Fuerteventura, a unique destination for a family holiday

Enjoying the company of our family, making plans together and breaking with home routine are some of the reasons that move us to look for a family holiday. Some relaxing days accompanied by the most important people of our life may become an authentic unforgettable experience if we choose destinations that are natural gems. Destinations like Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands.

With an extension of almost two square kilometres, Fuerteventura is —after Tenerife— the largest of the Canary Islands and the oldest one, hence its historical and cultural charm. A place where to enjoy stunning plains with unique sunsets, to walk along endless beaches of bright and dark sand and to contemplate some of the best views of the Atlantic.

Cofete beach, Fuerteventura

Cofete beach, Fuerteventura

Why choosing the island of Fuerteventura for your desired family holiday? It is simple:

  • Fuerteventura is a really charming and natural national destination
  • The island offers a gastronomy that will make the delicacies of children.
  • It has a wide entertainment offer. Yes, there are lots of varied plans available in Fuerteventura.

Plans for the whole family

  • A tour around the beaches of the island

You cannot go to Fuerteventura with your family and not visit some of its most beautiful beaches. Apart from having a walk along them and taking pictures, spending a morning of games and baths in some of the most emblematic ones is, no doubt, the star plan in this national destination.

Which are the recommended beaches for those who travel as a family? Due to their good access and incredible views, we recommend Cofete, the great beaches of Corralejo, Sotavento beach and, finally, Costa Calma.

  • Excursion and meal in the mountains

Although the island is quite flat, Fuerteventura features some mountainous areas where to enjoy family excursions and meals in authentic wooden picnic areas. To avoid wandering without a clear destination, the perfect option is Lara Castle, an unknown area of the island with barbeques, woods and leisure areas for the whole family.

  • Visit to the artisan market of Tetir

The artisan market of Tetir is one of the most charming attractions of the island. Although it is only held the first Sunday of the month, it deserves a visit if you want to take part of the essence of Fuerteventura back home with you (in the form of one or two souvenirs).

Family Friendly Hotels in Fuerteventura

IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace: Located in the area of Playa Jandía and at the beachfront, the IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace is an ideal hotel for families as, apart from its spa and swimming pools, it offers an exclusive miniclub to children.
IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas Park: With its large swimming pools, its exclusive rooms and its miniclub, the IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas Park is another one of the reference hotels for families in Fuerteventura. How can you spend your time while children have a nap? Making the most of the services offered at the hotel’s spa and gym.
IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas: Our last recommendations is the IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas , a hotel with a wide entertainment offer designed for families, and with an exclusive gastronomic and sport programme.

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Island Hopping looking for the best family holiday of the year

Far from relating a family holiday with a dull, boring or unsurprising holidays, enjoying holidays with your own can turn into a unique and amazing experience. The key is to put aside convention and topics of family holidays in theme parks and focus on natural sorroundings in which only you, your partner and your children are the real stars.

This is not to take a caravan and begin your adventure (it could also be an option, at least when children are older and more independent) but to choose a destination where both young and old enjoy holiday experience. Our recommendations for this summer month are the islands of Lanzarote and Tenerife (Canary Islands) and the ever beautiful island of Majorca.

Bungalows in Lanzarote

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Do you remember how much we had fun on playgrounds when we played in the traditional wooden houses known as bungalows? Can you imagine how amazing it can be for your children to know that they are going to  spend their holiday in a seaside bungalow? Although there are a number of hotels offering this service in Lanzarote, the most remarkable supply is provided by IBEROSTAR La Bocayna Village Hotel.

A set of cottages located nearby Playa Blanca with a variety of extras for both the youngest in the family and for stressed parents (who can enjoy some relaxing hours in its outdoor jacuzzi or on its fitness). The most outstanding point of this hotel covers its gastronomical supply which includes many dishes that will delight children and its diversity in terms of leisure.

And the thruth is that, who would not want to visit an island full of volcanoes?

Exploring Las Dalias in a family trip

Tenerife is one of the most pleasant destinations for a family holiday where you can climb the slopes of Teide or enjoy seabed in the renowned golondrinas. The most populated island of the Canary Islands is a perfect place for water sports, shopping or family trips full of vitality, nature and history.

For its brand quality and its many services, IBEROSTAR Las Dalias Hotel prevails as one of the most highly recommended family hotels on the island. Located in Playa Bobo, this hotel is designed for children as evidenced by its kid club or its playground full of amenities.

Natural Tourism in Majorca

To find the ultimate family destination of our review we have to reach Balearic Island and to head to Majorca. The largest of the Balearic Islands is also a really amazing island in terms of landscape including calas such as El Mago or Portals Vells and natural treasures such as Sa Dragonera natural park or the mountain range know as Serra de Tramuntana.

Far beyond enjoying beach and well-deserved rest, there is an unavoidable plan to be carried out during a family holiday in Mallorca. There is nothing like visiting S’Albufera Natural Park as this area is not only the largest wetland on the island but a natural refuge for many native species of both flora and fauna. Close to this natural paradise we find quality hotels such as IBEROSTAR Albufera Playa, a benchmark of quality in this remarkable part of the island concerning family tourism.

How to enjoy a genuine family holiday in Madrid

Although for many people the success or failure of a family holiday depends on the budget that is planned to invest (always with the misconception that a larger budget is always a guarantee), the truth is that -leaving aside savings- all family trip can turn into a positive experience if these three starting points are followed:

  • Choosing a suitable destination for the time of year when we travel.
  • Studying the tourist destination in depth paying especial attention to the advantages and disadvantages.
  • Planning things that can be done as a family (since traveling with children requires special extras that only parents know).

Taking these three practical tips as a guide and taking into account that in July is not as hot as in August, it is not surprising that many people choose Madrid as holiday destination in July.

Madrid is not the summer holiday destination par excellence for Spaniards living in the peninsula as the closest beach is 5 hours by car (in Valencia). Therefore, the capital is perfect to live an enjoyable Family Experience. Of all the hotels in Madrid you have to choose from, the Petit Palace hotels are the best option for this holiday adventure.

Plans for the whole family. One goal: have fun

Warner Parc in Madrid

Warner Parc in Madrid

  • Parque Warner Madrid

Considered as the safest theme park in Spain, Parque Warner is an ideal choice to give a touch of color and fun to your family trip. Located in San Martin de la Vega (about 22 kilometers away from the city center), this park is equipped with five themed areas and almost fifty rides for young and old. Its tower is the most amazing ride. It is the highest free fall in the world (so far).

  • Parque de Atracciones de Madrid

The popular and fabulous Parque de Atracciones de Madrid is located close to Casa de Campo, another option for the youngest members of the family as it is a play area well equipped to offer entertainment and fun for the family.

  • Ideal museums for children

One of the things that most clearly stands out to everyone who visits Madrid is the cultural offer of this city, especially designed for children. Within this wide range of museums, we can visit Casa del Ratoncito Pérez, Museo de los Bomberos or Museo de Ciencias Naturales.