Fuerteventura is one of the most unspoilt and desert-like islands in the Canaries, and its repertoire of landscapes includes volcanoes, heavenly beaches, spectacular rust-red mountains, sleepy villages and picturesque coastal resorts. All this is complemented by the delights of the local cuisine, making Fuerteventura a truly must-visit destination. Dreaming about unwinding on a breathtaking beach? Then Fuerteventura is the place for you. 😉
The island is synonymous with endless swathes of golden and white-sand beaches lapped by turquoise waters, so much so that its nickname is “the beach of the Canaries”. This is a divine destination for anyone who loves to bask in the sun, feel the sea breeze on their face and take revitalising dips in calm, gin-clear waters.
From north to south, from El Cotillo to the Jandía headland, Fuerteventura offers endless possibilities that more than equal idyllic spots in the Caribbean. Its most popular beaches include Cofete, an unspoilt paradise surrounded by mountains and with hardly any people. The beaches of Corralejo are a series of coves whose fine golden sand is lapped by transparent waters with greenish hues, perfect for all ages and lined by beach bars where you can while away the hours.
What’s more, the extraordinary climate, the long sunny days all year round, the perfect wind conditions and the amazing range of services and facilities make the island the perfect place to enjoy water sports like surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, diving and fishing, to name just a few.
The top diving spots are Playa de la Concha, sheltered by a natural volcanic reef and bathed by gin-clear waters that are perfect for watching cuttlefish, colourful fish, octopuses and even moray eels; and Isla de Lobos, where you can admire fish of all kinds, plus hopefully some sea turtles too.
Meanwhile, one of the best places for surfing and windsurfing is El Hierro, where you’ll find the most famous waves. El Hierro is located in the north of the island, next to Majanicho Beach, where the reef is very deep. For beginners, we recommend Playa de Cotillo in the summer when the waves aren’t so big.
In addition to its coastline, Fuerteventura boasts a stunning natural environment. This is one of the oldest Canary Islands, having started to emerge from the Atlantic about 22 million years ago. Absolutely all of the island, which comprises more than 350,000 hectares of protected land, is of volcanic origin and is home to a variety of plants as well as native wildlife of immeasurable value.
Must-sees include the Caldera de Gairía Natural Monument, one of the last volcanic manifestations covered by remains of climactic vegetation in arid areas; and the Montaña del Cardón Natural Monument, which wows visitors thanks to its location in a relatively flat area and its rocks with their amazing rust-red hues.
Another enchanting attraction is the so-called Sacred Mountain of Tindaya, a protected natural area that soars 400 metres above the island’s flat landscape. The large number of carvings on the rock makes it of special historical and archaeological interest. What’s more, it has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and Natural Monument of Geological Interest. After being seduced by its mysticism and beauty, you can head for a stroll around the quiet streets of pocket-sized Tindaya.
If you’re travelling as a family, another great option is Oasis Wildlife, the largest theme park in the Canaries, which includes a zoo, a botanical garden, a garden centre and a selection of fascinating shows featuring intelligent parrots, cute sea lions, quirky reptiles and fearless birds of prey. This nature paradise is home to more than 3000 animals, 250 different species and thousands of plants.
Last but not least, the local cuisine will make you fall head over heels in love with Fuerteventura. It is characterised by dishes made with local products and low-fat ingredients, including staples like fish, toasted grain flour, Majorero cheese, and potatoes. Thirteen restaurants have created culinary proposals for the most discerning palates, where locally sourced products are fused with the most avant-garde cuisine.
And if there’s only one delicacy you try, make sure it’s the local cheese varieties. The traditional Majorero cheese, for example, is one of the Canary Islands’ three Protected Denominations of Origin.