The second largest of the Canary Islands after Tenerife, Fuerteventura has earned its stripes as the beach capital of the Canaries, boasting more than 150 long sandy beaches and enormous sand dunes.
Sitting close to the coast of Africa, Fuerteventura enjoys hot summers and warm winters, with temperatures in even the coldest months in the twenties. The invitingly blue seas play host to a range of watersports, and Fuerteventura has become Europe’s hot-spot for kitesurfing, surfing and windsurfing.
A holiday to Fuerteventura is all about the beaches. Clear, jade waters lap long and wide swathes of sand; you won’t have trouble finding a sunbed here! Costa Calma and Caleta de Fuste each have sweeping bays of fine sand, bordered by hotels and excellent amenities. Jandia’s beaches are lined with busy restaurants and bars, and stretch on for 21km. The fine, white sands slope gently into shallow waters, making it a favourite resort for families with young children.
Correlejo is the most popular resort on the island, with a lively town, dunes and spectacular beaches. The Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo, is the national park with huge Sahara-like dunes that stretch on for miles. From the coast, you can see Lanzarote and the island of Los Lobos, both of which can be reached by boat, and are an ideal day trip off the island.
The local specialities have a strong Spanish influence and you’ll find mouth-wateringly fresh catch-of-the-day on most menus, typically served grilled.
Spain’s signature dish, paella, is a popular choice and shellfish such as mussels, prawns, crab and squid can be ordered in most good restaurants.
Meals typically start with bread and dipping bowls of garlicy aioli and mojo sauce.