With a place like Fuerteventura's, your cheap holiday just hit the jackpot
Flights from England to Fuerteventura generally take around four hours, landing you among incredible landscapes of rugged mountains and gold-sand beaches as far as the eye can see.
Even a leisurely stroll here is an activity all of its own. In other words, cheap holidays on this little Canary Island are very doable – all you have to do is head outside. If you’re looking for a particularly affordable time of year to visit, ‘off season’ isn’t really in Fuerteventura’s vocabulary due to its year-round beautiful weather, but travelling outside of school holiday time if you can will always see a few extra savings.
The resort of Corralejo is known for its nature park and crazy array of beaches – its biggest runs for around 10 kilometres – backed by sand dunes that are ripe for exploring. Fuerteventura is a haven for watersports, especially windsurfing and kitesurfing. Costa Caleta and Costa Calma are the quieter sort, equipped with beaches of their own, along with local markets and access to nature parks.
Cheap days out in Fuerteventura
Many of the activities in Fuerteventura are based around the island’s natural landscape, which is music to a cheap-holiday seeker’s ears. The Corralejo Nature Park is not only a vast expanse of sand dunes where kite-flying is a no-nonsense pastime, but the keeper of some of the island’s best beaches, along with a rusty red volcanic landscape. It’s here where you can spend whole days lounging at the beach or hiking the 300 metres to the top of the Red Mountain.
The Saturday morning market and Commercial Centre Atlantico will sate window shopper’s appetites in Costa Caleta, or perhaps you could purchase a cheap snorkel for a few euros, to dip beneath the ocean’s surface and sneak a peek at the wildlife below. If it’s cheap eats you’re looking for, Costa Calma is known for its wide selection of restaurants to suit a range of budgets, along with its greenery that plays host to a number of local birds. Each of Fuerteventura’s resorts share one thing in common – they all go nuts for Carnival and host their own festivities that are free to join and enjoy.
Other popular holidays in the Canary Islands
Fuerteventura isn’t the only place you’ll find a cheap holiday – there are a number of spots in the Canaries where you can find an affordable getaway. Check out the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, but if you’re still set on Fuerteventura, take a look at our Fuerteventura travel guide for more information on how to plan your perfect budget break in the Spanish sunshine. Here are three choices for cheap hotels to get you started.
The rooms at this sandcastle-like hotel directly overlook the beach, reminding you that it's only just over a five-minute walk away. You'll have the option to choose your board-type – you can even go Self Catering – though All Inclusive gets you buffet meals and drinks. Activity-wise, you'll have all your bases covered with a swimming pool and spacious sun terrace, evening entertainment including a disco and a pub, plus a free shuttle service that'll get you to the Atlantico shopping centre and nearby golf course.
The Hesperia Bristol Playa exudes Mediterranean vibes, impressing with three lagoon-style pools and a location that makes it just a 10-minute walk into town and 15 to the beach. You can keep costs down here by making your own fare, as the rooms come equipped with kitchenettes, or make the most of the buffet restaurant downstairs. If you want to branch out to nearby cafes and bars, the hotel even offers a bike hire service to make matters even easier.