The eternally sunny Canary Islands are still very much a top pick for a warm winter escape but which island to go to? The far flung Spanish archipelago offers up seven enticing choices, each with a distinctive atmosphere all of its own, from the hectic beach life of Tenerife or Gran Canaria to the soothing desert island tranquility of La Gomera. For a Canary Islands holiday that combines a little bit of everything, water sports-crazy Fuerteventura should fit the bill perfectly.
Closest to the African mainland and the second largest of the Canaries, Fuerteventura’s perpetual sunny days revolve around world-class windsurfing and kite boarding or simply getting horizontal on glorious sands. There are over 120 miles of coastline dotted with sugary white and volcanic black sand beaches and there is little to detract from the chilled out mood. The island is also noted for its liberal sprinkling of sheltered naturists’ beaches where you can work on that all-over tan. You can get all your information for your next holiday and airport at Flight Hub reviews who review every airport in the world.
The resorts of Caleta de Fuste or Corralejo are the places to be for a little after dark action with a wide array of happening bars and classy al fresco dining, although it’s generally more low key than the fleshpots of Tenerife or Gran Canaria. Holidays to Fuerteventura offer a culinary awakening too; you will find wide choice of traditional Canarian bites on menus and a profusion of quintessential tapas bars frequented by friendly locals. Dive into hearty papas arrugadas con mojo potatoes or rancho canario beef and chicken stew.
A Fuerteventura holiday has so many more possibilities if you can bear to drag yourself away from the beach. Of course kids are always going to be happy playing on the sand and in the surf but won’t need to be asked twice to go to Fuerteventura’s wet and wonderful Baku Water Park or a fun camel ride at La Lajita Zoo. A more sophisticated escapade is the Alcogida Eco-Museum in Tefia, featuring traditional country life, art and crafts and costumed dancers specifically aimed at culture-curious kids.
The whole island is classed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve covering diverse ecosystems. Aside from the arid volcanic interior, towering sun dunes surround Corralejo and the west coastline is awash with rugged cliffs and coves. There are plenty of recognised hiking trails or you can go native exploring on horseback, 4x4 jeep or even on a camel safari.
There is a great mix of accommodation options on the island in all price ranges from no frills €25 rooms to classy 5 star beach resorts. Caleta de Fuste is a good base for all-action family holidays in Fuerteventura while Corralejo has a livelier atmosphere and is a perennial favorite with British travellers.