The Canary Islands are one of the most popular European holiday destinations, although they’re also becoming easier to get to for travellers from further afield. Located off the coast of North East Africa, these Spanish owned islands are popular because of their fabulous weather, and the short flying times to reach them.
Known as the ‘Land of Eternal Spring’, the Canary Islands consist of a number of small, volcanic-formed islands, each with a unique personality. Although there are seven islands in this chain, holidays are usually to the four largest and most popular; Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. They offer everything from long sandy beaches and rocky coves, to National Parks filled with (mostly) dormant volcanoes. Families can enjoy as many exhausting activities as they like, including surfing, sailing, diving, horse riding – the list is endless – or choose to soak up the sun with weather that stays relatively warm, even during the winter months.
The Canary Islands have built a reputation as being a great holiday destination because they cater well for families, and with so many hotels to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice. Each of the islands has a main tourist town and whether you’re staying in a five star all-inclusive, or three star self catering, there is plenty of variety here. Local restaurants and souvenir shops are located on every main street, and the best family hotels can arrange child-minding if you’re in need of a little adult time to get out and explore.
The Canary Islands really do offer everything you could want from a fun family holiday abroad, and if you’re planning on flying with kids for the first time, these islands offer a great short-haul destination that won’t hurt your wallet. Check out our section on accommodation and activities below, and we can help you start to plan your ultimate family holiday in the sun.
Looking for a family holiday destination with stunning beaches and all year round sunshine? Welcome to Lanzarote…
Gran Canaria is an ideal location for a family holiday, adults and children alike will enjoy exploring this island with its tropical forests, volcanic mountains and golden beaches.
Being one of the smallest and the oldest of the Islands, Fuerteventura is more focused on the family that its neighbouring islands. This island is ideal for a relaxing holiday.
The beaches, sun and year round warm temperature makes Tenerife a favourite family holiday destination.