In the north of Fuerteventura, the town of Corralejo overlooks Isla de Lobos and Lanzarote. This is the largest tourist on the island. Corralejo has the best selection of night life for tourists, with live music and late night disco bars a plenty. Head to the music square in the old town for live music and the Centro Commercial Atlantico centre for late night karaoke, disco and music bars. Surfers, kite surfers and beach lovers should head to Parque Natural de la Dunas de Corralejo, just south of the town.
El Cotillo is like Corralejo’s laid back cousin. With a distinctly surfer vibe, many long term Fuerteventuran tourists say this is what Corralejo used to be like. With quiet dusty streets, a quaint harbour, miles of light sandy beaches and coves it’s more a choice for those who want a quiet, relaxing holiday. There is still a good selection of restaurants and bars, but not really for those who want to dance the night away.
Caleta de Fuste
Also known as El Castillo or Costa Caleta, Caleta de Fuste is a purpose built tourist town, just 10 minutes drive south of the airport. There is a large ex-pat population of British and Irish although French, Italian, German and Scandinavians also holiday in the area. Protected beaches make it a great place for families to visit, with a big choice of hotels, along with spas, golf courses and even a Mc Donald’s fast food restaurant. Although it has to be said, it’s easier to find Pie, Chips and John Smiths than it is a plate of Pulpo or Jamón Bellota Ibéa.
Also known as Costa de Antigua, just north of Caleta de Fuste is the small town of Nuevo Horizonte. Unfortunately building kicked into overdrive just at the height of the boom (and then collapse), Nuevo Horizonte remained somewhat of a ghost town for some time, although its fortune has since changed for the better. There are a couple of hotels in the area, but be aware, that there is no direct access to a beach here. There are a number of bars with very reasonable prices, mostly Irish ran. You can catch a bus to Caleta for around 1 Euro or walk the coastal foot and cycle path, which takes around 30 minutes.
This purpose built resort is located on the south-east of the island, just on the edge of the Jandia Peninsula. Frequented by mainly German clientele, Costa Calma has a long stretch of light golden sand and clear water and is close to the Wind and Kite surfing Mecca of Sotavento Beach. Be warned though, despite its name, Costa Calma can suffer from strong winds that whip across this section of the island from west to east (the line of evergreen and palm trees a few street back from the beach do act as a partial windbreak). If you like to stay mainly in your hotel or visit the beach, then Costa Calma may be the resort you. (As with almost all the beaches on the island, nudity is a recurring theme, and something you will encounter in this area)
This is where it all began. Back in the 1960’s, the Robinson Hotel was built in Jandia, with just a small church and few fishing cottages to keep it company. The tourist area of Jandia is centred along the 4 kilometre stretch of beach called Playa el Matorral and Playa de la Cebada, which is fringed by a protected natural salt marsh. The light golden sand of the beach, calm and clear waters make this a haven for beach and sun worshippers. There isn’t much night life in this area of the island, with only three late night disco bars, as most visitors tend to prefer early morning dips than late night sips. The 18 hole Golf Course in the area reopened in 2014 and also has an on-site hotel.
Just past the Jandia strip is the town of Morro Jable. This is the most southerly of all the resorts on the island. With the expansion of the Jandia strip, the two basically run into one another, yet Morro Jable has a distinctly Canarian ‘feel’, a lot less touristy and commercial than other towns. Head on to to the end of the beach, where you will find a great selection of bars and restaurants offering stunning sea views. Head on to the Harbour, visit the Turtle Sanctuary, look out for the large sting rays that live in the harbour or head further afield to Gran Canaria. (The ferry takes approx 2 hours and takes you right into the heart of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).