Why Lanzarote is the best Canary Island for activity holidays
Lanzarote is warm
It enjoys warm weather every month of the year. It rarely gets seriously cold in winter or too hot in summer to be able to enjoy outdoor activities whenever you want.
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Lanzarote is one of the breezy Canary Islands. In most places the wind isn't enough to spoil 'topping up the tan' time. But when it comes to some sporting activities, the constant breeze is a bonus. Windsurfers and Kiteboarders, from beginner level to world champions, go to Lanzarote (specifically Costa Teguise, La Santa and Famara) each year to take advantage of conditions that are ideal. In the case of these sports, summer months are best as the winds are strongest but you have bigger waves in winter, especially around Famara, which make Lanzarote an excellent all year choice for surf enthusiasts.
The cooling breeze can also be very welcome if you're a runner or cyclist, two of the other activities are extremely popular on Lanzarote.
Perfect sea conditions
The sea around Lanzarote is basically one huge, adventure playground. Clearly it figures when it comes to good windsurfing and kiteboarding, but Atlantic rollers create some of the best conditions in Europe for surfing. Generally speaking, west coast waves are bigger than east coast and if it's a tube wave you're after, the holy grail for surfers - Famara's almost legendary 'pipe Canario'.
The sea around Lanzarote isn't just about hi-octane sports. Stand Up paddle is a more tranquil board sport that is dead easy to get to grips with the calm turquoise waters between Costa Teguise and Arrecife are perfect for some gentle action.
Under the waves
What do you get if you add surreal volcanic rock formation, warm water all year, high definition visibility, shipwrecks and over 500 species of fish? Fantastic scuba diving!
Lanzarote isn't a densely populated island. The roads are relatively empty, making it a cyclist's and runner's paradise. As well as quiet main roads, there is a network of hard, flat dirt trails and rugged, off track courses. A few years ago, the island's government created a network of over 200 kilometres of cycling routes, ranging from gentle routes for beginners to more challenging ones aimed at die hard veterans.
There's no point in having hundreds of kilometres in cycling routes if the surroundings aren't inspirational. You could say Lanzarote's arid and beautiful lunar terrain with its army of ruddy, slightly threatening volcanic cones and unique vineyards is an 'out of this world' backdrop for any activity.
As a hiker, Lanzarote there are some great walks which recently have become will signposted
We have a free walking guide which can be found by clicking the link
Where the western islands might have more dramatic and diverse landscapes for hiking, the eastern islands boast better beaches by far – which is fantastic whether surfing the waves or relaxing on golden sands afterwards.
Top sporting facilities
The rise in popularity of the island as an activities destination has also seen a continual development of high quality sporting facilities. Whether into running, swimming, board sports, cycling, hiking or diving there are excellent sport facilities to suit everyone from enthusiastic beginners to top sports personalities, including the likes of F1 driver -Fernando Alonso. Locations which have been developed with sports tourism in mind are La Santa and Costa Teguise.
World class competitions
Undertaking a sporting activity for fun is one thing, but for anyone who relishes the thought of competing against others or pushing themselves to the limit, Lanzarote is a venue for numerous local and international sporting competitions throughout the year. These range from any number of gruelling triathlons (including Ironman in May) to the Lanzarote International Marathon in December and world championship kiteboarding and windsurfing competitions in summer.
Ultimately, some of the other Canary Islands may be better for practising specific activities, but they can't match the all round package, covering an impressive range of sports, that Lanzarote offers.