Fuerteventura Guide by Zala // where to surf & eat

Guide by Zala

// where to surf & eat

Fuerte = strong; Ventura = wind

N28°23’53.596″, W14°0’37.257″

No matter what kind of holiday you have in mind, Fuerteventura has something for you. It is best known for its beaches and world-class water sports. When I was on Fuerteventura for the first time I couldn’t believe how many spots you can surf here.

I lived in Corralejo – the former fishing village near the harbor which is now really touristic. On the main road you can find lots of good restaurants and a few surf shops that keep you covered with everything you might need for your surf adventure.

Fuerte Surf Map (c) Travelnsurf.com

I surfed almost everyday. You have all kinds of spots here: from great point breaks on North Shore that work perfectly in winter time when strong west-north swells arrive to small beach breaks on the east and west coast. After a North Shore session it’s a must to stop by at the local bakery called El Goloso and stock up on super delicious croissants, cupcakes, coffee and bread.

For beginners I recommend spots like Punta Blanca which works around high tide or Caleta Inside on North Shore. When nothing on North Shore is working because it’s too small, then head to Cotillo on the west coast.

For intermediate surfers, there is a great right hander called German’s right, a really long wave and if you make it there early in the morning it’s not so crowded. Next to this spot is El Hierro, a perfect A-frame wave. There are a few more spots like Punta Gorda- left hander working on high tide which holds strong winds from the east side and is therefore always crowded when it’s working.


Zala surfing Fuerteventura // shot by splitgadgets.com
Zala after surf session

You have great waves on the east coast too, but mostly beach breaks that work on wind swells coming from strong east winds. For advanced surfers I recommend Bubble on North Shore (next to El Hierro), Generosa when it’s big, Mejijones and Suicidios.

All spots on North Shore work in winter time, from October to April, maybe even in May. Later in summer the swells from north west are not so strong, so you can surf the east side of the island. If you are a beginner or intermediate, you will always find a spot for yourself all year long.

For me the best spot you can surf is not even on Fuerteventura. You take a boat to the small island of Lobos that is located next to Corralejo. Perfect right hander give you long rides and if you are lucky enough even barrels. After a session on Lobos it is time for Bocadillo de Pescado – fish sandwich in the harbor restaurant La Lonja. Great way to start a day!

Zala getting barreled in Fuerte

Because the distances between villages and spots are quite big, you will definitely need to rent a car. It is best to make a reservation on the internet and then pick up the car on the airport (search on Auto Europe for the best prices on your travel dates). If you make your reservation early enough you can get great prices from 10-15€ per day. The gas compared to the rest of Europe and even Spain is cheap; it’s around 0,70-1,00€/ltr.

As I am into skateboarding too, I went to La Olivia several times. They have a super nice bowl to practice turns on a carver skateboard.

If you would like to get an overview of the island, one of the volcanos is a must! The best one is the one next to the village Lajares. It has a big crater and a great view over the island!

Even if you’re not into surfing, you can do many other things on the island. Like Snorkeling on Lobos, climb the volcanos, go to Cotillo beach to eat in yummy restaurants. My favorite is La Marisma, they serve a variety of fish and paella (rice with sea food).

Don’t expect big cities, these are small villages, but they make the island so charming!

signature Zala