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Like a chunk of the Sahara that has broken off into the Atlantic, Fuerteventura offers spectacular desert scenery and idyllic, long stretches of golden sandy beaches, warmed by year-round sun. There’s a scattering of resorts that are developed but not brash, offering water sports and relaxation. Discover whitewashed inland settlements, accessible via winding mountain roads with plenty of miradors to stop off at, that pepper the dusty landscape, while cute seaside villages offer opportunities to sample the local seafood.
Take advantage of the island’s plentiful supply of wind and try windsurfing and kitesurfing, then just flop on the beach – unlike on most neighbouring islands, the sand is predominantly golden here. Fuerteventura’s beach resorts are relatively peaceful and family-friendly – like Caleta de Fuste and Costa Calma. The largest, Correlajo, has a something for everyone vibe, with water parks, boat trips, nightlife and restaurants, plus the nearby expanse of dunes in the Parque Natural de Corralejo.
Fuerteventura is physically more like nearby Lanzarote than the greener more westerly Canaries. Extinct volcanoes form the spine of the island – hiking and cycling are ideal ways to take in the otherworldly scenery and it’s easy to find solitude here. Stop off at Betancuria, the island’s former capital, or Pajara, with its 17th Century church featuring Aztec-style designs. In small seaside communities like Ajuy, Pozo Negro and El Cotillo you can dine on delicious fresh fish, accompanied by papas arrugadas, a Canarian dish of boiled, salted, skin-on potatoes that usually comes with a spicy garlic and chilli-based mojo sauce. Book your flights to Fuerteventura today and start exploring.
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Directly in front of the fine, golden sands of Jandia Beach sits hotel XQ El Palacete. All rooms offer direct sea views, while numerous shops and bars, plus the attractive resort of Morro Jable, are all within easy walking distance.
The adult-only Secrets Bahia Real Resort & Spa is bordered by stunning beaches and the silky white sand dunes of Corralejo Natural Dune Park. Enjoy a plethora of activities here including diving, hiking, kitesurfing and even trips on a luxury yacht. The hotel has been designed with colonial and Moorish influences in warm tones and is surrounded by lush vegetation.
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Head to the Jandia Peninsula for some incredible beaches like Playa de la Barca, Playa de Sotavento de Jandia and Playa de Cofete, plus the rugged Parque Natural Jandia and the Punta de Jandia lighthouse at the island’s southwest tip.
What are the best things to do in Fuerteventura?
1. La Oliva is the island’s second largest town. Call in to the 17th Century Casa de los Coroneles, one of the oldest major buildings on the island. The impressive structure was once home to the Military Govenor for centuries. Swing by on a Friday morning to browse the wares of the local handicrafts market. Check out La Oliva Cilla, a grain museum that showcases the island’s agricultural heritage.
2. Corralejo Beach, on the rugged fringes of northern Fuerteventura, is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and hikers alike, backed by over seven miles of sand dunes, lapped by clear, turquoise waters. Rock out on Music Square which hosts free live music all week and then check out Bar Restaurante Iberic Ham Factory to sample some authentic Iberico ham.
3. Take a day trip to Lobos Island, a tiny, unspoilt island named after the sea lions that used to frequent the coastline. Lobos is an easy ferry ride from Corralejo and is home to a designated natural park and a rich seabed that’s now an underwater reserve. A series of well-defined trails take you past highlights such as the Punta Martino lighthouse and the volcano’s caldera. There are several beaches and coves worth discovering, including the horseshoe shaped, rocky white sand beach of La Concha and El Puertito, a stunning cove with crystal-clear waters ideal for snorkelling.
4. In the interior lie peaceful villages like Betancuria, the island’s oldest settlement founded in the 15th Century by Norman conquerors which is surrounded by a mountainous natural park. Check out the abandoned old convent of San Buenaventura, the iconic Church of Santa Maria de Betancuria and the green Canarian pine tree-clad oasis that is El Pinar Park. Make time also to visit Ermita de las Penitas, a remote hermitage built into the side of a cliff.
5. Pozo Negro is a tiny, off-the-beaten-track fishing village that’s well worth visiting for its fresh seafood and fish restaurant Los Pescadores. The village amounts to little more than a sprinkling of fishermen’s huts and a sprawling black volcanic shingle beach, but it’s a wonderfully secluded spot worth seeking out. Check out the Poblado de la Atalayita, a significant archaeological site believed to have been home to the indigenous Mahos people, with its semi-reconstructed houses and tombs and other artefacts.
Where are the best places to visit in Fuerteventura?
Corralejo Old Town’s whitewashed houses feel closer to North Africa than Spain and there’s plenty of charm in this atypical beach resort. Watch the fishermen haul in their catch of the day besides the tourist boats and soak up the surfy vibe before exploring seven miles of sand dunes.
