Head for the beautiful beaches. All Gran Canaria's public beaches are free to access, and most offer beach chairs and umbrellas for a fee. The main public beach in Puerto Rico has lots of restaurants, shops and watersports – banana-boat rides, jet-ski hire and paragliding. With teenagers and older children, take the Big Red Power Boat Ride – like a rollercoaster on water (be prepared to get soaked!).
Venture to the picturesque town of Puerto de Mogan, with a main market on Fridays and a smaller craft market on Mondays – great for souvenirs (even sulky teens will enjoy browsing here). It also has a beach and a marina, and trips aboard the Yellow Submarine glass-bottomed vessel.
Inspire budding naturalists with trips out to see the dolphins or sealions. Or visit Palmitos Park for the monkeys, colourful birds, meerkats, and birds-of-prey shows. For something less cute, try the African-themed Crocodilo Park.
Relive moments from Lawrence of Arabia by taking a camel ride.
Take a history lesson by touring Casa de Colon, which was Christopher Columbus’ house. Little ones love the talkative parrots out front.
Brave Holiday World in Maspalomas – a funfair with rides for everyone, from rollercoasters and a sky-drop to kiddie rides. Then drop down to the beach and watch the professional sandcastle builders (if you’re coming from Playa del Inglès, beware that there’s a nudist area).
If your kids have an interest in the Wild West, head for Sioux City, with mock gunfights, BBQs, saloon gals, sheriffs and can-can girls, country and western music, plus a small children's zoo.
Avoid Las Palmas – Spain’s seventh largest city, with all the problems associated with most big urban areas, including pickpocketing. It’s not really geared towards small children, although if you’re happy watching them play around a plaza, it’s fine, and though the menus may not be child-friendly, local kids eat out with their parents late into the night.