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Ten things to do in Gran Canaria

Need a more active holiday? Why not try Gran Canaria? The Island is famous for its sand dunes and with almost 60km of beach to choose from, finding a spot to enjoy the sun and surf shouldn’t be too difficult. However,  if simply laying in the sun is not your thing here’s some ideas for your more active side.

  1. Windsurfing: Gran Canaria is considered one of the best places in the world to enjoy windsurfing, offering great  conditions suitable for beginners to the more experienced. Or why not try a bit of body surfing? Surf’s up dudes!
  2. Sailing: There are plenty of sailing centres around the island most providing equipment hire as well as tuition, particularly in Puerto Rico, Arguineguin and Puerto de Mogan. Don’t forget your life jacket!
  3. Swimming with the fish

    Swimming with the fish

  4. Scuba diving: The waters surrounding the island are teeming with colourful marine life, great wrecks and reefs. Finding a fully certified diving school in one of the major resorts won’t be a problem with most of them offering courses and dives for beginners through to the more experienced divers. You can dive here all year round and from all sides of the island. Most dive sites are between 20-40 metres and the marine life here is very prolific. Lets hope you can find your Nemo!
  5. Deep-sea fishing: The large variety of species found in the island’s waters make this a popular destination for big-game fishing, especially from May to September. Most major resorts offer deep-sea fishing, but the best harbours to set out from are Puerto de Mogan, Pasito Blanco and Puerto Rico. Most trips include all equipment and food too! Don’t forget your camera for when you catch that fish, it was this big, honest!
  6. Golf: The year round climate on the island makes every day a golfing day and now with10 golf courses, 6 of which are located in the south, 18-holes are never far away and there are plenty of 19th holes also!
  7. Cycling: There are many companies with the main resorts offering organised road and mountain biking tours, alternatively hire a bike and enjoy the freedom, take in the amazing views and don’t forget your safety hat!
  8. Jeep safari: A great way to enjoy the island’s mountains and countryside, drivers take you off road to places only reachable by 4×4 jeeps. Alternatively, hire a jeep for the day and make your adventure your own. Don’t forget your camera!
  9. Horse riding: Another way to take in the beautiful scenery is to saddle up and take a guided horse-back trip, with horses and tours available to suit all levels of riders. Giddy up! A great way to see what the Island has to offer.
  10. Taking a Camel ride

    Taking a Camel ride

  11. Camel ride: A different and lazy way to wander through the sand dunes of Las Maspalomas. The camels can take up to 2 riders and usually walk at a sedate pace in a “caravan” (one in front of the other to you and me), they can gallop up to 35mph, but it’s usually the slower pace that they enjoy. These trips last about half an hour or so.
  12. Theme parks: For some traditional holiday fun the island has two waterparks as well as a variety of theme parks for all ages. Holiday World hosts the biggest funfair on the island and offers coasters, a Ferris wheel at 27m high, shooting stalls, dodgems and much much more. Fancy some of the local wild life? Try the Cocodrilo Park for some exciting wild life including some 300 crocodiles.  Or why not try some wild west fun at Sioux City including some great shows with can-can girls and a yehaa BBQ!
Posted : Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 11:34
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