Tips for travellers looking for a perfect family holiday on Fuerteventura

Warm, comfortable (due to its handy, compact size) and filled with activities to enjoy day and night: Fuerteventura has been, and will always be, one of the best destinations for those who enjoy travelling as a family. A way of travelling that provides you with unique and endearing family moments, but also requires a lot of prior planning and a study of the destination in question, paying attention to issues such as: temperature at the destination, service for the children, climatology, type of cuisine and much, much more.

Even if Fuerteventura is a place that has been able to adopt to various ways of travelling, the island has its different ‘pros and cons’ that should be taken into consideration to avoid last-minute surprises or badly-planned excursions, both in time and in form. If you have focused on Fuerteventura as a place where you’d like to spend your upcoming summer holidays please take note, because today we’re going to outline some ‘travel tips for families’ that will come in handy:

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A warm climate, but with surprises

While everyone knows that the climate on the Canary Island is warm year-round, the fact is that the Atlantic Ocean makes the stuffy, warm temperatures that characterise the archipelago during the day change into a much cooler breeze once evening falls. Cool, as in…? Cool as in wearing (especially the children, so they don’t get cold) a thin jacket, a jumper or a knitted cardigan. But only in the evening.

Tasty, but spicy food

The culinary culture on Fuerteventura is – for sure – exquisite and very tasty as far as adults are concerned, but when it comes to your child (or children) perhaps it’s not that spectacular. This is because most children are not used to spicy food and the fact is that the Canary Islands have a lot of sauces and spices that feature strongly in their gastronomy. So don’t hesitate to ask for what ingredients each dish contains in case you have any doubts.

Excursions in nature with… bathrooms?

One of the things we all love about Fuerteventura is the natural environment, the landscapes and the many excursions to unique corners of the island. Excursions that we recommend you study in depth to avoid having to run around looking for ‘bathrooms with changing facilities’. The best way of avoiding surprises is to find out beforehand at your hotel or from your travel agent what to expect, as they will surely come up with the best solution for you and your family.

Hotels for families on the island of Fuerteventura

One thing you’ll not have to worry about is finding a good, family-friendly hotel. On Fuerteventura there are plenty of hotels offering good value for money that cater to families on holiday. Among the most popular ones we find gems such as the IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace, IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas, and IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas Park.

Learn to cook, a perfect plan for a family vacation

Few things are as rewarding and endearing as enjoying a family trip. We have said it on countless occasions but it is more than true. Of course, if you choose this type of holiday you need to be aware that with regard to leisure not everything works well and you need original things to do (and especially very amusing activities) which can be the key to the success or failure of the trip itself.

Knowing that this is so and wanting to offer the customer something different, our hotels in this area have been able to masterfully adapt in order to corner the market in traveling families yet offer something more. They have taken family oriented holidays a step further by creating leisure facilities for children, courses designed for children, mini parks and even cooking courses.

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If you have read a lot you will know that there are hotels that offer cooking courses to their clients and following in the footsteps of the ever increasing cooking fever which has arisen from television programs like Master Chef or Master Chef Junior, we’ve discovered that cooking is fun, not only fun but highly educational. So this is a great idea for families and you can find it in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, specifically in the heart of the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey.

Beyond its privileged location, which can be seen from the images in its brochures, the gourmet quality of its restaurants (such as the Papa Negra restaurant) and its many services, the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey offers the cookery courses of La Cocina del Mencey, a place to learn unique recipes and advanced cooking techniques from the hand of true chefs.

The concept created by the Tenerife Hotel is not only to offer practical cooking courses (for adults and children) but to be committed to using local products and everyday cuisine, which is prepared with care, without hurry and slowly cooked. A unique cuisine that can be enjoyed to the full in its different restaurants (such as Papa Negra or Casa del Duque Lounge & Bar)

A plus to keep in mind for future occasions is the possibility of being able to rent the room so you can hold business meetings. Wouldn’t that be a great idea?

What are the best family trips in Fuerteventura?

