For a sun soaked holiday destination look no further than Fuerteventura. The second largest of the Canary Islands is the closest to Africa and enjoys 3000 hours of sunshine every year making it the ideal getaway for sun seekers. With year round warm temperatures and dry climate it is perfect for a holiday at any time of year. This Fuerteventura Travel Guide will help you to make the most of your vacation.
About The Island
Fuerteventura is regarded as the oldest of the Canary Islands and was formed by underwater volcanic eruptions around 5 million years ago resulting in a rocky and mountainous landscape. Despite its rocky and stony surface, the island is famous for its huge sand dunes and long sandy beaches with watersports featuring highly on many tourists' "to do" list.
Tourism is the major contributor to the economy of Fuerteventura and there are plenty of facilities, activities and attractions on offer to encourage tourists to spend their time and money on the island.
Whatever kind of accommodation you prefer, you will find something suitable on Fuerteventura. The island is home to several luxurious hotels featuring a huge range of amenities from spas to private beaches as well as more moderate hotels with all the facilities a family could require from swimming pools to wi-fi. Whether you prefer all-inclusive, half board or self-catering you are bound to found the ideal accommodation for you. For those who prefer the independence of having their own kitchen, self-catering apartments and luxury villas are available across the island or you could even choose the open air freedom of a camp site.
Where To Stay
Choose from lively and popular resorts full of tourist amenities or quieter more traditional villages with their
Things to do in Fuerteventura
The best way to see the island is by renting a car, motorbike or bicycle. You can enjoy the beautiful and varied landscape on two wheels enjoying the freedom of taking your own time and exploring the coastline and mountainous scenery. Hiring a car frees you to explore the different tourist resorts, taking in their different atmospheres or taking an excursion to one of the more traditional villages for a view of traditional life such as Villaverde. See the traditional Canary Islands windmills up close or search for unexplored and deserted beaches.
As well as watersports there are plenty of other active pursuits you can enjoy on the island. Spend a relaxing day deep sea fishing on a boat excursion and even catch your own dinner or indulge in a round of golf at the Mirador de Lobos course with its stunning views where you can play the challenging 9 hole course and then relax in the onsite bar and restaurant. Try a new and different way to see the island on horseback from one of the horseriding schools that offer volcanic landscape treks. Although it may be a little hot for some, tennis is a wonderful way to enjoy the sunshine and get some exercise and there are many local courts available to hire.
There are a number of companies offering pleasure trips from the island. Choose Corralejo Catamarans for an intimate cruise to Lobos island and enjoy fresh air, sunshine and free refreshments or the Catlanza S.L. for a trip to Papagayo's beautiful beaches where you may spot dolphins or whales as you cruise.
Trips to Lanzarote
If you would like to see more of the Canary Islands you can easily catch a ferry to Lanzarote where you can arrive at the resort of Playa Blanca in just half an hour. Many organised trips are available to show you the best of Lanzarote before you return to your accommodation including the island's hot springs, volcanic Timanfaya National Park and the bay of El Golfo.
Treat the family to a wonderful day out by getting up close to the animals at Zoo Oasis. Featuring many species of animals and birds you can enjoy a camel safari as well as bird of prey, sea lion and parrot shows.
What To Eat
Fuerteventura has a plethora of bars and restaurants to choose from in a range of cuisines to suit every taste. The major tourist towns offer a huge selection from Chinese, Indian and Italian food to local specialities. If you would prefer a more cultural experience, the smaller resorts and fishing villages have less commercial premises where you can enjoy authentic local produce and seafood.
Try some of the delicious local cuisine which is authentic to the Canary Islands in one of the traditional restaurants. Shellfish such as mussels, limpets, clams and shrimp as well as other seafood like octopus and squid feature highly on local menus and can be enjoyed with the traditional potatoes - papas arrugadas - which are unpeeled salted steamed potatoes served with a spicy sauce. Local fish such as tuna, swordfish and shark are popular as well as Fuerteventura's goat cheese, queso majorero, which may be rubbed in oil, pimento or cornmeal.
Fuerteventura is an ideal location for both couples and families of all ages with plenty to see and do. The island can be as relaxing or as active as you choose and with a fabulous climate throughout the year it is always a good time for a Fuerteventura holiday.