Fuerteventura is a Canary Island Paradise
Fuerteventura is part of the sun-kissed Canary Island chain and only second in size to its famous neighbour Tenerife. It is now one of the top holiday destinations in Europe due to its sheer rugged beauty, exceptional beaches, beautiful coastlines, and laid-back nightlife.
5 Interesting facts about Fuerteventura
- Fuerteventura is not only the second largest of the Canary Islands behind Tenerife but also the oldest.
- The entire island has been declared a biosphere reserve thanks to the diversity of its flora, fauna, natural landscapes and sandy dunes.
- Fuerteventura means “Strong Winds" giving rise to its nickname - the Windy Island.
- The island has many unique micro climates which is evident all around the Island.
- You would think that the natives of Fuerteventura would have a really long, hard to pronounce name but no, they are known as “majoreros”.
Fuerteventura has a temperate sub-tropical climate is subtropical boasting around 3000 sunshine hours a year.
With an all year round warm and mild climate, Fuerteventura is a perfect holiday destination in both the winter and summer months.
Many visitors are drawn by the diverse landscape and spectacular surroundings making it a hit with sun, sea and nature lovers from all over the world.
The Fuerteventura coastline stretches for almost 200 kilometers boasting around 150 pristine beaches which are perfect for a myriad of water sports activities such as snorkeling, windsurfing, kite surfing, yachting, sports fishing and water 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, a popular resort with dune-backed white sandy beaches such as Playa del Moro.
Down on the southern tip lies the stylish resort of Morro Jable, known for its vast beaches, picturesque resorts, a loggerhead Turtle nursery and great surfing conditions.
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Top attractions and things to do in Fuerteventura
- Visit the stunning Cofete Beach in the south of the island
- Visit the Corralejo Nature Park and sand dunes on the northern tip.
- Explore the beautiful Cotillo beach and nature reserve located on the north west.
- Visit the Ajuy natural monument located on the western coastline.
- See how the famous "Majorera" local cheese is made at the Majorera Cheese Museum.
- Enjoy a thrilling Volcano excursion with a Cross Island Jeep Tour.
- Have a fun family day the impressive Oasis Park
- Visit Lobos Island on a Catamaran
- Puerto del Rosario
- El Cotillo
- Moro Jable
- El Matorral
- Gran Tarajal
- La Lajita
- Puerta Lajas
- La Caleta
Most Popular Fuerteventura Resorts
Corralejo is a harbour village located on the northern tip of Fuerteventura, surrounded by white sandy blue flag beaches including Playa del Pozo, Playa del Medano and Playa de Viejo , the sheltered Playa la Clavellina is the ideal choice for safe family bathing.
Fishing for supper from the harbour walls is popular and worth a try as well marveling at the yachts and other pleasure craft.
Ferry services to Lanzarote and Lobos Island are also available from the port area.
Corralejo is easily accessible by road being a 40-minute drive from Fuerteventura, a good option is to hire a car at Fuerteventura airport.
The drive from the airport interesting as it takes through a few. Take the FV-1 and FV-101 roads which both lead to Corralejo.
The Costa Calma ( the calm coast ) is located some 80km south of the airport on the edge of the exceptional Jandia national park.
The town became a popular tourist destination during the mid 1980s due to the incredibly long white sandy beaches which run from the Costa Calma to Morro Jable in the southern tip some 15 kilometers away.
The authorities have taken great care to ensure new holiday and residential developments are as low key as possible in order to retain the natural features of the area, whilst designated green belts have thankfully remained intact.
With that in mind, the hotels are not located on the shoreline rather slightly away from the beaches/ There elevated positioning 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 holidaymakers alike and an ideal opportunity to pick up a few holiday gifts.
Morro Jable is located at the southern end of Fuerteventura, about an hours drive south of the airport at Puerto del Rosario.
The town was originally home to a large fishing fleet although tourism has replaced this as the main source of income.
The modern parts of the town have been built to connect the old village to the port area, which now stretches for a mile or so along the coast, perfect for early evening strolls.
There are plenty of activities on offer to keep all family members amused with water sports being a large part of the local attractions.
And for a fun day out you can get the ferry service and explore the neighbouring island of to Gran Canaria.
Puerto del Rosario
Puerto del Rosario is the capital of Fuerteventura and is based around the main port area in the northeast of the Island with around 40,000 inhabitants.
The port has grown considerably and work continues with plans for a new marina, and an extended cruise ship terminal.
For some good shopping in try the Las Rotundas Shopping Centre, it offers everything from a large supermarket, to adults and children’s fashion, shoes, jewelers, beauty, leisure and sports outlets.
There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants serving local and international food, 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.
You can visit an artisan centre based around an old restored windmill, the centre is home to a pretty cactus garden, several craft shops and a restaurant.
The municipality of Antigua stretches down tothe coastline and includes Agua de Bueyes, Casillas Morales, Valles de Ortega, Las Salinas del Carmen, Costilla Caleta de Fuste, Los Alares and Pozo Negro.
