What do you need to know about travelling to Gran Canaria with kids? Probably that its part of the beautiful collection of Canary Islands which benefit from having a practically perfect climate all year round and no time difference from the UK. Did I also mention that its easy to explore and super family friendly making it a great place to visit with little ones.
We spent a week in Gran Canaria during July this summer and stayed in Maspalomas in the South of the island which benefits from one of the best weather fronts on the island. A week with two littles ones was plenty of time to explore and enjoy everything Gran Canaria has to offer families.
Maspalomas is a lovely part of the island and the Lopesan Baobab hotel that we stayed at was beautiful. Whilst it was a little on the larger side of what we are used to, the architecture, aesthetics and space was incredible. I shared some of our holiday videos on my Instagram Stories (which you can still watch in my highlights) whilst we were there and I have never had so many messages asking where we were staying. If you are ever in Gran Canaria it really is a hotel worth considering if you don’t mind the hustle and bustle that comes with staying in a larger hotel.
Our holidays always seem to follow the same blueprint; hire a car, get out and explore. It’s the best way to see any destination and gives you the independence to do things at your own pace and in your own time. If we didn’t I don’t think we would have discovered some of the places that we did, and the same is true for many other countries we have visited over the years.
A few of the places we visited off the beaten track that made our holiday included Puerto de Mogan, a beautiful marina tucked away behind one of the most picturesque and instagram worthy fishing villages I have ever seen. A hidden gem with its beautiful sandy beach, parade of pretty shops and harbour where you can catch a cruise to watch dolphins or island hop.
We loved discovering Puerto de las Nieves, a beautiful whitewashed town with a hidden beach frequented by locals. It’s surprisingly windy and the beach is stony but its beautiful and very authentically spanish. It was one of the highlights of our trip and I’d definitely recommend a visit.
Then there are the more well known touristy places like Palmitos, a lovely little animal park nestled in the hills and of course no holiday would be complete without a visit to a water park. Aqualand is really well sized with plenty on offer for all the family.
Gran Canaria has so many similarities with Tenerife which we visited last summer and you can read about here, so if you are looking for somewhere that isn’t too far from the UK, has the perfect weather, is family friendly and has enough to keep everyone entertained then it’s well worth a visit.