Fuerteventura is a great choice for trying out watersports. The island is known for its refreshing and sweeping breezes (its name literally means ‘strong wind’) and it’s a little blowier than the other Canary Islands during the summer, making it ideal for windsurfing. The Jandía Peninsula down south is home to serene Sotavento Beach and hosts the World Windsurfing Championship in July; if you’re a Sci-Fi fan then you may also recognise the area as the backdrop for scenes in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Visit one of the various windsurf and kitesurf centres around Corralejo, a former fishing village on the island’s north-eastern tip which is now a popular resort.
Corralejo’s main street and old quarter have plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, with cuisine including traditional Spanish seafood, Italian and Chinese. The town is in an excellent location, within walking distance of the beach and bordering the Corralejo Dunes Natural Park, where you’ll find the largest sand dunes in the Canary Islands — they can be up to 50 metres tall and stretch right down to the ocean. To see more of the Canary Islands head to the harbour and hop on a ferry to Lanzarote — it’s just a 30-minute ferry ride into Playa Blanca, or take a 10-minute ferry ride to the small and uninhabited Lobos (‘Wolves’) Island; it has a nature reserve and is open for day trips.
Where is Fuerteventura?
Fuerteventura is in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of north-west Africa. It’s the second largest of the Canary Islands and also the second closest to Africa, just south of Lanzarote.
Similar to most places in Spain, taxis run on a meter and are reliable for getting from A to B. Fuerteventura is a long island though, so if you’re planning on travelling a bit further then buses can be better value. Tiadhe, the island’s public bus company, has good-quality air-conditioned buses which will take you from Fuerteventura airport to the island’s capital, Puerto del Rosario, or down to Caleta de Fuste in under 10 minutes (there’s no direct service up to Corralejo but the journey is still doable). Hiring a car is an affordable and practical way of seeing the island at your own pace.
Food & drink
Typical Canarian dishes eaten in Fuerteventura include the spicy mojo picón sauce and papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes). The island is famous for queso majorero, local cheese made from goat’s milk and named after the island locals, majos; you can enjoy it with olive oil and paprika and there’s a smoked variety as well. Goat is actually a popular meat too, after generations of cattle farming on the island — it’s surprisingly lean and is often served in a stew. Gofio, a mix of ground cornmeal, was once a staple of the Canarian diet and is now used in gofio mousse, a very sweet dessert which you can order in restaurants.