The best way to explore the dramatic coastline of Fuerteventura is by boat. There are secluded bays of soft sand and volcanic rocks where you can swim and snorkel, and an interesting walk up to the lighthouse, where you will have brilliant viewsof the island and the ocean. Another interesting day out is a catamaran trip to Playa Blanca in Lanzarote docking at Rubicon Harbour, and returning via the stunning Papagayo beaches with enough time to have a swim.
What makes Corralejo unique is the spectacular sweep of sand dunes, looking a lot like the Sahara but apparently made up of shells, spreading over 7 miles along the East Coast, just beyond the town.
They are the main reason the Parque Natural de Corralejo was set up in , and are now protected from any building or development. From the beach you have an excellent view of the islands of Lobos and Lanzarote. Water sports are a very big deal in Fuerteventura and every July hundreds of surfers, windsurfers, kitesurfers, and divers descend on the island for the P. A world windsurfing speed and slalom event at Sotavento in the south.
All year round water babies flock to Corralejo, a famous surfing spot that draws windsurfers from all over the world. It is also an international centre for water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, kite surfing, diving, snorkellingand swimming. Even if you have never tried venturing under the water, there are plenty of places offering equipment and tuition to get you started. The miles of white sandy beaches and turquoise waters make the beaches of Fuerteventura by far the best in the Canary Islands.
Fuerteventura can get very windy, though there are a few sheltered beaches along the east coast. The western beaches receive bigger swells and are popular with surfers, though there are some sheltered coves and lagoons there too. In and around the centre of the resort of Corralejo there are several golden and white sandy beaches where the water is crystal clear.
The resort is built around the large horseshoe shaped cove. The natural features of this cove mean that there is a gentle slope into the sea and is protected from waves. The beach has been created from imported sand and other bathing areas have been made around lagoons created by digging into the rock behind the shoreline. The beach at Cofete is a white sandy beach.
It is not easily reached and this means that there is usually plenty of room. The waves and current can be a bit on the rough side and would recommend taking great care if bathing. Corralejo Town Beach is ideal for families as it is clean, safe, sheltered and surrounded by restaurants Flag Beach is one of the best places to trywater sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. Glass Beach and Drop beach are a little further along the road.
Around El Cotillo on the north west coast are a series of beaches and coves, that are popular with surfers and is renowned for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Some of the more sheltered lagoons are more suitable for sunbathing. Flag Beach is located just outside of Corralejo and is popular with water sports enthusiasts.
The Flag Beach water sports centre is right on the beach where you can book your lessons. The black sand beach has a blue flag and is popular with locals, however the colour of it's sand makes it less popular than the beaches of Corralejo or Jandia. Located between Puerto del Rosario and the Airport is the attractive golden sand beach of Playa Blanca.
Grandes Playas Beach is located 5 minute drive from Corralejo where you will find miles of beaches to choose from and enjoy your day. A trip to the Island of Lobos will give you access to a beautiful sandy beach which has a gentle slope into the water, ideal for bathing, and there are plenty of fish to be seen if you fancy snorkelling.
With bleached white sand and shallow crystal waters, the beaches in both Costa Calma and Morro Jable are very nice and have blue flags, therefore lifeguards, though it's worth exploring the beautiful coves that lie outside the main resorts. During the summer ther is a flag system to show when it is safe to swim and there are lifeguards on the beach during busy periods.
This beach is often used by the locals and is also popular with surfers. In the main town of Corralejo you have the Waikiki Beach, which is a secluded bay and ideal for families with young children.
There is also a restaurant located on this beach. Much like the island's native language, the cuisine in Fuerteventura is thoroughly Spanish. As such, expect lots of tapas-style dishes when dining out on the island, as well as plenty of seafood — there is a readily available source of it close by, after all. As well as a healthy helping of fish, the islanders are also partial to goat, be it their meat or milk for cheese.
Braised beef, pork and rabbit are also very popular, and are often served with wrinkled potatoes and mojo, a hot, peppery sauce that's a firm favourite with locals.
You will find that many of the restaurants on the island have a worldwide influence though, with Italian, Chinese and English cuisine all well-represented in the main resorts along with more local offerings. If you fancy trying something a little different, be sure to check out Fuerteventura's many markets.
There is a big emphasis in Fuerteventura on art-based markets, with many African artworks on display alongside the food. If you'd really like to rub shoulders with the locals and sample some incredibly fresh produce, then be sure to visit the market in Puerto Del Rosario, situated above the bus station. It only runs on Saturdays though, and shuts up shop just after lunch so be sure to head down there early to catch the goods! You'll find a few foodie delights at other markets too, but they will be featured alongside other African arts-based goods.
There are a few dishes that Fuerteventura can call their own, but as the climate is typically very dry and warm, it can be difficult to grow a mass array of food items on the island. It's because of this that the Fuerteventura palate is a simple one, but that doesn't mean that the locals are happy to compromise on taste.
