Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands and is growing in popularity every year. While the neighbouring island of Tenerife has been a bustling hotspot for some time now, Fuerteventura is still relatively untouched, meaning there’s always a spot on any of its 150-plus sandy shores.
Now is the perfect time to visit Fuerteventura – with its certified white sand beaches, lively island culture, unique wildlife and over 3,000 days of sunshine a year, this hidden paradise won’t stay a secret for too much longer!
Top Resorts and Hotels
The biggest resort town is Corralejo, sitting on the very northern tip of the island. Once a fishing village, the town has since had a few modern upgrades to include a seafront promenade, luxury hotels and a ferry service to the nearby island of Lanzarote. The beaches are some of the best you’ll find – there is over 11 km of fine white sands and deep blue water, all of which is backed by stunning sand dunes and nature reserves. Due to the strong winds, Corralejo is a great spot for all sorts of surfing.
Jandia is another popular tourist town, stretching from Costa Calma to the southern tip of Morro Jable. While the beaches are nothing short of amazing, Jandia is where you’ll also find the highest point of the island – Pico de Zarza, an 800m high mountain boasting panoramic views of Fuerteventura. There are several walks through the mountain and nature reserves that are great for when you’re feeling a bit waterlogged.
However, if you’re looking for nothing more than just days spent relaxing on the beach, cocktail in hand, then Costa Caleta is the place for you. Sitting on the east coast, this beautiful bay is great for families and kids. All the beaches have play areas, while there are also parks, arcades and mini-golf courses nearby if the kids need to let off some steam.
Attractions and Things to Do
Fuerteventura is the oldest of the Canary Islands, created over 5 million years ago due to volcanic activity. Today, you can cross the volcanic craters and rugged terrain on a 4×4 adventure tour, or climb the famous sand dunes and UNESCO-listed nature parks which are filled with local wildlife and fauna, and scattered throughout the island’s beaches.
There are a few traditional events that are definitely worth a visit if you can time your trip accordingly. Carnival is probably the biggest festival, running from February to wMarch, while the International Kite Festival in November makes the most of the gale-force winds that sweep across the sands!
For a real cultural treat, try to see some Canarian wrestling or Juego del Palo, a stick-based martial art. There’s also every kind of water sport you could imagine – from sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, wind surfing and kite surfing is also available at any of the major beaches.
Annual Temperature and Rainfall
The climate in Fuerteventura is the ideal holiday weather – a warm, balmy temperature all year round, with highs of 35 degrees in summer and an average of 22 degrees in winter. Spring and summer are very dry, while October is the wettest month. However, be careful of the strong winds – Fuerteventura literally translates to ‘strong wind’ and can be prone to hot Sahara sandstorms, blowing in fine white sand from the mainland.
Want to know more? Take a look at our full Fuerteventura destination guide for even more insight into this amazing island.