Enjoy the sea with Gran Canaria Blue
The Gran Canaria Nautical Station is conceived as a tourist resort, and with its year-round unrivalled climatic conditions, lays on a huge range of nautical activities for visitors, along with an equally wide ranging and varied choices of accommodation. It is, indeed, the ideal option to enjoy the sea with the total safety and quality guarantees offered by all the businesses associated with the brand.
Disciplines such as sailing, boat trips, cetacean watching, windsurf, surfing, rowing, aquaboats, parasailing, sports fishing and deep sea diving are just a few of the possibilities that the Gran Canaria Nautical Station lay on for guests so they can feel the true greatness of the sea 365 days a year.
The 236 kilometres of coastline that wraps itself around Gran Canaria is the perfect hotspot for sea enthusiasts. The ideal winds for sailing, sea currents that favour the existence of large shoals of fish, stunningly beautiful sea beds, and year round Spring-like temperatures are just some of the natural conditions that make Gran Canaria a truly superb nautical platform, open all through the year.
For all this, Gran Canaria has developed a fully encompassing infrastructure and facilities that allow for the development of a range of different nautical activities, plus the celebration of important sporting events, such as the departure port for the Transatlantic ARC Regatta, and the PWA Gran Canaria Windsurfing Grand Slam.
Gran Canaria has many perfect enclaves for visitors to enjoy an endless array of sea activities, from areas with optimum climatic conditions for sailing, to select locations with waves that have made Gran Canaria one of the world’s Windsurfing mecas. Added to this is the island’s the huge range of biological and ecological marine settings, whose sheer beauty is sure to captivate all those who decide to dive around its waters.
The island of Gran Canaria boasts a constant, mild climate throughout the year, more so perhaps than its geographical location would normally allow, thanks to its so called “Canary air currents”. This, combined with the effect of the predominating Trade Winds, contributes to the island being able to provide, all at the same time, both gentle coastal regions to the south, and breezy and choppy seas to the north, extending to even extremely windy areas. This means Gran Canaria is always ready to offer ideal conditions for anyone to do any kind of sea sports they wish.
Gran Canaria is an island that looks at the Ocean square in the face. The islanders’ fishing mentality and the important role tourism plays here have come together to equip the island with a comprehensive port infrastructure, both in terms of its sports marinas and its fishing ports.
All these infrastructures feature basic facilities that allow for long moorings for boats, as well as a good number of nautical sports. The island boasts a whole host of ports, the highlights of which are: Puerto de Mogán, Puerto Rico Sports Harbour, Pasito Blanco Sports Marina and Anfi del Mar Sports Marina.
But the Port of Las Palmas is undoubtedly the reference port in terms of the island’s top infrastructures. It is a grand sports and commercial facility and is one of the most important of its kind in the Atlantic, both for the quality of its services and for its strategic positioning between the continents.
The natural wealth of Gran Canaria’s waters have made the island one of the finest destinations for this fishing discipline anywhere around the world. The natural conditions have led to the local waters gaining a range of records certified by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). The huge variety of captured species have led to records being broken, with a wide range of different species including Blue Marlin, Billfish, Albacore, Bigeye tuna, Atlantic Tuna Fish, Barracuda and White Tuna, among others.
This abundance of biological species goes hand in hand with the island’s favourable climatic conditions, which allow enthusiasts to do their favourite sport all through the year, although the best time of the year for catching bicudo fish and tuna is acknowledged to be between May and December. Throughout the year the island plays host to a range of sports fishing competitions, with sports harbours located at the south of Gran Canaria. The area specifically between Punta de Maspalomas and Punta del Descojonado (La Aldea) is the hub for sports fishing on the island, as there are so many different species to be found there.
Prevailing wind conditions and the island’s climate make sailing one of the top sporting attractions for both locals and visitors. The main centres for the different sailing disciplines include the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, especially along the bay of Las Alcaravaneras and Las Canteras, and on the south coast at Maspalomas and Mogán. In terms of sailing competitors, Gran Canaria is one of the world leaders, with a string of sailors from the island who make up the backbone of the Spanish Olympic team.
A special mention must go to the homegrown sailing discipline of Vela latina, with a long tradition in Gran Canaria which highlights the close links the islanders have traditionally had with the sea. It is a peculiar type of sailing competition consisting of small vessels with three-pointed sails which are huge size compared to that of the boat itself. It is a highly popular spectacle with a great following that takes place along the shoreline of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria between the months of April and October, making full use of the region’s seasonal trade winds.
Gran Canaria has areas with high waves which has helped it develop into the perfect destination that makes the most of the various sea sports phenomena, including windsurf, kitesurf, surf and bodyboard. Together there are 23 spots where enthusiasts can come and enjoy surfing and bodyboarding without being surrounded by hordes of people, sometimes in almost virgin territories. The island also provides the platform for those looking to start out in this discipline, with a number of prestigious schools which provide the greatest fun with the fullest safety guarantees.
Windsurfing enthusiasts have, in Gran Canaria, highly prestigious locations to do their favourite sport. Gran Canaria is indeed considered the second meca of this discipline in world terms, behind only Hawaii, with 21 spots, the highlights being the beaches at Pozo Izquierdo and Playa de Vargas, both of these being venues for World stages of the PWA, bringing in the finest windsurfers from around the world, while positioning Gran Canaria as a truly international hotspot.
Gran Canaria’s volcanic origins are able to provide a surprise or two to all those who decide to submerge themselves into its waters, both for the richness of its biological and geological features of its sea bed, as well as the variety and beauty of its landscapes. Its highlights are spread all along its coastline, including Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Mogán, Playa del Cabrón, Pasito Blanco, Sardina del Norte and Caleta Baja, among many other places.
Whether you are an expert or a rookie at this sport, Gran Canaria will provide the perfect setting to enjoy a fine diving experience, with the support of clubs and diving schools which provide courses, organized dives and hiring of equipment, all providing full guarantee of safety and quality. Gran Canaria also has two hyperbaric chambers strategically placed to the north and the south of the island, ready to provide visitors with a unique and relaxing experience.