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FuerteventuraWith golden sand, cool water, and a gentle sea breeze, the second largest of the Canary Islands attracts huge numbers of sun-worshippers and water sports enthusiasts. The island itself has much more to offer, from barren desert scenery and fascinating volcanoes to colourful and characterful towns and pleasant harbour promenades.
The IslandNestled within the Canary Islands archipelago, Fuerteventura emerges as a tranquil oasis of diverse landscapes and sun-drenched shores. The island's 340 km gilt-edged coast surrounds a relatively flat interior of gentle hills and sweeping plains. The unique desert landscape and long-dead volcanoes are a sight to behold and earned the whole island the title of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2009. Goat herders and fishermen once ruled the island, living a simple life of relative solitude. Nowadays, tourism is the driving force, centred around the lively resorts of Corralejo in the north, Jandía in the south, and more recently, Caleta de Fuste on the east coast.
Do & See
Fuerteventura offers a plethora of experiences that cater to every traveller’s desires. Begin by basking in the sun-kissed glory of its pristine beaches, such as Corralejo and Sotavento, where crystal-clear waters invite you to swim, surf, or simply unwind. Adventure seekers can conquer the majestic sand dunes of Corralejo Natural Park. For an adrenaline rush, windsurfing and kiteboarding at Playa de Sotavento are must-tries, thanks to the island's brisk winds. And don't miss the chance to delve into the island's rich history and culture by exploring the charming village of Betancuria, with its historical sites and charming streets.
Unsurprisingly, fish is predominant in most of the island’s restaurants, especially those on the coast, with swordfish, sea bass, octopus, and limpets as some of the more favoured delicacies. Inland, the ingredients favour more pastoral palettes with goat, rabbit, gofio (roasted corn meal), and the famous Maxorata cheese on the menu. Most main dishes are served with the ubiquitous accompaniments of fiery red mojo sauce and 'wrinkled potatoes' (papas arrugadas).
Café culture is most predominant in the quayside bars of Corralejo, Puerto del Rosario, and Caleta de Fuste. An early morning knockback of industrial-strength espresso will get you up to speed in no time.
Bars & Nightlife
Fuerteventura is nowhere near Tenerife when it comes to clubbing, but its nightlife still pulses with an energetic atmosphere. From the bustling streets of Corralejo to the lively venues of Caleta de Fuste and beyond, the island offers a variety of entertainment options that come alive after the sun sets. Enjoy vibrant beachfront bars, chic lounges, and bustling nightclubs, where live music, DJs, and dance floors keep the rhythm going well into the early hours.
You can take your pick of shopping experiences in Fuerteventura — stock up on duty-free goodies, get some island souvenirs, add some colourful threads to your wardrobe or browse for some Canarian knickknacks at a market.