Did you know Fuerteventura translates in English to “strong wind“? The translation does not lie, Fuerteventura is indeed very windy. Rather than being a disadvantage the windy conditions are perfect for high octane water sports and makes the island popular with adrenaline junkies as well as chilled holiday makers. Fuerteventura is the second biggest of Spain’s Canary Islands, second only to Tenerife. It’s worth mentioning here that I adore Tenerife, it’s my go to ‘sunbathing & sangria’ destination having spent some glorious short holidays there with some girlfriends. However I was pleasantly surprised, not the tourist trap I expected, but an island with picturesque coastlines, a fantastic selection of active pursuits, great food, golden beaches and of course, a lovely cool breeze.
You must spend a day (or two) in El Cotillo. Located to the north of the island El Cotillo is a sleepy little harbour town but is home to the most beautiful, golden sand beaches. Have a swim in the pockets of crystal clear lagoons between the rocks. Trust me, the water is deliciously warm. Further up the coast, north of the lagoons there is the cute little Faro lighthouse, framed by crashing waves and kite surfers making the most of the conditions.
Corralejo Natural Park, or in Espanol Parque Natural de Corralejo. Stretches of golden beaches, turquoise water (are you sensing a theme here? I bloody love a good beach) and massive untouched sand dunes. If your used to a much greener landscape like I am this is an absolute feast for the eyes. Grab a towel and a book and I’ll see you at sunset.
Mi casa es tu casa
We stayed in Corralejo during our holiday in Fuerteventura. Corralejo has your usual “strip” for holiday makers; Perfume shops, restaurants and bars of all persuasions. If you walk further towards the harbour the old town is quite charming with a selection of traditional and modern eateries to suit all tastes. My favourite was Casa Domingo which out apartment neighbors has recommended, a tapas restaurant with delicious food and friendly staff. If we hadn’t have gone on our last night I would have definitely been back for seconds.