The Surf Route in Fuerteventura
The Canary Island of Fuerteventura is also known as the Hawaii of Europe. With the strong winds on the island (hence the name), travelers usually visit this island for water sports activities like wind surfing, kite surfing, and stand up paddle. But besides its beautiful coasts, waters, and beaches, there’s more to discover on this island. In this surf road trip in the north of Fuerteventura, you’ll visit some of the islands best surf beaches, but you’ll also come across different perspective of the island such as unique national parks, lighthouses, and cultural towns towards the inland.
- Name route: the Surf Route in (north) Fuerteventura
- Suggested Duration: 1 day
- Total Lenght: 92 KM
- Best time to go: all year round
- Start and Finish point: Corralejo
- Highlights: surf spots, natural parks, sacred mountains, and local markets.
- Best by: car – bring your surf board!
CORRALEJO – EL COTILLO (20 KM)
The capital of Fuerteventura is a surfing paradise! The multiple surf schools, surf breaks for advanced riders, and a relaxed vibe, makes Corralejo the place for water lovers. To start your route around the north of Fuerteventura, head from Corralejo towards another great surf spot called El Cotillo, which takes a 20 minutes drive. The fisherman’s town is located on the northwest coast of Fuerteventura and has restaurants with excellent fresh fish and a rough seaside – loved by windsurfers and kite surfers. Are you still a beginner in surfing? Then El Cotillo is the place to start! The long white water waves are the ideal playground for a starter to get going, without having to paddle much.
EL COTILLO – TOSTÓN LIGHTHOUSE (1 KM)
After a morning surf session, head towards Tostón Lighthouse, one of the 5 lighthouses of the island on a road leading out of town towards Punta Ballena. The lighthouse was built in 1897 and is now also home to the Traditional Fishing Museum. Climb the tower in the museum for some phenomenal views from left to right over the coast with surfers in the water.
TOSTÓN LIGHTHOUSE – LA OLIVIA (16 KM)
Continue your route towards the village La Olivia, an agricultural settlement dating back to 1500. If you are taking this route on a Tuesday or Thursday, don’t miss out on the village’s local market, selling honey, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, crafts and souvenirs. For some historical insights of the island, visit the main attraction of the village Casa de Los Coroneles.
LA OLIVIA – MONTANA DE TINDAYA (5 KM)
Take the FV10 road south and you’ll drive through a volcanic world, full of brown, orange and emerald colors. While looking after goats crossing the road, you’ll feel like you’ve entered another universal. At the end of the road, you’ll arrive at Montaña de Tindaya, a 400m high sacred mountain. According to archaeologists, the original inhabitants of the island, the Mahohs, left prehistoric rock drawings of human feet in this mountain. The strangely positioned feet on the western side are apparently aligned with the sun, moon, and Mount Teide on Tenerife.
MONTANA DE TINDAYA – PUERTO DEL ROSARIO (20 KM)
From the sacred mountain, you can head towards one the oldest village of the Canary Islands: Puerto del Rosario (originally the port of the goats). Close to the city, you’ll find a perfect surfer spot, also for beginners called Playa Blanca. Have an afternoon surf session at this white beach on the east side of the island. The waves are suitable for all types of surfers with a left beach break.
PUERTO DEL ROSARIO – MONTANA ROJA (18 KM)
After your surfing break, continue your route north towards Montaña Roja. You’ll drive the beautiful road through the flat malpaís, the volcanic badlands. Montaña Roja, or the Red Mountain, changes colors as the sun moves across the sky and will remind you of the Ayers Rock in Australia.
MONTANA ROJA – CORRALEJO NATIONAL PARK (5 KM)
Right after the Red Mountain, the stunning dunes of the Corralejo National Park are booming up. The endless dunes cover over 2500 hectares of golden sandy hills. Driving past these hills, you’ll see the beautiful dunes and volcanoes on your left, while having the turquoise waters on your right. Make a stop at the National Park entrance (which is free) and explore the beach or hills by foot. Or surf along the shores.
CORRALEJO NATIONAL PARK – CORRALEJO (7 KM)
Back home, a black ribbon of asphalt meanders along the coast and dunes towards Corralejo. Since the wind in this Natural Park is so strong, you’ll encounter lots of small forts from small rocks on the beach made by locals trying to avert the sand flying around. Driving towards Corralejo, you’ll understand more and more why this island is called the Hawaii of Europe with its 50 shades of blue ocean and water sport mentality. The strong winds, dunes, and rocky scenery, makes this is one of the favourite places for kite and wind surfing
For more detailed information on swells, surf spots, routes, and restaurants download the Surfen in Fuerteventura travel guide (Dutch language).
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