If you’re looking for a great family holiday destination, there are plenty of sun-drenched places that tick all the right boxes. From the golden sands of the Algarve and the picture-postcard coastline of Greece, to the beautiful bays of Cyprus and Malta’s cheerful shores, there are plenty of first-rate destinations in the family holiday brochure. But one spot that keeps on bringing families back to its bubbly resorts and sandy shores year after year is Gran Canaria, and it’s not hard to see why.
Gran Canaria is part of the Canary Islands, a volcanic archipelago that’s part of Spain but is geographically located closer to Africa than the Spanish mainland. Thanks to its location, Gran Canaria boasts a lovely year-round climate that’s scorching hot in the summer and remains pleasantly warm in spring and autumn. In fact, even in winter you can expect mild temperatures that makes it possible to wander around in shorts and t-shirts.
As for family resorts, Gran Canaria has got it covered. Here, you’ll find a superb range of holiday resorts catering to various tastes and budgets. There’s big, bustling Maspalomas, a lovely resort that blends into the nearby town of Meloneras, a fairly quiet and upmarket resort with plenty of top-notch hotels and apartments. Here you’ll find the famous sand dunes, a protected reserve that’s like a mini Sahara – complete with gently undulating pillows of golden sand and camels making their way across the glittering grains.
For a quiet retreat, Puerto Rico is a great place to get away from it all. Boasting a lovely bay and a nearby water park it makes a great base for the kids, and also comes with a well-equipped town centre that’s home to plenty of cafes, bars and tempting restaurants.
So from laid-back beach breaks to lively holidays in bubbly beach resorts, Gran Canaria makes a cracking spot for families from all walks of life.