Fuerteventura: the Best of the Canaries?


Sun and Palm Trees

With over a hundred stretches of ivory-white sands, a unique, temperate climate, lush nature reserves, buzzing nightlife and some of the best water sporting opportunities in Europe, Fuerteventura is one of the more intriguing Canary Isles. Its interior has a fascinatingly fitful terrain, full of valleys and volcanic lava fields, as well as tiny hamlets and villages quaintly untouched by all but the most essential elements of the 21st century. The towns, big resorts and capital have between them their share of cocktail bars, clubs, private beaches and family restaurants, so there’s something to suit every reveller. But what makes this island so darn special?

Parque Natural de Corralejo

Stretching from Puerto Remedio Beach to la Salina, one of the most majestic natural sights in all the Canaries is the Parque Natural de Corralejo, which has 11km of powdery fine, sandy beaches, as well as miles of sand dunes, too. A nature reserve, there are countless indigenous species that thrive here and the extensive rolling dunes are only broken by the los Apartaderos and Roja mountain peaks. You can lounge in the dunes for a few hours and you can be sure that you’ll never find anywhere quite as tranquil in the whole of the Canaries.

Playas de Sotavento in Fuerteventura

Five kilometres long and set on the south-east coast, this is hands-down one of the best beaches for water sports in the whole of the Canary Isles. Windsurfing is the key sport but you can also take part in kiteboarding and surfing, too. Championships for all three are held here, so you can either come along to see how the pros do it, or join up at the windsurfing school and look toward becoming one yourself. This is not a beach for relaxed bathing generally because of the winds (hence it being so good for water sports). However, there are dunes and the waters are warm and shallow, making it good for families with young children during quieter periods. There’s also a naturist section.


This place seems to have it all: miles of white sands, shops, bars, restaurants – even deserted dunes (Fuerteventura does dunes very well, as you may have gathered). You’ll find levels of peace and solitude that will make you feel as if you’re on a distant planet. There’s also an Old Town here, full of charming old restaurants serving fresh seafood caught in the harbour nearby. From here, Main Street leads away to a more commercial centre with bigger shops and chain restaurants.

Los Lobos

You’d swear you were a million miles from Corralejo’s Main Street when you visit this secluded island. Deserted and home to a small volcano and some lush foliage and wildlife, boats leave Los Lobos harbour all day and take about 15 minutes to get here, where you’ll find world-class snorkelling – the best in Spain, Europe and the Canaries.

Holidays to Fuerteventura will provide you with the temperate, sun-soaked climate you’d expect of the Canaries, as well as all the trappings of a relaxing break: beaches, warm seas, gorgeous restaurants and fresh food. But it provides action and activity through its second-to-none water sporting opportunities as well as a genuinely fascinating landscape to explore. All in all, it certainly combines the best of the Canaries.

Would you like to visit the Canary Islands?  What other island destinations top your list?


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