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Top 9 things to do in Fuerteventura in 2019

Fuerteventura is far more than just one giant beach. Here are our insider tips for things to do on this gorgeous, if underrated Canary Island in 2019.

Fuerteventura may officially be part of Spain, but it’s less than 100km from the African coast and dances to a different beat than the mainland.

Its perennial warmth may be the main draw, but did you know the second largest Canary Island is home to the first Spanish goat’s cheese to have been awarded denominacion de origen status? Or that Fuerteventura beaches are popular with surfers and windsurfers for their consistent waves? Or that you can hike to the very summit of the volcanoes that dominate this striking – and strikingly – unspoilt island? There is even the chance to get naked, but we’ll come to that…

Two seagulls fly over a rocky beach in Fuerteventura, Spain

9 things to do in Fuerteventura in 2019

1. Hit the beach

Yellow stretch of sand in Fuerteventura - the beaches are some of the best in Europe

And not just any beach. Fuerteventura beaches are some of Europe’s most impressive stretches of sand. The Parque Natural de Corralejo is an epic 11km-long sweep of starched white dunes that constantly shifts shape, as sand is blown in from the Sahara. Don’t be put off visiting if it’s windy – look out for the windbreak shelters the locals have built using the island’s volcanic stones.

Volcanic beach in Fuerteventura with turquoise waters and people playing with the waves

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2. Relax in a resort

A busy beach full of umbrellas and two palms in Corralejo, Fuerteventura - one of the island's most popular resorts

Corralejo in the north of Fuerteventura is a little scuffed around the edges, a working Spanish town as well as a resort. It attracts a real mix of visitors, particularly the British, but plenty of mainland Spanish tourists too, to its centre-of-town sands (the main street even becomes the beach at one point) and cluster of laidback waterfront restaurants. Further south, Caleta de Fuste, with its slicker restaurants and fancier shops, appeals to a more well-heeled crowd, many arriving by their own yacht.

Stripy chair under an umbrella and next to a cactus in a Fuerteventura resort

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3. Take in a traditional village

The traditional village of Betancuria among palms in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

A much slower pace of life awaits in the likes of Antigua, La Oliva and Betancuria in Fuerteventura. Think bleached white, low rise stone houses with black volcanic stone trims and tiled roofs, neat pockets of palm trees and views of the mountains. If you only have time to visit one, make it Betancuria; the prettiest town, it was the island’s capital until 1834.

Cathedral made of white stone in the village of Betacuria, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

You can learn more at the Artisans Museum and the Betancuria Archaeological Museum. Don’t miss the baroque altar at the Iglesia de Santa Maria, a 17th-century church that replaced an earlier incarnation savaged by pirates. There are authentic restaurants too. Eating baked goat is about as genuine as you can get and it’s the specialty at cosy Casa Santa Maria.

Colourful wooden fishing boats in a small port on the beach in Fuerteventura

4. Savour the fresh seafood

Dish of seafood paella

Fuerteventura’s fishing fleet serves up exotic delights including meaty parrotfish and limpets. Black limpets may not look as nice as the orange ones, but they taste better. Corralejo boasts numerous waterfront restaurants, but you will eat better in El Cotillo. French-owned La Vaca Azul brings a touch of Gallic élan to this unassuming fishing village. Trust their fish of the day recommendations.

5. Climb a volcano

Deserted landscape and volcano in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Fuerteventura is basically one big volcano, so don’t just stand there and stare at these marvels – climb one. Montana de Tindaya is the oldest mountain in the Canary Islands and is sacred to the island’s indigenous Majorero people. The views from the top are camera battery sapping, stretching out as far as neighbouring Lanzarote.

A couple look at the sunset from a volcano in Fuerteventura, Spain

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6. Catch a wave

Two surfers walk on a beach at sunset

Fuerteventura beaches are legendary among surfers, windsurfers and kiteboarders. The Corralejo dunes are the most popular spot, but savvy surfers looking to get away from the crowds venture along the rough ‘North Track’ towards El Cotillo, where wild beaches await with consistently impressive breaks and winds.

Windsurfing boards on a beach

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7. Go for goat’s cheese

There really are more goats than people on Fuerteventura. Handily they produce the ridiculously tasty Majorero cheese. It is highly praised by gastronomers and has been awarded its own protected status, so you know you are buying the real stuff. Outside the resorts look out for little farmsteads selling their own Majorero. The village of Tindaya is where the locals head to stock up. Majorero is best enjoyed grilled with a little Canarian palm honey.

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8. Be a salt worker for a day

Salinas del Carmen, Fuerteventura’s salt museum, is only a 15-minute drive from the town of Antigua on the island’s east coast. Apart from the museum, the 26,100 m2 area includes hundreds of condensation ponds, the salt warehouse, the salt worker’s house and the old quay. Here you’ll find out all about the history of salt and how Fuerteventura produces such pure salt. A restaurant will also be opening soon. 

9. Get naked

Rocks and blue waters in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Seriously! Fuerteventura is something of a naturist destination, so if you enjoy letting it all hang out you’ve come to the right place. Morro Jable, a little over an hour’s drive from Fuerteventura airport, is one of the most nudist-friendly resorts. But even on Corralejo’s dunes there are sections where clothing is very much optional. It’s always wise to check first, though, before throwing your caution, as well as your clothes to the wind!

People scattered on a slopy beach

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Fuerteventura Holidays 2019 – Top 9 things to do

1. Hit the beach – among the best beaches in Fuerteventura are Corralejo, Cofete and La Concha
2. Relax in a resort – from Corralejo to Caleta de Fuste
3. Take in a traditional village like Betancuria
4. Savour the fresh seafood – from seafood paella to parrotfish
5. Climb a volcano – Montana de Tindaya is the oldest mountain in the Canary Islands
6. Catch a wave in Corralejo and El Cotillo
7. Go for goat’s cheese, the incredibly tasty Majorero
8. Be a salt worker for a day at Fuerteventura’s salt museum
9. Get naked in nudist-friendly resorts like Morro Jable

*Updated May 2019. Information correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability.

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