Fuerteventura is the second largest Canary Island, which belongs to the Spanish kingdom. The island is hugely popular with tourists from the United Kingdom and Germany, as it has some of the best beaches in Europe. As a result, English is widely spoken throughout the island. Surprisingly, very few Spaniards visit the island, outside of the Easter break.
How to get to Fuerteventura
During the marvellous sunny Spanish summers, flights directly to Fuerteventura can be taken from major Spanish cities, other Canary Islands and major European cities. For example, Paris, Edinburgh, London, Brussels, Munich and many more provide direct flights at very affordable prices. You could get a return ticket from Madrid for as little as €141.
As a major resort destination, tourists are coming and going all day, every day. If you book your holiday through a resort, they will most likely have a rep waiting for your arrival and will take you to your hotel. Alternatively, you can hire a car or book a taxi to take you to your final destination.
Where to stay in Fuerteventura
To stay in the popular areas, which include access to the golden sandy beaches, restaurants and shops we suggest visiting Corralejo. It’s great for couples and active families. However, if you prefer a quieter experience check out Costa Calma.
For reasonably priced hotels within the Corralejo area stay at any of the following hotels:
- Corralejo Centre –apartments for 2, 4 and 6 people, from$65/night.
- Bristol Sunset Beach – located 25 miles from the airport, suites are available in the apartment block which includes a rooftop bar and outdoor pool, prices range from $66-$100/night
- Heperia Bristol Playa – 3-star apartments, with breakfast included and are located 250 metres from the beach, $81/night
Top Attractions to Visit
An absolute must is visiting Corralejo Natural Park. This is how to experience the natural beauty of the islands, other than the glamourous beaches surrounded by crystal clear waters. Also, visit El Cotillo and admire the turquoise lagoons and the El Toston Lighthouse. You can get there from Corralejo via bus service 8. Make sure you know the bus return times before you start your trip.
Become an explorer and take a boat trip to the Lobos Island, departing from the Corralejo harbour to mix up your sandy holiday with some adventure. It’s a great day out and costs approximately €15 for a roundtrip ticket. For more fun and adventure spend a day atAcua Water Park. But be sure to take your sunscreen with you.
For an epic day trip head south to Coast Calma. The wind here to stronger than in the north and as a result the surf can be practically perfect for any keen surfer.
Places to Eat in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is jam packed with bars and restaurants that provide a lot of dishes many Brits would normally eat at home. But there are also some great restaurants to get a taste of the Spanish food culture:
- Gilda Casa de Pinchos y Tapas – a great place to hang out and fill up on traditional pinchos.
- Bar La Lonja(Muelle de Corralejo) – This restaurant specialises in seafood and is the perfect lunchtime spot.
- Los Compadres(La Ballena 4) – excellent value and tasty dinners for all the family
Do plan your vacation based on your preferred temperature. Between July and September, the daily temperature fluctuates between 25°C - 30°C. If you prefer a cooler climate, visit Fuerteventura in the Spring, April – June or in October. During these months you can expect a refreshing 20°C to 23°C.
Do carry small bills with you, as many stores and restaurants will only accept cash (euros).
Unless you are escaping cold dark winter days at home, don’t visit Fuerteventura in December, as this is the wettest month on the calendar.
Don’t stick to the food that you know. Exploring a new country, includes trying new food.
Don’t waste your money on using taxis. For longer distance journeys experience the local buses.
Probably best not to drink the local water. You can buy litres of water from the local supermarket for around €2