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Holidays in Fuerteventura

Snow-white sand, a cloudless sky and turquoise waters; Fuerteventura is a paradise for beach lovers.

Feel like relaxing and soaking up the sun or would you rather jump in the waves? Divers, surfers, wind surfers and kite surfers love the beaches of Fuerteventura, which rank among the most beautiful in Europe.

A Biosphere reserve since 2009, Fuerteventura is situated off the Moroccan coast and surrounded by the cool Atlantic Ocean.

Fuerteventura is the oldest and second largest of the Canary Islands.

Due to the lack of major mountains, the trade wind clouds pass over the island, making Fuerteventura the driest of the Canary Islands.

Its highest peak is the 807 metre-high Pico de la Zarza in the Jandía nature reserve. 

Countless sandy beaches and pristine waters: Fuerteventura is the perfect holiday destination for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts.

Jandía

The beaches at Morro Jable, Playa de Esquinzo, Mal Nombre, El Salmo and Sotavento, in the south east of the island, together form Jandía peninsula’s 20 km long beach.

When talking about Jandía, one usually refers to the resort with the same name and the Playa de Matorral beach that stretches from Morro Jable fishing village to the lighthouse. This gently sloping beach, with its clear blue waters, is a true picture postcard beach.

Playa de Esquinzo
Our two Princess hotels, Club Jandía Princess and Fuerteventura Princess, are both right by Playa de Esquinzo, featuring direct beach access.

Esquinzo beach, with its 3 km of powdery sand, is perfect for lazy beach days with the whole family.

Furthermore, the beach offers the right conditions for all kinds of water sports including windsurfing, kite surfing, body boarding and stand-up paddle.

Playa del Mal Nombre
Lonely Playa del Mal Nombre is still considered an insider's tip. With its many quiet corners, it's popular with nudists.

Playa El Salmo
For those looking for a secluded spot, the natural Playa El Salmo beach is a great choice. The immediate surroundings of this bright sandy beach are still undeveloped and very few tourists frequent it.

Playa de Sotavento
Playa de Sotavento is divided into two sections, Playa Risco del Paso and Playa de Barca.

What makes Playa de Sotavento so famous is its tidal lagoon, and the annual Windsurfing & Kite boarding World Cups held every summer.

Due to the perfect wind and wave conditions there's a windsurf centre at both beaches.

Although the majority of the visitors come here to surf, the dunes are popular with nudists who like to sunbath in the wild protected area.

Playa de Barca, a golden sand bay 1.5 km long, is part of the Costa Calma resort. The waters are usually very calm and invite you to go for a swim in the Atlantic.

Playa de Cofete

Secluded Cofete beach is no place to swim due to its dangerous undercurrents and strong waves, but is absolutely worth a visit.

Dramatic sea cliffs and an unspoilt beach stretching for miles under a vast sky form a magical landscape.

Playa de Cofete was amongst the 25 most beautiful beaches in Europe at the Travellers Choice Awards 2014.

Parque Natural de Corralejo

The impressive sand dunes in the Parque Natural de Corralejo nature reserve are a highlight of north Fuerteventura: White powder sands, azure water and stunning views of the neighbouring islands Los Lobos and Lanzarote are further bonuses.

Like almost every beach on Fuerteventura, the beaches here provide secluded corners for nudists and designated areas for wind and kite surfers.

 

El Cotillo

A small village in north west Fuerteventura, El Cotillo is very popular with surfers and those looking for peace and quiet.

Snow white beaches and tiny bays stretch out for miles like pearls on a string.

Fuerteventura’s amazing beaches are undoubtedly the highlight of the island. But don't miss the following destinations:

Betancuria
The former capital is Fuerteventura’s oldest town and therefore of historical interest.

The Santa Maria de Betancuria parish church stands on the site of the first cathedral in the Canary Islands, built in 1424.

The building was completely destroyed in a pirate attack and rebuilt in 1691 in the style of a fortified church. It now boasts the oldest woodcarving of the Canary Islands; A 15th-century sculpture of Saint Catherine.

