Gran Canaria may not be the largest of the Canary Islands, but it’s the only one that captures their spirit – all in one place. Having earned the title of “continent in miniature,” it offers every imaginable perk that makes the Canary Islands a wonderful getaway. Even families with kids would be able to find plenty of options. These 10 things to do with children on Gran Canaria should help you get started.
- Ride camels at Maspalomas.
The fastest way to win your children’s hearts is to take them to Camella Safari Duna Oasis on your first day. Situated along the dunes of Maspalomas, the government-protected reserve offers 30-minute camel rides for a reasonable fee. Kids below 3 can share a ride with a parent as camels the whole family on a unique safari. There are also longer trips available which includes visit to a park where you can interact with baby camels. Alternatively, you can take donkeys instead of camels for a trek.
- Take a bus tour of Las Palmas.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the largest city in the island, and if you would like get acquainted without taking too much time, you should consider a 90-minute sightseeing bus tour.
- Spend a few hours at Palmitos Park.
Once you’ve explored the dunes of Maspalomas, take the kids to Palmitos Park. Here, you can give children the chance to be exposed to a wide variety of wildlife including butterflies, parrots, birds of prey, meerkats, orangutans, gibbons, and dolphins at the daily shows.
- Unleash your inner child at any of the local theme parks.
Aqualand is designed for people of all ages. In addition to different-sized water slides, the park also features an indoor wave pool, rubber ring rides, and other exciting amenities. The Angry Birds Activity Park in Puerto Rico is better suited for younger children who have the energy to go through their 25 activities. Finally, there’s Holiday Park at Maspalomas. Its wild roller coaster rides, bowling alleys, and arcades make it ideal for well-rounded family entertainment.
- Embark on a sea adventure.
Just as there are bus tours in Gran Canaria, the island likewise has a number of sea adventures to choose from. At Puerto Rico harbour, you can take sea fishing trips or a pirate fantasy adventure. Puerto de Mogan offers the rare opportunity to have an underwater exploration with a submarine. Glass bottomed ferries leave from different ports throughout the island, and allow passengers to view the water right underneath the boats.
- See Europe’s largest collection of crocodiles.
Cocodrilo Park has an impressive collection of crocodiles as well as rescued animals. Among them are birds, monkeys, and tigers just to name a few.
- Travel to the Wild West at Sioux City.
Well, sort of. Sioux City at Playa del Aguila is a theme park that recreates an Old Western town… just like the movies! Kids will have the chance to act as cowboys and cowgirls in a fun-filled day of horseback riding and many more.
- Map out the journey of Christopher Columbus.
For older children who are fond of history, a trip to Casa de Colon at Las Palmas is definitely worthwhile. The former home of Columbus features exhibit rooms detailing his visits to the Canary Islands.
- Ride electric bikes.
Electric bike tours are a unique way of exploring Gran Canaria, and teenagers who love sports are usually fond of them. The tour includes picnics where you can relax with the family in between the long trips.
- Build sandcastles at Las Canteras.
Artists can be spotted building sandcastles at Las Canteras beach – enough to inspire your children to make sandcastles on their own.
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