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Sotavento, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Sotavento, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Region: Africa
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Pretty much ever windsurfer and/or kiteboarder out there has heard that Maui, Hawaii is a top notch windsurfing/kiteboarding venue. The problem with Maui is that, if you’re from Europe, it will take a long time to get there. Passionate windsurfers/kiteboarders can find an equally good venue closer to home, in Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of Africa.

Passionate windsurfers/kiteboarders can go to Northern Fuerteventura or they can go to Sotavento Fuerteventura. We’ve covered northern Fuerteventura in another article; now we will focus on Sotavento Fuerteventura. Here are the main bits and pieces you need to know about this destination:

The best months to go Sotavento Fuerteventura are April, May, June, July, August and September. The trade winds blow from the NE at speeds that vary between 15 and 25 knots. The wind blows between two mountain peaks at the narrowest part of the island, giving a very localized, cross offshore breeze at Sotavento. You need to note that the cross offshore breeze is always gusty.

The water in Sotavento Fuerteventura is mainly choppy.
The water conditions in Sotavento Fuerteventura are suitable for riders of all levels, from the novice who is just now picking up the basics up to the expert who wants to have some fun.

The climate in Fuerteventura is pleasant all year long, and that is the main reason why Fuerteventura is also known as “the island of eternal spring”. The temperature during the winter months is between 15°C (59°F) and 22°C (72°F); the temperature during the summer months is between 20°C (68°F) and 35°C (95°F). 

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You can easily find accommodation, food, and you can get instruction and rent gear just as easily in Sotavento Fuerteventura.
Just like the northern part of Fuerteventura, Sotavento has a vibrant nightlife.

Other outdoor activities
If you want to do something other than kiteboarding/windsurfing, you can go diving, go-karting, take a catamaran cruise, take a helicopter tour of the island, or take a trip to Lanzarote, the northernmost and easternmost of the Canary Islands and a great windsurfing/kiteboarding venue as well.

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