The second-largest island of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura lures travelers on its shores with turquoise water, golden sand, and a fascinating landscape. The island is known for its ribbons of soft sand, but it also dazzles with majestic volcanoes and the solitude of a barren desert. Furthermore, its entire territory has been declared a biosphere reserve due to its diverse flora, fauna, landscapes, and dunes.
The “Windy Island”, Fuerteventura is home to numerous unique microclimates and never ceases to amaze travelers who come from all corners of the world to discover this stunning destination. Both sun-worshipers and water sports enthusiasts love to explore the island while history buffs spend their days visiting characterful towns and learning about the island’s native population – the “majoreros”.
You gotta love the sunshine
If there is one thing tourists will find plenty of in Fuerteventura this is the sunshine! The island is blessed with 3000 hours of sunshine a year, the perfect weather for infinite beach days. The all-year-round warm and mild climate attracts European holidaymakers even in the winter months. And what better place to enjoy the never-ending sunshine of Fuerteventura than the beach. The island has an abundance of stretches of soft sand.
However, if there is one destination no one should miss, this is the quaint harbor town of Corralejo. Surrounded by sublime Blue Flag beaches, the village is perfect for a quick stop between swimming sessions and fun family time. Nearby you’ll find the white sandy beaches known as Playa del Pozo, Playa del Medano, and Playa de Viejo, all absolute must-sees for beach lovers.
All three beaches are part of the sensational Corralejo Dunes beach and will allow you to avoid the crowds and immerse yourself in the silence of the desert. Together, they create a 5-mile beautiful stretch of golden sand. The Corralejo National Park is Fuerteventura’s most visited attraction, a vast territory that covers 2,600 hectares and boasts the largest dune system in the archipelago.
Experience the joy of swimming in November
The water in Fuerteventura is crystalline and creates a beautiful painting when it sparkles in the immensity of the island’s sunshine. Due to the island’s warm climate, you shouldn’t be surprised to see enthusiastic swimmers even in November. Snorkeling and scuba diving are a must when visiting the island due to the diverse flora and fauna and extravaganza of exotic colors.
Since Fuerteventura literally means strong winds, surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing are the most esteemed water sports on the island. You can learn how to surf at the Homegrown Surfschool situated in Corralejo, while the most popular kitesurfing place in Fuerteventura awaits on the sandy beach of Sotavento.
Despite its name, Costa Calma (the calm coast) is the perfect place for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Situated at the border with Jandia National Park, the coast tempts visitors with beaches that stretch from the Costa Calma to Morro Jable. Morro Jable is an ideal destination for family vacations due to its variety of restaurants, accommodation, and activities. Water sports play an important role in keeping everyone entertained and active. Moreover, the port can be the starting point for your ferry ride to Gran Canaria, the neighboring island.
Hike on volcanoes and walk on Mars
If you can find it in you to leave behind the bliss of powdery beaches and crystal-clear waters, you’ll discover a different facet of Fuerteventura. Wild Fuerteventura awaits with exciting hiking routes on volcanoes, as well as badlands, salt flats, and natural pools. Pico de la Zarza is one of the peaks hikers love to conquer. The peak reigns proud 807 meters above sea level and offers breathtaking views of the sublime Cofete Beach.
The most courageous travelers should embark on the bumpy road that connects El Cofete to Barlovento, especially if they want to admire Pico de la Zara in all its splendor. The beaches here are untouched and add a magical ambiance to nature’s spectacle.
Eager to explore Mars? While you may have to wait a little longer until space ships can take civilians to Mars, you can settle for now for a tour of Malpais de la Arena. The badlands of Fuerteventura are located in La Oliva municipality and whisper stories that date back to more than ten thousand years ago. The landscape impresses with its almost unbearable aridity, and a sublime mixture of black sands, black stones, and unique flora.