The sun shines for nearly 3,000 hours each year on Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands. The Spanish paradise is known for its rich historical, cultural and natural treasures, including miles of golden beaches, clear turquoise waters and stunning mountains.
Fuerteventura is nicknamed “the island of eternal spring,” and the climate is ideal for holidays during all seasons. During the winter months when northern countries are literally freezing, the average temperature on the island hovers around a pleasant 22ºC. At night, the skies become a blanket of stars, and the low temperature is still an average of 11ºC. During the summer, highs of 32ºC are average, but it never feels too hot thanks to generous breezes in most parts of the island. The average summer low is 24ºC. Cloudy days are rare in the summer, making Fuerteventura a sunny escape perfect for sunbathing and water sports.
The island is known for its amazing beaches, most of which lie on Fuerteventura's east coast. The northeastern coastal city of Corralejo has a beach for seemingly every taste and interest. Wind and kite surfers take on the waves at Flag Beach, families feel right at home at the safe and clean Town Beach and visitors with an eye for sea glass can find plenty of it at the aptly-named Glass Beach.
On the central coastline lies Caleta de Fuste, where both artificial and natural beaches offer plenty of opportunities for water sports and sun bathing. Further south is La Lajita, a quaint fishing village with pristine and peaceful beaches. The paradisiacal town of Costa Calma is just a short drive away, offering visitors miles of clean white sand beaches and great waves. Jandia, on the island's most southern end, is home to 20 kilometers of coastline and some of Fuerteventura's best islands. The coast is a true windsurfer's paradise and also boasts many beautiful sand dunes and lagoons. Finally, the beaches of La Pared in the southwest offer panoramic coastal views that simply cannot be beat.
There is never a shortage of things to do on Fuerteventura's coastline.
Favorite activities include:
Deep Sea Fishing in Fuerteventura
The subtropical waters that surround Fuerteventura are famous for their deep sea fishing opportunities. Anglers from all over the world come to the island to practice jigging, big game fishing and spinning. Blue Marlins, nicknamed the kings of the ocean, visit the waters from early summer to early autumn, and anglers can also reel in billfish, yellow fin tuna, dolphin fish, mackerel, skipjack bonito and wahoo. In late September and October, shark fishing is especially popular in the shallow waters right off the coast.
There are especially huge numbers of migratory and sedentary species in the deep waters off Gran Tarajal, Jandia and Morrojable, and experienced fishing guides are available in nearly every coastal town.
Fuerteventura was formed by volcanos, giving divers the opportunity to explore dramatic underwater rock formations and drop-offs in addition to many reefs and wrecks that are home to a myriad of exotic marine life. The best diving sites are on the north and east coast of the island, and there are plenty of sites for both beginners and expert divers to enjoy. First-time divers can explore the waters off El Jablito, where amazing biodiversity can be found throughout the rugged rock seawalls. More experienced divers can explore the rocky shoals at Barranco de la Torre, the ancient lava flows of Jacomar and the sponge colonies at Gran Tarajal. Expert divers can see bands of barracuda, eagle ray and tiger eels at El Cabezon, swim with angel sharks at Morro Jable and spot small hammerhead sharks and sunfish around Costa Calma.
Dives are most often scheduled for the mornings, and visibility generally varies between 20 and 30 meters. The clear waters are perfect for marine photography, and dives are conducted throughout the year from most major coastal cities and towns.
Kayaking in Fuerteventura
Kayaking adventures take visitors around the most fantastic areas of the island's coast, including Corralejo, Lobos, Los Molinos, El Cotilo, Majanicho and Playa Blanca. Both beginner and expert paddlers can navigate the turquoise waters, passing high cliffs, virgin beaches, sand dunes and caves.
Kite Surfing in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is a playground for kite surfers. Every coast has exceptional waters for kite surfing, from El Cotillo and Corralejo to Clatea de Fuste and Playa de Esquinzo. Each year, some of the world's most talented kite surfers come to Sotavento to compete in racing and freestyle events, and expert instructors offer lessons around the island.
Sailing in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is an exiting and beautiful world to explore through sailing. Catamarans frequently dot the clear blue Atlantic waters, but the traditional Vela Latina boats are also available for rental by tourists. Originally made as fishing boats, the vessels are now a favorite for sailors looking for a relaxing day at sea.
