In our opinion at Shuttle Direct, Fuerteventura is a brilliant holiday destination. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Africa, this Canary Island has warm breezes and water temperatures all year round as well as endless fine sand beaches which are surrounded by an infinite turquoise ocean.
All these features might make you think that this is the place to be if you’re looking for an agreeable beach holiday (which it is!), but the previously mentioned natural features and weather conditions make Fuerteventura, and especially its Costa Calma, very attractive to a different kind of demographic as well: that of the avid (and professional) surfer.
30 Years of Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup
2015 will be the 30th year that the World Championships for windsurfing and kiteboarding will bring the world’s best board sportsmen together at the Costa Calma to ride the waves and battle for the prize of being the best in their field across a range of four disciplines.
During the event Fuerteventura’s Costa Calma becomes a place full of excitement, where holidaymakers can see the elite of windsurfers and kiteboarders do their jaw dropping stunts in the water. While enjoying the local cuisine in the marquee or having a cocktail on the beach, the quality of entertainment will be world class – and you’ll be guaranteed to come home with some very unique holiday pictures!
In the evenings the fun really breaks out, with live music and a colourful programme of supporting events for all family members preceding legendary World Cup parties that go on until the early hours. You won’t be bored in Fuerteventura during the annual Championships!
What’s On at the 2015 World Cup?
This year, the much anticipated event (both by locals, participants and tourists) kicks off on 24 July with the spectacular PWA Windsurfing Freestyle World Cup, which lasts 4 days until the 28th. After that it’s on to the PWA Windsurfing Slalom World Cup, where windsurfers will compete while racing a winding path, avoiding obstacles along the way. This part of the event lasts from 29 July to the 2 August. The third and fourth disciplines are being battled for between the 3 August and 8 August, when the VKWC Kiteboarding Freestyle & Big Air World Championships take place.
Head to Playa Sotavento to see the breathtaking action from close by.
How to Get to Costa Calma
The island of Fuerteventura feels like a world away, but it is actually only around a 4 hour flight from the UK. Ryanair and British Airways offer non-stop flights from London airports amongst others, and other airways including Iberia, Air Europa and Vueling provide services that make up to 2 stops underway. You can fly in to Fuerteventura from European airports only. Once you’ve arrived at the airport we have cost effective and efficient services to get you to your final destination.
To pre-book the best value for money airport transfers Fuerteventura has to offer, our quick and easy online booking system is available to you. Alternately you can take the Route 3 or Route 10 public transport buses to the closest stop to your accommodation.
If you’re visiting Lanzarote, Gran Canaria or Tenerife beforehand, it is easy to take the ferry to get to the Fuerteventura. The port that’s closest to Playa Sotavento, where the Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup takes place, is Morro Jable, which has ferry connections with Tenerife and Gran Canaria. If you’re coming in from Lanzarote, Corralejo is the port in Fuerteventura you want to go to. From there Playa Sotavento is a one and a half drive away by rental car or one of our shared taxi services.
Where to Stay
Punta Marina – If you want to save on your accommodation while staying close to the fun surrounding the Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Championships, you should try Punta Marina in Morro del Jable. These one-star duplex apartments are rated 8.5 out of 10 by former visitors and are highly commended for their value for money, staff and cleanliness. From the apartments in Morro del Jable it takes only a 20-minute drive to go to Playa Sotavento, where you can witness the water sport pros do their thing.
Garden Beach – For medium-priced accommodation, try the Garden Beach villa apartment complex. Especially well-suited to families, the apartments come equipped with a kitchen that enables you to cook your own meals. The swimming pool and nearby beach will keep everyone occupied with swimming, tanning and sandcastle-building while the location in Morro del Jable makes it easy to pop over to see the happenings going on for the Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup.
Faro Jandia Fuerteventura & Spa – For a more luxurious stay, the Faro Jandia Fuerteventura & Spa is our recommended choice. When arriving at the hotel you’ll be delighted by the beautiful, stylish lounge with natural stone walls and warm coloured sofas. The pleasantly air-conditioned hotel rooms are modern and feature wooden furniture, satellite TV, a comfortable outdoor area and free wifi throughout. You can freely make use of the spa, which comprises a sauna, delicious Turkish baths, a beautiful pebble pool, hot tub and sensations shower. Book a room at Faro Jandia Fuerteventura & Spa and you’ll get the most from your stay in Fuerteventura within easy distance from the World Cup festivities.