Surfing Fuerteventura | Your Ultimate Guide To The Hawaii of Europe… 

Warm air, blue skies, sun year round, great accommodations, and cool Cervezas combined with one of the more affordable European surf trip destinations, Fuerteventura may have everything you’re looking for in your next surf trip. Oh, and that’s not to mention the waves. 

Fuerteventura is one of Europe’s best surfing islands and is often referred to as Euro-Hawaii. The Canary Islands are the perfect refuge from the North Atlantic’s harsh winters, meaning you can soak up some sun and score waves without pulling on the 5mm. Here’s everything you need to know about surfing in Fuerteventura. 

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Getting to Fuerteventura

Technically part of Spain, the Canary Islands are located 100 km off the coast of Morocco, another world-class surf destination for Europeans looking for winter sun and waves. You can fly directly to Fuerteventura and the other major islands from most large European cities. Check out the cheapest flights here. RyanAir and EasyJet have some crazy cheap fares! 

Classic Fuerteventura Surf Spot - Los Lobos
Perfect Rights Reeling Down The Reef // Los Lobos

How to Get Around Fuerteventura 

Once you land in Fuerte, you’ll need a car. While you could make do without wheels, hiring a car will increase your wave-scoping abilities tenfold. Grab a rental car from the airport or book online. The airport is a mere 30 mins from the island’s main town, Corralejo. There are several towns dotted around the northern coastline of Fuerte, but if you want convenience, and easy access to numerous fun surf spots, restaurants, cafes, and bars, Corralejo is where it’s at. 

When to Surf in Fuerteventura? 

Because of the variety of spots, you can surf in Fuertaventura any time of year. However, during the summer, the Sirrocco winds that whip up from the nearby Sahara desert and reek havoc with the conditions, combined with minimal swell, transforms the place into more of a kitesurf haven than a surf destination. 

However, during the winter, things are much different. Between October and March, Fuerteventura is a surf paradise, with solid swells marching across the North Atlantic; the islands’ abundance of volcanic reefs shape each swell line into all sorts of weird and wonderful shapes–defining the wide variety of spots on offer here.  Fuerteventura, an exact translation of windy place, gets super windy, even in winter. For the least windy conditions, head to the islands between October and December. 

What To Know For Surfing In Fuerteventura

Typical Land Based Scenes in The Canaries

Fuerteventura - Surf Forecast

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Surfing Fuerteventura - Spot Guide 

Fuerteventura boasts several world-class waves, many of which are thumping, powerful volcanic reefs. But if that sounds intimidating, don’t worry; there’s more than just that. 

Rocky Point 

The main wave in town, Rockies, on a typical day, is a fun, A-frame peak with mushy whitewater waves. It can be one of the best beginner/intermediate-friendly surf spots on the island and is also super fun surf for advanced surfers on bigger swells. But don’t be fooled; Rockies has one of the sharpest volcanic reefs you’ll ever surf, so be careful and wear reef boots if you have to.

On the most humungous swells, Rockies outer reef transforms into a Hawaiian-style bombie with huge throaty barrels. Some of the island’s best waves have been ridden here, which is hard to believe on a normal day. 

Harbour Left

A super consistent, powerful left-hander that almost never goes flat. You can all but guarantee a surf on most days!  However, when the swells up, the place gets solid, with a sweeping current and a long paddle out. A good option if the more premier waves are blown out or not working.

Los Lobos

The crown jewel of surfing in Fuerteventura. Los Lobos is a perfect right-hand point, just off the main island. with boat and ferry access only; Lobos is world-class and arguably one of the best waves in Europe! But for this reason, it’s seriously crowded and should only be ridden by advanced surfers. 

Lobos Doing It's Thing...

Yarro

On the north track, there are countless epic waves, all with their unique characteristics and intricacies. The only way to score them is to put the time in and in and check them on different swells and winds. Yarro is one of the most popular and consistent options in the area, an A-frame that almost always has waves.

German Rights

To the West of Yarro lies Germans. A wave nick-named from the huge volumes of German surf camps prevalent in Fuerteventura. The wave is a right reef break with sloping mushy rights that can be fun on larger days.

The Bubble

A heavy, A-frame slab, with wedgy barrels exploding onto the shallow volcanic reef. An incredible wave when it’s on, usually packed with local bodyboarders and chargers. Expert surfers only, but if you can snag a wave here, it’s one of the best barrels and most rewarding waves in the area. The wave resembles Chile’s infamous El Gringo. 

El Cotillo

A beach break on the west of the island, A beautiful beach that unfortunately closes out most of the time. Many surf schools use this as their go-to as it is one of the only sand-bottomed breaks on the island. Worth a check if the north track is blown out and you want to check out the cool little town of Cotillo simultaneously. 

Where to Stay For Surfing in Fuerteventura? 

In Corralejo, there are many accommodation options. Here are some of the best, no matter what your bank balance is saying. 

Where to Eat?

You can’t visit the island without sampling some of the local seafood and Paella or Tapas dishes that Spain and the Canary Islands are famous for. In Corralejo and Cotillo, for that matter, there are endless cuisine sampling options to choose from.  

Non-Surfing Activities in Fuerteventura 

While the focus of your trip will largely be focused on chasing the variety of waves on offer and matching the charts to the spots you think will handle the winds and direction best, there comes a time, albeit not very often, when the winds blow out most of the spots, or the swells back off and so you need to look for alternative entertainment. 

While you can trash yourself at the various bars and clubs in town and sip cervezas until the early hours, there are several other cool things to do throughout Futervantura. For example, go Snorkelling over on Lobos Island, hike the volcano close to town, or just relax on one of the many beaches and coves dotted around Corralejo’s harbor. For something more adrenaline-fueled, take a car or buggy and rag it around the off-road tracks prevalent around the northern end of the island; heaps of fun! Just don’t tell your hire car company. 

Surfing Fuerteventura - Final Words

If you’re looking to escape the harsh, miserable, and sometimes wave-starved European winter, the Canary Islands and Fuerteventura could just be the perfect escape route… With an abundance of waves for all abilities, consistent swell, warm water, and sun 360 days per year, seriously, it hardly ever rains, you have the makings for the perfect surf trip. 

Stay in Corralejo, hire a car, keep an eye on the charts and do some research for where to surf and when to surf it. If you want to guarantee some waves and good times, You certainly won’t regret a Fuerte trip Good luck, and thank me later! 

Dan Harmon

Dan Harmon

Hello! My name's Dan Harmon and I am a full time content creator and copywriter working freelance as I travel and surf my way around the globe. This blog is where I show you how to do the same.

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