With almost 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, Fuerteventura is known as the island of eternal spring. It is the closest of the Canary Islands to the African coast, at just 100 kilometres from Morocco.
Book one of our Fuerteventura hotels and explore an island of beautiful beaches, tiny unspoiled villages and volcanic landscapes.
Fuerteventura’s beaches are one of the island’s most popular attractions – and there are more than 150 of them. White-sanded Caleta de Fuste’s wide expanses are among the most popular – look out for turtles and dolphins in the waters – while Gran Tarajal, Cofeto, Ezquinzo and La Concha are quieter. One must-see is the Corralejo Natural Park – the miles of sand dunes south of the town, which have been designated a natural park to protect them from development. It’s a spectacular place to get away from it all.
The island’s warm, clear waters and Atlantic winds make it a popular place for watersports – windsurfing world championship events are held here. Thousands of people come to Fuerteventura each year to go surfing, bodyboarding, sailing and kitesurfing, and there are plenty of schools on the island for beginners. Diving is also popular, thanks to the island’s impressive rock formations, reefs and abundance of aquatic life – look out for rays, angel sharks, barracudas and moray eels. There are also plenty of opportunities to go fishing, horse riding, cycling or hiking. Birdwatchers should catch a ferry to the tiny Lobos Island, about two kilometres off the coast at Corralejo. The island is a nature reserve and a Special Protection Area because of its birdlife – watch out for shearwaters, petrels, yellow-legged gulls and more.
Things to do
You won’t have many rainy days in Fuerteventura – an average of 16 per year, to be exact – but there’s still plenty to explore if you do. The Betancuria Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography houses ancient objects and fossils found on the island, and at the Tefia Craft Village you can see demonstrations of traditional crafts. The Antigua Windmill Craft Centre houses an old corn mill, a gallery with paintings and archaeological exhibits, a craft shop and a garden filled with cactuses and palms.
Eating and drinking
Try goat, octopus, fresh fish and other interesting local specialities at Restaurante Mahoh, in Villaverde, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 winner – there’s a good selection of desserts too. For tapas, try Casa Marcos in Villaverde, another TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, where you can sit outside on the terrace and enjoy views of the countryside. The Chill Wine Bar, in Corralejo, also serves tapas along with cocktails and gin, or head to Loca Blanca for an Italian. El Mentidero, in El Cotillo, is a friendly place where you can enjoy homemade cakes, coffee, breakfast or lunch – there are art exhibitions here sometimes too.
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