Playa de Sotavento is located on Fuerteventura, a Spanish-controlled island in the Atlantic Ocean near the northern coast of Africa. Fuerteventura is actually the oldest of all the Canary Islands, and the second largest. It was formed by a massive volcanic eruption millions of years ago. Fuerteventura Beach and Sotavento Beach have reputations as being some of the most beautiful in all of the Atlantic, with long, largely untouched beaches, mountain summits, and lush foliage. The year-round pleasant climate at places like Sotavento on Fuerteventura Island have earned this gem of the Canary Islands the nickname “island of eternal spring.”
Fuerteventura is a part of the province of Las Palmas, which is in turn separated into six different municipalities, including Antigua and Tuineje. Because the climate stays so consistent throughout the year, Sotavento Beach and the other beaches on this island are popular destinations for water sports, and of course relaxing on the beach. An interesting side note is that there is an international windsurfing competition on Playa de Sotavento every year.
Sotavento Beach is located on the southern part of Fuerteventura called the Jandia Peninsula. The whole southern part of the island, including Playa de Sotavento, is designated as a Natural Park, and nature lovers from around the globe come here to enjoy some of the most vast and beautiful beaches in the Atlantic Ocean. Fuerteventura Beach receives warm Saharan wind currents from Northern Africa that lead to the nearly perfect climate that tourists enjoy the whole year round. A distinguishing characteristic of this Canary Island is the vast array of natural wonders, from rocky cliffs and mountains, to valleys and ravines, to long, white sand beaches. Sotavento Beach is no exception, as you can see gorgeous hilly terrain as you relax in the warm sand and waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Because of the preservation efforts here, the landscape is home to a variety of species unique to this area, the entire island has been designated as a Site of Scientific Interest.
Playa de Sotavento shares Fuerteventura with several other beaches, including Barlovento to the west, Costa Calma, and Morro Jable, among others. Each area of Fuerteventura Beach is unique in its own way, but shares the common characteristic of virtually perfect weather year round. Couple this with the fact that every single beach is very long, and extremely private, and you have a perfect fit destination for a relaxing, tranquil, and serene beach vacation. Cruises to the Canary Islands are also available, should you wish to arrive via the water.
Another gorgeous feature of Fuerteventura and its vast beaches are the white sand dunes. With the warm ocean currents washing up onto the sand, with rocky hills in the distance, the dunes rise up from the sandy terrain and pepper the Fuerteventura beaches with a distinctive and unique look. Any vacation to Sotavento Beach on Fuerteventura Island is guaranteed to be a trip to an island paradise, separate from the hustle bustle of everyday life, situated in the gorgeous Canary Islands, seemingly a world away.