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Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean and is part of the North Africa region, politically part of Spain. At 1,659.74 square kilometres, it is the second largest of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife. As at the start of 2019, Fuerteventura had 116,886 inhabitants. It was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in May 2009. Its capital is Puerto del Rosario.

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How to visit Fuerteventura ?

To get to Fuerteventura, you can fly into the island's only airport, Fuerteventura Airport (FUE), located near the capital, Puerto del Rosario. There are direct flights from many European cities, or you can take a connecting flight from mainland Spain. Alternatively, you can take a ferry from the neighboring Canary Islands, such as Gran Canaria or Lanzarote.

It's a good idea to book your accommodation, car rental, and any popular attractions or tours in advance, especially during high season (June to September). Some popular activities that may require advance booking include boat trips, guided tours of the island's volcanic landscapes, and water sports lessons or equipment rentals.

The costs in Fuerteventura are generally affordable, with budget accommodations starting from €30 per night, and mid-range options averaging €50-€80 per night. Meals at local restaurants typically cost €10-€20 per person, while entrance fees for attractions and tours can range from €10 to €50.

Some of the best things to do in Fuerteventura include:
1. Relaxing on the stunning beaches, such as Corralejo, Costa Calma, and Cofete.
2. Exploring the unique landscapes of the Corralejo Natural Park and the Ajuy Caves.
3. Enjoying water sports like windsurfing, kiteboarding, and scuba diving.
4. Visiting the charming villages of Betancuria and El Cotillo.
5. Learning about the island's history at the Ecomuseum La Alcogida and the Salt Museum.

For delicious local cuisine, try Casa Santa Maria in Betancuria, which offers traditional Canarian dishes like "papas arrugadas" (wrinkled potatoes) and "almogrote" (cheese spread). In Puerto del Rosario, El Bounty del Muelle is known for its fresh seafood and ocean views. For a budget-friendly option, grab a tasty "bocadillo" (sandwich) at El Caprichito in Corralejo.

When it comes to accommodation, you can choose from a variety of options to suit your budget and preferences. For a luxury stay, consider the Barceló Castillo Beach Resort in Caleta de Fuste, which offers beachfront access and a range of amenities. If you prefer a more budget-friendly option, the Surfing Colors Apartments in Corralejo are a great choice, with a convenient location near the beach and town center. For something unique, consider a stay at the tranquil Agroturismo La Gayria, an 18th-century farmhouse converted into a charming rural hotel.

Off the beaten path:
For a truly unique experience, head to the Lobos Island, a small, uninhabited island just a short boat trip from Corralejo. This protected nature reserve is home to diverse wildlife, including rare bird species and the endangered monk seal. You can hike to the island's lighthouse, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, or relax on the secluded beaches. As there are no facilities on the island, be sure to pack your own food, water, and sun protection.

The Best Things to Do and Visit around Fuerteventura

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1 - Playa de Ajuy

   11 km away
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2 - astronomical viewpoint Sicasumbre

   13 km away
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3 - Trekking | Spain

Visit Lobos Island on a boat cruise from the picturesque Corralejo on Fuerteventura. Discover an island which is a protected natural park and walk along its wonderful beaches and paths, accessible for everybody.

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4 - Av. del Istmo

   23 km away
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5 - Fuerteventura Costa Calma

   28 km away

Costa Calma is a beach holiday resort town in the Canarian island of Fuerteventura, Spain. It is part of the municipality Pájara, and has 5,670 inhabitants.

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6 - Hiking / Trekking in Fuerteventura

   16 km away

Discover the island of Fuerteventura together with our guides. Get to know its magnificent places and gastronomy together with your loved ones. Fuerteventura is a fantastic island to discover and visit. During this 6.5h - 7h excursion, you will learn...

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7 - El Cotillo

   37 km away

El Cotillo is a coastal town in the municipality of la Oliva, located in the northern part of the island of Fuerteventura in the Province of Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain. It has a population of 1.312 residents.

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8 - Cofete

   44 km away

Cofete is a small village in the western part of the Jandía peninsula in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands. It is part of the municipality Pájara. It is situated in a nature reserve. The Villa Winter is situated on a mountain slope near Cofete.

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9 - Surfing in Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura

   20 km away

Grab a board and hit the water with this fun beginner's surfing course in the gorgeous beaches of Caleta de Fuste. If you are looking to start a great adventure with surfing, this is the right activity for you. Amanay Surf School aims to share ...

