If you’re staying in Corralejo on Fuerteventura’s northern tip, you’ll have a huge choice of beaches. Right in the heart of the town is one of the most diverse beaches on the island. Playa Waikiki is nestled in a cosy bay and sheltered from the winds, making it great for sunbathing. But it still offers watersports facilities, and features the lively Corralejo atmosphere. Alternatively, the beaches in the natural park are quieter.
For those staying in the east coast resorts of Costa Caleta and Nuevo Horizonte, there are a number of popular beaches in this part of Fuerteventura. One of the best, however, is Caleta de Fuste. This is an ideal family beach, with the curved bay creating calm waters which are perfect for splashing around. The bay is around 600 metres in length, and much of it is covered with soft and comfortable fine sand.
Down on the Jandia Peninsula the beaches are much more secluded and natural than they are near Fuerteventura’s big resorts. Playa de Costa Calma’s beach offers two kilometres of soft sands. A little further south, Jandia is located in between two natural sandy hotspots. El Salmo’s rocky beach boasts unobstructed views of the Sotavento Lagoon, while Risco del Paso is backed by the sandy El Paso hillside.
Wherever you go in the Canary Islands, you’ll see locals wolfing down generous helpings of papas arrugadas, or wrinkled potatoes. These local spuds are boiled in salty water in their skins, before being roasted until crisp. They’re best served with mojo sauce, which comes in both red and green varieties.
Fuerteventura’s traditional cuisine is heavily based on local produce. Expect to see lots of stews made with goat and rabbit, and plenty of freshly-caught fish including bream and parrotfish. The hot breezes that drift over from the African coast also help to grow exotic fruits such as papaya and pineapple.
Majorero cheese is one of Fuerteventura’s best-loved specialities. This protected goat cheese is similar to manchego, with a strong nutty flavour. It can be used in lots of ways, including in pasta and potato-based dishes. On the island it’s often eaten with local pears.
After a traditional meal in the Canary Islands, it’s customary to knock back a glass of honey rum, made with locally produced honey. You’ll find honey rum all over the island, but Fuerteventura also has its own after-dinner speciality. Goat milk liqueur, or leche de cabra, is definitely worth sampling on your trip.
If you’re travelling with children who are picky eaters, rest assured that there’s much more to the Fuerteventura gastronomy scene than just traditional Canarian fare. In the big resorts such as Corralejo, you’ll find plenty of burger bars, pizzerias, hot dog joints, and lots of international fast-food chains.
Our top deals tailored to you, straight to your inbox Sign up for offers
We're part of TUI Group - one of the world's leading travel companies. And all of our holidays are designed to help you Discover Your Smile.
Registered address: Company Reg. No: 116977, One Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has up-to-date advice for Irish citizens on staying safe and healthy abroad.
Northern Ireland citizens should refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
More information is available by checking https://www.tuiholidays.ie/f/info/travel-aware
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.hse.ie/eng/health/az
The advice can change so check regularly for updates.