Is Fuerteventura the ideal place to spend a sunny happy holiday? Can La Pared or Costa Calma and Sotavento offer you the things you appreciate most when it comes about traveling away from cold and ugly weather? Well, the answer may lay in the rows here under.
We guess is better to try splitting the article into several points for a much better and clear overview. Today we will look at things such as: beach and water quality, adventures, family and kids friendliness but also water or land sports.
Since time was quite short to actually try to explore all of the cool places on the island, or try different activities, we were dedicated of sticking with what we believed it fit us better as a single couple traveling. In case you wonder why would we touch also the family and kids friendliness topic, well that is because we have two pups at home and so even if we are sometimes traveling without them, for us and sure thing for similar families, this is an important if not crucial aspect. 🙂
Our time in Fuerteventura was mostly dedicated to batteries charging under the pleasant sun of the Canary Islands. Coming from northern Europe, where especially during November, December and January is mostly dark outside this was our top priority. It was just about laying under the sun on the sandy almost perfect beaches in Fuerteventura but also trying different new experiences and outdoor activities.
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So how is the beach in La Pared? La Pared has a large dark gold sandy beach which is surrounded by a rocky hills shore. It’s twin beach is Playa del Viejo Rey. The width varies between 20 to a just few meters here and there and it is also very much dependent of the water tide. How dependent? Well, a 30m wide beach can turn into 0m wide between 2 and 5pm.
The water is clean and it has that turquoise-green colour. We recommend you to just carefully check the water deepness before taking any risks. It is extremely important not only for kids but for adults as well.
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Waves? Yes, plenty of them! The beautiful sometimes quite big waves are the good and the bad depending of who wants to spend time in the water. The beach is highly populated by surfers and surf schools who find here the perfect place to do what they love best. Tips: If you love surfing of just wanna give it a honest first try, you can check right by the La Pared Hotel Entrance where Wellenkind Surf School has everything you need and more.
La Pared Hotel can help you with having fun on water or on land. In there you can rent equipment or book classes for wave surfing, kitesurf, windsurf, cat sailing, SUP, jet ski, maxi power sailing. For those who want to have fun on land there are options for biking (including rental), enduro tours, segway, quads/buggies or island tours, tennis, basket, golf, etc.
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A family with kids can have a lot of fun around La Pared presuming that accommodation is taken at the nearby hotel. In our opinion the beach is not optimal for really small kids but may be a lot of fun for bigger ones. However, the beach there is not the only attraction. Again, we strongly recommend you to check with the reception at La Pared Hotel for many adventure activities they may have available.
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Those who go there for hiking or beach shall think about taking snacks and drinks in their backpack as there are no shopping places close enough. The closest mini-market is located at Hotel La Pared, where they also have quite an ok restaurant with many food options.
Hiking around there on the rocky hills can reveal really beautiful views. Climb those hills and you will find the right place to just be with yourself and enjoy the landscape uniqueness.
Being oriented to S-W, the the beach or the hills tops offer unique sunsets.
We loved the ocean breeze, and the hot sand dunes covering the highlands at Playa del Viejo Rey. Tip: Reserve some hours for hiking around La Pared. . . . . #crisandgabe #hiking #trails #sanddunes #ocean #highlands #backpacking #beach #highlands #escapewinter #adventuretraveling #enjoylife #travelingcouple #packandgo #oceanbreeze #lapared #playadelviejo #fuerteventura #canaryislands #visitspain
Sotavento Beach is the peaceful house of sun, sand and watersports! With its extreme tide the infinite sandy beach becomes an infinite pool in 4-8h . Live information for all water board enthusiasts can be found here: https://www.rene-egli.com/windsurfing/windsurfing/lagoon/ . . . #crisandgabe #lagoon #watertide #tide #watersports #waterboardsport #surf #kite #windsurf #bestbeach #mostbeautifulbeaches #incredibleplaces #oceanlife #islands #beachlife #travelcouple #enjoylife #pajara #sotavento #fuerteventura #canaryinslands #visitspain
In Costa Calma and Sotavento, the beach is close to perfect. That whole coast side is actually a continuous beach that starts in Costa Calma North right by the beautiful SBH Costa Calma Beach Resort and goes all the way to Sotavento and Jandia.
