volcanic-beaches-tenerifeOne of the things that I like about where we live is that we have a local airport. It’s not massive but it does fly to several European destinations and would make taking our Tots to Travel Canary Islands really simple. I’ve been doing some research about what we could do as a family if we were to travel to the islands and it seems like a great destination for families, so I thought I’d share some of my discoveries with you.

Volcano Explosions

If you’ve been to the Canaries, you’ll be well acquainted with the black sand beaches which are actually a result of volcanic activity, and there are actually places that you can go to observe the majesty of a volcanic explosion for yourself! Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote (where the Bond film Moonraker was shot) has an active volcano and geyser explosions can be seen happening there daily.

Exotic Animals

Oasis Park in La Lajita on Fuertaventura is packed with exotic wildlife from hippos to sea lions and is the perfect place to have a day out. There difference is, you won’t have to spend the day worrying about the English weather letting you down or needing to pack raincoats because you’ll be covered by the Spanish sunshine!

Underground Music

This one is a little out-there but is well worth taking in if you visit Lanzarote. Legendary architect Cesar Manrique converted an underground grotto at Los Jameos del Agua caves into a music hall and regular ‘visual music’ performances are given which are, by all accounts, a spectacular and unique experience for young and old alike.

Hiking

If your family likes a bit of a hike, then you should definitely take in the sights of Barranco de Guayadeque in Gran Canaria. This valley hasn’t changed in thousands of years, and it’s still one of Gran Canaria’s standout scenic spots. All grassy slopes dotted with palm trees and cacti, it’s so picturesque you’ll barely notice the mysterious doors in the cliff-side. They lead to hundreds of caves, which the native Guanches used as homes – you’ll spot their descendants who still live here today.

Siam Park

You can’t go to Tenerife without taking in a water park and Siam Park is the largest of them all. Inspired by Thai architecture, the park contains areas for relaxation, family fun and full-on adrenaline thrill rides, making it the perfect venue for the whole family to enjoy.

Are you a fan of the Canary Islands? Have you travelled to different islands and now have a favourite? Do leave me a comment below as I’d love to hear all about it.