Fuerteventura is blessed with miles and miles of golden beaches covered in pillowy-soft sand, and a pleasantly warm climate year-round. But as first time and frequent visitors know, this popular Canary Island also has a reputation for being windy.
The breezy island
Its location off the west coast of Africa is on the cusp of where the Trade Winds start, so for much of the year, there’s a constant breeze hitting the island from a north or north-easterly direction. For visitors, this could change where they stay in Fuerteventura and when.
If you just want to relax on a quiet beach with a good book, you should head to the south or west of the island – areas that face away from the wind and offer a more secluded coastline. Or for more choice, visit Fuerteventura in the winter months when the breeze has died down but the sun is still shining.
In the summer months, the east coast of the island is especially busy with windsurfers and kiteboarders. The eastern coast of the Jandia Peninsula, where the waters are shallow and calm, is particularly popular with those trying these watersports for the first time.
Snorkelling and stargazing
For those so inclined, there’s plenty of other things to do on the island, too.
The whole of Fuerteventura and the sea around it is a designated Biosphere Reserve, inscribed by Unesco in 2009.
It means there are incredible snorkelling and diving opportunities and natural parks where you can see the local wildlife. Fuerteventura also happens to be one of the three Starlight Reserves in the Canaries, meaning the entire island is a stargazer’s paradise.
But which resort is the right choice for you?
Below, we talk about the best resorts in Fuerteventura for every type of traveller.
Best resort for your first time in Fuerteventura: Corralejo
Formerly a tiny fishing village, the town of Corralejo really started taking shape as a tourist destination from around the 70s and now it’s one of the largest on the island.
Here, you can try a bit of everything the island has to offer without going far. And thanks to its community of expats, there are plenty of English speakers around and quite a nice selection of lively bars and restaurants.
The best thing about Corralejo is its proximity to two breathtaking nature spots: Parque Natural de Corralejo and Isla de Lobos.
Parque Natural de Corralejo is where you’ll find gorgeous sandy beaches against the backdrop of undulating sand dunes. Come here at sunset for the best views. Those more active might want to strap on a pair of sturdy hiking boots to explore Montaña Roja, the dormant volcano near the southern edge of the natural park, offering fantastic views of nearby islands.
On the protected Isla de Lobos, just across the La Bocayna strait, it’s all about pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters but you’ll also see many birds and some unusual geological formations.
Plan ahead to snap up one of the 400 free permits issued each day. You can choose from either a morning or afternoon visit, and will have to book your ferry crossings separately.
Best for multi-generation travel: Caleta de Fuste
Caleta de Fuste is the closest tourist resort to Fuerteventura airport and the island’s capital, Puerta del Rosario. As the most popular resort for Brits, it also offers a range of different activities that would suit an extended family travelling together who might want to break away to do different things during a stay.
Those with young children will love the pair of family-friendly beaches here. Playa de Caleta de Fuste and Playa la Guirra are both man-made but the waters here are much calmer for swimming thanks to the artificial reefs protecting the coastline from big waves. And of course, the beaches are well equipped with sun loungers and restaurants, so all you need to do is sit back and relax.
To the south of this area, you’ll find two 18-hole golf courses: Fuerteventura Golf Club and Golf Club Salinas de Antigua. Both courses face out to the ocean and are built side by side, so you can go from one to the other for a serious day of golfing.
Best for culture: Betancuria
For a dose of culture, head to the town of Betancuria, the former capital of the island. Founded by Norman conquerors in the 15th Century, this historic town is filled with quaint colonial-style buildings and charming churches and it’s easy enough to explore its cobbled streets on foot. There aren’t many places to stay here though, so most visitors come on day trips.
To get the most out of your visit, hire a car so you can explore some of the spectacular scenery in the area. At the Mirador de Guise y Ayose viewpoint for example, you’ll be able to see most of the island. Here, you’ll also find the statues of Guise and Ayose, two kings who were said to have been ruling Fuerteventura when it was conquered by the Normans.
The island’s cheese museum is also worth a detour if you want to learn more about the traditions behind its award-winning Majorero cheeses.
Best for watersports: Costa Calma
Contrary to its name, Costa Calma is perhaps one of the windiest spots in Fuerteventura during the summer months. But the sea is relatively calm here and the conditions are perfect for windsurfing and kiteboarding. In fact, this area hosts competitions every summer, usually in July, so expect the beach to be very busy.
Outside of the competition season, Costa Calma is a great place to visit if you want to try these wind-dependent watersports for the first time. There are lots of schools in the area offering tutoring for complete beginners and, for windsurfing at least, you don’t have to be especially fit or strong – although of course, you do need to be a decent swimmer!
Costa Calma’s shallow beaches are also great for families with young kids. And nearby, there’s Oasis Wildlife, a huge zoo offering different interactive experiences where you can get up close to some of the animals.
Best for nature lovers: Morro Jable
Morro Jable is the main resort on the sheltered south of the island and it’s the ideal base if you want to visit some of the more remote natural beaches on the Jandia Peninsula, such as Cofete.
The roads to this wild beach are not tarmacked, so you’ll need a 4×4 unless your car is insured for off-road travel. But once there, you’ll practically have the whole place to yourself, with the majestic Pico de la Zarza – the highest point in Fuerteventura – providing an impressive backdrop. The area is also great for hikers but make sure you pack plenty of food and water as there are no restaurants or shops nearby.
You’ll need to get out on the water to see the best bits of Morro Jable’s wildlife treasures, although you should be able to see some of the stingrays that live in the area from the port. The port is also where you’ll find different operators offering whale watching tours and diving trips, as well as the ferry to Gran Canaria.
Best for peace and quiet: El Cotillo
One of the quietest resorts on Fuerteventura is El Cotillo, on the north west coast of the island. Its sandy beaches are a haven for sun-worshippers as it faces away from the Trade Winds, so there isn’t a constant breeze.
However, the waters can be a little rough here as the region faces out to the Atlantic, so pick your beaches carefully if you want to swim. The most protected beaches can be found at La Concha and Los Lago. There are natural reefs here protecting the shore, so the waters close to the coast are relatively calm.
If the Canary Islands are now number one on your list of holiday destinations, why not take a look at our guide to the Gran Canaria? We’ve also written about some of the unmissable things to do and see in Tenerife if you’re seeking more inspiration.
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