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Run in the sun: La Santa, Lanzarote, review


This fitness centre in the Canary Islands is a haven for sports fans. The complex has a running track, Olympic-size swimming pool and stages 5k, 10k and half marathon races every week, as well as triathlon and cycling events.

They also hold various exercise classes throughout the day such as spinning and yoga while the opportunity to take part in almost any sport you can think of is available from basketball to windsurfing. You don’t have to pay extra to take part in any of the races or classes, you can do as many as you like for free during your stay. When relaxing between workouts, you can use the recreational swimming pool, play crazy golf or unwind in the resort’s spa (but additional prices apply for certain treatments there such as a sports massage). A supermarket and restaurants on the complex meet your refuelling needs and there’s a bar and club for evening entertainment.

La Santa is a haven for sports fans

Where to stay:
One to four bedroom apartments are available to rent on the site on a weekly basis. The cheapest apartments are pretty basically furnished and not that comfortable with a small kitchen, bathroom, bedroom(s), living room and patio. If you are prepared to pay more, you can get a more luxurious suite with TV, free wifi and air conditioning. But it’s worth considering how much time you intend to spend in your apartment. With so many activities on offer and warm weather to enjoy, splashing out on a suite might not offer value for money if you are rarely in it.

Running routes:
You can join in the sociable races organised by Club La Santa to get your miles in or they also meet for group runs of various speeds up to 5k every morning and on some afternoons. If you venture out alone, you can follow routes along the surroundings roads that aren’t too heavy with traffic, coastal paths (but beware these can be rocky in places) or some off-road lanes. If you’re worried about getting lost on your own, simple routes include a small loop around the outside of the complex or out and back to the village of La Santa. The resort welcomes running clubs, beginners and elite athletes all year round so you’ll never be short of someone to train with whether you want to push yourself or just have a leisurely jog.

You can do your own track session or join in with organised runs

Can I take the family?
Yes. There’s a children’s club that organises various creative and active activities for them to enjoy as well as a children’s pool and playground on the complex. Older children can take part in races and there’s a disco and presentation evening. There’s so much for them to do and opportunities for them to make friends that you might not see them that much!

Bars and restaurants on site mean you can re-hydrate after having fun 

Triathalon, swimming and running races are held each week


When to go?

Lanzarote makes a great destination throughout the year especially if you want to escape to warmer climes during the British winter. Average temperatures in the winter range from 17 to 21 degrees while in the summer there are highs of 25. The island is often exposed to windy conditions which can make even the hottest days still feel pleasant for exercising.

There's also a pool for relaxing after a hard workout

How to get there: Fly to Arrecife airport. Many budget airlines operate on this route from the UK. Transfer from the airport to the resort is then a 20 minute drive. As everything you need will be on the resort, most La Santa visitors take a taxi to there from the airport but car hire is an option if you intend to explore the island further.

How to book: Visit www.clublasanta.co.uk