Lying just 100km off the coast of Africa, there is a distinct North African influence which runs through the landscape and culture of Fuerteventura. The island is epitomised by its pristine coastline of white sand beaches and emerald green waters, making it the ideal location for a relaxing beach holiday.
Fuerteventura’s long sunny days, intense winds and wave which reach up to two metres make it a paradise for water sport enthusiasts, boasting a long tradition of windsurfing and kite surfing. The island is also a designated biosphere and has a dramatic landscape of sand dunes, volcanic plains, 150km of white sands and the sacred mountain of Tindaya. Those seeking to explore this varied landscape should visit the region of Jandia, which covers the south western side of the island. The entire area is a nature reserve and offers plenty of activities including a hike to the highest point on Fuerteventura, Pico de Zarza and Jeep drives over the wild terrain beyond the resort of Morro Jable.
The island boasts some of the best beaches in the world, and though there is plenty to do aside from soaking up the sun all day, a trip to Fuerteventura would be wasted if you didn’t take time out to just sit back and relax. Take a boat trip across to the Isle of Lobos and rest on the idyllic beach of La Concha, one inhabited by only monk seals, it is still a hive of unique birdlife and crystal clear waters. Alternatively, you can visit the most famous virgin beach in all of the Canary Islands, Cofete beach. With golden sand stretching over 12km with no development, Cofete is the perfect paradise.
Fuerteventura also has a diverse range of cultural attractions from museums and religious architecture, to historical monuments and local crafts. The people of Fuerteventura are very proud of their traditions, with music and local festivities playing a major role in the island’s culture and daily life. For a taste of the local history and culture visit La Alcogida EcoMuseum, a collection a seven houses which depict the traditional habitat of Fuerteventura’s inhabitants.
Things to do
Casa de los Coroneles: The 18th century House of the Colonels, has recently been beautifully restored and now houses temporary exhibitions of world-class modern art. Upstairs you will also find exhibitions depicting the history of the building and a simple chapel with its original tiled floor.
Iglesia de Santa María: Dating back to 1620, this church is a magnificent example of baroque architecture, and still has its original stone floor and wooden ceiling. Be sure not to miss the sacristy with its display of altar ware and stunning carved wooden ceiling in shades of red and gold.
Visit El Cotillo: This former fishing village is the perfect stop for foodies, avid surfers or those seeking some relaxation. See Calle Muelle Pescadroes, which doubles as a vibrant open air gallery, and walk to lively pedestrian strip with its hippie shopping opportunities and delicious tapas bars.