This year saw me and Olivia take to the skies for our first family holiday abroad since visiting Egypt just before I turned 30. My mum turned 60 in April and one of her wishes was that we take a nice big family holiday together before there are simply too many of us to negotiate it.
After weeks and weeks of deliberating, we settled on Gran Canaria and an All Inclusive Package Holiday. Parque Cristobal was to be our destination with its family-friendly resort and bungalows as opposed to a hotel. Perfect for our mini monsters. Everyone I spoke to told us it was a gorgeous island to visit and we wouldn’t be disappointed. We really weren’t.
After surviving our 4-hour flight to the island in a group of 17 we were itching to get to the resort and start enjoying our holiday. We didn’t have any plans other than to just enjoy and relax. With there being so many of us it probably wouldn’t have worked out anyway if we had booked something. So it was left to each individual family to decide what they wanted to do each day during our week there.
As expected the resort was absolutely gorgeous and for the most part, we did stay on site. But that meant we were missing out on all Gran Canaria had to offer whilst we were there. So midweek I booked myself onto a Canarian Combo trip. Olivia didn’t want to join me and spent the day at one of the local gorgeous beaches with my mum and sister. She also managed to end up in McDonald’s so she was more than happy!
The Canarian Combo is one full day comprising of a camel ride, an off-roading drive down the mountain and dolphin watching. It was quite possibly one of the best experiences I have ever had. That was until my seasickness took hold on the boat trip and I had to try not to succumb to the motion of the sea around me. I did, however, manage to get some shots and videos of the dolphins before I was incapacitated!
During our trip, we managed to take in some sights around the island as we travelled to each destination for our activities. All we had seen aside from the resort before this was on our transfer to Parque Cristobal. But there is so much more than that to see. That day our excursion started at Pico de la Cogolla, then a camel ride before heading back down the mountainside to end up in Puerto Rico.
We would absolutely love to visit Gran Canaria for a family holiday again. Holiday Gems have a great selection of package holidays should we decide to visit once more. If we do I have a wishlist of places to visit and things to see to get the most out of my trip. As fun as it was relaxing by the pool this time, it would be such a waste to go back and not explore some more.
A Family Holiday Checklist for Gran Canaria
Palmitos Park is a wildlife park where you can catch birds of prey shows, parrots and much more. There are crocodiles and dolphins too. Definitely, one to visit with the kids. We were debating visiting here but decided against it for other experiences.
Cocodrilo Park is an animal sanctuary. Here you can see a host of different animals that have been rescued from neglect and many other circumstances.
Doramas park looks absolutely beautiful. With a playground for kids and a little cafe, it looks like a lovely way to spend a few hours for a change of scenery.
Paradise Lago Taurito & Aqua Park.
It’s an aqua park what more do I need to say!
Again another water park, But in being so close to the equator, it gets hot and what better way to cool down than to hit up as many waterparks as you can.
A Gran Canaria Excursion
Away from the tourist areas of the island, there are so many cultural places to visit. Hidden gems and new experiences. I would love to take one of these excursions to see more of the island and get a feel for what it is like away from the hustle and bustle of the hotels and tourists resorts.
Have you ever visited Gran Canaria? I would love to hear about your experiences and get some tips as to the best places to visit for when we go back again.