Spain – The Canary Islands: Fuerteventura
The popular Canary Island of Fuerteventura is the second largest island in the Canaries, with it being 60 miles long (100km) and 18 miles across (30km). The best way to travel the island is by car as it’s the quickest and also the cheapest way to get around, taking around 1 hour and 45 minutes in total from the bottom right the way up to the top of the island. The car company i used was ‘Orlando Car Hire’ which are reasonable prices and lovely, well kept cars. The island is particularly easy to navigate as the road leading from the south of the island to the north is basically a straight road. (But i would recommend you find a map for the journey).
I stayed at the Costa Calma resort at the south of the island. Although this is a great place to stay if all you want is a relaxing holiday and to not venture out of your hotel much, it is only a small town. Especially for families during evenings if you are looking to leave your hotel and go for a walk to find any bars or restaurants, there isn’t much close by. There is however, a beach suitable for families with children of all ages, where there is a range of water sports activities you can enjoy and also a zoo which is located not far from Costa Calma, in La Lajita. Costa Calma is popular for lots of different nationalities rather than just English speaking. So if you are looking to mingle with more English people i would suggest a different resort. Click on the link provided to times and prices for Oasis Park Zoo.
Caleta De Fuste
As i traveled up the east coast of Fuerteventura i stopped off at the resort Caleta De Fuste. This resort has a range of hotels to choose from if you are looking to stay here and it is the perfect hot-spot for couples or families with teenagers. It is more suited for tourists as there are lots of bars and restaurants including English and local. A cute little bar i stopped off at for drink was ”The British Corner” which served drinks i was unable to find anywhere else, such as Cider. If you are looking for more activities and places to go on a night time, Caleta De Fuste is the perfect place. It’s a small town with loads to do, so if the kids want to venture out too, it’s easy to find your way back again. There is also another beach here within walking distance from any of the hotels in the center of the town so you won’t have to spend any extra money on taxi’s or buses to get down to the beach. This is the resort i would recommend to stay if you are looking for more English speaking families to enjoy your holiday with.
After my little stop in Caleta De Fuste, i carried on my journey to the north of the island where Corralejo is situated. In my opinion, Corralejo is the most beautiful part of the island. Here is another great place for families to stay with children from all age ranges. The beaches here are beautiful and extremely picturesque. You can relax on the beach where the kids can even enjoy a surfing lesson or take in the breathtaking sand dunes that surround the road throughout Corralejo and take lots of pictures because it is just so stunning. There is also a water park here in Corralejo, so if you are looking for an activity to get you out of the hotel for a day that all the family can enjoy, the water park is a great place to go. In the town there are some gorgeous little cafe’s that over look the ocean if you are looking for a quick pit stop. Here there is also a ferry port where you can take day trips over to Lanzarote or visit a little island situated 15 minutes away from Fuertevetura called ‘Lobos Island’. Click on the link provided to see times and prices of Aqua Water Park.
If you have a passion for travel and you are interested in seeing all the different islands across the globe and what they have to offer, like myself, i would recommend going over to see Lobos Island. If you are a solo traveler or enjoying a holiday with your partner it’s also great for a day out. It is a €15 return on the ferry for adults and only takes around 15 minutes to reach the island. The ferries come and go at different times so make sure you know how long you think you might want to spend on the island as you have to decide on your departure time from the island at the time of purchasing your tickets.
My recommendations for the island include;
- lots of sun cream,
- a hat, sunglasses,
- a snorkel and mask,
- water shoes to protect your feet,
- drinking water and snacks
- and if you are able to take some kind of beach brolly to protect you from the sun, make this your number one priority.
There are toilets located when you first arrive on the island so make sure you use them otherwise it’s a long walk back in the heat if you don’t. Of course the island is like the other popular canary islands where it as formed from molten rock. It’s a small island and is nice to walk around so you can see the full 360 degree views from it. There is nothing more satisfying than being able to see two canary islands at once, while standing on separate piece of land. There are no bars or trinket shops where you can buy snacks or souvenirs from, this is why i recommend taking your own. There is a curved private beach on the island, that does attract tourists – this is the reason most people like to visit the island. Here on the beach it is basically a sun trap as there are no trees growing here and nothing to protect you from the sun. If you keep yourself well protected with the items i have recommended you’ll have the perfect day. The water here is like one big rock-pool. It is possible to swim (just about) but even if you swim out far you can always stand up. But, this is why you need to take water shoes because it is extremely rocky and there is a possibility of cutting your feet if you do not protect yourself. As the water is shallow it’s great for snorkeling as it attracts lots of different types of fish too, and because it’s not open water either you are much safer and are not at risk of being swept out with any current.
Length of stay
I wouldn’t recommend staying on the island of Fuerteventura for any longer than a week, especially if you are looking to do the activities as a family, as i found it was easy to run out of activities quickly, especially for families looking to do them together. If you are also not wanting to hire a car you will limit yourself even further to the activities as the zoo is right at the south of the island and the water park at the north. If you are thinking about getting on a bus instead it is much more expensive and will take double the time to get to your destination as it doesn’t just follow the road from north to south but has destinations it stops at along the way.
If your kids are happy to participate in kids clubs during the day and get involved in the night time entertainment run by the animation team in your hotel, then a 10 day break could also be for you. The majority of hotels include this in Fuerteventura. If all you are looking for is a break beside the pool and chilling out on the beach i would also recommend one week here.