With year round sunshine and beautiful sandy beaches, Fuerteventura is the perfect destination for holidaying in the Canary Islands. The island offers quieter resorts than the larger islands with the exception of Corralejo which offers a very lively scene. For families there is the resort of Caleta de Fuste and for couples there is the laid-back Costa Calma on the south coast with its peaceful natural beaches. Other Fuerteventura resorts include Playa Barca and Playa Jandia.
Fuerteventura has more than 150 beaches which are regarded by many as the best beaches in the Canary Islands. All of the resorts have a main beach which is well equipped with sun beds and family facilities. Due to the size of Fuerteventura beaches, visitors can always find a quiet spot, especially on the beaches that continue into long stretches of undeveloped areas of pale sandy beach. All of the beaches shelve safely to the calm clear waters surrounding the island.
The liveliest beaches are found in Corralejo, however you only need to take a short walk and you will find stretches of unspoilt beaches which many regard as similar to those of the Caribbean. Corralejo offers excellent conditions for water sports like windsurfing and kite boarding.
Costa Caleta is a purpose built resort with restaurants, cafes and shops which attracts mainly families.
Just south of Corralejo is a national park of protected sand dunes known as El Jable. This protected area of sand dunes is particularly popular with naturists looking for a secluded area to relax in!
The most beautiful beaches are found on the southern Jandia peninsula. If you are looking for a romantic ‘get away’ then the beaches of Jandia and Costa Calma are the perfect choice with many secluded coves. With long stretches of beach that soon become semi-deserted you will always be able to find a secluded spot for a touch of romance. Both Jandia and Costa Calma also have very nice promenades to stroll along when you want a break from the beach.
For total dessert island seclusion you can hire a car and drive to one of the many naturist havens like Cofete Beach which is located in the Jandia Natural Park.
The island offers some of the best surfing and windsurfing conditions throughout the Canaries. The large stretches of unsheltered coastline offer excellent conditions, especially in the autumn when the large Atlantic swell hits the shores. Corralejo and Caleta have some highly recommended surf schools.
Other water sports available include water-skiing and sea kayaking.
Families will love a leisurely cruise on a glass bottom boat from which they can explore the underwater world without getting wet!
For something different, this beautiful island can be explored by horseback or by quad bike. Most resorts offer horse riding lessons and treks through the islands interior, across the unique red volcanic landscape, passing through quaint villages or just taking a quiet gallop in the surf. For an exciting way to see the countryside you can speed away on a quad bike, riding through beautiful verdant green valleys, sand dunes and volcanic craters.
Away from the glorious beaches there is plenty to do including excursions into the intriguing volcanic interior and taking a ferry ride to nearby Lanzarote. For bird watchers there are some great nature walks which will take you through a variety of habitats which are home to native and migratory birds including hawks, vultures and kestrels. Many of the hotels arrange escorted walks for hiker’s and bird watchers.
Mild winters and hot summers make Fuerteventura a perfect all year round destination. The weather is very similar all year round with June to September being the hottest months with temperatures around 29C and low humidity levels. Summer evening temperatures hover around the low 20’s. Spring is a great time to visit as temperatures hit the mid 20’s, there is an average of 7 hours sunshine a day, beaches are less crowded and there are plenty of special offer holidays to be had.