Best beaches in Europe
On holidays to Fuerteventura, you can stay in a modern resort, a sleepy village or a historical town, but what all destinations have in common is their fantastic beaches. Fuerteventura has some of the largest and most impressive beaches in the whole of Europe, wrapping around the island and only briefly interrupted by cliffs and coves.
The beaches of popular tourist spot Corralejo include a small area close to the heart of the resort known as Corralejo Viejo as well as the rustic, 300-metre long El Caseron. The star attraction though is Playa Grande. It goes on further than the eye can see, with tonnes of space to throw down a towel, and stretches back from the sea into the rolling Corralejo dunes.
For the Atlantic at its most tranquil, head to Costa Calma, and in particular Esmerelda beach. Its gentle waves are ideal for a family splash about. From here, beaches continue south all the way to the unspoilt Jandia area. Between Jandia and Sotavento you can stroll all the way along the coast passing endless lagoons and dunes.
In the far south of the island is the perfectly isolated Cofete beach. IT’ll take about 20 minutes to half an hour drive along a dirt track, but, it’s well worth it when you get there to enjoy the silence and views of the Jandia Mountains.
Wind and water
The long expanses of coastline and gusty winds of Fuerteventura make it ideal for watersports. Whether you’re a novice or a dab hand, the island is a great place to take part in surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, waterskiing, diving or just flying a kite in the warm breeze.
The winds are generally stronger in the summer months, making them a welcome antidote to the heat and also providing the perfect conditions for floating along in the water. Make a beeline to Sotavento in the south to watch the Professional Windsurfers Association world windsurfing speed and slalom event, usually running from July into August.
Or, if you are planning to visit Fuerteventura in November, the International Kite Festival is held in Cotillo, in the Corralejo Dunes Natural Park. Go there to watch professional kite flyers and enthusiasts from around the world.
Local attractions and parties
Good road and bus links between the main resorts mean you’re never too far from any of the island’s attractions, after all, it’d only take an hour and a half to get from one end of the island to the other! You could choose to take one of the more unconventional modes of transport available. Ride a Harley Davidson or three-wheeler motorbike along the mountain roads, tackle the back roads in a 4×4 or take a camel ride across the dunes.
For fun days out for all the family, Fuerteventura’s only waterpark, Baku Park, is situated near Corralejo or try Oasis Animal Park near Costa Calma.
The Canary Islands are known for fiesta season. Every village and town across Fuerteventura holds its own carnival celebrations between January and April, with most held in February. It’s hard not to be drawn in by these quirky and colourful parties.
At one with nature
The real charm of the island can be found while taking part in outings and activities to revel in its beauty and history.
The seas around the island are brimming with wildlife. Even when just paddling at the shoreline you can catch a glimpse of the colourful sea creatures. Or take a boat trip further out to spot the dolphins, turtles and whales that are native to this area. To see turtles up close and personal, and even get a chance to release them back to the waters, visit Cofete beach between August and early September.
Away from the coastal resorts, located inland from Puerto del Rosario, the small village of Tefia gives a taste of true Fuerteventura. The whole village serves as an outdoor museum showing how islanders lived 100 years ago. Within its quaint stone buildings are local people making pottery, lace and baskets to buy, as well as bread and the traditional island meat of goat cooked in a home-made oven.
There are also chances to visit two neighbouring islands, which have very different appeals. The small island of Los Lobos to the north has a real castaway feel. It is a tranquil nature reserve where you get the chance to see plants and animals not found anywhere else on the planet. Or head further north to Lanzarote. Here you can visit popular tourist haunts or take the Volcano Express to see striking lava fields and have food cooked in a ‘natural oven’.
If the thought of sitting with a glass of vino, listening to the waves with a plate of fresh, home-cooked food is making your mouth water, then you’ll love Fuerteventura. From seafood caught that day to traditional stews, goats cheese or spicy potatoes, the local cuisine has lots to offer.
Even if you have more home-grown tastes, most places in Fuerteventura have international and British alternatives. The main resorts of Corralejo and Costa Caleta have the widest selection of places to eat.