Costa Calma, a resort town on the popular island Fuerteventura, literally translates to ‘the calm coast’. Being just off the coast of Africa, Costa Calma enjoys beautiful golden beaches, rows of palm trees, a shimmering blue sea and year-round sun. When the rest of Europe has been plunged into damp and darkness, you can bet on Costa Calma to be an excellent winter destination, offering wind surfing and sunshine in abundance.
Costa Calma began its life as a small village in the 1970’s. German visitors soon realised its beauty, settled in, and began busily transforming the town into a happy and healthy European holiday destination. Nowadays, there are many exquisite bars, restaurants and shops to enjoy. Costa Calma allows you to alternate water sports, sunbathing, eating, adrenaline and relaxation to create that perfectly balanced getaway. This guide will take you through the sights, sounds and tastes of Costa Calma so that you can get stuck in as soon as you arrive.
The Beach of Your Dreams – Risco del Paso Playa Sotavento
Costa Calma’s beaches and attractions blend tropical aesthetics with a European vibe, which is to say you get the picture-postcard cream sand beaches and shimmering water with a side of home comfort. Playa Sotavento beach is an enormous stretch of sand with perfect off-shore weather conditions, meaning that it hums with holiday life all day long.
Whether you fancy wind surfing, kite surfing, body boarding or banding together with fellow travellers to play beach cricket, this beach is the ideal spot for action and adventure under a beaming sun. And, once you have sand in every crevice and are craving something a little different, you can splash out the other way in Sotavento Shopping Centre.
If you’re after a fun day out away from the beach, you can visit Oasis Park: a beautifully landscaped botanical garden and nature reserve that has blossomed into a quaint zoo. Home to some of Africa’s finest, the camels, elephants and gazelles are sure to dazzle families with kids and trendy young travellers alike. If you’re a little wary of zoos, you can rest assured that Oasis Park is passionate about wildlife preservation. They even hold live educational sessions featuring parrots, sea lions and various reptiles in order to foster greater awareness of nature and what we can do to protect it.
Whether you’re searching for a quaint café or a well-reputed restaurant, Costa Calma has it all. Benefitting from Spanish roots and the influx of German settlers, Costa Calma boasts a rich and varied European cuisine. These are our top picks for places to line the stomach or create a buzz before, during and after a busy day wind surfing or animal spotting:
- Moni –This hidden gem in the centre of town serves some of the best Traditional tapas you will ever taste. It is also highly recommended for its delicious selection of wine, perfect for a midday light-lunch and a glass of sangria in the sizzling sun.
- Rapa Nui Surf Bar –This cool venue overlooking the bay serves staple grub for those who have worked up a sweat whilst doing water sports. You can find spare-ribs, chicken wings and a selection of sandwiches to offer you the carbs you crave after a long session catching waves.
- La Terracita –A slinky and stylish evening spot for a couple of romantic cocktails. Sit back and enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets over the sea.
Where to Stay
Costa Calma has an array of fantastic hostels and hotels, making choosing a place to stay a little difficult. These are our ultimate favourites:
- Sentido Playa Esmeralda –The Sentido Playa Esmeralda hotel sits directly on Costa Calma beach, making it the perfect central location. The décor offers no-fuss brightness and vibrancy, and the hotel boasts a spa, hot-tub, air-conditioned rooms with balconies and glorious (all important) sea views.
- Apartment Camilla –If you want a more secluded or romantic getaway, Apartment Camilla in the centre of Costa Calma offers you exactly that. The rooms are light and bright, fully equipped, and come with a terrace you can relax on as the sun sets.
How to Get There
You can get direct flights from the UK to Fuerteventura Airport (FUE). To eliminate as many travel hick-ups as possible, we recommend pre-booking onto one of the reputable shuttle buses other airport transfers. Fuerteventura Airport to Costa Calma only takes an hour by shuttle and they can get you safely to your accommodation.
I highly recommend you book your Fuerteventura airport transfer with Shuttle Direct. You can book your route here. They are reliable, easy to use, affordable and can be booked in advance so you don’t have worry about suddenly having to source your airport transfers.
Fuerteventura and Costa Calma are sure to inject you with enough summer spirit to get you through the winter. Book your holiday and your shuttle bus now for a well deserved break.
- UK to FUE Flight Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
- FUE to Costa Calma Distance: 63km
- Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: 1 hour
About Shuttle Direct
Shuttle Direct is one of Europe’s leading providers of airport shuttle services. We offer an array of transport options to shuttle travellers to and from airports, hotels, train stations and more. Book in advance via our user-friendly website and let our drivers help you start your holiday in style.