Miss the IronMan competition in Lanzarote this summer? Well not to worry, there are still plenty of ways to test your strength on this rugged Canary Island. From running up the slopes of Montaña Roja to surfing the winds, Lanzarote’s volcanic wilderness will take your breath away in more ways than one.
Considered to be one of the toughest ironman races in the world, IronMan consists of a swimming race at Playa Grande, a cycle course around the island, over 2551m of climbing and a 26 mile marathon run along the coast of Puerto del Carmen, all under the hot Canarian sun. Now that’s impressive! But the IronMan competition is not the only way to get active while you see the island.
Climb the Red Mountain
Montaña Roja is Lanzarote’s famous volcano. Named ‘The Red Mountain’ in English for its rusty red colour, the volcano is luckily inactive and open to the public. Start at Playa Blanca for your trek to the top and finish with a lap of the crater. The climb is short but steep and perfect for a hike to see breath-taking views of the Canary Islands from its summit. According to local legend, UFOs have been spotted near Montaña Roja so you’ll need to brave as well as strong for this challenge!
Go Off Road on Quad Bikes
Make like an action hero and speed across Lanzarote’s volcanic landscape on a quad bike safari. The island’s rocky trails provide quite the challenge on four wheels and with plenty of hidden routes and lunar-like craters to explore you’ll be off the beaten track and full of exhilaration in no time.
Jump in the Deep End with Water Sports
Lanzarote has a whole host of extreme water sports to try. Get wet and windy with parascending in Puerto del Carmen or Playa Blanca. Fly 400m in the air behind a speed boat while you take in the island’s beautiful scenery from above, or why not try the new water sport to hit the Canary Islands – fly boarding. This intense sport lets you zoom up over the waves with a jetpack attached to your feet – Superman style.
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, Lanzarote is home to the Los Erizos Wrecks (Harbour Wrecks) just off the coast of Puerto del Carmen where you can dive down a massive 130ft to see rays, angel sharks, barracuda and a whole range of other underwater beasties.
The next IronMan Lanzarote competition takes place in May 2016 but if you can’t wait until then there’s plenty to toughen up your training and test your stamina on this beautiful island of the strong.