Fuerteventura in the Canaries

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The island is an intriguing volcanic landscape and wild, wind lashed beaches of sun-drenched Saharan sands attract visitors year round to this dramatic island. Constant warm winds off the African coast have earned Fuerteventura its label of watersports paradise, with the island now a magnet for windsurfers from around the world.


Endless stretches of soft, sun-bleached sands fringe Fuerteventura’s entire coastline, the blinding white sands best seen at Jandia where they stretch unbroken for 32 kilometres. Fuerteventura’s largest resort of Corralejo boasts over 10 kilometres of golden beach adjoining the soft undulating peaks of its dune nature reserve whilst Caleta de Fuste in a sheltered location on the east coast is renowned for its horseshoe sandy bay, fringed with shady palms.


The flat waters of Sotavento combined with strong, steady summer winds provide the perfect conditions for the Fuerteventura windsurfing championships held each year in July although beginners looking for less challenging waters and gentler breezes should try nearby Costa Calma or Corralejo’s beach. The best Atlantic swells crash Fuerteventura’s shoreline throughout the autumn and winter months, the north shores littered with infamous wave spots. Flaunting names such as Suicides, the Bubble and the Shooting Gallery, these waves are definitely not for the fainthearted.

Canary island cruising

The tiny unspoilt island of Los Lobos is an undisturbed wildlife preserve of nesting birds, empty sandy beaches and natural sea shore vegetation with some superb snorkelling just off shore. Glass bottomed boats leave regularly from Fuerteventura, the journey time just a short 20 minutes from Corralejo with a chance also for viewing dolphins and whales. Take a day trip over to Fuerteventura’s sister volcanic isle of Lanzarote where there’s time for some shopping as well as exploration of the Old Harbour.

Corralejo resort

Now Fuerteventura’s largest resort, Corralejo still retains all the charm of its fishing village origins with a bustling port where you can catch the ferry over to Lanzarote. The main attraction here is the marvellous 10km of broad white sands, leading on to the famous desert-like sand dune nature reserve. The atmosphere is quiet and unhurried with a promenade of shops, bars and restaurants and one or two discos all within easy reach of the resort’s relaxed hotels.

Caleta de Fusta resort

Close to the airport and in a sheltered location on the east coast, this attractive resort is renowned for its horseshoe bay, fringed with shady palms and ideal for families with safe, shallow bathing on the gently shelving sands. The new Fuerteventura Golf Club and nearby commercial centre offer a wide variety of shops, restaurants and bars whilst around the beachfront hotels there’s friendly, laid back atmosphere with plenty of watersports on offer.

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