Even though our cruise was a very relaxing week with everything taken care of for us, I still found our week in Gran Canaria allowed us to unwind even more. Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. They are part of Spain and are a well-known European hotspot guaranteed to have nice weather all year round.
I found a resort where you stay in little self-catering bungalows, each with a patio and yard.
It had three pools (heated, which isn’t very common in Europe!), laundry facilities and a free shuttle into town. It wasn’t super fancy, but it was just what we needed. We only worried about whether we wanted to go to the pool, or the beach.
This was William’s first time playing around in the pool aside from some swimming lessons and he had a blast!
We got into a nice, simple routine of having a leisurely breakfast, putting William down for his nap while we relaxed on our deck, then going to the pool, having lunch and then putting William down for his afternoon nap. We cooked some fresh seafood and ate our fare share of jamon and manchego cheese.
We didn’t worry about doing any sightseeing aside from walking along the ocean in the hotel zone.
There was a large sand dune at the beach, but we were in full vacation mode and too lazy to walk up it. The landscape was stunning with the ocean, mountains and vegetation in the distance.
We took William to the beach and he enjoyed squishing his toes in the sand and playing in the waves.
We met lots of friendly families, mostly from Scandinavia, Spain and the UK. The kids all shared their pool toys and had fun playing together in the water.
I would highly recommend Gran Canaria for a family friendly getaway where you are sure to have mild temperatures. It’s a little hard to get to from Canada, so I’m glad we had the chance to visit while we are in London.