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The Parents’ Guide to Visiting Gran Canaria With Kids

Gran Canaria extends a warm welcome to families by gifting them with sensational weather, offering fun activities and placing family friendly hotels at their disposal. Each year, throughout the year, visitors descend on the island all year round to enjoy a fairy-tale beach holiday. We’ve handpicked some of the best things to do in Gran Canaria with kids so that you and your family can do the same.

Aqualand, Maspalomas

This huge waterpark is a thrilling maze of spiral slides, near-vertical drops, surprising tube rides and twinkling pools. The Aquamania slide is a must-try attraction as is the Racer Twin Turbolance, one of the biggest waterpark slides in Europe. Younger children can have their picture taken with sealions or paddle in the wave pool. Entry is free for kids aged under three or who are under 90 cm tall, so you may even make a little saving on activities while you’re on the island.

Other waterpark options in Gran Canaria include Aqua Park in Puerto Rico and Ocean Park in Campo International. Places like these are a child’s dream come true!

Palmitos Park

Close up of dolphins in a dolphinarium, one of the things to do in Gran Canaria with kids

Kids will love this colourful zoo and get to see a variety of animals up close. From monkeys and lemurs to alligators and Komodo dragons, Palmitos Park is teeming with beautiful wildlife. Attend an afternoon dolphin show at the park’s dolphinarium as well as educational programmes for budding zoologists. Adventurous kids should visit the Angry Birds Activity Park, where climbing frames, zip wires and go-karts will provide all the necessary kicks.

Sioux City

One of the top-rated attractions on Gran Canaria, and just 15 minutes by car away from Maspalomas, Sioux City is an unusual Wild West Park – and probably the last thing you’d expect to find on a Spanish island. Designed like an old town in the American West, there are cowboys, horses and cattle, and if you’re one of those fortunate souls blessed with rhythm – or even if you’re not – there’s even some line dancing. Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of sunscreen when you visit Sioux City, and, of course, don’t forget to polish those line dancing boots!

Water sports at Playa de Puerto Rico

Step onto this fantastic beach on the south-west coast of Gran Canaria and you may well be setting foot on the sunniest spot on the island. Backed by subtropical gardens, there’s sand to dig in, water to splash around in and lots of restaurants and shops close to the beach. You’ll find a sailing school nearby and there’s also scope to try your hand at parasailing, jet-skiing and banana boating.

If you’re feeling less energetic – you’re on holiday, after all! –you can just lie in the sun. The beach here rents out beach chairs and umbrellas for laidback sun seekers.

Camel ride over Maspalomas Dunes

Image of the sand dunes in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

A protected natural reserve, the Maspalomas dunes can only be traversed on foot –or by camel! Sculpted by sea winds, the dunes are a picturesque place to take a camel ride. Sure, camels are a little smelly, but kids will love these unusual beasts. You can reserve tickets for a camel ride, but it isn’t necessary – just turn up on the day with cash and you’ll be fine! Children under three can share camel rides with their parents.

Many visitors to Gran Canaria stay on the south coast, which is where these attractions are. Renting a car will allow you to explore the island even further and up the fun factor on your family holiday. Book your holiday with us and experience all the action and adventure that Gran Canaria holds in store for kids and adults alike.

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