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.