Snorkeling in Fuerteventura
The clear waters of Fuerteventura's beaches are ideal for snorkeling. The warm water temperatures make snorkeling a year-round activity, and what lies underwater is a fantasy world of exotic marine life, mystery and color. Due to the island's proximity to both the Mediterranean and the tropics, the sea life is a surprisingly diverse mix of temperate, pelagic and tropical species. Turtles, whales and dolphins are frequent visitors to the coasts, but snorkelers can spy smaller species like parrotfish, brightly colored sea horses, damsel fish, moray eels, sea urchins, sponges, crabs, peacock wrasse. Golden mullet, barracuda, giant manta rays, glasseyes, cardinal fish, hogfish and more can also be spotted in the clear coastal waters.
Beach Combing in Fuerteventura
Collectors can find many treasures on Fuerteventura's beaches, especially following storms. Cuttlefish bones are a common sight, as are delicate spiral ramshorns from rare squid and the lilac-colored shells of the janthinidae. Common shells found along the beaches include green, brown and purple sea urchin carapaces, mother-of-pearl Venus Ear shells, cowries, scallops and limpets.
Although most of the attention had by Fuerteventura focuses on its amazing beaches, the inland areas of the island are also worth a visit, especially for travelers looking to get away from it all. In the heart of the island lies Antigua, one of the country's oldest cities. The charming atmosphere reflects a simpler era that will be enjoyed by all travelers, but especially by families hoping to escape the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities. The neighboring town of Betancuria has a rich story that spans centuries, making it a perfect destination for history buffs. Travelers with an interest in art and history will love La Olivia, a northern inland city that retains much of its 17th- and 18th-century charms.
Adventuresome travelers can still get their thrills away from the coastal cities. Horse riding is a fun and exciting way to explore Fuerteventura. Even if it is your first time on horseback, there is a ride for you on the island. There are many riding schools that offer treks through the volcanic landscape, and riding lessons make even beginners feel comfortable on horse back.
Mountain biking in Fuerteventura
Mountain biking is another great way to explore the island's inland area, and there are many paths and tours designed just for cyclists. You can rent a bike in most of Fuerteventura's towns and cities, and treks take cyclists through dried out riverbeds, large lava fields, sand dunes and lush inland forests.
From the historic inland cities to the paradisiacal coastal towns, there truly is something for everyone in Fuerteventura. A wide range of accommodations makes travelers feel right at home, from sprawling resorts to boutique hotels, beach bungalows, private villas and city apartments. In the background we can see the extinct volcano crater over the town of Corralejo and bay.
Families feel especially welcome in Fuerteventura, where clean and safe beaches make for hours of fun in the sun. Many of the beaches have activities especially for kids, like camel rides and sandcastle competitions. The La Lajita Zoo is a favorite of local families, and children of all ages will delight in the lush grounds and the many species of exotic animals. Many accommodations on the island really feel like home, giving families a chance to unwind and relax in their own island hideaways.
Fuerteventura exudes romance, making it the perfect honeymoon destination. Love is in the warm air, from the candy-colored sunsets to the narrow cobbled streets of charming towns and villages. At night, couples can relax on the beaches under a blanket of stars, then spend the days strolling by the sand dunes and enjoying panoramic views of the sea. For these couples, private villas and bungalows offer intimate accommodations on the island.
Travelers with an adventurous streak will find non-stop thrills on the coasts of Fuerteventura. Beach bungalows and resorts offer easy access to the water, and there are plenty of opportunities for fishing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and more.
Night owls will find plenty to do once the sun sets. Caleta de Fuste is one of the island's most vibrant nightlife centers, where visitors can dine on international cuisine, belt out karaoke or dance to live music a wide range of clubs and bars. The main streets of Corralejo, Costa Calma, Jandia and Puerto del Rosario are also lined with many restaurants, pubs, cafes and clubs.
Fuerteventura is easy to access from Europe. The island's airport is near Puerto del Rosario and services flights from many major national operators, including British Airways and Iberia. Flights from Europe land daily, and there are also a number of charter operations that use the airport.
An european paradise all year round right next to you
The short flight from mainland Europe is only a few hours, but Fuerteventura feels like an entirely different world. Its gold sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, rolling sand dunes and crystalline waters are only the beginning of the island's appeal. Beyond scenic beauty, Fuerteventura is home to a rich history, a growing arts scene, cultural treasures and a friendly population. No matter how long you stay in this island paradise, you will always wish it was longer... Visit us.
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