Famous for its beaches, Fuerteventura has much more to it than just sand – from international cuisine to high-street shopping.
Fuerteventura is known as the Canary Islands’ beach capital. And it’s no wonder, with long stretches of fine sand in Jandia, Costa Caleta and Costa Calma. Don’t miss the Parque Natural de Corralejo either – rolling sand dunes give way to clear blue waters, and from the water’s edge you can spy Lanzarote in the distance.
The island is a beehive of activity during the summer months, but great weather all year means resorts are lively even during the winter. Restaurants and bars are catered to families, while clubs in most of the resorts keep night-owls happy. Shopping is of the high-street variety, plus there are bazaars to pick up little souvenirs.
Every year surfers come to Fuerteventura for some of the best waves in the world, with Corralejo and El Cotillo always popular. Bring your board or rent one from one of the watersports centres that also offer kitesurfing, windsurfing and diving.
Click here to download the Fuerteventura Info Sheet (provided by the Fuerteventura Tourist Board) with information about museums, leisure centres and markets.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to sandy beaches. The sand dunes of Corralejo are straight out of a postcard, while Caleta de Fuste is a bustling strip of sand that’s the beating heart of Costa Caleta. Jandia is watersports central, with everything from diving to surfing on offer.
Just off the coast of Corralejo is Lobos Island. It’s a short trip by boat, and walking paths criss-cross the volcanic island and lead to the pretty Punto Martino lighthouse.
Surfers descend on the island for its world-famous waves, where both novices and experts can hone their skills. If you want to stay on dry land there's biking, tennis and golf on offer. Head to the Oasis Park to get up close to exotic animals like meerkats, giraffes and hippos.
It may be in the middle of the Atlantic, but most types of cuisine have made it to Fuerteventura. Take your pick from home favourites at Brit bars or international cuisine from Indian to Mexican. Authentic Canarian places are easy to spot for their seafood-filled menus.
You might come back with suitcases fuller than when you left. Look out for the Centro Comercials – or shopping centres – dotted around the island, from El Campanario in Corralejo to Atlántico in Costa Caleta. Jandia’s main street is another great spot to find a bargain, with boutiques and electronic stores.
In Corralejo, the so-called Music Square hosts live bands and entertainers most nights, with bars around the square making for a perfect front-row seat. There are clubs for late-night partygoers here, too, with more in Costa Calma, Costa Caleta and Jandia.
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.
Beeraround €1.50 a bottle
3 course mealaround €15