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might be one of the smaller Canary Islands in comparison to the larger Lanzarote
and Tenerife, but it still manages to be one of the best island hot spots for families looking for some fun in the sun and a great value summer holiday.
Puerto Rico has grown from its roots as a traditional fishing village into a brilliant resort boasting two golden beaches, amazing shopping opportunities and a lively nightlife. As one of the sunniest places on the island, you're also pretty much guaranteed holiday-long sunshine!
The blazing rays in peak season can send the mercury soaring past 30C, spot-on for those who like it hot, hot, hot! Temps of around 20C through winter also make package holidays to Puerto Rico a brilliant choice for a winter sun holiday. This is perfect for families with young children who want a quieter break with milder temperatures.
Maspalomas Sand Dunes
The beauty of choosing a small island like Gran Canaria as your holiday destination is that everything is within reach, no matter which resort you choose as your base. The Maspalomas sand dunes are a desert-like wonder that have to be seen to be believed, so why not saddle up for a camel safari across this golden stretch?
What you might not realise when booking holidays to Puerto Rico is that you can have two holidays for the price of one! Tenerife is only an hour away by boat, so why not head to your neighbouring island and spend a day at Loro Park or the Siam Park water park?
Las Palmas is Gran Canaria's capital and can be reached in less than an hour from Puerto Rico. Take your camera to get snaps of the cathedral, or have a wander around one of the many museums, including the Elder Museum of Science and Technology, Columbus House and the Museo Canario.
From your Puerto Rico base, a pleasant 20 minute walk along the coastal path will take you to Amadores Beach, a curved cove where Caribbean sands make up the golden stretch. The calm waters are ideal for little ones, making this a fantastic spot for families.
A Bike Trek
The gorgeous scenery of this island is just begging to be explored, and what better way to do that than by bike? Sign up for a bike trek, or simply hire some wheels, then head off on coastal paths, up mountains and down valleys, for what's likely to be one of the most memorable bike rides you've ever had.
Learn to Dive
Gran Canaria is a great place for scuba diving and even beginners can head underwater with one of the specialist dive schools on the Island. Whilst on holiday to Puerto Rico you can grab the chance to explore submerged shipwrecks and come face-to-face with colourful sea creatures on an underwater adventure.
A top attraction, The Great Pyramid of Khufu is an awe-inspiring site and stands over 139 meters high. Built over three generations this iconic and historic destination has to be seen to be believed.
Be a Pirate
Something for the kids now - ahoy me hearties, it's a pirate boat trip out to sea! Not only can you board a replica galleon run by pirates (and parrots!), but you can also snorkel, play swashbuckling games and take lunch on deck. This is a really fun day out for all the family to enjoy together.
Gran Canaria is a quiet island on the whole, making it a great choice for those looking to relax or spend fun time as a family. If Puerto Rico seems a little too lively for you, why not try laidback Playa Amadores instead? It's just down the coast, so you can pick and choose when to pop into Puerto Rico for an exciting taste of a busier island resort.
A real draw for young families are the safe, shallow waters and the curved sweep of golden sand, but you'll also find a sheltered promenade that's the perfect place to enjoy a cooling drink or a bite near the beach.
Playa del Cura
Another one of Puerto Rico's quieter neighbours is Playa Del Cura, where dark sands are flanked by dramatic cliffs. The Crocodile Park makes a cool excursion for brave kids (and adults too), or for the ultimate beach break you can beach hop between here and the golden sands of nearby Playa Amadores.
Small but perfectly formed, Gran Canaria is a brilliant choice of family holiday destination. For lots to do, book Puerto Rico holidays with Direct Holidays ' or make the most of the Island's easy accessibility with a quieter base and lots of fun excursions.