With three major beach resorts boasting low-key, family friendly entertainment, world-class water sports and accommodation options to suit all budgets, Fuerteventura offers all the ingredients you need for a relaxing European island honeymoon or romantic holiday.
Fuerteventura is a relatively undeveloped island, best known for having the least spoiled and longest white-sand beaches of the Canary Islands.
Choose to holiday at Corralejo, the largest resort on Fuerteventura, which features a choice of white-sand beaches backed by numerous bars, restaurants and hotels.
Or try the purpose-built family resort of Caleta de Fuste, with a man-made beach and lively nightlife.
Further south sits the laid-back resort of Jandia, renowned for its 35km-long coastline indented with some of the best beaches on the island.
With year-round winds, Jandia is a great windsurfing destination and hosts the annual Professional Windsurfers Association’s (PWA) World Windsurfing Championship every August.
Inland, discover a diverse landscape of ancient volcanoes and copper-coloured plains scattered with soaring palm trees and picturesque, centuries-old whitewashed villages and windmills.
Fuerteventura has the oldest history in the Canary Islands and is easy to explore by bus or hire car. From Pajara to Betancuria, the road winds through a haunting moonscape.
Along the way, discover the palm-fringed wadi-style oasis of Vega del Río de Palmas and the whitewashed village of Antiqua, with its 18th century Nuestra Señora de Antigua – one of the island’s oldest churches.
At tiny Betancuria, which sprawls across the stark mountain slopes of the Parque Natural de Betancuria, discover a magnificent 17th century church and square lined with whitewashed houses that include the Casa Santa María on Plaza Iglesia, a beautiful Spanish-colonial house showcasing the island's handicrafts, culture and history.
Head to the sugar-white sands of Sotavento beach, offering perfect conditions for sunbathing, windsurfing and kite surfing.
Or stretch out on the golden sands of Playa de Mattoral at Morro Jable and the stunning white beaches of Corralejo, flanked by the huge sand dunes of a national park.
(Morro Jable) – Stay close to the water sports action or wander off and find your own secluded spot to sunbathe on this gorgeous 4km-long golden-sand beach that offers perfect conditions for swimming, windsurfing and kite surfing.
Also known as Playa de Jandia, this wide beach is flanked by a long palm-fringed promenade lined with bars, restaurants and a choice of upmarket hotels.
>Beach facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, toilets, showers and a choice of water sports including pedalos (foot pedal boats), sailing catamarans, jet skiing, waterskiing, kite surfing and windsurfing.
Splash out with a sojourn at the luxurious Hotel Fuerteventura Princess or stay at the family friendly Hotel Club Jandia Princess. Playa de Mattoral stretches north from the fishing village of Morro Jable on the Jandia Peninsula and is just a small section of a 35km-long stretch of beachfront that runs around the south-eastern tip of Fuerteventura.
Playa de Mattoral is located 8km from Jandia and around 86km from the capital, Puerto del Rosario.
(Costa Calma) – Be challenged by the best kite and windsurfing location on Fuerteventura or just pick an idyllic place to sunbathe and swim on this wide stretch of white sand that extends south for around 25km.
Playa de Sotavento hosts a leg of the PWA’s World Windsurfing Championship every August. There are usually no facilities at Playa de Sotavento, so you need to take your own food and drink. However, beach facilities close to Costa Calma include parasols and sun loungers for rent, toilets, showers and kite surfing and windsurfing action.
Unwind in style at the nearby Hotel Rio Calma or at the Costa Calma Beach Resort. Playa de Sotavento lies a few kilometres north of Playa de Mattoral and just south of Costa Calma, around 70km south of Puerto del Rosario.
(Costa Calma) – Unwind on this long white-sand beach fringing the town. Several bars, restaurants and hotels are located nearby, including the Hotel Rio Calma and the Costa Calma Beach Resort. Playa Barca adjoins the northern end of Playa de Sotavento.
Beach facilities here include parasols and sun loungers for hire, toilets, showers and kite and windsurfing equipment. Costa Calma is located around 70km south of Puerto del Rosario.
Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this broad 7km-long stretch of soft white sand that sits between turquoise waters and the low bush-covered sand dunes of the Parque Natural de las Dunas, an area covering 2700ha. The beach is just 2km from the town centre and offers ideal conditions for swimming, kite surfing and windsurfing.
A mini-train shuttles beachgoers to the edge of the village, from where it’s just a short stroll to the beach. The tiny island of Isla de Lobos sits some 3km offshore and is easily visited on a day excursion. There are no facilities on this wide beach so take your own food and drink.
Alternatively, unwind at the luxury beachfront Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas for a range of creature comforts or stay at the Moorish-style Hotel Gran Atlantis Bahia Real, located closer to town at the northern end of the dunes.
Corralejo is the largest tourist resort on Fuerteventura and lies on the northeast tip of the island, around 30km north of Puerto del Rosario.
(Caleta de Fuste) – Unwind on the pale golden sands of this wide man-made beach that shelves gently into a sheltered bay. This manicured beach is ideal for families with young children and offers a range of facilities including parasols and sun loungers for hire, a small aquarium, children’s trampolines, mini golf and a windsurfing school.
A ‘submarine’ glass-bottom boat and catamaran offers dolphin and whale spotting excursions. Water sports include jet skiing, windsurfing and scuba diving.
The streets surrounding the palm-lined beachfront promenade are lined with shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and hotels including the luxurious beachfront Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach Golf Hotel and the family friendly Club Caleta Dorada, which features a mini water park.
