Fuerteventura Holidays

Blissful beaches and wild terrain

The second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is less well-known than some of its neighbours in this dazzling archipelago 100 miles off the African coast – and that’s why you should book your trip there right now. The island boasts sparkling stretches of powder-soft, white-sand beaches and offers some of the best surfing opportunities in the Canary Islands. Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun, enjoy water sports, snorkel in pristine turquoise waters or spend quality time with the kids, there’s a perfect beach for everyone.

But Fuerteventura holidays aren’t just about the beaches – super-special though they are – because there’s lots here for every type of traveller. Nature-lovers will be in awe of the island’s wild, sun-baked plains and otherworldly landscapes, designated a Unesco Biosphere Reserve, and home to a fantastic array of bird life.

Partygoers can make the most of a vibrant bar and restaurant scene, and food fans will enjoy the local cuisine – a fusion of African and Mediterranean influences. The culturally curious will also be intrigued by the island’s history. Dating back 21 million years, it’s the oldest of the Canaries, and its amber hills are dotted with charming timeworn windmills as well as being a playground for fossil hunters. And when you’re done exploring? Those extraordinary beaches will be calling again.

Three tips for a top trip

Take a road trip

Hire a car. The terrain is largely flat and the roads are excellent, so take a drive and enjoy some of the arresting vistas you’ll experience as you tour the island.

Latecomers are welcome

Don’t forget, you’re on Spanish time here, so punctuality is not a priority for many locals. Just relax and go with the flow – you’ll get there eventually.

Don’t miss this vista

The lookout at Mirador Astronomico de Sicasumbre offers a fantastic wide-angle view of the copper-coloured landscape. After dark, it’s almost more beautiful as a stargazing spot.

Best attractions to see in Fuerteventura

Corralejo Nature Reserve

An absolute must-see on Fuerteventura holidays, the Corralejo Natural Park boasts the largest dunes in the Canary Islands, covering over six miles of the north-eastern coastline.

Isla de Lobos

Hop on a ferry from Corralejo to this picturesque little island for a magnificent day trip of snorkelling in azure waters and sunbathing on pristine white-sand beaches.

El Cotillo

An off-the-beaten-track coastal gem, this former fishing village oozes laid-back surf vibes and is home to lively tapas bars, sheltered coves and art galleries.

Your Fuerteventura questions, answered

Sun-worshippers should head south on the island to the peninsula of Jandia, where you’ll find six miles of immaculate, Caribbean-like fine-sand beaches and incredibly warm water.
Betancuria is the former capital of the island and is home to the Iglesia de Santa Maria church, which dates from the 16th century. Visit in the day, as it’s not a night-time hotspot.
Thanks to its warm climate and wonderful landscapes, Fuerteventura is a year-round destination. The island is popular in spring and summer as visitors hit the sandy beaches for some fun and relaxation. But, even in the winter, the temperatures are enticing and the sea is warm enough for you to take a refreshing dip. The wind can increase during the winter months, so perfect for windsurfing. But you don’t need to be sporty to enjoy this time of year. Since it’s less crowded, it’s the perfect time to explore.
A gourmet exploration of Fuerteventura would not be complete without sampling the traditional local delicacy of Majorero – a delicious cheese made with goat’s milk.
There’s a good mix of white and golden sands, as well as rockier sections of coastline in Fuerteventura. This makes for great bathing and superb scenery. And if you like sand, the dunes at Corralejo are a stunning sight. This natural wonder is one of the island’s little-known gems. The beaches on Fuerteventura are not only sandy, but they’re also a hive of activity for watersports enthusiasts and families alike. So, if you’re looking for a bit more excitement, there are plenty of opportunities.
With warm temperatures for much of the year, you'll love swimming in the sea in Fuerteventura. The sands of Corralejo and Playa de Jandia are popular with families and there are plenty of safe spots for kids to paddle. For couples wishing to take to the waters, the sheltered coves and natural pools dotted along the coast are a favourite. As the island is in the Atlantic Ocean, it also has great opportunities to try your hand at watersports too. The breezier parts of the coastline are a magnet for windsurfers and kitesurfers.
Where you stay is down to how lively, active or laidback you want your holiday to be. Caleta de Fuste and Corralejo are great for couples and families looking for a mix of beach, bars and cafes. If you want to get out on the water, Playa Barca may be the spot. And, for a more relaxed break with long sandy beaches, quaint shops and cosy restaurants, try Playa de Jandia. To get away from it all, the wild and natural landscapes of La Pared will draw you off on an adventure.
Whether you’re young or old, there’s something to entertain you in Fuerteventura. Most towns have their own tempting choice of bars and restaurants, so you’re never far from some evening entertainment. This island location is a real bonus in the evenings. Heading to the coast, where restaurants and cafes overlook the sea, is a highlight of many holidays here. A quick wander along the seafront and you’re sure to find the perfect spot for an evening meal that has views as well as appetite wetting dishes.
If you’re thinking of a family holiday in Fuerteventura, you’ll be welcomed with sandy beaches, pretty parks and some rare wildlife. The attractive resort towns of Caleta de Fuste and Costa de Antigua have both lively entertainment and relaxing beaches and restaurants. Just 15 minutes from Caleta de Fuste, you’ll want to visit the quirky cheese museum that’s perfect for a fun and informative day out. Its sweet little windmill and absorbing exhibitions on rural life are enjoyed by more than just cheese fans. As well as family-friendly sights, there’s plenty of exploring for adults to do.