The summer holiday exodus from British shores is almost upon us, and if you’ve not yet booked your break, you’re sure to be feverishly searching the internet for somewhere great to go, but with so many places to choose from it can be a hard choosing where to book. If short flight times and great beaches are what you’re looking for, then with a maximum 3-hour flight from the UK, Spain is a popular choice for families, and that’s not the only reason it comes to the top of most people’s ‘must go’ lists.
Situated just off the West coast of Arica, Lanzarote makes up one of the seven Canary Islands. With the weather in Lanzarote being warm all year round and even hotter temperatures in the summer months, this delightful island pulls in millions of visitors every year. Lanzarote has everything to offer tourists from beautiful beaches to volcanic landscapes, and with so many things to do and see this makes it a firm favourite for those searching for a family getaway.
All over the island, you will find family friendly hotels and resorts equipped with something for even the pickiest of travellers; from trendy bars and delicious restaurants to children’s pools, kids’ clubs and entertainment options aplenty. Venture out of your complex and right on your door step are plenty of activities to suit everyone, from nightclubs to family friendly restaurants and bars.
For sun worshippers, there are plenty of beaches to choose from. Most have the option to take part in water and/or beach sports – you can even dive out into the sea with a party boat trip or venture off on a day cruise to see the wildlife. For landlubbers, you could ride camels across the sands or take a trip to Cueva De Los Verdes where you can explore underground caves If natural features are more your thing, an educational visit to Timanfaya National Park will bring you up close and personal with a real-life volcano.
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a great place for a family holiday. Like most of the holiday destinations within Spain, it comes fully loaded with family friendly accommodation, entertainment and natural beauty. Sandy beaches surround the main resorts such as Playa de Las Américas and Los Cristianos and are sure to have something for every family member with jet skis, Ringos and beach sports. Never more than a short step away are family friendly bars and restaurants, playgrounds and shopping complexes and even the odd waterpark.
If exploring the natural side of Tenerife is more your idea of a holiday, the island has much to offer. There’s a selection of stunning gardens, whale and dolphin cruises, black sand beaches and historic sites, with Volcan El Teide and Teide National Park definitely worth a visit.
Majorca, as one of Spain’s Balearic Islands is almost always on the ‘must see’ lists of those fond of Spanish weather and lively nightlife. With beautiful beaches, family friendly resorts, as well as buzzing strips of bars and restaurants, this sensational island attracts tourists from all over the world. All of the holiday resorts situated in Majorca offer fun for all the family with, nightlife, excursions such as cliff jumping and caving, water sports, water parks, and beaches. But situated in this magical place are hidden gems of natural and historic beauty, perfect if you want to soak up the culture of Spain, with a 14th-century cathedral in Palma and Bellver Castle being a must see, as is Alcudia’s old town – a traditional market town full of Spanish charm.
Malaga, situated on the Costa del Sol, is a known holiday destination amongst those travelling in a family. With a coastline of sandy beaches and rich cultural and religious background, this beautiful haven boasts breath-taking views, stunning scenery and a lively atmosphere. No holiday is complete without a visit to Malaga cathedral or its 19th-century gardens, harbour or historic sites such as Alcazaba castle or Castillo de Gibralfaro. If that’s not what you’re looking for as a family, Malaga also offers family fun with great beaches, adventure trails, playgrounds, a zoo, and water park, not to mention great bars, restaurants, shops, museums and water sports.
Whichever family destination you visit within Spain and its outlying islands, you’ll certainly have all you need right on your doorstep to make the holiday of a lifetime. You can check out the weather today to see what the forecast has in hold for you.