Fuerteventura holidays

With miles upon miles of white sandy beaches fronted by azure Atlantic waters and backed by peaceful resorts, Fuerteventura holidays are what dreams are made of. Rolling dunes, a year-round climate and a beautiful volcanic landscape are just some of its allures. And if you want to get up close and personal to its natural wonders, Jandia should be on your radar with its Caribbean-like sand spots and tropical reserves. But for tucked-away tapas spots and adrenaline-pumping watersports, Corralejo is a must-visit. 

If you’re travelling with tots in tow, Costa Calma is the answer. Just 15 minutes from Oasis Park, your little ones can look out for camels, lemurs and wallabies. Meanwhile, teens will make a beeline for the paintballing in La Pared. Luxurious stays are typically found in the horseshoe-shaped Caleta de Fuste. Here, glamorous yachts decorate the harbour, while fine dining restaurants offer unbeatable panoramic ocean views. Feeling inspired yet? 

Beautiful beaches

There’s no other Canary Island with as many sand dunes and beautiful beaches. In fact, Fuerteventura is home to some of the most impressive stretches in all of Europe. Ajuy Beach, in particular, is a real sight for sore eyes with fine black volcanic sand that contrasts perfectly with the blue of the sea. Just south of Corralejo, you’ll find the breathtaking sand dunes of Parque Natural de las Dunas. This 11-kilometre stretch is made up of fine white grains with stunning views of neighbouring Lanzarote and Los Lobos.

Family fun

Holidays to Fuerteventura are a great choice for family fun in the sun. Oasis Park is a big hit with animal lovers. Housing around 3,000 species, you’ll be able to take a ride on a camel, watch a show and wander through the tropics of its botanical gardens. Water babies should try Acua Water Park in Corralejo for exciting slides, wave pools, splash zones and a mini-golf course. 

Action and adventure

This Canary Island is a great choice if you’re craving thrills and spills. Why not try your hand at a new watersport like paddleboarding or windsurfing? The breeze off of the Jandía Peninsula is perfect for catching waves. You can also head inland and explore the mountainous landscape on a jeep safari or jump on a horse and let your steed guide you through the incredible volcanic scenery.

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Map of Fuerteventura

18-25 ℃

Fuerteventura enjoys glorious sunshine throughout the year making it the perfect winter warmer.

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The only airport in Fuerteventura is on the eastern side of the island, about 5km southwest of the capital city Puerto del Rosario

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Families: Spend the day testing your nerves on the kamikaze at Acua Waterpark, before sandcastle building along one of its flawless stretches. That’s when you’re not spotting sea lions from the Oceanarium Explorer or go-karting a 1,000-metre-long track.

Sun-worshippers: Grab your suncream and towel because with 150 swathes of sand to call its own, you’ll spend hours topping up your tan. And with a year-round climate working in your favour, you’ll catch plenty of vitamin D no matter the season.

Windsurfers: As a world-renowned watersport destination thanks to its trademark winds, there’s no better place to practise your wave riding skills. Head over to Corralejo to check out its dedicated windsurfing lagoon. 

Fast facts for Fuerteventura

Language: The language spoken in Fuerteventura is Spanish. But English is widely used in tourist areas. That being said, it’s polite to brush up on a few local phrases with the helping hand of a translator app.

Currency: The currency used in Fuerteventura is the Euro (€).

Local time: Fuerteventura is the same time as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Fuerteventura Airport. Transfers to Caleta de Fuste take 20 minutes, it's 45 minutes to Corralejo, 1 hour to Costa Calma and 1.5 hours to Jandia.

Flight time from UK: The Fuerteventura flight time is 4.5 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at the official website for tourism in Fuerteventura.

Visa and health: Before you travel, check the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

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Getting around Fuerteventura

By bus: This is a cheap and reliable way of travelling around the island with direct connections to the capital city, Puerto del Rosario.

By hire car: If you want to save on transfer costs and explore Fuerteventura’s best-kept secrets without worrying about timetables, then hiring a car gives you the freedom to do so.

By taxi: Dotted around the resorts and easy to hail down, taxis are a cheap way to get from A to B. However, longer journeys can be quite pricey, so make sure you agree on a fee before you set off.

By ferry: Why not venture further afield by visiting one of Fuerteventura’s sister islands for the day? Reach Lanzarote in only 25 minutes!

Events in Fuerteventura

Semana Santa: Join the island-wide party between February and March during Corralejo Carnival, or wait until Easter for the processions and celebrations of Semana Santa.

Fuerteventura in Music: El Cotillo Beach becomes one giant club every July during the Fuerteventura in Music festival. Famous bands and musicians across Europe flock to this Canary Island gem to perform their greatest hits.

Fuerteventura Windsurfing World Championship: Watch the world’s elite windsurfers and kiteboarders compete daredevil style every July and August during the World Championships on the stretch of La Barca.

Turtle rescue: For an unforgettable wildlife experience, head here in August when volunteers gather to release turtles back to the sea that have hatched on Cofete Beach.

Flying high: Colourful kites in the shape of cartoons cover the dunes of Corralejo in November during the International Kite Festival.

