Windsurfing Fuerteventura: North or South?

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Windsurfing Fuerteventura: North or South?

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The Canary Islands are generally regarded as one of the best windsurfing holiday destinations in the world. Reliable winds, a diverse range of conditions and infrastructure to cater for all abilities and travellers sets it apart from most other European destinations. Within the islands themselves, it’s Fuerteventura that stands out as the pick of the bunch.

The island can roughly be divided into northern and southern spots. But which is best? To help you decide we’ve created this handy guide.

The north

corralejo

This is where you’ll find the major resort of Corralejo, the main tourist hub of the island. There are loads of amenities including restaurants, accommodation and bars. At just 25 minutes from the airport it’s very convenient and it’s just a three-hour flight from the UK.

There are conditions here suitable for all levels of rider, with a long sandy beach for intermediate and improving riders. Some of the main windsurf spots in the north include El Cotillo and Rocky Point, found in the main Corralejo Bay.

During peak season it can get very busy with holidaymakers, so expect it to be lively and a little crowded. Although the waters are well separated so you won’t come across too many casual swimmers of paddlers.

The south

sotavento

The main resort in the south is Sotavento, long regarded as one of the most reliable year round destinations. Again, there’s enough to do here to make it a suitable family holiday destination (with some top windsurfing on the side). Lots of family hotels mean there’s always lots going on. The best surfing, like in the north, is during the mid to late summer months, from June to September.

Another of the emerging resorts is the Costa Calma, located near to some of the best windsurfing spots on the island. The cross off shore direction and lack of obstruction means you can get some incredible speed on the glassy waters. Matas Blanca is where it’s at.

However, if you’re looking for a holiday with fun on the water during the day and a vibrant nightlife, then the north might be more suitable. Also, the south is also more suited to intermediate and above riders, with beginners maybe finding the conditions a little tough. The best time to visit runs from April right though to September.

Making your decision

There’s little to choose between them and, in truth, it really depends on what kind of break you’re looking for and what level you currently surf at. Less experienced riders and holiday oriented surfers should probably head north, with more serious and water-based breaks more suited to the south.

Of course, the island is small enough that it is possible to visit both ends during the same stay. With a rental car you can easily hit most of the island’s best spots on a single break. That way, you get the best of both worlds.