The list of sports are endless but I have come up with a list under 3 main categories:
Being an island, the options for water sports are great. You can try most of these sports even if you have never tried before. Perhaps even learn to swim, get your PADI scuba dive certification or even get over your fear of heights by trying the parasailing.
But hiking and cycling are now becoming very popular, especially in the winter months from October to March. The roads up to the mountains are almost a sport themselves but for hikers and cyclists it is like all their dreams came true.
Ball sports have always been a great way to enjoy getting some exercise and usually add the competitive edge to see who is going to win. Our villas are located around Anfi Tauro golf course so obviously golf would be a huge attractions for our guests. There is a championship 18 hole course, an excellent par 3 course and a nice driving range. Club rental can be arranged at the golf course.
The sea temperature is nice for most of the year. Of course it is a little colder during the winter months but you can then avail of our heated pools or just relax in the hot tub. Of course you cannot swim in the hot tub but it's a great place to relax and unwind.
The clear waters around the island make it a great place to get your PADI certification. In Puerto Rico, which is less than 5 minutes drive from our villas, there are a few PADI training centres. So if you are a complete novice or even an experienced diver, there are great options for you here on Gran Canaria.
Paddle boarding is becoming increasingly popular. Basically you stand up on a surf board and paddle while standing. I think it looks easier than it probably is. Definitely worth a try..........
More conventional way to paddle around. You can hire kayaks at Puerto Rico and there is even a set tour that you can join along the coast. Single or double kayaks are available. If you choose the double make sure you are the person at the back as you get to control everything and can take timeouts without the other person knowing ;-)
Surfing is really popular with the younger generation but the best "surf" is in the north of the island. It's best to learn and train on Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas as the reef there makes it an ideal place to learn. Then you can head to more challenging surf locations all along the north coast. Some people just spend their days, weeks and years chasing the best surf and they look happier than most people :-)
Windsurfing is another very popular sport on the island but again has a specific area where it is best to try it. Along the east coast is best as the winds are strong. The world championships are often held in Pozo Izquierdo on the east coast. It really is impressive to see the speeds that the professionals can get up to and the strength needed to maintain control.
With all the jet skis and pleasure boats there is usually a person who thinks it will be easy to do some basic water skiing. But much to the delight of the people laying on the beach, many of these guys fail miserably and keep getting dunked in the water. During the summer months you may see more experienced skiers but they are few and far between.
You either love them or hate them. They are the noisiest and most contentious things on the sea. Just when you are relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet, a lunatic goes screaming by on his jet ski. Where is he going? Nowhere. He's just going in circles. But the original jet skis were actually quite difficult but now they have the sit on versions so anyone can try their luck. Enjoy if you like making noise and you like the attention ;-)
Let me doooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn NOW! Well, he just couldn't hear me and probably thought I was screaming with joy. Not at all. I'm not great with heights but I'm always game to give everything a go once. Parasailing was one of the things I did twice and I really regret it. But for the thrill seekers then it is a great buzz.
Puerto Rico and Mogan ports offer a range of different sailing options. Head down to the port and ask around and you will be able to find a suitable option.
Now this is an impressive water sport. Combining strength and technique it is really fun to watch these guys operate. The speeds and heights which they get up to is really amazing. Great for the thrill seekers but I would expect that it takes a lot of practice to get the hang of it.
This is very seasonal so make sure you ask in advance as to what type of fish you will be trying to catch. Blue Marlin are quite popular to fish and most of the good outfits will operate a catch and release policy. You will very likely have dolphins following you along your route. Deep sea fishing looks easy but it is far from it. Depending on the size of the catch it can be really tough work reeling them in. But so much fun..............
In the last few years, there has been an explosion in the number of cyclists on the roads. During the winter we get many professionals doing their winter training programme. But there are always significant numbers of normal cyclists who enjoy cycling through the windy mountain roads. It's a fantastic way to get around this amazing island. Bike hire is also available and most outfits will drop the bikes at the villas.
Hiking, trekking or just plain walking is THE best way to explore the island. There are many different trails set out throughout the island but I highly recommend talking with the local tourist office before you head out on your trail. Let them know which trail you are going on and they can give up to date advice on the best way to complete the trail. On the website www.GranCanaria.com there are loads of trails available and a guy called Rambling Roger is famous for his trails.
Not a mainstream sport but it is getting more popular. It is a regular type of sport in childrens playgrounds these days and when they start young then they can move on to the more natural and challenging climbs. Please ensure to always put safety first. I've seen quite a few climbers when I hike up to Rogue Nublo
Played normally on the beach, "bats and balls" is a great way to soak up the sun and be active at the same time. We provide the equipment in our "Box of tricks" in each of the villas. All sorts of toys are there for the kids to enjoy on the beach or at the villas.
There are a few tennis courts nearby but the best is Tennis Island in Puerto Rico. Less than 10 minutes drive from our villas the club is open to non members and you can pay to play. I highly recommend making a reservation in advance.
Padel is more popular with the locals than tennis. It is combination of tennis, badminton, squash and raquetball. It is a fast sport but enjoyable to watch and play. Tennis Island also have Padel courts available for hire. They also have racquets and balls for hire.
Spaniards love their football. You will see many of them playing football on the beach and their close control and ball juggling skills are impressive. UD Las Palmas is the local team and they were in La Liga for a season but got relegated. They have a nice open air stadium and it is always nice to go there to watch a match. Everyone hopes they can make it back into La Liga.
The villas are located right on the Anfi Tauro golf course. It is without doubt the best course on the island but it is also quite expensive. But it is worth it. A challenging course for all levels but the design, layout and stunning views make it an enjoyable day out no matter how you score. There are also golf courses in El Salobre, Meloneras and in Las Palmas. But really, Anfi Tauro is where you will want to play. There is actually also a Par 3 course and a driving range so you have plenty of options if golf is your preferred sport.