Which of the Canary Islands is best for families?

 The promise of sunshine, crystal waters and endless sandy beaches sees flocks of tourists heading to the Canary Islands every summer. But there’s more to these popular resorts than meets the eye. Cosmos holidays have incredible deals on flights and hotels to some of the best resorts in the Canary Islands. To help get you inspired, we’ve taken a look at some of the top picks for fun filled family holidays!




Situated a mere 80 miles off the coast of Africa, expect Lanzarote to be hot! With beautiful white beaches, water sports and great food and bars, Lanzarote has something for everyone. Puerto Del Carmen is possibly the most popular resort on the island but Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca are quieter and perfect for a family holiday.  A trip to Timanfaya National Park is an absolute must as the unique Martian like landscape is almost other worldly. You can also take a camel ride up to the Fire Mountains. Another highlight of the tour is a trip to El Diablo restaurant where you can have your food cooked for you right off the volcano! Well, if it’s good enough for David Cameron


If you consider yourself to be an adventurous family and like to pack lots of activity into your holidays, Fuerteventura is for you. Home to some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is the perfect destination for water sports such as scuba diving, windsurfing and kite surfing.  In fact, the name Fuerteventura when translated into English actually means ‘strong wind!’  The resort of Costa Caleta is hugely popular with families and offers plenty of activities to keep the kids amused such as mini golf, arcades and parks. There is also a delectable selection of international restaurants.

Gran Canaria

While some resorts such Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas cater to the young and lively, the quieter towns of Puerto Mogan, Bahia Feliz and Puerto Rico are more laid back and perfect for families. Gran Canaria is an island of contrasts – while it’s famed for its many bars and nightclubs, it also offers a diverse and beautiful landscape, a huge range of family friendly excursions and the bustling and eclectic capital city of Las Palmas. This cosmopolitan isle has a feel of mainland Spain about it and provides a welcome change for those who get bored with lounging by the pool.



Tenerife is the largest and by far the most popular tourist destination for British holidaymakers. This is due in part to its high profile tourist resorts in the south. However, the island is also famed for Teide National Park, which was recently named a UNESCO world heritage site. A visit to Lago Martianez is a must for families who want to enjoy the natural waterpark designed by Cesar Manrique. It offers numerous salt water pools, a variety of bars, restaurants and even casino. Those staying in Tenerife also have the option of visiting the nearby island of La Gomera which is the perfect destination for walking, relaxing and taking in natural wildlife. 

La Palma

Also known as La Isla Bonita or ‘the pretty island,’ La Palma is less touristy and developed than some of the other Canary Islands. This makes it the ideal destination for families looking for peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings. For those who look for something a little bit different in their family holidays, La Palma is truly special. Nestled under some of the clearest skies in the world, La Palma is extremely popular with star gazers. And for the environmentally conscious amongst you, the island has been awarded the title of the first “Sustainable Tourist Destination” in the world.

The Canary Islands are more than just a haven for sun worshippers with each island boasting its own distinct qualities, diverse landscape and native wildlife. A holiday in the Canaries is more than just sunshine and fun, it’s a place to make memories that your family will treasure for years to come.



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