Fuerteventura Travel Guide

Introduction to Fuerteventura

Fuerteventurais famed for its long, deserted beaches of white sand flanked by turquoise-coloured ocean waters. Its awesome coastline stretches more than 120 miles and is made up of contrasting landscapes, including 150 different beaches. Hotels in Fuerteventura are excellent and as the least densely populated of the Canary Islands it appeals to holidaymakers looking for tranquillity and isolation. The Jandia coast in the south has regular warm Atlantic breezes and rolling waves, which makes it a top destination for windsurfers, while kite boarding and other sports involving sails and wind are also taking off. But it’s not just about sun, sea and surf. Fuerteventura has a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Award for its efforts in promoting sustainable tourism. Away from the coastline, there are charming rural villages and picturesque valleys to visit. Tindaya mountain, also known as holy mountain, keeps watch majestically over the island and is definitely worth visiting.

Parque Natural de Corralejo

Parque Natural de Corralejo

A swathe of sand dunes, solidified lava streams and nature reserve with protected species

Betancuria

Betancuria

A beautiful colonial hamlet town in a magnificent mountain setting

Isla de los Lobos

Isla de los Lobos

A tiny volcanic islet just a short boat ride from Corralejo, renowned for its rare birds and thundering surf

Other things to do in Fuerteventura

If you fancy a spot of culture in between basking on the beaches and enjoying the island’s natural beauty, you will find an eclectic mix of modern art at Casa de los Coroneles in La Oliva. Exhibitions include paintings, installations and photography. While in Olivia, it’s also well worth visiting Centro de Arte Canario, with its garden of sculptures and galleries containing works by Canarian artists Cesar Manrique and Alberto Agullo.

Another must-see in the north is El Cotillo, a former fishing village with real character. It boasts an attractive little harbour and a castle, Castillo del Toston. Book a hotel by the sea and enjoy fabulous sweeping views of the surf beach of El Cotillo including clumps of sculptures by the French artist Kadir Attia.

Eating and drinking in Fuerteventura

Though there are a wide range of international cuisines available, the local dishes are unmissable. Gofio, made from a wheat, maize and barley dough mixture, takes the place of bread here, and can be sweetened by adding honey and nuts. While the fresh seafood is delicious and in abundance, other popular local dishes include papas arrugadas (small unpeeled potatoes, steamed with salt and served with a hot Canarian mojo sauce), and the island’s goats’ cheese. A real delicacy, queso majorero, comes in many flavours and textures and is made from thick aromatic high-fat milk produced by the thousands of goats who roam the island. Wash this down with the local tipple of ron miel – a dark syrupy rum with honey.

Fuerteventura climate

Fuerteventura has a subtropical climate, with an average annual temperature of 21˚C, which virtually guarantees perfect year-round weather for holidays. It boasts more than 300 days of sunshine and experiences less rainfall than the other Canary Islands.

When to go to Fuerteventura

Thanks to the warm climate, you can enjoy the island’s fabulous beaches and natural landscape all year round. If you are into boards, the annual windsurfing championship is held at Playa de Sotavento at the end of July. It is free to watch and attracts windsurfers and kite boarders from around the world.

Flying to Fuerteventura

There are flights to Fuerteventura direct from most European destinations to Fuerteventura Airport, which is 6km south of Puerto del Rosario on the east coast of the island. You can get buses or taxis to Puerto del Rosario and from there to other parts of the island.

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