Fuerteventura, Spain
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Fuerteventura

Spain

If you want a scenic paradise with wild landscapes, water sports galore and plenty of fine dining options, Fuerteventura is the place for you. Located 100km off the coast of north Africa, Fuerteventura is the second largest of Spain's Canary Islands after Tenerife. Come for the idyllic beaches and stay for the relaxed atmosphere and friendly people.

Fuerteventura weather

The weather is almost always perfect in Fuerteventura, which is undoubtedly one of the reasons it's such a popular holiday spot. During the summer, the temperature rarely drops below 20 degrees Celsius, and in wintertime it doesn't tend to get below 15 degrees. Sure, there is occasional rain - but for the most part, this island is a true paradise.

Things to do in Fuerteventura

Because of the strong winds on the island, water sports like windsurfing, sailing and kite surfing are super popular here. You can also try out scuba diving or snorkeling in the crystal clear aquamarine waters.

For shopping and dining, spend a day in the small port town of Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura's capital. The main shopping street in Puerto del Rosario is León y Castillo, which is home to numerous perfumeries, Chinese bazaars and high-street clothing shops. There are also scenic cycling and running routes along the water here.

On the north side of the island you'll find Corralejo, a former fishing village surrounded by wild sand dunes and the Corralejo Natural Park. This enormous open space has dramatic volcanic landscapes and pristine beaches, so bring a camera along with your swimming stuff.

Nearby, the village of El Cotillo is a popular spot for travellers looking for fresh seafood. Spend the day here and you'll also be able to explore La Concha beach, which has a bay shape that protects it from tides and big waves.

To experience the island's most famous 'virgin beach', spend an afternoon at Playa de Cofete, which is has remained pretty much untouched thanks to its remote location. But be warned: swimming is rarely a good idea here because of the rough surf and huge waves that crash against the shoreline.