Discover the best outdoor activities in Canary Islands. With temperatures ranging from about 18°C in winter to 24°C in summer, you’re almost guaranteed the perfect weather for whatever activity suits your taste.
The amazing variety of landscapes from La Palma’s humid and verdant hills to the vast lunar landscapes of Lanzarote – means that the same activity will be different on each island. Each of the Canary Islands is a show in itself.
Most trekkers and adventure seekers flock to the smaller islands, especially, La Palma and Lanzarote, for water sports but it’s possible to get away from the crowds and test your adventuresome spirit on any of the Canary Islands. All of them display excellent hiking and biking trails and the abundance of water sports is obvious.
Walking & Hiking
Thousands of historic paths and trails used before the days of cars crisscross the islands. A good place to start is the Parque Nacional del Teide on Tenerife. It offers a variety of walks and hikes. Easy strolls ending at lookout points or multi-day treks crossing mountains and gorges.
National parks aren’t the only spots with good hiking trails. Among our other favorites are the Ruta de los Volcanes on La Palma. Also highly recommended are the Dunes of Maspalomas on Gran Canaria.
Sign up for a guided hike in the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya for a truly spectacular walk. You’ll have to plan in advance, but the effort will be well rewarded.
Diving & Snorkeling in Canary Islands
The variety of marine life, the warm and calms waters of the Canary Islands make a great place for scuba diving or snorkeling.
The volcanic coast is made up of beautiful rock formations and caves and you can spot around 350 species of fish and 600 different kinds of algae.
Scuba schools are scattered across the islands. So you won’t have trouble finding someone willing to take you out. Lanzarote offers enviable diving conditions as well, with visibility up to 20 meters and especially warm waters.
Most diving centers are concentrated around the southern resorts on Tenerife. The area around Los Gigantes has the reputation of having the best diving conditions. It’s possible to do wreck dives, cave dives and boat dives.
On Gran Canaria Puerto de Mogán is the main dive centre, and there are plenty of boats heading out to dive in and around the caves and wrecks that lie not far from the shore. Diving in Canary Islands.
Surfing & Windsurfing in Canary Islands
Other important activities in Canary Islands. Surfing and windsurfing. Surfing and windsurfing are popular water sports on most of the islands.
Schools offering classes and equipment rental are scattered around the windier coasts and there are a variety of spots to choose from. This schools ranging from the beginner-friendly sandy beaches of Fuerteventura to the wilder waves of eastern Tenerife.
La Caleta de Famara and Isla Graciosa on Lanzarote offer world-class surf breaks. There’s great windsurfing around the Pozo Izquierdo beach and Playa de Las Canteras in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria.
You should head to the area around El Cotillo, Corralejo and the Isla de Lobos on Fuerteventura. The waves really start pumping around late September and continue throughout the winter in those places. The southern coast of Fuerteventura is also a great windsurfing spot. The best site is Playa de Sotavento on Jandía.
Las Galletas and nearby El Médano on Tenerife is one of the best places in the world for windsurfing. International competitions are held here every year and enthusiasts from all over the globe gather on the long, sandy beaches to test the waters.
Golf in Canary Islands
The southern Tenerife has become the Canary Islands’ golf hot spot in the past decade. Golfers who love the balmy temperatures have generated the creation of a half-dozen courses in and around the Playa de las Americas alone. They can play year-round. The courses are aimed at holiday golfers and are not known for being particularly challenging.
You’ll also find a few courses around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and a course or two dotted around Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Many of the clubs have prestigious golf schools where you can sign up for classes either at beginner’s level or merely to improve your play and your swing.
You should not miss an opportunity to discover the Canary Islands in another way.
Biking in Canary Islands
More activities in Canary Islands: biking. Cycling may be the perfect way to see the Canary Islands if you’ve got strong body and legs. Bike rental is available across the islands. Several companies offer guided excursions of a day or even longer. Try the climb up to El Teide if you think you’re in very good shape.
If constantly heading uphill on a bicycle isn’t your idea of a good time. Sign up with a guided excursion. They’ll often cart your bike up to the top of the hill then turn you loose to zip down.
Gran Canaria and the eastern islands have less extreme routes. Above all Gran Canaria has a strong cycling community. For instance, outside Maspalomas there are a few excellent bike trails. Fuerteventura also has decent cycling areas. Popular freetime activity is also motorcycle rental and trike in Spain.
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