Laid-back, lovely Fuerteventura is a perfect Canary getaway with miles of soft, sandy beaches, for swimming, surfing and sailing, coupled with well catered resorts, charming fishing villages and a volcanic but dramatic interior.
As with all the Canaries, the island’s sub-tropical climate and location just 80 miles from the African continent, mean warm sunshine is almost guaranteed throughout the year. Temperatures average a pleasant 21C in January to a peak of 28C in August.
The North African influence can be felt throughout and particularly in the architecture with many houses sporting flat roofs to collect rainfall. A more colourful reflection of its near neighbour Lanzarote – both are Unesco Biosphere Reserves – Fuerteventura boasts a volcanic landscape of surreal, reddy-brown conical peaks.
But most flock to Fuerteventra for the waves and the wind, meaning watersports are to the fore here. The second-largest of the Canaries after Tenerife, Fuerteventura has the biggest and best beaches of the island-archipelago.
Corralejo in the north is one of the main resort destinations, but still retains the charm and atmosphere of the fishing village it once was. In the south, the sheltered bays of Costa Caleta provide safe bathing for all, just a short stroll from the resort’s main street filled with a great choice of restaurants and cosmopolitan bars.