Who, what, where, when and why?
Fuerteventura is a small island just off the coast of Africa and is situated in the Canary Islands which are owned by the Spanish. If you are looking for a specific time to go on holiday and are looking at the beautiful Island of Fuerteventura the best time to go depends on what you are going for. The island boasts hundreds of activities to do. Windsurfing? The world championships for Windsurfing are held in Fuerteventura and by the title of the sport, you can probably guess. Fuerteventura is very windy. This is not a bad thing! Ever fancied Scuba Diving? Head over to Deep Blue Dive Centre in Caleta De Fuste or their Dive Centre in Las Playitas. How about a deep sea fishing trip? Head to Gone Fishing and speak to Aram. Make sure you check his opening times as he may be out on fishing trips.
My FAVOURITE beaches
I have been going to Fuerteventura for almost 15 years now. I can honestly say it is one of the most beautiful, unheard places of in the world. You may not have coral reefs and bright blue seas but the one thing I love about Fuerteventura is how much it has come along. It is slowly becoming more and more touristy but there are still so many areas of the island which are either 1. very secluded or 2. unheard of. Fuerteventura owns my two favourite beaches: Cofete and Los Molinos. They are both secluded to the point where you a lucky if you get a phone signal! But hey! Who cares if you don’t have phone signal? You are on beautiful beaches!
My parents own a beautiful apartment in Caleta de Fuste. From Caleta de Fuste Los Molinos is about a 40-minute drive west. Los Molinos is fairly small it has around 15 houses which are actually illegally built but do no harm to anyone so the locals who live there are left alone. There is an amazing restaurant between the car park and the beach. It is a very traditional restaurant so don’t expect a 5/5 cleanliness rating, I’ve eaten there, it’s amazing. You will be presented with a menu with freshly caught fish, personally, I always go for the octopus as I LOVE octopus. It is by far my favourite food. If you haven’t tried it make sure you do, my Grandma is the fussiest eater ever! And she adores octopus. The beach is also blessed with small lagoons which are a short walk over some rocks, which we have named… The dangerous rock challenge. This should only be attempted when the tide is out and you should always return before the tide comes in. Don’t be put off by the name but do this at your own risk, I have never had a problem in doing this walk. If you do the walk, just be careful. It is way worth it. You will very often find locals fishing from the lagoons so if you see them say “hola” and just be mindful of them and don’t get in their way because they are fishing for their dinner. The lagoons are beautiful. There are around 3 or 4 so you would only be there for around an hour, maybe a bit more or less. Los Molinos has a sign saying “Playa Peligrosa Sin Vigilancia” which translates to Dangerous Beach, No Lookouts (Life Guards). The waves are absolutely massive! 6 foot, 7 foot, 8 foot! Depending on how low the tide is you may be able to experience the amazing caves which are hidden by the ocean on an average tide. The caves are to the left of the beach and there are some amazing photo opportunities. When we are planning to go we always have a look at the tides online and look for the lowest tide possible and go then. If the tide is too low the beach is not habitable, which can be a bummer but fear not, there is another beach not too far away called El Cotillo. REMEMBER there is no signal, so don’t get a taxi there as you will not be able to get back. Just hire a car for the day. We usually hire a car from AutoReisen which are not expensive and have always provided us with a reliable vehicle.
Cofete Beach is near Jandia which is south of the island, it owns miles and miles of pristine beach. It has to be by far the hardest beach to get to on the island. If you go by sat nav once you get to the dirt track it shows a three-hour drive from there. Personally, I suggest hiring a jeep as you can get there much quicker but it is possible to get to in a normal car as we have done before. Bearing in mind if you do hire a standard car you are not insured on off tarmac roads unless you purchase extra insurance. We normally hire a jeep for the whole duration of our holiday as Fuerteventura is a volcanic island there are many off-road tracks which you can explore. If both of these options are a no go for you, don’t worry you can catch a 4×4 Bus which seats 21 people from Morro Jable and if I remember correctly it is €2.50 each way and the bus leaves from Morro Jable Bus Station at 10 am and 2 pm. Whilst on the way to Cofete you can enjoy breathtaking views from above the beach. (I took this photo with a potato!). There is a photo opportunity point which overlooks the whole beach. An amazing point to add about the beach itself is that sea turtles are released there each year which means in a few years the turtles will start coming back to lay eggs on the beach they were released from.
An amazing point to add about the beach itself is that sea turtles are released there each year which means in a few years the turtles will start coming back to lay eggs on the beach they were released from. When you arrive at the beach you will find a small restaurant that is a traditional tapas restaurant. The food is very traditional and super tasty! If you look at the hills behind the beach you will see a house which is named “Villa Winter”. Villa Winter was built during World War II and there are many different theories about what its uses were. There are theories that the tower was used as a beacon for submarines and aeroplanes who needed to land on the island. There are also assumptions that Fuerteventura was used as a German Naval Base during World War II due to its prime location. If you want to visit Villa Winter you can do, at a small fee.
Who do I book with?
Getting to Fuerteventura is fairly simple. If you are flying from the UK you can usually get a direct flight. I normally book my flights through Skyscanner as this is how I have always booked them. Skyscanner also offers a hotel search and a car hire search so you can essentially book your whole holiday through Skyscanner. I cannot give any advice on this as I have never done this. As mentioned before we usually hire our car through AutoReisen and have always been pleased with their service. If I were to look for somewhere to stay I would usually check Ownersdirect for a villa as I feel a homely villa is perfect for Fuerteventura.
Now that everything is booked you can look forward to your trip to Fuerteventura! Thanks for reading this and if you have any questions please leave a comment or contact me through the contact page!