and surfing in Fuerteventura
Canary Islands / Spain
Fuerteventura is a paradise for windsurfing, kitesurfing
and wave surfing. Fuerteventura is known for its beautiful
sand beaches and its crystal clear water. Temperatures
range over the year between 20 and 28 degrees.
The island is the second largest and least populated
of the 7 Canary Islands. An arid mountain range of about
100 km stretches along the island. The volcanos are not
active anymore, the last time they erupted was about 7000
years ago, ...
Mountains in a colors ranging from dark red
to ash gray, and lava landscapes, partly covered by the
sand of the Sahara create the bizarre beauty of the island.
When traveling inland you don't meet many
people, but you for sure will find a lot of goats
there are about double the amount of goats (70,000) than
inhabitants on the island. In a sense you could say that
goats became something like a mascot of the island.
The goat cheese on Fuerteventura, one of the
few local specialties is very delicious and of excellent
The North of the Island:
In the North of the Island you will find sand dunes, rocky
bays, many kilometers of uninhabited coastlines. Towards
the center of the island you find lava plains from which
eroded vulcanos surge.
Corralejo, is the second largest tourist center after
Jandia. Right in front of the town there is a large dune
area with long beaches.
The rock island Lobos lies 1km from the coast, Lanzarote
can be seen on the horizon. Corralejo is a lively tourist
place with international visitors (whereas the rest of the
island is mainly visited by German tourists), a few surf
schools, a windsurf center, bars for every taste and lots
Puerto del Rosario, the capital of the island is
located 6 km north of the airport. The city does not seem
a very pleasant place, but apparently accommodation is cheap
El Cotillo is an old fishermen town in the northwest.
The coast in this region is beautiful and wild. South of
Cotillo there are perfect surf spots.
The South of the Island:
Sunset at Cofete
The longest beach of all the Canary Islands (Playas
de Sotavento) is located in the South of Fuerteventura.
From the airport a road winds down south 90km through wide
open lava plains. The first bigger vaccation resort you
will find on the way south is Calete de Fustes. Further
south, from Pozo Negro until Gran Tarajal the coast is framed
by steep cliffs. 65 km south of the airport the island narrows:
this is where Costa Calma, a resort at a white, sandy
beach is located. The famous Playas de Sotavento de Jandia
stretch southwards towards Jandia/Morro Jable.
|Playa Barca is a beautiful
beach with a long lagune. Every year the Windsurf World Cup
takes place at this fantastic surf spot. Windsurf and kitesurf
rental and courses are offered at the 2 Rene
Egli Pro Centers.
La Pared is located at the narrowest part of the island
on the wild and romantic West coast. An oversized promenade
with palm trees and stone benches leads into the center of
the town. La Pared seem to be less touristy than most other
towns, especially on the South coast. Cowabunga,
a surf school is located directly in La Pared. Here you can
rent boards or take surf lessons.
Sunrise at Playa de Sotavento
|Jandia / Morro Jable, an
old fishermens' town, has grown into a tourist center with
numerous hotels, vaccation resorts, bars, restaurants and
souvenir shops. Ideal, for those who like long beaches and
lot's of "touristic action".
From Morro Jable you reach Puerto de la Cruz after
a 20km drive (best with a jeep) over a dirt road. Next to
the lighthouse you can watch surfers have fun on huge waves.
Cofete is also a 20 km drive away from Morro Jable,
the dirt road leading there even rockier than the one to Puerto
de la Cruz . Here you will find only a handfull of houses
and a small bar and endless, unspoiled beaches (Playa de
Barlovento). Due to a strong undertow swimming is extremely
dangerous at these beaches.
Playa de Barlovento