Fuerteventura, Canary Islands: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Martí Micolau

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For years now, the Canary Islands, and in particular the island of Fuerteventura, have been considered the ideal destination for holidays. It can be said without a doubt that tourism in Fuerteventura is present during any period of the year. This is because the climate on the island is pleasant and there are so many activities to do. There are people who return to the island several times to enjoy the services available and the natural beauty of the place. But when to go and what to see in Fuerteventura? Here is a complete and detailed analysis!


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. What to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Fuerteventura: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a holiday in Fuerteventura cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 110.299
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Local currency: Euro (€ 1,00 = € 1,00)
  • Weather: very mild, almost desert
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: Passport or identity card valid for expatriation, return ticket
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    From a political point of view, Fuerteventura is part of the Canary Islands, therefore it belongs to Spain. Geographically, however, Fuerteventura is not even found on the European continent, but rather in Africa, dthe fronts on the shores of Morocco.

    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: Fuerteventura's reference airport is located in Puerto del Rosario, but is not served by direct flights from Italy. However, it is possible to reach the island from both Rome and Milan by making a stopover in Madrid for about 1 hour. The flight is operated with Iberia, a Spanish airline. The total duration of the flight varies between 5 and 6 hours.
      Flights from Rome from € 151,00 - Flights from Milan from € 72,00
    • From the main European capitals: belonging to Spain, it is possible to reach Fuerteventura with a direct flight from Madrid. This flight can also be made with low cost airlines, such as Ryanair. The total flight duration is close to 2 hours and 45 minutes. Alternatively, it is also possible to depart from London with EasyJet for a total duration of the direct flight of 4 hours and 15 minutes.

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: the climate of Fuerteventura is very mild; in certain periods it seems that the climate becomes desert-like, with non-existent rainfall. Total rainfall in a calendar year is 16 days / 97 mm. The sea temperature is quite cool and can reach a minimum temperature of 18 degrees.
    • Best time: from May to October. Temperatures are high but not stifling, the sea gets warmer and rainfall is practically non-existent.
    • Period to avoid: there is no real period not recommended. However, from November to April, rainfall is much more frequent than usual and the sea is colder, being crossed by ocean currents.
    • Advice: a trip and a holiday in Fuerteventura are usually for people who love the sea. Therefore, you must bring swimwear and bikinis with you in your suitcase. Furthermore, given the constant heat, it is good to always wear light and comfortable clothes. Finally, it is important not to forget the sunscreen to counteract the high temperatures and avoid skin problems.

    What to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Cofete Beach: wild and incredibly vast beach. This place is ideal for those who love to face nature and admire an exceptional boundless landscape
    2. Sotavento Beach: another wonderful beach located in Fuerteventura. On this part of the coast there are sand dunes that come out of the sea, creating beautiful islets to see and visit.
    3. Playa del Matorrall: very large beach usually frequented by many tourists. The beach is bathed in water of a wonderful color: blue that mixes with deep blue. Simply mind-blowing!
    4. Playa de Ajuy: a less beautiful beach to see but suitable for those with an adventurous spirit. The beach is rocky and its color is black.
    5. Island of Lobos: a small island located north of Fuerteventura. You can visit it in one day by taking a water taxi. The island is exceptional, with landscapes reminiscent of the Caribbean.
    6. Green Waters: located in the north-west of the island, in this area it is possible to find natural pools of incredible beauty. The pools are made up of rocky coves and their water is green in color!
    7. Montana de Tindaya: the volcano that dominates and reigns over the entire island. On this mountain, it is possible to participate in specialized excursions and tours. Trekking lovers cannot miss this challenge.
    8. Playa de Los Charcos: considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Playa de Los Charcos is a destination to go on your itinerary. In this place, the water is crystal clear and it is possible to admire the seabed without the need for masks or goggles!
    9. Playa Blanca: in spite of what the name suggests, this island is not white. However, its color is similar to that of gold. In addition, this beach is very wide and is excellent for families.
    10. Oasis Park: an amusement park where it is possible to admire animals of all kinds. Among these, you can meet giraffes, elephants or pink flamingos up close.
    11. Puerto del Rosario: capital of the island of Fuerteventura. A true center of life pulsating with energy and vivacity. The best way to experience the island atmosphere is to visit it. Maybe it is also recommended to stay in this location, where you never get bored!
    12. Sculptural Park: a park located in the capital of the island, namely Puerto del Rosario. By visiting this point of interest it is possible to admire over one hundred sculptures and appreciate their artistic style.
    13. Church of the Virgen del Rosario: perhaps what can be considered as the most important church on the whole island. This place, which is located in Puerto del Rosario, is worth visiting both for believers, who will feel attracted by the sacredness of the place, and for those who simply appreciate the architecture of the structure.
    14. House of Unamuno: the home of one of the most illustrious artists of Spanish literature is located in Puerto del Rosario. A place to visit if you want to learn more about Iberian culture and art.
    15. Betancuria: Betancuria represents the typical Spanish pueblo. This town stands out for its houses with a particular structure and for the lush vegetation that covers it. A quaint place not to be missed when visiting Fuerteventura!
    16. Corralejo: white beaches, blue sea and lots and lots of space to have fun. This is what you can find in Corralejo, a seaside resort suitable for both couples and families.
    17. Corralejo Dunes Natural Park: this is the area suitable for explorers and adventurers. The natural park offers a vast and desert landscape, to be explored in the company of an expert guide. It will seem to be in the Sahara desert!
    18. Antigua: as the name suggests, this is one of the oldest locations on the whole island. Visiting it is recommended to learn more about the history of this land. Furthermore, observing the pueblo, you can make a hypothetical journey through time.
    19. Salt Museum: interesting museum to visit which is located in the Antigua area. You can learn more about salt, an element that for years has been an important commodity for the inhabitants of Fuerteventura.

    What to do in Fuerteventura: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday in Fuerteventura cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Contrary to what one might think,living a trip to Fuerteventura is not very expensive. Consider, for example, that flights operated by low cost airlines are extremely convenient. A single return flight can also have the price of 175,00 euros per person.A flight + hotel package for two people can therefore approach a figure of approximately € 1.000. Something more is spent on tourist excursions to do on the island, in the most sought after areas. The cost of lunches, on the other hand, falls within the average. Definitely, to face a trip to Fuerteventura you need to have a normal budget.

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 44,00 per room -
    • starting from € 158,00 -

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