Caleta de Fuste (also known as El Castillo) is a popular tourist resort with wide beaches and plentiful water sports, including sailing, diving and windsurfing. Boasting a central location with easy access to the airport and strong bus connections, it’s a prime base from which to explore the island. Caleta de Fuste offers two 18-hole golf courses, three beaches and a marina area, with an 18th Century fortified tower, known as El Castillo. There’s plenty of history to soak up nearby too, including the mighty 18th century defensive tower Torre de San Buenaventura with its six-metre-thick walls, the Hornos de la Guirra Lime Kilns and the Salinas del Carmen saltpans and its attached Museo de la Sal Salt Museum.
Costa Calma is a purpose-built resort town in the Jandia Peninsula with plenty of beaches blessed with clear waters and golden-white sands. The beaches here may be calm, but they're also windy, making them a handy location for the PWA World Wind-Surfing Championships which are held each July at Playa de Sotavento. This beach is ideal to learn windsurfing or kitesurfing due to the safe and shallow lagoon. There’s a pleasant pedestrian walkway set back from the sea that’s lined with pine and palm trees.
Morro Jable, in the southern Jandia Peninsula, has grown from a simple fishing village to become one of the most popular resorts in Fuerteventura. There are few skyrise developments here but rather an old town that’s retained its original character and a stunning, two-mile stretch of sugar-white powdery sand overshadowed by a pretty promenade. For a day out, venture to the Jandia Natural Park to sample some of the island’s wildest, most rugged natural scenery or scale the island’s highest mountain at 807 metres, Pico de Zarza.
Which holiday type is right for me in Fuerteventura?
When it comes to Fuerteventura all-inclusive holidays we have you covered. Just choose from one of the following options.The adult-only Secrets Bahia Real Resort & Spa is bordered by stunning beaches and the silky white sand dunes of Corralejo Natural Park. Enjoy a plethora of activities here including diving, hiking, kitesurfing and even trips on a luxury yacht. The hotel has been designed with colonial and Moorish influences in warm tones and is surrounded by lush vegetation. Elba Carlota Beach and Convention Resort is ideally located in Caleta de Fuste overlooking an 18-hole golf course. It’s ideally situated to take advantage of activities such as golf, sailing and surfing. Relax on a sun lounger beside the outdoor pool and grab a drink at the pool bar. Alua Village Fuerteventura is set in a quiet area on Playa de Esquinzo, directly by the sea. Relax in the calming gardens or just enjoy the sea view from your balcony or terrace. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen satellite televisions, Wi-Fi, safes and minibars.
Are you searching for cheap holidays to Fuerteventura? Look no further. Villa Florida is a Galician-style apartment complex situated just 200 metres from the wonderful sandy beach of Caleta de Fuste. It features expansive gardens, a pool and children’s pool, its own shopping centre and an Italian ice cream parlour. Caybeach Caleta is located just two minutes from the beach and 150 metres from Caleta de Fuste’s town centre. The modern apartments feature fully equipped kitchens, living rooms with sofa beds and large terraces to unwind on and enjoy the view. Make the most of the hotel’s multi-sport areas for mini-golf and tennis or splash around in the pool.
Are you seeking five-star hotels in Fuerteventura? Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace is ideally located next to Jandia’s 17-mile stretch of beach. The hotel offers first-rate amenities such as a restaurant with show cooking, three bars, SPA Sensations with a thermal circuit and body treatments, a solarium with sea views, free premium Wi-Fi, four pools and a fitness room. Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort is a luxurious hotel set on a golden sandy beach. The fantastic facilities here include four restaurants, four outdoor pools, a mini-golf course, a full-service spa, a steam room, an ice igloo and a tennis court.
We have a great range of options for Fuerteventura family holidays. Barcelo Fuerteventura Mar is next door to the tranquil Caleta de Fuste beach. Parents can leave their children in the capable hands of the children’s mini club with its large theatre offering daily shows. Enjoy an endless range of water sports, plus innovative treatments in the unique thalassotherapy centre. Occidental Jandia Mar is an award-winning family hotel in Morro Jable just minutes from the sprawling Jandia beach. It features two outdoor pools, a playground, a kid's club, various bars and restaurants, sports facilities and an excellent spa area. A golf course is within walking distance. IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas is located just 50 metres from the 17-mile-long fine sands of Jandia beach and within easy walking distance of the resort of Morro Jable. The elegant guest rooms offer refreshing tones and a soothing atmosphere, while Star Prestige customers get access to the VIP area for adults only with chill-out space, open bar, comfort room, Jacuzzi and pool.
We have a fine selection of hotels catering for adults only holidays too. Barcelo Corralejo Bay is just 80 metres from Corralejo Beach and next to Corralejo’s commercial centre. Rent a bike or make use of the free shuttle taking visitors to the Corralejo Natural Park. Savour a healthy meal at the buffet restaurant or enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the poolside bar. H10 Ocean Dunas (Adults Only) is in the centre of Corralejo just a few metres from the beach. This pleasant four-star hotel specialising in holidays for adults offers a swimming pool, tropical garden, restaurant and bar. With swimming pools, tennis courts and an elegant restaurant, the Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel is set within a golf resort in Caleta de Fuste. This hotel has wooden balconies and is 800 metres from a beach. Rooms come equipped with large bathrooms complete with a separate bath and shower, hairdryer and bathrobes.