Friday 5 January 2018

Gran Canaria: 5 family friendly reasons to visit

Sun, sea, sand and smiles - that's what Gran Canaria has to offer, and what more could you want from a family break?! With 2018 well underway, it's only natural to start thinking about booking a holiday to look forward to - we are doing just that ourselves. When it becomes time to shrug off the winter layers and head for some sun, Gran Canaria is actually a great option to consider for a family holiday, with welcoming temperatures all year round (daytime highs of 20 degrees in winter and 26 degrees in summer) and plenty to keep everyone happy.

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Here are five top reasons why this so-called 'miniature continent' in the Atlantic is a terrific place to set off to this year: 

1. Colourful climate

Gran Canaria has a real rich landscape, from long beaches and sand dunes for sun and sea worshippers, through to green expanses to view and picturesque villages to explore. It's been a long time since I visited, with my Mum and Dad as a teenager, but I remember just how varied the landscape was and how beautiful the scenery is. The milder temperatures are just right for my pale skin (!) and it's a lovely place to wander around and enjoy, without a plan or a care in the world.

2. Splash happy 

For all the family, a visit to Aqua Land is a must. Located to the south of the island, this water park has thrills and spills galore, including a chill out and play area, a large family friendly pool, Kizworld water play area and, for the more adventurous amongst you, an Adrenaline Fun section where you can zoom down rapids until your heart's content. A fun place to spend the day for sure.

3. Wild times

For animal lovers and a great family day out, Palmalitos zoo park is a must visit. There's a tropical garden, aquarium and a variety of wild birds to see plus reptiles, mammals such as meerkats and gibbons plus you can even book a swimming with dolphins experience for a truly memorable holiday.

4. See stars under the stars

Gran Canaria offers a unique movie viewing experience in Meloneras, near the southern coast. The Moonlight Cinema is Europe's only permanent outdoor cinema, with comfy sofas, waiter service and a selection of blockbuster films showing all year round. A perfect way to wind down after a day exploring the island.


5. Sandcastles bigger than you have ever seen

It's not a beach holiday as a family if you haven't made a sandcastle, right? Well, prepare to be amazed as on Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas, you can spot some pretty amazing sand sculptures coming up out of the beach, which may make your humble castle-out-of-a-plastic-bucket look a little less impressive. Well worth stopping by to see, it's bound to have you digging away and upping your sandcastle efforts!


The second biggest Canary island in terms of population, Gran Canaria has a great deal to offer all travellers who are seeking a sun-filled break in a popular location that isn't too far from home. With beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and a whole host of activities and attractions on offer, a trip to Gran Canaria is a great choice for families.


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