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Holidays in Fuerteventura
With miles of broad, white, sandy beaches and peaceful resorts, sea breezes from Africa give this island a perfect year-round climate. It also has a beautiful volcanic landscape, sand dunes at Corralejo, local markets and relaxing bars. Book your holiday to Fuerteventura for some of the loveliest beaches in the Canary Islands.
Spring or autumn when temperatures are usually in the early to mid-20s (°C).
The only airport in Fuerteventura is on the eastern side of the island, about 5km southwest of the capital city Puerto del Rosario.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Fuerteventura and lose yourself on the white sandy beaches and hidden coves of this tranquil island.
Let the kids cool off in the slides, wave pools and whirlpools of Baku Waterpark near Corralejo. They can dry off while practising their swing at the park's 18-hole mini-golf course, just one of the many things for kids to do in Fuerteventura. Hop on the free bus from Costa Calma and enter the exotic world of Oasis Park, one of the biggest attractions in Fuerteventura. Kids can get up close to thousands of animals and birds from all around the world. Cap off an exciting day with a camel ride on the cliffs overlooking the sea.
Drive inland from the coast through the hilly dunes of the Parque Natural de las Dunas in Corralejo, and you’ll soon discover why it’s one of the most spectacular places to visit in Fuerteventura. You’ll think you’re in the Sahara rather than at one of the most extraordinary attractions in Fuerteventura. Volcanic peaks rise from the centre of the island in the Parque Natural de Betancuria, giving this stark landscape a lunar feel. On the eastern side are the strange and dramatic limestone caves of Ajuy, which pirates used to use as hiding places centuries ago.
Endless stretches of white sands grip the shores of the island, giving beach lovers plenty of things to do in Fuerteventura. Costa Calma’s Playa Barca is one of the most popular beaches on the Jandía peninsula, and one of the best places in Fuerteventura for some serious windsurfing. The dunes of Corralejo are among the main attractions in Fuerteventura – vast, practically untouched expanses of pure golden sand. Take a slow drive through mountain tracks to find the remote beach near Cofete – a windswept, wild place of crashing waves and hardly a soul for miles.
Families: Baku Waterpark – spend the day testing your nerves on the “kamikaze” or relaxing in the large whirlpool and soaking up the sun.
Animal lovers: Oasis Park – discover reptiles, lemurs and kangaroos and watch the hippos lounging around – a great day out for all the family.
Windsurfers: Catch the breezes off the Jandía peninsula.
Language: The language spoken in Fuerteventura is Spanish.
Currency: The currency used in Fuerteventura is Euro (€).
Local time: Fuerteventura is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: The only airport in Fuerteventura is on the eastern side of the island, about 5km southwest of the capital city Puerto del Rosario.
Flight time from UK: About 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Fuerteventura tourist information can be found at www.grancanaria.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Fuerteventura.
Temperature: Summers in Fuerteventura are hot and dry, with temperatures regularly in the 30s (°C).
Best time to visit Fuerteventura: Spring or autumn when temperatures are usually in the early to mid-20s (°C).
You’re guaranteed 3,000 hours of sunshine a year in Fuerteventura, which is great to visit all year round. The windy weather in Fuerteventura, which translates as “strong winds”, means pleasantly cooling sea breezes.
By bus: Buses connect the main resorts with the capital city, Puerto del Rosario, which makes getting around in Fuerteventura simple.
By taxi: If you want to explore the best places in Fuerteventura without worrying about timetables, it would be more practical to hire a car.
By hire car: Taxis are easy to find in the main towns and cities.
By 4x4: Hire a 4x4 if you want to visit some of the more remote beaches.
By ferry: Ferries connect Fuerteventura with other Canary Islands.
Semana Santa: Join the island-wide party in February or March during carnival, or wait until Easter for the processions and celebrations of “Semana Santa”.
Fuerteventura in Music: El Cotillo’s beaches become one giant club every July during the Fuerteventura in Music festival.
For windsurfers: Watch the world’s elite windsurfers and kiteboarders compete in daredevil style every July and August during the World Championships.
Turtles: For an unforgettable wildlife experience, turn up in August when volunteers gather to release back to the sea the turtles that have hatched on Cofete beach.
Flying high: Colourful kites cover the dunes at Corralejo in November during the International Kite Festival.