11 Best team building activities in Gran Canaria

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Las Palmas, otherwise known as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is the capital and largest city of Gran Canaria. The city was named after the abundance of palm trees that bespeckle the landscape.

You’ll find plenty to entertain your employees with on a team-building retreat in Las Palmas. The city is home to two beaches, Playa de las Canteras and Playa de las Alcaravaneras, where your employees can take part in a SUP or surfing lesson, or simply relax with a cocktail in hand. The city itself offers no end of history, culture and heritage. Here, you’ll find food tours, rum-tasting workshops, guided walking tours and more.

Offering a whopping 320 days of sunshine per year, Las Palmas is the perfect place for a sun-drenched team-building retreat. To help you find more team-building activity ideas, we’ve put together the following list.

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Start riding waves with a surfing lesson

  • Surfing lessons provide an unforgettable day out, regardless of your experience or skill level.
  • A lesson of two hours includes all the necessary surfing equipment including boards and wetsuits.
  • Your group will be accompanied by a professional local surfing instructor.
  • All instructors are fully certified and lifeguard trained.
  • The maximum student-teacher ratio is eight students per teacher.
  • The surf school is conveniently located, close to local bars and restaurants.

Tuck into authentic tapas dishes

  • Stroll around the Vegueta downtown on a Thursday and enjoy the famous tapas night. 
  • Explore the beautiful neighbourhood of Las Palmas at night, where the streets radiate with infectious excitement.
  • Conveniently located in the city centre, it’s easy to get there by public bus or taxi.
  • A tapas night offers an abundance of delicious local dishes, varying in style and taste.
  • The best way to explore the beautiful old town.

Uncover hidden clues at the escape rooms

  • Work together as a team as you attempt to solve a series of challenges to escape the rooms.
  • Teams must uncover the clues quickly to escape within the 60-minute time limit.
  • Each room can accommodate groups of up to six people.
  • Two rooms can be reserved simultaneously, allowing space for up to 12 players.
  • Escape rooms provide a comprehensive mental and physical challenge for your team.
  • The gamemasters provide an immersive experience and extract the full potential of your team. 

Learn the sport of stand-up paddleboarding

  • Explore the wonderful reefs of Canteras Beach while learning the fundamentals of stand-up paddleboarding. 
  • Stand-up paddleboarding is the perfect combination of physical activity and recreation.
  • The natural reef at Las Canteras beach creates one of the best spots in the Canary Islands to practice this sport.
  • Your group will be accompanied by a fully-certified stand-up paddleboarding instructor.
  • Paddleboarding lessons typically last one and a half hours.
  • Classes can be given in Spanish or English.

Embark on a comprehensive island tour

  • You will visit a magical Tejeda village and stop every few hundred meters to enjoy insane views, then hike to Roque Nublo in the middle of the island and take a picture with 2 monoliths 
  • The tour concludes with a walk on the dunes in Maspalomas where you can capture incredible desert-like images. 
  • Discover the famous Cloud Rock that rises to an impressive 68 meters on a 1,750-metre-high plateau.
  • The fair Canarian climate offers countless sunny days with great visibility.
  • All tours are complete with hiking poles, sandwiches and water, shuttle transfer and insurance packages.
  • Your group will be accompanied by a professional hiking guide.

Take a tour of the local rum-making distillery

  • A 20-minutes guided tour of an old rum distillery in Arucas followed by a rum tasting. 
  • After touring the distillery, you’ll visit the historic town of Arucas.
  • The knowledgeable distillers provide a comprehensive tour of the facility.
  • You’ll learn the essential steps of the rum-making process.
  • The tour guides are willing to respond to any questions you might have during the tour.
  • Taste a selection of delicious homemade rums and liqueurs.

Get your adrenaline fix with a canyoning adventure

  • Canyoning is one of the most spectacular ways to discover the impressive Gran Canarian landscape.
  • you’ll receive all necessary equipment such as a neoprene wetsuit, helmet, harness, and carabineer. 
  • Under professional supervision, you will learn the skills to move safely in a canyon, including proper jumping and sliding positions and basic rappelling techniques.
  • Previous canyoning experience is not required, however, participants should be in good physical condition, be able to swim and be comfortable with heights. 
  • Transfers are included in the price.

Take a hike through the spectacular Valley of the Falcons

  • Accompany local experts on a breathtaking hike through the Falcon Valley.
  • During the tour, you’ll discover the peaceful stream that flows through the northeastern corner of the island and the jungle-like vegetation that covers the area.
  • The tour concludes with a visit to the picturesque town of Agüimes.
  • Hiking sticks, Sandwich and water, Shuttle Hotel transfer, Taxes and insurance are all included in the tour.
  • All groups will be accompanied by a professional hiking guide.
  • The full experience lasts about eight hours.

Test your balance with a SUP Pilates session

  • Ready for a real challenge? Why not push yourself with a combination of stand-up paddleboarding, yoga and pilates?
  • Enjoy this experience in the calm open waters of Las Canteras Beach.
  • Your group will be led by a specialist SUP-PIlates instructor.
  • Classes last approximately one hour and are limited to eight participants.
  • Participants have access to premium-quality SUP equipment.
  • Classes can be given in either Spanish or English. 

Take to the skies with a paragliding experience

  • Embark on an unforgettable experience as you soar high above the island and view Gran Canaria from a unique perspective.
  • An incredible outdoor adventure that your team won’t be forgetting any time soon.
  • You’ll fly above either Los Giles or Las Colorados, depending on the wind direction.
  • Each participant will fly in tandem with a highly-experienced paraglider.
  • The paragliders are extremely confident and knowledgeable, helping you to feel relaxed.
  • You’ll be provided with all the necessary equipment needed for the session.

Take a relaxing outdoor yoga class

  • Practice yoga at El Confital beach, one of the nicest beaches in Gran Canaria. Before you get there, take a walk along Las Canteras beach and stroll in La Isleta for a bit. 
  • When you see a rocky beach you know you arrived at El Confital, the perfect place to practice yoga and watch the sunset.
  • Practising yoga outdoors is the perfect way to unwind from the stresses of the office.
  • All classes are adjusted to suit the skills of the group.
  • The yoga teachers are extremely knowledgeable and attentive.
  • Choose from a variety of yoga disciplines from Hatha to Vinyasa.

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