Fuerteventura

 recently spent 3 days 4 nights in Fuerteventura with my best friend V exploring the north side of the Island and it was great to explore such a beautiful island! I’m so in love with the place, the laid back island life and I love to come back to explore more.

Fuerteventura is the second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands and sits in the Atlantic Ocean 100km off the north coast of Africa. 3 days is enough time to see the north of the island but if you want to see it all I would leave at least 7 nights and 8 days to discover more.

Here is a little guide I put together on what to do, where to stay, good places to eat and anything else you might want to know about your 3 days, 5 nights in Fuerteventura.

GETTING THERE AND BACK

I live in Cornwall and decided to fly from Newquay airport to Gatwick with Flybe. It’s around a 45-minute flight and cost me £119 return with 20kg baggage. This for me was the easiest option but you can also get the megabus for £23 from London to Truro.

Flights from Gatwick to El Matorral in Fuerteventura with Thomas Cook Airlines cost £47 return and we had to pay an extra £85 for 30kg of luggage between us! If you only take hand luggage then you can fly so cheap.

We hired a car for the duration of our visit which cost us £60 initially and a further €168 when we arrived in the airport for insurance. You get the €100 back if there is no damage. Don’t bother buying fully comp insurance in the UK, we got stung at the airport as they didn’t recognise that kind of insurance and we had to effectively buy the same insurance twice and could have saved £30.

WHAT TO DO

With only 3 days to explore everything you can find your time running out fast, so I would recommend having a rough idea of what you want to see and do before you go.

Here are a couple of things that we did that I would recommend doing –

Beach Yoga

Start your days with an invigorating yoga session on the beach with Azulfit in Coralejo from 8am to 9.30am for €15. Getting to do Yoga while on the beach listening to the waves lap on the shore with some of the best teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting was a real highlight. They take all abilities and are very friendly.

Kite Surfing

Coralejo is known for its kite surfing and there are lots of great spots along the shore. If you want you can hire or get a lesson on the beaches outside Coralejo although we didn’t so I can’t give you more information on that. As a spectator, it’s an awesome thing to watch and well worth putting up with the wind to see them.

Sunset Watching

Wander around the picturesque village and end your day watching the sunset over the cliffs at El Cotillo. It’s pretty damn gorgeous and seems to be off the tourist trail so good to go for a quieter spot. With the tide rolling in, the sky turning pink and the mountains in the background it makes for some awe-inspiring moments.

Volcano Hiking

Climb a volcanic crater in Lajares. Volcanoes have been dormant on Fuerteventura for over 4000 years but it’s a fun, easy hike which can take around 2 hours. There are paths made from vocanic rocks almost the whole way around the volcano and although it is generally a quiet trail you can expect to see the odd cyclist or sheep. At the top of the crater, there are some stunning panoramic views over to Coralejo and the surrounding areas. Well worth the hike.

WHERE TO EAT

Baobab in Coralejo is hidden along some back streets and is a lovely little vegan place. Expect fresh juices and insanely good vegan food. I could have eaten here every day and a great place to hit after yoga for a quick smoothie and brunch.

If you want fresh fish with sea views, La Vaca Azul in El Colitto is a good place to eat. Lots of local dishes served in a quiet and calm manner. Ask to be sat on the balcony which overlooks the sea and cliffs and dine by candlelight with the sound of the waves lapping accompanying you. It’s truly unforgettable experience.

WHERE TO STAY

There are lots of different styles of places to stay. If you want tourist resorts head to Coralejo, if you want hostel accommodation Then El Colitto is for you but we opted for an Air Bnb place in Larjas which is a small laid back, surf village in between El Colitto and Coralejo. Larjas has some quicky little cafes and shops (including a great vintage store) and is an awesome place to use as a base as long as your not looking to party at night.

OTHER THINGS TO KNOW

The island although warm is really windy. There are stone windbreakers all along the beach so if you want to grab one head out earlier also bring warmer clothes for the night as the wind can feel really cold with no sun! The food is relatively cheap expect to pay between €20 and €30 each for a 3-course meal with 2 glasses of wine. There are loads of shopping in Coralejo from high end to market stalls and on Saturdays and Sundays expect to find farmer style markets somewhere not far from where you are staying.

TravelLouise Robertson