The fantastic weather in Tenerife makes it the perfect holiday destination for people who love sport and leisure activities. Do you like fishing? Maybe you want to try out surfing? Perhaps golf is more your thing? Whatever you like to do, you will find it on the island. Carry on reading for Spain-Tenerife’s detailed guide on the different sporting pursuits available to you.
Imagine yourself on a boat, fishing rod in hand and the sun on your back. Suddenly, you feel the adrenalin and excitement the moment you know something is on the end of the line. Wow what a rush! In Tenerife, fishermen often catch barracuda, tuna, marlin and sailfish when practising big-game fishing. Trips can be organised from the large harbour in Los Cristianos and the picturesque marina in Puerto Colón, both of which are in the Costa Adeje area on Tenerife’s sunny south coast.
The thrill of diving is amazing! Immerse yourself in the colourful underwater world in Tenerife. Get up close and personal to an array of fish including barracudas and groupers as well as enjoying encounters with rays, turtles and sometimes even sharks.
On Tenerife you can also dive and swim with some dolphins or even feed the rays. There are diving schools located all over the island, especially in the south at various beaches along the Costa Adeje coastline.
Do you have sailing in your blood? Or maybe you would like to try it out for the first time? In any case, look for the sports marinas (puerto deportivo), local sailing clubs and federations. You can rent yachts or catamarans for day excursions or longer trips. A particularly good place to do this is in Los Cristianos on the south coast.
Experience the great outdoors, the fantastic feeling of skiing on water with the wind in your hair. There are several options for water sports in Playa de Las Américas including water-skiing, hiring a jet-ski or taking part in a parasailing trip.
This is one of the most popular sports practised off some beaches. It doesn't matter where you are on the island; you always seem to have enough breeze to head out with your board and sail. Windsurfing equipment can be hired from many places, including El Médano, Playa de Las Américas and Los Cristianos.
If you want to get away from the crowds and head for the hills how about hiring a mountain bike and going for a ride? Bikes are available for rent in most resorts, especially on the south coast.
Tenerife is a beautiful island with a stunning countryside. This landscape is just waiting to be discovered, so if you like to hike or go out for walks in attractive surroundings, look for the 21 marked trails through the Parque Nacional de las Cañadas del Teide, the Mount Teide National Park. Other areas offering spectacular walks include the Anaga Mountains region in the north-east and around the Valle de la Orotava in the north of the island.
Golfers from all over the world flock to Tenerife every year to enjoy uninterrupted games on verdant greens, lush fairways and challenging courses that offer awesome views over the ocean. One area where this is very popular is the aptly-named Golf del Sur, on the south coast. Here you will find a 27-hole championship course that has hosted several prestigious competitions over the years. Another area that is popular among golfers is Costa Adeje and there are several courses in the north of the island.
There are several go-karting options in Tenerife, especially on the south coast. Tracks are different in speed, size and facilities and all have karts that range from child-sized to adult-sized. Look out for special vehicles that promote go-karting all over Playa de las Américas and the Costa Adeje area.
Tennis is a popular sport in Tenerife. Many of the hotels recommended by Spain-Tenerife offer tennis courts. Wandering around the Costa Adeje area, you will come across many tennis courts that can be used by the public.
Canarian Wrestling (Lucha Canaria)
This is a spectator sport practised throughout the islands and is a popular tourist attraction. The basic objective of this sport is to throw the opponent to the ground, in teams usually composed of 12 wrestlers. There is a Canarian wrestling ring in Valle San Lorenzo, which is slightly up in the mountains, 15 kilometres away from Costa Adeje.