There are plenty of Lanzarote activities to try, including lots of watersports.
With a prevailing North Easterly trade wind blowing strongly for most of the year, and with a variety of beaches on both Lanzarote and the island of La Graciosa there is a choice of locations for windsurfers of all ages and level of experience.
The beaches of the northern coast have excellent surf for windsurfers to ride and get some good jumps, whilst on the south coast the sheltered beaches and calm waters make the perfect place for beginners and those wanting to hone their freestyle and speed sailing skills.
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Rising steeply out of the sea and with no continental shelf, the waves which break on the coast of Lanzarote have travelled unimpeded across the Atlantic and the swell can reach 5 metres in height.
This coupled with a warm sea, off lying reefs and a guarantee of good sun make the island a great location for all types of surfers.
Most experienced wave riders head for the world class breaks of the north coast and the island of La Graciosa, whilst the more sheltered coast of the leeward southern side of the island has smaller waves perfect for beginners and those working on their surfing skills.
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The warm waters and strong prevailing winds offer fine conditions year round for kitesurfing.
If the sea conditions are too demanding on the north then the more sheltered waters and the longer beaches of the leeward south of the island are only a few minutes away by car. The island of La Graciosa is growing in popularity with kitesurfers, drawn by its long empty beaches and the excellent surf.
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Lanzarote scuba diving
Clear waters, with one of the richest variety of fish species in the entire Canary islands make the waters off Lanzarote ideal for divers of all ranges of experience. The Marine Reserve around the Chinijo archipelago is one of the largest in Spanish waters and hammer head sharks, pilot whales and dolphin are regularly seen here.
Beach dives to steep drop offs make for easy access, and the sheltered waters of the southern side of Lanzarote provide perfect opportunities for boat dives.
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The kind climate of the island, with plenty of sun and yet a cooling breeze blowing most of the year plus the extraordinary landscapes of lava fields contrasting with rolling hills make Lanzarote a perfect place for walkers. From the high cliffs of Famara, to empty beaches connected by shepherds tracks as old as human habitation here there is plenty of variety to satisfy walkers of all levels of ability.
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The largely empty roads, the steep climbs and exhilarating descents make Lanzarote one of the most sought after cycling destinations, from the top pro racer to the ordinary tourer.
For the off road cyclist too the variety of rugged trails through some of the most beautiful remote parts of the island offer opportunities to test the skills and stamina of the most experienced mountain biker.
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With North Easterly trade winds, practically guaranteed sun and the clear warm waters the island offers perfect sailing conditions for both the small dinghy sailor and large yacht cruising. The leeward southerly side of the island has large protected bays with calm water for beginners with safe anchorages in most wind conditions for yachts of all sizes.
Modern marinas with excellent facilities, and small sleepy fishing villages offer plenty of contrast for visiting yachts.
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The nutrient rich waters around Lanzarote attract fish of all kinds and sizes, from large migrating oceanic fish to coastal species of all kinds.
There are deep water game fishing powerboats operating from the marinas of the south coast, and good locations for beach and rock casting along both the southern and northern coasts. Big tuna, shark and amberjack are regularly caught here.
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Known as 'The World's Toughest Ironman', May sees Lanzarote hosting a triathlon comprising a 3.8 Km swim, a 180 Km bike ride and a 42.2 Km run. 1500 athletes from all backgrounds and walks of life take their own personal challenge and test their endurance.