Yr-round sunshine, a family-friendly welcome and an opportunity of camels? With so many issues to do in Gran Canaria with children, the Canary Islands are at all times one in all my favorite household journey locations – my daughter’s very first journey was to Lanzarote, which I’ve visited repeatedly together with Tenerife.
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Neglect the old style fame of high-rise accommodations and towels on the loungers at daybreak – there are at all times way more issues to do within the Canary Islands than sunbathe (although loads of that too). Staying close to Maspalomas, we explored as far west as Puerto Mogan, past Puerto Rico, north to Arucas and heaqded into the mountains.
So if you happen to’re questioning what to do in Gran Canaria, listed here are my prime 19 strategies, together with concepts if you happen to’re visiting Gran Canaria with a toddler.
With 60km of shoreline, there are way more seashores to find than you can strive in a single vacation (though it’s a enjoyable problem to tackle).
From the golden sand dunes of Maspalomas to the black sand of Arguineguin, surfer and windsurfer favorite Pozo Izquierdo and Las Canteras metropolis seashore, recognized for its sandcastle sculptors, spots like San Agustin, which has been referred to as Playa del Ingles in miniature and quieter coves akin to Pasito Bea…
Principally, you’ll be spoiled for selection, so don’t neglect to pack a bucket and spade.
It’s price understanding that nudist sunbathing for adults is frequent however normally restricted to sure areas, significantly one stretch close to Maspalomas – one other stretch right here is aimed toward households.
Dolphin/whale-watching boat journeys
Round a 3rd of the world’s whales and dolphins could be seen swimming off the coast right here and a number of other firms run journeys to identify them, like this whale-watching boat tour. Lasting two to a few hours, this is without doubt one of the actions in Gran Canaria that’s greatest for older youngsters although.
In case you’d like a ship journey various, water taxis/ferries run alongside the south coast, from fairly Puerto Mogan to Arguineguín, together with half-hours hops like our journey. Below fives journey free.
Take a look at our expertise and extra concepts of issues to do in Puerto Mogan.
Take a submarine tour
In addition to boat excursions above the waves, you may head down beneath the ocean on a submarine tour from Puerto Moganappropriate for teenagers aged 2+.
In addition to the prospect to see fish and marine vegetation, you can even spot shipwrecks from the home windows of the Golden Shark submarine.
Heading right down to 25 metres, it’s a novel likelihood to find life beneath the Atlantic Ocean, spending round 40 minutes beneath water.
Poema del Mar aquarium
In case you’d like to find among the world’s undersea wonders with out getting moist, then the Poem of the Sea aquarium, set on the waterfront within the capital Las Palmas is ideal.
Divided into a number of completely different zones – together with deep ocean, reef and jungle – you may uncover 35 separate ecosystems, together with native Canary Islands species.
However there’s additionally the prospect to get a style of the Amazon jungle and dive right down to the darkish waters of the deepest ocean throughout your go to.
Purchase skip-the-line tickets with free cancellation right here
Aqualand water park
There are a number of water parks in Gran Canaria however Aqualand in Maspalomas is a superb choice because it has completely different areas for various ages.
There are a number of separate areas aimed toward children, together with one for the youngest, sealions to identify and large waterslides for extra adventurous youngsters.
Take a look at my overview of our day at Aqualand
House to the most important butterfly venue in Europe, Palmitos Park can also be well-known for its birds in addition to animals from orang-utans to komodo dragons,
The Palmitos Park web site additionally has a dolphinarium, with three swimming pools of round 3,000m squared containing over 4 million litres of water – and 5 dolphins.
Learn extra about our go to to Palmitos Park with a toddler
Within the protected dunes of Maspalomas, you may solely journey by foot or by cameland 65 dromedaries give rides and excursions throughout the sand.
Kids beneath three can share camels with their mother and father (though I’m undecided I’d advocate a camel journey with toddlers), whereas the journeys final round half an hour. Guide tickets with free cancellation right here
Longer choices, akin to this camel journey by the Oasis of the 1000 Palms and separate donkey treks are additionally an choice on the island.
Simply one of the vital uncommon issues to do in Maspalomas, click on right here to see what I assumed.
Indignant Birds Exercise Park
This enormous playground in Puerto Rico has the whole lot from climbing frames to zip wires, go karts and scooters – greater than 20 sights in all.
There’s a lot for various ages (or adrenaline thrills) so you can bounce on trampolines or fly on the large swing, play mini golf or observe parkour, plus there’s even an LED wall to assist hone your soccer expertise.
Greatest for pre-teens. Keep in mind that whereas there’s a lot to entertain pre-schoolers, it may well get extremely popular in the course of the day.
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The Cocodrilo Park is residence to rescued wild animals, together with round 300 crocodiles making it the largest assortment in Europe.
