low-key characterful accommodation where you can feel like a local. Paxi has all of these, without any crowds (the lack of airport helps) big resorts or...