Corralejo Windsurf Holidays
Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands, although one of the least developed. The Island has some stunning topography including vast sand dunes, huge golden beaches and breathtaking volcanic scenery in the interior. Broadly speaking most of the best beaches are along the East coast, the rugged West coast is more rocky and open to the swell of the Atlantic (great for surfing). The North is where you will find the main tourist resort of Corralejo, in the South East you will find some quieter beach resorts (including the windsurf resorts of Costa Calma and Sotavento). Corralejo, being the main tourist hub of the island, has a lot of amenities in the way of restaurants, bars and shopping. In some areas in central Corralejo it can be a little '18-30', but these areas are easily avoided.
You arrive at the airport in Puerto Rosario and head North to Corralejo (25 minutes), by pre arranged private transfer, or car hire. Generally it is a good idea to have car hire although this is not necessary. Fuerteventura and the Canaries are are great year around windsurf holiday destination within easy reach of the UK (around 3.5 hours flight), and a lot of other European departure points. This is one of the most wind reliable short-haul windsurf holiday destinations from March to September, but it can also be great in the winter months, just not quite as 'guaranteed' wind.
A windsurf holiday to Corralejo in Fuerteventura is suitable for all levels and holiday types, including families, singles and couples, of all windsurf abilities. There is a special windsurf lagoon for beginners, a very long and stunning windsurf beach for improvers, plus some small and easy waves if you want it. This really is a great windsurf holiday location to satisfy a wide range of abilities.
As with all of our location we are meticulous about which accommodation we work with, and will only suggest properties that we have personally inspected and know to be good. In Corralejo we have a superb collection of properties to include a stunning deluxe beach resort, spacious families villas and a 'cool' boutique hotel in the centre of town. a Planet windsurf holiday expert can guide you to the best property for your budget and specific requirements should you decide to contact us.
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The Windsurfing At Corralejo
The main windsurfing beach, and where we have our partner windsurf school in Corralejo, is called Flag Beach. This whole beach, and a large part of the surrounding area, is a nature reserve and is stunningly beautiful. The only structure on the whole beach is the windsurf centre and a small beach bar. In this location the wind generally blows side to side on from the left. At low tide some rocks are exposed in-between sandy areas, at higher tides the whole launch area is sand. Generally there are some small waves along this area, although there are also some great flat water sections. The waves are more prevalent in Spring and Autumn, from May to August the whole windsurf beach becomes quite flat.
For beginner and early improvers then the windsurf lagoon is the best place. Our partner windsurf centre offer half day trips to the lagoon, which include pick up from your hotel, rental and lessons if needed. This is great fun, a good way to improve your level in a safe and social environment. This is also perfect for families with kids that want to have a go.
The Wind In Corralejo
The windiest season in Fuerteventura is in the summer, between April and September, when a big high pressure stays over the Atlantic and a low over the Sahara. However, there is generally wind all year around with it just being less reliable outside of this main wind season. For the winter months it is better to head South, to Costa Calma or Sotavento, where the wind is accelerated and can be very strong even in the winter.
The wind in the North of the island, at Corralejo, tends to be lighter (around 20-30 knots) and must more consistent than in the South of the island, where summer wind conditions can get up to 40 knots + regularly. The wind in the South is also cross-off shore and can be quite gusty at times.
Activities In Corralejo
Fuerteventura offers a wide types for the non-windsurfer; don't forget this is a premier holiday destination for many holidaymakers. The key activities are surfing, diving, horse riding, trekking and cycling. Excursions in and around Fuerteventura are popular, especially round Lobos island, mountain biking and surfing the world class breaks. You can also visit Lanzarote, which is only 45 minutes ferry ride away, travel to Lobos.
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