By: Emily Benton
We know that keeping the kids entertained on holiday can be a full time job. However, with a plethora of family friendly activities on offer in The Canary Islands, in this island paradise it can be easier than you think.
This beautiful destination offers holidaymakers sun-soaked beaches, unique landscapes, and a relatively short flight from the UK, making it the perfect option for young families at any time of the year.
We've put together our top recommendations for family friendly activities on Spain's most unique and scenic islands...
1. Mount Teide, Tenerife
Not only the highest point in Tenerife, but also in the whole of Spain, Mount Teide is a fantastic day out. The most exciting way to reach the top of the volcano is by cable car where, once at the top, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the island and its surrounding neighbours.
2. Santa Barbara Castle, Lanzarote
The rich mediaeval history of the Canary Islands can be enthralling for all of the family. There are many forts that can be found on each of the islands, however one highlight is Castillo de Santa Barbara in Lanzarote. Inside this small fort is a museum documenting the history of pirates - perfect for the children!
3. Loro Parque, Tenerife
One of the most popular attractions in Tenerife, Loro Parque is famous for it's colourful array or parrots and marine life. The park is most famous for it's wide variety of endangered species, fantastic dolphin show and family of penguins who have made their home on one of the largest icebergs in the world that exists outside of the polar region!
4. Sotavento Beach, Fuerteventura
Looking for miles of white beaches to entertain the kids? 17 miles to be precise? Then look no further, the golden sands in Fuerteventura are perfect. You can spend the day around the many sun loungers and beach cafes, or set up camp at the more deserted sections of the beach, allowing you to enjoy some family time away from other holidaymakers.
5. Siam Park, Tenerife
Renowned as one of the best water parks in the world, a visit to Siam park certainly cannot be missed. Whether you choose to spend the day on the beach, braving the water slides, relaxing on the lazy river, or catching a ride in the wave pool, there's something for everyone... even plenty of bars and restaurants for the adults!
6. Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
There's no better place to explore the otherworldly landscape of the Canaries than in Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote. Here, the volcanic landscape is known for its 'Martian' similarities and is therefore unlike anything the kids will have seen before! They will also love the geothermal Geysers, from which water will sporadically erupt out of the ground!
7. Paragliding, Gran Canaria
Fancy a different point of view altogether? The kids will love seeing the unique formations of the islands from sea, parasailing above the crystal clear waters! The weather conditions in the Canary Islands are perfect for all sorts of water sports. However, the hot air makes for particularly favourable paragliding conditions!
So whichever island you choose to stay on, there really is an enormous variety of family friendly activities to do in the Canary Islands. Check out our villas and apartments in Tenerife, Lanzarote, Furteventura and Gran Canaria to book your next holiday and make some treasured family memories in the Spanish sun!
Note: (Actually the Canary Islands are closer to Africa than Spain - with sunshine 12 months of the year, unlike mainland Spain that can be very cold in winter and swelteringly hot in summer, the temperature in Tenerife is an average of 23 - 26 degrees throughout the year)