A SCHOOLS GO SURFING TRIP TO
EL COTILLO, FUERTEVENTURA
Welcome to Fuerteventura, the oldest of the Canary Islands and our most popular winter surf trip destination. Join us in El Cotillo, a picturesque fishing town full of charm and character on the island’s north-west coast. El Cotillo is a popular surfing town, with white-sand beaches and glassy waves right on your doorstep. Experience a Schools Go Surfing winter escape, guaranteeing year-round sun and great surfing conditions for all abilities.
Our partners at Star Surf operate exclusive surf apartments, providing modern facilities and extensive overseas support. Everything is within walking distance when staying at the apartments, from visiting boutique shops and authentic cafes, to meeting at the surf school or yoga studio. El Cotillo has a laid-back and friendly atmosphere with little traffic; the students can explore the town safely and independently during their free time.
(21°C to 28°C annually)
(21°C to 28°C annually)
& 4 staff members
& 4 staff members
SURFING IN FUERTEVENTURA
Although a year-round surfing destination, surfers flock to Fuerteventura in the winter, guaranteeing winter sun and the best swells. From October to May, regular swells light up Fuerteventura’s north coast, creating idyllic conditions for beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers. El Cotillo is the perfect north-east location, with a local beach-break and several other surf spots within a short drive north or west.
A TYPICAL DAY SURFING
Wake up to a continental breakfast in the surf apartments, collect your day bags and walk to the surf school. We’ll drive the minivans to El Cotillo beach or a more favourable spot for your morning surf lesson. Each day will include a morning and/or afternoon surf lesson, lasting two and a half hours each upon arrival. Enjoy a hearty packed lunch and free time before a second surf lesson or returning to El Cotillo.
Star Surf will facilitate your surf course, guaranteeing a fun, professional and enthusiastic approach to every lesson. The surf school provides modern equipment and a team of international surf instructors. They will deliver your surf lessons from the beach and in the water, helping you to progress and catch the best waves possible.
Surf lessons last two and a half hours and include all equipment and beach transfers. The students will be split into beginner and intermediate groups. Based on your itinerary and the weekly conditions, you will receive one or two lessons per day.
The maximum group size for each surf lesson is eight students per instructor. The surf instructors are experienced with young students, multilingual, and fully licensed; they hold both surf and beach lifeguard qualifications.
Surf lessons are generally held at El Cotillo, a reliable beach-break for all levels. Should the conditions be unsuitable for teaching at El Cotillo beach, we’ll drive to a different surf-friendly beach on the east coast. Intermediate and advanced surf lessons may also be held at surf spots along the North Track.
Two private studio yoga classes per student are included with every trip. Yoga gives you a better balance, both physically and psychologically. Yoga will also help to progress your surfing by improving flexibility, strength and focus.
Beach Games & Outdoor Activities
Throughout the week our team will organise beach football, volleyball and rounders on the white-sand beach-lagoons in El Cotillo. Snorkelling, skateboarding and stand-up-paddleboarding equipment are also available from the surf school.
Evening entertainment varies from visiting local restaurants in El Cotillo and Lajares to movie nights with popcorn and hot chocolate. Further evening entertainment options include live music by the harbour, stargazing, karaoke and trips to Corralejo.
TRIPS & EXCURSIONS
Catamaran Boat Trip to Lobos
Set sail on a four-hour private catamaran boat trip to Lobos Island, including kayaking, stand-up-paddleboarding and snorkelling. Relax and unwind, or celebrate during this unforgettable experience with your school group. Enjoy a traditional Canarian lunch on board, with all soft drinks and food included.
Lajares Volcano Hike
Prepare for a unique experience, hiking to the top of Calderon Hondo, one of Fuerteventura’s highest dormant volcanoes at 278 meters. Explore the huge crater, spot the local wildlife and enjoy breath-taking views across the Canary Islands.
Corralejo Shopping Trip
Corralejo is the main tourist destination in Fuerteventura, with more of a resort feel than El Cotillo. Our Corralejo day trip offers the students free time to explore the harbour, beaches and surrounding cafes and shops.
SEA VIEW SURF APARTMENTS
Stay in bright, spacious and modern surf apartments with comfortable living rooms and outdoor sun terraces overlooking the pool and ocean. Each apartment includes multiple bedrooms, modern bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens and relaxing communal areas to socialise with friends. The apartments are located between El Cotillo's town centre and white-sand beach lagoons; everything is within walking distance.
Main Surf Lodge
The main surf lodge is split across two floors and consists of five bedrooms, three bathrooms, one kitchen, two social living areas and two private balconies. It has a capacity of 15 students.
Mini Surf Lodge
The mini lodge is split across two floors and consists of three bedrooms, one large living room, two bathrooms, a kitchen and two balconies. It has a capacity of 8 students.
Private Staff Apartment
We offer the travelling staff a private and spacious two-bedroom apartment, consisting of a twin bedroom, double bedroom, one bathroom, a kitchen, comfortable living room and a private roof terrace overlooking the communal area. The apartment can comfortably accommodate 3 staff members.
For larger groups, additional apartments are available within the same complex, with similar sleeping and living arrangements.
- Open-plan living rooms
- Fully-equipped kitchens
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Private terraces & balconies
- Sociable hang-out areas
- HD cinema projector
- Board and card games
- Yoga studio
- Cleaning & maintenance
- Bed linen & bath towels
- Onsite surf camp manager
- Tea & coffee facilities
- Unlimited drinking water
- Free snacks, cereals and soft drinks
- All overseas meals are included.
- A continental buffet breakfast is provided every morning in the apartments. We also visit the local delicatessen for breakfast specials, such as fresh croissants and smoothies.
- We organise a packed lunch on the beach with soft drinks and additional snacks. We also visit a local restaurant for lunch, offering pasta, pizza or rice and salad dishes.
- Hearty evening meals are provided by pre-booked restaurants in El Cotillo and Lajares, consisting of British favourites, Italian, Mexican and traditional options.
- We provide free refillable drinking water and unlimited tea and coffee.
- Additional meals and drinks are available to purchase in-country.
- Vegan and vegetarian options are available.
- Visa documents (if required)
- Spending money
- Personal medication
- Sunscreen, after-sun and moisturiser
- Personal toiletries
- Clothing incl. beachwear and a warm jumper or jacket for the evenings
- Sunglasses and sun hat
- Day backpack
- Reusable water bottle
- Beach towel
- Flip flops
- Trainers for walking
- Bath towel (optional)
- European travel adaptor
- A camera to capture your favourite moments!
FULLY INCLUSIVE SCHOOL TRIP PACKAGES
- International flights
- One hold bag per passenger
- Overseas airport transfers
- All overseas transport
- Modern sea view surf apartments
- Walking distance to El Cotillo
- Excellent communal facilities
- Wi-Fi, bed linen and bath towels
Food & Drink
- Continental breakfast buffet
- Varied lunch options
- Evening meals at local restaurants
- Unlimited water, tea and coffee
- Daily surf lessons
- Private yoga classes
- Beach games
- S.U.P & skateboarding
- Private catamaran boat trip
- Lajares volcano hike
- Corralejo shopping trip
- Sociable restaurant visits
- Beach BBQ
- Movie nights with popcorn
- Live music in the harbour
Support & Insurance
- Free staff travel (1:10)
- Schools Go Surfing Trip Leader
- Dedicated overseas surf camp team
- Comprehensive travel insurance
- Financial protection (ATOL)
Merchandise & Extras
- Sustainable Nolla water bottle
- High-quality surf tour hoody
- Bespoke Vamoos travel app account
- Photography (with permission)
- Carbon offsetting contribution