Making the most of your Fuerteventura holiday
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While less visited than its closest neighbors, Lanzarote and Tenerife, Fuerteventura is arguably the finest of all the Canary Islands for those looking for a quieter, or a paradoxically more active break.
Thanks to the combination of placid sandy beaches ideal for lazing in the sun, and windswept coastlines perfectly suited to windsurfing, the island offers a first-class destination for both.
The second largest of the Canaries, Fuerteventura is only the fourth biggest when it comes to population size. This lower population density gives the island a much more peaceful vibe than nearby Tenerife, and as such makes it the perfect place to beat the crowds and still enjoy top-class amenities.
To ensure that you have the finest possible break on the island, here are three quick tips for making the most of your stay.
Pick your coastline
There is a great deal of variety when it comes to the Fuerteventuran coast. The east coast of the island is only 60 miles away from the Saharan coast and is relatively sheltered from the Atlantic trade winds.
This means that its beaches are among the best for sunbathing and relaxing. However, as the island’s name has been translated to “strong winds” there is no shortage of perfect surfing, windsurfing, and parasailing conditions on offer.
The island is home to the long-established World Windsurfing Championship, so if you’re a water-sports enthusiast Fuerteventura is one of the finest destinations, if not the finest destination in Europe.
The best conditions for surfing are found on the west coast, so it is advisable to make this area your base if that is the type of holiday you’re looking for. The clear waters are also perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, so you barely have to step on dry land on your trip!
Take a trip inland
With such a beautiful coastline, you can easily never step away from the beach on a holiday to Fuerteventura. While nobody could blame you, thanks to the wonderful range of things to do at resort towns like Corrolejo and Caleta de Fuste, you would be missing the authentic Canarian culture of the island.
By taking a trip inland, you can visit villages and towns like Betancuria, Pajara, or Antigua, and enjoy a slice of the real Fuerteventura.
Betancuria also offers a glimpse of the islands long history as it was founded in 1405 (five miles from the coast for protection against pirates!), and the town still contains its historic Church built in the 1600’s.
Take a trip to Isla de Lobos
Perfect for a day trip, the scenic Isla de Lobos is found to the north of the island on the way to Lanzarote. The small island no longer has anyone living on it, but still welcomes visitors looking to enjoy its beauty and tranquility.
A short trip from Corralejo, the island has a small beach Playa de la Concha, that has some of the bluest waters anywhere in the Canaries and also boasts a charming little restaurant.
That’s all the basic information you need to start planning your trip!
It is a sunny destination almost all year round, and definitely a quieter option than Tenerife. Fuerteventura may be tiny but definitely packs a punch!
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- Almost all of the things listed above are free
- Many activities can be booked once you are there, however do book in advance in peak season
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