Sports lovers will find nowhere better than Tenerife for an excellent choice of activities on land and in the sea and air.
Water sports in Tenerife are extremely popular, thanks to the sheer fact that it is a small island in an incredible location, as well as home to some of Europe’s most impressive dive sites. From scuba diving to snorkelling and windsurfing, there is plenty to keep even the most hardcore sports enthusiast active.
Why not go cycling along one of the many scenic coastal routes and mountain trails, or go on a fishing trip and enjoy seeing whales and dolphins while you’re out at sea?
Tenerife sports encompass such wide-ranging activities that you’ll want to come back time and time again to try them all.
The clear coastal waters of Tenerife attract scuba divers from all over the world who come to explore a rich underwater landscape that is simply teeming with a massive variety of marine life.
Recent years have seen an explosion in this sport's popularity with dive schools springing up all over the island.
Beginners are encouraged to literally dip their toes in the water with a range of value-for-money try dives and PADI courses leading to Open Water Diver certification.
Requiring only minimal equipment and experience, snorkelling provides all the family with an amazing opportunity to explore the enchanting sea bed from the water’s surface.
Enjoy a leisurely boat ride which visits all the most interesting spots before embracing the warm Atlantic Ocean where there are many species of aquatic fauna to be found, as well as a fascinating assortment of submerged landscapes.
Discover the charismatic rays as they glide amongst the intriguing coral formations, swim alongside colourful shoals of dazzling underwater species or marvel at the impressive zebra bream as they dart through mysterious holes and magical hollows.
There are many fishing clubs in the south of Tenerife which offer a variety of trips and excursions encompassing different methods of fishing and covering various locations.
Most clubs offer half-day and full-day fishing trips which include the opportunity to see incredible vistas of Tenerife from sea, as well as the chance to see whales and dolphins and catch many spectacular fish.
Private charters and specialist trips are also available from most clubs, which invite anglers to concentrate on their favourite type of fishing, whether it is big game, bottom fishing or big shark drifting trips.
Despite the mountainous aspect of the island's stunning landscape, Tenerife is extremely popular with cyclists.
Scenic coastal roads, challenging mountain trails and gentle paths through the lush golf courses are all on offer to the two wheeled traveller.
There are many cycling centres dotted around the resorts of Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos where you can hire equipment at very reasonable prices.
The fabulous flying conditions and mountainous landscapes of Tenerife attract paragliders from around the world.
With over 25 established gliding routes beginners and experts alike can enjoy a birds' eye view of this beautiful island.
One of the most popular launch spots is from the hills behind the town of Adeje where pilots can enjoy a long safe flight over some of the most spectacular scenery in the Canary Islands.
In the surfing world the volcanic reefs of Tenerife are famous for the quality and consistency of the waves.
The rolling swells of the Atlantic Ocean combine with just the right winds and tides to create a variety of breaks to suit all levels of skill. There are also a number of surf schools where you can get lessons and hire all the necessary kit.
The beginner friendly peaks of Billboards in Las Americas give way to the gnarly excitement of Spanish Left further down the coast. Boogie boarders, long boarders and lip-hitting thrusters will all find a break to suit their style in the warm coastal waters of the south of Tenerife.
Tenerife is home to El Medano - the windsurfer's European Mecca. This bohemian town is host to a number of major competitions and championships throughout the year.
The conditions in Tenerife best suit intermediate to advanced windsurfers and are especially good for those that enjoy bump and jump as well as waves. The average level is pretty high - you can expect to see some of the top amateur riders sailing here.
Share these fantastic conditions with some of the world's finest talents. Whether kite-boarding or windsurfing - excellent conditions are guaranteed.