NAUTICAL SPORTS IN SPAIN YEAR ROUND
Nautical stations across Spain's top tourist destinations!
With Autumn slowly making an appearance, many of us are packing up our swimsuits but with warm autumnal days in Spain, reaching temperatures well over 20 degrees, Spain offers the chance to enjoy a number of water sports, with fewer crowds and great out of season deals.
With 300 days of sunshine a year, La Estación Cadiz dos Mares, located in El Puerto de Santa Maria near Cadiz is the perfect place to take advantage of Spain’s many water sports, particularly sailing and kitesurfing thanks to 260 miles of shoreline and 83 beaches. Guests can battle the waves and the ocean either on a surfboard, in a boat or underwater, by diving into the depths of either the Atlantic or the Mediterranean, thanks to the privileged location.
The Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands offer a paradisiacal setting for water sports lovers. With pristine beaches, rocky islets, forests, cliffs and crystal clear waters, the Balearic Islands cater for a variety of sports and Spanish water sports association Estaciones Náuticas offers centres in Menorca, Mallorca and Ibiza, offering a variety of water and land-based activities such as windsurfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, water skiing, sailing, mountain biking and horse riding.
Divers can take advantage of the Balearic Islands’ unique marine bio system and enjoy exceptional marine life, islets, caves and sea grass meadows blended into the dramatic landscapes.
The region of Valencia
Based in the northern area of Alicante, this distinctive water station allows visitors to learn, practice or simply enjoy the existing sporting activities 365 days a year. For divers in particular, Estación Náutica Marina Alta is admirable due to its seabed carrying great ecological value and blessed with picturesque rocky shores on the Marine Reserve.
The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands present a mixture of idyllic beach resorts and quiet rural areas with a year-round sunny climate.
The famous Estación Náutica Gran Canaria has been the beacon for many Olympic medallists and European boating finalists, along with hosting major sports events including ARC Transatlantic Race, the Grand Slam Gran Canaria PWA Windsurfing, the Prince of Asturias senior cruise and regatta Sailing Olympic Week Canaria. La Estación Náutica Gran Canaria enables guests to partake in numerous leisure activities, such as sailing, boat tours, whale watching, windsurfing, surfing, rowing, boating, parasailing, fishing and diving - or for those seeking a more tranquil vacation, the many sandy beaches are perfect for soaking up the sunshine.
Since 2002, Vilanova i la Geltrú has gained world acclaim as a marine resort, located 30 minutes from Barcelona and 45 minutes from Tarragona. Ideal for water sports such as snorkelling, windsurfing and sailing, Vilanova i la Geltrú can easily be combined with a city break to Barcelona and also features other complimentary leisure activities like mountain and quad biking.
Santa Susanna in Barcelona offers a range of water activities and lessons adapted to different levels of difficulty, with over two miles of beach, a mountain area and a large sector of warm Spanish waters. Sports activities include sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling, water-skiing, ski- bus, boating, parasailing, kayaking, kite-surfing and kayaking.
Stretching across 60 miles of coastline, touching Salou, Cambrils, Miami Playa, Hospitalet del Infant and Ametlla Sea, Estación Náutica Costa Daurada consists of a generous sweep of sandy beaches and hidden coves. Offering an impressive 30 different water sports, including the exclusive Tuna Tour which involves swimming in areas populated by schools of tuna and other marine wildlife, this centre is a magnet for water sports enthusiasts seeking new experiences.
By blending two oceans and sharing a boarder with Morocco in the southern regions of Spain, Ceuta pushes the boundaries of the average water-sporting location, in close proximity to Morocco making it an enticing destination. Guests can benefit from the large variety of sporting activities from scuba diving to whale spotting, and even take up maritime training courses.
With a total of 16 ports, Rías Baixas is an ideal location to participate in many sports as it has the largest estuary in the whole of Galicia. Uniquely formed due to an efficient ecosystem, which allows conservation of the saltwater tides, saving them from the open sea, Rías Baixas provides a safe, sheltered and controlled experience.
Offering a range of activities such as fishing, scuba diving and kayaking, the water sports offering enables guests to discover Galicia’s wild 1200km coastline, strung with cliffs, sandy beaches, islands and fishing ports.
Specialising in scuba diving, Mar Menor gives guests the opportunity to venture into the deep Mediterranean to spot some of Spain’s most diverse marine wildlife. With two regional parks, two dramatic marine reserves offering unspoilt beauty and 315 days of sunshine annually, Mar Menor is another top choice for water sports lovers.