Fuerteventura holidays

Fuerteventura holidays

The second largest island of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura holidays guarantees gorgeous sunny weather, and miles of white sandy beaches. It’s the perfect destination for water sports like kite surfing and windsurfing, but if you’d rather let others do the wave breaking, a holiday to Fuerteventura is also great for simply relaxing on the beach. Besides, a lively nightlife means that you can always dance off any extra calories consumed or make up for the lack of exercise at the many bars and clubs on offer. 

The colours of Africa and the atmosphere of Spain come together on Fuerteventura holidays. This Canary Isle is sun-baked with a lunar-like landscape bathed in saffron and coriander shades surrounded by rugged coastline. The whole island was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2009 and with over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year booking cheap holidays to Fuerteventura with lastminute.com should be top of your to-do list

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Types of holidays in Fuerteventura 

Fuerteventura holidays have something for everybody whether you're travelling as a couple, with your family or with friends. 

  • Beaches: With some of the best beaches in the Canary Isles you're spoilt for choice on Fuerteventura. Grandes Playas is great for families with golden sand and enticing water. Plenty of facilities mean you don't have to leave the beach all day. For something more tropical and tranquil, stretch out on Costa Calma's Esmerelda Beach. 
  • Kids' fun: The island's La Lajita Zoo/Oasis Park has gardens, play areas and plenty of animals to enchant the children. Baku Water Park delivers a watery day out with plenty of water slides and swimming pools. 
  • Romantic breaks: Cruise to the uninhabited island of Lobos. Walk its coastline and explore its lighthouse before lazing on the beach. Climb to the top of the small volcano and look back across the water to Fuerteventura. Or, head away from the coastline and wander through some of the island's sleepy inland villages such as Betancuria. It's characterised by white houses with volcanic stone roofs, palm trees and mountain views. 
  • Partying with friends: Fuerteventura is about nature and relaxation but there is nightlife for those who want it whether it's dancing the night away or simply sipping a beer or cocktail while listening to live music. Most of the nightlife is in Corralejo, the island's main resort but the Surf Inn in Jandia is known for its cocktail menu and surfing-inspired decor.

Things to do in Fuerteventura

  • The mysterious Villa Winter was built by the Germans in the 1930s and has wartime links and conspiracy theories galore. None have been proven. Was it a secret hideaway for high-ranking German officials or a hidden U-boat base? 
  • The Centro de Arte Canario – Casa Mané is located in La Oliva and dedicated to local Canarian artists including Ruben Dario and Alberto Manrique. As well as its galleries there's a sculpture garden. 
  • The Parque Natural de Corralejo is an eight-mile stretch of yellow sand dunes running south from Corralejo. Much of it is still isolated and perfect for long hikes through the sand."

Fuerteventura’s incredible volcanic history stretches back millions of years, and you’ll see the evidence in the rugged, rocky coastlines and authentic, breath taking views of ancient volcanoes. If you want to explore further on your holiday to Fuerteventura, a 10 minute ferry ride from Corralejo takes you to the small volcanic island of Lobos, where you can explore the desert on specially made paths through the nature reserve.

You can enjoy various cuisines in Fuerteventura, but as you’d expect from a seaside resort, the island is paradise for seafood lovers. A less obvious but equally delicious local specialty is Queso Majorero, a traditional cheese made of milk from the many, and we mean many, local goats. Food is cheap, so you can indulge in gorgeous delicacies without eating up your budget.

There’s nothing like sitting down for a cold cocktail after a good day out on the beach. If you want to party on your Fuerteventura, central Corralejo is the place for dancing and island bar hopping. It’s popular amongst tourists and locals alike, so whether you prefer a pint at a British pub or to listen to authentic Spanish music at an open air bar, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for.

Fuerteventura beaches

The beautiful beaches inevitably attract many tourists, but the good news about Fuerteventura is that there’s plenty of sand and turquoise water to go around. In fact, there are so many beaches you may find it hard to choose.

In the north, the breezy El Cotillo is much loved by surfers, and is particularly well-known for its windsurfers and kite surfers. The beaches of Jandia, popular for scuba diving, are also fantastic for a water sport. For bathing, and for naturist-free beaches, you can try those around the town centre of the popular resort of Corralejo, or visit the Caleta De Fuste in the east coast of Fuerteventura. If you’re up for the nudist thing, Costa Calma may have the beach for you. Of course, the beaches are free, so a holiday in Fuerteventura can cost you as much as you like.

What languages are spoken in Fuerteventura? 

The Canary Islands are part of Spain so the official language is Spanish. In the main tourist areas, English and German are widely spoken and understood so you should have no trouble finding your way around and shopping especially if you take the time to learn a few words of greeting in Spanish.

Sports in Fuerteventura

For sports enthusiasts, the year-round sunshine gives plenty of opportunity for indulging in favourite outdoor activities whatever the season. The scenic coastline and stark but tranquil interior are just made for long hikes and cycle rides. The coastline is windy enough for excellent surfing, kitesurfing and sailing, especially at Playa de Sotavento de Jandia. Away from the water, Caleta de Fuste has a PGA championship-rated golf course. Not exactly sport but colourful fun is the three-day international kite festival held at Corralejo in November. 

Food and gastronomy in Fuerteventura

The traditional cuisine of Fuerteventura is heavily influenced by centuries of poverty with locally-grown fresh produce being at its heart. There are more goats than humans on Fuerteventura so goat stew is a hearty and always popular dish. The goats are also responsible for the award-winning Majorero cheese that, like wine, has its own Denominación de Origen. It is sold in rounds and has a rich, buttery texture with a nutty flavour. It's perfect as a dessert cheese with fruit. The cheese even has its own museum, the Museo del Queso Majorero where you can have fun with interactive displays, watch it being made and buy some to take home.

How to get to Fuerteventura

The island of Fuerteventura can be reached by boat or plane. Ferries run from the other Canary Isles including Tenerife.

Fuerteventura Airport is near the coast at Puerto del Rosario where scheduled fights from operators such as Iberia, British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair land regularly. During peak summer months there are also charter flights.