The literal translation of its name is “Strong Fortune”, but others argue that it is a mistranslation of the French for “Grand Adventure”. Whether true or not, we think the latter is the most fitting for Fuerteventura, as it’s simply brimming with possibilities! Beachside activities are popular on the island, whether those involve sunning yourself on the gorgeous white sand or trying your hand at surfing, kite surfing, sailing or diving. The cliff faces and coves that interrupt its coastline make for breath-taking beauty spots, and Corralejo, El Cotillo or Jandia are excellent urban escapes in which to enjoy some retail therapy and perhaps sample the nightlife!
Take a little break away from the main island and take a trip to the astonishing nature reserve that is Isla de Lobos. While its name translates as “Island of Wolves”, don’t worry – the wolves referred to are actually the “sea wolves” or monk seals that once colonised the island, but now only rarely appear there. The island is home to a great deal of interesting flora and fauna, along with fascinating volcanic geological features. Fuerteventura also boasts the biggest beaches in the Canaries, making it extremely popular with sun worshippers and surfers alike. Also definitely worth a visit is the ancient town of Betancuria, once the capital of the Canary Islands, dating back to the 13th Century and offers fantastic sightseeing as visitors wander amongst the archaic architecture. Fittingly, the town is also home to Fuerteventura´s Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography. Sampling the local food is an excellent idea, as the island not only offers excellent seafood but its stewed or roasted goat’s meat is also a fabulous delicacy, as is its very delicious goat’s cheese.
While still very warm and pleasant, Fuerteventura tends to be a little cooler than the surrounding Canaries and the mainland of Spain, so suits those who enjoy pleasant warmth but not extremes of heat. Another suggested translation of Fuerteventura is “strong wind”, and the breeze is indeed rather stronger here than on the other islands, which helps with popular water-sports such as wind and kite surfing. May and June are usually the best months to visit as the weather is still excellent, but the summer crowds will not yet have reached full force!