- Gran Canaria Family holidays
When you've worked hard to get a break, it's only natural to want to give your family the very best experience possible, and family holidays to Gran Canaria do just that. The largest of the Canary Islands also has one of the biggest hearts you'll find anywhere in the world, with a warm welcome that can leave its resorts feeling like a true home from home. A four-hour flight south from the UK gets you close to the equator off the west coast of Africa, with beautiful landscape and a year-round climate that rivals those of the Caribbean.
You might think you're seeing things when you spot Puerto Rico on street signs during your airport transfer, but this is one of the most popular resorts for cheap family holidays on Gran Canaria. It's a well contained community between two steep valley sides, and is much loved by older travellers and families with young children. Playa del Ingles is one of the island's busiest resorts, and only a short walk from the beautiful sand dunes of neighbouring Maspalomas - either location is ideal for a family holiday too, with plenty of local amenities and excellent beaches.
Doing the dunes
One thing you really must do during family holidays on Gran Canaria is take a trip to Maspalomas. As mentioned above, if you're staying in Maspalomas itself or in nearby Playa del Ingles, this is a matter of just a few minutes' walk. The huge sand dunes are one of the island's most iconic tourist attractions, and the kids will love not just the spectacle of them with the waves in the distance behind, but also climbing up the shallower slopes and jumping from the top, plunging knee-deep into the soft sand halfway down the dunes' steeper faces. Definitely a location not to be missed.
All about the English
As you might guess from the name, Playa del Ingles literally translates as the Englishman's Beach, and its welcome is one of the warmest for tourists. Book cheap family holidays in Gran Canaria and you can experience this warm welcome for yourself - there are all-inclusive options if you want to be on a fixed budget for food and drink, or you can travel self-catering to cook for yourself, or if you want to eat out at one of the many beachfront cafes.
Why Gran Canaria is so great for families
The Canary Islands are widely regarded as one of the best family holiday destinations in the world. With top holiday resorts boasting exceptional facilities as well as natural attractions including superb beaches, there's little doubting its charms. Book Gran Canaria family holidays and you experience a slice of Spanish culture, even though you'll be technically closer to Africa than Europe. These volcanic islands are also renowned for water sports, so if the kids are feeling adventurous they can give them a go.