Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sports of Tenerife

March 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Activities

Travelers who wish to get more out of their holidays than rest and relaxation should consider immersing themselves in some of their destination’s local flavor. By sampling some culture and history on each of your trips, you’ll come to appreciate places more, and you’ll expand your own sense of worldliness. In Tenerife, you’ll have many chances to do this with pyramids, volcanoes, museums, and colorful festivals all around you. But if you really want to dig deep into the richness of the island, you should take part in some of the activities that the natives have called hobbies for decades or centuries. If you are a more active tourist, the sports of Tenerife will allow you to do just that.

As is standard for island communities, water-related activities usually take precedence with natives and visitors alike. Scuba diving, in particular, is a favorite sport of Tenerifans because of the unique underwater scenery. The volcanic rock that comprises the reefs around the island is unlike anything you’ll see on most diving ventures, and the marine life surrounding the island is varied and plentiful. There’s a Dive Center in Corralejo that offers guided diving tours and lessons for the inexperienced.

Additionally, golfers will find many courses where they can brush up on their stroke. Because it is a resort-driven destination, Tenerife’s southern coast is home to many 9 and 18 hole courses, some of which are right on the ocean. One of the most challenging is at the Playa de las Americas resort (9 holes), and within a few miles you’ll find Gold del Sur and Los Palos Golf. If you find yourself in the northern region of the island, your best bet will be Golf Club Real.

At every stop along the coast, you’ll find opportunities to get active in the sports of Tenerife. Up and down the beaches, you’ll see surfers taking advantage of the steep Atlantic waves, and you can rent or purchase a board for yourself and give it a try. Windsurfing lessons are another option, especially on the windier western side of the island. Don’t miss out on the chance to learn a new craft that you may enjoy for years to come.

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