5 best surf spots of Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is one of the most popular surf destinations in the world and each year it attracts surfers of all levels. And it’s easy to see why. The island of Fuerteventura is also known as the “Hawaii of Europe” for its similar climate and many surf spots. The island has more white sandy beaches than any of other Canary Islands and is famous for having all types of waves.
Surfing conditions in Fuerteventura
Canary Islands have some of the best weather conditions through out the year and it is an all year round surf destination. The period from October to April is the season for big waves, perfect for professional surfers. However, even then beginners can find beaches that would suit them. Generally the conditions from October to May are the best for surfing.
Fuerteventura sometimes is translated as “Strong Winds”, and it reflects the windy nature of the island. The wind blows all year round, but September is the month with the calmest days on the island. There is no set season for storms in the Canary Islands.
The average water temperature in Fuerteventura is between 22°C and 23°C. However, the temperature goes down during winter months and in February it can go down to 19°C. Between September and October, it can go up to 25°C. The mid-temperature of the air in summer goes up to 30°C, and it becomes a bit higher in August. In winter, the average air temperature ranges between 22°C and 25°C.
Where to surf in Fuerteventura
Located on the North of the island, the beach of el Cotillo is a surf spot for both beginners and intermediate/advance surfers depending on the conditions. In the summer months when the swell is not as strong it is a great beach for beginners.
In winter, it is a good spot for intermediate levels or higher. Then, the sandy bottom is very much washed out, producing powerful waves and new currents. Waves close out quite often when an overhead swell arrives, or a tide is not good enough for the bottom.
El Cotillo is located quite close to the small town Cotillo. To arrive to the beach, you should follow a gravel road shortly before entering the city straight to the beach, where you can park on a hill.
El Hierro aka The Bubble
Here you will find the island’s most famous waves. El Hierro is located just after the fishing village of Majanicho on the North Shore and it is a super fast barrelling right and left hand wave over shallow reef, definitely not for the faint hearted! This beach is perfect for more advanced surfers. If you are a beginner and don’t plan on surfing the Bubble, it is definitely worth going to watch the pros in action.
Punta Blanca aka Shark Bay
Punta Blanca is located on Fuerteventura’s North Shore. This mellow reef break is ideal for beginners, who are looking to surf a reef break for the first time. The entry is easy and you will get a long nice right-hand wave ride. This surf spot is also perfect for longboards. The best time to visit Punta Blanca is spring and autumn.
Playa del Morro aka Drop Beach
Playa del Morro is a beach break that picks up the swell from a NE wind and it is perfect for the beginner surfers. N or NE swell and W, NW or N winds work the best for this spot. The beach has both left and right hand waves. Watch out for rip currents at either end of the beach, these tend to be clearly marked by flags. Also, sometimes the beach has a stony underground. This surf spot is located between Corralejo and Puerto del Rosario, directly by the road after the Parque Natural and it has a comfortable parking.
The waves of this world class right hand point break sometimes are called the “Longest right hander in Europe”, and it’s around 500 meters of ride.
You will have to walk for around 20 min to get to the famous wave of Los Lobos after arriving at the port. This surf point gives fast barrelling waves perfect for advanced surfers, whereas further down the line the take offs are a little more gentle.
The Island of Los Lobos has a lot to offer, so make sure to leave some free time to explore this island of volcanoes and enjoy your time. Besides offering one of the most spectacular settings for surfing, Los Lobos is also interesting for its small town, its lighthouse and the beaches.
Los Lobos is a short ferry ride away, and you can take a ferry from Corralejo, Fuerteventura. If you travel from Lanzarote, you can also take an excursion to Isla de Lobos and sail to the island on a luxury catamaran.