Spain is the most popular destination for holidaymakers from Ireland and the UK, which means that those seeking sunshine and sand will have considered visiting the Canary Islands at some point.
Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma are the most popular islands for families to visit, so here’s a brief overview of each island to help you to decide which one is the right destination for your next family holiday.
Tenerife is the biggest island of them all, so there’s plenty going on to keep you and the kids entertained. And you can easily book a taxi in Tenerife to get around.
The top half of the island is great for trekking if you want to show the kids some scenery, whereas the south has all the amenities a family could need on holiday, such as shops, restaurants and bars. And, because it’s the biggest island, it also has the highest number of beaches to chose from.
Book a holiday to Tenerife and you could sprawl out on golden sand shipped in from the Sahara at Playa de las Americas, or experience the black sand in Puerto de la Cruz. You could even take the kids to Siam Park for fun on the waterslides if you fancy getting off the beach for a bit.
Gran Canaria is a lot like Tenerife, but it’s much smaller. However, some families think the beaches are better in Gran Canaria, and there’s great scenery too if you fancy heading out into the countryside for a drive: it can get a bit Arizona-like in places!
Playas de Ingles is perfect for families who want lots of shops, bars and restaurants (with menus catering for kids who prefer British food, as well as Spanish cuisine), whereas Maspalomas (just next door) is much quieter and features a string of sand dunes… the perfect place for a family walk as the sun sets after dinner.
Take the kids to Palmitos Park if you want to give them a chance to see exotic birds, monkeys, fish and even dolphins.
There’s not much in the way of high rise developments in Lanzarote, so it’s a fantastic place to see the landscape. In fact, Lanzarote is a popular choice for families who like being outdoorsy and sporty.
The island attracts cyclists and runners to its cliffs and volcanic peaks, and there are lots of golden beaches too with 30 kilometres of beaches to enjoy. Take the kids to Aquapark if they fancy a day hurtling down waterslides.
Fuerteventura is the windiest island in the Canary Islands. The breeze means it’s an incredibly place for windsurfers and kiteboarders, which is fantastic if your family like to do something rather than just sunbathe while you’re on holiday! The sand dunes are great fun to run up and down if you still need to wear the kids out after they’ve spent the day learning how ride the waves.
Jandia is set on Fuerteventura’s southern tip – a small resort that borders onto Morro Jable, and with some restaurants and shops, it’s perfect for families who want to be close to amenities but away from anywhere too busy.
Fuerteventura is the island that’s closest to Africa, and the landscape is ‘softer’ than Lanzarote – you’ll see lots of goats wandering over the hills, and looking for them out the window is a great game to play with the kids to and from the airport. However, you can take the kids to Oasis Park to check out the wildlife if goats aren’t quite exciting enough.
Finally, La Palma is beautiful island, rich in history and culture. In years gone by, the island was a stopping-off point by pirates when roaming the oceans, making it somewhere your kids’ imaginations will run wild!
There are plenty of things to do in La Palma, and the bigger towns offer great shopping opportunities, restaurants and choices of entertainment. Walk around cobbled towns, check out the old architecture and pay a visit to the Blue Flag beaches if you fancy a picturesque family holiday.
Time to Make Your Choice
So, now that you know a little more about each island, which one do you think you’d like to head to with your family? Will you and the kids try windsurfing in Fuerteventura, check out the history in La Palma, or benefit from a little bit of everything in Tenerife? Whatever the case, you’re bound to enjoy your time away together!
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