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Twelve months to live the sea

147 miles of coastline keep an oceanfull of possibilities to enjoy the sea.

This is what makes Gran Canaria the port of destination of a huge crowd of Europeans. This has been so for generations. Sailors, divers, surfers, deep-sea fisherpeople, and windsurfers. All getting away to an island that works like a magnet. It hides a magnetic spring with which it attracts anyone wanting to get away to a sea of fine weather.

Dusk out at sea off the coast of Gran Canaria

But what is it that makes such different people blend in the same spot in the ocean?

Well, here’s the recipe for the great sea cocktail. The first ingredient: Gran Canaria is one of the spots with the finest weather in all of Europe. The water temperature (ranging from 18ºC in winter and 22ºC throughout the rest of the year) and the optimum sea and wind conditions invite to practise water sports all twelve months. There are perfect spots for windsurfing and kitesurfing. The island is in fact the base station for the best windsurfers, and although the do not go around telling everyone about it, they stay here most of the year. Divers and fisherpeople are others who are not interested in voicing out the bearings of their holiday spot.

Then come the sailors, who find in Gran Canaria a great place to hold sailboat races. Winds practically made-to-measure, sea currents that gather large schools of fishes close to the coast, and spectacular sea bottoms represent its natural advantages. While in the rest of Europe winter stops all sea-related activity, the island’s impressive water sport season remains open. Throughout the year.

Gran Canaria has also wide infrastructure developed to make the best of the island’s natural resources, offering services for the practice of a myriad of nautical sports. You will find a company, club, association, or marina practically everywhere.

Young people jumping into the water off the south coast of Gran Canaria
Young people jumping into the water off the south coast of Gran Canaria

In sum, an island where the sea is everywhere, in every thing. Thus, this small spot in the ocean has been the cradle of 30 world champions in different sports disciplines, six Olympic sailing gold medallists - José Luis Doreste, Luis Doreste, Roberto Molina, Patricia Guerra, Domingo Manrique, and Fernando León – a 13-times world windsurfing champion - Björn Dunkerbeck -, and elite windsurfers such as the Ruano sisters Daida and Iballa.

If you are a sea lover, or perhaps a sailing enthusiast, diver, fisherperson, surfer, kitesurfer, or windsurfer, you already know there is a grand holiday destination waiting for you in Gran Canaria.



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