Fuerteventura is a popular destination for sun worshippers and water sports enthusiasts, with windblown Saharan sand helping form some of the most critically acclaimed beaches in all of Europe.
Holidays in Fuerteventura
There are many reasons why Fuerteventura’s beach scene beats most others across the continent, with deposited African sand plus marine build-up contributing to a mighty 125 miles of sandy coastline. With so many spots to choose from, the island truly does boast a beach fit for any taste, from the crowded commercial bathing zones of Corralejo to the isolated coastline of the south at Cofete.
A virtually treeless volcanic island, Fuerteventura is the oldest of the Canary Islands and the second largest in the archipelago. Naturally, there are plenty of different localities across the island’s six municipalities to lose oneself in.
While beaches dominate Fuerteventura’s offering, this shouldn’t stop you from discovering some of the island’s lesser-celebrated, yet stimulating day trips. In Fuerteventura’s former capital Betancuria, one of the island’s most beautiful churches – Our Lady of Betancuria – sits proudly with a Gothic bell tower begging to be captured by your camera lens.
Situated beside the western side of the African continent, Fuerteventura is consistently warm and sunny all year round with average high temperatures of 25°C throughout August and September. Not dipping beneath 18°C from January to March, it is estimated that the Canary Island receives 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, making it an attractive proposition no matter the season.
Rainfall is extremely limited on this desert-like island too, with most (26mm) falling in December. Given Fuerteventura isn’t a steep mountainous island, raindrops are rarely felt in the popular east coast resorts around Las Rocas and Castillo Caleta de Fuste.
Things to do on holiday in Fuerteventura
It’s perfectly acceptable to spend your entire Fuerteventura holiday on the beach but beyond the pristine golden stretches of sand lay other thrilling ventures.
Taste a Canarian classic
When it comes to Canarian culinary culture, look no further than sampling Majorero, a goat’s cheese that even boasts protected status! Going hand in hand with pear among other delicious complements, tourists can visit Casillas del Ángel where an old-fashioned cheesery produces a fine array of products. It is only when you navigate Fuerteventura’s rural inland lanes that you’ll appreciate the sheer scale of goat breeding on the island.
As for alternative Fuerteventuran specialities, many are tapas-based given the region belongs to Spain despite being tucked around the side of Western Africa. Pejines (dried fish) is often stewed while goat meat, swordfish and papas arrugadas (salt steamed potatoes) represent fellow best-loved dishes here.
Resorts in Fuerteventura
Corralejo is undoubtedly one of, if not Fuerteventura’s most popular beach resort. Sitting in the northernmost reaches of the island, tourists flock to this honeypot all year round with wide and far-reaching beaches such as Playa Grande stretching for as far as 10km. Housing hundreds of holidaymakers at once, the Lanzarote-facing resort is your classic luxurious white sandy beach experience abroad.
On the other hand, Gran Tarajal Beach is less touristy but still boasts Blue Flag status and is not entirely off the beaten track at the same time. Close by to the amenities of Gran Tarajal town centre, its restaurants and harbour, the sand is a lot darker and almost black in certain places.
Then you have the family-friendly sands of Caleta de Fuste, an artificial beach sheltered by a harbour and only a stone’s throw from most of the region’s accommodation complexes. Caleta de Fuste Beach is surrounded by leisure pursuits such as golf while restaurants, surf schools and parking spots also sit close by. Other noteworthy Fuerteventuran beach resorts include Esmerelda Beach, La Concha Beach and Sotavento Beach.
Discover your new favourite water sport
The name Fuerteventura is popularly translatable as ‘strong winds’, which denotes the easterly Saharan gusts that have shaped the beautiful stretches of sand the island’s tourism industry is founded upon. The same airstream has also helped water sports such as kiteboarding and windsurfing thrive. For those interested in both thrills, visit Fuerteventura in the summertime, which is the windiest period of the year.
The popular resort of Corralejo caters to all your wind sport needs with schools and shops making the experience incredibly accessible. Compile your own research prior to visiting Fuerteventura, however, because resorts such as Sotavento exclusively cater to expert kiters as opposed to novices.
That said, it’s difficult to find a water sport that isn’t enjoyed on Fuerteventura, with several flyboard, kayaking, diving, sailing and surfing-based opportunities scattered around most resorts.
Feel like you’re on top of the world
At the opposite end of the spectrum to spending several hours on Fuerteventura’s sun-kissed beaches, the island is also home to hundreds of kilometres of invigorating walking routes. Pack your best walking boots and head into the wilderness while marvelling at some of the island’s most spectacular landmarks such as Cardon Mountain, the Calderon Hondo volcano and the dramatic Tindaya Cliffs.
Many walking routes will also pass by several windmills that are sprinkled across the island. Capitalising on the strong winds that the island is renowned for, make sure to pack your camera before starting your adventure because several of these 18th century constructed towers make for excellent photo opportunities to remember your trip by.
Close encounters with wildlife
Heading down the FV-2 highway on Fuerteventura’s east coast, tourists can stop by Oasis Park, part zoo and part botanical garden, which is great fun for the entire family. Home to sea lions, lemur and birds of prey, not to mention the biggest camel reserve in Europe, the sanctuary is incredibly home to over 3,000 animals and 250 different species.
A fantastic way to learn about some of the park’s key species is by attending animal shows which take place at different intervals throughout the day. Don’t leave the complex without posing for a picture with your favourite animal as professional photographers roam the site to capture images you’ll share time and again on social media.
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