On Fuerteventura holidays, you can flop on the biggest and best beaches in the Canaries, or tear across the world-famous waves on a surfboard.
The beach of the Canaries
Life really is a beach on package holidays to Fuerteventura. The second biggest Canary Island’s basically one, long sandy stretch. It’s even home to one of the largest deserts in Europe. But it’s not just its sand dunes that are rolling – this place is also a mecca for watersports hounds, who want to ride the rolling waves.
Sandy beaches and super swell
Corralejo, in the north, is a one-stop shop for white sand and watersports. Saharan sands stack up on the dunes behind the never-ending beach. And you can dine while watching the surfers zip across the breakers, thanks to a crop of seafront restaurants. It’s the same story down south in Costa Caleta, which hosts surf schools and seafood restaurants on its supersized stretch of sand.
The shores aren’t the isle’s only draw. Just like neighbours Lanzarote and Tenerife, it’s got a volcano-dotted interior that’s ripe for exploring. On the southern tip, you’ll find Jandia, which is home to a national park full of rugged cliffs and sun-scorched plains. Plus, UNESCO declared Fuerteventura a Biosphere Reserve in 2009, which only cements the island’s strong bond with nature.
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You could be excused for thinking you’d touched down on African shores in Corralejo. This town, on Fuerteventura’s northern tip, is pitched up by some supersized, Saharan-style sand dunes. But this is Spain’s Canary Islands, not Africa. So you can expect a traditional, low-rise old town, as well as a modern side, with a shopping centre, lively bars and a waterpark.
Trace your finger along Fuerteventura’s east coast and you’ll come across Costa Caleta, which also goes by Caleta de Fuste. It’s made a name for itself as family-friendly territory, thanks to its sheltered beach, shopping mall and globe-spanning restaurants. If you fancy a change of scene, you can follow the coastal path to chilled-out Costa de Antigua.
This quiet town sits at the top of the tail-like southern peninsula of Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands. As you might’ve guessed, its name translates as Calm Coast, because its beach is relatively protected from the western winds. It’s perfectly pitched for exploring, too. You’re really close to Jandia Natural Park, which is home to deserted beaches, salt marshes and volcanic peaks. Plus, there’s a zoo up the road.
Stretching down the southern tip of Fuerteventura, Jandia is more of a peninsula, than a resort. The further down you go, the more off-the-beaten-path it gets. But it’s not completely remote. The main town, Morro Jable, is a hive of activity with a busy harbour and shop and restaurant-packed centre, plus a never-ending, sandy beach.
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