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10 - Jandía

   44 km away

Jandía is a peninsula in the southwestern part of the island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. The peninsula is entirely in the municipality of Pájara.

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11 - Morro Jable

   45 km away

The Morro Jable Lighthouse is an active lighthouse on the Canary island of Fuerteventura. The lighthouse is situated at the edge of the beach near the town and resort of Morro Jable.

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12 - Stand up Paddle in Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura

   20 km away

Enjoy the stunning volcanic landscapes of Caleta de Fuste in this 1h SUP rental. Sail in Lanzarote with your family and friends! The calm waters of Caleta de Fuste are perfect for a Stand up paddle excursion. One of the most astonishing parts of the ...

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13 - Corralejo

   45 km away

Corralejo is a town and resort located on the northern tip of Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, facing the smaller islet of Lobos. It is in the municipality of La Oliva.

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14 - Jet Skiing in Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura

   20 km away

Take the controls of a jet ski for 20 minutes to discover Caleta de fuste, in Fuerteventura. Play in the waves under the supervision of qualified instructors. Want to discover the surroundings of Caleta de Fuste, hair in the wind, speeding up and pla...

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Learn More about Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is one of the seven islands of the Spanish archipelago of the Canaries. on the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Morocco, it is the closest to Africa, at about 100 km. Characterized by a desert landscape marked by dunes, it has been recognized by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. Fuerteventura is certainly not limited to its seaside resorts.

The desert landscapes of Fuerteventura are irresistibly reminiscent of the American West. Its mountains dotted with windmills hide picturesque villages with white houses such as the old capitals Antigua, Pajara, and Betancuria, which have not changed since its foundation in the early fifteenth century. In the extreme north of the island, Corralejo is a small fishing town ideally located near a large beach of dunes, classified as a natural park, and facing the volcanic island of Los Lobos. This Saharan landscape is a reminder that the African coast are really close

Fuerteventura is known as one of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing spots in the world, thanks to the trade winds that blow constantly between April and October. Kite flyers will also be delighted. The famous beach of Jandia, in the southeast of the island, hosts the world championships in July and August. It stretches for almost 25 km from Morro Jable to Costa Calma.

Even if this island sticks to the image of dream vacations with the sea in the sun, conveyed by the Canaries, it would be a shame to stay on the beach. In the north of the island, its capital Puerto del Rosario is a lively port with preserved architecture where you can see several churches or classified chapels. If the main activity of the island revolves around tourism and seaside resorts, fishing and agriculture still exist and contribute to the economy and... to the landscape. You should also see the salt mines of Carmen and the salt museum, the natural park of Corralejo and its dunes, and especially the peninsula of Jandia where the island culminates at the top of Pico de la Zarza (807m). You can easily climb this peak to enjoy a 360° view of the island. The peninsula is home to a natural park and an old lighthouse that has become an interpretation center of the site. Do not miss either the historical village of Betancuria or the viewpoint of Morro de Vellosa and its giant statues of the Guanche kings.

When to visit Fuerteventura 

Even if its name comes from the strong wind that passes over these islands, Fuerteventura’s climate is considered one of the best in the world. In fact, it is always pleasant to be there since the average temperatures always arebetween 20°C and 30°C (68°F and 86°F) with minimum temperatures between 15°C and 21°C (59°F and 70°F). You risk having a little colder and rain by going there between November and February even if the temperature is always correct. To sum up, apart from the winter period, it is always pleasant to go to this sumptuous Canaries Island, especially during the summer season, between June and September.

How to get around Fuerteventura 

Fuerteventura is pretty small which will allow you to get aroung easily.

It is possible and understandable to want to rent a car in order to be able to circulate freely but know that it is quite possible to discover the island by using :
  • public transportation : buses are called guagua and prices vary according to the distance travelled and will be between 2,00€ and 5,00€ ;
  • cabs : cheaper than on main land Spain or the rest of Europe, taxis fares are about 1,50€ per kilometer ;
  • bicycle : there are several bicycle rental companies, which you will find in several places on the island, especially in Corralejo. Prices usually start from 15,00€ per adult for one day and are degressive
  • and your own feet : pedestrian paths are well laid out and the tourist spots are well connected and accessible. Moreover, you will feel freer to discover every walk you come across on your way.

