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If you're planning a trip to Fuerteventura any time soon, you are probably looking for the best areas where to stay in Fuerteventura, especially if this is your first time visiting the island. In this article, we will share with you where the best places are, which are the best hotels and our favorite beaches and things to do while you're here.
Fuerteventura is the oldest Canary Islands and it's home to some of Europe's best beaches, and in consequence, it is considered to be one of the best destinations for a beach holiday in Europe.
No matter in which resort you decide to stay in Fuerteventura, you'll always be close to some of the most stunning beaches you've ever seen, with turquoise crystal clear waters and white or gold fine sand. The island is truly a paradise, situated only four hours away from home for most European visitors coming from countries like the UK, Germany, Norway, Sweden, etc.
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What makes Fuerteventura ideal for a holiday all year long?
The wonderful weather, of course.
Because of their location, the Canary Islands have over 3000 hours of sunshine per year, with average daily temperatures of 20°C - 21°C during the daytime in December.
Fuerteventura is a favorite destination for beach lovers and surfers everywhere, with a year-round tourist season, due to the great weather. It has great waves, hundreds of kilometers of coast and 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.
So which Fuerteventura resort is best?
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 relaxation and fun, Corralejo is the place to go.
In our opinion, Corralejo has the best nightlife in Fuerteventura, lots of great bars and let's not forget the Music Square, which is one of the places with the best atmosphere in town (day and night).
Corralejo also has some great restaurants, like 5th Avenue, Fado Rock, Tuxedos or Avenida Restaurante, so you'll be able to enjoy incredible food every day of your holiday.
Corralejo Natural Park is a must-see on the island and the scenery looks like it's part of the Sahara. After you are finished exploring the Corralejo sand dunes, you have to cross over to the beach, where you can enjoy the fantastic Corralejo Grandes Playas.
From Corralejo, it's easy to make short trips either to El Cotillo, Lajares or La Oliva. Corralejo also offers some of the best opportunities for shopping in Fuerteventura.
Las Palmeras Shopping Center is right on the main road and has underground parking which is free. Here you will find many international brands like Zara or Pull and Bear.
El Campanario is another commercial center where they also host a fair with souvenirs and local artisan 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.
As you can see, there are plenty of things to do in Corralejo and there's a lot more to discover close by if you feel like exploring.
If you are coming to Fuerteventura on a family holiday with your kids, then Caleta de Fuste may be the best choice for you. It is close to the airport and the resort is home to the Barcelo Thalasso Spa Hotel, one of the most popular hotels on the island.
Caleta de Fuste has a central location on the island, which makes it the perfect starting point for exploring Fuerteventura, especially for first-time visitors.
Since Caleta de Fuste is a resort town developed especially for tourism on the island, it has all the facilities needed for a relaxing holiday, as well as a beautiful beach, Playa El Castillo, which has been updated recently. There are plenty of good bars and restaurants and the resort has a more relaxed atmosphere compared to Corralejo, which makes it more suitable for families with small children.
Playa El Castillo is ideal for kids since the water is always calm and children can play safely while parents can relax. The beach has many facilities like sunbeds, umbrellas and beach showers.
There are lots of activities available from Caleta de Fuste, like boat trips, inflatables on the water for the kids to play on, a weekly market for souvenirs, as well as a rock pool where you can swim in crystal clear water.
A few minutes out of town there's a golf course and if you're looking for a bit more adventure, you can take a trike tour from Caleta de Fuste and drive through the stunning landscape of Fuerteventura.
For a half-day trip, you can go to Betancuria, a charming village situated inland, which used to be the capital of Fuerteventura. The route is quite scenic, so make a lot of stops on the way there and enjoy the beautiful views.
Don't miss the Morro Velosa statues and the Morro Velosa Mirador, with one of the most spectacular views, then take a walk through Betancuria, a typical Spanish town and enjoy the rural side of Fuerteventura.
Oasis Park is the best day trip for a fun family day away from the beach. The zoo is situated in La Lajita, a 40 minutes drive from Castillo Caleta de Fuste. Oasis is a great park, with many animals to see and several shows.
For a full view of the resort, see our article about things to do in Caleta de Fuste.
El Cotillo is laid back and quiet in comparison to other bigger resorts in Fuerteventura, but it retains its old charm since it used to be a fishing village before the tourism on the island grew.
El Cotillo is a bit remote and it's the only place on our list located on the northwest side of Fuerteventura. If all you want to do is to sit on the beach and relax, away from the noisy bars and the hustle and bustle of big resorts, El Cotillo should be the perfect place to stay in Fuerteventura for you.
El Cotillo is also a popular place to stay for surfers, due to the proximity of Piedra Playa, a good beach for surfing in the north of Fuerteventura.
First of all....sit back and relax. Take in the views and especially try not to miss the sunset from El Cotillo, which is probably the best on the island.
