Fuerteventura – sports and beaches

Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands situated in the Spanish archipelago off the coast of Marocco. The expression “if you´ve seen one, you´ve seen them all” couldn´t be more inappropriate since every island truly has it´s own beauty and ambience.

Fuerteventura World Cup

As the name suggests there are strong winds on Fuerteventura. This may not be ideal for sunbathing on a luke warm day, but certainly is when it comes to exercising a variety of sports. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are best known internationally thanks to the International Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Championship which has been held annually at Playa de Sotavento and gathered the elite since 1985. For more information, visit http://www.fuerteventura-worldcup.org/. Jandia has the most beautiful beaches on the island and the highest mountain, Pico de Jandia, 807 meters above sea level.

Kitesurfing

On the north-east side of the island you will find the Corralejo National Park with up to 30 kilometers of beaches. Situated 11 kilometers south of Corralejo is an 11 kilometers long dune area where the sand is light coloured and fine. From here you also have a magnificent view of the islands Los Lobos and Lanzarote.

Playa de Garcey

If you´re looking for a more adventurous excursion Playa de Garcey on the west side of the island may be the place.This remote beach has a beautiful and dramatic scenery surrounded by high rocks. Due to strong currents and jellyfish  you should not bathe here and standing by the waterside you can easily visualize the ocean liner SS American Star that was beached here in January 1994.

Playa de Garcey

The SS American Star was being towed from Greece to Thailand to serve as a five-star hotel off Phuket when she entered a thunderstorm in the Atlantic and the tow lines broke. The crew was rescued and the ship was left adrift. After a day she ran aground off the coast of Fuerteventura and became a spectacular yet dangerous tourist attraction until the last parts finally disappeard beneath the waves. Nowadays the wreck is only visible during low tide and on postcards in every shop.

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