Fuerteventura is one of the main holiday destinations of the Canary Islands and is the second largest of the islands. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the island's beaches are a mix of white and black sand, making it one of the most beautiful European tourist destinations.
When to Go
You can enjoy good weather year-round in Fuerteventura, making it a popular winter break. Average winter temperatures are a comfortable 22C. Summer is the time for sun worshippers to hit the beaches with a toasty average temperature of 28C and rarely dropping below 20C. The rainiest months are October and November. There is rarely any rain from May through August. September is a fantastic month to visit, temperatures are still hot, and the water is often warmer than in August, and there are fewer people around.
What to See
Beaches aren't the only reason to holiday in Fuerteventura, the island has some fantastic attractions to explore. One of the most fascinating natural attractions is the Cuevo De Llanos near La Oliva. The cave was formed millions of years ago from a volcanic pipe; it's the oldest in the Canary Islands. The cave supports a fragile ecosystem which includes the rare Maiorerus Randoi, a type of spider doesn't create a web. It is found only in this cave. The visitor centre includes a museum and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.15am. Entry is 5 Euros for adults and free for children under 12.
If you're after something a little quirky check out the Dreams House Museum in Caleta de Fuste. The museum focuses purely on toys. It is particularly good if you have long since left your toys in the past, as you will ignite fond childhood memories. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Adult entry is 6 Euro and kids under 1-metre tall get in free.
To learn about the island's history visit the La Alcogida Museum in Tefía. This is an open air museum that features a number of 16thand 17th century dwellings, as well as tools, clothes, and games from the period. You'll find similar historically focused museums in Betancuria and Calle La Orilla.
Where to Stay
Fuerteventura holidays range to suit all types of budgets, whether you're after a cheap deal or an all-inclusive getaway, you will find something to make you happy. The largest resort on the island is Corralejo. Despite growth from tourism, Corralejo still has its fishing village. The waterfront is inviting with a good choice of places to eat and a pretty promenade. The beaches here are excellent, stretching for an incredible 7-miles. The sand dunes bordering some of this golden sand has been designated as a nature reserve. The Town beach has the safest swimming for families, as it is more sheltered than others in the area.
Another excellent resort area is Caleta de Fuste. The beach here is man-made, with wide sands and clear seas. The main street has a good nightlife with excellent bars, restaurants, and activities. The resort has a new golf course, shopping, and even bowling. It is an ideal Fuerteventura holiday spot, with everything you could want on your doorstep. If you're on a budget look for off season deals.
For a somewhat quieter resort head to south Fuerteventura to Jandia. The sand here is a glistening white, while the peninsula is still quite wild in parts. There are hotels and bars cropping up, but the resort remains one of the more peaceful spots on the island.
How to Get There
Flights to Fuerteventura from Ireland operate from Dublin, Cork and Shannon.
Flights to Fuerteventura from Dublin: All Year
Flights to Fuerteventura from Cork: April to October
Flights to Fuerteventura from Shannon: All Year
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