Water sports to explore on your Fuerteventura holiday

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Guest Writer
Surfboard on beach

Fuerteventura’s climate and sea conditions make it an ideal place to try out a variety of water sports, the island has almost boundless options in this area and is home to some of the most superb water sports facilities in Europe.  Find out where to go to discover some of the finest water attractions this vibrant island has to offer.

Dive with the fishes under water in Playa del Matorral, Fuerteventura , Spain

Diving

Diving schools can be found dotted all over the coast of Fuerteventura and is certainly one of the most popular water sports on the island due to the fact that Fuerteventura has a shelf of up to 30 km to dive; most schools cater from complete beginners to experts in the sport.

In the south of Fuerteventura, the coast off Playa del Matorral is one of the most superb places to go diving, while the north of the island’s most popular facilities are to be found around Lobos Island and Corralejo.

One of the main diving events of the year takes place in Corralejo, Fimarsub Corralejo – Lobos during the International Sea and Submarine Photography Festival

This has everything and includes lessons from beginners through to professional dives.

Blue skies and water on a sandy beach, Fuerteventura, Spain

Swimming

Fuerteventura holidays are ideal for swimming in the open sea, with the calm, transparent waters that surround the island making it the perfect location. Every year since 1999 there has been an annual swim from Lobos Island to Fuerteventura, and both professionals and amateurs participate.

If the open sea is not for you, then there are plenty of swimming pools to try out during a package holiday in Fuerteventura; perhaps the most popular being the Oasis Papagayo Sports Complex based in the north of the island at beach resort Corralejo. It features a six-lane heated 50m pool that has starting blocks.

 

Sail around the beaches and shores of Fuerteventura by Kayak or boat, Spain

Sailing

Sailing is one of the most popular water sports to be found in Fuerteventura with various competitions held around the coast of the island all year round; among the most popular is the Tour of Fuerteventura by Kayak.   which is one of the best ways to explore the island while staying in Fuerteventura hotels.

Laid out in a series of stages rather than a total competition, taking part in a leg can be a fantastic activity to enjoy during a holiday in this wonderful part of the world.

The island is home to a wide range of sailing schools where beginners can learn the ropes of the sport, while catamarans can be rented from various locations in and around the island.

Houses and mountains at Puerto Banus at dusk, Costa del sol, Spain

Surfing

There are different types of surfing on offer with windsurfing and kitesurfing being particularly popular on the island. Many schools and courses are available, but if you prefer to watch this sport, attending the International Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Championship might be the ideal activity for you.

The event has been held in Fuerteventura since 1985 and takes place at Playas de Sotavento in Pájara municipality. Among the world famous names from the sport who have taken part in the event are Björn Dunkerbeck and Gisela Pulido.

As well as windsurfing and kitesurfing Fuerteventura is a great place for traditional surfing, and while the waves might not be incredibly high, they are certainly busy enough to keep even experienced surfers on their toes.

Kayak or paddles along the coast of Fuerteventura, Spain

Kayaking

The calm waters surrounding the island make it an ideal place to learn how to kayak, there is even the opportunity to try out kayak fishing which is becoming increasingly popular. Tunas and barracudas can be caught during a kayak fishing excursion, with perches and squid also likely to be up for grabs.  A popular beach to try out this activity is in the Bay of Tarajalejo, towards the south of the island.