Fuerteventura is the island closest to the coast of North Africa, being just 100 kilometres from Morocco. It’s the second largest island and is renowned for its long, golden sand beaches
and sand dunes. The island is a paradise for sun worshippers and water sports enthusiasts. It is also believed to be the oldest of all of the
islands in the Archipelago.
Think long stretches of white sandy beaches, sand dunes and crystal clear turquoise waters, this is Fuerteventura. The island, which is designated
a Biosphere Reserve, is a beautiful destination, where you can combine beautifully natural
surroundings and a relaxed laid-back way of life, with excellent facilities and attractions.
Although Fuerteventura’s origin dates back around 23 million years, its first recorded inhabitants were the Phoenicians in the 10th
century BC. After which, Berber groups from north African began to settle here.
It is understood that these first people were named Guanches. They were conquered by the Spanish over 500 years ago, but not without putting up a
When Christopher Columbus stopped on in the Canary Islands on his way to discover the Americas, it put the islands on the map as a
strategic stop-off point for many years to follow.
Fuerteventura is a designated biosphere and its natural treasures are considerable; sand dunes, volcanic landscapes, the oldest rocks of the archipelago, ancient fishing villages and the sacred mountain of Tindaya.
You would be missing out if you visited Fuerteventura and just sat on the beach for your holiday, as beautiful as they are, there is so much more to see and explore.
The popular resort of Corralejo is situated on the northern coast of Fuerteventura and its white
sandy beaches stretch as far as the eye can see.
With the arrival of tourism to the island, the once small fishing villages has grown into a lively,
colourful town, popular with water sports enthusiasts, who come for the windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Despite its popularity and growth, Corralejo has managed to retain its original charm and atmosphere and is an appealing destination for those looking for a sunny beach holiday, with a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
Caleta de Fuste is a purpose-built holiday resort situated on the east coast of the island,
approximately ten minutes from the airport. The town has been developed around a cove, Caleta being the name for Cove in Spanish, and Fuste is a type of fishing boat. If you are looking for a beach holiday, combined with lots of family orientated activities, then Caleta de Fuste is the perfect destination.
The Costa de Antigua, otherwise known as Nuevo Horizonte, is located on the eastern coast of Fuerteventura, just outside Caleta de Fuste. The relatively new resort destination provides
an attractive, peaceful destination for those seeking a really relaxing holiday. Costa de Antigua, as with the rest of Fuerteventura, boasts a beautiful stretch of white sand beach and crystal clear waters. It’s a paradise for sun worshippers and water sports enthusiasts.
El Cotillo is a small, peaceful fishing village located 45 kilometres from the airport in the north
west of the island. Village life is centred around the small working harbour where you will find a selection bars and restaurants in a beautiful
The resort is fast gaining in popularity, mainly due to its fabulous beaches and lagoons, which lie to the south of the village.
Jandia Playa is located on the peninsula of Jandia, which covers the entire south western region of the island of Fuerteventura.
The whole of this mountainous peninsula is a nature reserve, with its coastline of white sandy beaches. It’s an extremely important region
ecologically and has been officially recognised
as a Site of Scientific Interest. The Pico de Zarza is the highest point on Fuerteventura found on the Jandia Peninsula.
The region incorporates the resorts of Costa Calma, Playas de Jandia and the charming village of Morro Jable, which are all close to Jandia Playa.
Fuerteventura is renowned for its beaches; it’s the main reason why people visit this small island,
because it’s hard to imagine beaches this beautiful in Europe. Long stretches of white, untouched sands, nature reserve sand dunes and beautiful blue lagoons; Fuerteventura is a beach lovers
As well as being a natural paradise, Fuerteventura also has a diverse range of cultural attractions, such as museums, religious architecture, historic monuments and local crafts. The people are also proud of their traditions and music and local festivities play a major part in the island’s culture.
Of special interest is La Alcogida EcoMuseum, a
group of seven houses, which depict the traditional Fuerteventura habitat. La Atalayita
Interpretation Centre is an archeological site situated close to the Pozo Negro Valley.
The Llano Caves are the largest volcanic caves on the island, situated close to the Villaverde village. The caves are literally a volcanic tube which has gradually filled with sediment over the last million
Diving, deep sea fishing, kite surfing, jeep safari,
mountain biking, golf and much more. There is lots to do for the active tourist, who doesn’t want to just sit around on the beach all day.
Much of the cuisine of the Canary Islands combines traditional Spanish fayre, with African and South American gastronomy. The volcanic roots of the island are also reflected in the
Fish obviously plays an important role in the gastronomy of Gran Canaria and especially
popular are locally caught Langoustines, Mussels, Octopus, Atlantic Mackerel, and Sardines.
Meat dishes are popular, especially steaks and stews, but most meat tends to be imported
in, as there is not much livestock on the island.
The Canary Islands grape growing culture dates back centuries and the unique flavour that comes from the volcanic terrains is very special.
There are many wine routes that can be explored throughout the islands, where you can discover the different vineyards and their denominations.
The climate of Fuerteventura, as with the rest of the Canary Islands, is generally pleasant all year round. The island can be prone to high winds; its name translated literally means Strong Fortune, or Strong Wind. During the summer months temperatures can reach up to 35 degrees, and in the winter rarely drop below 18 degrees.