Fuerteventura may be the closest Canary Island to Africa, but its heart – and food – is decidedly Spanish. The sun-drenched island is home to 340 kilometres of stunning coast and boasts high temperatures all year round. With a wealth of golden beaches, which often feature at the top of world’s best beaches lists, as well as striking volcanic surroundings, it’s no wonder tourists from all over the world flock to Fuerteventura by the thousands. And yet, the picturesque island never feels overcrowded.
Holidaymakers from all walks of life will fall in love with Fuerteventura’s beautiful way of life. Instead of visiting its current capital, Puerto del Rosario, culture vultures and history lovers should head to La Oliva – which held the honour in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The traditional village is bursting with Canarian charm and will capture your imagination.
Though it’s arguably the sun-seekers, nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts who’ll really get the most of a trip to Fuerteventura. Corralejo and Costa Calma are two of its most popular beach resorts, and both welcome families, couples and good time guys and gals with equal glee. From hiking up the Calderilla Roja – inactive – volcano overlooking Corralejo to catching some powerful waves in La Pared, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. The crystal-clear blue waters are perfect for the little ones to enjoy, while the nightlife can be as vibrant or as low-key as you like.
Visit between January and March, when the island comes alive with colourful Carnival celebrations second only to Rio de Janeiro’s in Brazil.
The former capital of Fuerteventura, La Oliva is a quaint traditional Canarian village. Close to Corralejo’s golden coast, you should stay here if you want history and rustic charm. Walk to the Town Hall and you’ll get a good feel of the beautiful place. You’ll also spot the recently restored military palace La Casa de Los Coroneles, where there’s always a local art exhibition going. Foodies will especially enjoy the hidden gems lining the village’s pretty whitewashed streets.
Located in Fuerteventura’s northern coast and surrounded by the awe-inspiring Corralejo Natural Reserve – home to the longest stretch of dunes in the Canary Islands – Corralejo is a charming old fishing village turned bustling beach resort. Families are well catered for with a fun water park nearby and safe shallow waters for the little ones to splash in, while nature lovers can sail to the mystical Isla de Lobos. A romantic stroll across the marina is a great way to end an evening unless you’d rather take it to one of Corralejo’s many clubs.
Costa Calma translates to tranquil coast in Spanish, and an oasis of tranquillity is exactly what you’ll find if you travel to this peaceful resort. Just a stone’s throw from lively Jandia – home to a beautiful natural park – Costa Calma is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and kick back and relax. Couples, families and nature lovers will especially enjoy this sun-drenched spot.
Soak up the sun
Fuerteventura’s beaches are something to behold. Picture white, fine sand lapped by crystal clear blue waters surrounded by lush natural landscape and you still won’t be able to capture the real beauty of Fuerteventura’s coast. From nudist spots to diving paradises, there’s something for every holidaymaker. We recommend visiting Pajara Beach in Jandia, close to Costa Calma, and the iconic Corralejo beach, from which you’ll have beautiful views of Isla de Lobos.
Explore Corralejo Natural Reserve
Corralejo Natural Reserve’s beaches deserve a day or two to be fully explored. Surrounded by rolling golden dunes and rich wildlife, they are natural paradises, unlike any others. The south of the park changes, as volcanic landscape takes over the dunes and captivates with its rugged beauty. Remember to bring a picnic as there are no restaurants and bars nearby.
Sail to Isla de Lobos
Take the ferry and discover this natural park floating in Corralejo’s coast. Isla de Lobos translates to Island of Wolves, honouring the sea wolves – that’s monk seals to us Brits – that used to live here centuries ago. The island may be small, but its history is rich as it played an instrumental role in the conquest of Fuerteventura by Jean de Bethencourt – though its past reaches as far back as the Romans.
Discover traditional arts and crafts
Antigua is a picturesque village home to many historic landmarks and artisan shops where you can pick up an original souvenir. Or, you could head to the restored windmill-turned-cultural-centre and make one yourself. The traditional arts and crafts courses are great for tourists looking to experience a taste of local culture.
The Canary Islands have a rich multicultural history, and this is reflected in its eclectic gastronomy. The wealth of traders that have stopped at its ports left their mark in the shape of delicious food. You’ll find Spanish classics like tapas or paella in every menu, but it’s the local delicacies that will steal your heart – and taste buds. No Canarias meal is complete without a bit of mojo sauce, and a bienmesabe dessert will end every meal on a sweet note.
Fuerteventura’s vibrant restaurant scene will satisfy the cravings of even the fussiest of eaters. Enjoy a paella for lunch by the beach – just as a local wood – or indulge in some fusion cuisine at one of the modern eateries that usually line most resort’s nightlife districts.
Sun-drenched Fuerteventura has everything you need for an unforgettable holiday. From golden beaches kissed by safe, azure waters – which are perfect for windsurfing – to a wealth of volcanic landscapes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
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If Fuerteventura doesn’t sound like your thing, why not check out Formentera?