Fuerteventura Travel Guide
Known as a centre for fun in the sun, Fuerteventura is home to some of the best beaches in the region. However, away from the clubs and the parties, the island is also host to glorious wildlife, relaxing walks, spas and restaurants. No trip to the Canary Islands would be complete without a visit to this friendly, sunny island - the perfect place to unwind.
The Canary Islands
Sunshine! This is the perfect year-round destination for those wanting glorious sun, tempered by sea breezes. Although the temperatures may dip in winter evenings, travellers to the island can enjoy average temperatures of around 35 degrees C in the summer months.
Fuerteventura Airport is located next to the popular resort of Caleta de Fuste, offering magnificent sea views as you land. It is served by an airport bus, the number 3, which leaves every half hour and costs under two Euros for transport to the capital Puerto del Rosario around ten minutes away. Taxis are also available outside the terminal, while hire cars offer another option from landing.
No matter which area you decide to base your holiday, Fuerteventura has beachside residences to suit your taste. The town of Corralejo in the north is served by hotels such as the Riu Club Hotel Oliva Beach and the highly-popular BlueBay Palace. Closer to the airport is the Sheraton, which features an 18 hole golf course and luxury spa.
Perhaps the best known area of the island is the Corralejo resort at the north of Fuerteventura. As well as the top class facilities available at hotels such as the Riu Palace Tres Islas, the old town and marina offer a sample of local life, including fishing and pleasure boats around the area. Over to the east, the Barcelo Club El Castillo has a selection of bungalows for visitors to the Caleta de Fusta region.
If you have the time and energy to leave the beach, head inland for the chance to snap up some local bargains. Los Rotondas, in Puerto del Rosario, is the largets shopping centre in the Canary Islands, where international high street names sit alongside local goods. Smaller shops and markets, such as the Monday and Friday one in Corralejo, will sell gifts and souvenirs. However, be warned that you may be asked for identification if paying by credit card.
Trips are available to the nearby island of Lobos from Corralejo, which will interest nature lovers, as well as excursions to Playa Blanca on Lanzarote, which takes just over ten minutes. Tour packages are available from some hotels, which include the National Park on the neighbouring island. Other ways of exploring the region, such as coach tours or a catamaran trip down the Jandia Peninsula, are also available.
While larger resorts will provide kids club activities to entertain smaller family members, the island also offers other facilities to help keep them busy in the sunshine. Companies such as Aquaventura offer snorkelling trips which are suitable for children, and come with training and instruction. There is also a zoo at La Lajita, to the east of the island, where came safaris are a prize attraction.
Hire cars are a popular option on the island and offer a reasonably priced way to see all areas. They can be rented at the airport, or in the town centres. Alternatively, the local bus service runs between the major tourist spots, such as the number 6 between Puerto del Rosario and Corralejo.