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Family Holidays to Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria's diverse landscapes, gorgeous climate and beautiful beaches make it a beacon of fun and relaxation for family holidays all year round. Nicknamed The Miniature Continent because of its diverse ecosystems, Gran Canaria's diversity fortunately also applies to its range of action-packed family activities.

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Natural and man-made parks make Gran Canaria a superb family getaway

A direct, four-hour flight from the UK gives your family plenty of time to discuss your first stops and must-see sites before you reach the island.

Though a small seaside town perfect for laid-back days in the sun, Bahia Feliz is also close to family friendly days out at Maspalomas Zoo or Sioux City Park, where the Old West theme will turn your kids into miniature cowboys in no time. Nearby you'll find Meloneras, a purpose-built resort tucked out of the way but packed with swimming pools and secluded beaches ideal for building sandcastles.

Children of all ages can make a splash among the dramatic cliffs of Playa Taurito, where waterskiing and windsurfing cater to older kids, while the action-packed kamikaze slides of Lido Waterpark can fulfil the whole family. Stopover in the hidden restaurants of San Agustin to refuel with delectable treats before reaching Puerto Rico, where the family can join an afternoon boat trip out to sea for some dolphin spotting and fantastic scenery.

Best family friendly beaches

Man-made Anfi del Mar is a particularly pleasant half-moon of sandy shore with shallow water for little ones to play in. A more natural wonder can be found at the eternally sunny Playa del Ingles, whose 2,700 metres of golden beach are flanked by sand dunes that are ripe for climbing and exploring.

Sardina del Norte's beach is backed by a cosy promenade, meaning strolling or splashing around can be added to your family's itinerary. Meanwhile, the clean and safe Blue Flag beaches of Puerto Rico amplify a family day out in the sun.

Best family activities in Gran Canaria

The whole family can enjoy the diverse wildlife of Gran Canaria with camel rides through the sand dunes near Maspalomas or a visit to Palmitos Park, which is home to dolphins, exotic birds and butterflies. Adrenaline junkies of every age can also get their kicks on 4x4 safari tours across the island's southern region, or through the high speed thrills of go-karting. Alternatively, you and your crew of loved ones can take to the sea on a pirate ship departing from Puerto Rico.

Other popular holidays in the Canary Islands

If you fancy checking out some other family-friendly islands in the Canary Islands, try Tenerife, Lanzarote or Fuerteventura. If you're set on a holiday to Gran Canaria, take a look at our Gran Canaria travel guide for more information on how to plan your perfect family holiday in the sun. We've also rounded up the top five family hotels for you to choose from.

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