The essential guide to Fuerteventura

When searching for the ultimate holiday destination in Spain, the Canary Islands really should be top of the list. With the pristine beaches, areas of natural beauty and pretty much guaranteed year-round sunshine.

Fuerteventura is the jewel of the Canaries. It’s quieter than nearby Tenerife or Gran Canaria, allowing you to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of undeveloped beaches. It’s larger than La Gomera or Lanzarote, giving you access to some fantastic shops, bars and restaurants.

This is the essential guide to Fuerteventura and will give you all the information you need to visit this amazing Spanish island.

The essential guide to Fuerteventura

The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands “Las Canarias” is a collection of Spanish Islands located in the Atlantic Ocean near the West coast of Africa. The Canaries are the southernmost region of Spain and the outermost region of the European Union. There are 7 main islands plus a collection of small islands and islets.

The islands have a subtropical climate, which allows them long hot summers and very pleasant mild winters. Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria are all very popular holiday destinations. The Canary Islands are visited by over 12 million people a year.

Not only do the Canary Islands have fantastic beaches and clear waters, they are also home to some amazing natural attractions.

Some of these include:

  • Volcanic activity – The Canaries are the only place in Spain where volcanic eruptions occur in the modern era.
  • Volcanic mountain – The Teide volcano on Tenerife is the highest mountain in Spain
  • Dessert sand dunes – There are dunes in Maspalomas in Gran Canaria and Corralejo in Fuerteventura
  • National Parks – There are 4 across the islands, 2 were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the other 2 World Biosphere Reserves
  • Astronomical observation – There are 2 professional observatories the Biosphere Reserve and Starlight Reserve

RELATED article: To learn more about Spain’s natural beauty read – Surprising sights to see in Spain

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Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is the second largest Canary Island and has a population of just over 100,000.

The name translates to “strong fortune” in English and it’s a perfect holiday destination because of its long white sandy beaches. There are 152 recorded beaches along the islands shoreline, mostly sand and volcanic black shingle.

It lies on the same latitude as Florida and Mexico and temperatures rarely fall below 18°c. So, the climate is pleasant all year round.

We visited Fuerteventura for a Winter sun break in December and it was a wonderful holiday. The beaches, food, activities and weather were all perfect.

*RELATED article: Are you thinking of taking a winter break? read – Why Spain is great for winter sun

Corralejo beach Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain

Fuerteventura Canary Islands

The beaches in Fuerteventura

The beaches in Fuerteventura are some of the most stunning in Spain. With the turquoise crystal-clear water lapping at the pristine sandy shore. The warm sun on your face and the sand between your toes it’s easy to think you are in paradise.

Some of the best beach areas are:

Dunes de Corralejo & El Moro

On the northern east coast of the island. Mounds of soft white dunes and grassy hillocks lead down to flat white sands scattered with black rocks. This is a popular nudist area, particularly where the “corralitos” (nooks of piled rocks) have been made. It’s also a nice spot for surfing and windsurfing, on windy days this stretch of beach gives great surf.

Costa Calma

Beaches on the south coast with 2km of sun loungers and parasols. All the amenities you could need for lounging by the sea. The sand bar created at low tide means you can walk out in between the wind-surfers and swimmers.

La Concha

On the north west coast near El Cotillo village is one of the islands most picturesque beaches. It has a natural horse-shoe shaped reef, lots of low-tide rock pools to explore and beautiful sunsets.

Cofete

A wild 12km stretch on the north side of the southern-most peninsular. You need to have a 4×4 car to get there and it is completely un-touched.

Isle of Lobos

The scarcely populated Islet north of Fuerteventura is only accessible by boat from Corralejo. There is a sandy beach just 10 mins walk from the port and its very calm and tranquil.

*RELATED article: If you like finding amazing Spanish beaches read –  The 10 most beautiful beaches in Spain

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Fuerteventura beach - Corralejo

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The towns in Fuerteventura

The towns of Fuerteventura range from cute traditional villages to all-purpose holiday resort towns:

Corralejo

A lovely old fishing harbour and bustling commercial area with lots of shops, bars and restaurants.

La Oliva

Cute old village with many important buildings and architecture.

Puerto del Rosario

The main port and Capital of Fuerteventura. It has a harbour area, promenade and big shopping centre.

Antigua

A historic town in the centre of the island with a windmill museum and exhibits about Fuerteventura’s past industries.

