Types of Watersports available in Spain

Watersports in Spain

With almost 5000 km of coastline it’s hardly surprising that water sports in Spain are amongst the favourite activities among the travel and leisure seekers. From sailing to boat excursions; windsurfing to deep sea fishing; scuba diving to kite surfing and kayaking to jet skiing, whatever your preference you will find excellent facilities for all kinds of water based pursuits in the resorts of both the mainland and its islands.

Scuba Diving and snorkelling

Whether taking to the sea with a snorkel and mask or with scuba diving equipment you will discover many places to explore the delights the sea has to offer. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of Cabo de Creus on the Costa Brava or maybe explore the underwater caves at Cabo de Palos on the Costa Calida. At all resorts, expert tuition is on hand should you need it.

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing

Windsurfing has become one of the main attractions of Spain, in particular the Canary Islands. With 10 km of beach, Tarifa on the Costa de Luz is known as the wind capital of Spain and has become a world renowned venue for international championships. Added to that, Gran Canaria in the Canaries is considered one of the best places in the world to windsurf because of the trade winds. For the very same reasons, the relatively new sport of kitesurfing has also become popular in these areas. Participants race over water on a surfboard propelled by a kite. The best kitesurfers from all over the world gather at Playa los Lances at Tarifa to compete against each other.

Sailing and Motorboating

There is a great sailing tradition in Andalusia, due to the cleanliness of the water and the warm climate. From the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, with its 836 km of coastline, this area has a wealth of excellent facilities for sailors and motor boat enthusiasts alike.

Saltwater fishing

Both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea are excellent places to try your hand at deep sea fishing. Chasing swordfish is perhaps the most spectacular past time and during the months of July and September; swordfish can be found in abundance off the coasts of Almeira, Granada and the Bay of Cadiz.

Fresh Water Fishing

Fishing in lakes and rivers is just as popular as heading out to sea, with all kinds of fishing available. The 64 fishing preserves in the Nature Parks of Cazorla, Segura, Las Villas and Sierra Nevada are home to freshwater species such as trout, pike and black bass.

Rowing and Canoeing

Rowing, canoeing and kayaking have become increasingly popular on the rivers and lakes of Spain with both canoes and kayaks available to hire. In addition, marinas such as the ones at Sevilla and Gelves have made sailing on the rivers very popular too.

Of course if you prefer to just have a fun experience, there are plenty of opportunities to take part in water sports in Spain at the many holiday destinations, such as jet skiing, water inflatables and boat excursions. The choice is huge; you are only limited by your imagination.


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