Fuerteventura is brimming with natural beauty at every turn. The volcanic eruptions that made the island have left a paradise with something for everyone to enjoy. From secluded bays and coves perfect for relaxation and serenity, to waters that are ideal for surfers and water sports, this idyllic island caters to every kind of beach lover. Characterful towns are rich in history and culture and give visitors a wonderful snapshot into the laid-back lifestyle of the locals. With so much fun and adventure in one destination, there's countless ways to spend your days in Fuerteventura.
The immense volcanic landscapes and pristine beaches earned the entire island the honour of UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve status in 2009. The Canary Islands are all volcanic and this means there's some fantastic natural sights and formations to explore. Exploring the Malpaís de la Arena is always a good idea. The beautiful landscape was formed in one of the last volcanic eruptions on the island 10,000 years ago and has never been disturbed by human hands. The Montana de Tindaya, to the North-East, is the oldest mountain in the Canary Islands and is sacred to the island's indigenous Majorero people. Although you're not allowed to climb it, this is a fantastic photo opportunity.
Ajuy is a romantic's paradise of smuggler's caves and scramble-happy rocks on the island's west coast. Here, Fuerteventura's foundations are laid bare. Layers upon layers of solidified lava have created beautiful patterns to admire as you make your way down the cliff steps. A tower-like monument stands to face the crashing waves, right at the water's edge. You'll not find a greater scene of natural beauty.
You may have come to an island but it doesn't mean you have to stay landlocked! Taking a boat over to Lobos Island, you'll see a beautiful sanctuary of protected species. The small island can be seen from Corralejo and is only 15 minutes by ferry. Small and uninhabited (apart from a few fishermen's weekend homes) it's an oasis to more than a hundred species of plants, rare birds and a wide range of marine life. Nature lovers are guaranteed to enjoy this jaunt!
Trekking around the islet is a doddle with four kilometres of dedicated trail that will take you to stunning beaches and rock pools of crystal clear water. If you're an avid hiker you can always climb Montaña La Caldera (Cauldron Mountain). At 127m high, it's not for the faint of heart but is well worth the stunning views at the summit. Enjoy beautiful views over Lobos and neighbouring Corralejo, and don't forget to take a picture or two.
See more of the Canary Islands by taking a ferry to Lanzarote. You can travel from Corralejo to Playa Blanca in about 25 minutes and from there you can explore an island equally as rich in beauty, beaches and culture.
Playa Blanca is great for relaxation during the day but also has a vibrant nightlife, perfect for the party animal in you. Travelling further inland you can visit Timanfaya National Park. This is an active volcano where you can explore the landscape caused by the last explosion in the 1700s!! Feeling peckish? There is a restaurant at the summit that grills your food using the volcanos natural heat.
Head east to Puerto del Carmen and you will find a town buzzing with shops, restaurants and bars with gorgeous views of the Atlantic as your backdrop. A fantastic photo opportunity, not that there's really a bad view in the house! There's so much more to discover on the beautiful island, so here's our low down on things to do in Lanzarote.
A seductively slow pace of life awaits in Fuerteventura's villages and towns. Along the coast, there's several small fishing villages that have escaped becoming tourist traps and exude charm and serenity. Head to the local restaurants and bars and get to know the locals, practising your best Spanish along the way and tuck into traditional foods and delicacies. Nearly every town will also have a market where you can buy artisan goods from arts and crafts to salt, cheese and aloe vera to name a few.
Heading inland you'll find the town of Betancuria and discover its rich history. Spanning all the way back to 1405, it now acts as the cultural centre of Fuerteventura. A former capital city, this town has been described as history in masonry and The Church of Santa María de Betancuria, now fully restored, houses the Museum of Sacred Art. Get close to history as inside you'll find the altarpiece from the second half of the 17th Century, Moorish crafts spanning decades if not centuries and explore not only the history of the native Majorero people but also the many expeditions that have landed on the island.
Along the west coast of the island is the small town of Ajuy. There's lots to do here, with restaurants, the beach and the Caves of Ajuy all adding to the experience. Marvel at some of the oldest rocks in the whole of the Canary Islands, whose remains originate from the ancient magma chambers which expelled the lava that formed the islands over millions of years. Inside these caves, ships carrying goods and provisions for the islands would load and unload their cargo here – a handy hideout for smugglers!
When intrepid explorers first visited the island, their crews all noted the quality of food – especially the cheese. Now Fuerteventura is famous for it! The Queso Majorero, a native type of goat's cheese, is the most coveted of all. Majorero is a firm cheese with a milky, nutty flavour that is a delicious accompaniment to traditional Canarian potato dishes. You'll find it in almost every market and town, as well as the Cheese Museum. Here you can learn about the history of the island, the way the cheese is made and also purchase your favourite variety and strength. This truly is the taste of the Canary Islands.
Fuerteventura has often been called the jewel of the Canary Islands and it's not hard to see why! A beach lover's paradise – there's a sandy shore to suit every type of holiday maker. La Concha in El Cotillo is the perfect mix of calm serene waters, a multitude of marine life and fine white sand. Known worldwide for its beauty and tranquillity this is a beach you should tick off of your bucket list. Sheltered by a natural reef the waters here are calm, perfect for a relaxing swim or paddle with the kids. It's also situated very close to town, which is perfect for a family day out – with plenty of facilities at your fingertips. Thanks to the huge number of restaurants and cafes, you'll even be able to stick around for the sunset.
To the north, Corralejo is carpeted by sand dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see and is a popular spot for those with a more adventurous streak. The beach is a hotspot for water sports enthusiasts and families because of its fun, energetic atmosphere.
Fancy some time away from the crowds? Cofete beach is arguably the most secluded beach on the island. An untouched idyll, travelling through the winding dirt roads and mountains to get here is just as enjoyable as having the place to yourself. Unwind and relax, with only the majestic mountains for company. Bliss!
Fuerteventura's waters are blessed by the warmth of the sun and winds from the Sahara desert, making them a welcoming temperature for all holidaymakers. The palette of blues in the lagoons and bays are something usually only seen in postcards, but on this Canary Island they're very much a real life experience. There's plenty of beaches, bays and coves that provide shallow calm waters perfect for a nice casual swim in the Atlantic.
There's also heavenly harbours and magical marinas where you can rent a boat out for some casual sailing. Strap on your sea legs and set out to explore parts of the island that are only accessible by water. There's just as much action below the waves too – with a spellbinding under water show courtesy of the local marine life. Make a splash and enjoy a serene snorkel in the calmer shallows.
Fuerteventura is a hotspot for surfers, windsurfers and kiteboarders. Coming from far and wide they flock to the island to seek the biggest and most exciting waves imaginable! Strong winds (Fuerteventura, translated literally, means Strong Fortune, or Strong Wind) strike the coast providing some of the most exciting waves to ride.
Ever year the Windsurfing Championships are held at Sotavento Beach, and die-hard wind and kite surfers will soon see this spot is one of the best. Don't fret if you're new to surfing, there's lots of surfing schools on hand that'll kit you out and train you up so that you can soon ride the waves like a pro.