Fuerteventura is one of the best Canary Islands to visit if you’re looking for an active holiday this summer. This destination has a reputation for being a haven for water sports enthusiasts, and it’s not exactly short of things to do on dry land either.
If you’re not sure what you can look forward to on a holiday in Fuerteventura, check out our guide to the top activities to have a go at on this beautiful and fun-loving island.
The water sports are, undoubtedly, the main reason many active travellers flock to Fuerteventura. It’s world-renowned for windsurfing and kite surfing, in fact, the island regularly hosts international wind and kite surfing events throughout the summer months.
If having a go at harnessing the power of the wind to make you zip across the surface of the sea appeals, you won’t be short of places to try the sports. Among the best spots are Jandia, Caleta de Fuste and Corralejo beaches, but there are many more places where you can have your first taste of these exhilarating activities, or practice your skills if you already know the basics.
Surfing, too, is a popular pastime in Fuerteventura, as the winds that make the island so good for kite and windsurfing also help whip up some excellent waves. Atlantic swells roll in and there are plenty of wonderful breaks for beginner and experienced surfers alike.
Sailing, jetskiing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding are among the other water sports you can try if you want to stay at the surface.
If you’re feeling adventurous, however, you can delve beneath the waves by going scuba diving. There is a variety of life in the Canarian waters, thanks to the nutrient-rich Atlantic waters that surround the islands, while the topography underwater is stunning as a result of the islands’ volcanic origins.
There are numerous dive schools dotted around Fuerteventura, where you can book guided dives if you’re already qualified or sign up for a course if you’d like to learn.
If you’d prefer to keep your feet firmly on dry land, you can rest assured that there are enough active pursuits on offer to keep you happy for at least a week. For all the thrill of sailing, for instance, but without the water, try land sailing. This sport takes advantage of Fuerteventura’s vast sandy plateaus, not to mention the consistent winds, allowing you to zip along on wheels, rather than the crest of a wave.
Quad biking is another option if you’d like to pick up the pace a little and see some of the island’s striking volcanic landscapes at the same time. For something a little more sedate, follow one of the hiking trails into Fuerteventura’s interior – there are dozens of routes running between hidden villages, along the coast, and through stunning wilderness areas. You can simply pick one that suits you in terms of length, difficulty and location, and away you go!
If you’re not so keen at the idea of exploring on foot, cycling and horse riding are other things you can try to cover a bit more ground on a day out and about.
As you can probably tell, Fuerteventura really is an activity lover’s paradise.