What to do in Fuerteventura

Visit a beach

With over 150 beaches to choose from, head out and explore Fuerteventura’s beaches, from small secluded coves to black sand beaches to never-ending beaches of light golden sand, there’s a beach for everyone. (Many of the more secluded or off-the-beaten-track beaches are frequented by nudists.) Watch out for the sun – Fuerteventura is just of the coast of Africa, this is not Mediterranean sun – remain cautious even when windy and cloudy as you can still get burnt.

(Tip: Don’t pay a fortune for after-sun or aloe gels, cut the leaf from a fresh green aloe plant, slice the spikey edges off and split in half – rub the “goo” over burned areas – it works a treat)

Hire a car: Tour the island

From the historic old Capital of Betancuria, the quaint fishing village and caves of Ajuy to the kilometers of untouched beach and wild coastline of Cofete, there is a lot of to explore on the island. Visit one of the many interesting and informative museums, like the Eco Museum of La Alcogida in Tefir, that shows what rural life was once like on the island.

Surfer heading out to catch some waves in Fuerteventura
Surfer in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Surf

Surfing is mainly focused in the north of the island, although La Pared on the south western coast is the exception to the rule. Die-hard surfers will find the breaks best in the winter, but for newbies and those with much to master will find plenty of challenges around El Cotillo, Corralejo and the Grandes Playas of the dunes too. You can hire boards and suits from the many surf shops around the place, or take a group class to brush up your skills too. There are a number of surf schools that offer week long courses, complete with accommodation too.

Windsurfing

Windsurfing is probably the most popular sport on the island; with the trade winds in the summer months and huge swells in the winter months offering a range of conditions from beginner to expert. Just like the surf shops and schools, there are plenty of places all over the island that offer equipment hire, classes and schools. Prices for classes and hire vary a fair bit depending on the location, so best to do your research if you have a budget. Every summer the worlds best head on over to Sotavento beach for the Kite and Wind surfing championships, usually held around the end of July/beginning of August.

Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing is another popular watersport in Fuerteventura and we have the two key ingredients in abundance; water and wind! Kitesurfers tend to visit Corralejo, El Cotilo and Sotavento. The trade winds that blow in the summer offer almost daily opportunities to enjoy kitesurfing, although it is still possible in the winter months. Just as with other wind and water sports there are plenty of surf shops and schools offering equipment hire and classes.

A Kitesurfer in Fuerteventua, Canary Islands
Kitesurfing in Fuerteventua
Sailing

Plenty of wind to fill your sails. Locations all over the island offer small sailing boats and catamarans for beginners to try their hand at sailing, with half days rental including tuition through to hourly rental at the beach. If you’d prefer, join one of the large sailing boats or catamarans based in Corralejo, Caleta de Fuste or Morro Jable for a day out where the only thing you have to worry about is how much sun your getting and whether to jump in for a swim.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving in Fuerteventura offers you the chance to see so many things, from Angel sharks, to Eagle Rays, big fish like Tuna and Groupers, through to Octopus, Cuttlefish and groups of Barracuda, Needlefish and Parrot Fish. Keep a look out for Moray Eels and flat fish hiding in plain sight.

Sting ray swimming in the water in Fuerteventura
Sting Ray in Fuerteventua
Snorkeling

If diving isn’t your thing, but you love marine life, buy or hire a snorkel and mask and head out into the water, it really is worth it. Find a calm and rocky spot and you’ll be surprised what you can see, visibility can be superb. Always be aware of currents, wear fins and let someone know before you head into the water.

Biking

Road biking in the Canary Islands is very popular with semi-pro and pro athletes who come to train  on the islands. As Fuerteventura is flatter than that of Tenerife or Gran Canaria, it offers the chance to work on your stamina, with great stretches of long, comparably level sections. For a good workout, climb the mountain road to Betancuria, and enjoy the downhill return.

Walking

There are kilometers of walking trails on the island, and route GR131 that stretches pretty much from the tip of the north to the very south of the island. Routes are clearly marked with red, yellow or green lines, painted onto rocks, signposts and poles. Head to Pico del la Zarza, the highest point in Fuerteventura at 807m, if you’re lucky and the clouds part, you’ll have the most stunning view down to Cofete and the kilometers of rugged untouched beach below you.

Miles of rugged untouched beach in southern Fuerteventura at Cofete
Cofete Beach in south Fuerteventura
Golfing

There are four 18 hole golf courses on the island. Two in Caleta de Fuste, just 10 minutes from the airport. One in Las Playitas, just outside of Gran Tarajal, part of a much larger sports hotel and the fourth, in Jandia at the south of the island. Prices range from 50-75 Euros for 18 holes, with options of club and buggy hire too.

Kayaking

Hire a kayak, head out and explore your local beaches, stopping where and when you like. (Bring a packed lunch, cover your head and make sure you have plenty of liquids on board.)

Take a trip to Isla de Lobos

From the harbour in Corralejo, you can take a short trip over to Isla de Lobos. You can walk all over the island (follow the footpaths), have a bite to eat in the islands one and only restaurant, swim in the clear waters or chill out on the light sand beach of Playa de la Concha. Don’t feed the fish – this is not good for the balance of aquatic life, despite what you may be told.

Visit the Waterpark in Corralejo

Need to cool down? Kids need to let off steam, (that includes big kids too!) Head on over to the Acua Water Park in Corralejo, with wave pool, multiple slides, children’s pools, chill-out jacuzzi and plenty of sun beds, it makes for a fun day out.

Visit Oasis Park

Live shows, camel safaris, native plant gardens along with elephants, giraffes, lemurs, sea-lions, crocodiles, parrots and so much more. Oasis Park is highly recommended for a day out, great for families and the park makes an extra effort with children as there is a big emphasis on education and conservation.