Surfing, snorkeling, camelback riding and dramatic volcanic scenery are just some of the many appeals of the Canary Islands. With plenty of sun, diverse geography and endless activities, the Spanish archipelago is an ideal holiday spot for families.
Located in the Atlantic Ocean just off the northwest coast of Africa, the seven islands have long been a popular destination among Europeans and travelers. With the warm climate it can be tempting to just lounge out on the beach all day while catching sun and swimming in the crystal waters. Although it’s relaxing, there is so much more to see and do.
Tenerife is the largest and most popular island among families. It offers breathtaking sights with and an array of activities for kids of all ages. With 67.14 kilometers of beaches, there is plenty of room to spread out. Family-oriented picks include the gold sand of Las Teristas beach or the black sand of La Arena beach. Tenerife is also home to the world’s third tallest volcano, El Teido, which has a peak of 3718 meters. To truly appreciate the scenery, walk along one of the mountain trails or hop on a boat to watch dolphins and whales.
While the inherit beauty and stunning geography of Tenerife makes for an adventurous holiday on its own, there are several other kid-friendly diversions. Monkey Park is a zoo where guests can interact with monkeys. For more animal encounters check out Loro Park where parrots, sea lions, penguins and sharks enthrall kids. The Siam water park is also a great choice with its thrilling rides and mini-aquati park for kids.
This easternmost island has a great mix of natural beauty and attractions, making it easy for every family member to find something they enjoy. The Timanfaya volcano in Timanfaya National Park left behind numerous craters and solidified lava that created a moon-like appearance. Kids can explore the unique geography while riding a on a camel’s back.
While the dramatic volcanoes are exciting, so too are the warm waters and beaches. Families will enjoy surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving, or the Submarine Safari for more in-depth view of the ocean. The island houses a water park, and the Guinate Tropical Park which has waterfalls, gardens and birdlife. What’s best is that awesome Lanzarote holidays for the family are relatively cheap.
This is the second largest island in the Canaries, and like other islands, it was created by volcanic eruptions. With its clear waters, over 150 beaches and gigantic sand dunes, the island truly is a fortune. The white sand beach of Solana el Matorral- El Sebadal, has everything you need to spend a relaxing day with the kids.
Families can enjoy some of the numerous activities such as hiking the Bosque de Laursilva or explore the lava fields in Parque Nacional de Las dunas. For a more intimate wildlife experience, take the kids to the zoo which has giraffes, parrots and a camel safari. The Baku Baku Water park also provides endless entertainment and fun for kids and kids at heart.
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