With its windswept shores and gently sloping terrain, arid Fuerteventura is a large, natural expanse that contrasts with its more crowded neighbours. Head to the popular beaches of Corralejo or wander the interior and visit the isolated coastline.
The Canary Islands are hardly lacking for sunshine, but Fuerteventura has more of it than any of its neighbours. With white-sand beaches and azure waters, you’ll wonder why more people don’t head to this island paradise. Adventure seekers are at home in Fuerteventura, where the windswept beaches of Corralejo are ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing, or relaxing and enjoying the view.
For those who seek a getaway from the resort lifestyle, the natural environs of Fuerteventura provide a welcome escape. Picturesque villages, with traditional markets, centuries-old churches and antique windmills dot its interior, and much of its coastline remains remote and difficult to access, meaning that intrepid visitors can have it all to themselves.
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When is the best time to visit Fuerteventura?
If all you want is warmth and sun, then any time is a good time to visit Fuerteventura. It is the driest of the Canary Islands, with only a handful of rainy days during the winter. The winter months are cooler, and the breezes stronger during the summer, making summer an ideal time for windsurfing.
Why is Fuerteventura a UNESCO protected area?
Fuerteventura is unlike any other island in the Canary Islands – much of its territory is arid and undeveloped by humans, meaning that it provides habitat for many endangered species. It was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2009. While this does mean that the tourist infrastructure is somewhat less present than on other islands, it also means that the natural areas are more intact, and the night sky is perfect for seeing the stars.
How do I get around Fuerteventura?
If you are sticking to the main towns and moving around infrequently, then Fuerteventura’s TIADHE bus network is a good option, providing regular service to every part of the island. However, if you wish to see the more remote parts of the island, or travel at your own pace, your best bet is to hire a car. Remember, though, that while main roads are paved, some smaller routes are not. Check with the car hire company which routes they recommend. To reach other islands, you can take a local flight or catch a ferry from Morro Jable or Puerto Rosario, with a trip to Las Palmas de Gran Canary taking at least six hours.
Attractions of Fuerteventura: Explore its natural surroundings
Fuerteventura’s arid climate makes it the perfect place to hit the beach at any time of year, with over 150 beaches across the island. Some of the most popular include Corralejo Flag Beach, with its views of Lanzarote and Isla de los Lobos and its windy conditions that make it ideal for kitesurfing. Caleta de Fuste, with its golden sand and calm waters, is a favorite for families with young children.
Discover the hidden beaches of Fuerteventura
For beautiful, more isolated beaches, head to the Jandia Peninsula at the southern end of the island. Some beaches are just off the main road, like the azure waters of the Playa de Sotavento and the city beach of Morro Jable. However, further south are white-sand beaches that can only be reached by smaller roads or even footpaths:
- Playa de las Pilas
- Puerto de la Cruz
Don’t forget to pack your hiking boots
Fuerteventura is a real hit with hiking enthusiasts, with dozens of footpaths between picturesque villages like Vega de Río Palmas or the historic settlements of Betancuria and Antigua. The island’s topography is unchallenging but otherworldly, with its dry land vegetation and gently sloping hills.
Explore the historical past of the island
In addition to excellent hiking, the settlements of the island’s interior offer a window into its past. Betancuria was the first capital of the island and is situated in an ancient volcanic caldera. Its historic churches and abbey ruins are complemented by an archaeological museum with artefacts from the island’s original inhabitants, called Guanches. Other notable towns are Antigua, with its historic windmills, and the well-preserved village of La Oliva, in the north.
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Dine under the palms in Fuerteventura
Like elsewhere in the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura’s culinary offerings include a mix between Spanish, Latin and international cuisine with an emphasis on the fruits of the sea. King prawns and seafood paella are specialities here. While there are plenty of good finds along the in-demand beach front of Corralejo, smaller destinations like Esquinzo or Morro Jable have their own gems to offer.
Enjoy a beachside beer in Fuerteventura
With over 300 days of sunshine and a mild, dry climate, you’re sure to work up a thirst while hiking the countryside or relaxing on the beach. While Fuerteventura is not the party destination that Tenerife and Gran Canaria might be, you will be able to find a decent watering hole by the seaside in most of its towns. For a more active nightlife scene, head over to Corralejo, where surf enthusiasts and sun worshippers congregate to fill the town’s bars and nightclubs. From great mojitos to karaoke and live music, you’ll find a bit of everything in this beachside locale.
Find a piece of authentic Fuerteventura
If you’re looking for a souvenir of your time in Fuerteventura or just enjoy the hustle and bustle of a traditional market in picturesque settings, take note of the market days during your visit. La Oliva, on the island’s center-north holds twice-weekly traditional markets where leather and silver handicrafts, paintings and embroidery are sold alongside fresh fruits and homemade mojo sauces. Corralejo and Caleta de Fuste also hold markets a few times each week. For a more conventional experience, head to the shopping avenues of Puerto del Rosario, the island’s capital. The best deals are to be had on Calle Primero de Mayo and Calle León y Castillo, where high-end fashion meets locally produced crafts and goat cheese.
Zurich - FuerteventuraFlight duration: 04:10 hrs total, Frequency: Tue,Thu,Sun,Tue
Departure ZurichTerminal: 1 / 3Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure
Airbus A320-214Height: 11.80 mLength: 37.60 mSeats: 136-168
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 4
Arrival FuerteventuraDistance to city centre: 5 km