Whether it is the height of summer or the depths of darkest winter, enjoy sun sea and surfing in Fuerteventura, your ideal year-round holiday destination.
Fuerteventura is the sort of holiday destination often dreamt of and imaged when sat at the desk in the office; that holiday brochure cover image of gorgeous yellow sand beaches, crystalline seas and royal-blue skies. In almost every way the island represents escapism whether that’ll be laid out gently bronzing on the island’s pristine beaches, riding the waves or trekking across the rolling coastal dunes.
The island of Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands but remarkably, remains one of the least developed. It is home to far more than the arid, almost lunar landscape that greets you as you disembark your aeroplane, for the island is gifted with more sandy beaches than its Canary Island counterparts.
Catch the sun on Fuerteventura’s Corralejo Beaches
Once you feel the sand between your toes on any of the island’s beaches there is very little that can be done to make you want to leave. The beaches, coves and coastline that trace the northern tip of Fuerteventura and the resort of Corralejo are graced with strong winds and waves ideal for a plethora of water sports. Corralejo is said to be the original surf destination and despite losing favour with surfers a few decades ago, the area is now said to be making a comeback and is now enjoying the reputation as being Europe’s answer to Hawaii.
There was once a time when Corralejo was an inconsequential fishing village on the north eastern tip of the island, whereas today it is a thriving and popular holiday resort that is just a short 30 minute drive from the nearest airport. Despite its transformation into a holiday resort, the city authorities should be roundly applauded for its efforts in preserving quiet corners of the original fishing village. It is in these unspoilt corners of the town that you can still find independent cafes and local restaurants serving traditional Spanish cuisine and fresh fish dishes.
The beaches on the other hand are the way nature intended, with idyllic golden sands stretching along the coast for miles, framed perfectly by the white dunes behind and the sparkling sea ahead. But what is truly special about Fuerteventura and Corralejo specifically are the powerful prevailing winds that make for the perfect conditions to sail and windsurf. It is these winds, formed when high pressure builds out in the Atlantic and low pressure from the Sahara come together to create reliable cross-shore winds, which have earned the region a reputation for being a paradise for watersport enthusiasts. Or as any Fuerteventurian will proudly tell you, ‘the waves in Fuerteventura are as reliable as the sunshine’.
But whether a novice or professional, there is a beach to match your ability. The undisputed favourite is Flag Beach. Approximately 10 minutes’ drive from the town centre, it is gloriously located on the edge of the scenic Las Dunas National Park. The beaches’ popularity among rookies is due to unique reef formations out in the surrounding bay that provide useful shelter from the worse of the wind, but allows for ‘swells’ to develop further out at sea. A ‘swell’ (for any of those like myself who haven’t the foggiest what it means) is a series of wind-generated waves that propagate as the wind and sea water interact.
Another favourite among beginners and perhaps the best suited is Cotillo Beach, found on the north western tip of the island. This particular stretch of beach offers even greater protection from the elements and is often the beach of choice for amateur surf and windsurfing classes.
Watersports and surfing in Fuerteventura: Classes and prices
Should you want take to the seas but find yourself a little apprehensive at the thought, then there are classes available across the island for beginners or those looking for a refresher.
One such centre is The Windsurfing Lagoon, located just 20 minutes away from the before mentioned Flag Beach and Cotillo Beach. Here, you can find classes and courses open to groups, abilities and a range of budgets. Prices begin at €65 for 4 hours and increase to €140 for 3 days’ worth of classes. It is worth noting that all classes and courses are led by qualified instructors and prices include equipment and pick-ups if necessary.
Best place to stay in Corralejo?
After a long afternoon of chasing waves, there is no doubt that you will begin to silently appreciate the idea of an afternoon siesta. How perfect would it be just to roll up your towel and take a short stroll back to your hotel room? Well, when you stay at the luxurious 5 Star Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real you can do just that.
Ideally situated on a marvellous beach front position bordering the sand dunes and only a stone’s throw from the centre of Corralejo, the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real occupied an enviable position – not that it is the only enviable aspect of this hotel! Since opening its doors the hotel has been bestowed with about every travel award a hotel can receive and to this day is the only official 5 star Grand Luxury hotel on the whole island. The hotel boasts onsite facilities including therapeutic spa treatments, free style outdoor pools, a choice of 6 restaurants serving a la carte, international, Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine, not to mention no fewer than 4 bars (2 of which are located beachside), while rooms are tastefully decorated. But what is perhaps the greater allure of the hotel is its direct access to the beach complete with loungers and parasols for the guests use.
So unwind, get pampered and indulge your taste buds (and of course, have a geographical advantage to access the beaches) at what is sure to be an unforgettable luxury holiday experience at the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real.
Have you ever travelled to Fuerteventura, did you find the beaches as good as people say? Or maybe you have even had the honour of staying at the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real? Either way, don’t forget to comment and share!