Morro Jable

Coastal town near the big golf resort, with a long avenue of shops and restaurants.

Las Playitas

A charming little fishing village.

Betancuria

Old Town and important Colonial landmark.

Gran Tarajal

Fishing village with harbour and nice promenade.

Fuerteventura harbour town

Corralejo town beach

Things to do in Fuerteventura

There are activities available across the island to suit everyone, whether you want to explore, relax or get adventurous.

The best things to do are:

  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Sail boat to Isla de Lobos
  • Ferry boat to Lanzarote
  • Kitesurfing
  • Fishing
  • Dune buggy & quad rides
  • Bike rides
  • Golf
  • Acua Waterpark
  • Oasis Park Zoo
  • Aloe Vera Bio Farm
  • Retail shopping

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Fuerteventura sand dune landscape

*RELATED – Want to read more about our Dune buggy experience? Check out our travel story Mishaps and misadventures in Spain – A daring dune buggy drive

The food in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is a very popular holiday destination for people from England, Germany, France and Scandinavia. Food menus are offered in most languages and restaurants cater to the holiday makers with English fry-ups, burger and chips and pizzas.

There is also lots of delicious local seafood available like squid, mussels, prawns and fresh fish. Many restaurants cook on an open flame grill and you can watch the chef at work through windows to the street. Grilled baby goat or “island kid” is a local dish that you must try and mixed grill also seems to be very popular.

Canarian wrinkly potatoes called “papas arrugadas” are a traditional dish, eaten as a starter or side dish. It’s delicious small potatoes, boiled in sea salt until the water evaporates. They are served with little pots of sauces called “mojo rojo” made of olive oil, garlic, paprika and chili. And “mojo verde” made of olive oil and coriander.

Fuerteventura food

Drinks and nightlife in Fuerteventura

Tropical and Dorada are the local beers, the average price is €1-2 euro for a small draught “cana” which is a ½ pint(ish) size glass. Look out for bars advertising special offers and happy hours when you can grab a full pint for the same price!

Cocktails are everywhere and what holiday would be complete without a nice cocktail by the beach! Surprising there are not many beach bars or “churinguitos” down on the sand like you get in Southern Spain. Most of the bars are located along the harbour front near the fishing ports, prices range from €5-8 and.

All restaurants have a pretty extensive list of local wines and everywhere does Sangria by the glass for around €5 or by the jug for around €12.

Across Fuerteventura there are plenty of nightlife options without it being over the top or too crazy. Lots of bars and hotels have live music performances, karaoke and quiz nights. Most bars have tv’s showing football and other major European sports. In bigger towns like Corralejo there is more of a selection of late night bars and night clubs.

Fuerteventura drinks

Getting around Fuerteventura

Bus

There are bus routes all over the Island. It takes about 40 minutes to get from Corralejo to Puerto del Rosario. Click here for details of routes and timetables

Taxi

Taxis are registered and metered and readily available from taxi ranks or by booking at your hotel reception.

Traveling to Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura airport

The airport also known as El Matorral is newly renovated, large and modern. It has good facilities, cafes and tourist information. Airlines from all over Europe fly into Fuerteventura.

On arrival the taxi rank, bus stations and transfer pick up are all easy to find and stress free. On departure there are lots of restaurants, seating areas and even outside terraces but it does get very busy.

Puerto del Rosario

There are regular ferry services to and from Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz in Tenerife with Naveria Armas ferries. Click here for details of timetables and to book tickets.

Fuerteventura palm trees

Have you visited Fuerteventura or one of the Canary Islands? Share what you enjoyed from your holiday or any info you might have for others in the comments box below↓↓

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33 Comments

  1. 26th September 2018 / 12:06 pm

    Love Fuerteventura! i actually wish i lived there

    • SeekingTheSpanishSun
      Author
      26th September 2018 / 12:55 pm

      It would be a lovely place to live!

  2. 27th June 2018 / 4:27 pm

    Fuerteventura is surreal, I have been there twice, the destination is truly magical and offers most authentic Spanish food too, thanks for sharing your wonderful moments. I am really impressed with your organized presentation of data. Thank you once again, for valuable insights!

    • SeekingTheSpanishSun
      Author
      29th June 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Fuerteventura really is a wonderful island. I’m glad your enjoyed the post, thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

  3. 16th April 2018 / 7:24 am

    Such a beautiful place, and a thorough piece about it! We just returned from 10 weeks in Spain, and this reminds me how eager I am to hurry back.

