Fuerteventura is one of the islands in the middle of the Canary archipelago and has fantastic weather all year round. The best places to stay in Fuerteventura are its coastal towns; from the buzzing bars and beaches of Corralejo to the wide open bay of Costa Caleta, this island is a Spanish paradise.
The Canary Islands belong to Spain but have their own unique atmosphere and traditions with each island being different. Fuerteventura is known for its outstanding water sports like surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Most of the main communities are on the coast, with the inland having a more desert landscape.
Relax in the north of Fuerteventura
Corralejo in the north is a great place to stay if you’re looking for windsurfing lessons, a great nightlife and boat trips to see dolphins. This vibrant community has a wonderful street market every Sunday where you can find unique local products and lots of souvenirs to take home.
Take a boat trip to Lobos Island and climb the volcano caldera, where you’ll not only have great views of Fuerteventura but also of the southern end of Lanzarote to the east.
Corralejo has the Acua waterpark which will guarantee the kids have a raucous day of fun while you relax on a sun lounger under the Canarian sunshine. The town has a wonderful array of cafés, restaurants and beach bars so you’re never far away from the next bite of tapas and a little cerveza.
Explore down the coast
Jandia is at the opposite end of the island and is one of the best places to stay in Fuerteventura if you’re looking for a truly relaxing holiday in stunning surroundings. Situated in the extraordinary Jandia National Park, this destination is the best if you want to go hiking or experience the vibrancy of this volcanic island’s natural geology.
Just up the coast is Sotavento with the best windsurfing and kitesurfing conditions in the whole of the Canaries. You can book a lesson and get out on the water in no time, and even children will have a blast. If you’re not keen on the idea of taking part, it’s worth visiting Sotavento while based in Jandia just to see the hundreds of kites that fly high in the sky. Watch the windsurfers do cool tricks and see how quickly beginners progress!
Costa Caleta really has it all, with a great nightlife, a beautiful street market and lots of tours leaving from the town. Stay in an apartment or hotel and go bike riding one day and scuba diving the next. Stroll down the town’s winding streets and stop off at a café to sample the classic dish of Canarian potatoes and mojo sauce. Add a tapas of grilled sardines and you’ll be eating as the Canarians have done for hundreds of years.
Sun, sea and activities
Fancy playing golf with unbeatable views of the ocean? Caleta de Fuste will be the holiday destination for you. This 18-hole course has views of the mountains, the sea and is fringed with palm trees. It really doesn’t get much better than this for fans of the sport!
The Montecastillo street market is every Tuesday and Saturday and gives you a great insight into the Fuerteventura culture. Stroll around the market picking out gifts for your family, or get yourself a new sun hat. On Sundays there’s a handicraft market too where you can buy locally made products from right here in the islands.
Just north of the town is the salt museum which will fascinate adults and children alike. We’re so used to this table staple, but to see how it’s made is a whole new experience. Hire a kayak or go on a catamaran trip here to really put the icing on the cake.
Fuerteventura is one of the most popular Canary Islands and if you hire a car, you can explore it all. The roads are quiet and car hire is very affordable so pack the kids in and hit the road. With golden beaches, fresh sea breezes and exquisite food, you’ll be back again next year.