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Family holidays in the Canary Islands
Holidays in Tenerife - The Paradise Island
Fuerteventura Holidays - for an amazing Canary Holiday
How to Escape Bad Weather
Lanzarote Holidays - the Volcanic Canary Island
Scuba diving in the Canary Islands guide
The Most Popular Canary Islands

Family holidays in the Canary Islands   by David

The Spanish Canary islands off the coast of North Africa are a fantastic location and family holidays in the Canary Islands are especially popular. The Spanish love children and Gran Canaria and Tenerife in particular are heavily geared towards family tourism. If you want a full family day out there are theme parks, animal parks and nature reserves aplenty in North and South Tenerife and in Southern Gran Canaria.
Sometimes its difficult to combine an interesting sightseeing trip for the adults along with something for the kids to do! However in the Canaries there are plenty of activities and attractions to entertain both young and old. 

Even the hotels and Tenerife restaurants are mostly "child friendly" and lay on suitable entertainment for kids even in the early evenings and the Spanish love of festivities and parades can be a good (and free) source of entertainment for the family if you time your holiday well, there are tons of fiestas during the summer months and many carnivals during the winter in January and February.

Safaris There are plenty of stables offering rides for children in holiday resorts but in Gran Canaria they do things differently, how about a camel safari? 

North Coast and Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
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There are two main centres on Gran Canaria near Fataga and another in Tenerife at El Tanque.

Waterparks The waterparks in Gran Canaria might not be up to Mr Disney's standards, but never the less can provide almost as much fun for adults and kids and are much closer than Florida!  Maspalomas on Gran Canaria has Aqualand and the smaller Oceanpark and there is another Aqualand on Teneri near Playas de las Americas.

Watersports If your kids are old enough to take part in watersports activities there are many centres offering tuition in everything from snorkeling and scuba diving to rides on the "water bananas" ( inflatables pulled behind a speedboat). For younger kids the old family favourite of pedalos are also freely available for hire.

Wildlife There are several bird and wildlife parks along with nature reserves on the islands, the biggest and best of which has to be the Loro Parque at Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife. Second in popularity is the bird and butterfly park on Gran Canaria called Palmitos Parque. Young boys in particular will also love Reptilandia at Galdar which specialises in insects and creepy crawlies!

Theme parks Holiday world is perhaps the nearest thing the Canaries have to the theme parks of Florida, based just outside Maspolamas on Gran Canaria this is the first and biggest of the Canary islands theme parks and has conventional thrill rides for older kids along with more sedate attractions for toddlers.

Mount Teide A fantastic day out for all the family is riding to the summit of Teide in a cable car, the car ascends from 2356m to 3555m in just 8 minutes and the weather at the top of the dormant volcano of Mount Teide can be very different from the traditional Canaries weather along the coast, snow frequently falls here in winter. Be aware that you will need prior permission to visit the actual crater of the volcano itself which is a short (163m) walk from the El Teleferico cable car station.

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Lanzarote Holidays - the Volcanic Canary Island

Lanzarote Featured Hotels

Situated in the eastern corner of Canary Island, Lanzarote is an exciting Spanish island with lot to offer for a good holiday. The southern part of Lanzarote is dominated with magnificent volcanoes, formed by 18th century old eruptions. The island has beaches, volcanoes, water activities, amazing resorts, sparkling nightlife, delicious cuisines and many other recreation facilities to make your holiday in Lanzarote a happening one.

Following are some of the famous tourist attractions to be visited when holidaying in Lanzarote:


Holiday in Lanzarote is incomplete without a visit to the volcanic zone or the volcanoes, also known as Fire Mountain. In year 1968 the Parque National de Timanfaya was declared as a national park, which is today a major tourist attraction for all the foreign tourists and visitors. The area also has amazing camel ride which takes tourists and visitors to the hill. Due to heavy crowd of visitors and tourists on a holiday in Lanzarote, the place also has delicacy of delicious and grilled food served at renowned El Diablo restaurant at the peak of the hill.
The Cactus Garden

Designed and planned by Cesar Manrique, El Jardin del cactus garden brings an elegant collection of around 1000 different cactus species. The variety of cacti selection was chosen by Estanislo Gonzales Ferrer, Botanist.

