1. Visit the local beaches
Costa Calma has two stunning white sandy beaches right on its doorstep – they’re the main reason for area’s development as a tourist resort. Playa de Costa Calma runs from the SBH Costa Calma Beach Resort to the H10 Tindaya Hotel (there is a small rocky area half way down, only passable at low tide) with the smaller but just as beautiful Playa de Esmeralda at the southern end of the resort. The shallow and calm waters are great for families and bathers, just remember to keep applying that suncream as the wind is often misleading.
2. Learn to Surf, Wind or Kitesurf
Costa Calma and its surrounding beaches draw world-class Wind and Kitesurfers every year, who compete in the Windsurfing & Kiteboarding World Cup. Winds are channelled across the narrow and low-lying isthmus that separates Costa Calma from from the West Coast of the Island, producing the consistently strong wind that make this a great place to learn to Kite and Windsurf. The nearby town of La Pared on the west coast has a number of surf schools and offers daily pick-up and drop-off for those in the south of the island. The waters and soft sandy beach at La Pared are great for beginners and you’ll often find a number of schools in the water at the same time. There are several schools in the area, offering group classes, one-on-one lessons and even residential courses with accommodation. Click here for more information on surfing, wind and kitesurfing.
3. Enjoy a day out at Oasis Park
Just 10 minute’s drive north of Costa Calma is Oasis Park, a huge interactive animal park and gardens. The park started out, back in 1985, as an ornamental plant nursery and has since grown into a large interactive zoological park, boasting over 3000 animals (with 250 different species), its own research centre, and the largest camel reserve in Europe. Book your tickets in advance and you’ll receive free coach pick-up and drop-off from all over the island (there are even tours that come from neighbouring Lanzarote). Give yourself plenty of time in the park and bear in mind that there are set times for shows and activities. Every Sunday between 9am and 2pm, the park opens its doors for a local artisan and farmer’s market – a great place to buy fresh produce and handmade items.
Click here to book your Oasis Park Tickets
4. Visit Sotavento Beach
Sotavento is probably the most photographed beach in Fuerteventura, if not in the Canary Islands. Playa Sotavento is split into two sections, often referred to as Playa de la Barca (north) and Risco del Paso (south). The large sand spit at Playa de la Barca traps the receding tide, leaving a huge lagoon, the perfect place for wind and kitesurf beginners to practice. It’s also a superb photo opportunity on a sunny day, as the white sands and shallow waters turn a stunning aquamarine colour. Bathers tend to head to the southern area of the beach called Riso del Paso, seeking out shelter in zoccos (semi-circular stone windbreaks).
5. Explore the area on foot
Fuerteventura offers hikers over 255 kilometers of well-marked walking trails. The GR131 walking trail runs almost the complete length of the island, and there is a great local section that runs from La Pared to Risco del Paso. It is marked on the maps as section 7, but is also known as the ‘The Prisoners’ Route’ because it was originally created by labour camp prisoners during the Franco regime. Gustav Winter used the prisoners from the Tefía labour camp to build limestone paths between the years of 1946 and 1948. At the time these were the only paths into the Jandia Peninsula, however most of them have since been buried under the sand or lost for good. If you fancy a shorter walk, there are a number of marked coastal paths to the south. For more information on hiking in Fuerteventura, please click here.
Other activities in the area: Dine out overlooking the area’s stunning beaches, enjoy a cocktail overlooking the beach, visit one of the southern coast’s many white sand beaches or enjoy visiting the small towns and villages in the island’s mountainous interior.