One of the low key and lesser known of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura holds an abundance of riches for travellers seeking life at a slower pace. Just a short ferry trip south of Lanzarote, the island is a big hit with those wishing to try out two of the Canaries for the price of one. In many ways, the landscape of Fuerteventura resembles that of its northern neighbour, but for our money is the more colourful of the two. Volcanoes litter the landscape like piles of exotic spices, while the North African style of architecture provides a link to the past. Despite having a reputation for a staid pace, visitors can’t resist the fiestas and a plethora of late night discos and clubs, while thrill seekers looking to get wet and wild will appreciate the island’s windy climate, making it a haven for windsurfers and surfers alike. Its name translates as ‘Strong Winds’, after all. Book your 2017 Fuerteventura holiday today.
Most popular hotels in Fuerteventura
Pierre et Vacances Fuerteventura Origo Mare
La Oliva, Fuerteventura
Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura
Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura
Castillo Beach (Apartments)
Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura
Elba Lucia Sport and Suite Hotel
Costa de Antigua, Fuerteventura
Oasis Duna Apartments
Occidental Jandia Mar
Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach Golf & Spa Resort
Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +0
- Average flight time: 4h 25m
When to go
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Surrounded on all sides by some of the warmest, crystal clear waters the Atlantic has to offer, its little wonder that many visit Fuerteventura to try their hand at the wide range of water sports offered here. Some of the more wind exposed areas are internationally renowned for their great surf the whole year round, with summer trade winds and winter swells covering all bases. Known for its exotic wildlife and diverse landscape, even exploring the island’s perimeter at a more relaxed pace in a kayak reaps incredible scenic rewards. With over a hundred volcanoes dotted across Fuertaventura’s terrain, be sure to add a little heat to your holiday adventures. Feel the volcanic earth beneath your feet in Timanfaya National Park, as boiling geysers erupt close by, or marvel at the Oxidated Lake, preserved inside a volcanic crater and glazed with a bold green colouring. You could also get back to nature amidst the lush greenery at Oasis Park, as all manner of wildlife including reptiles, monkeys, zebras and hippos roams freely around you.
Wine and Dine
Gastronomic pleasures of all description can be sampled throughout the island of Fuerteventura, with diverse menus of traditional and international cuisines both featured heavily. So if you find yourself tiring of all the authentic Spanish restaurants and tapas bars – although that’s highly unlikely – this destination also features a number of top class Asian, Indian, Italian and Mexican eateries, with plenty of English and Irish bars also serving up a real taste of home. To try a load of different options at once, check out any of the island’s first rate tapas bars and restaurants, perfect for a big lunch that will keep you refuelled. You could even treat yourself to a cheeky lunchtime glass of wine while you’re at it – it’s tradition, after all. Among the mouth watering morsels on offer, you’ll find stuffed olives, local cheeses, patatas bravas and seafood nibbles. As the sun sets and you begin to think of dinner, head for the harbour for a delicious meal of mussels with mojo or Puchero Canario meat stew, complemented beautifully with stunning views of the coast.
With rolling golden sand dunes and safe family friendly beaches as far as the eye can see, Fuerteventura is a great spot for visitors with kids in tow. There’s no shortage of activities to keep young minds occupied, from seal watching to water sports, so they’re sure to be impressed. This means there’s more time for you to relax, safe in the knowledge they’re having a ball. It’s your holiday too, after all. The horseshoe shaped Costa Caleta beach is particularly well known with families. With its gently sloping sands and warm, gentle waters, it’s ideal for spending a day splashing around or learning to swim, while you top up your tan. For bigger kids that may be quicker to get bored, there are also loads of surf schools, and high rocks for plunging into the sea below. As it that wasn’t enough, you’ll find fun for the whole family at Baku Water Park, the Oceanarium Explorer submarine cruise, or a spot of seal watching on a boat trip from Corralejo to Los Lobos Island.
