An all-year-round sunshine isle, Fuerteventura is the ideal holiday destination, whether you’re aiming for a chilled-out beach break, or planning to make a splash with the many water sports that abound here. Second in size to Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is also the closest to the coast of Africa, its location helping the island to enjoy 3,000 fabulous hours of sunshine every year.
Its beaches are Fuerteventura’s greatest attraction and no wonder – there are more than 150 sandy beaches along 50km of coastline, some considered among the very best of any holiday destinations in Europe. With great offers on flights and accommodation, now is a good time to compare the cost of holidays to Fuerteventuraand find your ideal break.
The shore thing
Families and those who love nothing more than catching some rays on a sun-kissed beach will find Fuerteventura the perfect destination. While it can be very windy, many sheltered coves offer respite and beautifully calm waters for safe swimming. The wind does have the advantage of bringing great conditions for surfing, windsurfing, paragliding and kite boarding. In autumn and winter, the Atlantic swells that batter the north and north-western coasts of Fuerteventura attract adrenaline seekers from all around the world.
But you don’t have to be a world beater to try your hand at surfing and other water sports – the island has several surf schools that offer lessons in the likes of kite boarding for novices, and those who want to improve their water skills. With beautifully clear waters surrounding the island, Fuerteventura is also a top-class site for diving.
History around every corner
Fuerteventura is a typically Spanish island but has maintained its distinctive Canarian culture, too. Whitewashed villages have remained unchanged for centuries, and the customs and traditions of the island are as important today as they have always been. The Museo de la Sal explains how the salt pans once powered the island’s economy, even including the skeleton of a sperm whale among its exhibits.
Now designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve, Fuerteventura is working hard to preserve and maintain its delicate landscape by promoting eco tourism and sustainability. Visitors keen to do their bit for Fuerteventura will find a hiking network that criss-crosses the island, allowing them to explore its native flora and fauna without harming the eco system.
Eat, drink and be merry
While Fuerteventura is not the busiest of the Canary Islands, its resorts do have excellent restaurants and great nightlife. The distinctive Canarian cuisine of wrinkly potatoes served with red or green mojo sauce can be sampled everywhere, and with a thriving fishing industry, fresh seafood is plentiful. Do try the local goat’s cheese, known as queso majorero, that comes flavoured with paprika.