All of us at the Cheap Holidays Tenerife offices are feeling sporty! And it’s no less the case all over the island, where residents and tourists alike can enjoy a range of sport in Tenerife, no matter what their preference. In fact, many Olympic athletes do actually head to Tenerife for their training! Whether you’re a pro athlete yourself, or simply want to enjoy a bit of sporting fun during your trip, we take a look at some of the top sports on offer on our favourite Canary island.
Golf is the newest addition to the Olympics this year, and is creating quite a buzz. Those who’ve never considered the sport themselves before are suddenly taking a real interest. If golf is something you’d like to enjoy on your Tenerife holiday, then you’re in luck! The island boast no fewer than nine courses, all with their own individual style and terrain, backed by breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean, and stunning mountain ranges.The popular south of Tenerife is home to three golf courses in Tenerife. These include Golf del Sur, Amarilla Golf, and Las Américas. Amarilla is of particular note for its distinctive black volcanic sand bunkers, a great reminder – if any was needed – of Tenerife’s unique volcanic geology.
Further west, you’ll find Golf Costa Adeje, as well as Abama Golf and Spa Resort, where you can enjoy a little pampering after your relaxing round. For beginners, those bringing their kids along to try their hand at the sport, or just for a little practice, there’s also the nine hole practice course at Los Palos.
Britain has already picked up an Olympic Gold for swimming so far at Rio. What better sport for an island surrounded by gorgeous blue seas than a spot of swimming? The majority of hotels on the island offer some sort of swimming pool, as well. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more sporty, then you won’t be disappointed.In La Caleta de Adeje, you’ll find the incredible T3 complex, which is really designed with serious sports lovers in mind. Its Olympic-sized open air pool is ideal for training, and features ten lanes and a deepness of 2 metres. In addition to this, T3 also has a 25 metre pool outside, which has six lanes and is also suitable for water aerobics. There’s also a full range of training equipment, and the constant water temperature is between 26 and 28 degrees.
Other complexes include:
- Lago Martianez in Puerto de la Cruz, which consists of four sea water pools around a large central lake, which is a nice, relaxed location that also has sunbathing areas and a few nice bars dotted around.
- Piscina El Galeón in Costa Adeje, an excellently well-appointed public pool connected to the Torres Sports Complex just off the motorway in Adeje… where you can also enjoy a range of other sports. There are also guided classes throughout the day for everyone from babies to adults.
- In Los Cristianos, there’s the Piscina Municipal, set within the Complejo Deportivo Jesus Dominguez Grillo. The pool here is 50 metres in length, and has eight lanes – separated for slow, medium and fast swimmers. The pool here is also in the open air, and is heated, too.
- Finally, there’s also the Municipal Pool in Los Realejos, on the north of the island.
Did you know that contenders in the Tour de France head to Tenerife for their training? Well, they do. And the main reason: Mount Teide.
Tenerife’s famous volcano has its summit at a staggering 3,718 metres above sea level. The road leading up Mount Teide reaches for 2,300 metres: that’s 40km, at an average 6% incline. Even the most experienced cyclists struggle to complete the route in under two and a half hours.
The island is a real haven for experienced cyclists who enjoy a bit of a challenging ride. What’s more, there are plenty of cycling holiday packages available at a range of hotels across the island. Try Aparthotel PrimeSelect Los Alisios, a four star resort in Los Cristianos. Or how about the Costa Adeje Palace, another four star in Adeje? There are lots to choose from that offer bike rental, guided tours and secure cycle storage on site.If a gruelling ride is not exactly your idea of a good time, then there are plenty of other great cycle routes in Tenerife for the more relaxed cyclist.
A lovely choice for the more informal cyclist is to take part in a Canarian Cafe Tour, which can be organised through Club Activo Cycling. You can choose either a road bike, mountain bike or even an electric bike, and enjoy a guided ride stopping at two authentic Canarian cafes along the way. This is a great way to take in the island’s picturesque scenery and nature, on quiet country roads, whilst making friends and enjoying some true Canarian cuisine!
Where better than an island like Tenerife to discover the nautical pleasures of sailing?
For a simple day excursion, a sailing charter trip is a luxurious and peaceful way to enjoy the open waters around Tenerife, and maybe a spot of whale or dolphin watching along the way. Visit secluded bays, take a dip in the crystal clear waters, enjoy a spot of snorkelling and see if you can see a sea turtle under the surface! Lovely!However, if proper, Olympic sailing is what you’re looking for, why not use the opportunity of your time in Tenerife to earn yourself an International Boating Qualification? Club Sail Tenerife, situated in Los Gigantes, is an International Yacht Training (IYT) Centre run by experienced instructor trainers. It runs recreational as well as professional sailing courses, and also charter trips. The Centre is a family-owned business, and also offers its own a tranquil two bedroom rural holiday cottage nearby.
Endurance athletes often come to Mount Tiede to do altitude training. This is to practice training at a height above sea level where oxygen levels are lower, and it’s claimed that this can have an effect on the body’s production of red blood cells, increasing competitive advantage.Not exactly for your everyday Tenerife tourist, but for those who wish to combine their holiday with continued training, a High Altitude Training Camp, such as that offered by TKO Tenerife, the island is a great destination.In fact, the location is considered one of the best in the world for this kind of training.
You don’t have to go far to find a hotel with a decent gym in Tenerife. As we have generally become more fitness conscious over the last couple of decades, it’s been increasingly easy to find a hotel with all the machinery and equipment you’ll need to keep up your fitness regime on holiday. Some even offer yoga classes, spinning, and other classes in resort.Some of the most popular hotels in Tenerife which have a gym include Royal Garden Villas in Costa Adeje, Hotel Botanico y Oriental Spa Garden, and the adults-only, luxurious Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador. Here at Cheap Holidays Tenerife, we often have great deals on resorts like this, many with gym and spa facilities, so it’s worth checking us out to see what’s on offer. There’s also Hotel Las Madrigueras in Playa de las Americas, which is set within the Américas golf course, for those seeking to combine their golfing holiday with a good gym workout.
Sport in Tenerife
One of the great things about heading to Tenerife for a training holiday is the year round great climate. Wherever you are, you’re never far from the sea or the mountains, and there is such an array of sport in Tenerife to choose from, you can stay fit and up your game with ease. So, to get Olympic fit… it’s all about sport in Tenerife! What will you choose?