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Top Ten Things to Do on the island of Fuerteventura in Spain

Fuerteventura is one of the sunniest places in Europe and has over 150 golden sand beaches to choose from. As one of the seven Canary Islands, it is a popular year-round destination with a varied choice of hotels and self-catering accommodation. While many people choose to stay at a resort and just soak up the sunshine, more adventurous visitors will discover a wealth of attractions dotted around the island. Nobody should visit the island without stopping in a sleepy village to sample the island’s world-famous goat cheese.

Large chunks of goat cheese on sale in a farm shop in Fuerteventura.

Sleepy Corralejo town has grown into an important tourist resort in the past few years but maintains its local charm. There are still children jumping off the old jetty and old men fishing along the harbor walls. The seafront restaurants maintain reasonable prices, and you are within walking distance of some of the best beaches anywhere in Europe. It’s a great place to wander around for a couple of hours before a seafood lunch!

Lobos Island from Corralejo, Fuerteventura.

Playas Grandes beach stretches south from the town of Corralejo all the way into the Corralejo Sand Dunes National Park. With white sands and clear blue water, Playas Grandes is one of the world’s premier beaches. More a string of beaches than a single stretch of sand, it is large enough for everybody to find a private spot. Playas Grandes is popular with nudists and windsurfers.

Playas Grandes, Fuerteventura.

Isla de Lobos is just off the coast of Corralejo in the north of Fuerteventura. This uninhabited volcanic islet is completely undisturbed and makes for a fascinating day trip. Access is via ferry from the harbor in Corralejo.  Most visitors stick to the half-moon beach close to the landing dock but feel free to explore. Take plenty of water and sunscreen!

Fall in Love with the turquoise waters of Isla de Lobos.

Betancuria is the oldest habitation on the island and indeed anywhere on the Canary Islands. Founded in 1404, the town was built inland to hide it from Moorish slave raiders and pirates. Time left it behind and Betancuria still has all of its old-fashioned buildings and charm.

View on Betancuria village, Fuerteventura.

Jandia beach in the south of Fuerteventura boasts thick, golden sand and is the most sheltered of Fuerteventura’s many beaches.  If you have had enough sun and sand, take an early morning bicycle ride along the promenade.

The endless Jandia Beach in Fuerteventura.

Oasis Park in the south of Fuerteventura is a fantastic day out for families. The theme park, at La Lajita, features a botanical garden and a zoo with giraffes and a sea lion show.

Picturesque entrance to the botanical garden in Oasis Park.

Feed the fish in Caleta de Fuste harbor. People have been throwing food to the fish in the harbor for so long that they have become tame. Take leftover bread from breakfast or buy fish food from the floating souvenir shop. The local beach is worth checking out as well!

Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura.

Water sports! Water sports! Water sports! With all the wind and water around Fuerteventura, it is the perfect place to learn to surf, windsurf or kiteboard. There are schools giving lessons on all the main beaches. Just remember to give way to the locals on the surf breaks.

Sotavento Beach in Fuerteventura.

Bare it all at one of Fuerteventura’s many naturist beaches. The island has been a nudist destination for decades and you can let it all hang out knowing that nobody will bat an eyelid. Arrive early to bag one of the stone shelters for extra privacy and a spot of midday shade.

Windmill El Cotillo in Fuerteventura.

Windmill hunt in the interior of the island! There are dozens of beautiful old-fashioned windmills dotted all over the interior of the island, giving you an excuse to get out and explore. And for a truly unique experience, don’t miss the release of sea turtles in Cofete or the sunset in Cotillo.

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2 Comments

  1. Great pictures! My next holidays I will spend on Fuerteventura. It will take some time to test each of the 150 beaches…
    Thank you for this recommendation, Nick!

    1. Thank you very much Stephan. I find the beaches of Fuerteventura among the most beautiful. Have fun and let me have your feedback when you return :-)

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