A guide to family fun in the Canaries
Benefitting from year-round days of summer, the Canary Islands have long been a favourite holiday destination for families. The great news is that the Canaries’ authorities know this and are especially welcoming to those with a brood on board – providing plenty of waterparks, unexplored terrain and fun beachside play for both younger children and kids that can be harder to please (teenagers, anyone?). So if you’re heading for these Mediterranean isles this summer, here are some ideas to help keep you and your family entertained all holiday-long.
The Canary Islands are home to many things: beautiful jewel-like coastline, volcanic national parks and tasty Canarian dishes. But it’s the sheer number of leisure parks on the islands that make them most memorable for kids and their parents.
Tenerife is a magnet for fun-seeking families, whether they prefer to watch the antics of the dolphins at Aqualand Costa Adeje, check out the biggest waterpark in Europe, Siam Park, or zip past the resident parrots on a coaster at Loro Parque, there is something to tick off everyone’s list.
Life’s a beach
If there’s one thing that every family wants to do on holiday, it’s experiencing the local sands, and a Canary Island holiday certainly provides them by the bucketload! Gran Canaria is known for its beautiful beaches, so this is where to head if it’s a simple seaside holiday you’re after.
Playa de Las Canteras, the largest beach on the island, is handily placed right within the island capital Las Palma. Nearby cafes and restaurants are designed with families in mind, and kids can learn various new skills in the water, including surfing the local waves!
Playa del Ingles on the south coast is also great for kids and their parents, as there is a shopping centre just next door, as well as plenty of family resorts and quieter apartments in nearby Maspalomas. Further west, Playa de la Puerto Rico comes highly recommended for new swimmers, as the water is very calm, while the beautiful cove is well sheltered and feels a little set apart from the busy centres elsewhere.
The Canaries are great for creating your own adventures, and children will relish the chance to get outside and explore these impressive islands.
La Gomera is home to the Garajonay National Park, which has UNESCO World Heritage status and a forest that kids will love playing hide and seek in! More energetic families may prefer Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote, which is home to a strange moon-like landscape, and plenty of hiking and biking trails.
For something a little more educational, take a visit to the Museum of Science and Cosmos in Tenerife to learn more about the universe and the Canary Island’s unique and vantage point into the galaxy.
Once you land on the Canary Islands, you’ll quickly realise there’s no excuse for sitting in your hotel, when you could be enjoying a water-ski lesson, a day ride through volcanic plateaus or a hair-rising rollercoaster ride. This said, if all you want to do is laze next to the pool with a fresh juice in hand, while your kids do all the running and jumping, a Canary Island holiday might be just what you’re looking for!