Caleta de Fuste is located on the east coast of Fuerteventura, around 12km north of Puerto del Rosario.
Fuerteventura offers newlyweds a wide range of accommodation options to suit all tastes, including the following 4- and 5-star hotels…
Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real G.L
Location: Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Ave nightly price: AUD504 per room
Description: Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real G.L is a 5-star resort located on the beachfront in Corralejo, Fuerteventura. It features 2 outdoor pools surrounded by lush tropical gardens, 6 restaurants, a cocktail bar and a spa. The Atlantis Bahía offers bright, spacious accommodation decorated with different décor. All rooms are air-conditioned and include a TV, pillow menu, and minibar. Some rooms or suites have Atlantic Ocean views from a private balcony or a seating area. The rooms include 1 entry to the hotel's Bahía Vital Spa, per person per day. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. The restaurants serve a range of international à la carte or buffet-style cuisine and include the award-winning La Cúpula de Carles Gaig. Guests can dine on the restaurants' terraces with sea views, amongst gardens or by the pool and there is also a lobby bar. The Bahia Vital Spa, with its 3000 m2, has a hot tub, sauna and offers a range of treatments, including massages, wraps and hydrotherapy. There is also a gym with state-of-the-art equipment, fitness classes and a personal trainer available. The resort offers impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean and the neighbouring islands of Los Lobos and Lanzarote. The Corralejo Sand Dunes are just a few metres from the resort and the hotel's beach includes sunbeds and sunshades. The Coco Beach Chill Out features Balinese beds and personalized services.
Sheraton Fuerteventura Golf & Spa Resort
Location: Caleta De Fuste, Fuerteventura
Ave nightly price: AUD433 per room
Description: Sheraton Fuerteventura is on the beachfront in a residential area of Fuerteventura’s east coast. It provides 4 outdoor pools, a spa, mini-golf course and air-conditioned rooms. All rooms at the Sheraton Fuerteventura Golf & Spa Resort are spacious and feature attractive décor. They come with satellite TV and the private bathrooms come with a hairdryer. Wi-Fi is available in rooms for a fee and is free at reception. The hotel has 4 restaurants, including an International buffet and an Asian restaurant. There are also 3 bars, one of which is a poolside bar on wooden decking. The Spa Thalasso Hespérides features a steam room, ice igloo and hammam. There is a tennis court. The hotel offers discounts on green fees at the adjoining course. Fuerteventura Airport is just a 10-minute drive from the Sheraton Fuerteventura.
Iberostar Playa Gaviotas-All inclusive
Location: Morro del Jable, Fuerteventura
Ave nightly price: AUD389 per room
Description: Iberostar Las Gaviotas is situated less than 200 m from Fuerteventura’s Jandia Beach. This resort features rooms with balconies, 3 outdoor swimming pools and a spa. Free high speed WiFi is available throughout. Rooms at Las Gaviotas are spacious and bright. Each room has satellite TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Las Gaviotas has 2 restaurants, the Atlántico and Aventura, which serve a range of cuisine, including traditional Canarian dishes. Guests can also enjoy a drink at one of Las Gaviota’s 3 bars. The hotel’s Spa Sensations has Turkish baths, a hot tub and offers a range of treatments. The hotel provides evening entertainment and bicycle rental. The Iberostar Las Gaviotas is a 10-minute drive from the village of Morro del Jable. Fuerteventura Airport is less than 90 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel - Adults Only
Location: Caleta De Fuste, Fuerteventura
Ave nightly price: AUD313 per room
Description: With swimming pools, tennis courts and an elegant restaurant, the Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel - Adults Only is located in Caleta del Fuste. This hotel features wooden balconies and is located 800 m from the beach. Each spacious room at Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel - Adults Only features free WiFi, air conditioning, and a private balcony. All have satellite TV, minibar, safe, coffee and tea facilities, and pillow menu. The large bathroom comes with a separate bath and shower, hairdryer, and bathrobes. The Elba’s impressive building boasts traditional Canarian architecture. It has tall palm trees, tiled floors and a grand chandelier. Guests can relax on the beautiful central courtyard. You can find a café, an a la carte restaurant, and a bar within the property. Vegetarian and low-calories options are available to guests.
SBH Costa Calma Beach Resort Hotel
Location: Costa Calma, Fuerteventura
Ave nightly price: AUD211 per suite
Description: The all-inclusive SBH Costa Calma Beach Resort is on Fuerteventura’s Costa Calma Beach. It features an outdoor pool and tennis court. For an additional charge, the spa area offers a sauna, hot tub, gym and massage. Air-conditioned rooms have a balcony with Atlantic Ocean or garden views. There is a satellite TV and work desk, and you can rent the safe. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer and toiletries. The buffet restaurant serves international cuisine. There is a poolside snack bar and bar. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, and you can rent a car or bike from the tour desk. Free parking is available on site. A laundry and ironing service is available.
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Anytime. The Canary Islands enjoys year-round sunshine with daily summer temperatures averaging 27°C (81°F), with a high of 30°C (86°F) during the warmest months of July and August. The sea water temperature averages 22ºC (72ºF) in summer dropping to 18°C (64°F) in winter.
For more climate info: Canary Islands Weather Guide…
Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands (after Tenerife), an island archipelago comprising seven large and six smaller islands that lie in the Atlantic Ocean around 1100km off the Spanish mainland and just 100km from the northwest coast of Africa.
By air, Fuerteventura has daily flights to and from Tenerife and Gran Canaria, with the latter providing daily flights to the Spanish cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao, as well as to the major European capitals.
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