Tenerife Sports Activities
April 30, 2009 Leave a comment
Among surfers, the Canary Islands are known as the Hawaii of the Atlantic Ocean. Like Hawaii, the water and air temperatures do not vary much through the year making surfing in Tenerife a great experience.
Tenerife offers unique conditions for scuba diving. If you are diving here for example, you can swim among an incredible quantity of tropical fish or feed giant rays. There are many diving centres, numerous diving courses and also diving tours. Popular diving spots outside Puerto de la Cruz include the Chimney, Heaven’s Gate and the DC3 airplane wreck at El Sauzal.
Due to the pleasant climate of Tenerife, lots of rock climbers come here in the winter. The most famous place, Arico, is an open gorge running north and south with climbing routes on both sides. There are also a few places in Puerto de la Cruz where you can climb, for instance near the Martianez beach.
It is by no means an exaggeration to say that Tenerife is one of the most beautiful places in the world to paraglide as you climb the skies and look down on such incredible sights at any time of the year. There are numerous places to go paragliding and paragliders are not exactly a rare sight on the island.
The area around the volcano Teide offers excellent conditions for Mountain bikes and downhill trips. You can rent bikes from several places or book guided trips to the mountains. More confident mountain bikers can take the bus tours to Teide and it’s downhill all the way from there!
WIND AND KITE SURFING
El Médano in the southeast corner of Tenerife (about one hour by car from Puerto de la Cruz) is a great place for wind and kite surfing. The 2002 double World Champion Mark Shinn is one of the kite surfers who have settled down in El Médano.
Many of the locals are fanatical about these sports but they are also a great draw for Tenerife Tourism.