Action and Adventure
Boasting over seven miles of endless white sand beaches, with turquoise waters and wind trapped currents, Fuerteventura is the undisputed king of Europe when it comes to water sports. With warm, crystal clear waters and impressively strong winds, the island has year round near perfect climates for any kind of wave riding. So if you’re looking to get your heart rate up a bit while on holiday, this is the location for you. Fuerteventura has truly embraced its burgeoning reputation and offers pretty much every water sport you can imagine, but the most popular are surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing and sailing. As for locations, Corallejo is the best place to try your hand at what’s on offer. Head to the north and northwest coasts where you’ll find the best surf conditions the island has to offer, with breaks and waves to suit all experience levels and surf schools always on hand. You could always kick back and watch the pros at it. In fact, there are a number of waves here that have never been ridden before – you may even witness history in the making.
Life's a Beach
Offering some of the best beaches the Canary Islands have to offer, it’s hard not to turn your holiday to Fuerteventura into an out-and-out sun holiday – so don’t forget to bring your swimming trunks and sun cream, and lots of it. Boasting 32 kilometres of incredible shimmering coastline, and with all the amenities you’ve come to expect from a beachside resort, look no further than glitzy Jandia, which is also ideal for catching some surf or finding a secluded spot with your other half. The nearby Caleta de Fuste has been developed as the ultimate beach haven in recent times, a million miles from the empty swathe of sand it once was. With a vibrant bar and restaurant scene always on hand, it’s hard not to spend the entire day here, and it’s fast becoming one of Fuerteventura’s premier spots for beach bums. For more of a Saharan vibe, check out the seven kilometres of desert dunes near Corralejo. With the warm winds and sweltering heat, you’ll forget you’re even in Europe.
The central hub for unforgettable nightlife in Fuerteventura is without a doubt Corralejo. So if you’re of a partying disposition, it’s best to centre your holiday crew around this location, as taxi fares between Costa Calma and Corralejo each night will quickly start to add up. However, most of the island’s resorts can compete in terms of bars and clubs, although this can quieten down if you don’t visit in peak season. Within Corralejo, head for the main strip, Avenida del General Franco, where you’ll find Centro Comercial Atlantico, home to a plethora of bars, clubs and discos. A short wander around the strip, and you’ll also find a number of British and Irish pubs and live music venues if you’re after something different. For something a bit more chilled out, you’ll find stylish open air bars and restaurants on the northern side of the Avenida, which is also fully pedestrianised. With local Latin and Spanish music favoured here, you can enjoy a relaxed drink before you head off into the deep unknown for a wild night of partying.
For a romantic trip away with your better half, Fuerteventura is everything you could possibly dream of. With average temperatures of 22°C the whole year round, you can catch a bit of sun with your partner no matter what time of year you visit. Awarded the special honour of being a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, there’s no shortage of spots for a romantic stroll you can take them on in Fuerteventura. While the entire landscape of the island is achingly beautiful, the parks you’ll find here are particularly jaw dropping. Seek out Betancuria on the eastern side of the island for stunning flora and fauna, and remarkable vistas. Enjoy a hand-in-hand stroll as colourful birds flap around you – it’ll seem like your very own tropical paradise. If the walk takes it out of you, why not de-stress and decompress at one of the islands many luxury spas. Get a relaxing facial, a pedicure or go all out with a body wrap treatment. Go on, treat yourself.
Every town in Fuerteventura has its own unique attraction, so you’ll find cultural delights around every corner, no matter where on the island you base yourself. A standout for us is definitely the Museum of Miguel de Unamuno, a fascinating tribute to the life and times of the home grown writer and philosopher. It’s located within the time worn building of the Fuerteventura Hotel where he took up residency during his stay here. See the room where he got his inspiration, with his personal quarters stunningly preserved with personal belongings, manuscripts and photos all on display. Next on the cultural agenda should be a visit to the Archeological Museum of Betancuria. With an impressive collection devoted to the life and culture of the islands early settlers, it’s a fascinating step back in time. The settlement itself is even a major heritage site, located within an extinct volcano.