Fantastic Holidays to Fuerteventura
It’s unclear where the name Fuerteventura comes from. Some suggest it is Spanish for ‘Strong Winds’ while others think it comes from the French for ‘Great Adventure.’ But with its wide, open spaces, breathtaking natural beauty and a treasure trove of fun-fuelled water sports, we prefer to think of it as the latter. With its low-key resorts and laid-back charm, Fuerteventura holidays are more a result of biology than bulldozers. While the island may be a quieter customer than its Canary Island neighbours, a holiday in Fuerteventura will be anything but mild. With sweeping golden sands and pure sapphire waters, the afternoons are filled water sports and the evening with fresh grilled fish.
Things to do in Fuerteventura
Encircled by warm, clear waters it’s no wonder one of the most popular things to do in Fuerteventura is sample the exotic array of water sports. With summer trade winds and winter swells of the Atlantic, the more exposed regions are international havens of surfing, windsurfing and sailing. Scuba divers and fishermen come from far and wide hunting marling, whale, dolphin and turtle. Even exploring the beaches from the cockpit of a kayak is one of the most rewarding things to do in Fuerteventura.
The island’s most popular attraction has a landscape that’s dented with over a hundred volcanoes. Witness sizzling geysers soaring up from the ground, and feel the heat underneath your toes at Timanfaya National Park. Nearby you’ll see a vast lake tucked inside a volcanic crater, and, thanks to the oxidation coming from the surrounding rocks, it’s a vivid pea-green colour.
Take a walk on the wild side at nearby Oasis Park. Set amid lush tropical gardens and home to a variety of birds, reptiles and primates, giraffes, zebras, camels and hippopotamus, this is Fuerteventura’s untamed family treat.
Beaches are ten a penny in Fuerteventura so don’t forget your bucket and spade on holidays to Fuerteventura. With a string of shops and beachfront restaurants, stylish Jandia is good place to begin. With a whopping 32km of stunning coastline, it’s not hard to find a secluded spot and is one of the world’s top wind-surfing destinations.
Just a stone’s throw away, Caleta de Fuste used to be just an empty stretch of sand. Now with a clutch of lively bars and restaurants, this resort is right up to speed as one of the island’s favourite holiday spots. With its pure arching sands and giant breaks, you’ll be sharing with happy surfers, sun-worshippers and television crews shooting beer commercials, not a bad way to spend your Fuerteventura holidays!
Local Delicacies on Holidays to Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura holidays are all about the long, empty beaches and secluded coves where it’s easy to get an all-round tan. Kick back and relax in the simmering summer sun. With the warms winds of the Sahara blowing across the African mainland, you can even play out you Lawrence of Arabia fantasies among the 7km stretch of desert dunes near Corralejo.
If you can bear to leave the sun-lounger, it’s worth heading inland to experience Fuerteventura’s abundance of natural beauty. Protected in its entirety by UNESCO for its stunning, natural landscapes and unusual wildlife, Fuerteventura predominately attracts environmentalists and eco-travellers. But you don’t need to be interested in sustainability to enjoy the spectacular volcanic craters, lavascapes and rugged deserts of Fuerteventura’s mountainous interior.
In the evening, the smell of fresh fishing sizzling on the grill fills the island’s picturesque fishing harbours. Soak up their Spanish charm and sample the simple Canarian delicacies. Try the fresh mussels served with mojo, a hot pepper sauce or Puchero Canario, a delicious meat stew.