Fuerteventura is one of the most recommended national destinations for those traveling families who like pack their rucksack, put on their boots and dedicate themselves to enjoying long nature walks. That there are perfect hiking routes even for the little ones, is the main claim for those who fancy doing these family trips in the Autumn months.

A few days before the Winter makes an appearance, there is nothing better than discovering what is good and great about the Atlantic island, covering – with the family – some of the most beautiful, unspoilt and recommended itineraries. At  ‘Family Destinations’ we have compiled some of the most interesting routes for safe hiking.

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A morning between dunes and camels

The relative proximity of the Canary Islands to the African continent and its similar climate make islands like Fuerteventura have places full of dunes and camels. Getting lost in the mountains of sand, playing sledging, surfing the waves of dunes in a 4×4 or enjoying a trip on a camel for several hours, are among the place’s most requested excursions. The routes we recommend most are those that go from Costa Calma to Sotavento, La Lajita or Ajuy.

About the Oasis Park

That children are not made for the long walks is certainly true so there is nothing better than compensating them for those hours on excursions than with a visit to Oasis Park, a center with more than three thousand animals of more than two hundred species, in which you can spend a fun and unique day and that is suitable for children from the age of two. The best thing is that if your child is already 8 years old you can enjoy a swim with sea lions.

How about a boat trip?

Enjoying a boat trip is something that no-one need miss on a trip to Fuerteventura. Whether on your own (with a charter sailboat), catamaran or tourist boat, the fact is that children will enjoy more than ever the sightseeing and the surprises that these excursions hide. The best thing is seeing the dolphins next to the boat.

Family hotels in Fuerteventura

Like a tourist by nature but aware of the different ways of traveling, Fuerteventura is one of those destinations where families feel comfortable. This is because it offers a lot of services, amenities and a wide selection of hotels designed for those who travel with their little terrors.

Although there are several chains to choose from, this month we have selected three flagships of the IBEROSTAR chain, famous for their quality / price and their many services for adults and children, these are: IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace, IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas Park in Playa Jandía and the IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas.

Begin to shape your next family vacation 2017

Although it is normal when confronted with headlines like ours to think that we are not very aware of how little time has passed since the end of Summer, but the truth is that few statements are as true as that there is nothing better than the winter months to prepare for your Summer holiday. With fewer hours of sunlight and temperatures that make us spend more time at home, these months are ideal for choosing your destination, comparing prices and finding out about all the things we want to enjoy on our Summer holidays.

It is a fact that sun and beach destinations are the leaders when choosing a location but … that is not necessarily so. Although our country has plenty of coastal destinations, the fact is that only a few are ideal for those traveling in the family and with our children.

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Lanzarote, between islands and volcanoes

Cover the path that leads to La Graciosa, visit the original House Museum of César Manrique or take the route of the volcanoes. These are some of the ideas offered by the destination Lanzarote. It is fascinating for parentss and impressive in the eyes of young travelers, the Canary Islands is a real treat.

Why should you choose Lanzarote as a destination for your next holiday? Because the climate is always mild (without those pesky spikes summer that beset us much), because the food is simply delicious, because you can find perfect family hotels such as the IBEROSTAR La Bocayna Village, located in Yaiza.

Tenerife, the Magic of Mount Teide

Although many parents will choose the island of Tenerife for its impressive Teide (which can be reached by guided tour), the Canary Island is much more than our country’s main volcano. Tenerife is a joy for the little ones and who does not know impressive parks like Loro Parque?

Of all the different family hotels situated in the Canary Islands, the IBEROSTAR Las Dalias is one of the most complete. Along with its exceptional location (within one minute from the popular Bobo beach) this hotel is designed to make the little ones stay a really unforgettable experience.

Playa de Muro, far more than blue waters

That Mallorca is lovely from north to south is certainly true, although the beach is the main attraction, it would be unfair to limit the island just to its coast. Although from its name it may seem that Playa de Muro only offers “sun and beach”, but the fact is that this area of Mallorca is within walking distance of the Parc de S’Albufera, the main wetland of the island, a place to see countless native species and an area that is next to the family hotel IBEROSTAR Albufera Playa.