Fundación César Manrique

This foundation of renowned artist Cesar Manrique is usually visited by a large number of tourists every day. The foundation is more of a showcase of this eminent artist, his life and perception. When holidaying in Lanzarote it is important to acknowledge the artist's and his work, to understand and complement the appeal of this canary island.

Playa De Papagayo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, Atlantic
Playa De Papagayo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
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Jameos Del Agua

James Del Agua was once an underground lava bubble which was converted into today's theater and auditorium. This tourist attraction is a hit among many tourist and visitors holidaying in Lanzarote. 100 m long and 30m in width, this volcanic bubble is roofless and has swimming pool, garden along with a bar and dance floor made out of the rocks of volcano.

Aquapark, Costa Teguise

Holiday in Lanzarote can be fun with family too. This huge aqua park of Lanzarote brings all the family fun as its offer water rides, flumes, pools and lots of water. Tourist and visitors holidaying in Lanzarote often end up at this water park, to rest and enjoy between their excursions to island's amazing beauty.

Wine museum El Grifo

With over 40,000 tourist and visitors paying a visit to it every year, El Grifo is the major and highly admired wine museum. The wine producing region of this island is worth paying a visit when holidaying in Lanzarote. The museum also has a monument of Grifo, a work of art by famous Cesar Manrique.

Best time to visit of holiday in Lanzarote

The best season to visit Lanzarote would be the months of September and October.

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Fuerteventura Holidays - for an amazing Canary Holiday  by Luki Johnson

Fuerteventura Featured Hotels

Fuerteventura is second major Canary Island and offers remarkable Spanish experiences, if considering it as your holiday destination. The island has really long beaches and is known for its cuisine, natural environment and lots of striking tourist attractions.
Following are some of the things to do when holidaying in Fuerteventura:

Spanish Finca

This countryside is not a big attraction but can be visited when holidaying in Fuerteventura for the delicacies like sauces, jams and cheese, local Craft ware and Aloe Vera. From amazing flowers, abundant plants to marvelous scenery, this attraction is worth paying a visit.


Capital of Fuerteventura, this part of the island is really small, but has remarkable archeological and history rich structures and museums, for those interesting holiday in Fuerteventura.

Oasis Park

Windmill at Tefia, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
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This tourist attraction is spread across the area of 50000 square metre and also supports a botanical garden, as well as a zoo. Tourist and visitors can also enjoy their holiday in Fuerteventura, with the amazing camel safari and stunning views from up hills.

El Museo de La Alcogida

El Museo de La Alcogida is an open-air museum presenting the essence of rural and rustic village culture and life. The show puts forward humble and self effacing farmers, craftsmen and houses of old times, worth making it a superb tourist attraction. The museum can also be visited for experiencing the low-ceilinged and shady café-bar, when on a holiday in Fuerteventura.

Casa Santa María inside Museo Artesanía

This picture perfect restaurant surrounded with parasols, laurel trees, bougainvillea, and cactus garden and citrus trees. This restaurant is a tourist attraction in itself as it helps tourist and visitors unwind, when on holidaying in Fuerteventura. Some of the delicacy you can relish in this place include home made cakes and wines, Lanzarote smoke salmon and sizzling pork fillet. Best way to enjoy a great holiday in Fuerteventura is to have its local cuisine.

Islote de Lobos Nature Reserve

This tourist attraction is a natural reserve and is quite admired by tourist and visitors holidaying in Fuerteventura. Many people simply visit this reserve for tranquility, abundance of natural beauty, peace of mind and lots of recreation. The easy way to reach this attraction is via a boat ride from the land of Corralejo. Islote de Lobos does not just offers freshness and calmness, but also has breathtaking views to capture.

