Looking for a beach holiday with a difference? Then take a trip to Fuerteventura – but make sure you pack your wetsuit, because this spacious (population wise) island is one of the best places to catch waves in Europe. It boasts the longest beaches in the Canary Islands – all fine white sand without a stone to be seen – and there are surf spots to suit all abilities. There are powerful waves and great reefs throughout the year, but the season really takes off with the Atlantic swells that characterise the autumn and winter months, making it a perfect winter sun destination.
Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn the craft or a latent pro keen to hone your skills, the first place to head is up to the north coast around Corralejo. There are plenty of surf schools that run courses from here, but it’s possible to escape from the crowds and try out something a little bit different as well. These top spots will give you weeks of salty fun…
Playa de Esquinzo: With a maximum of three feet of swell and a sand bottom, this is a great place to learn to surf.
Rocky Point, Punta Elena: This is one of the island’s most popular surf spots. It can get crowded in good conditions, but it’s still worth the visit.
Suicides: As the name suggests, this is a spot for experts only. The fast breaking wave barrels close to the rocks, and if you’re not careful you could end up in some sticky situations.
Bristol: Located in the popular Corralejo area, this is a popular place with the locals. There’s a small take-off, so you may have to wait your turn, but the fast and intense experience is a just reward.
La Pared: Gentle but still great fun with a sand bottom and good tubes, this is another great spot for beginners. There are plenty of surf schools operating out of the area too.
El Hierro: The surfer’s Mecca of El Hierro divides into three main spots. The ‘Bubble’ is powerful and shallow- and one of the best known waves on the island. Hierro is fun and accessible in all tides and has the advantage of breaking in deep water.