Fuerteventura - What to Expect
As one of the biggest Canary Islands, Fuerteventura offers a blend of great weather coupled with some of the best beaches in Europe.
With 150 fine white sandy beaches with turquoise waters washing up on them, this is the perfect setting for summer, which is why so many types of holidaymakers head for Fuerteventura's sunny coast.
The airport is centrally located, which means most transfers are fairly quick and you will find plenty of great deals to suit all, from cheap holidays to Fuerteventura for the budget conscious, to top end hotels offering every amenity imaginable such as spas and infinity pools for the more discerning traveller.
Buses travel up and down the coast taking people from the airport to accommodation and to nearby towns and villages. Taxis can also be found but are available for an extra cost than buses. For a complete contrast to the main bustling resorts, hire a car and explore the more secluded areas of the island at your own pace.
Things to do in Fuerteventura
Being located in the Atlantic, Fuerteventura is renowned for its great surf beaches and there are loads of professional, knowledgeable and friendly schools offering tuition, particularly in Corralejo on the Northern tip of the island. As it can get quite windy in this area, it's also popular with windsurfers and kite surfers.
Quite beautiful and well worth a visit (particularly at sunset) are the protected sand dunes (called the Parque Natural), which stretch 10km to the East from Corralejo, be warned however that the sand dunes were formed by wind blowing from Africa, so if it is windy expect to be sand whipped!
Another amazing way to explore the stunning scenery during your holiday in Fuerteventura is to take a buggy or quad bike safari. Travelling along the rough dusty tracks, you'll get close to the volcanoes, visit quiet fishing villages and finish off racing through the sand dunes. Note that it is likely you will need a full UK driving license for some of these trips as parts of them go on the roads.
If you prefer two legs to four wheels, there are some great hiking and walking along coastal walkways, with an example being the route between Nuevo Horizonte and Caleta de Fuste. Why not take a ferry to Lobos Island and walk around the entire island taking in breath taking views of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
More family orientated activities include La Lajita Oasis Park Zoo, which houses everything from giraffes and Hippos along with over 200 species of birds. You can also take the kids to Baku water park in Corralejo, with numerous slides, Jacuzzis and a wave pool there's sure to be something to make everyone in your party happy!
Eating, Drinking & Shopping
There is a bonanza of delicious food in Fuerteventura, so you won't need to look far for a great cafe or restaurant to satisfy your hunger.
Being surrounded by bountiful seas you'll find that traditional seafood dishes, such as salted and poached sea bass with a tasty hot sauce, dominate most menus on the island.
The hotels in Fuerteventura offer a varied menu with the aim to appease the various nationalities of their guests.
Corralejo is widely regarded as the place to be if you are looking to enjoy a lively and action-packed nightlife, as the resort offers plenty of bars and clubs that stay open until very late. Most of the resorts have bars and pubs to enjoy on an evening offering live music, karaoke and other typical forms of entertainment.
In terms of shopping, Fuerteventura is packed full of great opportunities which many tourists are more than happy to take advantage off. Puerto del Rosario and Corralejo offer plenty of shops around the resorts, but the large shopping centre, Las Rotondas, has the biggest and best selection of designer stores selling clothes, jewellery and cosmetics at reasonable prices so you can rest assured that you will return home from your Fuerteventura holiday well stocked.
Weather in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is known as the "Island of Eternal Spring" where the sun shines constantly throughout the whole year. Over summer you can expect to enjoy the islands hottest weather, where there is 12 hours of sun each day along with temperatures averaging at 30°C. Summer's warmest months are July and August when most of the islands tourism is experienced.
Over winter the temperatures will rarely ever drop below 20°C during the day, which is a sign of how great the weather is on Fuerteventura holidays, whenever you visit. The months where you can expect the most rain are March and October, though there may be some rain it's never a lot and clears up quick enough. The fantastic weather in Fuerteventura certainly means it's a great place to top up your tan all year round.