Tourist Guide to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands

Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands situated off the coast of Africa and has been occupied since the 11th century BC so is steeped in history.

Due to it’s temperate climate the island is also known as the island of eternal spring and as a result has been a popular destination for tourists since the mid 60s when the first tourist hotel was built.

For the sun worshipper there is a large selection of beautiful sandy beaches from Corralejo with it’s sand dunes in the north of the island to Jandia in the south with it’s expanse of flat sandy beaches.

Fuerteventura has a selection of blue flag beaches including Butihondo, Costa calma, Grandes Playas, Gran Tarajal and Matorral. The award of a blue flag means that the beach has passed a strict inspection of water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and other services.

There is a large variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs on Fuerteventura particularly in the resorts of Corralejo and Caleta de Fuste.

Corralejo in the north of the island is one of the most popular resorts and whilst it has expanded over the last few years it has still managed to keep it’s charm. There is a promenade lined with cafes and restaurants running the length of the waterfront. The town’s sheltered beaches are popular with families not being affected by the strong currents found on the beaches further south.

Caleta de Fuste also known as Castillo lies to the east of Fuerteventura halfway down the coast and is a popular destination for families and keen golfers.

Built in the 18th century Antigua is one of the oldest villages on Fuerteventura, one of it’s most popular tourist sights is the windmill used as a tourist centre.

Betancuria was the former capital of Fuerteventura and dates back to the 1400′s and is a historical centre. The area is well known for it’s stunning views and mountains.

Cofete is in an isolated part of Fuerteventura but is worth a visit as it commands fantastic views of the island and the journey is an adventure in itself with sheer drops on the track to the town.

Costa Calma is on the edge of Jandia nationa park and is know for it’s long sandy beaches the most famous of which is Playa Barca.

Cotillo is in the northwest corner of Fuerteventura and is fast becoming a popular destination due to it’s beautiful beaches and lagoons to the south of the harbour. This area is famous for surfing and windsurfing due to the large waves and constant warm wind.

Gran Tarajal is one of the largest towns on Fuerteventura and is a working town being one of the few places not relying on tourism. The church and the sea horse fountain are well worth a visit as is the harbour.

Since 1860 Puerto del Rosario has been the capital of Fuerteventura and whilst it is close to the airport it is more geared up to industry rather than tourism. Caleta de Fuste is the nearest resort and recently the town has been improved with a new promenade.

La Oliva was the administrative heart of Fuerteventura and the Casa de los Coroneles townhouse is one of the main toursist attractions.

There are a large selection of hotels on the island and in recent years staying in holiday homes belonging to individual owners has become very popular allowing more freedom and at the same time being more economical for families.

Julie Pendleton writes for Holiday Home Rentals who have a selection of Fuerteventura Apartments and Canary Island Apartments which can be rented direct from their owners.