However you can even spot the whole lot from monkeys to meerkats, plus turtles, lizards, llamas, birds and extra, with 500 completely different animals on the zoo.
Entrance charges going to help the inhabitants, which additionally at the moment features a household of Bengal tigers.
Purchase tickets together with a switch with free cancellation right here.
Sioux Metropolis Park
A recreation of the Wild West close to Maspalomas, Sioux Metropolis is a barely surprising slice of America within the Canary Islands.
Created within the 70s as a filming location for westerns, this typical Previous West city features a ranch, financial institution and saloon, so you may work together with the sheriff and townspeople – plus various outlaws.
You may even saddle up within the land of horses, or simply be careful for the gunfights because the sheriff takes on financial institution robbers.
It’s not your conventional theme park, however nonetheless a enjoyable day for teenagers – anticipate gunfights, sheriffs and barbecue.
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Metropolis sightseeing bus tour of Las Palmas
The standard metropolis hop-on, hop-off bus tour takes you round Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the islands’ largest metropolis. It’s an open prime double decker bus, with a single route lasting round 90 minutes.
In case you’re staying in or close to town, it’s a great way to get your bearings, in addition to taking you between among the predominant sights together with Vegueta, the capital’s outdated city and Parque Santa Catalina the place you’ll discover the Elder Science Museum.
Botanic Gardens, Las Palmas
Quiet and peaceable, with loads of shade, I like a wander round botanic gardens once I’m travelling with a toddler.
This one is residence to round 500 completely different plans from the islands in addition to the Azores, Madeira and Cape Verde.
It’s round a 20-minute drive from Las Palmas and Arucas, or round 20 minutes from the airport really easy to mix with one other cease on a day trip in Gran Canaria with children.
Mini Prepare, Playa del Ingles
One other important for household journey in Spain with youthful children, I adored pootling round on these mini trains on household holidays once I was little myself.
The quick journey round Playa del Ingles received’t take lengthy – round 45 minutes – so it’s in all probability greatest for pre-schoolers, however a enjoyable various to strolling within the solar. Choose it up on the Avenida de Italia.
Vacation World Amusement Park
Vacation World Maspalomas, near Gran Canaria’s greatest vacationer resorts, is an amusement park with ferris wheel, bumper vehicles and a rollercoaster in addition to bowling, pony driving and Formulation 1 simulator.
You should buy tickets with fast-track admission right here – the earlier system which allowed you to purchase factors for the varied sights will not be now accessible.
Tejeda Nationwide Park
Within the mountainous centre of the island, tejeda is 1km above sea stage, with its highest peak nearly one other 1,000m greater.
Greatest for older youngsters as you’ll must drive to get there, however the surroundings is gorgeous and also you’ll cross mountain villages to discover – and probably some very hardcore cyclists on the best way up.
A reconstructed village exhibiting how the unique Canarian islanders, the Guanche, would have lived, with figures dotted round to explain scenes of on a regular basis life – some somewhat gory, together with a convict being executed. There’s additionally a small archaeological museum.
On the street to Fataga, Aboriginal World additionally overlooks the Barranco de Fataga gorge if you need concepts of issues to see in Gran Canaria as you drive round.
Guayadeque Nationwide Park
One of many strongholds of the island’s unique inhabitants, Guayadeque is one other fascinating a part of the island to find some historical past and improbable surroundings.
Often called the village of the caves, the pure caverns have been transformed into homes, in addition to a church and in a single case a restaurant, Restaurante Tagoror, the place tables and chairs are carved from oak bushes.
The customer centre offers some extra data on the realm, in addition to recommendations on the place to stroll if you wish to uncover extra of the island’s mountain surroundings.
Get a style of life and lunch with our day trip within the mountains
Elder Museum of Science and Know-how
The Elder Museum of Science and Know-how is a superb choice if you end up in search of issues to do in Gran Canaria within the rain – or have children who love science.
Set in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, within the north, the interactive shows function the whole lot from a nineteenth century practice to a fighter jet, and youngsters are inspired to the touch all of the reveals – actually you’ll spot notices warning everybody that it’s forbidden to not contact!
In addition to a planetarium, the completely different collections are themed round all of the sciences, together with physics, geology, biology, know-how, maths and medication.
Colon Home, Las Palmas
Columbus Home in Las Palmas was residence to one of many first governors of Gran Canaria, and Christopher Columbus stayed right here on his strategy to the New World – therefore its title.
With exhibitions on the explorer’s visits to the islands, it’s nice for teenagers who love (or are finding out) this era of historical past.
It’s a straightforward one to suit right into a day trip in Las Palmas, together with the Elder Museum and the open-top bus tour.
For extra inspiration on issues to do in Gran Canaria with children, take a look at my information to Gran Canaria with youngsters and my information to the Canary Islands with children
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