Where to visit with children
Lanzarote is a perfect holiday destination to bring children of all ages. Throughout the whole year, the Canary Islands offer more than the obvious fun things for children to do such as sandy beaches and water sports. Canarian people value family time together, and think nothing of taking their children to dinner and local fiestas (traditional celebrations) until the early hours of the morning even. This is largely due to long hot days where a lazy siesta is required to cope, evenings are a time for relaxing together and feeling comfortable to go out and about.
You will find generally that restaurants are happy to accommodate families with children and babies, many can now provide high chairs and some even have a play area. You will not be frowned upon or made to feel awkward if your little one does not behave in a perfect manner whilst you are at dinner.
The island of Lanzarote has a very relaxed and easy going nature and this makes visiting with children a pleasurable experience.
Ideal places to visit with your children whilst on holiday include;
The capital of Lanzarote has plenty to see and do for kids and adults alike. It has a beautiful golden sand bay which is fairly quiet. It is sheltered by the reef and as such h
as safe shallow waters perfect for little ones.
At the far end of the beach you will find Parque Tematico which has a skateboard ramp, children’s play park, excercise equipment , sculptures and gardens.
In the Gran Hotel Arrecife you can visit the Pool Bar which serves lunch on a terrace overlooking the beach, where the kids can enjoy a swim in the heated swimming pool for free! (10 Euros for adults).
From Playa del Reducto you can catch the free open air “train” service,which is great fun for the kids, to the Charco de San Gines and the Arrecife Marina where you will find CINE6D, an amazing Universal Studio style virtual reality motion ride theatre.
Floating Water Park
Located in the shallow waters just off Playa Grande beach in Puerto del Carmen you will find 600 square metres of aquatic fun with toboggans, elastic beds and inflatable slides. Costs just 5 Euros per person.
El Bosquecillo Picninc Spot
This beautiful spot is situated at the top of Montana de Haria and literally translates as The Forest. You may be a little disappointed if you’re expecting a huge deep forest, but there is a really lovely area planted with trees, picnic tables, built in barbecues, a children’s play area and absolutely stunning panoramic views down to Famara.
Some of the picnic tables are right on the edge of the risco which have stunning views but if you have children maybe you would like one further back!
It’s a bit of a hidden gem so here are some directions;
From the road that connects Haría and Teguise, stop at the top of the Mirador de Haría, between the lay by and the restaurant there is a road turning off towards the radar station, take this. As you go around the immediate corner the road splits into two, take the right hand track – this is a single lane track with traffic in both directions so if unsure, park and walk from here. The track winds around past a farm and into fields, here the radar station is on your left and the track goes 3 ways, take the right hand which will take you on to the car park.