Sport in Tenerife: a world of endless possibilities
Our island is known and loved for its climate and beaches. But have you also discovered the incredible variety of sport in Tenerife?
Firstly, we’re going to point out the obvious: Tenerife is known as the island of eternal spring, so snowboarding, ice hockey and other snow- or ice-based activities don’t apply when we say that any sport you can think of, you can almost certainly practice here on our gorgeous, multi-faceted island. Everyone, literally everyone, can find their perfect sport in Tenerife to enjoy during their stay.
With more land, air and water-based activities available than you could ever imagine, Tenerife’s unbeatable climate year-round and varied terrain means that the entire island is basically one enormous open-air gym and a veritable heaven for sports lovers. This is why so many professional athletes and sports teams flock here, especially during winter months when most of Northern Europe is cold, wet and grey. Training isn’t anywhere near as hard in the sunshine!
The only thing you need to decide is how much effort you want to put in, or not. From a gentle stroll along the coast to climbing Mount Teide and everything in-between, we’ve got all your options covered.
Here’s just a taster of what’s out there for you to try, divided by exertion levels. We get it, you’re going to be on holiday, you are, of course, perfectly entitled to rest! But, for many of you, sport is relaxing – it’s work you want a rest from, not exercise.
Choosing your sport in Tenerife
If your motto is “Easy does it”
If you want to get some gentle exercise and enjoy Tenerife’s scenery while you’re at it, here are a few activities that would be perfect to try:
1. Walking in Tenerife: Whether it’s a gentle stroll along the beach promenade or one of the many easier nature trails available on the official hiking network site, few activities are as pleasant and beneficial to the body than just getting some decent footwear on and going for a walk. If you really want to lose yourself in nature, the north of the island offers dramatically different landscapes and hiking routes than the south.
- Take the coastal path all the way from Los Cristianos to La Caleta, stopping off for a beer or ice cream on the way. Reward yourself with a tasty lunch when you get there, then hop on a bus or get a short taxi ride back. Or, if you’re feeling inspired, walk back as well!
- The Camino de Los Sentidos (“Path of the Senses”) in Anaga, near La Laguna. There are three circular routes that make up this awesome trail, ranging from 10 to 30 minutes. Each path offers you a different selection of experiences designed to stimulate your sense of smell, touch and sight – there are even handy boards along the way, marked with symbols such as a hand, eye or nose, to encourage you to touch, look and smell certain things along your way. It’s mindfulness in motion!
2. Golf in Tenerife: Choose from one of our nine fabulous courses for some gentle exercise, with spectacular scenery thrown in for you to enjoy along the way. Natural volcanic landscapes, some tricky rocky ridges and even having to hit the ball over part of the ocean to get from green to green are just some of the elements that make golfing in Tenerife so unique.
3. Yoga in Tenerife: Sunshine on your face, warmth penetrating your muscles and tranquillity all around you. If Tenerife’s not the perfect place to practice your asanas, then we don’t know where is!
4. Sailing in Tenerife: Seeing Tenerife from the water is to witness it in an entirely new light. Let someone else do the hard work as you simply enjoy the experience and take some all-important photos, or, if you fancy, why not take some classes while you’re here and learn the basics yourself?
If your motto is “Work hard, play hard”
Like the idea of challenging yourself physically? We have just the activities for you:
1. Hiking in Tenerife: Tenerife boasts an enviable network of nature trails and hikes, ranging from the very easy to the extremely challenging (Read: so hard your thighs will hurt for days, but in a good way, you know?). Grab your walking boots and enjoy the chance to experience the real Tenerife, as you cross our volcanic terrain, pass through aromatic pine forests on route to tiny hamlets, and catch sight of some of the most breath-taking natural landscapes on earth. Our pick: It has to be Masca gorge. Situated in the Teno Rural Park, Masca is the land that time forgot, and the 3-hour descent from the village to the ocean, meandering between 400-metre cliff walls, will literally blow your mind.
2. Water sports in Tenerife: Few, if any, places can rival us when it comes to the selection of water-based activities on offer. Head to El Médano for the best wind- and kite-surfing, while Playa de Las Américas boasts some of the best swell in Europe for surf enthusiasts. Kayak your way alongside the towering cliffs of Los Gigantes for an unforgettable sensation of awe at nature’s work or give stand-up paddle a try – it’s a great alternative to surfing, plus you may well encounter some pilot whales on your excursion!
3. Cycling in Tenerife: Enjoy a ride through some of Europe’s most dramatic and unspoilt scenery. Choose from routes taking you through the Esperanza forest in the north to the winding roads of Vilaflor or from Santiago del Teide over to Garachico. Feeling brave?
Try the 162km route climbing from Costa Adeje up to Mount Teide, passing the Izaña Observatory. Stop for refuelling (we mean yours – coffee, cake, nuts, etc) at the Parador hotel before returning back to the coast. It’ll take you all day, but the exhilaration and views will be worth it!
And for the adrenaline junkies
Ahhh, consider yourself a bit of a daredevil? We like your style! If you thought sport in Tenerife was a pretty mild, uneventful world, you were wrong! How do these sound:
1. Scuba diving among shipwrecks: Take your scuba diving in Tenerife to an exhilarating new level by exploring one of the fascinating wrecks lying off Tenerife’s coast. Near Los Cristianos lies the wreckage of El Condesito, which ran aground in the early 1970s when it was bringing sacks of cement to south Tenerife. Although it broke into several pieces, the engine room, cabin and hull are still intact and home to octopus, eels and trumpet fish, among others. It’s also the reason the lighthouse was placed there shortly afterwards, to avoid a repeat event… If you’re feeling extra adventurous, there’s an actual plane fuselage submerged off the coast of El Sauzal. The DC-3 crashed shortly after take-off en route to La Palma in 1966 and now lies 33m below the surface. It’s a dangerous dive, but the wow factor is undeniable and you’ll have the best selfies ever if you take your camera along!
2. Climb Mount Teide: For the ultimate dinner party conversation stopper and to really feel proud of yourself, why not climb Mount Teide, all the way from the base to the top. It’s best to go with a guide, and you’ll need to allow around 5-6 hours in total, but you will be able to boast having climbed Spain’s highest peak, and it’s so much more impressive than saying you went up by cable car…
3. Abseiling in Tenerife. Several points around the island offer you the chance to explore the depths of secluded gorges and ravines, you can even abseil down waterfalls! From milder 20m abseils for beginners to the nail-biting 200m canyoning adventures that require wetsuit and helmet, this is a chance to experience a side of Tenerife that you never dreamed existed.
4. Paragliding in Tenerife: For a truly unforgettable experience, though definitely not for the feint-hearted, you can take to the skies and enjoy a marvellous paragliding experience. Choose to soar over the lush greens of the magnificent Corona Forestal and down over the north of the island, or from the towering heights over Adeje, landing on the beach. Tandem flights are perfect for beginners. As sport in Tenerife goes, this experience is really the icing on the cake.