Family Travel Series: Gran Canaria

Chris & Ella in the pool

What do you need to know about travelling to Gran Canaria with kids? Probably that it’s part of the beautiful collection of Canary Islands. That it benefits 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 and stayed in Maspalomas. Maspalomas is in the South of the island and benefits from one of the best weather fronts on the island. A week with two little ones was plenty of time to explore and enjoy everything Gran Canaria has to offer.

Ella poolside


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 were incredible. 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.

Puerto de mogan town hall

Puerto de morgan bike photo

Puerto de morgan house & flowers

Puerto de morgan chris & kids strolling through town

Louis & Ella on stairs

Exploring Gran Canaria

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 fishing villages I have ever seen. A hidden gem with its beautiful sandy beach, a parade of pretty shops and harbour where you can catch a boat. Top tip; book a dolphin cruise or island-hop from Puerto de Mogan.

We also 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 it’s beautiful and very authentically Spanish. It was one of the highlights of our trip and I’d definitely recommend a visit. Top tip; visit the ice cream parlour opposite the park for the softest gelato!

Then there are the more well-known tourist places like Palmitos, a lovely little animal park nestled in the hills. Then there’s Aqualand because no holiday would be complete without a visit to a water park.


Gran Canaria has so many similarities with Tenerife which we visited and you can read about here. If you are looking for somewhere that isn’t too far from the UK, has the perfect weather and is family-friendly Gran Canaria is well worth a visit.


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