Revel in the endless golden sandy beaches, far away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. The beaches in Fuerteventura are fantastic and very popular among surfers, windsurfers and divers as well as the many tourist who simply enjoy chilling out for the day. It's not all about the beaches, there are many golf courses, a waterpark, marine excursions and a zoo which really does make Fuerteventura an ideal family resort. Relax and enjoy this small island surrounded by the Atlantic.
Consistent throughout the year, Fuerteventura's weather is sunny and windy. Enjoying more than 3000 hours of sunshine per year make this the perfect year-round holiday destination. Average monthly temperatures range from 63ºF (17.5ºC) in January rising to 75ºF (24.3ºC) in August.
The name Fuerteventura means 'strong winds', where the combination of its natural climate and warm sea temperatures make it an ideal destination for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Out and About
An island with over 150 beaches ranging from white sands to black sands and surrounded by waters which are perfect for all popular activities. The sheltered shallow lagoons and gently shelving bays are ideal for swimming and the year round warm waters are perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. The island is famous for its world-class surfing beaches and the conditions for deep-sea and sport fishing are excellent.
Whilst the main tourist resorts are well established, the island is semi-desert and you can enjoy far reaching views across the volcanos and lunar landscapes. Take an off-road safari to explore the wild eastern coast, the caves of Ajuy and the remoteness of Cofete and the legendary Villa Winter.
There are a number of traditional villages in the heart of island, the most visited being the former capital of Betancuria. In Betancuria, you can visit the Santa Maria Church, the History Museum, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Sacred Art; stroll around the plaza and gardens and watch artisans at work in the craft shops. In Villa Verde, walk through the lava tunnel to the caves of Cuevo de Lanos. In Tefia, visit the Alcogida EcoMuseum which comprises 7 houses depicting traditional rural life and various local handicrafts. In La Oliva browse the exhibits at the Canarian Art Centre.
On your travels you will notice a number of windmills and you can learn about their workings and history at the Antigua Mill Craft Centre in Antigua or at the Los Molinos Interpretation Centre in Tuineje. Also worth a visit is the Alcogida EcoMuseum, just outside of Tefia. The Poblada de la Atalayita (just ouside of Pozo Negro) features lava rock dwellings, history dating back to aboriginal settlements and an important archaeological site.
The two main visitor and leisure attractions on Fuerteventura are the Baku Water Park in Corralejo and Oasis Park in La Lajita. The Oasis Park run a free shuttle service from all the main resorts and you can't miss the colourful sign-written buses. The Park boasts a beautiful animal park and large botanical garden with daily shows featuring sea lions, reptiles, birds of prey and parrots. There are also three 18 hole golf courses and one 9 hole course.
The most famous of Fuerteventura's natural attractions are the vast sand dunes of the Corralejo National Park. Backed by the Montana Rojo, the sands span an 11km stretch of the coast and the dunes reach heights of up to 50 metres. Off-shore the small, uninhabited island of Lobos is ideal for bird watching or just enjoying a quiet lunch, lazing on the beach.
Fuerteventura hosts an annual International Jazz Festival in July as well as some major annual sporting events, not least the Fuerteventura Wave Classis (March), the Fuerteventura Spring Triathlon, Windsurfing & Kiteboarding World Cup with the PWA Grand Slam (July) and the PKRA Kiteboarding Grand Slam (August); the Lobos Island Swim (October) and the International Kite Festival (November).
Out for Lunch!
The cuisine in Fuerteventura is quite simple but very tasty. Most dishes are served with locally produced sauces and salads. The most common dish on the island is fish, served with a variety of sauces. Fuerteventura is known for its centuries old dishes including Gofio Amasado, made from a dough mixture with potato, honey and wine and Papas Arrugadas, small unpeeled potatoes steamed and served in a hot 'mojo' sauce. Fish is a very popular dish in Fuerteventura with a wide choice given including Parrot fish, Tuna Fish, Shark, Sea Bass and Swordfish.
Staying in Fuerteventura you can dine in a variety of restaurants serving anything from snacks to luxury 3 course meals. The hotels on the island offer anything from self catering accommodation through to All Inclusive facilities where you can try many local dishes. A typical local dish served as a tapas style snack with a beer is Pejines-small sun dried fish baked or grilled in alcohol. Tapas is a popular Spanish dish, but in Fuerteventura it is more commonly found in the residential towns rather than the tourist resorts. If you are wanting to try this local dish, it's the perfect reason to go exploring.
Flight Time - From Manchester 4 hrs 25 mins, London 4 hours, Glasgow 5 hours 15 mins
Currency - Euro
Nightlife - Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs and Cafes - mixed with a varied choice.
Best Time to Visit: All year round. As part of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura offers an all year round destination.
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