Clear blue skies, an abundance of clean beaches and value for money resort accommodation, have long made Lanzarote an extremely popular, family-friendly destination. But on this Canary island, there’s also historic pirate castles, tropical parks and thrilling theme parks to explore.
Lanzarote is a year round sunshine destination meaning you’re guaranteed great weather to enjoy activities and sightseeing attractions no matter which season you choose to visit in.
The beaches will probably form part of your daily activities on the island, especially with winter temperatures averaging 60°F while summer brings highs of 80°F. The golden, white and often volcanic black sands as well as the shallow waters at the resorts of Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise are the place to relax while the children swim, snorkel and build sand castles. Many of the beaches have been awarded the European Blue Flag status so you can be assured of water-purity, and a range of nearby facilities. Make sure to explore if you’re looking to sample some of the island’s most beautiful spots including the nine kilometre sweeping bay at Famara, and the sheltered white sands of Papagayo on the south coast.
When it comes time to undertake a little exploring then the kids will definitely love the Pirate Museum located within Santa Barbara castle and featuring a wealth of pirate artifacts. The castle is located on the Guanapay volcano and the views alone are worth the trip. The aquarium in Costa Teguise is the largest in the Canaries and is home to turtles, clownfishes and sharks; visitors who are brave enough can actually dive with sharks in the aquarium’s largest tank. If you’re loving the underwater life then why not explore further by taking a yellow submarine journey from the Puerto Calero marina – an experience the kids definitely will remember.
Theme park fun
Lanzarote is an island that’s geared towards children’s activities, and there are a number of great theme parks to enjoy. Rancho Texas is one of the most popular on the island and visitors can get up close to view white tigers, crocodiles, pumas, and buffalo as well exploring an Indian village and taking pony rides. There’s also no doubt that the Aqualava Waterpark in Playa Blanca will be visited more than once thanks, attractions including wave pools, water-castles and thrilling slides. Timanfaya isn’t a theme park but it is a national park that deserves a visit, and is home to some amazing lunar-like volcanic scenery; guided tours will allow you see how hot it still is this area just below the surface.
Lanzarote may not be the largest of the Canary Islands but it certainly packs a lot into its relatively compact size and there’s no doubt that kids and parents will love a vacation here. The excellent value for money resort accommodation makes this island one of the best for cheap package holidays during the low seasons, without having to miss out on the sunshine.
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