Go to Playa La Concha for a day on one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura, but make sure to bring some snacks and drinks with you.
Don't miss out on a day of exploration around the lagoons near El Cotillo, or Los Charcos, as they are called in Spanish. These lagoons are among our top 3 favorite places in Fuerteventura, and we highly recommend you to go there.
Costa Calma is situated in the south of the island and it's a very popular area to stay in Fuerteventura among German visitors. There are many hotels, restaurants, clinics, that cater to 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.
Costa Calma is located 65 km away from the airport, which means about a 1-hour drive if you decide to rent a car.
Costa Calma is a smaller resort than Caleta de Fuste or Corralejo and it's geared mostly towards the German crowd and popular also with tourists from northern Europe. The resort town of Costa Calma was developed with tourism in mind, so you'll find all the amenities needed for a smooth holiday, but with fewer crowds than in the previous two resorts.
The famous Sotavento lagoon is situated close to Costa Calma and is one of the beaches that you will see on many Fuerteventura postcards.
Playa Barca is popular among surfers since the winds are favorable for water sports. During the summer this is where Fuerteventura Windsurfing Championship takes place. If you are interested in surfing in Fuerteventura, then you can also try Playa del Viejo Rey, situated on the west coast, only 10 kilometers from Costa Calma.
On Wednesdays and Sundays, there is a weekly market in Costa Calma where you will find anything from souvenirs, handmade jewelry and also fake goods, like watches and handbags.
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. It is located a bit far from the airport, at an 85 km distance and the journey here takes around 75 minutes if you decide to drive hire a car and drive yourself.
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 harbor, where the new town began to develop. Since Morro Jable used to be a fishing village, it retains its authentic Spanish charm, as opposed to the resorts which were purposely developed for tourism.
Morro Jable has one of the best beaches on the island, with parking spots all along the beach, so you can get here by car. Playa del Matorral is a popular 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. Morro Jable is the closest town to Cofete and from here you can even take a public bus, which will take you all the way to the beach and so you will avoid driving on the dirt road yourself.
Cofete retains 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.
Similar to the other resorts, Morro Jable has a local market which happens 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.
Puerto del Rosario is not a resort town, instead, it's the capital of Fuerteventura and so it's a residential city, where many of the island's residents live.
But with the increased number of cruise ships arriving in the harbour each winter, the town has started to make changes and has improved its tourism infrastructure, trying to attract more tourists and daily visitors.
If you want to experience local life in Fuerteventura, Puerto del Rosario is the best place to be. It's the largest city on the island, it has supermarkets like Hiperdino and Lidl, a beautifully renovated beach and bus connections with all other towns and resorts on the island. Plus, prices for accommodation in Puerto del Rosario are lower than in the other resorts, but you will not find as many options for hotels.
Puerto del Rosario has a lovely beach, called Playa Chica, which has been redone in recent years and it now looks great and has all the facilities found on the beaches in the resorts.
From Puerto del Rosario you can also easily reach Playa Blanca, which is another massive and beautiful beach in this area.
C.C. Las Rotondas is a big shopping mall, where many people come to shop from all parts of the island. It has international brands like Zara, C&A, as well as a big Hiperdino supermarket, a food court, and other local brands.
Puerto del Rosario is also a great place to stay in Fuerteventura without a car since you can use the local buses to explore the island. From Puerto del Rosario you have a direct bus to Corralejo, Caleta de Fuste, Morro Jable and even to the airport, so most places are only a bus ride away and since the distances are not that big, the trips shouldn't take too long.
These are the main areas in Fuerteventura where you can stay during your holiday on the island. Corralejo is by far Fuerteventura's most popular resort, followed by Caleta de Fuste and then Costa Calma. Wherever you decide to stay, Fuerteventura is an amazing island for a beach holiday and you can enjoy her lovely beaches even in winter, due to the warm climate.
Costa de Antigua is a purposely built resort in Fuerteventura, located on the east coast, between the airport and Caleta de Fuste.
Also known as Nuevo Horizonte, you have nearby all you need for a relaxing holiday in Fuerteventura: there are bars and restaurants, a large Mercadona and it's easy to get around just using the public buses. If you want, you can walk over to Caleta de Fuste using the picturesque coastal path, since it's not that far away and in Caleta, you will find lots more bars and restaurants.
Costa de Antigua is more laid back compared to the bigger resorts, there are not so many big hotels here, as most of the developments are apartments and villas. So if you're looking for a quiet place to stay in Fuerteventura, with more affordable accommodation compared to Corralejo or Caleta de Fuste, Costa de Antigua might be the best option.
In our opinion, Corralejo is the best resort for couples and people looking for fun nightlife activities, while Caleta de Fuste is the best resort for families in Fuerteventura.
Corralejo is the liveliest resort and also the best resort for nightlife in Fuerteventura.
If you want to surf while in Fuerteventura, the best areas are El Cotillo, Costa Calma and La Pared.