Lanzarote, one of the Spanish owned Canary Islands is a popular place for UK families to go on holiday. But do you know the best places to take babies and toddlers, children, or teens? Here, from www.lowcostholidays.com are some great holiday activities in Lanzarote for your family and some fabulous places to stay.
Best for babies and toddlers up to 3 Years
The Lanzarote Aquarium in Costa Teguise is the largest in the Canary Islands. It has the longest shark tunnel and three ‘touch’ aquariums, where you can interact with starfish, crabs and sea cucumbers. The touch aquariums are popular with everyone and younger children will love watching the colourful tropical fish, both native to the Canaries and further afield. There is also an emphasis on conservation, so children can learn about the effects that humans have on the sea. Entry is only €8 for children and €12 for adults and you can easily spend most of the day here.
Where to stay: The El Trebol Apartments has three pools, one with a dedicated children’s water park and a children’s playground. There are entertainment shows throughout the day and a mini-disco in the evenings.
Best for children aged 4 – 8 Years
The Yellow Submarine Safaris from Puerto Calero are a once in a lifetime experience, where you can explore the underwater world in style aboard this real submarine. Sit back in comfort in the air-conditioned environment and marvel at the sea-life in the crystal clear waters from your own viewing window. The dives last approximately one hour and cost €30 for children and €52 for adults. Children must be over two due to health and safety regulations.
Kiko Land is an adventure playground for children of all ages, split up into three groups: baby-club, mini-club and junior-club. There are playgrounds, shows and swimming pools, as well as theme-days, football classes and fancy dress.
Where to stay: Kiko Land is located within the grounds of the Hotel Princesa Yaiza Suite. It is right on the beach of Playa Blanca and has four different themed restaurants to choose from to cater for all tastes.
Best for children aged 9 – 13 Years
The Rancho Texas Park is an eclectic mix of Wild West and Spanish themes that is rated as one of the best attractions on the island. It has a petting farm, gold panning complete with canoe and horse rides, bird shows and other wildlife enclosures. In the evenings, they have Wild West themed shows complete with all-you-can-eat BBQ’s, live music, line-dancing and cowboys and Indians. Alternatively, they also have Spanish themed nights, with Flamenco and Paella. To get here there is a free daily bus service here from Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen.
Where to stay: The Hotel Lanzarote Village is very family orientated and just 50m from the beach, with a heated pool, tennis courts, playground and sauna.
Best for teenagers 13 – 16 Years
For older children, head to Lanzarote a Caballo just outside of Playa Blanca, where you can explore the island either on horse-back or on a camel. Children need to be at least seven, and treks vary from one to two hours long. They also have a mini farm for the younger children with goats and rabbits to pet and feed.
Where to stay:
The Dream Gran Castillo Hotel in Playa Blanca is close by to the beautiful Papagayo beaches and has views over the ocean and neighbouring islands. It has an excellent children’s club and pool.
Best for Older teens 16+ Years
Teenagers will love the X Catamaran Cruise, which leaves from Puerto Calero and is accessible from most resorts by free bus. Once on board, there is a free bar and fresh fruit available, and if you want to, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride. The other option is to join in with trimming the sails and taking the helm, which is encouraged by the crew. When you arrive at the beautiful beaches of Papagayo, there is the opportunity to swim or snorkel in the warm sea, and the more adventurous can take advantage of the free jet ski lesson.
Go-karting is another popular activity in Lanzarote, and it has one of the largest tracks in Spain. The Gran Karting Club offers everything from mini-karts for younger children to full sized adult’s tournaments. Go-karting is great for a family day out in the sun, and is just five minutes from Arrecife.
Where to stay: The Arrecife Gran Hotel is a luxurious option with full spa facilities for adults and dedicated children’s pool and park. The main shopping area is five minutes’ walk and the hotel itself has excellent restaurants.
Lanzarote Activities for All the Family
Timanfaya Park is the must-see attraction of the island, a national park that covers over 50km2 of volcanic landscape and lava flows. Access to the park is restricted to protect the rare flora and fauna found here, so guided tours are provided either by coach or, for the more adventurous, camel. The ground here still retains heat from the volcanic activity and which the park staff demonstrate by pouring water into holes in the ground, and watching it reappear as shoots of steam. The unique restaurant here uses the heat from the ground to cook the food over a grill – head here for a fun Lanzarote lunch.
Where to stay: The Hotel Los Fariones is set in picturesque landscaped gardens and is right on the beach of Puerto del Carmen, close to the main shops and restaurants.
Whatever ages your children are, Lanzarote holidays are the ideal option for the perfect family escape to the sun. From toddlers to teenagers, there is something in Lanzarote that everyone will want to do. To book your Lanzarote holiday head to www.lowcostholidays.com for great value family packages.
Have you been to Lanzarote with your children?
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