Lots. Naturally, the beach plays an important part in most family forays to the Canaries, but there is a bucket-load of other things to do that will keep visitors of varying maturity amused. Each island is very diverse and offers a different landscape and opportunities for family fun some man-made, some natural and some a combination of both. The archipelago's towns also have a part to play in keeping children occupied. However, the vast majority of family adventures are of the outdoors type, so don't forget to plaster on the industrial-strength sun cream.
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Watersports are one of the great strengths of the Canary Islands. The north-easterly trade winds that once filled the sails of galleons from Portugal, France and Spain now propel windsurfers, tug at kites, and ruffle the hair of yachtsmen, sea kayakers and surf dudes. Scuba divers and snorkellers, too, have much to enjoy: this corner of the Atlantic is rich in marine life, including dolphins, turtles and a few species of (harmless) shark.
The Canaries have featured in some of the world's great voyages, so it is fitting that they boast some excellent repositories of the stories of the sea.
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