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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.
52 thoughts on “A family guide to the Canary Islands”
The Canary Islands is one territory of Spain that I have been interested in visiting. Its location just off the coast of Morrocco would offer a great climate and warm waters for beachside activities. My partner’s aunt retired to Tenerife some time ago and he said he enjoyed visiting her and exploring that island – and also heading up high to see the previous volcano activity with its views and light rocks. What a lovely part of the world to spend a bit of time in.
We think the same, the Canary Islands are such a great place to spend some relaxing time.
They are not far aways from each other so you can also have the possibility explore the near islands. They offer a unique natural scenery!
I begin to think that this is not only a perfect place to go for a holiday, but to go there to live!
You are not the only one hahaha We were thinking the same!
One of my friends has been to Tenerife and to be honest, seeing all her photographs there makes me dream about visiting too! I like that there are more islands to explore, Gran Canaria looks truly enticing!
The advantage is that the islands are near so with one trip you can visit different places 😉
The Canary Islands are a lovely place to visit. We’ve had a few family holidays there.
There are different activities to do for all the ages and this is amazing!!
A lovely sharing for all new parents especially to read & refer to bring kids for travel. Cheers Siennylovesdrawing
When the author proposed the topic we have been immediately interested in hosting it 🙂
I love the place! All the photos look amazing.
Hi Risa, thanks for your comment 🙂
Canary Islands are lovely indeed. I have spent a part of my honeymoon there. We travelled several islands but my favourite was La Gomera hands down.
Spending your honeymoon here sounds awesome, something to remember!
I would love to visit the Canary Islands in the future. It has always been on my list of places to travel to.
It’s a trip we really suggest you to do.
I am dreaming of the sun and the sea! It has been a long year and I need a break. Your getaway looks amazing!
Canary Islands are the right place to spend an awesome holiday. Top!
Mai stata alle Isole Canarie, me ne hanno sempre parlato bene. Chissà magari più in là ci faccio un pensierino, una guida sul cibo potrebbe essere interessante?
Certo! Essendo questo non un nostro articolo ma un guest post, l’autore non ha provveduto a coprire quest’aspetto. Cogliamo il tuo suggerimento 🙂
Anche se siamo una coppia e non abbiamo figli, penso che la guida sia super completa e indispensabile per chiunque voglia visitare le canarie per la prima volta!
L’autore della guida ha fatto un bel lavoro. È stato piacevole ospitarlo sul nostro sito.
Gran Canaria, è da tempo che pianifico, ma poi rimando sempre! Mi piacerebbe andarci in primavera. Intanto salvo l’articolo; grazie mille!
La stagione primaverile insieme ovviamente a quella estiva è ottima.
Grazie per averci scelto Elena ❤
Le Canarie rappresentano una delle mete più suggestive per i turisti sia da un punto di vista naturalistico che da un punto di vista meramente attrattivo. Personalmente visiterei il Parco di Timanfaya su Lanzarote: è perfetta per i piccini ma anche per noi adulti.
Una cosa è certa, qui c’è solo l’imbarazzo della scelta tra le tante attività che si possono fare ahahah
Alle Canarie siamo stati tanto tempo fa senza figli, ci tornerei proprio volentieri anche con loro, perchè in effetti c’è un’ottima organizzazione per le famiglie.
Single, in coppia o in famiglia le isole Canarie sono ideali per tutti ahahah
Love to visit an island and enjoy the fresh air. I’ve never been to an island before and would love to do it.
Like first time the Canary Islands are for sure one of the best places to visit. 100% suggested!
Non pensavo assolutamente che le Canarie potessero essere una destinazione adatta ai bambini invece mi ha stupito.
Una piacevole sorpresa! Grazie all’autore del guest post che ci ha fornito la guida 🙂
I have been to Gran Canaria twice and loved it so much. I plan on going to Tenifre next with the kids.
Oh this is cool. Your kids will love Tenerife too!!
We really enjoy having family holidays in the Canary Islands. I need to book a trip soon it’s been so long since we had a break.
It’s nice that this article motivated you to book a trip here 😀
This looks like such a beautiful place! I’ve never been there but I am seriously considering to put it on my list. Thanks for sharing !
Add it to your travel list, you’ll not regret!
I love the Canary Island and can not wait to go back!! This post has made we want to book a holiday now!
It’s always time for a holiday hahaha
I have never visited but it does sound like a great place to visit. My family loves taking vacations so this would be fun for us.
Oh yes! Like the article says, the Canary Islands are perfect for family trips.
Wow! Those photos are beautiful. I would love to go with my family sometime!
Go and have fun! Canary Islands are top 😉
Although we live not that far from the Canary Island, we have yet to visit any of these places. Adding these into our family travel list for next year as it looks amazing!
Yes! The next trip may be just here. Start planning it in advance so you can reduce the stress (like we suggested in one of our articles).
I have always wanted to visit the canary islands and this guide is super helpful when it comes to making the decision to go!
Glad you have appreciated the guide we hosted on our site 😀 😀
I have always wanted to go to the Canary Islands. It looks absolutely breathtaking there. I just know that it looks even more amazing in person.
Of course in person is much more better hahaha
Oh wow, looks like a great place to visit with my family Thanks for sharing all the info about Canary Islands
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