Fuerteventura weather

Temperature: 18-28 (°C)

Being so close to Africa, the island has an exotic year-round climate, so you can expect warm and sunny days on your Fuerteventura holidays. No wonder it’s nicknamed the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’! Temperatures hover in the high teens during the winter and spring before climbing into the 20s  during May.  At the peak of summer, you can expect sizzling highs of 28°C, particularly in July and August. For more information on the best time to visit, check out our Fuerteventura weather guide.

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Fuerteventura FAQs
Where is Fuerteventura?

Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, which are in the North Atlantic Ocean. While part of Spain, it’s actually not too far from Africa and the heat of the Sahara Desert, giving you warm weather and beautiful sunshine all year. So, not only is Fuerteventura a dreamy choice for summer beach breaks, it’s also the perfect place to escape the winter chill at home!

What are the best holiday packages to Fuerteventura?

Well, it depends what you’re looking for! Watersports? Check! Golf? Check! Waterparks? Check! Chill escapes? Check! Kid-friendly hotels? Check! All Inclusive? Check! Local airports? Check! Choice of airlines? Check! There are so many excellent package holidays to Fuerteventura, you’re sure to find something that suits you down to the ground.

Top 5 Fuerteventura holiday packages:

• Great value All Inclusive: Globales Costa Tropical, Costa de Antigua 3 star All Inclusive hotel. 4.5 TripAdvisor rating. Quiet location.
• Fantastic pools for all: Pierre & Vacances Fuerteventura Origo Mare, Corralejo 4 star village-style hotel. Choice of meal plans. Very popular location.
• Beach and golf holidays: Elba Sara Beach & Golf Resort, Caleta de Fuste 4 star beachfront hotel. Bed & Breakfast, Half Board or All Inclusive. Next to a golf course.
• Popular beach location: SBH Costa Calma Beach, Costa Calma 4 star All Inclusive hotel. Pampering spa. Beautiful pools.
• Stylish suites: Alua Suites Fuerteventura, Corralejo 4 star All Inclusive hotel. All-suite accommodation. 1.5km from Corralejo dunes. Adult-only area.

Where should I stay in Fuerteventura?

1. Corralejo, Fuerteventura’s top spot: there’s a good reason why this is the most popular part of Fuerteventura – it’s the heart of the action for all things holiday. The beaches are lovely, the nightlife’s lively and you’ll find all sorts to do. And when it comes to food and drink, you’ll be spoilt for choice. 
2. Caleta de Fuste, perfect for families: a total winner if you’re looking for plenty of activities for both children and adults, from a waterpark to a golf course, plus loads of restaurants, bars and shops
3. Costa Calma, for dreamy relaxation: possibly the most beautiful part of Fuerteventura, Costa Calma is the place to stay when you’re seeking a quiet spot to unwind against a stunning natural backdrop.
4. Jandia, for the best beaches: whether you’re a sucker for golden sands and crystal-clear waters or want to make the most of Fuerteventura’s famous watersports, Jandia’s the place to stay for beach life you’ll want to boast about.

What is Fuerteventura known for?

Fuerteventura’s famous for its year-round warm weather but that’s not all there is to this holiday island.

Beaches: Fuerteventura is known for its long stretches of sandy beaches (or ‘playas’), clear waters, and perfect surfing conditions. Some of the most popular include Matorral, Sotavento, and Corralejo.

Watersports: With its excellent surf conditions and warm winds, Fuerteventura is a popular destination for watersports enthusiasts. Surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and stand-up paddleboarding are all popular activities on the island.

Nature: Fuerteventura has a unique and diverse landscape, with volcanic mountains, sand dunes, and stunning natural parks. So it’s no surprise the island’s home to a wide variety of plants and animals, including rare birds such as the Canarian houbara.

Culture and history: You can see Fuerteventura’s rich history and culture in its traditional architecture, museums and festivals. And if you’re interested in funky facts, you can learn all sorts – such as how the island was once an important centre for producing cochineal dye, which was used to dye red and purple textiles in Europe.

Relaxation and wellness: Many visitors to Fuerteventura come to the island to chill out and recharge. So, look out for hotels with spas and wellness centres, where you can destress with an array of treatments and therapies.

Can you walk around Fuerteventura?

Walking is a great way to explore Fuerteventura's natural beauty and experience the island's unique culture and history up close. And if you’re up for a good stretch of the legs, you’re in for a treat! There are plenty of walking trails and paths that wind through the island's most beautiful places – including volcanic mountains, sand dunes and coastal cliffs.

Fuerteventura’s network of walking routes offers something suitable for all levels of walkers, from easy coastal rambles to more challenging hikes. Many are well-signposted, and there are guidebooks and maps available to help you plan.

Top of the list for a shorter walk is the Ermita de la Pena trail through a gorge near Betancuria (the island’s former capital). Taking around an hour there and back, it’s not too tricky and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular scenery.

Wherever you go, just be sure to take plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat and appropriate footwear, as Fuerteventura can be hot and dry, especially in the summer.