Brits in particular have a bit of a love affair with the Spanish islands, every year flocking to resorts in Lanzarote, Majorca, Tenerife and the rest, for sunshine and sand within easy reach of UK airports.
Majorca offers families plenty of laid-back resorts to choose from, as long as they steer clear of the major party spots around Palma Nova and Magaluf. The average temperature on the island is a balmy 21C, but can climb up to a toasty 33C during the summer, giving parents the option of a quieter break in the spring when accommodation will be less crowded than in the summer. Activities are plentiful, including the Palma Aquarium and Gran Casino Theatre close to Magaluf.
Little sister to Majorca, Menorca offers an all-round more placid holiday experience for families, although accommodation may be a touch pricier than on Majorca. Animal lovers should check out the island’s Alaior Zoo, as well as the equine displays at Club Escola Menorquina, which run during the peak season between June and September.
Ibiza, although renowned for its mega-clubs and hard-partying lifestyle, has plenty of options for families, who should stick to the west of the island and resorts such as Cala Tarida. There are water parks for a day of fun for the whole family, while Es Cana and San Carlos both have markets well suited to younger teenagers looking for a fashion fix!
Lanzarote provides a wealth of family-friendly resorts and attractions, and is the most popular of the islands with Brits, while Lanzarote offers visitors the chance to explore its unique volcanic landscape. Volcanic heat is the main attraction in the Timanfaya National Park, where there is even a restaurant which cooks its food using the natural heat source.
Fureteventura, one of the largest of the Canary Islands, has some of the best beaches in Europe, so if white sand and warm turquoise water is your thing, then it’s certainly worth checking out some of the great deals on holidays here. The weather in Fuerteventura is similar to the other Canary and Balearic islands – e.g. constantly warm and sunny so an ideal get away from the often chilly and wet British Isles!
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