A family trip to Fuerteventura? These are the best when going with children

Although it may seem that any beach will do when going with the family since all you need to spend a day of sun and swimming with children is to be close by specific services such as toilets, shaded areas and games (if possible). One of our country’s destinations with the most beaches for families traveling with children is the paradise island Fuerteventura.

With beaches for all tastes and offering an undisputedly large range of entertainment and leisure activities, the island of Fuerteventura has a catalogue of beaches ideal for children who will have a great time whilst parents don’t have to worry about anything. The three beaches listed below are some of the highlights of the island.

Playa de Sotavento

Parking, permanently kept clean, beach bars and bathrooms, Sotavento Beach presents itself as a perfect choice for families. A white sandy beach and crystal clear turquoise waters that is located in the southern part of the island of Fuerteventura.

Besides being a clean and well-equipped beach, Playa de Sotavento is one of those beaches that has the virtue of not being overcrowded at almost any time of year.

Playa Matorral

While it is not an untouched and deserted beach, Playa Thicket is one of the best beaches suitable for families who want to spend a day of sun and bathing with their children. With services of all kinds (hammocks, umbrellas, toilets and so on), this beach is a delight as far as cleanliness, location and entertainment is concerned and its waters offer you lots of fun water sports to enjoy.

El Bajo Negro

El Bajo Negro is a perfect mix of sand dunes and beach perfectly prepared to suit families. This beach is not only beautiful in itself but offers various services for a comfortable day at the beach with all that is necessary for young and old.

Child-Friendly Hotels in Fuerteventura

For family trips, beyond choosing the perfect beach for a beach day out, it is necessary to research the best accommodation from which to choose. Some of the highlights in Fuerteventura are:

  • IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace: Perfect for families with children, the IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace is located in the most beautiful area of Playa Jandia.
  • IBEROSTAR Gaviotas Park: Another hotel ideal for traveling with children is the IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Gaviotas Park, a hotel with swimming pools, animation and mini-club.
  • IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas: Jandía Playa is also the location of the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas, a hotel for families with everything needed for an ideal vacation.

An ideal way to a vacation in the Canary Islands with the family

That it’s a comfortable destination, beautiful and with leisure activities for the whole family (especially for kids), these are the basics that every family looks for when picking one destination over another. Of course, in the same way that not all destinations are the same, neither are families. So, although there are many who prefer the tourist scene, others prefer to discover all the magic of a destination with a family trip.

In Spain we have many destinations that lend themselves to that of a family holiday where you do everything: trips to the mountains, beach afternoons, visits to museums and parks to practicing water sports with the family. Here these can all be found in parts of our country like Andalusia, Mallorca or the Canary Islands, our chosen destination this September.

Although you can randomly choose any of its islands, the truth is the most exciting for young and old are Tenerife and Lanzarote, two beautiful volcanic islands, which are full of fun for the whole family.

Much more than the Teide

Beyond the typical excursion to Teide or the visit to the mythical Loro Parque, Tenerife is an ideal place for adventurous families who want to see at firsthand scenarios worthy of science fiction movies. And besides its beach and its volcanic areas of outstanding beauty (like the extraordinary Cueva del Viento), the island is home to places like Garachico, a place full of natural pools that will delight young and old.

Enchanting nature in Lanzarote

They say that Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are the two most beautiful islands in the Canary Islands and whoever made that statement was not far wrong. Our second family destination for this September is Lanzarote, a totally volcanic island in which beautiful places like the island of La Graciosa can be found.

In addition to what is recommended in guides and brochures (like climbing to Timanfaya or visiting the Museum of César Manrique), enjoy the festival of the natural world, as shown in the cactus garden or the natural lakes found in Guinate Tropical Park.

Family Hotels in Tenerife and Lanzarote
Since hotels on Tenerife and Lanzarote are numerous, there is nothing better than to opt for chains designed for those wanting to enjoy family holidays. Hotel chains like Olé Hotels which offers families its hotel Olé Tropical Tenerife and Ole Olivina Lanzarote, two hotels full of services and amenities to make your family summer vacation a luxury.

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.