Canarias is a paradisiacal environment without equal in Europe. Therefore, in this post we want to tell you about why to spend your family holidays in the Gran Canaria island and where to find a unique accommodation where to spend unforgettable days.
The top family holidays destinations in Canarias
Canarias Island is one of the major touristic destinations because of the warm, fresh and pleasant weather, the clear and high qualities beaches, and the natural environment. Apart from all this, one of the main reasons why hundreds of families visit our islands is because of the diversity of exciting activities and fun adventure that can be done in the holidays with children. In particular, Gran Canaria provides plenty of parks, excursions and beaches where the whole family will not stop having fun.
Maspalomas is one of the most recommended destinations for family holidays with children because many Gran Canarias’ theme parks and interesting places are here. Thence, you will have something different to do every day during your stay. You can visit Palmitos Park, where you will observe dolphins, an orchid garden and butterflies, or Holidays World Maspalomas, a recreational park with rollercoaster and bowling; you can also walk around the botanic park and splash in the aquatic world of Aqualand with toboggans and sea lions, as well as play in the Minigolf and try camel riding. All these and more are exciting activities to have an enjoyable holiday with children. This area has a natural setting that homes an ample variety of birds such as herons, killdeer among others. Nearby, in the north, there is a small village called San Bartolomé de Tirajana, where to witness the volcanic mountain.
If you are planning to spend your holidays with children in the South of Gran Canaria, Salobre is the suitable place for you and your family. The resort area of Salobre offers many different activities to do with the youngest. The resort has one family swimming pool in the 7th floor, where you can also have lunch with a menu especially designed for kids which they will surely love; and several shallow and small swimming pools for kids near the Panchurro Kids Club, which is a playful area full of games for them. There are also different areas to relax as the geodesic point to view the beautiful landscape or to practice sports such as golf. The resort also provides guests with the possibility of relaxing in seven different charming swimming pools, each on with a completely unique style. In the Belines Beds, you could view the mountains, the sea and the Teide in a chilling scenery.
Another ideal destination for your leisure time with kids is Meloneras because of the tranquility of the zone and the proximity to the main touristic spots. Moreover, it has a wide range of activities to do with children in holidays. For example, there is the Moonlight Cinema, e-bikes riding, quads, Camel Safari in a dune Oasis, or surfing lessons. Besides most of the apartments and hotels are kids-friendly, which eases the stay and makes the Gran Canaria visit a pleasant memory. You can also walk around the city and go shopping or to entertaining and cultural events that occurs every day.
The best beaches for children in Canarias
Playa del ingles
Located at less than 100m from Maspalomes, we find Playa del Ingles, a nice and touristic beach. In this beach there is a mini train -a train trip around the beach- in which kids will have fun surely. This is a perfect spot to practice aquatic sports such as surf, kite-surf, windsurf, snorkel and diving. You may also rent a jetski to dive through the waves or visit the incredible SeaTrek, an underwater experience to witness the marine life closely. If you and your children want to release adrenaline Airsoft Hagar 37 is the best option. Other exciting tours in your Gran Canaria holidays with children may be buggy safari and Loro park visit.
In the Southwest of Gran Canaria Island, Puerto Rico beach hosts some of the best touristic, dynamic and natural adventures to spend your holidays with children, among three water parks. The one of the most visited aquatic parks is Angry Birds parks, which is an enthusiastic theme park for the kids with ball shooting, ball pool, Ola-x, giant swing, springboards, rock climbing wall, and zip-line. Another park in Puerto Rico is Atlántida, where to spend the day in family in water toboggans and kamikazes. Besides, visiting these fun parks, you can have a memorable experience during your holiday with your children; that is dolphin and whale watching, an amazing adventure on a boat that your children will always remember.
The best family holidays: Advantages and disadvantages of different types of accommodation
Although it may be more expensive than staying in another kind of accommodation, villas provide a huge range of advantages that make them perfect for families who are traveling during holidays with children. The main obvious reason is the space, for sure, the extension is important. In a villa you will find that each member of the family has its own space to relax and enjoy of the visit, kids can run and play around, and both, in the outside and the inside, there is enough space to share and practice some activities all the family together. You will appreciate the intimacy and privacy like in your own home with all the facilities you need to ease your stay in a confortable and worries-free house. The hosts usually provide services as Wi-Fi, cleaning, babysitting, and parking; in some cases, animal are welcome. No having reception may be an inconvenient, but at the same time, it is an advantages nonetheless, since as we mentioned, you will have total freedom indoors.
This option has the best of both worlds, apartments and hotels. This type of accommodation may vary depending on the size; however, in general, they offer a small single family space equipped with everything you may need such as living room, full-equipped kitchen, balcony and bathroom, plus air-condition, warming, TV, microwaves, telephone, and security. It may have several extras like Wi-Fi, parks, swimming pools, children-friendly zones, gyms, parking, restaurants or cafes. Apartahotel is a reduced space, therefore it is not recommended for numerous families, but parents with one or two children. Besides, bearing in mind the special distribution, there is not areas where to play and run around during your holidays with children. Depending on the one you choose, you may be rewarded with children’s entertainment and recreation for everybody. In many cases, pets are allowed. As in the villas, you have privacy to do whatever you prefer indoors, with the huge advantage of a reception where to solve doubts and find quick solutions.
This is the cheapest option, having the same facilities as your own home. You will be free of preparing meals in the kitchen and use the space as you rather, in total privacy. They are often clean before your arrival and right after your leave. However, this means self-catering. Thence, you will be the one who cooks, keeps everything in order and manage the apartment while you are staying in holidays with your children there. As an advantage, it may also be an inconvenient because instead of spending time enjoying of the city and the amazing activities outdoors as well as the time with your kids in holidays, you may probably be worry about the same facts you are in your daily routine. If you avoid homework, you will have a pleasant stay in an affordable accommodation for four people or more, something that it is hard to find in a hotel. It also provides you with amenities such as Wi-Fi, equipped kitchen and living room, washing-machine, among all the common services.
Depending on the number of star and the quality of the hotel you chose, the price may rise according to the services and luxuries. However, this option facilitates hugely your holidays stay since you have 24/7 reception a person in front of the desk, who will guarantee you feel in the most comfortable way, avoiding you to worry about your daily routines at home. The catering, cleaning and rest of services will ease your holidays with children. Most of the hotels are children-friendly. Notwithstanding, you should keep in mind that if yours is a big family, sometimes it is difficult to get an only common space or hotel room for the whole family in a hotel, except in suites. You will not have privacy and will be sharing common areas with other tourists, this may be a proper situation to meet people, but it also involves sacrificing your privacy.
Now that you know some unique destinations and the most convenient type of accommodation to spend your family vacation, you will no longer have excuses not to visit us. If you need more information or advice, in Villa Gran Canaria we can help you find the most suitable accommodation according to your needs. Get in touch with us, and we will advise you without any kind of commitment.