What To Do In Fuerteventura

Corralejo Sand Dunes
Located on the coast of the Corralejo Natural Park, these sand dunes are outstanding. Walking on these dunes reminds us that the African deserts are not so far. This is a must to go in Fuerteventura. On the other side of the high dunes, beautiful beaches are waiting for you and an extraordinary view of Lanzarote.
Up for more adventures ? Go e-biking and get closer to the volcano chain of North Fuerteventura.

Lobos Island 

This gorgeous island is at least 6000 years old. Many sea wolves (seals) lived around the island when the Spanish conquerors “discovered” it. Lobo meaning wolf in Spanish, this is where the islands got their name from and why you might see statues of seals on the beach. Be aware that access to Lobos Island is limited to 400 visitors per day so if you plan to visit during peak season, it might be a good idea to book your ticket a few days in advance.⁠
The island is pretty close to Fuerteventura but not close enough to swim there! Book a 20 minutes ferry ride and get the best local infos about this volcanic island.

Cofete Beach

In the South of the island, Cofete Beach offers breathtaking and endless scenery. This beach is part of the park of the same name and is 12 kilometers long!
Between golden sand, turquoise blue sea, majestic mountains, you will be amazed by the speculator views. Enjoy to the fullest and get on a buggy and explore the heights of Cofete Beach!

Ajuy Caves

Located in the West of the Island, Ajuy is not to be missed. Beeing parts of Betancuria Rural Park, Ajuy Caves are fully protected. Their particular shapes are formed by the submarine flow of lava and sediment that rose to the surface. Rumours say that pirate treasures still lurk there. Don't wait any longer and discover the park and its mysterious caves and be sure to enjoy the rarely black sand beach of Ajuy!

El Cotillo

El Cotillo is located on a wild and windy coast. Book your surf lesson and make the most of this unique beach! From the waves, you will be able to see the majestic cliffs.
To the South, there is a small, typical and pleasant port where you must try a fish dish.
El Toston Castle of Cotillo was built in 1700. Over the years it became a coastal defence against ships and especially Berber, French and English pirates.
The huge whale skeleton that you will find nearby is one of six on display on the island. It is part of a project led by the Cabildo and the Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve that aims to increase public awareness of the great diversity of cetacean species present on the coast of Fuerteventura.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Fuerteventura

Why visiting Fuerteventura?

Only 100 km from the African coast, Fuerteventura is reminiscent of its neighbor Lanzarote, only more colorful. Its multiple touches of color resemble a mosaic of spices, such as saffron, chili, and coriander. Here, there is no trace of the pine trees shrouded in mist or the mountain microclimates of Gran Canaria. Swept by the winds and darted by the sun, the island offers a striking spectacle. The Mirador Astronómico de Sicasumbre offers a panoramic view of this Martian landscape, so keep your eyes open.
Most visitors come here to enjoy the wind and waves rather than to appreciate its ruggedly beautiful desert landscape. The second-largest island of the archipelago (after Tenerife), Fuerteventura enjoys almost permanent sunshine (3,000 hours per year) and has the largest and most beautiful beaches in the Canaries. The island received the status of biosphere reserve from UNESCO in 2009.

The high season is from December to February. During this period, the accommodations are fully booked well in advance. The weather is a little cooler and windy, but still very pleasant.
In late spring (April and May), the weather is ideal, although the beaches are sometimes crowded at Easter.
July and August see an influx of Spanish vacationers, as well as families traveling with children. The temperature often exceeds 30°C, however, it is rarely sweltering. The world windsurfing championship is held in July.
Autumn is a great time for parties and festivals, including the International Kite Festival in Corralejo and the Fiesta de la Virgen del Rosario in the capital. The average daytime temperature is around 20°C, while the nights become progressively cooler.

Fuerteventura is known for its sand dunes, its beautiful beaches but also its deserted landscapes. It is an ideal island for board sports: surfing, kitesurfing, water-skiing... Its maximum altitude is 807 m, not much higher than the other Canary Islands. For all these reasons, Fuerteventura is a destination for those who love the beach, relaxation, beautiful landscapes and sun.

Lanzarote, on the other hand, is home to numerous volcanoes and national parks. Indeed, almost a quarter of the island is covered by lava. Hikers will be delighted on this island. Its maximum altitude is 671 metres, but the views are still spectacular!

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