The Canary Islands Archipelago is a real paradise for extreme, adventure or nature sports. Beyond the clemencies of the climate, with average temperatures that fluctuate between 19 °C and 24 °C all year round, the islands’ orography and relief invite you to do sports on land, in the sea and in the air. A respectful, healthy, sustainable way to enjoy the spectacular nature of the Canary Islands.
The Canary Islands are home to an enormous diversity of terrains for this sport: mountain roads, routes through forests, abrupt landscapes and volcanic passes with all kinds of changes in elevation where your bicycle becomes the perfect partner for discovering spectacular places.
Whichever discipline you choose, cycling enthusiasts will find the perfect circuit for it, whether they are amateurs or have come to the islands to participate in the numerous professional competitions held here each year. And you don’t need to bring anything with you because it’s easy to find everything you need to get pedalling at an equipment hire company or even hotels that include bikes as an extra during your stay.
The constant presence of the trade winds in the upper and mid-height areas of the islands makes flights possible all year round in the best conditions. The Canary Islands have a large number of flight take-off points. Although you don’t have to be a professional to enjoy these flights, it is important to contact the numerous associations and schools that can offer you the best information on hang gliding around the island. A real experience where you will be able to discover and delight in some unforgettable views.
The volcanic inheritance bequeathed to the Canary Islands makes it excellent terrain for any kind of climbing. Whether traditional, mixed, artificial or—especially—sport climbing, there are lots of rocky formations encompassed in just a small area that are perfect for climbing, due to both their shape and their composition, which means you can get in practice on different surfaces on a single day. It’s important to remember that there are routes for all levels, from beginners to professionals.
Appreciating the diversity of the beautiful natural areas in the Canary Islands is added value when it comes to adventure sports such as orienteering. The Canary Islands orography poses a real challenge for fans of this discipline, which is getting a wider following every day. The continuous changes in elevation, the different types of terrain and the altitudes mean that there are lots of maps available to help you discover and explore the islands.
There is no doubt that trail runners who come to the Canary Islands are extremely fortunate to be able to take routes as beautiful as the ones available in the archipelago. A discovery that opens up with each step you take. That is why the Canary Islands have become the stage for international competitions as famous as the Transvulcania, which has been taking place on La Palma since 2009, or the demanding Transgrancanaria, which crosses the island from north to south and is one of the most important races on the world calendar.