Fuerteventura is a wonderful Canary Island, with more than 150 km of beaches bathed by crystal clear waters, volcanic landscapes, long desert expanses and rural villages.
Embellished with a pleasant climate all year round, Fuerteventura is the ideal destination to escape in the colder months. An island suitable for any traveler, full of natural attractions and many activities to do.
In this guide we discover in detail the wildest island of the Canaries and see all the tips for organize a trip to Fuerteventura: how to reach it, how to get around, when to go, where to stay, what to see etc.
Where is Fuerteventura located
Fuerteventura is part of the Canary archipelago, it is the closest island to the coasts of West Africa, from which it is about 100 km away. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean just opposite Morocco.
How to reach Fuerteventura
The easiest way to reach Fuerteventura is with direct flight departing from the main cities and arriving at the airport of Puerto del Rosario, the capital of the island.
There are various low cost airlines that connect to Fuerteventura: Ryanair, Vueling, Neos Air, Wizz Air and EasyJet. Alternatively, you can take a flight with a stopover (Madrid or Barcelona) with the Iberia company.
Another option would be to take a flight to other Canary Islands and then take advantage of the excellent internal, air and sea connections.
For example from Lanzarote it is only 30 minutes by ferry. Or from Gran Canaria, one of the main airports of the Canary Islands, there are internal flights at very cheap prices with airlines Binter e Canaryfly.
Fuerteventura how to move
The best way to get around the island of Fuerteventura is renting a car for the entire stay, the prices are very cheap and even gasoline is cheap.
The roads are beautiful, easy to navigate and not busy at all. Also with the car you can explore the island freely and independently and discover the hidden pearls.
Alternatively there is a bus network that connects the main tourist resorts, the times are obviously longer, but above all there are areas that cannot be reached by bus. Another option would be to rely on organized tours to discover the wonders of Fuerteventura.
Caution: not all car rentals allow you to move your car from one island to another, so if you plan to reach Lanzarote by ferry and transporting your car, find out first if it is allowed and if you are covered by insurance.
When To Go To Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura, due to its location near the African coasts, is characterized by a mild climate for most of the year with temperatures ranging between 18 ° C and 28 ° C.
It is an island that can be visited all year round but deserves even more during the winter when it is cold and in the Canaries it is great.
An important factor to consider during a holiday to Fuerteventura it is the strong wind, a constant of the island. The maximum peak is from July to mid-August, the period in which the windsurfing world championships are organized in the south of the island.
Said this the best time to enjoy the beautiful island is from late August to October / November, little wind and slightly warmer sea water. From mid-November the wind increases even if never as in July and August.
Fuerteventura where to Stay
The choice of the area where to stay depends on your interests and the type of trip you plan to do. The important thing is to understand how the island is made and where the main points of interest are located.
The main tourist resorts are 5:
- Corralejo (north)
- El Cotillo (nord)
- Caleta de Fuste (center)
- Costa Calma (south)
- Morro Del Jable (south)
The ideal would be to choose two stages, one to the north and one to the south, in this way you would be able to comfortably visit the whole island without wasting too much time traveling. If the time available is short then it is better to choose a single base, in my opinion Corralejo is the ideal choice.
In any case, you will find more information in the article Where to stay in Fuerteventura, in which I explain in detail which area to choose based on the characteristics of each location.
What to see in Fuerteventura
Un trip to Fuerteventura it is a unique experience, the strong point is certainly the strong contact with wild nature, with many natural parks, volcanoes, deserts, caves and pristine beaches.
You will also have the opportunity to make pleasant encounters with the fauna of the island, famous for the different species of birds and the friendly squirrels that you will find almost everywhere.
From a cultural point of view, the attractions are not as many as in Tenerife and Gran Canaria but there are still some towns to visit absolutely, such as Betancuria, the ancient capital of the island, Antigua and La Oliva.
Here are some of the main points of interest not to be missed on a trip to Fuerteventura:
- Lobos Island
- Corralejo Natural Park
- Calderon Hondo
- Sagrada Tindaya mountain
- Natural pools of Aguas Verdes
- Morro Velosa viewpoint
- Grotte di Ajui
- Sicasumbre lookout point
- Jandía Natural Park
- Cathedral of Santa Maria de Betancuria
- House of the Colonels
- Majorero Cheese Museum
- Art Center - Casa Mané
Fuerteventura Mare: The Beaches
Fuerteventura is a paradise for lovers of beaches and the beautiful sea. There are beaches for all tastes: black sand of volcanic origin, pure white beaches that seem to be cariacs, coves with golden sand and beaches perfect for lovers of water sports such as surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Among the most beautiful beaches of Fuerteventura we find:
- The Dunes of Corralejo
- La Concha Beach
- Esquinzo Beach
- Castillo Beach (Caleta de Fuste)
- Ajuy beach
- Garcey Beach
- Barlovento Beach
- Matorral Beach
- Cofete Beach
- Sotavento beach
- Playa Del Mal Nombre
What to do in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura, as we have just said, is famous for its spectacular beaches bathed by transparent waters, among the most beautiful in the Canaries. In addition to the beaches it is full of breathtaking landscapes with the volcanoes that dominate the island and the Atlantic Ocean that surrounds it.
It is therefore a suitable destination for many activities, here are the main ones:
Sports: surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing are the island's sports par excellence.
Trekking: there are several routes for lovers of trekking and walking. In addition to the famous mountain of Tindaya, I recommend the Calderon Hondo.
Photographs: photography lovers will have bread for their teeth, between beaches, deserts and volcanic areas and perfect light and colors.
Tours and excursions: do not miss a day visit to Lanzarote and the island of Los Lobos
Diving: there are some wonderful spots for diving, especially starting from Corralejo between Fuerteventura and Los Lobos there are some incredible spots.
Birdwatching: The island is home to several endemic bird species and is a perfect destination for bird watchers.