La Lajita Zoo

Located at the eastern coastal rural community of La Lajita, this zoo is perfect way to enjoy family time when holidaying in Fuerteventura. From small animals, camel safaris, horse rides, a parrot show, palm trees to a beautiful bar, this tourist attraction offers a lot.

Best time to visit of holiday in Fuerteventura

It is believed that the best time for a holiday in Fuerteventura is between November and February, because of less heat and not much of rain.

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Apartamentos Costa Tropical Fuerteventura
Situated only one kilometer from the beach of Playa del Castillo on the spectacular island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.  At Apartamentos Costa Tropical you will enjoy the beautiful, unique scenery of Fuerteventura, and the relaxed atmosphere that has made the Canary Islands so popular. You can soak up the sun by the apartments swimming pool, and when the heat gets too much, unwind with a cool drink at the pool side bar.  Rooms: 143
Elba Palace Golf Fuerteventura
The Elba Palace Golf provides relaxation, tranquillity and exceptional civilised living in the midst of a stunning golf course on the beautiful island of Fuerteventura.  The island itself has many attractions: pristine beaches, rugged peaks, deserted sand dunes, quaint fishing villages, grand colonial mansions and a sward of green: the Juan Caterineau-designed par-70 golf course. Right in the middle is the Elba Palace Golf, a stately mansion built round tree-lined courtyards.  Enjoy drinks and snacks round the free-form swimming pool, or designer haute cuisine and noble wines in the restaurant, one of the best on the island. Lavishly appointed bedrooms have huge bathrooms and balconies overlooking the golf course or the sea. 
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Ac Gran Canaria
227 room hotel. The numerous and spacious rooms of this emblematic 26 floor building, with the best views of the city, make it the ideal venue for any type of event, convention or business meeting. Located very near to the city beach and Santa Catalina park. The Le Volant Restaurant is on the 23rd and 24th floors of the hotel and offers a creative cuisine, based on local products and exquisitely presented dishes.  The daily business buffet meals range from light and moderately priced business lunches and a buffet breakfast to a la carte menus.
Gran Meliá Salinas & The Garden Villas, Las Palmas
From the moment you arrive at the Gran Meliá Salinas hotel, an icon of the Cultural Heritage of Lanzarote, you know you are in a special place. The murals and paintings in reception, works of art by the famous Cesar Manrique, open your way to a new world: spacious, exuberant, full of light, full of luxury. The hotel is located in the region of Costa Teguise, ideal as a base for visiting all of the nearby tourist attractions.  289 rooms, including 253 double rooms, 24 Junior Suites and 2 Master Suites with Royal Service: VIP check-in with refreshening towels and welcome drink, pastries and coffee/tee from 10am to 6pm, pillow and linen menu, private pool, Internet Corner, late check-out, and much more.
Gran Hotel Elba Vecindario Aeropuerto Las Palmas
Located in the town of Santa Lucía, next to the Atlántico Shopping and Leisure Centre, close to the airport and only 10 minutes from Las Palmas and the beaches on the south side of the island.  A hotel with all the services and facilities needed to turn a day's work into a day to enjoy.  Modern rooms equipped with all the little details that make a hotel stay an enjoyable experience. And a veritable operational base for your business activities: Business Center, nine function rooms that can seat up to 670 people, ideal for all kinds of event from a business lunch in a private dining-room to large-scale meetings, conventions or conferences.  Take time to relax and keep fit in our pool, fitness room or sauna, enjoy a quiet drink or sample our delicious Canary Island and international cuisine.
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Melia Tamarindos, San Agustin
The Meliá Tamarindos All Inclusive resort is situated directly alongside the beach of San Agustín, offering a spectacular view over the Atlantic. Its architecture full of light, freshness and colour provides it with a unique warm atmosphere. Surrounded by subtropical gardens that lead on to the beach. The hotel gives you a warm welcome to an authentic world of Canary luxury. Only 500 metres from the shopping and entertainment in San Agustin. 29 km. from Puerto de Mogán, 30 km. from the airport, and 60km. from the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. 5 golf courses within a distance of 35 km. 
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Parador de El Hierro
The Parador is located next to the sea, opposite the Roque de Bonanza, in a heavenly setting where the sea and the volcanic mountains meet. Its elegant, colonial interior preceded by a fascinating garden with swimming pool, is cheerful and friendly. The bedrooms are very comfortable and some of them look out over the ocean, offering magnificent views which define its impressive immenseness, from which you can enjoy the tempting murmur of the waves. In this ideal setting, the guest is comforted by the cheerful, suggestive dishes of the Parador's restaurant. The 'caldo de queso herreño' (poultry and cheese soup), 'alfonsiños con burgados' [fish with bigaros (periwinkles)], 'quenafas de viejas' (fish rissoles) with limpet and sea urchin sauce and the fig biscuit stand out.


