Considered the oldest of the group, ‘The Quiet Island’ has a lot to shout about, including its balmy, sun-kissed climate, long loops of bright-white sand and volcanic hinterland of striking scenery, declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 2009. Short flying times and minimal time difference mean you can be on the beach in a jiffy – fantastic news for young families. Watersports, such as windsurfing and kite-surfing, are very popular, as are walking and golf, with premium access to the island’s two 18-hole courses. Other attractions include bijou cultural gems, artisan craft fairs, music festivals and sleepy old villages. Lanzarote is a short trip by ferry or private charter, for an exclusive day-trip.
Fuerteventura offers 150 kilometres of assorted beaches, blissfully cooled by trade winds. Some are better for high-speed watersports, while others offer gentle shallows, promising endless fun for tots. Our chosen hotel hugs a beautiful strand close to Caleta de Fuste, lined with seafront shops, bars and restaurants. Worth seeking out is the virgin beach at Cofete or the shimmering, 10-kilometre scoop at Costa Calma. La Concha Beach is also known for its white sands and marine-filled waters, while Jandia is perfect for barefoot strolls along dune-fringed shores.
Created from volcanic activity millions of years ago, Fuerteventura’s landscape is dry and craggy, yet full of life. At Parque National de Jandia, Egyptian Vultures and kestrels circle overhead, while a testing five-hour trek up Pico de la Zarza (the highest peak) will reveal peculiarly green and golden plantlife, merrily inhabited by teeny lizards. In northeast Fuerteventura, the sacred Tindaya Mountain’s 300 or so, foot-shaped, engravings intrigue historians and visitors alike. On a clear day, climb to the summit and glimpse Mount Teide looming on the horizon. Or sail to the little islet of Lobos off the north coast, home to rare birds and plants.
Fuerteventura is a perfect spot for a beach and golf combination holiday, with pleasant temperatures year-round. The island offers two 18-hole courses – the championship Fuerteventura Golf Club and Golf Club Salinas Antigua – both courses featuring beautiful sea views and facilities including pitch and putt areas, driving ranges and clubhouses. Both clubs offer golf lessons in a variety of languages.
Fuerteventura is an ideal destination for family holidays and children will love an outing to Oasis Park. A dedicated conservationist zoo, there are live shows featuring sea lions, parrots and magnificent birds of prey. However, the stars of the show are the camels, with short camel-back rides for visitors. The zoo is proud to be part of a pioneering project into the research of camel milk and is delighted to be the owner of the largest camel reserve in Europe!
Fuerteventura is a paradise for watersports enthusiasts. The island’s name loosely translates to ‘strong winds’, referring to the breezy trade winds that make ideal conditions for windsurfing and kite-surfing. The popular Grand Slalom World Cup and World Speed Championship are both held here annually, where experts show off their impressive moves. Throughout the summer months, amateurs can find plenty of spots to practise and improve their skills, in preparation for their own future glory! The International Kite Festival is also hosted every year, creating a spectacular aerial display of colour.
It may surprise you just how much culture there is on Fuerteventura. Every July, the island hosts a three-week-long International Jazz Festival, attracting musicians from across the world. May’s Craft Fair, meanwhile, brings local artisans from across the Canaries to set up stands and show off wares. Follow the sculpture trail around Puerto del Rosario Sculpture Park, breaking for refreshments in a harbourfront café, and look out for the house of Miguel de Unamuno, exiled here in 1924 for slating the Spanish Prime Minister. In the island’s former capital, Betancuria Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography exhibits interesting artefacts from early inhabitants.
Town of Tefia
Tefia is a small, quiet village that is now home to the Eco Museum. Here, you can see how life in Fuerteventura was a century ago in a replica village, with old houses to explore and the chance to see demonstrations of traditional craftworks. This is a great chance to experience the history and culture of the island when you fancy a little break from the beach.
The island of Fuerteventura is known for its production of goats cheese, provided by the adaptable Majorera Goat. Currently protected under European Law with Protected Designation of Origin status, the cheese comes in many flavours and textures, and its versatility means it crops up in a number of traditional dishes.
Fuerteventura is blessed with year-round mild temperatures. Sheltered by Lanzarote to the north, there is minimal rainfall, and, like the rest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura rarely sees extreme temperatures; summer usually reaches highs of 30°C and winter rarely dips below 14°C, making Fuerteventura a good holiday option for most months. The north-easterly Trade Winds are well-known for their route through the Canary Islands, though Fuerteventura is slightly more affected by them than most of its neighbours, with breezes often bringing a welcome relief from summer heat. During winter, these winds sometimes carry sand from the Sahara Desert, due to the island’s close proximity to the African coast, which is particularly prevalent in February and March. Nevertheless, Fuerteventura boasts an average of three-hundred-and-twenty hours of sunshine per year, and through the peak summer month of August, enjoys an impressive average of eleven hours of warm sunshine per day.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Fuerteventura.
Easyjet direct from London Gatwick to Fuerteventura. UK regional departures also available.
From London Gatwick to Fuerteventura: 4 hours, 20 minutes.
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations, ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
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