More and more surf tourism is getting to our island and one of the accommodations they request most is the surfcamp, which is cheap and offers the possibility to meet people, an excellent way of travelling.
We interviewed Carlos Pérez Gil, Surfriders’ owner, a surfcamp located in a beautiful house just 10 minutes away from Corralejo; it has 3 terraces, a swimming-pool, views to Lobos, barbecue area and really good vibes.
Name and charge: Carlos Pérez Gil; owner.
Start date: May 2012.
Kind of accommodation: surfcamp.
Working with touropeartors: no.
Number of beds: 18 beds, 4 rooms (2 rooms to share, one with 10 beds and another one with 4, and two double rooms, one of them with private bathroom).
Average age of customers: 25.
Offer: accommodation with kitchen to share, and a barbecue a week to foster good relations among the guests. Fully equipped kitchen (microwaves, fridge, oven…) ; washing machine, swimming-pool; internet (Wifi) with computers to share; plasma TV; storage room for boards and equipment; transportation to the airport (30€ return fare).
Average price: 15€ shared room with ten beds, and 18€ shared room with four beds. 36€ double room with shared bathroom and 42€ double room with private bathroom.
Nationality of most customers: German and Italian.
Opinion about the quality of the tourism getting to the island: The tourist who comes here is usually young, looking for cheap accommodation but also a kind of accommodation that allows them to meet people and make friends. Many of them often come alone.
How could the island improve so as to bind tourism?
People usually find what they are looking for, water sports, surf, piece and quiet. Fuerteventura is a quiet island which enjoys good conditions for sports. There are things that can be done to make it improve, but usually people find what the are looking for.
What turns this island into a privileged place to spend your holidays? A stable weather all the year through, the quality of water and wind conditions, great for water sports….
Main strong points of your hotel offer: Affordable prices and a quiet environment where you can meet other people. The feed back we have received from our customers has been really good as they end up getting on really well, making friends and having a whale of a time.
Do you offer your customers leisure activities outside of the hotel? Boards rental, bikes, surf courses at Protest SurfSchool, kite at Redshark, and we are also looking for other kind of trips for more quiet customers who prefer trekking or have different plans.
Do they usually request boat tours around Fuerteventura? Not to a great extent, but yes, they do. There are many experienced surfers who want to go to Lobos. There are also groups of friends who would like to visit the islet.
I know FuerteCharter because I have practised Kite with them at some time. It was really funny and I really felt at ease.