Gran Canaria is a win-win holiday destination for families with kids young or old. With over 3000 hours of sunshine per year, Gran Canaria is one of the sunniest places on earth. More sun means extra daylight and extra daylight can only lead to spending more time on the beach with your darling loved ones enjoying the well-earned family time. Read on for tips on how to plan a budget friendly family holiday in Gran Canaria.
Finding somewhere to stay in a clean, safe accommodation is the first priority you should conquer on your holiday list. There are a host of official websites which will recommend the most popular, budget friendly hotels in Gran Canaria. You can find out more here.
After deciding on a hotel for your family, be sure to research the area on sites like trip advisor for honest reviews about the hotel and surrounding area you will be staying in. Browsing the internet for customer photographs and testimonies can arm you with a sack full of tips to take away with you in preparation for your budget friendly family holiday in Gran Canaria
Days out and activities for the family can blow a huge part of your holiday budget so why not make use of the resources around you? Gran Canaria is renowned for its beautiful beaches and clear waters. Look out for small rocks and boulders that older ones can climb on and younger ones can use for rock pooling. Find a beach to camp out on for the day and let the kids build sandcastles or jump around in the waves. Pack a few inflatable lilos in your suitcase to save impromptu spending at the local supermarkets. Most hotels have free swimming pools and ice cream for kids so try to include these benefits as a must-have when researching family hotel.
Keep reading for a list of free activities in Gran Canaria.
Forget hiring a car when you can jump on a bus to the nearest towns and markets. Buses are really easy for tourists to use and stops are located outside most hotels making public transport more accessible. The only downside to using a bus or coach to travel is that the vehicles can become crowded and hot. Plan your trip around peak times and take bottled water onboard. Carry change in advance for bus and coach journeys as the fayre will usually be just a few euros.
Food and daily meals
Who doesn’t love a continental breakfast? Eggs, pastries and fresh fruit? Lunchtime is so easy to cater for in Gran Canaria also with supermarkets and markets making tapas so freely available. A picnic of fresh bread, cheese, and cold meats is a fun way to feed your family at lunchtime. Why not add a bowl of traditional olives and sip on some local wine for the adults?
Evening meals (especially seafood) are very well priced in Spain and there are lots of different places to eat which will cater to every appetite. Espanians adore children and welcome kids to their restaurants with open arms.
Places to see in Gran Canaria
Some of my favorite things to do in Gran Canaria include Costa Teguise market. Open every Sunday, and very accesible by bus. Another great bus journey we like to do as a family is visiting the old town of Mogan. Take your cameras as there are photo opportunities on every corner. It is easy to spend a day here as there is a beach and lots of boulder rocks for the kids to climb.
Meloneras, located in the southern tip of Gran Canaria is a very trendy resort and offers plenty of free fun things to do for families. Enjoy the golden beach and explore the nature reserve or take a stroll along the promenade and spot sea characters in fancy dress. Meloneras has some of the most beautiful sand sculptures that I have ever seen.
Jardin Canario is Spains largest botanical garden and completely free.
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