Gran Canaria for Families

Gran Canaria is a great island to visit, whether you are a couple, a family, a group, or even a solo traveller, because there is something for everybody. You can choose from different resorts on the island, including Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, San Agustin, Las Palmas, Mogan, and Puerto Rico, depending on what you are looking for exactly.

For families, the island offers plenty to do. Most excursions are kid-friendly and you might like to try the dolphin trips in Gran Canaria or even sea fishing. The fishing boats have light-rods which a child can handle easily. The restaurants, cafes and some bars are also child-friendly, as are most of the resorts. Some hotels offer kids’ entertainment or kids’ clubs, but that’s something you need to check when you book.

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If you are booking a hotel in Puerto Rico it might be worth checking where it is exactly, since Puerto Rico consists of hills and valleys. Somewhere in the valley means you will be able to walk to the harbours, beach and shopping centres, but somewhere on top of the hill or even halfway up (they are steep hills!) means you might have to fork out for taxis every day if you don’t want to push buggies up and down the hills or if your little ones don’t want to walk too far.

Playa del Ingles is a lot flatter, as is Maspalomas, so you can pretty much book anything there. San Agustin is smaller, as is Puerto de Mogan, so you don’t have to worry about the hills. Taxis are cheap but paying multiple times a day every day to get around adds up.

There is plenty of choice when it comes to eating and drinking. There are Spar supermarkets all over the place (and Netto although that tends to be more expensive) so if you’re self-catering you can make your own food. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants, many of which are relatively cheap. Gran Canaria is a nice place for family holidays, since the weather is almost always good and there are lots of activities to entertain the whole family.

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