The Canary Islands – Why it is The Perfect Location for Family Holidays

The Canary Islands has something for every mini traveller. I have been to three out of the four Islands as a child and have very fond memories of our adventures. Each Island has something just that little bit different to offer. I personally don’t think children are ever too young to start exploring the world and at 18 months, the twins started their worldwide adventures too. Last year we visited Lanzarote. We went in February and the weather was ideal for little ones, not too hot but warm enough for plenty of paddling and splashing about in the sea! This year we are are returning to the Canary Islands, but this time, Tenerife. I will keep you updated on our holiday!

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A brief look at the Islands

  • Tenerife

The largest and most touristy of the Islands. Tenerife is full of wonderful attractions including theme parks in Los Cristianos, whale-watching and boat rides. It also holds Spain’s highest Mountain.

  • Lanzarote

Known for its Luna volcanic landscapes, a sight that can’t be missed. If you take a day trip, look out for the El Diablo Restaurant. This restaurant offers spectacular views of the national park and order a meal that is cooked by volcanic heat! Lanzarote is also great for camel rides!

  • Gran Canaria

Stunning sweeping sand dunes are found on this Island. Playa de las Cantera and Playa del Ingles are just two stunning beaches to visit on the Island. Also perfect for diving, hiking and visiting museums which are very child friendly.

  • Futureventura

Glorious dunes and sheltered coves, great for tots that love exploring! Visit Corralero Viejo, Costa Calma ans Playa del Matorral. Futureventura is also famous for its water parks, boat rides and snorkelling courses.

 

So why is it such a great place to take a family holiday?

  • Family friendly hotels

Every Island in the Canaries has a wonderful selection of family holiday resorts. Many include children’s pools, water slides, kids clubs, children’s buffets and mini disco’s in the evenings. Take a look at a fantastic selection of family holidays using the link at the bottom of the page.

  • All year round location

These beautiful islands have subtropical climates all year round. So whether you are looking for a July summer holiday or some winter sun in December, you will always be greeted with clear blue skies and the sun shining. We go away February/March time and find that this is the perfect location for this time of year.

Here is a month by month guide to the weather.

  • January and February, see temperatures of 17 and 18 degrees Celsius across the islands.
  • March and April, the temperature increases a few figures to 19 degrees.
  • May has an average temperature of around 20 degrees across the Islands.
  • June, the average temperatures of 21 and 22 degrees with the hottest days hitting the mid 20s.
  • July and August, are the Canaries hottest months with temperatures fluctuating between the mid to high 20s.
  • September and October, low to mid 20s.
  • November and December. Early to mid 20’s is common.

 

  • Short flight time from the UK

Travelling with twins and multiples can be daunting and many get anxious at the thought of flying. With flight times being between 4-41/2 hours, it is the perfect time for your little people to travel. If you want some advice about surviving a flight with twins, Take a look at my article here. Let’s face it, being in a confined space is not the easiest thing in the world!

 

  • Glorious beaches

There are countless beaches to choose from across the Islands. From dramatic black sands, to dazzling golden dunes, your little ones will love spending hours digging and building sandcastles. Beaches in the Canaries also have the perfect sea shallows for tots to paddle in and enjoy splashing about. Or older children can take advantage of the water sports and activities that are available. Many also have lifeguards on duty for your own reassurance.

 

  • Family attractions

There is a huge range of attractions to suit all family needs on the Islands. From Marine parks, zoos, theme parks, splash parks to museums, cycling and golf. They really do have everything to keep your family busy for days. But of course, if you prefer a spot of relaxation, then settle down with a book by the pool in your child friendly hotel whilst the children are in the kids club. We put the girls into the kid club and they loved it. It gave them a chance to play with everyday toys and us a chance to be adults!

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Before you go

Ok so there are probably a few questions that you have at the back of your mind before you go. Here are a few tips to help make things even easier.

  • Car seats

You are able to hire car seats from most reputable car hire companies in the Canary Islands. When booking, just make sure you get these included then. Don’t risk waiting until you arrive as often they only have a certain amount for hire.

  • Cots

Most hotels will supply cots and bedding and have them ready for arrival. Just make sure when booking you make clear how many you will need and what is included.

  • Health precautions

There are no health precautions across any of the Canary Island but do be sure to take sun protection for all the family.

  • What to pack

If you are wondering what to pack for your week away, then Popitha have put together a packing list to help you. Click here.

Always make sure that when booking any holiday, that the company you are booking with is ATOL protected for your own protection. Holiday Gems has many child friendly hotels that will suit all family’s needs. Take a look on their website to see the great selection that they can offer. www.holidaygems.co.uk.

 

 

** This is a sponsored post, but all the writing and ideas are my own.

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