Fuerteventura has year-round sunshine and some of the best and biggest beaches in the Canaries, making it a great destination for all-out relaxation and family holidays. Although sunbathing on the island’s endless beaches often tops the list, there are plenty more things to do in Fuerteventura. Here’s the best things to do in Fuerteventura, and where to go.
Explore the island by hire car
Want an easy way to tick off all those Fuerteventura things to do? Hire a car for a great way to experience the island at your own pace. Fuerteventura’s only 60 miles long and a maximum 18 miles wide, so with a hire car you can visit anywhere on the island in a single day. Drive down long winding roads and enjoy the views of dormant volcanoes, an impressive coastline and massive sand cliffs as you go.
Around 30 minutes from the airport is the former fishing village of Corralejo. Stroll through the narrow streets and you’ll see excellent seafood restaurants and a few local Spanish bars, as well as hundreds of white boats bobbing in the marina. Explore Corralejo’s broad sandy beaches, miles of sand dunes and the beautiful Parque Natural de Corralejo that stretches along the east coast for about 10km. Aside from its impressive beach, there’s also the breathtaking Montana Roja (Red Mountain) to climb. Enjoy sweeping views of Lanzarote and La Graciosa from the top of this extinct volcano. Baku Water Park is nearby if you’re looking for things to do in Fuerteventura with the family. This is a great day out for everyone, and kids will love its 10-pin bowling, mini golf, wave pools and water slides.
Hit the museums
Fuerteventura has a surprisingly large concentration of museums, considering the island’s size. Wander around the open-air museum of Poblado de la Atalayita and see the primitive stone dwellings that date back to the Island’s Majo population. Learn about the history of milling on the island at the Los Molinos Interpretive Centre, or see all the aboriginal archaeological fragments that have been excavated on Fuerteventura at the Museo Arqueologico de Betancuria. This historic centre is in the island’s former capital of Betancuria and is the place to visit if you’re a real history buff. You can see how traditional Canarian families lived and worked decades ago at Ecomuseo La Alcogida. Walk around the farm and homes and see the local artisans working on crafts.
Thanks to its 150km of white sandy beaches and warm weather, Fuerteventura is a paradise for water sports lovers. The reliable winds and world-class breaks are ideal for kite surfing, surfing and windsurfing. With surf to suit all standards and lessons available, the whole family can enjoy it. Head to Corralejo and Playa Barca for the best surf spots. It’s not the only water sports you can do in Fuerteventura either, with snorkelling, sailing, kayaking and water skiing to try too, so there’s plenty to choose from if you’re looking for water-based things to do in Fuerteventura.
Release the turtles!
If you’re lucky enough to be in Fuerteventura between August and early September, you can take part in the yearly turtle release on Cofete beach. You can help turtles return to the sea for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and play your part in the conservation of these gentle creatures. If you’re looking for things to do in Fuerteventura, it doesn’t really get much better than this!