Fish- Whilst fish is always on the menu here, you'll find that the locals enjoy sitting down to a hearty dinner of goat. Traditionally, Fuerteventuran fish is served salted called pejines or in a stew, called sancocho, and is usually made from the grouper fish along with sama fish and corvina fish. This stew can be served with a Canarian favourite of papas arrugadas which are salted, wrinkled potatoes with spicy mojo sauce, or with gofio, a type of grain that can be added to thicken the stew, and to add vitamins, fibre and protein.
Meat- In terms of meat, grilled or braised beef is popular, as is pork, which can often be taken from piglets too. Similarly, islanders enjoy goat meat, both from the adult goats and the kids, and make good use of their milk too.
The majorero and palmero cheeses are delicious, and have protected designation of origin status. As well as all of the above, Fuerteventura is a good place to visit for authentic tapas, and you can find out more about typical tapas dishes here on the Villa Plus guide to Fuerteventura.
If being on holiday means that you have to experience different tastes as well as cultures, then it's always a good idea to have a little try of the offerings before you depart. Whilst Spanish food is readily available in Fuerteventura, traditional island food can be quite unique.
From roasted piglet to the salted potatoes, Fuerteventura has its own flavour and it's not hard to recreate this at home. We're going to take a look at how to make Lentejas, which is a popular lentil and pork soup and those infamous salted potatoes, otherwise known as papas arrugadas — though the usually accompanying mojo might not suit the soup in a meal!
Firstly, you need to rinse the lentils and soak them for one hour in a pan. Whilst the lentils are soaking, peel and chop the potatoes into one inch cubes, and the same with the carrots — though these are best chopped into half inch cubes! Cut up the celery stalks and slice the garlic cloves also. Next, add enough water to the pot so that the veg and pork are covered, and bring that to the boil.
Then, be sure to add your soaked lentils to the pot and regularly check it, being sure to add more water when necessary. It will take an hour to cook, but once you're happy add the cumin, salt and pepper to taste and serve up with the potatoes, the easy recipe of which is below.
Firstly, add the potatoes to a pot of water, and add enough salt to make them float. This may take a good few spoonfuls! Boil the water and allow the potatoes to simmer for 20 minutes. After this time, pour away the majority of the water and cover the potatoes with a layer of salt. Turn the heat down, and gently jostle the pot so that the salt covers all the potatoes and almost crystallises on the skins.
After this, cover with a tea towel, remove from the heat and leave for 5 minutes to allow the potatoes to form their traditional wrinkle. Served with the hot lentil soup, it's a hearty meal that's perfect for enjoying both at home and on the island.
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We had a problem with t. Going back in March liked it so much. The property is ideal for a stay in Corralejo being only a 20 min walk to the town. A large supermarket is within very easy walking distance. It is spotlessly clean and the bedding is fresh and clean. The garden area catches the sun for most of the day even in winter and there is a large sun umbrella if needed. The huge roof terrace is great for watching the world go by as it overlooks the pool area although the water was too cold for us in January!
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We asked that the pool was heated and while it was cool for the first few days Steve resolved the issue and we were all able to enjoy time in the pool. We absolutely loved the location; the supermarket was about 30 seconds walk and we could walk into the town centre in about 10 minutes. The walk home is slightly uphill but very doable. There is an AstroTurf pitch nearby and my son loved linking up there with other children and playing for hours each day when it became cooler.
Anna and Steve were very helpful. We were able to stay at the accommodation until the afternoon of our last day which was an extra perk. We would love to return here. Really recommend this property. Thank you Anna and Steve. I am already checking dates for next year A very big thank you to martina. A large selection of bars and restaurants within walk.
The owners are a pleasure to deal with and booking is easy. The large terrace allows for shelter from the sun and family lunches.
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Great apartment that lives up to its name. Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, and fully lives up to the reputation these islands have for beautiful natural surroundings and beaches. Fuerteventura is synonymous with sun, sea, sand, surf and spectacular views. The island is absolutely packed with options to please every taste, whether you want to explore the many towns, each with their own unique character or just laze on the sandy beaches.
Take a trip to the Isla de Los Lobos, a nature reserve island that's been uninhabited for 35 years. Or take the kids to the Oasis Park Fuerteventura zoo. Also worth visiting is the sand dune national park at Corralejo, which you can tour in a dune buggy! Walking distance to Tarajalejo. Would definitely book again! Featuring a patio with pool views, an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace, Villa Mafasca can be found in Corralejo, close to Las Clavellinas Beach and 1.
This villa has a private pool , a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking. Boasting an outdoor pool and mountain views, Villa Ralue is situated in Tuineje. The accommodation is 37 km from Playa Jandia, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site. This beachfront property offers access to a balcony and free WiFi. This holiday home includes 3 bedrooms, a living room and a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dining area, and 2 bathrooms with a shower and a washing machine.
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Garden was again of a very high standard with beautiful furniture, great size pool and facilities great for children. The property was built in , and has accommodation with a terrace and free WiFi. Nice place, we feelt like home. We had everything we needed and the house is very clean with nice beds and nice bathrooms.
We will come back soon, it was a pleasure to stay there! Popular with guests booking villas on Fuerteventura. We stayed in one of the villas on an all inclusive break. Villa was lovely and peaceful and was great having a private pool. All inclusive had great choice each day and plenty of variety. Great value for money and so near to the airport so great location for a long weekend.
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