Surfing in Gran Cararia

October 31 2011

The fantastic year round conditions for surfing attract thousands of visitors to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria every year.

The Canary Islands are commonly known as Europe’s answer to Hawaii, thanks to the long range groundswell of the North Atlantic, and year round temperatures in excess of 27c.

Many surfers prefer Gran Canaria, with accommodation and facilities to match the surf, and affordable air travel from across Europe and beyond.

There are beaches on the island to suit surfers of all abilities, from sandy beaches offering perfect conditions to learn to surf, to fast breaking waves on volcanic reefs.

As Gran Canaria is a volcanic island, there are stunning coves, sand dunes, caves and lagoons to explore.
Some of the most popular surf spots in Gran Canaria include Las Palmas, the north coastline, Galdar and the east coastline.

Often the best surfing conditions can be found on the north coast close to Las Palmas.
Local surf guides will be able to predict the best beaches for your visit based on storm tracking, swell angle, wave height and strength, local wind conditions and the weather. Almost always the weather is one consistent factor, in Gran Canaria you can be assured, the climate will be gloriously hot and sunny!
Resident surfers seek out the best waves at little notice, so tourists should engage with a good surf guide, and keep their ear to the ground.

Adventure holiday companies in Gran Canaria can provide lessons for people of all abilities, hire equipment to surfers, and run tours to the finest surf spots on the island.
When the sun goes down the surfing community move to café, bars and clubs to enjoy local food, drink, music and stunning views of the coastline.

Cafes and restaurants in Gran Canaria offer local specialities, which often include fresh seafood, alongside international dishes from around the world.

There is also a thriving music scene, with DJ’s heading to the island from across Europe, to play at chill out bars and luxurious clubs. The varied nightlife scene in Gran Canaria caters for all tastes.

People who don’t share the same enthusiasm for surfing can also enjoy plenty of other activities in Gran Canaria.
The island is particularly popular for golf, diving, cycling, hiking, surfing and fishing.
The island also boasts fantastic tourist attractions for visitors of all ages, especially families, who are often drawn to Holiday World.

This popular attraction, situated in Maspalomas, features a 27 metre high Ferris wheel that can be seen from afar.
Holiday World also boasts a roller coaster and a laserdome, bowling alley, shops, restaurants and bars.
Another popular attraction in Maspalomas is the Botanical Park of Maspalomas.

This attraction provides the perfect antidote to the adrenalin adventures of surfing in Gran Canaria.
There are more than 50 different species of plants in the garden, ranging from palms to vegetables, from around the world.

Surfers who want to stay with the water theme, but without their surf board, can head to the Gran Canaria water park.

The park feature rides and attractions for all the family, and is considered to be the perfect way to cool down, from the glorious Gran Canaria heat.

After a tiring day on the beach, or enjoying the tourist sights of Gran Canaria, visitors enjoy retiring to fantastic self-catering accommodation.

Visitors can choose form outstanding accommodation throughout the island, with Maspalomas being a particular hotspot for outstanding apartments and villas.

The better accommodation features onsite swimming pools, bars and restaurants. Visitors can even book excursions directly from on-site adventure holiday specialists at some of the finest holiday complexes in Gran Canaria.

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