Get some action in Fuerteventura – A Guide to the Spanish Isle
The Spanish islands are most famous for their beaches, all year round warm weather and waters, but Fuerteventura has a captivating mix of villages, hotels, ancient volcanos and offers excitement better than I ever dreamed it could with water sports, fantastic food and Spanish zeal. Spain is one of my favorite countries and the more you know about it, the better.
A Guide to the Activities
Boating & Cruises
“Magic”, operate a number of catamarans from the port, sailing around 10am (and 4pm during the May to October season). What’s great about them is they include a barbecue lunch and plenty of free time for swimming, relaxing and snorkelling.
“El Majorero”, offer 1-hour cruises in glass-bottomed boats, all the better to see the sea life (this is quite nice if you are with people (or by yourself) who don’t snorkel or dive.
“Oceanarium Explorer”, is a very friendly exploration company that offer fishing trips and boat and diving trips (look out for whales and dolphins, they are quite curious) for snorkelers, divers and general lovers of the open seas.
“Flag Beach Windsurf Center” operates out of Grandes Playas and rents out surfboards and body boards as well as all equipment for kitesurfing and windsurfing. You can get expert training and all-inclusive tours, accommodation and transport through their company.
“Pro Surf Fuerte Billabong” in Corralejo is the most popular home base for surfers visiting the island. No matter if you’re a beginner or a pro, they offer courses and equipment rentals as well as transport to the best cobalt waters around the island.
“Jet-ski Centre” is another centre in the harbour of Corralejo between the north coast of Fuerteventura and Lobos, which give you great service, like really great service. They drove? boated? speed-boated us out to the waters, showed us how to ride and even took some snaps of us (mostly falling off in the beginning) and then took us on a little tour around Lobos island. They have a centre at the Caleta de Fuste Resort on the east coast of the island, if you find yourself staying at that wonderful hotel.
Fishing, Hiking & Safari
“Siña Maria 111”, I never figured out what the “111” is but this unique deep sea fishing trip was pretty awesome. Super relaxing and our skipper cooked our catch for lunch.
“NaTOURal Adventure”, offer hiking excursions and mountain biking trails for all levels of fitness (or lack of) that takes you along the magnificent shores of the island or more inland towards unspoilt landscapes and bubbling volcanoes or ashen craters.
A Guide to Getting There, Around & Away
Getting There & Away by Air
There are a number of charter flights that connect the islands with mainland Spain as well as most European countries have Fuerteventura flights leaving the main cities at cheap rates.
Getting Around the Islands
Public transport is usually centred around schools and local trades people. It is recommended that you rent a car (many agencies at the airport) or take taxis to your destinations or plan your activities within walking distance of your accommodation.
There are three types of water transports, ferries (about 25-minute crossing from Puerto del Rosario and Arrecife and Playa Blanca on Lanzarote) and jetfoils (which speed between Morro Jable and Las Palmas) that run everyday and boats that travel between all the Canary Islands for a little island hoping.
The island has so much more to offer than the above list and some of the best beaches in Spain but it’s up to you to visit the island and see what gems the island has to offer, which will make your vacation unforgettable. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some activities, so what are your favourite things to do on an island?