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The sun-soaked Canary Islands are popular with visitors of all ages, but they remain a particular favourite of families due to their warm, but not too hot climate. With long sandy beaches and plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained, it’s no wonder that families return again and again. Whilst there are actually eight main islands, the most commonly known ones are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, and Lanzarote.
Here, we take a look at some of the top places to visit for families.
Costa Adeje is a firm favourite for families in Tenerife, due to the well maintained beaches, and close proximity to water sports, beach bars and the famous Siam Park water kingdom. The beaches here are lifeguarded by a team who generally speak English, and wear red or yellow, so you can check that you’re in the right place before you get in the water. There is also a beach sieving service, meaning that the beaches are clean and safe from glass.
The Siam Park water complex holds the award for the best water park in the world and offers both family-friendly attractions and more high adrenaline versions. There are also relaxation zones, a floating market, and a sea lion area.
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This island is perfect for families that want to get active. The windy conditions mean that it is perfect for those who want to learn to surf, and there are plenty of spots for beginners, including El Cottillo and Playa Morro. There are many surf schools around the island for those who prefer to have tuition, and some even offer family packages, meaning that you can all learn together, under the supervision of a qualified coach.
Mogȧn, in the southwestern portion of the island, offers a 290m long beach with outdoor showers, is wheelchair accessible and pram-friendly, making it an ideal choice for families. The area offers a range of water sports, including jet skis, parasailing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. For those who want a new adventure, you can also go deep-sea fishing on a boat from Puerto de Mogȧn.
As a result, this is a busier area, so if you’re on the lookout for a quieter resort, this might not be right for you. However, if you’re looking for activities to keep you occupied, and a beach for the kids to make friends, this could be perfect.
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Lanzarote is great for families who want to have an alternative option as well as the beach. Timanfaya National Park is a volcanic landscape, where little explorers can pretend to be in outer space and explore the Mountains of Fire. The visitor centre also includes an audiovisual tour, and is open every day from 9am to 16:45pm. Visitors to the island can
also explore on horseback, or even by camel, for those who are feeling particularly brave.
For those who have older children, there is also the opportunity to take the ferry from Lanzarote to the tiny island of La Graciosa, and explore by bike. This is one of the last places in Europe with no tarmac roads and offers an opportunity to get away onto the quietest of the Canary Islands. Just be warned that there isn’t much shade, so be prepared to be in the sun for a lot of the day.
To sum up
Wherever you choose to go, the Canary Islands are a great destination for families of all ages, as they offer a range of activities under mild sun. If you’ve got children who aren’t of school age, take advantage of the cheaper rates and fly out in September for a warm autumn getaway.