If you take the nordic point at Playa Costa Calma and go all the way south to Playa Risco del Paso is about 8-8.5km. The beach is welcoming and not so populated, as we found it this winter. That is sometimes much more better rather than having crowds of people everywhere and tones of noise. The sand is light gold to white and so beautiful considering the blue-turquoise waters.
Sotavento Kite Lagoon has indeed one of the most beautiful beaches in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands. . . . #crisandgabe #travelcouple #travelcouples #traveltheworld #sandybeaches #surfplaces #kiteplaces #windsurfplaces #kite #surf #windsurf #vacation #escapewinter #runfromwinter #escapecold #sunholiday #islands #sotavento #sotaventokitelagoon #kitelagoon #sotaventobeach #fuerteventura #canaryislands #visitspain
Two places that we liked a lot were Playa Risco del Paso and the Kite Lagoon. In there it is a huge beach that transforms itself into a huge lagoon. Absolutely spectacular! You probably have a bit of info from our previous materials so I will not get into details. Make sure you check our Instagram for detailed info and tips over each particular place we have been to. Instagram > @crisandgabe
Pure happiness right there. 🙂 That is what happens when Cris, sunny skies, sand and ocean get together in one spot. 🙂 Sotavento Beach, Fuerteventura.⠀ ⠀ #crisandgabe #travelcouple #traveltheworld #travelgramm #travelgrams #beach #amazinbeach #amazingplaces #sandybeach #ocean #sea #enjoylife #explorer #sotavento #jandia #fuerteventura #visitspain
Another beach we actually loved is Playa Esmeralda.
Playa Esmeralda as seen from outside R2 and H10 Sentido hotels. This is an ideal place for taking a walk or jog early in the morning or by the sunset. In-between Playa Esmeralda and H10 beach, this place is the salt and pepper in Costa Calma south. . . . . #crisandgabe #travelcouple #playaesmeralda #incrediblelandscapes #incredibleplaces #landscapes #coast #oceanview #withaview #beachlife #travel #costacalma #H10hotel #R2hotel #enjoylife #fuerteventura #canaryislands #visitspain
The beach is guarded by spectacular rocky hills and it is close to a MC lounge Costa Calma restaurant/bar (kind of all in one but we found it nice) that offers beautiful views over the ocean and the whole coast.
There is still a place which we would like spreading the word about as we found it charming, and that is Playa De La Barca. The many water attractions and the beach quality makes it simply beautiful.
There are lots of other nice places, some that we have probably missed, but overall those were our absolute favs.
The beach width may vary from 50m in some places to just a few in others so make sure you verify that on our Instagram but also on google maps so you have the accurate picture of how is like.
Our recommendation is to always try to find a place on the beach with easy access to facilities. Sometimes is difficult to find something to eat, drink or in case you need to p…
Parents have to always check the waters for stones, holes or strong currents, before letting the kids play there, and always keep the eyes on them. If you are rather more into isolated places, which are extremely nice, make sure you grab snacks and drinks with you.
Keep in mind that there is a high nudity around here so if you dislike it or have pre-conceptions, consider avoiding the area. Anywhere the beach blends with bushes or rocks, there are little nudity spots (as I call them), where people of all ages are freely expressing their beauty. 🙂
The Kite Lagoon Story continues with a short vid that may show a bit better why is Sotavento such a popular place for kitesurfing. #crisandgabe #travelcouple #travelingtheworld #kitesurfing #kite #bestkitesurf #surfing #vacation #travelgram #takeabreak #sunholiday #islands #sotavento #sotaventokitelagoon #kitelagoon #sotaventobeach #fuerteventura #canaryislands #visitspain
Where is the best place to kite around here in Canary Islands? Costa Calma – Sotavento – Jandia is for sure the answer. Having those incredible places such as The Kite Lagoon that starts at Playa Risco del Paso and goes all the way to Playa de la Barca, it is truly exceptional for water sports and in particular kite or wind surfing. Being almost always sunny and windy, the turquoise shallow water offers perfect conditions for water sports.
In case you don’t have your own equipment there are many places you can rent if from.
Center-North of the kite lagoon is Rene Egli which has incredible facilities and sure thing most of the kiteboarding or windsurf enthusiasts know it already. They are actually organising the kite and wind surf world cup here on Playa De La Barca, Sotavento, Fuerteventura.
