Gran Canaria is a fine weather island made for sports people! Surrounded by beaches, there is a sea of possibilities to practice sports like surf, windsurfing, kitesurf, diving and sailing. But Gran Canaria is not only the home of surfers and divers, it is also the holy land of mountains lovers, wishing to practice hiking, climbing, mountain biking or cycling routes.

If you prefer discover some typical sports in Gran Canaria, as in the rest of the archipelago, there are people who still play ‘el juego del palo‘ (stick’s game), a kind of jousting bout with sticks, or ‘lucha canaria‘ (Canary wrestling), sports that date way back in time but have never lost their popularity in the island.  The latter in particular is a competition organized over teams with skills passed on from father to son which attracts large audiences.

Another sport which has withstood the passing of time is the Lateen sailing or ‘Vela Latina Canaria‘, with a strong following on all the islands, but above all in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. These boats are no simple sailing vessels but have to be built specifically. The mast is completely out of proportion with the hulk of the boat. The crews have to keep the boat afloat by skilfully managing weights and counterweights. The competitions attract a lot of visitors along the seafront in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at weekends.

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