Be Live Timanfaya Golf Lanzarote
The Timanfaya Golf is one of the most attractive tourist destinations on Lanzarote, thanks to itas first class accommodations, the quality of itas services, the beaches and the green spaces. At an exclusive area of Costa Teguise, the Timanfaya Golf hotel is set within beautiful surroundings, close to Playa Bastian beach just 600m away. With a variety of shops, bars and restaurants close by, the Timanfaya Golf is a firm favorite with British families.  The Timanfaya Golf has a swimming pool, with a childrenas section, sun terraces and loungers, poolside bar, snack bar, lounge bar, restaurant, gym, sauna, massage, Jacuzzi, squash court, archery, water polo, table tennis, volleyball, 2 tennis courts, laundry service. 
Apartamentos Hotetur Aquarius Lanzarote
The Aquarius Apartments are right in the centre of Puerto del Carmen, where one can enjoy all the activities available in the area. Staying in one of the 167 apartments is the perfect way to achieve the independence and comfort you want on holiday, with fantastic views of the sea. Sunbathe by our pool and sip a refreshing drink at our bar Buganvilla; it is the best way to enjoy a sunny day. Do not forget to taste the specialities of our buffet bar El Mirador, a 'must' during your stay. And after sundown visit our Lounge Bar Chalada, where you will be surprised with a show for children and adults.
Barcelo La Galea Lanzarote
The Barceló La Galea has been recently renovated, respecting the traditional architectural style of the region. It offers modern facilities and a wide selection of exquisite cuisine at its fine restaurants. Located on Costa Teguise, in Lanzarote ,one of the most popular tourist hubs of the Canary Islands.  Located right on the Beach Las Cucharas just 150 meters, this hotel is ideal for families looking rest and entertainment as well as for diving enthusiasts.
Gran Melia Volcan Lanzarote
The Gran Meliá Volcán Lanzarote Hotel is located right next to the sea and the Rubicón Marina, just 1 km from Playa Blanca Beach, a picturesque fishing village, in the south of the island. With a design reminiscent of traditional island villages, with romantic patios and traditional squares, it is only 5 km from the famous Papagayo Beaches, 10 km from the stunning Timanfaya National Park and 20 minutes from Arrecife International Airport.  The Gran Meliá Volcán Lanzarote has received the "Q" for quality certification for compliance with the rigorous standards of the Spanish Tourism Quality System.  206 spacious and exquisitely decorated rooms within 20 traditional-style annexes up to a maximum of 4 floors with magnificent panoramic views
Occidental Allegro Oasis Lanzarote
Located on the north east of the island, this whitewashed, all-inclusive hotel is situated 12 kilometres from the airport and set in lush green gardens that lead down to a beautiful sandy beach.  Guests can relax beside one of two swimming pools with a drink from the poolside bar, children benefit from their own pool, park and mini club, and there is a television room with sports channels.  The 372 air-conditioned guestrooms feature modern decor with patterned fabrics and extend to balconies overlooking the sea; all include cable television, telephones, hair dryers and safes. 
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Aparthotel Tamaimo Tropical, Puerto Santiago Tenerife
The Tamaimo Tropical Apartments are situated 1km away from a scenic black sandy beach and midway between Puerto Santiago and Los Gigantes.  There are a selection of restaurants, bars and shops in the adjacent commercial centre and there is a supermarket is close by. The Tamaimo Tropical is ideal for couples and families looking for a large, comfortable complex in a peaceful location with good facilities. Each apartment at the Tamaimo Tropical has satellite TV, kitchenette, bathroom, telephone, terrace or balcony, safe for hire. The Tamaimo Tropical has 2 freeform swimming pools, children's pool, sun terraces with loungers, poolside bar, 1 heated pool, TV room, jacuzzi, playground, creche, babysitting on request, 2 tennis courts, pool table, table tennis, mini golf, restaurant.
