Fuerteventura, known as ‘the quiet island’, has a lot to shout about. This Canary Island is, foremostly, known as a Heaven on Earth for those seeking a place to soak up glorious sunshine on endless swathes of beaches, while its breezy waters are a magnet for windsurfers and kite-surfers alike. Stray away from the coastline, though, and you will find plenty of treasures off-the-beaten-track. Something of a diamond in the rough, the rugged, volcanic landscape provides striking natural scenery, which was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2009, where, despite its aridness, you can spot unusual nesting seabirds and scampering miniature reptiles rummaging in the undergrowth.
Fuerteventura is a particularly good option for families travelling with young children, who will love nothing more than making sandcastles and eating ice-cream on the beach, while gentle shallows are perfect for letting little ones get their first taste of splashing about in the sea. There are two top-class golf courses, Fuerteventura Golf Club and Golf Club Salinas Antigua, making Fuerteventura a perfect spot for a beach and golf combination holiday, and there are lesser-known cultural gems to stumble upon, whether that be an artisan craft fair, or a peaceful, centuries-old village in which to linger as the afternoon closes in. Guests staying at Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf and Spa Resort are also within easy reach of El Atlantico Caleta de Fuste Shopping Centre, perfect for a quick dose of retail therapy.
Considered to be the oldest Canary Island, it is also the second largest, after Tenerife, and the closest to the northern African continent. Its nearest neighbour, Lanzarote, is an easy ferry ride away, or you could, of course, hire your own private charter for a more exclusive day trip. Once here, you can enjoy a whole new trove of beaches and explore the bustling, revamped marina of Playa Blanca, perfect for a quick break before retreating back to your five-star luxury hotel in Fuerteventura.
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Like its fellow Canary Islands, Fuerteventura brings to mind days spent sprawled on sandy beaches under brightly shining, sun-filled skies. With one-hundred-and-fifty kilometres of varied beaches on offer, you can be assured there is a patch of soft, golden sand with your name on. Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort has a beautiful stretch of beach on its doorstep, with the town of Caleta de Fuste nearby. Here, there is plenty going on, with a varied range of bars and restaurants on offer, and, for those travelling with children, a zoo nearby.
A drive out to the peaceful, ten-kilometre-long stretch of white sand at Costa Calma or the wonderfully undeveloped, virgin beach of Cofete may be worth venturing out for. La Concha beach, meanwhile, has some much envied fine, white sands and clear waters with abundant marine life, while Jandia, in the south of the island, is perfect for a stroll along the sands, winding around dunes, lagoons and through the old fishing village of Morro Jable.
Wherever you chose to lay your towel, year-round warm temperatures and the gently lapping waves of the soothingly tepid North Atlantic Ocean make this a prime luxury beach holiday destination.
Created out of volcanic activity millions of years ago, the landscape of Fuerteventura has a dry, craggy landscape that is, nevertheless, teeming with life. At Parque National de Jandia you may spot Egyptian Vultures and kestrels circling overhead, while a committed five-hour walk up the nearby Pico de la Zarza, the highest summit on the island, will show you the unusual-looking green and golden plant life along your way, merrily inhabited by tiny lizards, before revealing fabulous views at the top.
Tindaya Mountain, in the north-east of the island, was considered to be sacred by early inhabitants. Almost three-hundred foot-shaped engravings have been found here, intriguing historians and visitors alike, while if you climb to the top on a very clear day, you may see Mount Teide on Tenerife in the distance, thought to be the home of evil spirits by island aboriginals. If a boat trip is on the cards, you may wish to be ferried out to the little islet of Lobos, a small chip off the north coast that sits between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. The nature reserve here is peaceful and tranquil, with rare and protected birds and plants to look out for.
The two main golf courses on the island are Fuerteventura Golf Club and Golf Club Salinas Antigua, both of which guests of Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort receive preferential access to, as well as receiving complimentary transfers to the clubs. Both courses feature eighteen holes, offer beautiful sea views and are fully facilitated by their own clubhouses.
An ideal destination for family holidays, children will love a day out to Oasis Park. A dedicated conservationist zoo, there are live shows featuring sea lions, parrots and magnificent birds of prey, though the stars of the show are the camels, who will allow their visitors to take a short ride on their back. The zoo is proud to be a part of a pioneering project into the research of camel milk, and is delighted to be the owner of the largest camel reserve in Europe!
Fuerteventura is a gem for watersports enthusiasts. The island’s name loosely translates as ‘strong winds’, referring to the breezy, trade winds that now make ideal conditions for windsurfing and kite-surfing. The popular Grand Slalom World Cup and World Speed Championship are held here annually, where experts in the sport show off their impressive moves, though throughout the summer, amateurs can find plenty of spots to practice their own skills in preparation for their own future glory! The International Kite Festival is also held here annually, making for a spectacular aerial display of colour, and special events are held for children.
It may surprise you how much culture is offered by Fuerteventura. Every July, for three weeks, the island hosts an International Jazz Festival, during which time venues are filled with musicians from across the world, while the Craft Fair in May sees artisans and handicraft makers from across the Canaries set up stands to show off their wares.
If you are interested, you can spend an afternoon strolling Puerto del Rosario Sculpture Park, and stop off at a peaceful café at the harbour for an afternoon drink at the water’s edge. In the heart of the old, former capital city, you may also wish to see the Betancuria Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, which exhibits a display of artefacts from early inhabitants, or visit the present day capital, and see the house of Miguel de Unamuno, who was exiled here in 1924 for criticising the Spanish Prime Minister.
From Dubai to Fueteventura, flight time is approximately 13 hours, including connecting flight in Madrid.
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Town of Tefia
Tefia is a small, quiet village that is now home to the Eco Museum. Here, you can see how life in Fuerteventura was a century ago in a replica village, with old houses to explore and the chance to see demonstrations of traditional craftworks. This is a great chance to experience the history and culture of the island when you fancy a little break from the beach.
The island of Fuerteventura is known for its production of goats cheese, provided by the adaptable Majorera Goat. Currently protected under European Law with Protected Designation of Origin status, the cheese comes in many flavours and textures, and its versatility means it crops up in a number of traditional dishes.