WHEN TO GO
Peak Season: May – September
Avg Air Temp: 19-28°C / 66-82°F
Avg Water Temp: 18-23°C / 64-74°F
Beer: €0.50 – €2
Restaurant Meal: €8+
Accommodation: €45 – 75 p.p.p.n.
A year-round kiting holiday-makers' favourite, Sotavento in the south of Fuerteventura has a huge wide-open tropical beach land where you can ride the warm, shallow lagoon or hop over to the bright blue ocean for more bump 'n' jump action. Check out the stats – it blows here! The Rene Egli centre also hosts one of the longest standing PKRA tour stop events on the calendar at the end of July, when you can share the beach with the best kiters in the world and then party with them at night.
A funnel-effect ramps the winds up in Sotavento all year. A huge expanse of sand over a four kilometre long beach makes for an incredible kiting back drop. The kiting area in front of the recently improved Rene Egli kite centre is a flat water spot, expanded by a tidal, waist-deep lagoon. There are air compressors, fresh-water showers, lifeguards supervising the spot from watchtowers and jet-ski rescue craft at the centre. Throughout the year 650 Cabrinha kites and 250 kiteboards are at your disposal and the whole equipment stock is completely upgraded every six to 12 months.
For waves, head an hour to the north of the island where the waves get much bigger in winter.
WIND, WEATHER AND WATER
80% of the winds at Playa Sotavento are cross-offshore and strongest from May - September. In July and August, (when the PKRA is in town) the wind speed might go up to 40 knots. For learning, the best period is from September - June. During the summer months, bring your six to ten metre kites and, in winter, eight to 14 metres.
Average monthly air temperatures range from 19°C / 66°F in January, to 28°C / 82°F in August. A sweater and long trousers are recommended in winter evenings when temperatures can drop to 12°C / 54°F. The water temperature difference all year is just 5°C, rising from 18°C / 64°F in February to 23°C / 74°F in September.
WindGURU Forecast - Sotavento
Costa Calma village has private apartments to four star hotels. The four star Meliã Gorriones hotel is the only accommodation on Sotavento beach. All-inclusive, it has spacious rooms, mostly with sea views, a short walk to the kite centre situated in a palm oasis at the foot of the hotel as well as optional upgrades to 'The Level' category that comes with personal room service etc.
Luxury living space at the Hotel Meliã Gorriones / PHOTO: Meliã Hotel
Paradise pool at the Hotel Meliã Gorriones / PHOTO: Meliã Hotel Gorriones
RENÉ EGLI FUERTEVENTURA offer courses for all levels, all year, on the sea or the tidal lagoon. Reserve your lessons before your journey to guarantee availability and get a pre-payment price reduction. Maximum teaching ratio is 3:1 and the whole spot is supervised by lifeguards in watchtowers. Safety cover provided on jet-skis which are also used to teach from. Cabrinha gear can be rented by kiters with a minimum level of IKO 3, or have your level assessed. Storage is also available.
RENÉ EGLI TRAVEL AGENTSSPORTIF
+44 (0) 1273 844919
+44 (0) 1273 921001
OTHER TRAVEL AGENTS
+44 (0) 844 811 8489
All René Egli clients can use SUP boards free of charge – furthermore there's beach sailing just in front of the centre. Further afield there's biking, diving, hiking, quad-tours, enduro tours, catamaran sailing or excellent surfing on the north shore. The Oasis Park zoo is close by.
Buses, taxis and hire car options. From the airport, expect to pay from €100 per week for a car or €35 per day from your destination. Rene Egli clients have a shuttle service included for free to the kite centre from Costa Calma, Esquinzo and Jandia. Public buses will transport you the five minute journey from Costa Calma to Sotavento for roughly €2 and a taxi will be more like €5.
CURRENCYEuro (€) - £1 = €1.3 / US$1 = €0.8
FOOD AND DRINK
Costa Calma has several supermarkets and souvenir shops as well as the Fuerte Action Café-Bistro-bar to either have a snack at during the day, chill out after a session or hang out with a cocktail in the evening. For a more hectic nightlife, head an hour north, to Corralejo, where it's much more touristy. Various restaurants offer all kinds of food, from traditional to international.
Fine dining at the Hotel Meliã Gorriones / PHOTO: Meilã Hotel
Puerto del Rosario airport is about 75 kilometres /one hour north. A taxi from the airport to Sotavento costs around €65, or rent a car from the airport.
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