Another great center that offers a complete range of equipment, school and activities is ION CLUB Fuerteventura, located at the southern point of the Kite Lagoon, right by Playa Risco del Paso, in Fuerteventura. Those guys have everything ready for you including accommodation, rental services, kitesurfing or windsurfing courses and that is available in several different places across the coast here in Costa Calma and Sotavento.
This is a good place for families with kids but our suggestion is to focus more on the northern part in Costa Calma as it offers easier access to shops and has many facilities around. It is also a bit more decent when it comes about nudity, if that is something you want to avoid. Else, if we are considering the uniqueness and the water/beach quality definitely southern part is way much nicer. Costa Calma has also many hotels with lots of facilities including kids pool, entertainment programs, land adventures of all kind, etc. If you prefer staying in the hotel proximity than sure thing Costa Calma is the right place.
This is the beautiful sandy beach Risco Del Paso in-between Jandia and Costa Calma. A spectacular place that neighbours Playa Lagoon. Ideal place for kite and windsurf!! . . . . #crisandgabe #perfectbeach #sunandocean #bestbeach #bestkitesurf #kitesurf #kite #kiting #windsurf #windsurfbeach #travelingcouple #travelgram #enjoylife #traveladventures #adventuretraveling #escapewinter #nomorecold #travelforfun #onthebeach #fuerteventura #costacalma #jandia #playalagoon #riscoelpaso #canariislands #visitspain
If you are into kite of wind surf try getting accommodation as close as possible to south or better said, anywhere around the kite lagoon.
If you like wild and isolated places, make sure you buy food and liquid supplies from Costa Calma super markets before going out here on the beach.
Since we covered most of the things that had to be mentioned, again, based on our own experience and the limited time, the article will end here. If you like our materials and want to be updated don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
We are already making the checklist for our next trip, which will be in Europe, a city we simply fell in loved with, a few years ago. 🙂
It was sometimes in October.
A stressful busy day trying to split myself in-between learning, working and arranging stuff around the house, when just to relax myself I took a brake. A short and inspired brake. I was feeling a bit exhausted and felt like needing some sort of reset, something “nice to think about”.
The winter was just around the corner and you know, especially if you live close to the 60° parallel, well is starting to be sad. Luck of sun, luck of light, is a determining factor for low energy levels as well as for much more serious stuff such as seasonal affective disorder, season depression or winter blues.
That is just one of the things you have to take with you in the bag along with all the daily problems which, of course everyone has. Somebody needs to deal with something, always. Your tasks, your duties, your thoughts, your worries, suddenly everything becomes so much heavier in your bag, just because during the cold season the sun is kind of rare to be seen. Short and simple, missing sun equals missing vitamin D equals missing being happy, right?
What a better reason to pause work, take a brake and start thinking about a mini, tiny, shiny winter vacation, a trip to sun and sea.
I opened Google maps, looking for some location where it may be hot enough for getting tanned and taking a bath in the sea. Anywhere in Europe reachable and within budget. Dates? Anytime in November if you please. So I was checking places (Google Maps), prices here and there, weather conditions and sea water temperature.
The only reliable options seemed to be Malta and Cyprus. I was already bookmarking them when I got a call from Cristina “the blonde one”, a friend of ours from southern France. Hearing me she is like: Did you guys checked Canary Islands? I was like, no.. hmm… Well, do it, she said. Apparently a friend of hers has been there and she said was good. I also got a name, Fuerteventura.
OK, good good. The only think I knew was that Canary islands have a very nice climate and so is like a perpetual spring in there, year-round, as this was extremely enthusiastically presented Johnny and Andrea, some friends we have in Canada. Those were good enough resons for a search right?
And honestly, from there it was like this: Search; Found; Meeting budget? Yes! Buy now, Booked!
Was it good? Well, I am sure you have already checked the video we did, so yes, it was good and it was fun. 😉 In case you did not have the chance to see our video, find it below.
Since we really need to keep our schedule and launch this project today, I will end this article here with the promise to actually come back with another one where the impression and tips will take over the story of how we actually got to get away. Let’s leave coldness and darkness and take a trip to sun, ocean surf and fun.
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