Gran Canaria Adventure Week 2024
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After a hugely successful first event in 2023, the Gran Canaria Adventure Week is back again for January 2024.
Think you know Gran Canaria? Think again!
Let your next (or first!) visit to Gran Canaria be one filled with outdoor adventures. While the island is known as a year-round party destination for LGBTQ+ visitors, this trip is an opportunity to experience something different: take part in outdoor activities; experience the beauty of the "real" Gran Canaria; and meet friends from around the world.
We are, once again, partnering with CanCanaria to bring you a full week of fun and adventurous activities. CanCanaria is a gay-owned and run company based on Gran Canaria, using their extensive local knowledge and the island's magnificent natural beauty to create a programme of excursions and trips that'll leave you with unforgettable memories and stories to tell. At the helm is former OutdoorLads' Chairman Patrick, so you know you will be in good and welcoming hands. Patrick and his team use trusted local guides and instructors who are LGBTQ+ friendly and who hold appropriate insurance and qualifications where necessary.
The CanCanaria Adventure Week is a new festival dedicated to outdoor activities, combining adventures with a holiday in the sun. Expect Hiking, Climbing, Sailing, Surfing and Scuba Diving alongside socials, restaurants, bars, a pool party and a boat trip.
How do I sign up?
- Sign up to this OutdoorLads event in the usual way. This doesn't get you a place on the CanCanaria event, but it will enable us to see how many of our members are attending, make arrangements together and share details and information easily in the run up to the trip.
- Sign up to the CanCanaria Activity Week on their website by following this link. This step is free and simply gets you a place on the overall event. It will also enable CanCanaria to contact you with details of the activities as they become available. You'll be asked to indicate the types of activities you are interested in, and the organisers will then use that information to formulate the final programme.
- Sign up to whatever combination of activities and parties you fancy via the pages which will be published on the CanCanaria website in due course. If you've signed up at Step 2, you wil also be notified as the various activities get arranged.
Those of us who attended in 2023 had an amazing trip. There was a great range of activities which really showed off the beauty of the island, and the evening socials (in a different bar each night) meant there was a regular opportunity to catch up with everyone, get to know your fellow travelers and ask any questions of the events team.
Check some of the photos on this page which are from the 2023 week!
It is entirely up to you whether you come to Gran Canaria for some or all of the week, or indeed whether you arrive earlier or leave later to make it part of a longer trip.
Gran Canaria has accommodation to suit a variety of budgets, from basic self-catering apartments, to full service hotels and villas.
You are welcome to message the event leader or Patrick at CanCanaria for accommodation ideas, and to use the event page comments to arrange sharing. In due course we will also set up an OutdoorLads Telegram group too.
Flights & Transfers
Gran Canaria is easily accessible from various UK airports, with a flight time of around 4 hours. The transfer from the airport to Playa del Ingles is straight forward, either by public bus, taxi or pre-arranged holiday transfer service.
Please note: This is not an OutdoorLads event and is arranged by an external organisation, CanCanaria. The OutdoorLads refund policy does not apply and your contact is with Cancanaria. No insurance is provided by OutdoorLads. This is simply an event page to enable members to co-ordinate their holiday and activities together.
IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
You MUST complete a Participation Statement, in addition to booking your event space before attending an OutdoorLads event. You only need to complete this Participation Statement once, not for each event you attend.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who has recently tested positive for Covid-19, is asked not to attend.
Photos used with permission of event leader and CanCanaria.
What to bring
You will need to add to your usual summer holiday packing list with any outdoor gear you would usually require for the various activities on offer. In anything specialist is required you will be notified.
It is worth bearing in mind that Gran Canaria can be a little cooler at this time of year (especially in the evenings and away from the coast). For those hiking or in the mountains, it can get particularly cold out of the sun and it might rain. The weather isn't as bad as the UK, but hikers and climbers should bring waterproofs and layered clothing so they can adjust their gear as the day goes on, while remaining safe and comfortable.
Food & drink
Playa Del Ingles has a huge choice of places to eat and drink, along with several good supermarkets.
There will also be the option to sign up to food and drink activities as part of the event.