A guide to a family holiday in Gran Canaria

A guide to a family holiday in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria, one of Spain’s most popular Islands, offers an awesome selection of experiences suitable for families with children. From heaven-like beaches and mountainous terrains to a vibrant culture, the island has something to offer for everyone’s taste. If you are planning a family holiday in Gran Canaria, this article will guide you through the key things you need to know during your visit!

Accommodation options

Parents will know just how important it is to choose the right place to stay, when travelling with children. Gran Canaria is highly accommodating in this area, as it provides a large selection of options, raging from luxury resorts to budget-friendly hotels. Family-friendly campsites are also available for the more adventurous souls. 

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However, holiday rentals in Gran Canaria have surged in popularity, as they offer the comfort and privacy of a home, while also giving a luxury feeling to your holiday. Platforms like VillaGranCanaria allow you to easily book a huge variety of family-friendly accommodation options, including villas, bungalows, rural houses, and apartments. 

Sampling the local cuisine

No holiday is complete without delving into the local food, and Gran Canaria offers a diverse culinary scene. The island’s gastronomy takes influence from a blend of Spanish, African, and Latin American cultures, however, continental meals are also available for the picky eaters. 

A must-try dish is ‘papas arrugadas,’ which features small, salty, boiled potatoes served with various sauces. This yummy dish perfectly represents the island’s simply yet flavourful cuisine!

Best time to visit

When planning your trip, timing is crucial. Generally, the best time to visit Gran Canaria is between the months of April and October. During this period, the weather fluctuates between 20 and 26 degrees, with the hottest months generally being July and August. So, if you are looking to avoid the peak tourist season, try to plan your holiday in Spring or Autumn. 

Winters are also quite warm in Gran Canaria, with an average of 20 degrees throughout the coldest months of the year. This makes the island a great winter holiday destination, too. 

Family-friendly activities

A diverse range of activities awaits families in Gran Canaria. From water sports at the beach like snorkelling and windsurfing to hiking in the Tamadaba Natural Park, the island accommodates different types of adventure-seekers. 

For families with younger children, the island is also home to a range of amusement parks and zoos, including the Palmitos Park and Aqualand Maspalomas. You may also visit one of the many museums on the island to learn more about Gran Canaria’s culture and history. The Cueva Pintada Museum, for example, explores the history of the island’s indigenous people, the Guanches. 

Shopping and souvenirs

If shopping is an activity you enjoy during holidays or, perhaps, you want to take a piece of Gran Canaria home with you, there are plenty of options for you. The Yumbo Centrum in Playa del Ingles is a huge shopping centre breaming with shops, activities, and restaurants. 

However, if you are looking for fresh local produce or artisan crafts, visiting one of the local street markets is a must. You can buy some unique souvenirs here or try authentic food and drink.  

Final word

If you are in search of a family-friendly holiday destination, look no further than Gran Canaria! This beautiful island offers the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure for grown-ups and little ones alike.

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Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!

Mini Travellers is for parents looking for holiday ideas, destination reviews, days out and things to do with the kids. We also have family travel tips, activity ideas and all other things family holiday related. Take a look at some of our latest reviews for holidays and day trips in the UK.

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