Costa Calma is a resort of medium size - about 5,500 permanent residents and 15,000 beds - southwest of the island of Fuerteventura.
The resort is popular for its wonderful sandy beaches known collectively name Playa de Sotavento de Jandía. The clientele is mainly German - and a little British - and often the prices are quoted in German and many tourist animations are made in German.
Costa Calma means “Calm Coast”, which is contradicted by the winds that blow constantly on this coast as evidenced by the many wind farms in the region, as well as the schools of windsurf and kitesurf. However the resort is conducive to a relaxing holiday, except perhaps for ten days in July that lasts windsurfing world cup, drawing large animation.
The resort Costa Calma is located at the beginning of the almost island of Jandía, at the southwestern tip of Fuerteventura, on the isthmus of La Pared (“The Wall”) that links the main island to what was - in distant geological time - the island of Jandía. Former strait between the two islands was filled by sand dunes, which is in Costa Calma to have such beautiful beaches. The average altitude of the resort is only 27 meters.
Costa Calma is part of the municipality of Pájara, whose capital is 30 km northeast.
The resort of Costa Calma was artificially created in the 1970s; until that time he was there only a few private villas. The community thus has no historical center but a dozen independent urban cores built around shopping centers, which range in length from either side of the coastal road FV-2. Each of these urbanisations is a maze of one-way streets lined with buildings of holiday apartments, hotels, shops and some restaurants, very few. Most of the buildings - especially older - are without architectural research, but their height is limited to three levels, and there are no hotels rev hideous. The eastern district of Cañada del Río is a hotel-apartment district unattractive; it is there that was built in 1977 the first to bungalows hotel the Solyventura; The luxury hotels are located more towards the shore, so there is no need to cross the road FV-2 to get to the beach.
The animation is rather limited and the station has no sea promenade; the only places to walk are the long sandy beach and a green strip that extends in the entire length of the locality; this green area of palm and pine trees of the Canary Islands was created in 1986 on both sides of the main road FV-2; it is irrigated with wastewater from the station after treatment. Local wildlife refuge there.
The beach Sotavento is actually a set of long and beautiful beaches of fine white sand stretching over several kilometers southwest of Costa Calma. These are the most popular beaches of the peninsula of Jandía and they are subject to strict protection measures.
The first of these beaches is Playa Barca, a 2 km long and up to 650 m wide; it is considered the most beautiful of all the beaches of Sotavento. Every morning you can see sports holiday jogging, walking on foot or a morning session of swimming. Later in the morning, the beach takes a more relaxed with people from lounging and sunbathing. We find rental chairs and umbrellas on the beach front, which is cleaned daily. One is located behind the beach of Playa Barca, Hotel Meliá Gorriones.
Playa de Sotavento means “Leeward Beach” is whether this coast is a paradise for windsurfers and kitesurfers of all stripes - and even naked, because part of the beach is nudist. At the end of Playa Barca is the School of windsurfing René Egli; This is also where begins the “lagoon” that extends for 4 km along Sotavento; this “lagoon” 100 meters wide is created by a sandbar along the beach. The practice of windsurfing and kitesurf can therefore do as well in this area, sheltered from waves by the long sand bank in the open sea. Surfing in the pool - where we walk everywhere - is very useful for beginners or when the wind is force 6-9.
After Playa Barca begins a beautiful sandy beach, very wide and 6 km long, where it is still possible to find a quiet corner, even in high season. The beach is sinking gently into the turquoise waters of the “lagoon”. One can reach the beaches of Sotavento by various carriage roads that leave the road FV-2.
At the southern end of the beach Sotavento is the hamlet of Casas Risco del Paso with its beautiful sandy beach and clear waters, located at the foot of Mount El Paso (253 m); since the FV-20 road - halfway between Costa Calma and Morro del Jable, shortly before Esquinzo - a small road leads to Risco del Paso (“Escarpment Collar”). This part of the coast - between Playa Barca and Risco del Paso - is part of the Natural Park of Jandía.
This legendary school - now attached to the hotel Meliá Gorriones - organizes every year in July and August, since 1985, a round of the World Windsurfing Cup (Windsurfing World Cup), which attracts windsurfers and kitesurfers of whole world.
It offers rental and courses of windsurfing and kiteboarding, lagoon or at sea.
Hotel Meliá Gorriones, built before the construction ban in the protected area, is located in a secluded spot on the beach of Playa Barca. Beautiful garden with subtropical plants and three freshwater pools.