Costa Calma


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Costa Calma
The area is quiet and is generally a middle-market holiday makers choice, suiting families and couples looking for simplicity. The area sonsists predominantly of Germans. Accommodation is mainly 3- and 4-star hotels and middle-category apartments with a good range of facilities. The resort's main beach, Playa de Sotavento, is a long stretch of soft, pale sand backed by a fairly narrow strip of dunes and lined with sun loungers and parasols; its calm, clear waters are safe for children. It is supposedly possible at low tide to walk the 18-ml stretch of idyllic beaches that edge the entire S coast of the peninsula. Winds can be bracing at times, usually more so in the afternoon, hence the resort's reputation as a prime wind-surfing destination, with best conditions in summer. Shoppers have limited choice. Eight small commercial centres scattered around the resort, each with a handful of general shops and tourist outlets. Clothing-wise there is an emphasis on surf-wear and outfits for hip young things. Entertainment and activities on offer consist of diving, wind surfing, tennis, volleyball (weekly competitions between hotels) and, of course, beach-based lazing. Traditional Canarian wrestling ("lucha canaria") can be viewed in nearby village of La Lajita. Windsurfing championships held on Sotavento Beach every July.
Nightlife: rather tame; mainly evening entertainment laid on by hotels, a few late-night bars in the commercial centres, a couple of British pubs showing premiership football, and 6 hotel-based discos. Eateries provide a small range of restaurants including German, Chinese and traditional cuisine, mainly concentrated in the commercial centres. Some cafes can also be found in the area. Hourly buses to Jandia and Morro Jable provide the public tranasport and operate from early morning until mid-evening; 8 buses a day to Puerto del Rosario (4 on Sunday).