Find yourself getting fidgety at the idea of lazing on a sun bed? The Canary Islands offer a plethora of active pursuits to get your pulse racing. Surfers in Tenerife will find plenty of waves to ride at the Playa Socorro, a popular black-sand beach with reliably powerful waves on the northern coast situated between Puerto de la Cruz and Icod de los Vinos.
Just north of the main Playa El Mdano on the south-east coast, Playa Machado is a haven for water sports. The golden beach has a laid-back atmosphere with plenty of cafes and bars and is popular among holidaying windsurfers and kiteboarders, as well as the professionals, who compete here throughout the summer in championship events.
The beaches on Gran Canaria are almost unrivalled for an exhilarating water sports holiday. This is thanks in large part to the island’s breezy weather conditions and consistently warm climate. This makes the area ideal for those that have caught the windsurfing bug.
Half an hour north from Maspalomas driving towards the airport you’ll come across Pozo Izquierdo, where you can mingle with the pros. There are several schools here where you’ll learn the basics of windsurfing as well as numerous hire shops, which rent out windsurfing kit to the already experienced as well as surf boards for those who fancy just getting out into the waves.
Land-loving sun worshippers will find plenty to enjoy in Fuerteventura, where a beach holiday doesn’t have to entail splashing about in the sea. Get active with an early morning jog on the flat, compact sands of the Costa Calma beach in the south of the island or take in the scenery with a hike on the beaches of the Isle of Lobos, just a short half-hour boat ride from the busy tourist harbour of Corralejo on the northern coast. Boasting crystal clear waters and picturesque beaches, this small island plays host to thousands of varieties of winged creatures, from migrating birds to rare seabirds.