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.

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.