Lanzarote in the Canary Islands is turning into a rather upmarket destination. Dont expect anything glitzy or flashy though; this quiet revolution is all about staying in chic, eco-friendly places and spending your days cycling, walking, surfing or sampling the local food and wines.

All over the island, you see the influence of the visionary artist, architect and environments Cesar Manrique, who saved Lanzarote from the ravages of rampant development. His extraordinary creations accentuate the unique geology of the island and are now its main tourist attractions. You could easily spend a few days visiting the palces he designed, particularly as quite a few also house stylish bars and restaurants.

While there are excellent family hotels in Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise, away from the resorts there is also a wide range of low-key places to stay. You can choose from boutique hotels, apartments and bungalows built in the traditional style, village houses or even luxury yurts.