Explore the magic of the Canaries on your Fuerteventura holidays

Escape the rat race and soak up the sun on the vast volcanic plains of Fuerteventura

Escape the rat race and soak up the sun on the vast volcanic plains of Fuerteventura

If your idea of an idyllic holiday is soaking up the sun on a secluded stretch of sand, Fuerteventura is the place. Often overshadowed by its glitzy, glamorous neighbours Tenerife and Gran Canaria, this Canary Island is a beach lover’s paradise. But, if you take time to mellow into the laid-back island groove, you will discover a natural oasis full of exciting things to do. Need inspiration? Read on to discover the best plans for your Fuerteventura holidays.

One of the top Fuerteventura attractions is its natural beauty

Fuerteventura is an island of contrasts, surprising visitors with its volcanic landscape, in which the imposing silhouette of Mount Tindaya provides the backdrop to the beaches, some of which are black while others, with their fine, white sand, could be in the Caribbean.

The entire island was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 2009; its volcanic and natural landscapes are unique in the world. Here you are guaranteed to find the tranquillity and quality time you were seeking on your holidays in Fuerteventura. In addition, the quality and variety of leisure options on the island, including outdoor activities and relaxation, will make the summer seem less like a season of the year and more like a permanent mental state that you can fall into at any time.

With extensive beaches renowned for their quality—ideal for water sports—, Jandía’s adults-only hotels on the south of the island offer the chance to leave the world behind. If you’re ready for some enjoyment, treat yourself to your next Fuerteventura holidays and be the star of your own show.

Finding the right hotel for your Fuerteventura holidays

Apart from good weather, the other thing you can be sure of on your Fuerteventura beach holidays is a wide choice of unique places where you can retreat from the world. Every self-respecting traveller knows that the key to success is choosing a privileged location with easy access to all the attractions. Add to this spectacular coastal views and all the comforts of home, and the decision is clear cut.

That is the case with the Occidental Jandía Royal Level hotel, on the beachfront, designed only for adults to guarantee you that your Fuerteventura short break holidays live up to your daydreams.

If wellness is your top priority, check into Barceló Fuerteventura Mar, home to the largest Thalasso Spa on the island. Another one of the most highly recommended places to let yourself be pampered while you enjoy the beaches include hotels such as the Barceló Corralejo Bay, an adults-only hotel with its own wellness centre. 

If you believe that your Fuerteventura holidays are best enjoyed as a family, the island also boasts top family-friendly hotels that will feel like home from home. Kids can enjoy the exclusive Happy Minds concept developed at the Barceló Fuerteventura Royal Level to ensure that playtime is a sensory experience. And at Occidental Jandía Mar, children will have so much fun participating in the various kids clubs and activities organised by the hotel’s professional childcare monitors. 

Fuerteventura tourist attractions: The grounds of the Barceló Fuerteventura Royal Level Adults Only hote

 Float around paradise at the Barceló Fuerteventura Royal Level Adults Only hotel

Beaches not to be missed on your Fuerteventura vacation

If the image of an idyllic coast is the main thing that attracts you to the island, let’s start with a selection of beaches that you really must not miss. So right now, pack your bag with what you need for a day sunning yourself on a beach bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. It’s time to explore the island’s highlights while on your Fuerteventura holidays.

Playa de Cofete

Probably the most spectacular beach in the Canary Islands, located on the Jandía peninsula, stretching for 12 enviable kilometres; here you can lose yourself among the white sands and against the backdrop of a huge mountain range. It is easily accessed from the top hotels in Fuerteventura, and as Fuerteventura is a large island, it offers scope for full excursions to other spots on the island. So, if you are looking for things to do in Fuerteventura, the experience of having a beach almost to yourself in a remarkable setting is one that you should not miss.

Fuerteventura holidays: The cliffs and beach of Playa Cofete, Fuerteventura

Enjoy soaking up the sun on Playa Cofete

The Playa del Matorral de Jandía Lighthouse

Are you looking for things to keep you occupied while in Fuerteventura? Right opposite the Occidental Jandía Royal Level Hotel, an iconic white lighthouse outlined against the Canary Islands’ sky will make you feel like you’re on the set of a movie during your summer holidays in Fuerteventura. Moreover, this beach is in the centre of Jandía, a natural enclave, free from crowds, where you can see the native fauna. Can you imagine a more exotic location for a day at the beach?

Fuerteventura holidays: Golden sand beaches with the Jandía lighthouse in the distance

I spy, with my little eye the Jandía Lighthouse

Catch some waves at El Cotillo Beach

If Fuerteventura is known for one thing, that is its rather windy weather. So, it should come as no surprise that surfers have made this their spiritual home and retreat to its sandy coves in search for the best waves. If you are keen to experience the thrill of adrenaline that only surfing can provide, then head to El Cotillo beach during your Fuerteventura holidays. And, if you just want to spectate, the slow-is-better ethos of this tiny fishing town will set the scene for the perfect beach day. Head to Rocky Point or Piedra Playa for the best waves, then grab a quick bite of freshly caught seafood at one of the town’s small and humble restaurants. 

Short breaks to Fuerteventura: The beach of El Cotillo, Fuerteventura

Catch some waves at El Cotillo beach

Explore these Fuerteventura tourist attractions after a day at the beach

While it may be easy to spend your entire Fuerteventura holidays lounging at the beach, there is so much more of the island to explore. From the undulating landscapes of the Corralejo Nature Park to the blanket of stars visible at night from the Mirador Astronómico Sicasumbre, every corner of this island is bathed in natural beauty.

The Corralejo Nature Park is a Fuerteventura must-see

This park, in the north of the island, is a natural area with huge sand dunes and is surrounded by clear water. If the picture wasn’t already idyllic enough, the finishing touch is provided by the sight of Isla de Lobos, a few kilometres away. 

If the picture wasn’t already idyllic enough, the finishing touch is provided by the sight of Isla de Lobos, a few kilometres away

Needless to say, the sunsets over the Corralejo Nature Park will be one of the most treasured memories of your Fuerteventura holidays.

Golden sand beaches next to the Corralejo Nature Park

Have fun exploring the sand dunes at the Corralejo Nature Park

The coastal village of Ajuy is one of the best places to see in Fuerteventura

In the equally welcoming village of Ajuy, in the Pájara district, you can find another beach that provides a haven of peace away from the worldly hubbub. Ajuy is a small village on a wild, volcanic coast, and is one of those delightful places where time has almost stood still, and where it is worth sampling the fresh fish available in the area. Nearby are the Cuevas de Ajuy (Caves), formed by thousands of years of erosion by the sea and wind. They offer remarkable views of the cliffs lashed by the wild sea and are a memorable spot to visit during your short breaks to Fuerteventura.

Places to see in Fuerteventura: The Caves of Ajuy with the Atlantic Ocean

A trip to the village of Ajuy to see the caves is a must for your trip

Enjoy a star-studded experience at Mirador Astronómico de Sicasumbre

As well as buttercream coloured coastlines and bone-dry, arid plains, Fuerteventura offers a wealth of natural experiences to enjoy during your Fuerteventura holidays. One of the best places to go in Fuerteventura is the astronomic lookout station of Sicasumbre. Here you can gaze out over the sandy valleys enriched with local folklore and tradition. Yet, at night this place comes alive with magical views of the Milky Way. If you are fascinated by the night sky or are looking for a romantic plan in Fuerteventura, this is the place to be.

Fuerteventura vacation: The Astronomic lookout of Sicasumbre

Marvel at the clear skies and make a wish on a shooting star