Fuerteventura – Licence to thrill

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura gets you buzzing

The second largest of the Canary Islands is where the thrill-seekers head for – it’s the most popular island in the Canaries for beaches and adrenaline-fuelled watersports.

You can fly direct to Fuerteventura from Liverpool John Lennon Airport with easyjet or Ryanair.

Fuerteventura translates literally as “strong winds” and it is these gusts that make this place such a mecca for windsurfers and kite-surfers, especially at hotspots Sotavento in the south and El Cotillo in the north.

Beyond the main resorts, Fuerteventura remains largely untouched by tourism, yet much of its interior is very accessible by excellent good roads.

The best way to see the island is by hire car. The roads on the island are of a good standard and the interior is much flatter than the other major mountainous islands, make exploring the island by hire car a treat. All the main Fuerteventura resorts have car hire outlets, or have your car rental waiting for you at the airport on arrival.

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The best diving centres are found at Gran Tarajal, Pozo Negro and Caleta de Fuste. There’s good surfing at Sotavento, Los Caletones and Playa Bajo Negro near Corralejo and Corralejo is also the best base for deep sea fishing trips out into the Atlantic.

There are two excellent golf courses on the island in and around Caleta de Fuste, one of which has played host to the Spanish Open, and there is also plenty of opportunity for off-road mountain biking in the interior.

Catamaran sailing trips are popular, especially south around Jandia for spectacular views of the hilly landscape. You can try horse riding, jeep safaris and tennis as well.

BEACH LIFE

Fuerteventura has great beaches. Two of its most popular resorts – Morro Jable and Costa Calma (both good Fuerteventura family holiday choices in the south of the island) – are blue flag stretches. The best naturist beaches (albeit unofficial) are to be found down in the far south of Jandia at remote Cofete, or up on quiet spots on the endless white sands of Sotovento.

Costa Calma’s beach is a real gem, perfect for both watersports, especially windsurfing and the resort offers an excellent choice of good quality accommodation and ample typical resort amenities.

Sotavento with its white gleaming sands stretching for miles offering perfect conditions for windsurfing. The Windsurf World Cup is held here on Sotavento during late July into August annually.

Morro Jable offers a good choice of watersports and easy access to catamaran and boat trips from its adjacent harbour. To the left of the lighthouse is a section of the beach reserved for naturists.

To the far south of Jandia are the stunning and relatively undiscovered beaches of Cofete and Barlovento.

To the north the white sand beaches around Corralejo are stunning, backed on by sand dunes which are part of the Corralejo Nature Park which is protected. The manmade beach of Caleta De Fuste is sheltered and ideal for families.

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SHOPPING

Corralejo Market (based at the Baku Waterpark complex) is open every Monday and every Friday from 8am to 2pm.

Caleta de Fuste Market is open every Saturday from 8.30am to 2pm.

Jandia Market is held every Thursday from 10am to 2pm. Antigua Market is there every second Sunday of the month from 10am to 2pm.

Some of the best arts and crafts shopping is available on Fuerteventura, at cultural craft centres at Tefia and Betancuria for example.

There are some chic surf gear shops in Corralejo, and there’s also plenty to browse round at the market stalls and specialist shops around Corralejo old town and harbour.

If you really want to shop till you drop, consider taking a trip to Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria by boat from Morro Jable or Puerto del Rosario.

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