Forged from a volcanic blast 70 million years ago, Fuerteventura was the first of the Canary Islands to appear at this tropical spot of the Atlantic Ocean. And over all this time, the island has still retained all the features that make it enduringly special, such as impossibly long white sandy beaches and arid mountain plains. Yet now the island can also boast another string to its bow, with a collection of welcoming resorts enhancing your holiday experience in endless ways.
The unique geography and topography of Fuerteventura has ensured its entire eastern coastline is of real allure, from the very northern tip at Corralejo, all the way to Jandia and the southern edge of Morro Jable. Sparkling white sands whisked by winds from the Sahara give Fuerteventura an array of incredible beaches too.
There’s certainly an inviting atmosphere at the island’s coastal resorts. That includes Corralejo, the most popular beach-based destination, with its heady mix of huge sand dunes, lengthy shores and a thrilling live music scene. Families also favour the area, as there’s a fun waterpark nearby.
Southwards to the central coastline, Costa Caleta bucks the trend for Fuerteventura’s typically expansive beaches with a golden curl of sand protected by a volcanic rock headland. Sporting activities have a strong focus here too, from a championship-level golf course to deep-sea diving schools.
Fuerteventura reveals its rustic, rural heritage at Costa Calma. The resort was thoughtfully developed back in the 70s, arising from the tropical palms that once formed the countryside. You can still enjoy its green zone today, where a stroll will reveal the great diversity of plant and birdlife on the island. An excellent zoo is close by too, offering a wildly fun days out for all ages.
The distinct styling of the Fuerteventura coastline comes into play at Jandia. It lies in a stunning location by the bright white coastline that has an unbroken trail of beaches for an amazing 50km. It’s also near to the 5km-wide Isthmus de la Pared, as well as at the foot of the dusky brown Jandia Mountains that peak at Fuerteventura’s highest point.
Such naturally evocative discoveries may also encourage you to explore more peaceful resorts such as Costa de Antigua, Pajara, and Tarajalejo. From whitewashed churches to traditional farms and Canarian tapas bars, they recall a side of Fuerteventura that has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years.
Arising from the sea out of volcanic mountain rocks, it should come as no surprise that the great majority of Fuerteventura’s main attractions focus on its astounding terrain.
That starts in the north, with the Corralejo Natural Park, a staggering 27 square kilometres of undulating white sand dunes. The area is so sparse and spacious, you’ll easily find a stretch where you’re completely isolated as only sand and sky merge into the distance before you. Surprisingly, civilisation is never actually that far away and a refreshing dip in the Atlantic offers all the respite you need from this shade-free plain.
Echoing these never-ending sands is the Istmo de la Pared. This 5km-wide isthmus actually formed later in the islands history, adjoining the entire region of Jandia to the south. Its searing, bright landscape is an astonishing setting, and you can even drive through its sand-swept road to see the fantastically flat landscape.
Peaceful scenes are a given if you visit Isla de los Lobos too. Located close to Corralejo, a short boat ride will reveal this uninhabited island, complemented with countryside trails and an aged lighthouse.
The entire Fuerteventura coastline could easily count as a ‘must see’, but to make it easier for you, we highly recommend you make the visit to Playa Sotavento. Lying right by both Costa Calma and Jandia, this cotton-coloured beach is famous for hosting the PWA Windsurfing and Kitesurfing Championships. But it’s the crystalline waters and tide-formed lagoons that will keep you coming back.
For a more accessible option if you’re staying in Corralejo or Costa Caleta, the Grandes Playa is a 7km stretch of Saharan sands with gorgeous views of the blue Atlantic horizon.
Both high and low, Fuerteventura has an astonishing depth of variety to its terrain too. From Jandia, you could easily venture to the nearby mountains to reach Pico de la Zarza, the island’s highest point at 807m tall. You can even ride in a 4x4 to the top, saving the strain on your legs whilst still enjoying all the benefits of a view that takes in volcanic ridges, gilt-edged coastlines and rippling waves in a single snapshot.
Of course, not every place of interest on the island is forged from the earth alone. Man-made attractions offer family fun in the form of Baku Waterpark and Baku Mini Golf in Corralejo. While what is often claimed to be the largest wildlife park in the Canary Islands lies close to Costa Calma, at the Fuerteventura Oasis Park. Little ones will love seeing the elephants, cheetahs and friendly sea lions on show here, and there’s even a camel safari too!
Remaining outdoors and making the most of that bright sunshine is also the name of the game at the Fuerteventura Golf Club. This championship-level 18-hole course is internationally revered, hosting the Spanish Open in 2004. As an added bonus, it lies right within Costa Caleta, making it the ideal resort for you if you fancy a spot of golfing greatness on your holiday!
Click here to download the Fuerteventura Info Sheet (provided by the Fuerteventura Tourist Board) with information about museums, leisure centres and markets.
Fuerteventura is located in the Atlantic Ocean, 100 kilometres from the coast of Africa, and is the second largest of the Canary Islands. The airport is situated just five kilometres away from the capital city of Puerto del Rosario.