POCKET GUIDE TO FUERTEVENTURA
WELCOME TO FUERTEVENTURA HOLIDAYS
If your holiday dreams include white sandy beaches, but you don’t fancy an exotic long haul trip, Fuerteventura could be the Canary Island for you. Sitting off the north west coast of Morocco, Fuerteventura and its sister islands, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, have long been firm favourites with British holidaymakers looking for a slice of year-round sun. With its impressive stretches of sandy beaches (even more impressive considering it’s a volcanic island), this Canary Island gem attracts beach lovers of all kinds – whether you’re looking for fun-filled days doing activities or a relaxing break where you can unwind and de-stress, our pocket guide to Fuerteventura will have you packing in no time!
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Benefitting from beautiful year-round sun, Fuerteventura continues to be a popular option for those wanting to escape our coldest weather, as well as those who want a sizzling sunshine break during the height of summer. With the well-known resorts of Corralejo and Caleta De Fuste providing lively and fun-filled breaks, and more tranquil towns like Jandia and Costa Calma providing the sleepy Canarian vibes, this beautiful and picturesque island has something up its sleeve for everyone!
WHEN TO GO TO FUERTEVENTURA
Temperatures remain warm throughout the year, even in the middle of winter, which means you can enjoy a holiday to cure any winter blues. Temperatures tend to hover around the late 20s and early 30s during the peak summer months, and holidaymakers can expect slightly milder weather at other times of the year.
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THINGS TO DO IN FUERTEVENTURA
While the coastline may be scattered with gorgeous sandy beaches, thanks to Sahara Desert blowing in from the mainland, Fuerteventura’s centre is very different. There’s a reason we think of the Canary Islands as volcanic, and it’d be a shame to pass up the opportunity to climb Montana de Tindaya – the oldest mountain in the archipelago. Don’t forget your camera though – the rewarding views are totally worth the climb!
Visit Lobos Island
Situated just off the northern tip of the island, Lobos Island is the ideal spot for a day trip, and can be accessed via regular ferries from the harbour in Corralejo. Soak up the unspoilt scenery, or take a stroll along one of the many walking trails until you reach the lighthouse at Punta Martino. Relax on the sheltered beach at Playa de la Concha, climb its volcano or snorkel in the water that surrounds the island – it’s among the clearest in the Canaries.
Ride the Waves
The consistent waves that crash into the shores of Fuerteventura prove to be incredibly popular with surfers and windsurfers throughout the year, so why not join them? You don’t have to be a pro either – there are plenty of surf schools dotted around the popular resorts which will be able to show you the ropes. The most popular place on the island to ride the waves is from the dunes of Corralejo, but Costa Calma is also a great choice thanks to its Sotavento Beach, which has been the home to several windsurfing championships in the past.
Try the Cheese
While the seafood in Fuerteventura is excellent – especially in the more rustic fishing villages like El Cotillo – it’s more famous for the production of Majorero goat’s cheese, and if you’re a foodie, it’s not to be missed! It’s been awarded protected status so you know that it’s the real deal and if you want to pick some up for yourself, the goat farming village of Tindaya, found at the base of the mountain of the same name, is the place to go.
Kick Back on the Beaches
If there’s one thing you should do during your break on Fuerteventura, it’s soak up the sun on the sweeping sands that it boasts. The beaches that the island is home to are some of the best in the Canaries, and with miles upon miles of gorgeous sands, you’re guaranteed to lay claim to a patch of it for as long as you need. Plus, if you want to let it all hang out (and say goodbye to the tan lines!), going au-natural is totally doable here, especially on the beaches of Corralejo and Morro Jable – just be sure to check for the signs (or naked bodies) first!
ADVICE FOR TRAVELLING TO FUERTEVENTURA
Getting around Fuerteventura is easy, thanks to the regular bus services and plentiful taxis. Hiring a car is also doable in many of the major resorts and hotels, as is bicycle hire if you wish to explore the island a little more ‘on foot’. Cycling and walking trails are well-signposted and easy to navigate.
There is no need for a visa when holidaying in Fuerteventura – just a passport that is valid for the duration of your stay.
Make sure you take your EHIC with you when heading out to the island. As it belongs to Spain, this handy card entitling you to free emergency medical care can be used. However, comprehensive travel insurance is also recommended.
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