Any family getaway should be a fun one and when you go to , a Canary Island that is something of a holiday hotspot when it comes to welcoming families, you’ll find a range of activities to suit kids of all ages. Here are a few of the highlights:
Opportunities to see marine life, either by diving in yourself, visiting an aquarium or heading out to sea on a glass bottomed boat are now widely available activities at almost any holiday destination anywhere in the world, but few places offer you the chance to head beneath the waves in an actual submarine. In Fuerteventura you can sign up for a two hour underwater safari which takes you to a reef where you can get close up to the colourful inhabitants of the deep without getting wet.
Several operators provide surfing lessons at varied locations around the island’s coastline, but surfing these days means more than wriggling into a wetsuit and riding a wave. Now, surfing is an activity you can do on dry land with dune boarding, a relatively new kind of beach sport which helps you learn the balance and skills required to stay upright on a surfboard in the sea. Or, you could all have a go at something that’s likely to get your adrenalin going and sign up for kite-surfing lessons instead. These will have you whizzing up and down the length of the beach, towed by a colourful kite in no time.
One of the main attractions of Fuerteventura is the variety of its landscape. Although it is perhaps best known for its beaches, there is much more to it to explore and one of the most enjoyable ways to do that is on horseback. Treks can of course be enjoyed on a beach, but you can also visit some of the island’s harder to reach places including the volcanic scenery inland, where you may catch a glimpse of the endangered Canarian Vulture, or the wild dogs, geckos or shy Barbary squirrels that live on the rocky terrain.
Baku Water Park
This is the island’s only water park but it has everything you and your family might need for a fun day out. There’s a variety of colourful flumes, chutes, a wave machine, a lazy river and water rapids which offer enough choice to make sure that every member of the family, regardless of age or swimming ability is kept entertained. Little ones will love the play park and inflatables, while mums and dads will appreciate some chilled out time in the Jacuzzi.
This zoo and wildlife park claims to be the biggest park in the Canaries with not only an abundance of animals, but the largest collection of botanical plants and cacti in the whole of Europe. You should allow a full day to see all of the animals on display here, including hippos, giraffes, reptiles, monkeys, exotic birds and the small animal park where you can feed and pet the rabbits, goats and ponies or even go for a ride on a camel.
Fuerteventura has loads of attractions and activities for families. Have you spent time on the island and think there’s something exceptional missing from this list? Tell us about it and we’ll make sure it gets reviewed and added to our guide!