Family holidays in Gran Canaria
This was not the first time we went to Gran Canaria; we were on the island in spring, and on New Year’s, and in autumn. In my opinion, the ideal time to travel with children is from mid-September to almost the end of November. At this time there is no strong heat, storms and the ocean is noticeably warmer. It was hot in June, but we still had a great rest. Both in the pool and in the ocean, children were bathed before lunch and after 6 pm. June is good for surfers – often there was a good wind and decent waves.
Most resort towns are located on the south side of the island. If you want to settle closer to the best beach of the island – the dunes of Maspalomas, then you should stay in one of the hotels in this part of the island. Of the areas near the coast I least like San Augustin – there is an old dense building, and the lack of greenery is compensated by green youth, who sometimes relax too loudly and cheerfully.
Among the Maspalomas hotels there are enough decent ones, but they are a bit further from the beach, so a rental car is desirable here. It seems to me that the most convenient (but also the most expensive) part of the resort is Melaneras. Hotels are fresher here, many have built recently and much more green. In addition, the promenade in this area is much prettier.
In this part of the resort area there are more shops with expensive cosmetics and clothes.
In two weeks we managed to visit the water park, Cocodrilo, and Palmitos Park.
The children liked Kokodrilo Park the most, although it is noticeably inferior in magnitude to the famous Loro park and even the more modest Palmitos park. The park lives up to its name, there are really a lot of crocodiles here, of different sizes, types, groups and one at a time – healthy, well-fed well-fed creatures, there are small shows. The general feeling from the zoo is not typical – it is much more soulful, apparently due to the fact that it is a private charity that was not originally planned as a commercial one.
The water park is standard, without any frills, but clean and beautifully decorated.
The beaches on the island are well-kept, clean, coastal services really worry about the safety of vacationers.
Installed showers and comfortable foot washers. It is worth considering that the central part of the beach near the dunes is chosen by lovers of leisure without clothes, so if you are not ready to see a hotel neighbor without a tie and a bow tie, it is better to swim and sunbathe closer to the hotels.
I don’t particularly like local souvenirs – a fairly standard set for tourists, and wood products often have an extremely unpleasant smell. But the selection of products is wonderful. Lots of seafood, good fresh fish.
The only thing is that it’s better not to shop in the small shops of the tourist zone, but to drive a little deeper into a large supermarket – both prices and quality will be noticeably better. In shops, a large selection of jamon – from 10 to 70 euros per kg. The most delicious, in my opinion, is Iberian. In many stores, jamon can be packed in a vacuum bag, it is very convenient if you want to take home and extend your vacation.
I really like local cosmetics with aloe vera. It is not expensive (and some creams are very cheap from 2 to 10 euros), but in quality they are often better than more sophisticated brands. In supermarkets, gel with aloe is sold for 1.50 euros – it heals fine cuts and damage very well.