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!
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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!
The enchanting island of Fuerteventura has more than 150 sandy beaches, making it the perfect escape for a magical holiday experience.
You’ll discover miles and miles of jaw-dropped sandy expanses, ranging from lively popular beaches where you take to the sea for a host of thrilling water sport activities, to quiet and remote hidden gems where you can relax and escape the pressure of everyday life.
Whether you are a family craving an action-packed beach holiday on the sand or a couple wanting a romantic barefoot stroll in an idyllic sandy cove or bay, the charming island of Fuerteventura can meet your needs.
Many of the most impressive beaches in this captivating Canary Island can be discovered in the Jandia area. Morro Jable, Sotavento, Costa Calma and Butihondo are among the most popular.
The beaches at El Pozo are a magnet for water sports enthusiasts and you’ll find plenty of activity going on there including jet skiing, windsurfing and sailing.
The popular resort town of Corralejo is home to an amazing beach which stretches for around 6 miles and has plenty of rolling sand dunes. The sea water here is calm and warm, making it perfect for swimming, diving and snorkelling.
Fuerteventura is a favourite destination for naturists and one of the most popular beaches to go ‘au naturale’ and achieve an all-over tan is Cofete Beach, an unspoiled stretch of golden sand on the southern tip of the island. Other places in Fuerteventura which permit nude sunbathing and swimming are Tindaya Beach, Playa del Águila and La Cala de Cotillo.
The sandy beach at Caleta de Fuste is a firm favourite with families and stretches for more than 800 metres. There are plenty of sun loungers and shades here for catching some rays and an impressive range of bars and restaurants.
Another beautiful beach is Playa Esmeralda on the suitably-named Costa Calma where the waters are incredibly calm and inviting.
Gran Tarajal beach is a favourite spot for anglers, Esqunzi beach on the north of Fuerteventura is very popular with surfing enthusiasts and La Concha beach on the north west of the island is a glorious spot with its 200 metres of fine white sand.
There’s no shortage of traditional festivals, lively fiestas and major events during the year to entertain visitors to Fuerteventura.
This is staged during February and March in Corralejo, Morro Jable and Puerto del Rosario. It is a truly spectacular affair with each town hosting a range of activities including fun fairs, parties and live music events.
This is held in El Cotillo from late June until early July. It is a bumper summer music extravaganza featuring big name bands and musicians from all over Europe.
Held on the first Sunday of October, this fiesta takes place in Puerto del Rosario and involves a range of activities to celebrate the Patron Saint of Fuerteventura’s capital.
This fun-packed event takes place in Gran Tarajal in September and features more than 100 circus artists from around the globe. As you would expect, this is a big favourite with children.
The festival of Saint Bonaventure, in honour of the patron saint of Betancuria, is held on July 14. The procession, which became official in 1456, features rondalla serenade groups who add a captivating musical aspect to the event.
Fuerteventura has something to excite the palate of every visitor to the island - it has an impressive range of traditional dishes and specialities which are definitely worth trying during your stay.
Ropa Vieja is a hearty stew often served on the island where pork, chicken, beef or choritzo can be used as the main ingredient. This is added to several other ingredients including chopped tomatoes, chickpeas, onions, peppers, potatoes, garlic, saffron, thyme and paprika. It is often accompanied by rice or Canarian potatoes.
Fuerteventura is renowned for its fabulous cheeses. Among them is the mahorero cheese which is made from goat’s milk and has swept up awards at many international contests.
Carajacas is a popular liver where beef or veal livers are marinated in olive oil, garlic, oregano, cumin, peppers and parsley before being fried or roasted and accompanied by mojo sauce.
The locals of Fuerteventura love fish and you’ll find a huge range of seafood dishes at eating places across the island. Octopus, sardines, grouper, parrotfish, squid, limpets, sea bream and cuttlefish are among the most popular choices.
Sancocho is a traditional fish stew made with corvina, grouper or sea bass which is cooked with potatoes, mojo sauce and gofio, a Canarian flour made from roasted grains.
A popular dessert on the island is Prince Albert, a scrumptious chocolate mousse, combined with cream and packed with almonds and hazelnuts.
There are many superb restaurants on the island - among those of note are El Camarote in Caleta de Fuste , Casa Santa Maria in Betancuria and La MARquesina in Corralejo. Another popular dining place is La Vaca Azul in El Cotillo, one of the oldest restaurants on the island - this one is easy to spot as it has a large blue cow on the roof!