One of the ever-popular Canary Islands, Gran Canaria holidays have something for everyone, but they’re especially great for families. If the dark evenings are already making you dream of your next big family holiday with your little ones, then you should definitely give this golden island some thought. Here are seven reasons why I think you’ll love family holidays to Gran Canaria.
1) Amazing weather
Famous for its year-round sunshine, there’s never a bad time to visit Gran Canaria. So whether you go there in the height of summer, or want to wait until half term, you’ll never have to contend with keeping the kids occupied on a rainy day; the sun never stops shining here.
2) Beautiful beaches
With the weather being so great, you’re going to need somewhere equally as good to spend your time. Lucky for you, Gran Canaria is home to some incredible beaches to enjoy some quality time together on the sand. Playa de Las Canteras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is one of the most popular beaches on the island; perfect for paddling.
3) Dunas de Maspalomas
Just outside Maspalomas, these mesmerising sand dunes stretch for as far as the eye can see and provide a great day out for all the family. The kids will feel like they’ve travelled to another planet (or maybe you can pretend that you have!). Play games in the sand, draw pictures for each other to guess and make sure you put on plenty of sun cream.
4) Aqualand Maspalomas
Cool off from the warm, Gran Canarian sun and make a splash at the fantastic Aqualand Maspalomas. Kids of all ages (by this, I mean parents too!) will love racing down slides and feeling the rush of all the different rides. There’s something for everyone; from adrenaline-pumping fun to chilled-out bathing and even a special Kidzworld for the little ones.
5) Sioux City
Take a day out from the beaches and, instead, transport yourself to the Wild West. This unique theme park will take you on an unforgettable adventure, making you feel like part of the action. Watch as the Wild West is brought to life through exciting shows, filled with both humour and history. There’s no doubt it’s a fascinating and fun day for everyone.
6) Angry Birds Activity Park
If you’re looking for the perfect way to keep your young children entertained on your family holiday, then make sure the Angry Birds Activity Park is on your list of things to do in Gran Canaria. Bursting with energy and colour, your kids can take part in all kinds of games, from pedal cars and zip-lines, to giant swings and super trampolines. Well, that’s one way to wear them out…
7) Great hotels
At the end of the day, there’s nothing more important on your family holiday than having the perfect hotel to come back to and treat as your base for your time away. We’ve got some amazing hotels, ideal for families, that I think you'll love.
- Sunwing Arguineguin Seafront boasts a seafront location, is close to the beach and resort centre and has its own Lollo and Bernie Kids' Club.
- Ocean Beach Club is a modern and luxurious hotel, perfect for families, with plenty of activities and entertainment to keep the whole family happy.
- SunConnect Servatur Puerto Azul, has an action-packed schedule for the kids to enjoy on holiday, plus you can include entry to Aqualand in the price of your package. But it's worth noting that the hillside location of the hotel might not be ideal for pushchairs, although a shuttle bus is provided during the busy summer months.
What’s your favourite thing to do in Gran Canaria with the kids? Maybe you’re considering here for your next family holiday? Let me know in the comments below.