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For some of us, holidays are a chance to kick back and relax – for others, they’re an opportunity to explore, get out into nature and stay active. There are few places with more options than the Canary Islands – this diverse archipelago offers biking, hiking and so much more. Read on for our top ways to stay fit in the Canary Islands.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to hiking in the islands of this sun-kissed archipelago. Let’s start in Lanzarote, with its all year-round sunny climate and volcanic landscape. The Timanfaya National Park was formed by volcanic eruptions which took place in 1730, while Cueva de los Verdes, a lava tube and cave system is a fascinating journey underground. You can take your pick between easy and challenging routes which reveal centuries old shifts in the landscape. Don’t forget your camera!
If you’re visiting Tenerife, there’s no better place to start than Mount Teide, which is also the highest mountain in Spain. You can either choose to go all the way to the top (which is a colossal 3,718m and will take approximately five hours) or go for one of the gentler routes around the foothills. Mount Teide is a volcano which began to form 170,000 years ago.
Bit of a thrill-seeker? Explore the Canary Islands on two wheels by mountain biking. The rugged terrain of these islands (with plenty of hilly and sloping stretches) makes them the perfect spot for riding. On Gran Canaria, you’ll find trails up to 70km long. Cycle from Meloneras to Agüimes to whizz by idyllic coastal villages, volcanic fields and plenty of twists and turns. Once at Agüimes, stroll its charming old streets and don't miss a visit to San Sebastián church. Representing a prime example of the Canary Islands’ neoclassical architecture, its vast domes stand tall above the town.
Over in the east of Lanzarote on a roundtrip route from Costa Teguise, you’ll cycle through one of the few archaeological sites of the aboriginal inhabitants of the island and ride on the rim of a crater of a volcano.
If you like your exercise a little calmer and more meditative, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Canary Islands are renowned for their wealth of yoga and wellness retreats, studios and classes. Thanks to the perennially sunny climate and the sheer number of beaches, yoga classes also often take place out on the warm sand.
If you’re feeling daring, why not try stand-up paddleboard yoga? After getting to grips with this sport (also know as SUP boarding) you’ll stay stationary to try your best downward dogs and cobras on your board. It may sound peaceful, but you need some serious focus and concentration to make sure you don’t fall into the water! You’ll find SUP paddling schools in Tenerife, Gran Canaria as well as Lanzarote.
Once you’ve tired yourself out hiking, mountain biking and stretching out at yoga, it’s time to slow it down and hit the spa to soothe those aching muscles. The landscapes of the Canary Islands are abundant with therapeutic ingredients, and you’ll find many of these in the islands’ spas; such as Canarian aloe vera. One spa in Gran Canaria even takes the name Aloe Spa, after the calming ingredient. After enjoying a moisturising facial, deep tissue massage or chilling out in the hydrothermal centre, laze in the open-air swimming pool. Make sure to time your visit with sunset – you’ll be treated to spectacular views over the hills.
The spa is part of a hotel that also features a golf course, meaning you can get a few rounds in during the morning before spending your afternoon at the spa. We reckon that’s the perfect balance of activity and relaxation.
Many of the islands’ spas also feature state-of-the-art gyms, so you don’t have to compromise on your workout plan during your cruise. And don’t forget about the modern, fully equipped gyms onboard Celebrity Cruises ships.
Feeling energetic? Join us on one of our cruises to the sunny Canary Islands.
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