Travelling with children Hotels in the Canary Islands: 10 adventures for all the family
Wildlife and fun in Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura
If you are looking for an adventure, why not climb the highest mountain in Spain in a cable car, descend to 30 metres below sea level on board a submarine, explore an enchanted forest with plants that lived 65 million years ago, or even climb a volcano? Get ready to start the adventure!
The Teide, the highest point in Spain
At 3718 metres above sea level, the Teide is the highest point in Spain. Just taking the cable car that whisks you up to the top of this volcano is an adventure in itself!
You can explore this National Park which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007, following trails and visiting the interpretation centres.
Staying at one of our Iberostar family hotels in Costa Adeje, in Tenerife South, is a great idea to enjoy a fun holiday in the Canary Islands with everything you need at your fingertips.
Journey to the centre of the Earth in the Cave of the Wind
The fifth largest network of volcanic galleries in the world is located in the Icod de los Vinos valley, in the north of Tenerife. In the Cave of the Wind, children can play at being cavers in a magical place created by nature.
From the visitor centre, a guide will explain the treasures you are about to discover. After a brief van ride, a forest trail will lead you to the entrance of the cave and from there, you head to the centre of the Earth!
Go whale watching
In Tenerife, it is possible to see whales and dolphins in the wild all year round. On the island there are authorized and committed boats, offering quality tours which are respectful of both the environment and the animals' well being.
The best excursions depart from Puerto Colón, Los Cristianos or Los Gigantes. All these ports are very close to our Iberostar hotels in Tenerife. At the hotel reception, our staff will be happy to provide you with all the information you need for the trip.
The surprises of the Enchanted Forest
The laurisilva is a type of prehistoric fern that is more than 65 million years old. Around 20 million years ago, laurisilva or laurel forests covered most of southern Europe and northern Africa, today however, they have practically disappeared.
In the Anaga Rural Park, the Enchanted Forest of Laurisilva is a magical place. This natural area is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is located in the northeast of the island, just minutes from the exclusive Iberostar Heritage Grand Mencey, a luxury 5-star hotel in the centre of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Fly among the trees in Forestal Park
This zip line park is located in the gateway to the Teide national park. Here children over 5 years old can burn off some adrenaline flying among the leafy canopies of the pine trees, native to the Canary islands.
Once you have got your breath back after all that why not go on a horse-back ride through the wilderness and enjoy the lush forest landscape before returning to your hotel?
Travel to the stars and explore other planets
The Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands is one of the most prestigious scientific and educational institutions in the world. It is on the island of Tenerife and has modern telescopes that investigate the most remote corners of the Universe.
In the Museum of Science and the Cosmos in La Laguna, your little apprentice astronomers will discover the secrets of space. You can experiment with telescopes, learn the names of the constellations and stars, and visit one of the best planetariums in Spain.
The greatest carnival in Europe
If you are planning to visit the Canary Islands in February or early March, you can't miss the world renowned Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The competition of chariots and decorated floats and the magnificent dresses of the carnival queens are a sight to see, with musical bands keeping the party going.
The streets are filled with joy and colour around the Iberostar Heritage Grand Mencey, the only 5-star hotel in Santa Cruz. Stay here and you can enjoy the exquisite food served up in any of the five restaurants, all of which are different.
On top of a volcano
The Timanfaya National Park, in Lanzarote, is one of the most impressive volcanic landscapes in the world. A place where the forces emerging from the depths of the earth are still present and very much alive.
It is also worth taking a walk in the National Park. Less than half an hour's drive from the Iberostar Selection Lanzarote Park hotel, where children can have fun exploring and meeting new friends in the Star Camp, a children's entertainment formula that combines fun and values in line with the age of each child.
Take a trip on a submarine
It's not every day you have the chance to travel in a submarine through one of the most diverse sea beds on the planet. With Submarine Safaris you can spot turtles, dolphins and other amazing marine species all the while respecting the environment.
The submarine descends to 30 metres below sea level, on a trip that will fascinate children. The port is located in Puerto Calero, 20 minutes by car from the beachfront hotel Iberostar Selection Lanzarote Park, and the Iberostar La Bocayna Village, one of the best hotels in Lanzarote surrounded by a cosy natural environment.
Relax on Lobos Island
For centuries sea lions (Lobos marinos in Spanish) called this small islet between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote home. Although today there are not many left, it is worth visiting to get away from it all, hiking or swimming on one of the many beaches. It is also an ideal place to spot native birds and small animals.
You can easily get to Lobos Island by taking a ferry from the port of Corralejo, in Fuerteventura; here you can stay at the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park, a hotel in Jandía right on the beach, where children can also enjoy the Star Camp programme with activities combining entertainment and value. What are you waiting for to discover the best hotels in the Canary Islands?