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Fuerteventura Hotels and Apartments
Fuerteventura Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in Fuerteventura
Holidaymakers flock to the Canary Island of Fuerteventura to bask in its 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. Accomodation options are legion: big-name luxury resorts, lush green estates with kitted-out villas and bungalows (some built in North African style), and cheaper self-catering apartments. The island’s interior has protected reserves and lunar-like lavascapes, so most hotels are arranged along the Atlantic Ocean-lapped beaches at its edges.
Plan your stay around the style of holiday you want. For sun and fun, head north to Corralejo resort, a hugely popular spot with lavish accommodation to meet demand. Children are well-catered for at mega resorts packed with entertainment options. They can learn to surf and play tennis, splash about in pools with waterslides, and make friends in kids’ clubs. More romantic, adults-only stays have sophisticated evenings with live music and partying ‘till late. Alternatively, choose El Cotillo for surfing and seafood, or Morro Jable in the wilder south and add the turtle nursery to your itinerary.
Where to stay
A former fishing village turned beach-break central, Corralejo’s soft, sandy edges are scattered with resorts. But, the island’s status as a UNESCO-protected biosphere reserve has ensured untouched natural wonders, such as the cinematic Grandes Playas sand dunes. Along this breathtaking string of beaches, elaborate kite festivals are held, and the surfing is world-renowned. Dramatic Isla de Lobos, a volcanic nature reserve just a 15-minute boat trip from Corralejo, also boasts rare bird colonies (no canaries, we’re afraid) and 19th-century artefacts.
As chill as the surfer dudes who rock up here seeking their next big wave, El Cotillo has kept its historic air, with Santorini-style sugar-cube dwellings. Laidback luxury stays, budget-conscious beach hotels and intimate studio apartments are placed centrally. You’re all set to explore this bohemian’s famed gastronomy (largely consisting of that day’s fishermen’s haul) and go walking, biking, horse-riding or paddleboarding. Take a hike to still-active Tostón lighthouse, then bag a prime spot on La Concha beach.
At the opposite end of the island from Corralejo – on the southern tip – is more reserved Morro Jable. There’s a striking difference between the old town here and the stretch of coast where resorts with tropical gardens, serene bungalows and elegantly landscaped pools jostle for space. Make the most of sunny days during your holiday in Jandia’s wild, white-sand natural park (where Solo: A Star Wars Story was filmed) and on Playa de Mattoral (parents, take note, there’s a section for naturists here…), and try to catch hatchlings emerging from their shells at the Turtle Nursery by the wharf (around September to October).
What to see
Fuerteventura means ‘strong winds’, although this has proved to be a good thing, bringing in surfers and wind surfers from all over the world. If you’re not confident on a board, you can sail, fish and scuba dive, too (watch out for whales and dolphins). The mountainous, lava-formed interior is popular with hikers. And, to dive into the island’s piratical past, visit its oldest settlement Betancuria and the Ajuy Caves, where pirates would hideout. The island’s a Starlight Reserve too, so watch the skies.
Fuerteventura was designated one of the 500 European destinations by the tongue-twistingly named Quality Coast International Certification Program of the European Coastal and Marine Union. So, its beaches impress. In the south, hit the Costa Calma and Cofete; to the north, head to Playa Grande and Corralejo Viejo (NB, going ‘sans swimwear’ is largely acceptable). Come February and March, the dazzling colour and costumery of Fuerteventura’s carnival can be seen in the streets of capital Puerto del Rosario.
Corralejo has a monopoly on nightlife of all varieties: British pubs, Belgian beer halls (Nico’s serves everything from Kriek to Kwak), sports bars and more. Cocktails are served in colourful cheery bars that draw a fun-seeking crowd – Mojito Beach Bar and Bar Bouganville are two of the most vibrant. Rock Island Bar is also one of the island’s best live music venues. If you’re not psyching yourself up for holiday shooters, try the restaurants and more relaxed bars along Avenida.
What to eat
Influences from the mainland and the Med inform Fuerteventura’s cuisine, but local flavours include aloe vera, goat’s cheeses such as Majorero, and sweet liqueurs (try the honeyed rum). Tapas and fresh-from-the-sea fish are served on palm-tree-shaded terraces from tip to tip, in venues including beautiful wine bars and rustic joints.
Most restaurants in Fuerteventura are laidback and authentic, focused more on the catch of the day then dressing up in your finest gladrags. However, there are a range of eateries offering different aspects from sandy vistas, providing you with the perfect date night spot on your holiday. Hotel buffets will also have a selection of Canarian and home-comfort dishes, but we recommend a little tasting tour outside your comfort zone.
Fuerteventura is more flop and drop than shop till you drop, but its larger towns have malls and markets, and local handicrafts can be bought in the villages. Puerto Del Rosario is your best choice for cash-splashing, home to las Rotondas Shopping Centre (a gathering of mostly Spanish brands). And, just outside Corralejo is the open-air Centro Comercial El Campanario, where market traders sell trinkets and holiday souvenirs. El Cotillo’s bijou boutiques sell surf supplies and hippie beachwear.
Fast Facts about Fuerteventura
- Direct flight time: 4 hours from London
- Transfer time from Fuerteventura Airport to Corralejo: 34 minutes
- Transfer time from Fuerteventura Airport to El Cotillo: 46 minutes
- Transfer time from Fuerteventura Airport to: 1 hour 20 minutes minutes
- Time Zone: WET (no time difference)
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Average price of a domestic beer: €0.50–2
- Average price of a bottle of wine: €4–5
- Number of Brit tourists per year: 490,641