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Fuerteventura - Beautiful sands and Atlantic surf

Fuerteventura’s stunning stretch of coastline and laidback tempo remains one of the Canary Islands’ best kept secrets. Warm Saharan winds whip up the seas to create a haven for watersport enthusiasts and miles of shimmering sand dunes line the shores. Uncrowded white sandy beaches, turquoise seas, tranquil villages and low-key living give a true sense of holiday escapism. Inland, Fuerteventura’s volcanic centre is home to white-washed houses, tiny churches and ancient windmills all basking in the year-round sun.

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Corralejo

The island’s largest and liveliest resort, Corralejo has a twice-weekly market and a good selection of reasonably-priced restaurants and bars. A little plaza in the middle of town is fun at night with musicians performing at the pavement cafés, while a small selection of discos and karaoke bars can be found in a dedicated commercial centre. The great watersports in Corralejo attract enthusiasts year after year, and boat trips to Lanzarote and the picturesque and uninhabited Isla de Lobos are also popular activities. Several small beaches line the coast, both sandy and rocky, as well as areas of untouched desert dunes.

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Caleta de Fuste

Just 10 kilometres south of the airport, Caleta de Fuste is built around an 18th Century fortified tower and pleasure harbour. A popular destination with young families, the resort has a beautiful golden beach and calm, clear, sheltered waters. There’s a wealth of attractions for all ages, including excellent watersports, restaurants serving international cuisine, bars, boutiques and a colourful Saturday market. Many of our villas here are located on the superb Caleta de Fuste championship golf course complex. This magnificent 18-hole course is set around a challenging landscape of hills, dunes, desert areas and four lakes – designed by former world champion golfer Manolo Piñeiro.

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Lajares

A short drive from the coast at Corralejo, you’ll arrive at the pretty village of Lajares. Here, you’ll find a small selection of bars, restaurants and a supermarket. Two windmills next to the church were originally used to produce gofio, the special Canaries flour made from a blend of wheat, barley and maize, for the locals. The main attraction for visitors is the lace shop, Artisania Lajares, where you can watch locals make lace and embroidery. The town also boasts a lucha canaria area, specially designed to hold wrestling matches unique to the Canaries.

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Villaverde

Just a short drive from Corralejo, the inland resort of Villaverde is the perfect retreat for a peaceful break in the countryside. This small, rural, typically Canarian village boasts spectacular mountain views, as well as a selection of traditional restaurants, bars, cafés, and a supermarket.

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Origo Mare

Situated on the north end of the island, Origo Mare Fuerteventura is a fantastic family friendly Resort offering a relaxing atmosphere within easy reach of local towns, villages and sandy beaches. With views of the sea to one side and the impressive volcanoes to the other, Origo Mare provides comfortable accommodation in a beautiful setting and a range of facilities on your doorstep. The resort has a 24 hour reception area with staff to help cater to your every need, a range of sports facilities and choice of swimming pools, as well as a fantastic crater park with water slides and a wave pool. The popular Kids Club offers free activities for children and teens between the ages of 3 and 17 in small groups with trained staff.

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Playitas Resort

Situated on the south-east coast of Fuerteventura is the extensive Playitas Resort, offering a fantastic all-year-round location for sporting enthusiasts, as well as both individual guests and families looking for peace and quiet. The resort is very unique, with a large range of activities to keep you occupied during your stay. Many of the facilities are enjoyed by professional athletes who train at the resort in preparation for competitive events. Also on offer at the resort are restaurants, pool bar, kids’ club, swimming pools (including an eight-lane Olympic style pool) and more. A short 5 minute stroll along the beach will lead you to the picturesque fishing village of Las Playitas, where you can mix with the locals and find out more about the ‘real Fuerteventura’.

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Your Fuerteventura Villa holiday

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On the beach in Fuerteventura

With such vast expanses of golden sand, Fuerteventura is the perfect location for a relaxing beach holiday. Here, you’ll find some of the most impressive Blue Flag bays in Europe.

The main beach at Corralejo consists of light, golden sand and is suitable for bathing - although the sea bed is quite rocky. Caleta de Fuste has a man-made golden sand beach, while the sand dunes just outside Corralejo stretch for over 11 kilometres and offer the ideal spot for sunbathing in peace and tranquillity.

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Outdoor pursuits in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura’s long coastline is famous for watersports. Arguably the most popular is windsurfing, found on the north and east shorelines. Tuition and equipment hiring centres, which cater for beginners upwards, can be found in the main resorts. Surfing and kiteboarding takes place along the west coast.

Mountain biking is a popular way to admire the scenery, while keen golfers can play a round at the island’s championship 18-hole course. Many of the main resort complexes have leisure amenities including crazy golf, ten pin bowling and horse-riding.

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Local cuisine in Fuerteventura

You’ll find an excellent choice of places to eat in Fuerteventura. Whether you seek international cuisine or traditional Canarian dishes, the island has something for everyone.

Besides paella, tortilla and tapas, typical local meals are based on fish - usually served with potatoes and a special spicy sauce ‘mojo picon’. Another traditional dish is the popular ‘sanocho canario’, a dish based on a fish salad accompanied with a hot sauce. Native drinks to the island include rum and honey-rum as well as Spanish wines.

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Atmospheric evenings in Fuerteventura

Entertainment is fairly low-key in Fuerteventura compared with neighbouring Canary Islands. Smaller resorts offer peaceful seclusion and a relaxed pace of life, with romantic dining and drinking under the stars.

The main resort of Corralejo has a good selection of restaurants and a couple of discos. From laidback beach bars and live rock music, to a surfers’ hangout and themed sports pub you’ll find something to suit every taste. The town square also has live entertainment most evenings including flamenco, folklore and music.

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Not to be missed...

  • Watch the action at the annual World Windsurfing Championship at Playa de Sotavento from mid-July to mid-August.
  • Picnic on a real desert island - boat trips go daily from Corralejo to the uninhabited Isla de Lobos. Remember to take sunshades and plenty of water.
  • Explore 10 kilometres of untouched dunes between Corralejo and Parque Hollandes.
  • Visit the historic former capital Betancuria, a sparkling white village with houses dating back to the 15th Century. At the museum of archaeology, you can trace the Guanche population who lived on Fuerteventura 4,000 years ago.

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