Hotel Rural La Quinta Roja, Garachico, Tenerife
The great house of the Marquesses of "La Quinta Roja", nowadays the hotel of the same name, is one of the finest examples of the architecture of the island´s Baroque period.  The hotel offers 20 splendid rooms, bar-cafeteria (24h), restaurant, canarian tasca, meeting room, aljimez-mirador, mountain bikes and a little spa (sauna, jacuzzi and solarium).  The staff is specialized in the natural parks of this part of the island, and offer guided routes of trekking & mountain bikes like Masca, Tano Alto-Bajo, Bolico.  The new golf course Buenavista Golf, is just 10 minutes away from La Quinta Roja, and was designed by Severiano Ballesteros. Guests will have special prices (reduced green fees) and free transfer to the golf course.
Sol Puerto De La Cruz Tenerife
The Hotel Sol Puerto de la Cruz is located in the residential area of La Paz of Puerto de la Cruz, with fantastic views towards the sea or towards Mount Teide. The hotel has been recently refurbished and is surrounded by a splendid subtropical garden with a large variety of regional plants. It is situated 10 minutes from the city centre and from the Martiánez swimming pool and artificial lake complex, creation of the lanzaroteño artist César Manrique. The capital Santa Cruz is 35 km away and the airports Reina Sofía (south) and Los Rodeos (north) are 96 km and 25 km away respectively.  252 Double rooms, 37 Singles and 11 Junior Suites with whirlpool.
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Exterior Views Parador de La Palma, Brena Baja, La Palma, Tenerife
The new Parador de la Isla de La Palma is located in an area of great natural wealth, near the capital of the island and the airport, known 'El Zumacal', within the municipal boundaries of Breña Baja.  The Parador is built in modern and typical Canary style and features gardens well-stocked with indigenous plants. Find the pleasure of a good watercress or chickpeas broth, made with varied meats. We also recommend you fresh, grilled or parboiled fishes, accompanied by a good 'mojo' (typical Canary sauce). Enjoy these dishes with La Palma wine, and the meal will be rounded up.
Exterior Views Parador de Cañadas del Teide, Orotava - Tenerife
The island of the 'eternal spring', thanks to its unequalled climate, offers enormous contrasts and a wide variety of landscapes in its different areas. The Parador, located in the natural Cañadas del Teide crater, more than 2,000 metres above sea level, invites the guest to contemplate impressive panoramic views of the Teide cone, the Chaorra crater and the White Mountain.  Since it is the only building within the El Teide National Park, its interior recreates the ambience of a mountain lodge both in the common rooms and bedrooms, and has terraces with impressive panoramic views of the Teide. The Canary Islands stew, rabbit in 'salmorejo' (a gazpacho-like sauce) 'papas arrugadas y mojos' (potatoes in their skins served with typical dipping sauces) and the 'viejas sancochadas' stand out. 
Room Parador de La Gomera, La Gomera
This Parador, with typical island architecture, invites the guest to enjoy its paradisiacal setting and to contemplate unsurpassable views of the ocean, with the island of Tenerife and the Teide in the background. The welcoming bedrooms, the swimming pool and the garden, exuberant and filled with subtropical species, are some of the attractions which complete the interior. The gastronomic display is represented by 'cazuela de pescados gomeros' (Gomera fish in a clay pot), 'lomos de conejo rellenos' (stuffed rabbit loin) and 'potaje de berros' (watercress stew).