An island boasting three thousand hours of sunshine a year, the Canarian retreat of Fuerteventura has long been a favourite with Europe’s sun seeking crowd. Located at a mere 100km off the Moroccan coast on the same latitude as Florida and Mexico, you can expect warm climes and good times whilst exploring beautiful beaches (of which there are over 150 kilometres worth).
Close proximity to the volcanic paradise of Lanzarote means you can easily explore geological marvels as an alternative to lounging in the sun. Fuerteventura also attracts thousands of water sports enthusiasts, even holding a world championship Kite Surfing event every July. A uniquely scenic landscape of sand dunes and mountains tops off the island’s appeal as an ideal destination for a beach break all year round.
If you still need convincing, think that the island was recently voted as Spain’s best by over 1 million users on TripAdvisor. To truly get to grips with the island you would benefit from a car rental on Fuerteventura with easyCar.
Here’s our pick of some of the island’s unmissable things to do.
Experience endless beaches
Visitors will be spoiled for choice with gloriously expansive sandy beaches stretching around Fuerteventura’s perimeter. The winds that grace the island make it a surfer’s paradise, but also give rise to a sea of dunes that surround the coast and give the beaches a unique ripple effect.
Costa Calma in the south of the island is perfect for sunbathing and watersports with the added bonus of a cactus botanical garden on its doorstep for any nature enthusiasts. Those seeking less commercial escapes should head to Cofete on the west coast offering five kilometres of pristine sand against a grand mountain backdrop. The beach’s scale allows for acres of space making it a peaceful spot, unless you want to catch some huge waves whipped up by the wind.
Marvel at the sand dunes of Corralejo
Less than 10 minutes drive outside the northern town of Corralejo lies an impressive Natural Park, offering spectacular views of wide open sand dunes and desert scenery that will make you feel like you’ve stepped onto the set of Star Wars.
The winding roads through the hilly landscape make for an atmospheric drive should you choose to venture a little inland, where the vistas stretch for miles across unblemished white sand.
Enjoy some spectacular scuba diving
A host of tour operators offer diving expeditions around the island for beginners, experts and underwater photography enthusiasts. Whether you want shallow reefs bursting with fluorescent marine life or daunting submerged rock shelves and canyons, the waters around Fuerteventura are a feast for the eyes.
Abyss Fuerteventura in Corralejo offer dives in multiple sites include off the nearby Isla de Lobos for as little as €50, whilst Deep Blue Diving in Caleta de Fuste just south of the capital is a popular choice offering excursions to the nearby Castillo and Salinas reefs.
Catch a Carnival
From January to April of each year towns around the island set aside a week for their own carnivals. Though not quite on the scale of Rio, the array of sporting, musical and cultural events culminate in a weekend of glitzy float parties and dancing until the wee hours.
Those looking to persevere until dawn should have an afternoon siesta as festivities kick off at around midnight. Corralejo carnival is a sea of sequins and music, whilst more secluded fiestas in Betancuria or Antigua are also worth a visit.
Witness the volcanos at nearby Lanzarote
The last volcanic activity on Fuerteventura was a safe 5,000 years ago meaning you can rest easy in the knowledge that your sunny escape won’t be spoilt by any unwarranted seismic activity! Nonetheless these dormant giants are awe inspiring, particularly on the nearby island of Lanzarote which boasts vast lava fields and craters.
Day tours departing from Corralejo are offered conveniently taking you to Lanzarote by ferry before embarking on a journey around Timanfaya natural park where you can admire the dramatic scorched surroundings and even witness a natural food oven. Prices are reasonable at €40 for adults and €24 for children under 11.
Whet your appetite for water sports
With Fuerteventura loosely translating to “strong winds” the huge waves and fabulous beaches make the island a default destination for surfing, snorkelling, kayaking and sailing. Temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees even in winter meaning it’s a year round destination.
Gorgeous blue lagoons around Lobos Island make for a great kayaking and snorkelling tour whilst there are literally dozens of surf spots across the north shore to catch some ocean waves. Head to the narrow southern peninsula to avoid the crowds.