Fuerteventura's east coast is primed for family holidays
It only takes four and a half hours to fly to Fuerteventura, but the warmth and landscape make it feel much more far-flung.
First up on our list of family-focused resorts is Corralejo in the north – Fuerteventura’s most popular destination – where holidays and activities are centred around the wide swathes of sand. The town itself has lots of restaurants and shops and there’s a waterpark nearby.
Heading south, Costa Caleta is a little quieter, but has plenty to keep families busy, like beach play areas and a central shopping and entertainment centre. As it’s in the middle of the east coast, you can reach everywhere from here.
Then on Fuerteventura’s southern tip is Jandia – a modern town with a good shopping centre and an older neighbour Morro Jable. Between them are no fewer than 32 kilometres of beach, all backed by Parque National de Jandia.
Best family friendly beaches
Corralejo’s large expanses of beach are backed by the mountains of the Corralejo Natural Park, and there are lots of little coves to explore. You can reach the biggest and best beaches from the centre of Corralejo on foot, by bike or bus. Watersports are all the rage here, from paddle boarding to pedalos and everything in between. Costa Caleta may only have a one-kilometre beach but it’s a sheltered bay that’s great for paddling and just right if you have younger kids. They’ll love the beach playground too.
Another big hitter for beaches, Jandia’s shores stretch for miles. You can stay in town and eat at the delicious beachside seafood restaurants or venture further for private bucket and spade time. And they run all the way into Parque National de Jandia where you might spot vultures.
Best family activities in Fuerteventura
Corralejo’s sand is the starting point for 4×4 adventures and boat trips to see the seals on Los Lobos island. Acua waterpark is also here, which has mini-golf and go karting alongside its many slides. Jandia is more secluded, but it still has some great things to do, such as snorkeling tours to spot parrot fish, rays and other aquatic animal life. Or set sail on a pirate ship with yer hearties, taking advantage of the free shuttle bus from Jandia.
You can reach all of these activities easily from central Costa Caleta, or stay put for its amusement arcades, trampolines, volleyball, pool tables and mini-golf courses. Plus the Atlantico Centre has shops and bowling.
Other popular holidays in the Canary Islands
Each of the Canary Islands has its own draw for family holidays, so take a look at our guides to Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote for more ideas. Or for further details on family fun in Fuerteventura, check out our travel guide and read on for details of five excellent family hotels in Fuerteventura.
Right on Playa de Esquinzo beach, you and the family can split your time between the sand and the five lagoon pools, including an activity pool. Entertainment includes, but definitely isn't limited to, the kids' clubs, teen hangout, mini-soccer, archery and mountain biking. Then after dinner at one of four restaurants there's live music, DJs and themed parties.
Five minutes' walk from Corralejo beach and 10 minutes from town, there's plenty to do on-site with five pools, including a splash pool for kids, mini clubs and teen clubs, sports courts and water polo. Junior suites come as standard so your family can have lots of space and there are loads of food choices, from a buffet restaurant with themed nights, to Asian, veggie, Spanish and premium a la carte.
Riu Oliva Beach Hotel is an oasis in the middle of one of the vast beaches edging the Corralejo Natural Park. Every room and space of the hotel has a beach and/or sea view, including the four restaurants, and there are two large pools to relax by. When you're not on the beach you can take workout or arts classes while the nippers are in the kids' club, and in the evenings there are mini discos, live music and shows. Or walk 200 metres to a bus stop that takes you the 10-minute journey to Corralejo.
This 4* hotel is right beside Jandia's main beach and it has two pools that flow around the grounds, as well as a splash park. You get use of the U-spa with gym and sauna while the kids are in the Barcy mini club with inflatable toys and activities, or you can all play sports together. A variety of meals are served in the buffet and a la carte restaurants and evening entertainment includes discos and shows in the large lounge area.
The location of Elba Sara Hotel means you'll have everything at hand. It's on the seafront, 100 metres from the beach and next to the Atlantico centre for shops, restaurants, bars and a bowling alley. The hotel itself has two pools, one with in-water beds, a separate kids' pool and a pretty man-made river feature. You can stay in and dine at the buffet restaurant or pool snack bar then enjoy the mini disco and evening shows.