When are we going back? That’ll be the question the kids will ask you when they leave the Canary Islands. They’ll want to go back and visit the dolphins again, go camel riding again, throw themselves down the enormous slides again, rediscover the Garajonay forest and get another close-up look at a volcano.
Do you know what’s best of all? That you too will want to go back to enjoy the sun and the long days on the beach, which you can enjoy all year round on the seven Canary Islands. The Canary Islands are always a privileged destination, thanks to their annual average temperature of 22 degrees centigrade, their beaches and their amazing variety of natural scenery. But the Canary Islands are especially appealing if you’re travelling with kids. So much so that all you’ll have to do is tell your kids some of the activities they’ll be doing on the islands to convince them that the holidays will be unforgettable. Try with some of these:
DISCOVER FRIENDLY NEW ANIMALS
Camels, for example, which you can ride around beaches and volcanic areas. One tip. A beachfront desert (Maspalomas, Gran Canaria). What do caimans or giant lizards eat? Get them to show you themselves at parks like Palmitos Park or Cocodrilo Park, both in Gran Canaria, or at the Giant Lizard Recovery Centre in El Hierro.
THEY’LL VISIT THE WHALES AND DOLPHINS
Because there are trips organised from Tenerife and Gran Canaria to their habitats. These will take you closer than ever to the dolphins, who will surely greet you with pirouettes and acrobatics. Want to discover the marine ecosystem? On some islands, including Lanzarote, there are even safari trips organised to the seabed. Image courtesy of: Turismo de La Palma
THEY’LL BE AMAZED BY A VERY SPECIAL ZOO
When the sun shines and the weather’s warm in Tenerife, it’s a perfect day to visit the penguins. They can do this at the Loro Parque zoo, where crowds of penguins live alongside killer whales, orangutans, jaguars, tigers or parrots, and will make you laugh with the way they dance.
THEY’LL FEEL LIKE FISH…
Spending hours in the water at any of the Canary Islands’ numerous water parks. These include Siam Park in Tenerife, one of the largest in Europe, Aquapark in Lanzarote, Aqualand in Gran Canaria, or Oasis Park in Fuerteventura. In this last island, don’t forget to take advantage of the wind to fly a kite with your kids on the beach. Image courtesy of: Imagen cedida por Siam Park
THEY’LL BECOME EXPLORERS…
Of a forest, at Garajonay National Park, in La Gomera, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site,;of the volcanoes and lava fields at Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote; or at El Teide National Park in Tenerife, also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; or of unique landscapes in the islands of El Hierro and La Palma, declared Biosphere Reserves.
THEY’LL BE ASTRONOMERS AND SCIENTISTS…
While they learn by visiting the astronomical observatories of Roque de los Muchachos in La Palma, or El Teide in Tenerife. To give them the opportunity to learn while having fun, we recommend the Tenerife Museum of Sciences and the Cosmos and the Elder Museum of Science and Technology in Gran Canaria. Both suggestions will arouse the kids’ curiosity, as they’re museums which encourage direct participation.
These are just some of the activities for children that you’ll find in the Canary Islands, but there are many more, such as karting, water sports, venturing into the Wild West at Sioux City Park in Gran Canaria, climbing to the viewpoints on the summits to watch the clouds from above, enjoying the beach, etc. Check with the tourist offices on the island you’re visiting and make your holidays an unforgettable family trip.
First published in Spain Info