You could be excused for thinking you were in the Caribbean when walking along the seashore in Correlejo.
The white sandy beaches are really stunning and not at all what you would expect in the Canary Islands. The sand dunes that are the national park stretch for miles and the visual combination of the mountain backdrop makes for a truely magnificent sight. I had to pinch myself, I felt like I was back in Barbados.
I am a beach lover so Fuerteventura for me is fantastic. It hosted the world wind surfing and kite boarding championships last year and definitely has that sporty feel to it. There are surf shops on every corner and plenty of long haired Australians wandering around with boards under their arms so it definitely has that edgy vibe.
There are two main resorts featured from Ireland, Correlejo and Caleta de Fuste, or Costa Caleta as it is also known. Correlejo, once an old fishing village it still retains that authentic feel yet has a 10km blanket of white sand beside it to sweeten the deal. There are great restaurants around the harbour and plenty of trendy duty free shops as well as ‘Music Square’. This is also the spot where the ferry leaves to go to nearby Lanzarote, or Isla de Lobos, trust me, a day trip worth taking. Try an introductory dive or some snorkelling, it would be difficult to find a better place in Europe to do this.
Caleta de Fuste is very popular with families as the man made beach there is very shallow and extremely safe for young kids. It is a purpose built resort though so lacks the authenticity that Correlejo has, although comes complete with mini golf, kids train and plenty of kids clubs along the beach. There is a fantastic choice of self catering and all inclusive family properties and the prices are such good value. The restaurants here and generally all over the island cater extremely well for families and wont break the bank.
Like many other Spanish resorts Fuerteventura has plenty more to offer than just beaches. There is a waterpark in Correlejo as well as a fantastic animal park, the Oasis Park in Jandia. You can get up close with the animals here, even take a camel safari or take in a show. There are two bird shows as well as a sealion and a reptile show. It is a great day out for all the family and one I would highly recommend. If you are travelling as a couple you have to visit El Cotillo. Renowned for its amazing beaches and lagoons it was voted one of the 10 best beaches in Spain by trip advisor last year. A traditional fishing village, it has the most picturesque little harbour with local restaurants serving freshly caught fish – and they are cooked to perfection! This is the windsurfing and surfing Mecca of the island so bear in mind it can be very windy! You can find some sheltered spots for sunbathing but my advice would be to bring a jacket!
Fuerteventura is less developed than the other Canary Islands but that is part of it’s charm. It has year round sunshine, is great value for money and has some of the best beaches in Europe, what more could you ask for?