It’s no surprise that the Canary Isles are still one of the most-visited locations in Europe. The islands are constantly praised for their year-round perfect weather, constant sun and spotless beaches. You and your family would be hard-pressed to find a better alternative for a luxury family holiday.
With so many perfect islands to choose from, you will truly be spoiled for choice, so we’ve made a small selection of the best areas to visit with your family.
Holidays to Gran Canaria are often complicated by the fact that there is just too much to do! Hopefully, with some preparation, you won’t run into this problem. All the resorts in the area have their own special charm. Sometimes, it may even prove difficult for you to tear yourself away from them to enjoy the beaches and the water sports.
Designated as a protected bio-reserve by UNESCO, Gran Canaria’s natural beauty is its biggest selling point. The capital has many interesting landmarks to see, including museums, a beautiful cathedral as well as Playa de las Canteras, a beach that is the symbol of the city.
You may be hesitant to visit Lanzarote because of its reputation as a student haven and a beach-bum magnet. However, Lanzarote has changed a lot recently, giving itself a facelift, as it were, and becoming re-branded as a luxury destination.
Luxury villas are plentiful on the island, as are family activities. You can take your kids to the surreal but charming Rancho Texas Park, or even better, on the Lanzarote Submarine Safari!
Other family-friendly activities on the island include the Timanfaya National Park, another UNESCO biosphere reserve, as well as the stunning Guinate Tropical Park.
Tenerife is one of the more popular Canary Islands. It’s often hard to get a plane ticket here in high season unless you book well in advance. Again, discard any notion you may have of the island as a spot that’s only fit for backpackers, gap year students and hen parties: like Lanzarote, Tenerife is also attempting to attract families and mature travellers.
After you’ve checked in to a suitable luxury hotel (of which there are many on the island), make sure that you take your family to Loro Parque, which houses the world’s largest collection of parrots. You can also test your family’s fitness by climbing up Mount Teide, a volcano with the most stunning vistas to reward you at the summit.
Guest post written by Jeremy Coops.