No pain no gain: Olympic spirit sees tourists training in Tenerife

No pain no gain: Olympic spirit sees tourists training in Tenerife

  • Team GB wins Olympic gold, silver and bronze in Rio
  • British Olympic 400m hurdler and British Paralympic swimmer train in Tenerife
  • Rise in British enquiries about sporting holidays in Tenerife (

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are in full swing and fans are feeling sporty. Rio 2016 will see competition across 42 sporting disciplines including golf, returning after a 112-year absence and new additions of men’s and women’s’ rugby sevens.

These two weeks are the culmination of years of training and hard work by the competitors with Tenerife, the largest of the Spanish Canary Islands, playing training host to countless Olympic athletes from all over the world.

British Olympic 400m hurdler Eilidh Doyle and British Paralympic swimmer Rebecca Redfern have both spent time training on the island this year in preparation for the Games.

With Britain already picking up Gold and Silver in swimming in the first few days and with the Olympics centre of attention, Brits are looking to get inspired and increase their own fitness and wellbeing through activities such as sporting holidays.

Jodi Beard, Marketing Director of holiday planning specialists Cheap Holidays Tenerife comments,

“We have noticed a rise in enquiries for sporting holidays in the lead up to Rio 2016. Tenerife has always been a popular training ground for athletes of all levels and it’s common for tourists to book holidays planned around exercise and training camps.

“Swimming, cycling and overall fitness tend to be the most popular with our Olympic-sized pool and the beautiful Mt Teide providing the perfect training ground for athletes competing in events such as the Olympics, the Tour de France and triathlons.”

The majority of hotels in Tenerife offer swimming facilities as well as being located on the doorstep of award-winning beaches. Hotel Isabel in Costa Adeje for example boasts two swimming pool facilities as well as the beautiful Fañabé beach just a short 600 metre stroll away. With exercise and wellbeing in mind, Hotel Isabel also includes a gymnasium, ping-pong table and a wellness centre. Accommodation at the stunning four-star resort starts from £534.90 for a seven-night break where tourists can keep active as well as enjoy the beauty of the island.

The return of golf to the Olympics this year after a 112-year hiatus is also creating quite a buzz. Those who have never considered the sport before are suddenly taking a real interest. Tenerife is home to nine courses, all with their own individual style and terrain, backed by breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, and stunning mountain ranges.

A popular hotel for tourists planning a golf holiday is Abama Golf & Spa Resort. The five-star luxury cliff top hotel offers an on-site championship golf course created by Dave Thomas, designer of Ryder Cup and European Tour venues. The course offers idyllic views at 315 metres above sea-level and is suited to all levels of golfing expertise. Seven nights’ accommodation at this luxury resort can be booked for £1603 with delicious five-star breakfasts included.

Another popular attraction for sporting holiday enthusiasts is the magnificent volcano Mt Teide. With its summit at a staggering 3,718 metres above sea level, and the road to the top winding for 2,300 metres, Mt Teide attracts cycling and fitness enthusiasts from across the globe. The grueling ride is often used as a training ground for events including the Tour de France and the Olympics.

A range of hotels across Tenerife offer cycling holiday packages to suit all levels of expertise and fitness. The four-star hotel H10 Costa Adeje Palace in Coasta Adeje is cycle friendly and includes bike rental on-site with a range of daily guided rides for all levels of expertise as well as full mechanical support. The cost for a week’s getaway at H10 Costa Adeje Palace is £799.

Flights from the UK to the ever popular island can be found for less than £200 with offering a variety of attractive holiday packages. Flights and seven nights’ accommodation for two people can be arranged for less than £430. The site also promises to beat the price of any other genuine accommodation-only seven-night holiday by a minimum of £100.

For more information, please visit or call Cheap Holidays Tenerife today on 0800 0124 300.