Antigua has a very charming church, the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Antigua, which dates back to 1785 which has been restored to its former glory, it is a delightful little church and well worth visiting.
Caleta de Fuste
Caleta de Fueste is located just 10 km south of Puerto de Rosario, within the municipality of Antigua.
This purpose-built resort was created around the original cove. Caleta is Spanish for a small cove and Fuste is a type of fishing boat.
The town has become one of the island's main tourist destinations and is home to a large beach made of pale golden sand, a firm favourite with beach lovers.
Thankfully much of the resort has remained low rise as far as construction is concerned, with most properties located around one long main street where the bars, cafeterias, restaurants and nightlife is concentrated.
Golf lovers will not be disappointed as the Fuerteventura Golf Club is close by with an 18 hole course, a delightful clubhouse, restaurant and many more facilities for the golfing enthusiast to enjoy.
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.
A trip to La Graciosa island located off the northern tip of Fuerteventura is definitely a place you should visit, a wonderful bio reserve with it's Martian-like landscapes and pristine white sandy make this a unique attraction. Regular boat trips are available from Orzola to the small village of Caleta de Sebo on the island.
For the energetic trek, a visit to the Los Hervideros volcanic coast and sea caves is certainly special. Explore the unusual caves and lava formations that are scattered into the ocean. And for more stunning volcanic caves visit Cueva de Los Verdes located close to the town of Los Mujeres in the northeast of Fuerteventura.
Lanzarote has a few family orientated parks which include:
Pardelas children's farm and recreational park - perfect for the kids: Website: http://pardelas-park.com/
Lanzarote Aqua Park - Great place to cool off - Website: https://aquaparklanzarote.es/
Timanfaya national park
The Timanfaya national park is arguably the island's biggest attraction with its active volcano, you will feel the warmth of the stones beneath your feet and the amazing surroundings are reminiscent of a lunar landscaper.
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The Green Lagoon
Another popular area is the Charco de Los Clicos with its famous Green Lagoon. The lagoon is hidden inside a cove surrounding by mountains and makes for a fascinating excursion.
Puerto de Carmen
The longest established, and best-known resort on Fuerteventura is Puerto del Carmen which offers everything you would expect from a quality Spanish beach resort even if you aren’t staying here this charming fishing town is well worth a visit.
Caleton Blanco is located in the north of the island close to the town of Orzola, it has all the ingredients you need for a fab day at the beach with pristine white sand, crystal clear waters along with striking coastal views. There is a wooden walkway to give you easier access across the dunes to the main beach area.
Casa Jose Saramago
Now we wouldn’t normally recommend that you go knocking on people’s doors asking to see their collections but in this case, we will make an exception! Jose Saramago has brought together one of the largest collections of books and paintings you will find anywhere and to see them all on display is quite something.
» Website: https://acasajosesaramago.com/
Case del Timple
If you are looking for historic value then the Casa del Temple is a must place to visit. Constructed in the 18th Century it once housed the governor of the island.
For wine lovers then a trip to La Geria Wine Region is highly recommended. This unique vineyard with wide-spaced vines grown in black soil produces some world-class table wines including Malmsey.
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Eating out in Lanzarote
If you want to get out and eat something good, in Lanzarote options are plenty. Restaurante El Navarro, in Costa Teguise, perhaps one of the most popular family restaurants in Lanzarote, where local dishes are made with fresh products daily, the service is impeccable and the food is delicious.
In Puerto Calero, at Cafe de la Plaza, a lovely boutique cafe to relax after a walk, enjoy afternoon tea with a slice of lemon cake … a delight!
In El Golfo, another good dining option is at Casa Rafa Restaurante de Mar, especially if you’re a lover of fish dishes, here you can enjoy carefully prepared dishes, made only from top-notch fresh produce.
If you fancy a very good burger try Chacho Fresh Burger in Playa Blanca.
Tours & Excursions
Recommended Accommodation in Fuerteventura
The 5 Star luxury Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel located in Caleta de Fuste is the place for superior accommodation. First class facilities include an 18 hole golf course, rooftop sun terraces Turkish baths, VIP rooms and a stylish Spa and Wellness Centre all set within the beautiful surroundings of Caleta de Fuste. Reviewer Rating: 9.1
Try the 4 star Jandia Golf Hotel Fuerteventura located in the lovely seaside resort of Morro Jable on the southern tip of Fuerteventura. This 166 room hotel provides a convenient base to explore nearby Mafasca Jandia and Jandia Natural Park, as well as everything the local area has to offer. Guests looking to discover the region can visit Costa Calma, just a 30-minute drive away. Reviewer Rating: 9.0
For good clean honest budget friendly accommodation the Sol y Mar Surf Camp Hostel is well worth every penny. An ideal base for visiting Corralejo, Lobos Island, El Cotillo, La Oliva and the Corralejo Nature Park. There are 8 neat modern rooms with free wifi throughout. Reviewer Rating: 9.0