Top 7 Water Sports To Experience In Gran Canaria

Playa Las Canteras Vacaciones Semana Santa 2015 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Playa Las Canteras Vacaciones Semana Santa 2015 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria | ©El Coleccionista de Instantes Fotografía & Video/Flickr
Elisa García Nieto

Gran Canaria is part of the Canary Islands, which are the farthest overseas territories of Spain. Its privileged location off the coast of Morocco in the Atlantic Ocean allows locals and visitors to enjoy outdoor activities throughout the year. The island is a top destination for water sports due to its various coastal locations that suit all levels. It also has a specialized network of services, and high-quality conditions to welcome even the most demanding practices. Here are the top 7 water sports to do while in Gran Canaria.


Discovering the coast of Gran Canaria from the perspective of a kayak can be unforgettable. The rocky landscape is populated by cliffs, which hide peaceful coves that tourist usually miss. The south of the island is the most popular area for kayaking, with a geography where coves and grottoes, like the Grutas de Tauro, provides unique spots to have a break. The coast of Mogán, Maspalomas, or Arguineguín all provide the possibility of taking part in guided tours. However, the urban bays of the capital city, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, offer an experience for all levels.



The practice of bodyboard requires training, and it becomes serious on this island that provides both recognized worldwide spots for professionals and accessible sites for beginners. The west end of Las Canteras, which is the main sandy beach of the capital city, is a popular place to practice on your own and where surf schools offer their services for those who want a lesson. For more expert riders, the east end of the same beach, El Confital, has the best right handed wave of Europe, and has hosted the World Championship more than once. In addition, on the coast of Gáldar you can meet the fifth best wave in the worldand enjoy the show of the international competition, Frontón King.

Campeonato del Mundo de Bodyboard El Confital 2010

Scuba Diving

In Gran Canaria, the seabed descends dramatically a short distance from the shore and offers underwater landscapes of volcanic origin. Favorite spots of scuba divers are rocky terrains and sites to explore sunken wrecks. Las Canteras and the adjacent waterfront of La Isleta both offer plenty of coves and natural passageways, mostly notably with a rock mass called The Cathedral. Kinder Island has a sunken ship (the tanker known as Angela Pando) more than 20 meters deep. In sites like Reserva Marina El Cabrón in the northwest and east coasts, the recreational scuba diving is remarkable for experiencing the marine biodiversity.

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Snorkeling allows you to observe the marine biodiversity of the island with basic equipment and no previous experience, if you know where to go. Under the surface, in the Reserva Marina del Cabrón of Arinaga, native fish, octopus, and mollusks are easy to spot. Low tide forms pools in the rocky coast, providing safe places for children to snorkel. A little further south, Punta del Negro also has big natural pools, and features several restaurants. However, along the urban beach of Las Canteras, a surprising rocky reef can be discovered – its inner side hides a wealth of marine life, right in the heart of the capital city.

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