The second largest of the Canary Islands and graced with 152 beaches of either fine white sand or black volcanic shingle, the island of Fuerteventura has become a Mecca for sun, beach, and most importantly, watersport enthusiasts.
Located just off the coast of North Africa and boasting the longest beaches in the archipelago, the island has a warm climate which translates into fairly constant year-round water temperatures. Perfect for lovers of sun, sand and sea, it’s no surprise that family holidays to Fuerteventura are more popular than ever.
With its strong winds and variety of water conditions, the island is often filled with eager surfers, windsurfers and kiteboarders, whether beginners or seasoned pros. The best time for surfers to test their skills is during the autumn and winter months when the beaches aren’t as crowded but the water is cooler, and there are plenty of unspoilt spots to ride the waves. Punta Elena in Corralejo is one of the island’s most popular surf spots, as is the nearby Shooting Gallery, and the small fishing village of Majanicho is also popular with windsurfers. For absolute beginners, the island has a number of surf schools with experienced teachers.
The stable water temperature also means an abundance of sea life, and with its clear waters bathing the coast, Fuerteventura is also ideal for diving or snorkelling. A very different way to discover the depths of the Atlantic is on board a submarine safari: from the southern resort of Jandia, visitors will board the Subcat, the only one in the world that combines surface sailing and submerged travel. Beneath the surface, you can spot colourful fish, rays, barracudas, octopus and angel sharks, amongst other species, and divers create a feeding frenzy to provide those picture perfect moments.
Of course, Fuerteventura has plenty of harbours, so it’s easy to find sailing and fishing trips to suit any visitor. Setting off from Corralejo harbour, the Free Bird Catamaran is ideal for a spot of relaxation whilst keeping your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales. After anchoring next to Los Lobos, an uninhabited island that’s classed as a National Park, make the most of the snorkelling equipment on board to enjoy the plethora of marine life, followed by a lunch prepared by the crew.
If fishing is more your thing, there’s no shortage of options on this island. Find the best spots for sport fishing alongside native fishermen, who combine trawling with bottom fishing to catch some of the Atlantic’s big game fish. Visitors can also try their hand at shark fishing on a fully equipped fishing boat, with professional fishermen sharing their tricks of the trade.
But Fuerteventura holidays also mean fun and adventure for the younger ones. Make a splash at Baku Family Park in the tourist area of Corralejo, where the Baku Waterpark features various different slides, Jacuzzis, a wave pool, a children’s area and sand built solariums, with a number of food and drink zones on site.
Nowhere is too far from the sea in Fuerteventura, so when you search for the best holiday deals, be assured that for lovers of water activities, this island is a haven for all ages.