The Canary Islands are some of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. One of the reasons for this is the archipelago’s proximity to Africa. It ensures a sub-tropical climate that is perfect for a winter break. The second largest of the Canaries is Fuerteventura, with beaches that wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean. Where should you stay there, though? Here is a guide to the top five Fuerteventura resorts.
Caleta de Fuste
The journey from terminal floor to shore is minimal. Caleta de Fuste is the closest resort to the airport, with a drive under 10 minutes. Caleta de Fuste is particularly popular with British tourists. There are plenty of bars showing live Premiership games during the football season. The nearest attraction is the Museo de Las Salinas del Carmen where you can find out about the history of the condiment at the island’s last remaining functioning saltworks.
There is no shortage of hotels, with three of the best split across either side of the FV-2. On the Atlantic side, you will find the reassuringly luxurious Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort and the similarly classy Barceló Castillo Beach Resort. On the non-beach side, the Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel is perfectly placed for golf fans to play a round or few at the adjoining 18-hole course.
The best of Caleta de Fuste’s restaurants are attached to the above hotels and attractions. However, you don’t have to be a guest or pay to enter to eat there. Your tastebuds will explode at the Museo de Las Salinas’ Volcano with their marinated-from-local-sea-salt salmon, one of their signature dishes. If you love food from Asia, you can feast on dishes hailing from China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand at the Sheraton’s Wok-N-Zen Asian Fusion Restaurant. The Barceló Castillo Beach Resort’s El Camarote overlooks the marina and many note it for its seafood dishes.
You won’t forget your journey into this northerly resort. The road from capital Puerto del Rosario takes you through the Parque Natural de Corralejo, with dunes to the left and right of you. This carretera has even made it to the big screen with a starring role in Wonder Woman 1984. A recommended day trip from Corralejo is to take a boat trip to the nearby islet of Isla de Lobos.
Corralejo’s first-ever hotel opened in 1969. It has since been reimagined as the glossy, boutique Avanti Lifestyle Hotel. Your stay will be equally glamorous at the altogether larger Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa. For somewhere more subdued, but no less stylish, consider Barceló Corralejo Bay.
At Calle Anzuelo’s Sanus Fuerteventura, diners can choose from a menu that is 50% omnivore and half vegan/vegetarian. Avanit’s Rompeolas has tables which look out onto the old harbour with a summer fave being the revitalizing watermelon and goat’s cheese salad with almond and lemon vinaigrette. For superior fast food, try Me Gustas Tu with artisan hot dogs and plant-based options.
Once upon a time, there was a plan to build a second airport on Fuerteventura, in the south of the island. This was to ease access to Costa Calma. Thankfully, this scheduled development didn’t happen and Costa Calma remains relaxed, as it is still relatively out of the way. If you’ve never tried surfing or windsurfing, now’s your chance to learn at the likes of Ion Club Fuerteventura.
If Costa Calma feels quiet, the R2 Rio Calma Hotel & Spa & Conference is positively idyllic as it is slightly set apart from the rest of the resort. Altogether more central is the eco-certified H10 Tindaya. Life is laidback in Costa Calma and you will enjoy getting horizontal at the relaxed Hotel Taimar.
Corralejo is the most Italian resort on the island, but the pizza at L’AperiPizza Costa Calma is of the type Mamma used to make. B-Side Café is good for more than a slice too but its menu is diverse with Spanish classics such as paella. Elsewhere, Posada San Borondón serves up the Mediterranean on a plate despite its altogether closer proximity to the Atlantic.
You will get dizzy travelling to this north-westerly resort by bus rather than by hire car as the journey via Tiadhe is a real round-the-houses route. Once you arrive though, you will soon be won over by the charms of this traditional fishing village. Some of the most beautiful beaches are located in this part of the La Olivia municipality and the lagoons are family-friendly because of their tranquil waters.
The rooftop pool at chilled Cotillo House is the perfect place to cool off in this Canarian hot spot. A mere 100km separates Fuerteventura from the African mainland and there’s a very definite Moroccan vibe going down at El Hotelito del Cotillo. The only other hotel is the four-star Coral Cotillo Beach which is, appropriately enough, in front of a gorgeous stretch of white sand.
We featured Happy Cactus El Cotillo in our Green Life: The Ultimate Vegan Canary Islands Guide. If your palate is more pescetarian, you will salivate over the fare at the confusingly-named Vaca Azul. Yes, that’s Blue Cow. Up top Cotillo House is home to La Terraza del Cotillo with light, refreshing offerings such as the Andalusian staple, salmorejo, similar to gazpacho but thicker in consistency.
The most southerly resort is a hit with German tourists. Indeed, there is a sculpture of the former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Willy Brandt, and his dog on the Jandía Peninsula. This is in recognition of the work he did to encourage his countrymen to follow in rolling up their trousers to spend some time barefoot on the beach.
One of the most enduring monuments to tourism in this picturesque part of Pajara is the Robinson Jandía Playa. Ascend the tower for the best views of the peninsula from the infinity pool. The playful Lemon & Soul Cactus Garden is another relaxed retreat in the area. For a guaranteed palatial stay, look no further than the five-star Riu Palace Jandía which enjoys a beachfront location.
Restaurante Avenida del Mar takes pride of place on the Morro de Jable promenade. The freshest fish are available as the catches of the day. Nomads Proper Burgers reinvents the patty in a bun as slow food. At Canaima Bistró, wash down Venezuelan staples such as arepas with Canarian craft beers.
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