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Fuerteventura

Translating literally as 'strong wind', Fuerteventura is a world renowned destination for surfing, windsurfing, and kite surfing. However these are not the only sports available; as a volcanic island with a unique climate referred to as 'eternal spring', the island is fascinating to explore by foot and bike.

Activities

Famous for it's kitesurfing and surfing, the center in Fuerteventura specialises in these sports. Participants are split into groups based on ability and all are welcome, from complete beginners to experts. But it's not all about those sports! The island has an amazing array of landscapes which are incredibly unique to this archipelago. Discovering the island on mountain bikes or by trekking is a great way to explore what there is to offer.

Windsurfing

Playa de Sotavento, near the UCPA hotel, is one of the best windsurfing spots in the Canary Islands thanks to its varied conditions which are suitable for all levels. Located close to Costa Calma it’s a very safe area and is ideal for learning. Another area, closer to the main break, has strong winds and the conditions are better suited for more advanced windsurfers. Sotavento beach is known for the world championship Windsurfing & Kiteboarding competitions that are held here every summer.

Kitesurfing

There are plenty of of different spots to chose from around the island; Sotavento, Flag Beach, The Pared and El Cotillo. The best season for kitesurfing in Fuerteventura is May to September, however it is also great over the winter. May to September are considered to be the high season for kitesurfing in Fuerteventura. Expect the wind to blow anywhere between 15-28 knots depending on the spot. Average water temperatures hover around 20 or 21 degrees, meaning you won’t need a wetsuit either. The locals kite at various different spots throughout the winter season as well, so if you’re dying for a winter kitesurfing session you know Fuerteventura is a great option! 

 Surfing

As well as being known for it's strong wind, Fuerteventura is also know as the 'Hawaii of Europe' for its surf spots. It's again a year round surf destination. During the summer months from June to August the swell is not as strong so it's not as good for the advanced surfers looking to get barreled! Generally the conditions from October to May are best. You can surf in shorts for the summer and for a few weeks into September/October. Some beaches to look out for El Cotillo, Punta Blanca (Shark Bay) and Los Lobos. 

Local Town

UCPA Fuerteventura is located in the small town of Costa Calma, a ten minute drive from Sotavento Lagoon, the famous kitesurfing area. It is known as one of the best beaches on the island, not only for windsports but it's a photographers dream. 

The town is positioned at the beginning of the Jandia peninsula, aptly named 'calm coast', it provides one of the few sheltered coastal regions on the island - a perfect place to relax and escape the wind at the end of the day. Out of all the things to do in Costa Calma, exporing the Jandia penisula coastline is defintiely the best choice. Playa Mal Nombre and Playa de Esquinzo are alternative stunning beaches. 

If you fancy a spot of touristy shopping, the African market is on Wednesdays and Sunday is always good fun. Lot's of fake merchandise, souvenirs and market classics. 

 

UCPA Centre

Instead of having a purpose built UCPA centre, in Fuerteventura UCPA use the Royal Suite Hotel. The hotel is a 15 minute walk away from the beach and bars in the area. Rooms are 2-3 beds shared between guests (twin rooms are available, enquire directly with the centre.) The hotel is 3* and is a perfect spot to relax after a day of ​activity. The hotel features an outdoor pool with a poolside bar, a Jacuzzi, tennis courts, volleyball, games rooms and parasols.

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  • All UCPAs are very friendly and sociable. The bar and dining areas are open with big tables, encouraging people to sit together and get to know each other. This makes it very easy as a solo traveller.
    Anna R
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  • The food offers great variety, choice (several options each night), quantity (as much as you want) and quality is decent.  Cheese and yoghurts coming out of your ears, packed lunch option, afternoon tea and cake and you can drink your own wine at dinner.
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