For sun that shines pretty much year-round, plus the best beaches in the Canaries, a holiday to Fuerteventura is spot on.
The unsung island
Fuerteventura is one of the more organic Canary Islands. It’s a no-added-sugar sort of place, where the buildings are low-rise and the landscape has been shaped by biology rather than builders. But that’s not to say nothing goes on here. In fact, as most of the Canaries creak to life around mid-morning, Fuerteventura has been up for hours catering for the people who want to fit it all in.
Surf spots and sand dunes
The island’s enormous beaches attract surfers from sunrise. And at places like Dunas de Corralejo National Park, in the northern resort of Corralejo, sunbathers follow hot on their heels. Once you see the desert-like landscape here you won’t want to stay in bed, either. It’s a sea of wind-rippled white sand, with miles of footprint-free dunes.
That said, All Inclusive holidays to Fuerteventura aren’t just for morning people. In resorts like Costa Caleta on the east coast, and Jandia, in the south, afternoons are filled with watersports, mini-golf and trampolining for the kids. Fast-forward a few hours, and the smell of fresh fish cooking on hot coals fills the island’s harboursides, giving the chequered flag to dinner time.
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Twenty years ago, Costa Caleta was just a quiet stretch of coastline on Fuerteventura’s east side. Now this purpose-built resort is right up to speed as one of the island’s favourite holiday spots. There’s a laid-back feel to the place but it can still hold its own on the nightlife front thanks to a main street packed with bars and restaurants. And the beach keeps the side up, too.
Set on the north coast of Fuerteventura, Corralejo has a laid-back, natural vibe. This modern, low-rise resort spreads out from the original old town and fishing port. Surfers come for the breaks, beach-lovers for the year-round sunshine – and the ad crew to do fashion shoots against the vast expanses of fine, white sand.
Set on Fuerteventura’s southern tip, Jandia is a small, modern resort that’s joined at the hip to traditional old town, Morro Jable. The place comes with a clutch of beachfront restaurants and shopping centres filled with shops and bars. But the location is the real draw. You’ve got a top windsurfing spot here – and a whopping 32 kilometres of coastline to do it on.
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