Ah, the sunny Canary Islands… where the beaches are sandy, the fun never ends and the sun is forever shining. One island in particular is known for making waves. Yep! We’re talking about none other than stunning Fuerteventura (which is a Biosphere and Starlight Reserve declared by UNESCO!). Find out all the amazing things you could be getting up to with our quick and easy guide to Fuerteventura.
Top 5 beaches in Fuerteventura
This Canary Island is a show stopper when it comes to its beaches. In fact, with over 300 km of coastline, the list of sandy shores in Fuerteventura can be a whole lot longer!
- Corralejo Beach – Located in the north of the island, the resort of Corralejo is a popular one. The beach itself, however, covers a total of six miles and it borders Corralejo’s national park which is filled with amazing sand dunes.
- Sotavento Beach – A whopping nine kilometres of golden sands, and beautiful waters which are perfect for swimming, as well as surfing and windsurfing make Sotavento Beach a hit!
- La Concha Beach, El Cotillo – Another of Fuerteventura’s beauties, this half moon beach sheltered by a natural lava reef is pristine but conveniently close to a small town. Undoubtedly one of the best beaches in the Canaries, it boasts fine, white sand, calm, clear waters and abundant marine life.
- Esmeralda Beach – Situated on the Costa Calma, Esmeralda Beach offers the peace and tranquility you’ve been looking for. Did somebody say paradise?
- Gran Tarajal – A Blue Flag beach with darker sands, Gran Tarajal is a firm favourite with the locals and with the beautiful views it has to offer, we don’t blame them.
Top 4 things to do in Fuerteventura
There’s a little something for everyone to try in Fuerteventura. Whether you’re a beach bum or a culture vulture, this island has a lot going on.
- Get wet with fun watersports – This island is a top destination for surfers, windsurfers and kiteboarders. So, why not get in on the action? Whether you’re a first-timer or a pro, it’s time to hit the waves head on. Corralejo Beach, El Cotillo and Playa de Esquinzo are where you can get started.
- Take a trip to Lobos Island – Hop on a boat and venture out to Isla de Lobos! Sounds exciting enough right? Well, you can expect fascinating birds to spot, secluded beaches and the island’s volcano (fancy a climbing expedition?). Lobos Island is uninhabited, so it’ll be all yours to explore. However, as this is a protected natural area, you must acquire free authorisation beforehand to visit.
- Live like the locals in Betancuria – Visit a typical Spanish village featuring whitewashed architecture surrounded by palms and stunning mountain views. We love Betancuria day trips for a traditional look into Fuerteventura, as it’s the oldest capital of the Canaries, founded in 1404. If you are looking for beautiful views of Fuerteventura, don’t miss out on a trip to the Morro Velosa Viewpoint, which was designed by the famous and prolific local artist César Manrique.
- Nibble on local cheese – Consider yourself a cheese lover? Head to the Museum of Cheese Majorero for a history lesson on farming and rural life on the island. Not only that, but of course you just might get to try the local cheese itself. It boasts exceptional qualities that have made it the first Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) of the Canary Islands in 1996. Overall, it’s a great day out, so even those who aren’t keen on cheese will love it.
Top 3 family-friendly activities in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is a great destination for families and as a result, you’ll find a number of fun days out and things to do for the whole family.
- Enjoy a visit to Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura – Friendly animal encounters and live shows will no doubt get the children’s attention. Think of colourful parrots, intelligent sea lions, lemurs and so much more. On top of that, the kids will learn all about the significance of protecting the oceans and natural habitats in order to keep animals safe.
- Make a splash at Acua Water Park – What better way to cool down from Fuerteventura’s hot days? Located in Corralejo, this water park has a lazy river, exhilarating water slides, a kamikaze and more!
- Roll down the dunes at Corralejo Dunes National Park – A wonderful sight to see, the dunes also hold the key to loads of fun. The kids will no doubt love running up the dunes and then rolling straight back down. Then, you can rinse off in the sea. It’s a great way to enjoy the island’s outdoors.
Top 2 events to attend in Fuerteventura
You might want to set your sights on heading to this Canary Island during a particular time of the year. And, if that’s the case, you don’t want to miss out on either of these epic events.
- Fly high at Fuerteventura’s International Kite Festival – A highlight in November for over 30 years, this kite festival is a fun, family-friendly day out on Playa del Burro. Whether you’re there for the display or to fly your very own kite, you’ll see the sky plastered with the creativity of many.
- Party at Fuerteventura’s carnivals – Live bands, flamboyant costumes and a whole bunch of fun, carnival is a yearly event in every single village on the island which attracts locals and visitors alike. Corralejo or Puerto del Rosario are the most popular, but you’ll surely love whichever carnival you end up at! You’ll want to block out February or March time for this event, and get the drinks flowing and the party going.
Top time of the year to visit Fuerteventura
Convinced that Fuerteventura is your next spot to visit… but when should you go?
- All year round – Would you believe it?! Fuerteventura’s climate is perfect for a holiday whenever you want. It has an average temperature of 24ºC, no extreme cold and no excessive summer heat – yay! It could be an Easter break with the kids, a summer holiday or even a winter sun break. Trust us, you’ll love Fuerteventura during the winter months as you’ll get to escape the crisp winter chill and trade it for blissful days in the sun.
Fuerteventura is the ultimate destination for rest and relaxation… mixed with a little adventure. Of course, the island has loads of fantastic beaches on offer, but the volcanic landscapes, fascinating dunes and pretty towns make the island well-worth the exploration too.