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Sports & Activity Holidays On Lanzarote - Lanzarote Blog

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Sports & Activity Holidays On Lanzarote

Apr 25, 01:49 pm

With May fast approaching that means it’s almost time for the annual Iron Man event, which this year is taking place on Saturday 19th. This will be the 21st year that this grueling contest has been hosted on Lanzarote and it has been instrumental in encouraging the growth of activity and sports holidays here over the last two decades. As a growing number of visitors swap the sun lounger for a cycle or a pair of trainers.

This year’s Iron Man even takes place on Saturday May 19th and as anyone who has witnessed this fitness challenge before will know the island will be coming to a bit of a standstill as the roads are given over to a field of 1600 super fit competitors. The action gets underway in Puerto del Carmen at 07.00 with a 3.6km swim, which is then followed by a 180km bike ride around the island. The triathletes then return to Puerto del Carmen to undertake a full marathon – and perhaps surprisingly quite a large percentage of the entrants fail to make it across the finishing line.

The Iron Man event is organised by the team at La Santa, which is a large sports facility based in the north of the island. During the winter months especially a wide range of athletes and pro sports people stay here to enjoy training in warm weather conditions. And a growing number of amateurs have been following their lead in recent years. Their presence is epically noticeable on various roads around the island, as large packs of brightly clad cyclists pedal their way across Lanzarote. Whilst the number of cycle shops on the island have grown rapidly in recent years.

As well as on land activities Lanzarote offers plenty to do both on and under the waves. The island is often referred to as the Hawaii of Europe, with a combination of wave and wind conditions that attracts surfers in droves. Famara on the North West coast is the spot to head for if you want to try to ride the waves as there are loads of schools here who claim to have you standing upright in a day or so.

Sailing, diving and sports fishing are also popular, whilst windsurfers tend to congregate in the resort of Costa Teguise, which is located on the southern coast.

There are now a growing number of small local companies who are catering to this market, such as Lanzarote Active Club, who offer tours and treks of some of the more remote parts of the island and neighbouring La Graciosa. Whatever your sport we offer a wide selection of holiday accommodation in Lanzarote, with apartments and villas available in all locations across the island.

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