Surfing in Fuerteventura

With a surfboard, a wetsuit and a beach, you are ready for surfing in Fuerteventura!  This island is a very popular destination for anyone who wants to learn how to surf and those who want to test their surfing skills. All year round warm sea temperatures, of between 18 and 23 degrees C, and the consistent surf, offer ideal conditions for the sport, with waves to suit most standards of surfer.

The biggest sea swells are experienced during the late Autumn and Winter months when the wind blows the rollers in from the Atlantic Ocean. These hit the North and North-West coasts of the island, so places like Corralejo and El Cotillo are popular with the surfing community.  You will often see vehicles with surfboards strapped to their roof on the way to the beach.

There are many surf schools on the island which offer tuition and equipment hire and sale so that you get maximum enjoyment from surfing on this island.  A one day course costs about 40 euros.  There are also many shops which sell a range of boards and clothing.

There are a variety of key surfing spots on Fuerteventura which offer different types of conditions.  So for surfing in Fuerteventura check out the main ones that are in the North of the island:

1.    Corralejo: Rocky Point - Punta Helena; the Harbour Wall - El Muelle; Bristol – the Shooting Gallery ; Generarosa; Mejillonas and Suicides.
2.    Near Lajares: Majanicho
3.    El Hierro: Derecha, Izquierda, and Derecha de Aleman
4.    El Cotillo: Esquinzo and El Cotillo
5.    Grandes Playas (near Corralejo): El Burro, Flag Beach and Playa del Morro
6.    Puerto del Rosario: Playa Blanca

The first 3 locations are off the unmade road that runs between Corralejo and El Cotillo, and in these locations, surfing in Fuerteventura can be dangerous because of the lava reefs that are just under the surface of the sea.  It is quite easy to get hurt if you are unfamiliar with the breaks, and so, they are more suitable for more experienced surfers. To get to these beaches you are advised to hire a 4x4 vehicle as the track is a bit bumpy.

Many of the surf schools use the Grandes Playas and Playa Blanca beaches to train new surfers, as they offer safer conditions, because of the sandy beach, and it is easier for people to get used to having a surf board.  It is also quite amusing to see newcomers to the sport trying to hold on to their board as the waves break in.

For information about current surfing conditions at Majanicho, on the north coast of Fuerteventura, see

It is always a good idea to talk to the surf schools or people who are experienced in surfing in Fuerteventura as they can give all kinds of advice so that you get the most from your time on your board.  Conditions can change on an hourly basis, as factors such as wind direction, wind strength and swell do vary. There are several ’surfing bars’ in Corralejo where you can meet up with the locals and other surfers who are on holiday.

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