Fuerteventura Holiday and Travel Guide
Fuerteventura – without doubt the most beautiful and spectacular of the Canary Island chain
The island of Fuerteventura is one the top destinations for many thousands of holidays makers each year and remains as popular as ever. The climate is sub tropical and boasts around 3000 sunshine hours a year.
Its diverse landscape, fantastic beaches, tranquil and spectacular surroundings has made Fuerteventura a very special place for sun, beach, sea and nature lovers from all over the world.
The Island is now one of the most popular holiday destinations of the Gran Canaria island chain. There are plenty of tourist attractions to keep all members of the family happy and ensure your holidays are a resounding success.
The coastline stretches for more almost 200 kms and boasts more than 150 pristine beaches which are perfect for a myriad of water sports activities such as windsurfing, kite surfing, sports fishing and skiing.
Strangely enough the two most popular tourist resorts on Fuerteventura are located at opposite ends of the Island. The Northern coast is home to Correlejo, popular with visitors who love its white sandy beaches and second to none tourism facilities.
Down on the southern tip lies the stylish resort of Morro Jable , it is also offers some of the best surfing conditions on the island. Fuerteventura truly is a fantastic destination to enjoy unforgettable family holidays.
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Corralejo is a harbour village located on the northern tip of Fuerteventura. The town is surrounded by some fine blue flag beaches including Playa del Pozo, Playa del Medano and Playa de Viejo. Due to the secluded nature of the area some beaches are used by naturists and are located away from the town.
The sheltered playa la Clavellina is a safe family friendly beach used by both tourists and locals alike.
Fishing for supper from the harbour walls is popular and worth a try. There are plenty of yacht and other pleasure craft in the harbour and is where the ferry services to Lanzarote are located.
Transfer times from Fuerteventura airport to Correlejo takes about is about 40 minutes. You can always hire a car at Fuerteventura airport as the drive is interesting and very pleasant as you drive through a few typical villages. Roads FV-1 and the FV-101 both lead to Correlejo.
Morro Jable is located at the southern end of Fuerteventura, about one hours drive south of the airport.
Thankfully a new section of road was opened in September 2005. The town was originally home to a large fishing fleet although tourism has replaced this as the main form of income. Water sports are a big part of the island activities, and Morro Jable is no different.
You can book sports fishing vessels here, or try the ferry service to Gran Canaria. The modern parts of the town have been built to connect the old village area and the port area, with the tourist facilities built in such a away that Morro Jable now stretches for a mile or so along the coast.
Puerto del Rosario
Puerto del Rosario is the capital of Fuerteventura and is based around the main port area in the north east of the Island and has around 40,000 inhabitants.
The port has grown considerably and work continues with plans for a new marina, and an extended cruise ship dock. For some good shopping in Puerto de Rosario, try the Las Rotundas Shopping Centre, it offers everything from a large supermarket, to adults and children’s fashion, shoes, jewellers, beauty, leisure and sports. There are also a nice selection of cafes and restaurants serving local and international, some of which overlook the beach and sea.
The local blue flag beach Playa Blancal has some good waves and is popular with surfers.
Antigua is located in the absolute centre of the Island and largely sat on a plain around 200 meters above sea level which made it ideal for windmills in the past. There is an artisanal centre based around an old restored windmill. The centre also offers a pretty cactus garden, several craft shops and a restaurant.
The towns and villages located within the municipality of Antugua include Agua de Bueyes, Casillas Morales, Valles de Ortega, Las Salinas del Carmen, Caleta de Fustes, Costa de Antigua, La Corte, Antigua, Las Pocetas, Los Alares and Pozo Negro.
As with just about all main towns in Spain Antigua has all the important church, the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Antigua, which dates back to 1785. It as restored to its former glory in the last century. It is a delightful church and well worth a visit to look around inside.
Caleta de Fuste
Caleta de Fueste is located just 10 km south of Puerto de Rosario and is a purpose built resort created around the original cove. Caleta is Spanish for a small cove and Fuste is a type of fishing boat.
Caleta has become one of the islands main tourist destinations and is home to a large beach made of pale golden sand, a firm favourite with beach lovers. It was improved at great in the last few years and is an ideal family fun beach to spend plenty of sunshine hours during your family holiday. The town, thankfully has remained low rise as far as construction is concerned located mostly around one long main street where the bars, cafeterias, restaurants an night life is concentrated.
For golf lovers you wont be disappointed as the 18 hole Fuerteventura Golf Club is close by and offers a lovely club house restaurants and many more facilities for the golfing enthusiast.
When you are not enjoying the fantastic beaches there is plenty to keep you and your family occupied including a good selection of shops, a cinema, 10 pin bowling, diving, boat trips and other water sports activities. There is even a submarine offering unique undersea excursions.
Costa Calma ( the calm coast ) is located some 80km south of the airport on the edge of the Jandia national park.
It became a popular tourist destination in the mid 1980s drawn by the incredible long white sandy beaches which it is famous for. The beach runs from the Costa Calma to Morro Jable in the southern tip some 12 miles away and has become very popular with holiday makes from all over Europe.
The authorities have taken great care with the developments that have grown up in the area in order to maintain the natural features of this beautiful part of Fuerteventura. Designated green belts have thankfully remained intact. With that in mind, the hotels are not located on the shoreline being built back away from the beaches, there elevated positioning though offers spectacular views over the sea and surrounding areas.
There are some nice shopping centres, plenty of restaurants, small bars and cafeterias to keep everyone happy. There is also a Sunday market popular with locals and holidays makers alike.
Where to stay?
Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia
The stunning Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real Fuerteventura is set right on the beachfront. Superb facilities on offer include a fitness centre and a kids club, family rooms, a kids pool and a playground.
Guests enjoy a unique dining experience at the bar and themed restaurants. Outdoor activities include snorkelling, windsurfing and scuba diving.
Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas
This popular 4 start hotel is ideal for family beach holidays offering all the amenities to ensure every family members needs are perfectly catered for including comfortable rooms, great location, Jacuzzi, kids club, sauna and outdoor tennis courts.
The Riu Palace has 730 well-appointed rooms that are equipped with all the essential to ensure guests have an enjoyable stay.
Club Hotel Riu Oliva
ular facilities, such as a kids pool and a swimming pool. Amenities at the resort include massage services, a hair salon and an all-inclusive meal plan.
Those staying at Clubhotel Riu Oliva Beach Resort Fuerteventura can relax in their luxurious rooms that provide everything required for a truly memorable stay.