Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands after Tenerife and the oldest of the archipelago. It has a barren landscape, very little vegetation, dessert dunes, yet the island it is one of the best holiday destinations in Europe. Why? Because Fuerteventura has some of the most stunning beaches you've ever seen, with turquoise crystal clear waters and a white fine sand. It it truly a paradise, 4 hours away from home for most countries like the UK and Germany.
What makes Fuerteventura ideal for a holiday all year long?
The wonderful weather, of course.
Becauise of its location, the islands has over 3000 hours of sunshine per year, with average daily temperatures of 20 - 21 Celsius during the day in December.
Best place to stay in Fuerteventura
True to her name, which translates to "Strong Winds", Fuerteventura is a favorite destination for surfers everywhere all year long. It has great waves, hundreds of kilometers of coast and a sunny weather from January until December.
But there is more than surfing to Fuerteventura. The island also has many small beaches with calm warm waters, ideal for small children to play with no risk of getting hurt. You can try a different beach every day or you can lay back and enjoy one of the resorts that offer both relaxation and entertainment.
The airport in Fuerteventura is placed on the east coast, very close to the capital Puerto del Rosario. If you rent a car you will be able to get anywhere on the island in less than an hour after you pick up your rental.
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Corralejo - where to stay in Fuerteventura for couples
Corralejo is situated in the very North of the island and is the most popular resort in Fuerteventura. Here you will find everything you can wish for in order to have a memorable holiday. If you're looking for both relax and fun, this is the place to go.
distance from the airport 40 km, 40 minutes drive
what to do
Corralejo Natural Park is a MUST SEE on the island and the scenery looks like it's part of the Sahara. You can park the car somewhere along the road, since there are many parking spots for kilometers along the dunes and the beach. After you are finished exploring the sand dunes, you have to cross over to the beach, where you can enjoy the fantastic Corralejo Grandes Playas. The water here has an amazing color and you can enjoy swimming or you can practice water sports like kiteboarding.
From Corralejo you can make a short trip to El Cotillo where you can go to the beach that is right in the village.
From here you make a stop at El Toston Lighthouse and from there continue to El Cotillo Lagoons. The lagoons consist of a series of small beaches, with white sand and crystal waters. The Cotillo Lagoons were included in Top 10 Best Beaches In Europe 2015 by Tripadvisor.
As you can see there's plenty of things to do in Corralejo and lots to see around if you feel like exploring.
Corralejo offers some of the best opportunities for shopping in Fuerteventura.
Las Palmeras Shopping Center is right on the main road and has an underground parking which is free. Here you will find many international brands like Zara or Pull and Bear.
El Campanario is another commercial center opened all week long, but in the weekend they have a fair with souvenirs and local products. When you get tired of all the shopping you can stop and have brunch or enjoy a cup of coffee while you enjoy the music shows.
where to stay
ClubHotel Riu Oliva Beach Resort is situated right on Corralejo Grandes Playas, is a private space, and 10 minutes away from the town of Corralejo. This is a perfect hotel if you prefer to be right on the beach, in order to enjoy full days of sunbathing and swimming.
Another good option for families is Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura, where you can have an all inclusive holiday and just enjoy the good food and amenities the hotel has to offer.
Airbnb is always a great option if you're looking to rent a villa or an apartment. Read our article about the best Airbnbs in Fuerteventura.
Caleta de Fuste - best place to stay in Fuerteventura for families
If you are taking a family holiday with your kids, then Caleta de Fuste may be the right choice for you.
It is close to the airport and here you can stay at the Barcelo Hotel, one of the most popular on the island.
distance from the airport 8 km, 10 minutes drive
what to do
There is one beach easy accessible and with a free parking. The water is always calm and the kids can play while you relax. The beach has many facilities like sunbeds, umbrellas and beach showers.
For a half day trip you can go to Betancuria and enjoy the ride until you get there. This is a scenic route, so make stops and enjoy the beautiful views.
Take a walk through Betancuria, a typical Spanish town and enjoy the rural side of Fuerteventura.
