Fuerteventura is located south of Lanzarote and to the east of Gran Canaria. Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands in terms of land mass, second only to Tenerife with around 110,000 inhabitants. This beautiful islands enjoys a super weather & climate all year round.
Top Attractions & Things to do in Fuerteventura
Although the island is bigger, both Lanzarote and Gran Canaria have more permanent inhabitants. There is much debate about the literal translation of Fuerteventura with “Strong Winds” and “Great Adventure” among the suggestions. This islands is best known for it’s many beaches. The climate can seem much hotter in summer with the Sahara Desert blowing hot air to Fuerteventura.
The winters are generally quite mild with the temperature never dropping much below around 15 Celsius. Cheese is particularly famous on this island and big business, the fact the goats by far outnumber the humans is the reason why cheese is so popular here. The island is serviced by Fuerteventura airport which is located on the east coast, just north of the town El Matorral.
Resorts in Fuerteventura
There are some fantastic holiday resorts in Fuerteventura spread along the various coastlines that offer many interesting and fun things to do. Below we provide a small insight into each so you can decide with of the Fuerteventura resorts best suits you.
Corralejo is a small town and resort which is located on the northeastern tip of Fuerteventura. Corralejo sits adjacent to the small tropical Isla de Lobos (Wolf Island), a day trip to this tiny island (picture above) is highly recommended. Corralejo is one of the two main tourism towns on the island which has evolved from a small fishing town. This pretty town has managed to preserve plenty of it’s original charm since its tourism boom in the 1970’s. The streets are now lined with bars and restaurants serving refreshing drinks and delicious sea food. From the port you can reach Lanzarote by ferry in around 20 minutes.
Caleta de Fuste
Caleta de Fuste which is often referred to as El Castillo and Costa Caleta is located on the eastern coast of Fuerteventura. This part of the island has many beaches which are popular for diving, windsurfing and sailing. The nightlife here is quite vibrant in comparison to many parts of the island. Here you will find a good choice of bars, cafes, restaurants and plenty of shops. Two of the best golf courses on the island are located here which includes Fuerteventura golf club.
The Costa Calma or the “Calm Coast” in English is an interesting choice of names due to the popularity of windsurfing and other board activities. The 9 mile long Sotavento beach is located here which is one of the top locations on the island for windsurfing in particular. Costa Calma is in the southeastern part of the island sandwiched between Sotavento beach on one side and the Parque Natural de Jandia (Natural Park of Jandia) on the other. This natural park is a protected area which is part desert and part volcanic which stretches to the southern tip of the island. Costa Calma has a large German population so you may need to brush up on the language to enjoy some of the excellent bars, cafes, restaurants and entertainment on offer.
Jandia is the most mountainous area of the whole island with a highest elevation of 807 metres above sea level. Pico de Jandía or Pico de la Zarza as it’s also known offers spectacular views of the island below. Jandia is located on the western coast of Fuerteventure with the beach resorts of Jandia Playa (picture above) and Morro Jable on the southern and eastern coasts respectively. Jandia Playa and Morro Jable are home to some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands.
Fuerteventura Windsurfing, Surfing & Kitesurfing
With the abundance of great beaches on offer and the promise of strong Atlantic Ocean winds, water sports have become hugely popular in Fuerteventura. Kitesurfing, windsurfing and normal surfing are the most common beach activities here but there are several others. Sotavento (picture above) is particularly busy for windsurfing and kitesurfing, Sotavento is also the venue for the yearly windsurfing championships. The best conditions for wind in most places tends to be between March – September. March and April is when you are likely to catch the bigger waves when the wind is at it’s strongest. Conditions are still excellent for board activities until September but there are usually less windy days during the winter months. Although the wind drops off in winter, there are still locations that can produce good conditions all year round. It’s worth mentioning that sailing is also popular here along with boogie boarding. Flag Beach offers courses for sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing if you are interested in learning during your visit.
The best beaches in Fuerteventura include Caleta de Fuste, Corralejo, Esmeralda, Cofete and Sotavento for the wow factor. It’s important to note that many of the beaches located away from the tourist resorts are actually nudist beaches. Some of the bigger nude beaches are so vast that it’s relatively easy to find a god spot for yourself away from everyone. La Concha is one prettiest beaches on the northwestern shoreline, only around 200 metres in length but definitely worth a visit. Cofete and Sotavento are both vast beaches which stretch the southern and southeastern shores of the island.