Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands behind Tenerife with a land area of 1660 KM2. However, regardless of it’s size it is only the fourth most populated island with only 103,492 inhabitants behind Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. The reason for this is that most of the island is sand and hasn’t been built on – the island is regarded as the empty island by residents of the other Canary Islands.
Fuerteventura is just a short ferry ride (35mins) away from Lanzarote, so if you’re unable to decide which island to visit, venturing to either Lanzarote or Fuerteventura could be a good pick for you. You can easily hop to the other island to have a look around, or maybe even spend a week at each island. Alternatively if you prefer having a guide there are plenty of day trips that will take you to Lanzarote to some visit of the island’s many landmarks and vineyards.
If you’re into watersports, especially windsurfing than Fuerteventura is most definitely the Canary Island for you. With high powered winds and waves that reach two meters high you’ll be lucky to find a better place to wind surf anywhere in the world. Or maybe you’re a beach lover, in which case you’ll fall in love here with over 150km of white sand beaches ready for you to relax on.
All of the Canary Islands have great places to eat, and Fuerteventura is no exception. You’ll find plenty of resturants in all of the resorts on the island, serving both traditional Spanish food and other cuisines from around the world.
If you’re into history and finding out about other countries cultures than you’ll be happy to know that you’ll find plenty of museums, historic ruins and unique excursions that will guide you through the island’s fascinating history.
As well as the above you’ll find plenty of other things to do on the island, from marine excursions, zoos, water parks, boat trips, submarine trips and golf courses so you’re bound to find something to keep even the fussiest traveller occupied.
Getting around the island is pretty simple, there are plenty of car hire outlets as well as taxis and a well run (usually on time) bus service which operate in most of the popular resorts. For more information on getting around the island visit our ‘getting around’ page.
There are four main resorts on Fuerteventura, each of which have their own benefits depending on what you are looking for:
- Morro Jable / Jandia
- Costa Caleta
- Costa Calma
Costa Caleta is probably the most popular resort for British tourists whereas Morro Jable attracts mainly German tourists. You can compare the four main resorts on our ‘Fuerteventura Resorts’ page so you can decide which one is best suited for your trip.