Over 3,000 hours of sunshine and mild temperatures make Fuerteventura a paradise to be enjoyed all year round. The temperature of the sea, which varies between 24 and 19°C, is ideal for swimming at any time, and sunbathing on Fuerteventura is possible every day of the year.
The island provides the best combination of beaches and climate in the Canary Islands in a unique, unspoilt setting. The coastline offer much variation, with beautiful cliffs and bays, and well-equipped beaches to enjoy with the family or on holiday with friends, where you can meet people from all over the world savouring this small corner of paradise in the Atlantic Ocean.
Fuerteventua offers its visitors over 150 beaches, and among these you are sure to find a corner just for yourself. You can stroll along golden sands bathed by turquoise waters on the beaches of Barlovento and Sotavento in the south, or take walks on the large beaches of Corralejo in the north, to name just a few examples. If you prefer rugged natural beauty, there are numerous small sandy bays and wild corners tucked away on the island.
Fuerteventura is an ideal destination for nature lovers. The land and all surrounding waters have been declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The island offers over 350,000 hectares of rural areas, nature parks, monuments and scenery, as well as living witnesses of its volcanic origins such as the rocky expanses inhabited by a great variety of plants and animals of inestimable value. These flora and fauna are carefully protected by specific projects, which include the reintroduction of species typical to the Canary Islands such as the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) or the Egyptian Vulture, an indigenous bird of prey also known as the "guirre".
You can discover these unique places by following the dense network of paths that run from one end of the island to the other, either on foot, by bike or even on the back of a camel. Beautiful paths are in Tindaya Mountain and in the Betancuria Nature Reserve, the island's largest area of protected countryside.
If instead of a simple stroll to get to know the island, you prefer to practise a sport, the mild climate of Fuerteventura makes it perfect for open-air activities throughout the year. You can try hiking over the numerous panoramic paths or golf on courses hidden among the dunes with sea views or set in lunar-type volcanic landscapes. Mountain bike, quad or motocross enthusiasts will find the ideal geographical and weather conditions for practising their favourite activity. Excursions in quads or safari jeeps, climbing volcanos and crossing desert landscapes, are adventures not to be missed.
Even the ocean around the island is famous throughout the world for having the perfect conditions for aquatic sports such as windsurfing, kiteboarding, sailing, scuba diving and fishing.
In Fuerteventura, wellness and nature are elements found everywhere. The island’s flavours are a result of a fusion between ancient traditions and food from the pristine land and sea. Cheese and fish are staples, and to enjoy them at their best, we recommend visiting one of the many fishing villages nestled on sandy shores, with their characteristic fishing boats and alleyways and numerous restaurants offering dishes made with ingredients freshly harvested from the sea.
Finally, not to be missed, a cultural visit of the capital of Fuerteventura, Puerto del Rosario, where admire the Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, the House-Museum of Miguel de Unamuno, the La Alcogida Eco-museum and the promenade, converted into a open-air gallery with the sculptures of snails by the Canary Islands sculptor Juan Bordes.
By Lea Tocchi
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