Holidays from the Island

SandJust 50 miles from Saharan Africa, the island of Fuerteventura has a breath taking, barren beauty. Despite the volcanic terrain, it has some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands - miles and miles of largely deserted sandy beaches. Golden drifts of sand, like fine-spun silk, ripple towards the sparkling shore. Goats are herded across arid plains dotted with windmills. And long-dead volcanoes, scarred and deformed, pierce the virtually cloudless sky.

 

 plantsResort development is restrained, compared with neighbouring islands, but there is still plenty to keep couples, families and water sports enthusiasts happy. Corralejo and Caleta de Fuste are popular with the British, while German tourists favour the southern resorts of Jandia and Moro Jable. Visitors from the Spanish mainland swell numbers in July and August. Although prices are slightly higher than mainland Spain, a holiday here is still good value.

The east coast offers safe swimming, while the wild, west coast is renowned for its surf breaks. There are sheltered coves in or around all the main resorts. On more exposed beaches, consistent trade winds produce world-class windsurfing conditions. If sunbathing becomes a little too bracing here, it is possible to pitch camp in the semi-circular, dry-stone wind shelters scattered along the shore. The island can be toured in a day and the excellent roads make driving easy. The parched interior is littered with interesting hamlets. If you want “raw and spiritual” Fuerteventura is a must.

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