Gran Canaria in detail

Travel with Children

Gran Canaria is a kiddie wonderland with plenty of natural, manufactured and theme-parked stuff to do. The beaches are the most obvious attraction and those in the southern resorts come complete with all manner of boat rides. In Puerto Rico you can go dolphin-spotting with Spirit of the Sea. Further west is Taurito, which resembles a family-themed park with several pools (and pool tables) plus an abundance of amusements geared towards children and accommodating grown-ups. Theme parks are prolific in these parts, particularly around Playa del Inglés, where you can choose from camel rides, zoos, water parks, Wild West shows and a few more things besides. Cocodrilo Park, near Agüimes, is part zoo, part sanctuary, with the majority of its animals being abandoned exotic pets. On a more highbrow note, even the most museum-jaded tot cannot fail to be impressed by the model galleons at the Casa-Museo de Colón in Las Palmas, with its colourful Columbus history. For a more hands-on, 'how the hell does it work?' experience, tag after the school trips at the superb Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnología, a science museum also in the island’s capital.