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Located on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura some 80km south of the airport Costa Calma nestles on the edge of the national park area of Jandia. Fuerteventura itself is the most low key and leisurely of the Canary Islands and Costa Calma as the name suggests (translating as Calm Coast) is no exception.
The resort was originally developed around the village of Canada del Rio and now spreads along the coast for almost two kilometres. It is essentially a long, narrow resort and does not really have a centre as such. It has been carefully thought out and palm tree plantations threaded with paths ensure that it does not suffer from a feeling of over development. Shops and restaurants are dotted in centres along the length of the resort so that a good choice of facilities is always to hand.
The resort is hugely popular with German tourists although the numbers of English visitors are on the increase. In general its sun, sand and activities mean that it appeals to families with young children, couples of all ages and water sports enthusiasts.
Many packages are available to the resort or you can book your flights directly to the island's main airport, then if you hire a car or take a transfer the journey down to the south will take around an hour. Costa Calma is an all year round destination being mainly dry and sunny with temperatures ranging from around 20c to around 30c at their peak in August.
Costa Calma adjoins the famously long (30km) sandy beach of Playa Barca which means there is plenty of room on the beach even at the busiest times. The beach is superb with fine white sand aside the crystal clear blue waters of the Atlantic sea. The beach is very popular with windsurfers with warm Saharan winds blowing off shore. (August brings a busier feel to the resort as Playa Barca hosts the annual world windsurfing championships.) As well as windsurfing, jet skiing and sailing are widely available. If you just want to chill out, there are sun loungers for hire.
Tourism has really only developed in the last 20 to 30 years and it is now a fully fledged resort providing around 8,000 beds in a variety of accommodations. Recent building work has tried to maximise beds but minimise the impact on the land. Development work is ongoing to give the resort improved shopping facilities and a marina. The choice of accommodation ranges from self-catering apartments to all-inclusive hotels.
Nightlife is available from the range of hotels, bars and restaurants but as befits the nature of the resort it is largely calm and understated geared towards families and couples.
Costa Calma offers a choice of restaurants where you can enjoy the local cuisine dishes such as 'carne con papas' which is a tasty meaty stew and the fish dish known as 'boquerones'. You can also find more international cuisine (especially German) at the many hotels and restaurants as well as traditional tapas bars (this is a good way to sample a range of Spanish dishes). Of course fast food is also on offer. Children are made to feel very welcome and portion sizes are adjusted to suit them.
As well as restaurants the town has a good choice of small shops for souvenir and other holiday shopping as well as supermarkets if you are self catering. Fuerteventura has special exemption from EU taxes on perfumes, alcohol and tobacco, which means these items, can be bought for less than in the rest of mainland Europe. Costa Calma also has a Sunday market which is a great place to buy gifts and souvenirs.
Take the opportunity to hire a car as there are plenty of mountain villages to explore a 4x4 is a good idea for areas where the terrain is a little rugged. You will find plenty of smaller restaurants in the mountains where you can try local specialities. For those who fancy a day out just beyond Costa Calma on the southern tip of Fuerteventura is the Jandia Peninsula, which is home to the spotless white sand dunes of the Corralejo National Park. The seclusion and beauty of the park does, however, make it popular with naturists.
For those who want to get out and about on two feet then there is the long walk to the top of Pico de Zarza, at 807 metres the highest point on the island, offering stunning views that makes the climb up worthwhile.
If you tire of the beach there is a new 18-hole golf course nearby at Jandia. Alternatively tennis facilities are available if you are feeling a little more energetic.