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Sotavento

Sotavento

Fuerteventura - Canary Island, Spain

Kitesurf

Sotavento is a beach in Costa Calma, in the south of Fuerteventura, approximately 60 kilometres from the airport. The extensive golden sandy beach with crystal waters and average temperature of 20ºC, provides conditions for kitesurfers of all levels. Its lagoon which covers more than 4 kilometres, appears according to the tide and is ideal for beginners. The Gran Slam Fuerteventura Windsurf and Kitesurf World Championships have been held there for 28 years. The middle part of the beach, called Risco del Paso, is a continuation of the North Sotavento Beach and is also known as Barca Beach. It offers many services and thanks to the size and is never too crowded. 

To get there from the airport in Puerto Rosario, you need to head south in the direction of Morro Jable and Costa Calma which is an hour and a quarter away. It could be cheaper to get a flight to the neighbouring island of Lanzarote and take a ferry from there. The ferry tickets are cheap, there’s no need to reserve them and the journey takes just 15 to 20 minutes.

Conditions

It has an average temperature of 20ºC in the winter and 28ºC in the summer. In July and August, the wind is very strong and can very gusty. Sotavento has two sailing spots: Pajara Beach and the unspoilt Risco del Paso. The sea is flat but quite choppy at both spots. There’s a natural lagoon where you can sail without danger as it’s about one metre deep, although there are some shallower areas to watch out for. It forms depending on the phases of the moon so it will be there for around 10 to 14 days each month. The optimal geographical conditions mean that the wind is stronger there than in the surroundings. The side-offshore wind, which is a bit gustier on the lagoon than in the sea, leaves flat water conditions. It can last all day and is stronger in the afternoon.
Optimal Conditions
  • Type
    Freestyle, Race
  • Wind
    NW, SE
  • Tide
    High
  • Bottom
    Sand
  • Time of year
    From May to September
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