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July 27, 2012 10:30 ET

Fuerteventura: The Watersports Capital of the Canaries

The winds and waves of Fuerteventura make it ideal for a wet and wild week on the water

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 27, 2012) - The island of Fuerteventura is only 31km wide and 100km long, which means that holidaymakers are never too far from the sea. The constant sunshine and lively trade winds forms idyllic watersport conditions.

Windsurfing and kite surfing

Thousands of sun-seeking surfers make the most of cheap flights to Fuerteventura every year. In just four and a half hours, you'll be in one of the world's best windsurfing spots. What makes this island particularly good for windsurfing is the varying coastline, which provides a range of spots suited to different skill levels. While beginners can enjoy the shallow shelving bays of Corralejo, experienced riders can try the choppy waters of El Cotillo, and the pros can navigate the 3km lagoon and funnel of winds at Playa Sotavento in Costa Calma. Indeed, Costa Calma is a world renowned windsurfing and kite surfing haven with international competitions held there annually.

Flag Beach in the north has a huge kite surfing centre that offers tuition to all skill levels.

Fishing

Beach and deep sea fishing are both popular pastimes on the island. Plentiful sea bass and barracuda can be caught from the rocky shorelines, and local fishermen often opt to fish with live crab bait.

The accessible deep waters offer the perfect opportunity to try your hand at game fishing. Keen anglers might catch tuna, swordfish and marlin. The season runs from April to November with numerous tour operators offering fishing trips out of the harbours along the east coast.

Scuba Diving

With warm waters and visibility up to 50m, Fuerteventura has built up a reputation as the best diving spot in the archipelago. The volcanic mass of the island boasts fascinating lava sculptures and reefs teeming with marine life. Lovers of dramatic under-seascapes should head to the island's west coast, while those keen on sighting of rays, dolphins and whales should head to the protected waters of Corralejo in the north.

Cheap flights to Fuerteventura are available from Monarch for as little as £61. Visit www.monarch.co.uk to find out more about cheap flight deals to destinations all over the world. Monarch's scheduled flights depart from London Luton, London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham airports.

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