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Published: Mon 20 Aug 2012 at 10:14
Updated: Mon 20 Aug 2012 at 10:14
The sun-drenched island of Tenerife is well-known for attracting beach lovers... but not usually sport lovers. This could be due to change though, as one of the world's most popular tourist destinations is gaining a reputation for its athletic training potential.
It's possibly the best-kept secret of the Canaries. On the lush and luxurious island of Tenerife, relaxation seems to be the name of the game. Cheap flights to Tenerife have made it an incredibly popular spot for Europeans looking for a sunny getaway, but this year, the beaches of Tenerife and its luxury resorts are playing host to a new type of visitor: the world's top athletes.
Sports stars have been sneaking away to the island for training purposes for several years. Boxing champions, cyclists, swimmers and even volleyballers have been drawn to Tenerife for its year-round sunshine, which provides a reliable climate to train in. This year has seen an even greater influx, and world-class sporting facilities have been popping up around the island as a consequence.
Now the secret's out, anyone can fit a little sports training into their Tenerife holiday. A number of training facilities are offering packages to visitors, which include personal training sessions. For those making use of cheap flights to Tenerife for a quick weekend away, a single workout session can help work off some of the guilt of poolside cocktails.
Tenerife has always been an attraction for the more adventurous traveller. With Jet2.com, realising the potential of fitness holidays, the opportunities could be endless.