If you’re looking for more adventure on your next holiday in the sun, Lanzarote could be the perfect destination. Famed for its year round sunshine and pleasantly warm sea temperature, this island has become a watersports nirvana. Here’s some of the best thrill seeking activities to enjoy.
Nestled in the middle of the Atlantic, this volcanic island has trade winds throughout much of the year. It provides perfect conditions for windsurfing with something to suit all abilities. The bay of Las Cuchara in Costa Teguise is known as the best spot on the island. During the summer months, you’ll find experienced windsurfers from around the globe practicing their freestyle tricks. Other popular beaches include Playa Blanca and La Santa. These are great for beginners with plenty of surf schools and private tuition available.
With its diverse eco system, visitors can look forward to a spectacular underwater excursion. At the harbor of Puerto del Carmen, there are several shipwrecks to explore which are bursting with life. You may even find yourself up close and personal with an angel shark or common ray. Dive centers can be found in all the major resorts areas. For those who would prefer to snorkel, the south of the island provides calmer waters.
The strong winds make excellent conditions for sport sailing too. You’ll have no problem finding tour providers offering practical and theory sailing courses. Be sure to choose one that is accredited by the Royal Yachting Association for a safe and fun filled day out. Alternatively, hop aboard a relaxed boat tour and you may spot pilot whales or dolphins.
Once a hidden gem amongst the surfing fraternity, Lanzarote is now well known as a world class surf destination. The northern shores are home to some of the biggest waves in Europe. The more advanced surfer should spend a day at the beach near Jameos del Agua. It’s said to be the longest wave on the island that’s breaks over volcanic reef. Accessibility can be difficult and this lineup will get busy when conditions are good. Famara Beach in the north is a better option for beginners with areas of gently breaking and small waves. Surf schools can provide board and wet suite rental with tuition available.
The crystal waters surrounding this island are perfectly suited for big game fishing. Harbor towns like Puerto del Carmen in the South, have boats available for charter. You can enjoy a morning on the high seas and if you’re lucky you may catch wahoo, blue marlin or Tuna. Some tours even specialize in shark fishing.
A holiday in Lanzarote doesn’t have to be endless hours of lounging under the sun. Whilst that can be fun, it’s also worth checking out the many watersports for an unforgettable experience.
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