Oasis Park is another option for a family day away from the beach. The park is situated in La Lajita, a 40 minutes drive from Castillo Caleta de Fuste.
This is a great zoo, with many animals to see and entertainment shows. There is also a Cactus Botanical Garden inside, which is the largest cactus garden in Europe. You can have a nice lunch at one of the restaurants inside the park at a very affordable price. Be prepared for a full day of walking, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
For a full view of the resort, see our article about things to do in Caleta de Fuste.
where to stay
Barcelo Thalasso Spa is probably the most famous hotel on the island and it is a massive hotel with plenty to offer. Another great hotel is Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort which is a good choice for golf lovers coming to the island.
Costa Calma - for the best Fuerteventura surf
Costa Calma is situated in the south of the island is very popular among German Tourists. There are many hotels, restaurants, clinics, that cater towards germans. Even driving through Costa Calma you will notice that the radio program is in German and many business names or adverts are also written in German.
distance from the airport 65 km, 1 hour drive
what to do
Playa Barca, which is parth of Sotavento Beach, is situated close by to Costa Calma and is one of the beaches you will see on many Fuerteventura Postcards.
It is an immense beach, kilometers of fine sand unravel before your eyes and even in peak season you will find here a private spot.
Playa Barca is popular among surfers since the winds are favorable for water sports. During the summer here takes place the Fuerteventura Windsurfing Championship, a popular event that has been organized by over 30 years.
If you are interested in surfing in Fuerfeventura, then you can also try Playa la Pared, situated on the west coast, only 10 kilometers from Costa Calma. The beach is accessible by stairs and many surfing schools come here with their students.
Costa Calma Market - every Wednesday and Sunday, between 9 am and 2 pm.
Address: Calle Happag - Lloyd, Costa Calma, Pajara, Fuerteventura, Spain
This is a market where you will find anything from souvenirs, handmade jewellery and also fake goods, like watches and handbags. It is the kind of market where you can bargain for what you buy, so don't be ashamed to ask for a better price.
where to stay
Melia Gorriones Hotel is situated right on Playa Barca and is the best place to stay in Fuerteventura if you came here to enjoy this marvelous beach. If you are looking for a place in the center of the resort of Costa Calma, then you could try H10 Tindaya Hotel. This offers easy acces to the beach and good restaurants and interior design.
Morro Jable - the best of the South
Morro Jable is the southernmost town in Fuerteventura and it has a long history as a fishing village. This is also a popular destination for German tourists, with many restaurants and bars having a German specific.
distance from the airport 85 km, 1h 15 min drive
what to do
Morro Jable has a lovely old town, where you can walk and enjoy all the small shops. If you get tired of the old town's charm, you can go on the promenade in the harbour, where the new town began to develop.
Morro Jable has one of the best beaches on the island, with parking spots all along the beach, so you can arrive here by car. This is a populated beach, but since it stretched for many kilometers, you will always find a place to stay near the ocean. There are amenities like sunbeds, umbrellas and beach showers.
Cofete is the pride and joy of Fuerteventura's beaches, with a truly spectacular landscape that takes your breath away.
From Morro Jable you can follow the signs to Cofete. The road is a dirt road, but it is OK even for small cars. On your way to Cofete you can make a small detour and go to Faro de Punta Jandia, where you will enjoy yet another gorgeous view of the ocean.
Cofete retaines her unspoiled beauty, with the ocean on one side and the high cliffs on the other side. It was included as one of the Top 10 most beautiful beaches in Europe by Tripadvisor.
There is a local market every Thursday, between 9 am and 2 pm.
Address: avenida Del Saladar, Cosmo Shopping Center
There are many other shops both in the new town and old town, with local products and also international brands.
where to stay
TUI Magic Life is a popular hotel among german tourists, with plenty of good reviews. You have many activities included like aerobics or spinning classes, which are great for the more active type of tourist.
When you are looking on where to stay in Fuerteventura in the South, another good place is Hotel Faro Jandia & Spa, which is ideal for relaxation with spa and sauna treatments.