Fuerteventura has long been a family favourite; easily accessible by cheap package deals, all inclusive luxury holidays and bargain last-minute breaks. For a family holiday, there are few better or more affordable options than Fuerteventura. Located just off the coast of Northern Africa, between Morocco and Spain; Fuerteventura enjoys some of the best weather in the world boasting over 3000 hours of sunshine per year, whilst still only being a short-haul destination with the short flight and transfer times which are preferable when traveling with children.
The island of Fuerteventura is largely desert and has an artistically inspiring arid landscape and over 50km of golden and white sandy beaches. Tourism is its largest industry and the island has a well-developed infrastructure for visitors; including a zoo, golf courses, marine and diving excursions, theme parks and a waterpark. There is much for families and young couples to enjoy, and the island is a perfect location for a one or two week holiday.
Fuerteventura has many accommodation options, with many offering all inclusive packages at their resorts. From villas to hotels, visitors have many different choices of place to stay during their trip to Fuerteventura and it’s important to choose well in order to stay with like-minded groups of people. Some resorts such as Corralejo, tend to attract young families and couples; whereas some of the quieter resorts in the south of the island are more popular with older people and those seeking a more relaxing break.
There is always something to do in Fuerteventura, and for families with children, one of the favourite activities is a visit to the theme park. With a choice of more traditional theme park rides or the water park; Fuerteventura has an option to suit everyone. There is also Oasis Park, which offers a zoo and botanical gardens, where visitors can experience a camel safari and visit the monkeys, zebras and giraffes.
For those who prefer more active pursuits, Fuerteventura is the perfect location for many sporting activities; including beach volleyball, windsurfing, golf, kiteboarding, fishing and snorkelling. There are also a number of companies offering buggy and quad safaris for those who want to explore the island in a more adventurous style. For golf enthusiasts there are a number of high-quality golf courses which are happy to accept visitors who would like to learn or improve their skills on the green.
There is the opportunity to take a glass-bottomed boat trip to the small and beautiful island just off the coast of Fuerteventura, and a luxury catamaran should you wish to visit the nearby island of Lanzarote. For those whose imaginations have been fired by the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, there is a ‘pirate ship’ offering regular sightseeing trips from Morro Jable harbour.
For those who would like to incorporate more culture into their visit, then a trip to see the Poblado de La Atalayita is certain to impress. A village of stone dwellings, this settlement dates back to before the Spanish conquests and is one of the oldest and best preserved dwellings in the region. There are also a number of museums on the island, offering demonstrations of traditional farming techniques and focussing on ecological impacts and improvements.
Fuerteventura has a lively nightlife, and there are many bars and clubs which attract locals as well as visitors. For those who are interested in partying and clubbing, the resort of Corralejo is the best place to stay, particularly in low season when other resorts can tend to be quieter. Driven by Spanish and Latin beats, the clubs of Corralejo remain popular throughout the year and many offer an ‘authentic’ experience which is favoured by local people.
Many bars offer live music, and this is likely to be acoustic displays of the Spanish guitar style, popular with tourists and local people alike. Traditional dance is also prevalent, particularly around festival times and during the peak summer season.
Restaurants and Dining
Cuisine on the island is varied, with the tourists driving a market for diverse and interesting menus. As a result, visitors to the island are able to sample many different gastronomic styles, such as Chinese, Indian, Moroccan, traditional British, fast food and Tex-Mex. There are also some authentic Canarian restaurants and diners, which offer traditional regional food.
Being an island, food from Fuerteventura traditionally centres on fish and seafood; as well as goat’s cheese and stews. To sample a local dish, try ordering Papas Arrugadas or ‘wrinkly potatoes’, Potaje Canario – a traditional stew, or Lapas – grilled limpets.
The people of Fuerteventura are very similar in outlook to those of mainland Spain sharing habits such as the afternoon siesta, with some additional Latin influences. Traditional to the Canary Islands is ‘folklore music’ and Lucha Canaria wresting; both of which can be seen at major festivals and celebrations and are unique to this region, being a great source of pride to locals and a source of competition between the islands.