Fuerteventura travel guide

Your Fuerteventura vacation starts here

Welcome to Fuerteventura, one of the largest and yet least developed of the Canary Islands. Through stories, tips and interviews with local people in our insiders guide discover how, when and where to have the very best vacation on this unique island.

Dive Center Corralejo, Fuerteventura. Photo by Xavi Safont    Fuerteventura location map. Illustration by Lisa Joanes     Museo de Interpretación de Los Molinos Tiscamanita, Fuerteventura. Photo by Nick Haslam

Fuerteventura is the second largest island of the Canaries and the closest to Africa, with the western coast of Morocco only 100 kilometres away. Geologically the oldest island of the archipelago, it has a spectacular landscape of rolling hills, dry steppe and sand dunes, and, with more than 320 kilometres of coastline, some of the longest beaches in Europe.

The rugged west coast is practically uninhabited, with high cliffs of black rock pounded by the waves of the Atlantic driven by the northerly trade winds. On the east, the sheltered bays, beaches and coves offer the perfect place for water sports of all kinds, and even in the height of the season you can have an entire beach practically to yourself. Fuerteventura has just been granted UNESCO Biosphere reserve status - an accolade for the island's rich marine, terrestrial and geographical diversity.

"An oasis in the desert of civilisation"
Miguel Unamuno (Spanish writer, poet, philosopher & activist exiled in Fuerteventura in the 1920s)

Jesus Marrero
Walking guide Jesus Marrero on what makes Fuerteventura so special...
"Walking is a wonderful activity here... we nearly always have sun, and there's the trade wind which blows and keeps the temperatures comfortable" [2:30]
Responsible Travel would like to thank the Fuerteventura tourist board for their sponsorship of this guide
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