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Tucked away in the south east region of the sunshine filled Canary Island of Fuerteventura Playa Barca is an unspoilt gem offering over 30km of stunning sandy coastline. Fuerteventura itself is the most low key and leisurely of the Canary Islands and Playa Barca typifies this. It offers a still unspoilt corner of the Canaries that is ideal for families and couples seeking a break away from it all with sun and sea! It is a delightful setting with the golden beaches framed by breathtaking scenery. It remains untouched by major commercialisation and is a gentle resort with a slow pace of life guaranteed to help you unwind.
It 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. Warm Saharan winds blow across the beaches making it an ideal location for windsurfing enthusiasts. With the clear blue waters of the Atlantic sea Playa Barca has something for windsurfers of all abilities. (Its popularity as a windsurfing location does make it busier than usual in August when it is host to the annual world windsurfing championships)
For those who want to get under the water the resort is also well set up for scuba diving plus its sheltered location means the beach attracts those who just want to chill out and relax. At high tide the waters come in creating a lagoon with gentle calm waters where children can play at ease. There can be some strong currents off the beach so in the main sea less confident swimmers should take care.
There is a range of accommodation available in the resort from all levels of apartments to hotels so you can choose from the more basic to the grand depending on your needs and budget. You can choose to book your own flight directly to Fuerteventura and then book your accommodation separately or take one of the many well priced packages to the resort. If you have chosen to book independently the resort is located a little over an hour away from the airport easily accessible by hire car or transport shuttle.
Playa Barca is a purpose built resort and as such the town offers a choice of restaurants where you can enjoy the local cuisine dishes such as 'carne con papas' which is a is tasty meaty stew, and the fish dish known as 'boquerones'. You can also find more international cuisine 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.
The hotels provide a good range of evening entertainment and this is where most of the nightlife is centred. The nightlife typically can be simply enjoying a meal or a drink under the stars. As with the rest of the resort the nightlife is relaxed and easy going essentially there is nothing to disturb your tranquillity here.
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. Nearby you will find plenty of other interesting towns and beauty spots to explore. Playas de Jandia is 10km away and Costa Calma 4km away where you can enjoy both daytime sightseeing and some lively nightlife. Costa Calma has a Sunday market and Jandia has modern shopping malls.
For those who fancy a day out just beyond Playa Barca 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 (as with Playa Barca) itself make it popular with naturists.
There are lots of things on offer if you want a change from laying on the beach - you can take a camel trip into the mountainous landscape beyond the coast. If you prefer wheels to hooves then there are plenty of mountain villages to explore when you hire a car a 4x4 is a good idea for areas where the terrain is a little rugged. For the adventurous mountain bikes can be hired and for those who like to walk there is the "Pilgrims Walk" from Antigua to Betancuria. Alternatively you can leave the island altogether for the day and try a catamaran cruise around Fuerteventura or to other Canary Islands such as Lanzarote.