If you’re looking for an ideal half-term holiday for active kids, then the Canaries is an excellent choice – both for value for money and for plenty of things to do. With a location in the Atlantic off the north-west coast of Africa, the Canary Islands benefit from a climate that is warm and sunny for much of the year.
They have long been a popular holiday destination for people of all ages, but are particularly appealing to people with children because of the great choice of beaches and the range of things to do. For example, on Tenerife there’s the Siam Water Park – one of the biggest water park attractions in Europe. Not only does it boast the biggest lazy river in the world, it’s also got the biggest wave pool. Some hotels, like the Isabel family hotel in Costa Adeje even offer daily access to Siam Park as part of any booking – offering a real saving for families with water park crazy kids!
Away from the resorts and beaches of Tenerife, there are lots of other attractions, one of which has to be the natural and majestic splendour of Mount Teide National Park. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site whose main focus is the world’s third largest volcano – Mount Teide. You can take a cable car up to the mouth of the crater and walk around this strange, lunar-like landscape. A guided tour will give you a lot of history about the volcano and its eruptions over the centuries.
Tenerife is just one of the Canary Islands, but being the largest it has the most visitors. Lanzarote and Gran Canaria also attract lots of visitors, while Fuerteventura is smaller and a bit quieter. Before you decide where to go, read up on what each island has to offer. Whichever part of the Canaries you go to, you should be in for a week of fun in the sun.