Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands just off the coast of West Africa, is an all-year round sunny destination, and even more enticing during the Winter months for a dose of some warmth and sunshine. With dramatic landscapes ranging from Volcanic craters, rugged terrains, sand dunes to gorgeous beaches, it is an island that truly packs a punch. It is particularly popular for water sports such as surfing or paddle surfing.
It is considered to be the oldest of the Canary Islands, which were all formed as a result of underwater volcanic eruptions. Alongside the gorgeous weather, Fuerteventura offers so much to discerning travellers, whether they are interested in sightseeing, enjoying the local cuisine or participating in water sports.
Things to do in Fuerteventura
Explore the volcanic landscape
There are some pretty incredible Volcanic craters, which are worth visiting. Pictured is the Bayuyo volcano, which is located above the town of Corralejo, and is just wonderful to see, especially of you are a geology geek like me with an affinity for volcanoes.
Here you may also find some friendly squirrels who are so cute and inquisitive!
The views are incredible and it is also the perfect place to hike if you fancy a nice walk. An alternative way to visit is with a buggy tour called the ‘Mehari’ Experience. There’s more on that later, so keep an eye out further down the post.
Visit the sand dunes
The Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo is one of the most-visited natural sights in Fuerteventura and home to the largest sand dunes in the Canary Islands. The sand is so soft and silky and so much fun to play in. The views are fantastic and the landscape just breathtaking.
Definitely visit to see the contrasting landscapes and feel that soft sand between your toes.
Learn how to surf
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to surf or are feeling spontaneous, book a session with the Fuerteventura Surf School. It is such a fun experience and one I would do again in a heart beat, even though I could only stand for a split second before plunging back into the ocean. The thrill of crashing amongst the waves is incredible.
If you are an experienced or advanced surfer, you will really enjoy surfing here and the beaches are also perfect if you simply want to sunbathe in between surfs and soak in all the sun’s rays.
Enjoy Cocktails by the beach
Post surfing, or for an afternoon of relaxing beachside, head for cocktails to Sunset Lounge, a wonderful beach bar. Having tried a whole range of cocktails, they are all so innovative and delicious and my favourite was the Bourbon with cookie syrup served in a light bulb.
Go on a ‘Mehari’ Experience
Exploring the island in a Jeep Buggy is so much fun and an excellent excursion for something unique and different. You can tailor the experience to be personalised based on what you want to see, and if brave, drive one of these amazing buggies yourself!
For our trip we visited the volcanic crater, sand dunes and the town of El Cotillo, which were all fabulous to see and explore.
Find out more here.
Visit the Tostón lighthouse (Faro de Tostón), or El Cotillo lighthouse
It is worth visiting the Tostón lighthouse, which is actually an active lighthouse very much in use today. The views in the area are spectacular too and so its lovely to take a stroll and take in the landscapes.
Whilst in the area you can also visit the Torre del Tostón, which is a defence tower once used as a fort but is now used for various exhibitions.
Lunch with a view
Enjoy a delicious lunch of fusion tapas with a view at Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real at the Coco Bahía Lounge & Club in Corralejo. It has amazing views of Lobos island and the Atlantic Ocean.
Spend some time relaxing either on the beach or at your resort, with a good book, cocktail or enjoy a swim in your hotel pool.
Where to Stay in Fuerteventura
The Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort is a fantastic hotel to base yourself when in Fuerteventura. It has a variety of Junior suites, Family Suites and Premium Club Suites available and is conveniently located in Corralejo, just a 10 minute walk from Coco Beach, and so a superb location. I adore the Bougainvillea strewn walkways around the hotel – so very pretty!
We stayed in the Premium Club Suites, located in the ‘Adults only’ area of the hotel, which amazingly has its own pool complete with heavenly Balinese beds to lounge on, as well as a bar and a restaurant, and so you can enjoy happy hour as well as have your breakfast here, just steps away from your room. WiFi is free throughout the hotel.
The rooms are spacious and have an open plan design with a lounge area, walk in wardrobe, well equipped bathroom, desk area with a mini fridge (everything is included) and the most comfortable bed to sink into after a day of exploring. There is also a balcony, which I always love about a hotel room, as its the perfect place to start the day with a coffee in hand, taking in the fresh morning breeze.
If you are a family visiting you will be pleased to find an excellent Kids club (as well as a Teens club), with one of the hotel’s 6 pools located right next to it, including a kids pool. Perfect spot for the parents to relax whilst the kids are having fun.
On an all-inclusive basis, your meals (a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as drinks are all included, which is super. The selection of restaurants and bars at the hotel are fantastic and the choice of food is incredible. I particularly enjoyed the Rambutan Asian-fusion buffet restaurant and La Scala Restaurant. Breakfast lovers will rejoice at the incredible spread and I definitely recommend the Churros with chocolate sauce! The best part about the hotel is that you can try a different restaurant every day as well as enjoy a more relaxing lunch at the pool side snack bar.
All in all there are multiple restaurants across the resort, six bars, six outdoor swimming pools including one adult-only and two exclusively for Premium Club guest, two kids’ pools, a Spa, should you wish to pamper yourself, and a gym, if you want to work out. Evening entertainment includes a theatre, live shows and a disco.
I really enjoyed my stay at The Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort and its in a wonderful location, has wonderful service and ample facilities, with something to suit everyone. Fuerteventura is a gorgeous island and the weather just superb, and so very ideal for a city break.