This sensational island of Gran Canaria is packed full of activities and stunning scenery, making it a brilliant choice for kayaking enthusiasts and families alike.
What makes Gran Canaria particularly extraordinary as a kayaking destination is that the island has a rich variety of microclimates.
The island is known as a ‘miniature continent’, and a third is protected as part of an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Match this natural variety with a great choice of budget and luxury hotels, and you’re onto a great deal.
Kayaking is one of the best ways to discover a region’s unexplored waterways; formed from volcanic eruptions more than nine million years ago, Gran Canaria features rich splashes of inland scenery and 230km of jagged coastline.
The biodiversity is suprising – even for the Canaries – from northern deep green ravines, dense jungles and spectacular volcanoes, to southern long, sandy beaches.
In fact, if you’re kayaking in winter you’ll sometimes spot snow on its highest peak, Picos de Las Nieves, while sunbathers enjoy the beaches below.
The Rural Park of Nublo, the Doramas Jungle, the Azuaje Ravine, Tamadaba and Pino Santo are just a selecion of the more testing tourist destinations. There are also some theme parks, water parks and animal centres for the family to enjoy. But with over 200km of coastline, near constant sunshine and gentle winds, you’ll be hard pressed to find time to get out of the water.
The sea temperature rarely drops below 18C, even during their winter. Plus there’s a great selection of water sports operators around the island giving you great options outside of your kayak.
Windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving rank highly on the island. Taking a visit on a glass bottom boat and enjoying the aquatic life beneath the Atlantic Ocean is equally worthwhile.
The friendly local hotels are generally built in the traditional Spanish style and offer guests colourful grounds, breakfast buffets and beautiful swimming pools.
For those who’ve had just about enough of exercising, there’s usually a well-equipped spa nearby to aid rest and relaxation.
All this combined means that trips to Gran Canaria are a great treat for kayakers, families and sports enthusiasts alike. The tolerant locals make the atmosphere all the more pleasant, with cosmopolitan towns enjoying a friendly, vibrant nightlife.
There truly is something for everyone to do. With near-guaranteed sunshine, great year-round water temperature, beautiful beaches and an astonishing variety of places to explore, it’s an excellent kayaking holidays destination.
Now that autumn has taken its cold hold in England, there are lots of cheap holidays to be had in the still warm climates of Europe. Holidays in Spain and particularly holidays to Gran Canaria are a superb option for those looking for a quick but slightly more exotic watersports getaway.