Sun, sand and sea – Fuerteventura has these essentials for a relaxing holiday in abundance. If you are planning a trip to a desert island, you will probably book an economy flight to Fuerteventura airport (FUE), the only one on the island: it is served by many European airports. Those in need of refreshment after their flight or before flying back can take advantage of the many restaurants, cafes and bars in the terminal. A special highlight is an observation deck for passengers: from here, you can admire aircraft from various airlines taking off and landing. From the airport, tourists can reach the capital, Puerto del Rosario, by taxi in just a few minutes. Thanks to the airport’s central location, other destinations on the island are within easy reach.
Fuerteventura, with more than 300 sunny days per year, is considered to be the most beautiful resort island of the seven Canary Islands, due to its long sandy beaches that enjoy pleasant water temperatures of about 17 to 20 °C. There is also much more to discover. Impressive palm oases, quaint fishing villages and quiet valleys make this desert island very special. Betancuria is a popular tourist attraction: the island’s former capital is set in a valley, surrounded by high mountains. For families with children, a visit to the extensive botanical gardens, the Oasis Park near La Lajita, is strongly recommended; it also houses a small zoo with parrots, sea lions and other animals. A trip to the open-air museum at Tefia is also worthwhile; here, you can interactively experience how people used to live on the island and worked and lived in the windmills.
One of the most beautiful palm groves is to be found in Vega de Rio; this small village in the west of the island is located in one of the greenest and most richly watered areas of the desert island. You should allow a little more time for visiting La Olivia in the north in order to visit the ancient parish church and several mansions. For surfers, Fuerteventura is considered an insider tip – beginners and advanced surfers will find excellent conditions on the island’s beaches. Incidentally, Fuerteventura hosts the World Cup for windsurfing and kiteboarding every year.
In Fuerteventura, there are numerous celebrations throughout the year, with many fiestas having a Christian background. For example, the Feasts of the Three Kings (Reyes Magos) and Easter (Semana Santa) are both celebrated with a great procession. In January, there is the Festival de Musica, with many concerts in the Auditorium of Puerto de Rosario. In May, you can visit a large arts and crafts fair in Antigua. Major fiestas are also held in June when the summer season (San Juan) is celebrated with processions at several locations on the island. If you book a flight in Fuerteventura in October, you can participate in the fiesta of the patron saint at Puerto de Rosario, where it is celebrated with various sports competitions and a fair.
Although this Canary Island itself has much to offer, it is also a good starting point for boat trips to the other islands of the group. A boat trip to the neighbouring island of Lanzarote goes from Corralejo; ferryboats leave the local fishing port and marina several times a day for the volcanic island of Lanzarote. Alternatively, the small island of Lobos is worth a visit. The 6km long island is located in a 30m deep strait between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote and is ideal for a swimming trip with friends or family; during the summer months, with temperatures around 30 °C, a dip in the sea is pleasant to cool off a little.