Located on the sunniest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura, the seaside resort of Costa Calma is a beach lover’s delight. The town is situated at the north end of a twelve-mile stretch of pristine white sand beach that reaches all the way to Morro Jable in the south. The beach is always teeming with activity – swimmers, joggers and sunbathers can be found here at any time of the year. But to get the true Costa Calma beach experience, look into the exciting water sports popular in this island town.
Surfing the Waters
Though Costa Calma translates literally to “calm coast,” you’ll find there are plenty of waves and swells to surf all year round. In the autumn and winter, the western-moving winter swells create great waves for beginning and expert surfers alike. With temperatures rarely falling below 18oC, the coast is a pleasantly temperate paradise in every season.
If you’re new to surfing, the Costa Calma is home to a number of surf shops that offer lessons for beginners. Most surf classes will be held in groups of six to eight and can last anywhere from two to four hours. Any surf school can help you out in choosing the right equipment, which includes not only the board, but a wetsuit for cooler waters, or board shorts and vests for warmer weather.
Learning to surf is a bit like riding a bike – that is: it requires balance, a lot of patience and it can only be mastered after falling spectacularly a few times. The key to surfing is understanding how and where the waves will break in order to ride them. At the Costa Calma, the location of the best waves may change daily depending on the weather and wind patterns. Your surf instructor will know where the best waves are for your surf level and can point you in the right direction.
Surfing the Winds
Once you’ve experienced riding the waves, you might be ready to try windsurfing or kite boarding, both of which will have you skimming over the waters of Costa Calma on the ocean breeze.
Windsurfing combines elements of sailing and surfing with a mast, boom and sail attached to a board, which is piloted by the rider. Costa Calma’s Sotavento Beach has hosted several windsurfing championships in years past, and is known for its excellent and consistent wind conditions.
Kite boarding involves a similar mix of wind and waves, but is slightly more extreme. This sport combines elements of wakeboarding, surfing, paragliding and gymnastics in one dizzying experience. The boarder is strapped to the board by the feet and wears a waist harness attached to a power kite by several metres of line. Experienced kite boarders can execute turns, jumps and board grabs in midair and have been known to gain 40 feet of air in high winds!
If you’re a thrill-seeker looking to take advantage of the winds and waters of Costa Calma, surfing, windsurfing, or kite boarding can all give you the dose of adrenaline your beach holiday needs!
How to Get to Costa Calma
Already reaching for your swimsuit and sandals? Non-stop, round-trip flights from London to Fuerteventura Airport are available out of Gatwick Airport with Thomas Cook Airlines, Norwegian Air and easyJet for quite affordable prices.
Once you’ve touched down, a quick one-hour drive along the island’s FV-2 motorway can take you straight to the beaches of Costa Calma. Car rentals are available from companies such as Hertz, Avis and Cicar, all of which operate from the airport terminal.
Alternatively, Shuttle Direct provides the most convenient private and shared airport transfers Fuerteventura has to offer. With just a few clicks, you can arrange to have your shuttle collect you from arrivals and whisk you away to the sandy shore.
Where to Stay
Apartamentos Morasol – With its private balconies and spacious rooms, Apartamentos Morasol offers comfortable beach living at an affordable price. A small kitchenette in each unit includes basic appliances like a kettle, microwave and refrigerator. If you’re not in the mood for cooking, the bar and restaurant on the ground floor is the perfect place for a tropical cocktail or post-swim snack. The complex is only a four minutes’ walk from the beach, and the terraces provide excellent views of the sand and surf.
Golden Beach Hotel – Only 450 yards from the famous Sotavento Beach, the Golden Beach Hotel thoroughly earns its name. From your private balcony you can glimpse surfers offshore, riding the cresting blue waves. Each room is individually decorated in beach hues of blue, yellow and coral, with 27 family suites available. Outside, an extensive deck, patio and pool are nestled among palm trees, providing plenty of space to relax in the shade or sun!
Fuerteventura Serenity Luxury B&B – If you’re looking to spoil yourself in Costa Calma, look no further than the Fuerteventura Serenity Luxury B&B. This plush guest house features king-size four-poster beds, marble floors and gorgeous gardens and terraces. The spacious, airy rooms are decorated with colourful floral accents and gauzy curtains. For quiet, peaceful luxury on your holiday, this luxurious bed and breakfast is a sure winner.