Discovering traditional Canarian sports in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura, as a holiday destination, offers much more than sun and beach: the island of Fuerteventura is one of the most interesting to learn, in detail, the culture of the islands. This is the case for the Canarian traditional sports, a region with a long tradition for their own sports and games that reflect the influences from many parts of the world.

The Bola Canaria (Canarian Ball) is one of the most emblematic traditional sports of the islands. Fuerteventura has a great love for this sport and it is practiced at almost any age. It’s a simple game, very similar to boules or lawn bowling, as it is played with balls and a bowling lane and the balls have to get as close as possible to the jack or target ball. They are short games, until one of the players or teams reach 12 points.

Sports Bola Canaria

To play the more traditional form, wooden balls should be used, as indicated by the more experienced players. These balls are more difficult to control and, therefore, add an incentive to the other balls don’t have. However, the latter are the most common balls used.

Another typical Canarian sports that can be enjoyed in Fuerteventura is the so called Palo Canario or Juego del Palo. The general idea of the game reminds of fencing, as it consists of two players using a stick as a sword and they fight without touching each other.

Palo game canary islands

As pointed out by the Federation of the Palo Canario, this game of agility is one of the main hallmarks of the islands. It is a popular game, passed down from generation to generation, with a  rural origin and not practiced anywhere else in the world. From the outside, the viewer who attends one of these games, can enjoy a show of harmony and rhythm, as it is a very colourful and entertaining game.

Many of the hotels located in Playa de Jandia and Morro Jable offer the opportunity to discover these traditional Canarian sports. Some include among their events, competitions and exhibitions, others simply have information so that visitors can reach the places where normally these sports are practiced and thus enjoy a traditional game.

Among the hotels that can be found in the south of Fuerteventura, we highlight 3 of the most complete, both to travel with family, friends or as a couple, at any time of year:

· Hotel Iberostar Fuerteventura Palace

· Hotel Iberostar Playa Gaviotas

· Hotel Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park

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