The landscape on Fuerteventura is similar in many ways to that of its neighbour, Lanzarote. Sparse, rugged and totally other-worldly, the natural surrounds are unlike anything you’ll see in most other places around the world, and certainly in Europe. At the Parque Natural de Corralejo, you can marvel at the miles upon miles of sand dunes that stretch out before you, or alternatively, head up to the MiradorAstronómico de Sicasumbre, to admire the view from above.
For many visitors, Fuerteventura’s main attraction is the island’s beautiful golden beaches. After Tenerife, this is the largest island in the Canaries, and its renowned for having the best sunbathing sports in the whole of the archipelago. In the south, the Jandia peninsula boasts a collection of UNESCO-protected sands that offer peace and tranquillity away from some of the more popular resorts. In Corralejo, you’ll find a beach to suit every mood – from peaceful coves to buzzing beach bars, and everything in between.
Fuerteventura might not be known for its cuisine, but if you know where to go, you won’t be short of delicious local delicacies to try. Food on this island is simple, rustic and yet packed full of flavour, and popular staples include goat stew made with fragrant seasonal herbs, and goat’s cheese, which is served just about everywhere. When it comes to cheese, you can’t leave Fuerteventura without sampling a slice or two of Majorero. Adorned with an official Denominación de Origen label, you’ll know it’s the real deal.
As well as benefitting from year-round sunshine, Fuerteventura is also a great place for water sports. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer, or you’re trying it out for the first time, there are plenty of beaches that are renowned for having perfect weather conditions. South of Corralejo town centre, Flag Beach is a haven for surf fanatics and kite boarders. With a beautiful 10km stretch of pristine white sand, this is a great spot to relax, even if you don’t want to take to the waves.
Located just off the coast of Corralejo, the volcanic island of Los Lobos is a must for any first time visit to Fuerteventura. Apart from the large, cauldron-shaped volcano, the area is completely deserted, so it’s a great place to come if you’re looking to get away from it all. Only 15 minutes away from Corralejo by boat, Los Lobos is also perfect for snorkelling. The crystal-clear waters and fascinating flora and fauna make for a truly breath-taking afternoon of exploring.
Situated on the south east coast of the island, this five kilometre-long stretch of beach is ideal for sun-worshippers and water sports fans alike. Because the weather conditions are on the breezy side, its not the best place for a relaxing dip, but there’s miles of soft white sand and rugged coastal scenery to explore. The beach is divided into sections, so if you just want to sunbathe, you don’t need to mingle with the surfers – although it’s great to watch if you get the opportunity. In July, the area hosts the World Windsurfing Championships which take place every year, but don’t let this put you off if you’re a beginner. If you start your windsurfing journey here, you’ll have the chance to learn from the best.
Just as its impossible to visit Greece without coming across some Feta, you can’t really go to Fuerteventura without sampling a bit of Majorero. A hugely popular local delicacy, this cheese has earned the reputation of being one of the best goat’s cheeses in all of Europe and has even been given a Denominación de Origen seal – it’s the first in the archipelago to have it. To get Majorero at its best, buy it when it’s soft and newly made, and enjoy it as an accompaniment to fruit or even as a topping for stews.
The charming village of Betancuria is a wonderfully picturesque maze of whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and lush green foliage – a perfect contrast to the bustling resorts that Fuerteventura has become known for. In recent years, the area has become more popular with tourists, but it still manages to retain an air of peace and tranquillity. As well as the verdant greenery, there’s a beautiful church and courtyard that dates back to the 17th century and is well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Like Lanzarote, Fuerteventurais a year-round destination, with an impressive 3,000 hours of sunshine each year. During the summer, the temperatures can reach as high as the early 30s, but thanks to the trade winds, it never feels quite as warm as it is. In the winter time, it won’t usually go below the mid-teens, and the rain fall is almost too little to mention.
British Citizens don’t need a visa to visit Fuerteventurabut must have a valid passport. For the latest information on European travel regulations, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements.
The currency is the Euro (EUR).
The main language spoken is Spanish.