Being the second largest island of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura has become the most important tourist destination for water sports fans and professionals. Located 100 kilometers from the north coast of Africa, it is home to a unique beauty, due to its warm climate and white sand beaches.
Among the sports most practiced by visitors to the island, we can mention: surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. The ones that have more international repercussion are windsurfing and kitesurfing, due to the famous celebration of the International Championship of Windsurfing and Kiteboarding of Fuerteventura, that is carried out every year in the Beaches of Sotavento from 1985. Also diving, swimming and boat sports like fishing, in fact Fuerteventura is the home of the Open de Pesca de Altura de Gran Tarajal.
But not only Fuerteventura is exclusive to water sports, other important practices such as cycling, motocross, land rallies and soccer are also developed. Of these sports, important competitions are held, attracting foreign tourism. The most beautiful villages are in Fuerteventura, which is why it stands out as one of the most impressive tourist destinations in the Canary Islands.
Fuerteventura and sports tourism
In Fuerteventura there are incredible villages where the way of doing tourism is transformed into incredible adventures. Let’s see the towns that stand out and the sports that are practiced there:
Antigua is an exotic site, both because it is one of the few aboriginal peoples that exist in Spain. In addition to the imposing mills and unique church architecture, the one that takes the honors is the beach of Caleta de Fuste. In this beach is recurrent the practices of windsurf, paddlesurf, and if you are a lover of golf, there are two courses, accessible to tourists who love this sport.
Puerto del Rosario
It’s the capital of Fuerteventura, where they emphasize the House Museum Unamuno and the ecomuseum La Alcogida. However, what most attracts tourism is the surfing and kitesurfing, in the most famous and crowded beaches as Playa Chica and Playa Blanca.
If you prefer to do sport fishing and taste the best in typical seafood, you must go to Gran Tarajal. It is the second most populated city in Fuerteventura. An invaluable reference is the Fishermen’s Guild.
Surely you have heard of Corralejo, it is known as the epicenter of sports tourism. The accommodation itself is one of the best experiences, training services with instructor included, among other significant advantages. There is no doubt that the town is related to water sports: diving, surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, paddle surfing and sport fishing, and for those who are only interested in enjoying the sun, boat trips are the best and even the most creative and fun option.
The tourist platform La Oliva, is one of the best and most developed in Fuerteventura, the authorities are constantly betting on providing greater advantages in order to attract visitors. Among the best beaches are Pau Pi, Agua Blanca, Aigua Morta and Les Deveses. It is also a place where the Half Marathon of the Dunes, Fuertebike and the Swimming Crossing of Isla de Lobos are held, specialties that attract a significant number of fans from different parts of Europe.
It is said that the best beaches of Fuerteventura are in Pájara. Places like Playa del Sotavento or Playa del Cofete, are the most famous. Paddlesurfing, is one of the sports that has been positioning itself. If you go there, don’t miss a tour of Barlovento, La Pared and Esquinzo.