    • 16th April 2018 / 8:27 am

      I hope you had an amazing time in Spain! Wow… you must have seen a lot in 10 weeks 🙂 If you didn’t manage to make it out to the Canary islands, put them on the list for next time. They really are beautiful!

  4. 7th February 2018 / 3:33 pm

    I would say this is my favorite spot in the Canary islands, but i’d be lying because i’ve only just been to Fuerteventura so far. BUT, I am planning to visit Tenerife in August – and the oh so wonderful La Gomera!
    Any tips for tour companies doing day trips to la gomera?

  5. 2nd February 2018 / 2:59 pm

    Thanks for this great review, we go to Fuerteventura in 2 weeks, I can’t wait.

    • 2nd February 2018 / 7:33 pm

      Have a great time! It’s an amazing place. I hope this info was helpful.

  6. 26th January 2018 / 5:50 pm

    Have been many times… will definitely look up the Dune Buggies next time, looks like loads of fun 🙂

    • 26th January 2018 / 5:59 pm

      You definitely should give the dune buggies a go! It’s a really cool experience.

  7. 16th January 2018 / 8:45 pm

    I cannot wait to travel to Fuerteventura myself! I’m working at a travel agency and book this destination (Canary Islands) so many times for clients. Fuerteventura appeals more to me considering to Gran Canaria or Tenerife, because it’s less touristic in my opinion. Love your pictures, those beaches look beautiful.

    • 18th January 2018 / 1:33 pm

      The Canary Islands are really popular but I can see why people want to go on holiday there! I love that its less touristy in Fuerteventura. It’s nice to relax on a quiet, less crowded beach. Thanks for taking a look at this post!

  8. 16th January 2018 / 4:11 am

    Fuerteventura sounds like such an awesome place to visit! I’ve never been to the Canary Islands, or honestly really ever thought of them, but this makes me want to go! The white sand looks unreal and I love all the crazy, cool activities to do there along with the range in variety of towns! I’m off to pack my bags now 😉

    • 16th January 2018 / 8:33 pm

      You should definitely go! Fuerteventura is awesome, there are so many cool activities to do and things to see 😊

  9. Eloise
    16th January 2018 / 12:28 am

    I know a bit the Canary Islands as my mother recently took a trip to Tenerife and Lanzarote to escape winter in northern Europe. I had never read about Fuerteventura though so I’m glad I stumbled on your article – I love learning about new destinations. It looks stunning too but I have to admit I would love to see black sandy beaches more than white sandy beaches as I never had the opportunity before.

    • 16th January 2018 / 8:28 pm

      The black beaches in Tenerife are pretty spectacular! Thanks for reading this post Eloise, I hope your mum enjoyed her time in the Canary Islands.

  10. 15th January 2018 / 7:51 pm

    I spent 3 months in Tenerife, but have never been to any of the other Canarian islands. Fuerteventura looks so lovely in your photographs. I would love to go island hopping around all the canaries – I would eat papas arrugadas every day. I love them!

    • 15th January 2018 / 9:34 pm

      Me too! Papas Arrugadas are the best 😉 All of the Canary Islands are beautiful but I love the soft white sandy beaches in Fuerteventura.

  11. 15th January 2018 / 4:16 pm

    The Canary Islands are on my list forever! I would love to do island hopping there as each of them seems so amazing! Fuerteventura seems so lovely! Love your photos!

    • 15th January 2018 / 4:34 pm

      Thanks Ada, you should definitely visit Fuerteventura and island hopping is a fab idea! Each islands is beautiful in its own way, so you would have lots to explore.

  12. Grace | Impulsive Adventures
    15th January 2018 / 3:58 pm

    Wow! Those beaches are absolutely stunning. As I sit in freezing cold Pennsylvania, I’d love to get out to the Canaries and explore. A cocktail in the Spanish sun sounds like just what the doctor ordered.

    • 15th January 2018 / 4:32 pm

      Haha sorry to rub it in but the Canaries are the perfect place to beat the winter blues! Treat yourself… I say you deserve a cocktail or two 😉

  13. 15th January 2018 / 3:56 pm

    Spain is amongst the places in my bucket list
    I love the amazing review. Thank you for an indepth review

    • 15th January 2018 / 4:30 pm

      Thanks for reading Buheri. You must visit Spain one day, its wonderful! 🙂

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