Holidays in
Playa Barca

Europe’s watersports HQ

Playa Barca is a pretty seaside resort on Fuerteventura’s sleepy south-east coast. It’s best-known as the annual setting for the World Championship of Windsurfing and Kiteboarding, and it’s a real mecca for watersports in general. The turquoise waters here play host to everything from paddle-boarding to sailing, and Playa Barca’s vanilla-coloured belt of sand also has a unique selling point. At high tide, a pocket of it fills with water, transforming it into a calm, shallow lagoon – perfect for paddling with little ones. The town itself is a mish-mash of whitewashed buildings framed by palm trees. It’s a fairly quiet place, with a handful of family-run restaurants and souvenir shops. But that’s part of the charm. Holidays to Playa Barca are all about lazy beach days and long leisurely dinners. This is a great springboard for exploring the rest of the island, too, from the sprawling protected sand dunes to the dance bars of livelier resorts, it’s all easily accessible.

Your Playa Barca questions, answered

The hottest temperatures are between May and October. If you don’t like crowds, avoid the end of July/start of August as the championships attract thousands.

Absolutely. Fuerteventura is easily driven across, and it’s a great way to see the rolling dunes and candy-hued villages of the island.

People native to the island are known as ‘majoreros’.

Best things to do in Playa Barca

Try the cuisine

Fuerteventura has many tasty specialities. We love mojo picon – a delicious sauce made with cumin and paprika, that’s drizzled on everything from meat to potatoes.

Visit the nature reserve

The Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo is a 10-kilometre stretch of golden sand dunes. The area is a wildlife haven, full of birds and lizards.

Daytrip to Gran Canaria

Tick another Canary Island off by catching a ferry to Gran Canaria. The journey takes around two hours, and will bring you to cosmopolitan Las Palmas.