The Canary Islands, where your children are sure to want to return
Dolphin watching in Tenerife. Photo courtesy of Tenerife Tourism
Siam Park Attraction in Tenerife. Photo courtesy of Tenerife Tourism
- Autonomous region: Canary Islands
When are we coming back? This will be your kids’ question when you leave the Canary Islands. They will be wanting to repeat the dolphin visit, ride the camels again, go on the huge slides once more, rediscover the forest of Garajonay and see a volcano up close again. Do you know what's best of all? You too will want to come back to enjoy the sun and long days on the beach that are possible all year round on the seven islands of the Canaries.
The Canary Islands are always a privileged destination, thanks to their 22ºC average year-round temperature, their beaches and incredible variety of natural landscapes. However, if you come to the Canaries with children, then the destination is particularly attractive. So much so that you will only have to mention a few of the activities they will be doing on the islands to convince them that they have an unforgettable holiday in store. Try these:
They will get to know some new, very friendly animals. They can ride a camel, for example, on a trip over beaches and volcanic landscapes. Our tip? A desert right next to the beach (Maspalomas, in Gran Canaria). Do they know that the donkey is an endangered species? They can find out on a farm at Las Américas Beach (Tenerife). What do crocodiles and giant lizards eat? Let them find out for themselves at places like Palmitos Park and Cocodrilo Park, both in Gran Canaria, or at the Giant Lizard Sanctuary in El Hierro.
They will visit the home of dolphins. From Tenerife and Gran Canaria there are excursions to their natural habitat that will take you closer than ever before to these cetaceans which always respond to the visit with jumps and acrobatics. Would they like to discover the marine ecosystem? On some islands, such as Lanzarote, there are underwater safaris in submarines.
Dancing with penguins. In Tenerife, when the sun is shining and it’s nice and warm, what better than a visit to see the penguins? You can do this at the Loro Parque Zoo, where alongside killer whales, orang-utans, jaguars, tigers and parrots you can see many penguins that will make them laugh with their funny dances.
They’ll feel like fish spending hours in the water at any of the Canaries’ numerous water parks. Special mention should be made of Siam Park, in Tenerife, one of the largest in Europe; also Aquapark in Lanzarote; Aqualand in Gran Canaria; and Oasis Park in Fuerteventura. On this island, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the wind, flying a kite with the children on the beach.
They will become explorers of the forest at Garajonay National Park in La Gomera, which has the UNESCO World Heritage designation; of the volcanoes and lava flows in Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote, or in Teide National Park, in Tenerife, which is also UNESCO designated World Heritage; and also of unique landscapes on the islands of El Hierro and La Palma, designated Biosphere Reserve areas.
They will be astronomers and scientists while they learn with a visit to the astronomical observatories at Roque de los Muchachos, in La Palma, or at El Teide, in Tenerife. To continue learning while having fun, we would recommend the Museum of Science and the Cosmos in Tenerife, and the Elder Science and Technology Museum in Gran Canaria. They will both stir up children’s curiosity because these museums are designed for them to participate.
They can be giants for a day at Pueblo Chico in Tenerife, a theme park that has all the Canary Islands in miniature, where you can walk between models of their main monuments and towns.
These are just a few of the activities for children that you will find in the Canary Islands. There are many more, such as go-karting, water sports, a trip into the Wild West at the Sioux City Park in Gran Canaria, a view of the clouds from above at mountaintop viewpoints, enjoying the beach… Check with the tourist offices on the island(s) you visit and make this an unforgettable family holiday. If you liked this article, get more information at: Whale Ahoy!!