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Lanzarote or Tenerife with a 2 year old?

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cheeseoverchocolate Tue 05-Dec-17 16:15:54

Which would you recommend and why?

ineedwine99 Tue 05-Dec-17 16:16:52


Yogagirl123 Tue 05-Dec-17 16:32:49

Lanzarote, much nicer than Tenerife IMHO. There are 3 main resorts the largest and most lively is Puerto Del Carmen, but not a 18-30 type of resorts, more restaurants and bars etc, new town, near casino is quite flat, as is Matagorda, old town can be hilly in parts, something to consider if you have a buggy.

Playa Blanca is slightly more upmarket with a marina, lots of self catering accommodation.

Costa Teguise is a mix of the two. It depends what sort of holiday you are looking for, if you are wanting AI probably CT. For villa/self catering PB or PDC. Loads of reasonable restaurants and bars to chose from.

Lanzarote is quite a small island, hire a car and you can easily get to the tourist spots. The bus service is good to. PDC is 10mins from Arrecife airport, CT around 20mins and PB 35 mins by car.

Lanzarote is full of interesting sights, volcanoes, beaches, caves, zoo, César Manriques’ houses and designs, wine region. The natural beauty of Lanzarote is fab.

The island is full of low rise accommodation, the only high rise hotel is the The Arrecife Grand. I am a Lanzarote fan, can you tell OP, our favourite resort is PDC btw.

cheeseoverchocolate Tue 05-Dec-17 16:42:19

Thank you Yogagirl! We would be looking at self-catering. Can I ask what you didn't like about Tenerife? My worry about Lanzarote is that it looks a little small and we normally like to vary the stuff we do, i.e. not go to the beach every day so I thought perhaps Tenerife would offer more choices?

Xoticdreamz Tue 05-Dec-17 16:47:21

Lanzarote has loads to do . It's really family friendly and absolutely beautiful. No high rise buildings etc . It's done it's best to keep to its original canary island look due to a prominent politician/ artist when tourist trade was starting to boom. Loads of lovely restaurants, water parks , a zoo which holds rescued animals , boat trips, and loads of other day trips to markets/ volcanoes etc.
I go every January and sometimes more if I can.

RavingRoo Tue 05-Dec-17 16:48:32

With kids? Tenerife. Hands down. There’s far more to do with the kids there.

Xoticdreamz Tue 05-Dec-17 16:49:00

Ha ha , almost the exact same post yoga!
Big huge fan here as well . I think I have been 7 times so far and have still not done everything I want to do.

CottonSock Tue 05-Dec-17 16:50:46

North tenerife is lovely. I liked Lanzarote too but went to tenerife with kids in November and it was great. Loro parque, botanic gardens. South has a very different feel. Lanzarote I felt was better without toddler. Geology, vin yards and architecture

cheeseoverchocolate Tue 05-Dec-17 17:02:03

Thanks everyone.
Are the beaches equally nice?
Which of the islands get busier?

Yogagirl123 Tue 05-Dec-17 17:29:08

We have stayed in Tenerife a couple of times, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje, forgive spellings! Hotels were nice, but huge, very high rise, bothered by sellers on the beach and in restaurants, and timeshare touts etc. Never had that in Lanzarote. Lanzarote feels more laid back.

RavingRoo Tue 05-Dec-17 18:20:41

The beaches are probably nicer in Tenerife for me - long sandy stretches. Plenty of sunbed type places that do kids activities. Etc. Both islands were equally busy this year, but Tenerife is busier with young families.

whoareyou123 Tue 05-Dec-17 18:25:07

I would say Tenerife purely because of Siam Park (claimed to be largest waterpark in Europe) and Loro Parque (worlds largest indoor penguin exhibition, one of the few places in Europe with orcas, etc).

CottonSock Wed 06-Dec-17 10:01:27

Beaches nice south Tenerife, not north. Lanzarote a bit mixed

minipie Wed 06-Dec-17 10:10:27

Agree with pp, Tenerife with toddler, Lanzarote without.

Southern tenerife is warmer and sunnier than other parts of the canaries. and Loro Parque is amazing.

Lanzarote has lots of interest but for older kids and adults not toddlers I'd say. Unless you plan to go somewhere like Princesa Yaiza and just stay in the resort.

On Tenerife I would suggest staying in the Playa del Duque area (south west tip of tenerife), it doesn't have the mcdonalds/disco strips that you find further east.

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