The Museo de Arte Sacro, in the historic town centre, is also well worth a visit. The Sacred Art museum displays an interesting collection of paintings, sculptures and photos.

Pájara
Another beautiful spot in Fuerteventura is idyllic Pájara with its typical Canarian houses with wooden balconies.

The Iglesia de la Virgen de la Regla church is worth a visit due to its mystical symbols.

Villa Winter
The Villa Winter, built in the 1940s and named after the German engineer Gustav Winter, towers over Playa de Cofete beach.

Many myths and legends surround the place which is said to have been the headquarters of a U-boat harbour and an airfield for leading National Socialists during the Second World War.

Pirate Caves, Ajuy
Close to the fishing village of Ajuy in the west of Fuerteventura are a set of sea caves that can be visited on foot. As the former harbour of the old capital Betancuria, Ajuy was once a favourite target of pirates and the caves, at the end of Ajuy’s dark natural beach along a short cliff trail, are still called the pirate caves.

Cueva del Llano, Villaverde
The museum above the Cueva del Llano cave in Villaverde informs you about the history of this long lava tube and its rare inhabitants; Maiorerus randoi, a tiny spider that only lives here.

Surfing

Fuerteventura is a paradise for surfers, wind surfers, kite surfers, body boarders and stand up paddle boarders.

The island offers countless great surf spots; the most popular ones being Playa de Sotavento, Costa Calma and the beaches within the Parque Natural de Corralejo nature reserve.

 

Diving

Fuerteventura offers a variety of amazing dive sites and its waters are home to turtles, angel sharks, barracudas, tuna, rays and moray eels.

Pleasant water temperatures (20 degrees on average) and visibility of up to 50 metres make Fuerteventura an excellent destination for divers.

A variety of local dive centre offer special courses for beginners and advanced divers.

 

Golf

Golf enthusiasts can enjoy four spectacular 18-hole golf courses in Fuerteventura:

Jandia Golf Course 18 Hole, Par 72
Just like Salobre Golf North and Meloneras Golf in Gran Canaria, the Jandia Golf Course was designed by the American architect Ron Kirby.

With views of the mountains and the Jandía lighthouse, the 18 Hole golf course is just 1,5 km away from the resort with the same name.

Golfclub Salinas de Antigua 18 Hole, Par 70

Located on the coast at Caleta de Fuste, this golf course was designed by two-time World Cup champion Manolo Piñero.

Just a few kilometres from Fuerteventura’s Airport, the golf course, with its flat landscape and 4 lakes, offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Playitas Golf 18 Hole, Par 67
Opened at the end of 2009 Playitas Golf was designed by the renowned golf architect John Chilver-Stainer.

Located near the small coastal town of Las Playitas, this hilly golf course provides gorgeous vistas over the ocean and the mountains of Fuerteventura.

Fuerteventura Golf Club 18 Hole, Par 72
Fuerteventura Golf, the first 18 Hole golf course in Fuerteventura, hosted the Spanish Open in 2004.

Located south of Caleta del Fuste resort, this challenging golf course has long fairways.

Horse riding

Why not discover the spectacular lunar landscapes and amazing beaches of Fuerteventura on horseback?

Horse lovers will find plenty of different riding schools in Fuerteventura.

 

Hiking

The majority of holiday makers choose Fuerteventura because of its heavenly beaches.

However, the volcanic island also offers fascinating landscapes, untouched nature and lonely trails.

The best time for walking holidays in Fuerteventura is in autumn, winter and spring, since most of the trails are unshaded.

Most of Fuerteventura’s routes are well signposted and maintained.

There are several walking companies offering guided walks and stunning trails for many different skill levels.

 

Cycling

Little traffic and well paved roads make Fuerteventura an ideal destination for cyclists.

It's why cyclists and mountain bikers train all-year-round in Fuerteventura and holiday-makers set off on any day they choose.