Take a Family Holiday to the Canary Islands

The eight Canary Islands offer year-round activities for young and old alike. Read on to discover some insider tips for a getaway to the place with the best climate in the world…

Natural Paradise in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is a natural paradise full of all the things that make children happy: beautiful beaches full of small fish, easy trails to explore on foot or by bike, and small, white villages where you can run around free on the streets. The island is rarely crowded and always great fun!

The dunes of Corralejo are one of the great attractions of Fuerteventura. The soft and undulating hills of fine and clean sand are bordered by beaches with crystalline waters. Another attraction is the islet of Lobos which has dreamy beaches and coves with intense turquoise waters. For a chance to go back in time, take a trip to an authentic windmill, such as the Molino de Antigua. For children, the windmills are great places to learn about the past and stimulate imaginations, learning about the secrets of traditional machinery and the history of local agricultural workers.

Activities for all in Tenerife

Tenerife has superb culture, nature, and gastronomy. The beaches are spectacular and varied. There are fun, iconic spots that draw in the crowds and wild, empty bays with great opportunities to disconnect. For a family-friendly day in the sun, Las Teresitas, El Camisón, Playa Jardín and La Arena are must-see spots. The natural pools, such as Bajamar, are worth a visit too, as are the water parks, including the impressive Siam Park.

Calling all nature lovers! Take a whale-watching or dolphin-watching trip year-round, or enjoy star gazing from Mount Teide, the Llano de Ucanca viewpoint, and the Guajara mountain.

The Mini Continent of Gran Canaria

Known as the Mini Continent for its diverse landscapes, Gran Canaria has something to offer all members of the family.

Marvel at architectural, cultural, and natural treasures, such as Maspalomas, a magnificent, several-kilometre-long beach, or Playa de las Canteras, a three-kilometre-long stretch of golden sand with calm waters surrounded by a lively avenue of shops, restaurants, cafes, and ice cream parlours

Vegueta deserves a special mention. The historic centre preserves the traces of the last five centuries of history. Another stand-out destination is the popular fishing village, Agaete, where there are magnificent beaches and spectacular natural pools. The location is known as well for its exotic home-grown coffee.

Volcanic Adventure in Lanzarote

Lanzarote is a perfect destination to enjoy a few days of relaxation or adventure with the family. The climate is mild, and the atmosphere is relaxed. The volcanic nature of the island, with its lunar landscapes and its paradisiacal beaches, will delight the whole family. The size of the island, about 850 km2, means it is easy to get around without long journeys – perfect when travelling with little ones.

Top visitor spots for the family in Lanzarote include the Timanfaya National Park, the Jameos del Agua, the Cueva de los Verdes, Teguise and the Costa de Papagayo.

A pure state of nature in La Gomera

In La Gomera there is tons for families to do. Experience the great outdoors and enjoy hiking, cycling, water activities and even whale watching. With a network of trails stretching to more than 600 kilometres, there are plenty of places to enjoy fantastic mid-Atlantic views.

La Gomera, one of the most important whale-watching points in all of Europe, has been declared a World Whale Heritage Site by the World Cetacean Alliance. Because of the island’s privileged climate and geographic location, the sighting of dolphins, whales and even sea turtles is possible during most months of the year. Boats taking visitors leave from the ports of Playa de Santiago and Vueltas in Valle Gran Rey.

Swim among volcanic rocks in El Hierro

El Hierro’s beauty comes from its black and red volcanic terrain, its green forests, and its turquoise ocean. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, the island has fascinating near-virgin beaches and natural pools such as the magnificent Charco Azul which is made by the historical lava flows in the El Golfo Valley. The natural pools of La Maceta, also on the coast of the spectacular El Golfo Valley, are well worth a visit too. These spots – sheltered from the waves – combine the irresistible mix of sun, lava, and the ocean. Perfect for all ages, the Tamaduste beach is also recommended. Here crystal clear waters and volcanic black sand create a fascinating environment with tranquil waters for children to explore. The wide and charming beach – mixing town, mountains, and ocean – is one of the most photographed views of the island.

The virgin paradise of La Graciosa

La Graciosa is a small 29-square-kilometre island located northwest of nearby Lanzarote. Along with four other islets, it forms part of the Chinijo Archipelago Natural Park. On the island practically all of the 700 inhabitants live in Caleta de Sebo. This paradise is far away from the hustle and bustle. This roadless getaway is the perfect place to disconnect with the family and enjoy a few days of absolute calm and relaxation. Visitors are surrounded by an unspoiled landscape with wonderful – often empty – beaches such as La Francesa, Las Conchas, and La Laja .

Discover the magic of La Palma

La Palma is home to ancient forests, a gorgeous coast, volcanic history, and exceptionally clear skies. Thanks to its assets of natural wealth, UNESCO has declared the island a Biosphere Reserve. La Palma is an excellent destination for a family holiday with plenty of activities to satisfy every taste.

Explore the enchanted forests, discover the black sandy beaches such as Nogales, in Puntallana, or enjoy the island’s natural pools and charming villages like El Porís de Candelaria, which is hidden in a cave.

Make memories to last a lifetime with activities such as boat trips to see cetaceans, walking trips with guides … and much more! La Palma is synonymous with hiking, and one of its most famous family routes is the trail around the Marcos and Cordero springs, in San Andrés y Sauces.

A must-see on your trip to La Palma is the fascinating telescopes at the Roque de los Muchachos Astronomical Observatory, one of the most important centres of its kind on the planet. The science hub is located at 2496 metres above sea level and offers an incredible view of the Caldera de Tabueriente National Park.


For more information on family holidays to the Canary Islands please visit www.hellocanaryislands.com

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