Fuerteventura is one of Spain’s Canary Islands and the second largest after Tenerife. Its subtropical climate makes it popular with sun lovers. I for one is a self-proclaimed sun lover having been born and raised in a tropical country. Only a four-hour flight from the UK and just 48 miles from Morocco, the island is blessed with the sunshine all year round.
As a family who loves to travel, we love our city breaks. Quick city breaks if I may add. Three to four nights max and once we have been to all the popular tourist attractions, we are ready to leave. Our trip to Fuerteventura was our first beach holiday and boy, four nights were not enough. No one told us that laid back beach holidays are never ending.
Contrary to popular beliefs, beach holidays does not only consist of poolside lounging all day long, there are a lot of activities to be had. Below is my quick travel guide to Fuerteventura for your next beach holiday travel needs.
Several airlines fly regularly to Fuerteventura from different airports in the UK. We flew with Ryanair from London-Luton airport which has scheduled flights to the island twice a week. It is roughly four hours flight and there is no time difference.
BARCELO CASTILLO ROYAL LEVEL
We could not have chosen a better hotel on our first beach holiday. Barcelo Castillo Royal Level in Caleta De Fuste ticked all the boxes. Only 10 minutes by car from the airport, the hotel offers pool and sea views from the balcony and each accommodation has its own kitchen and separate bedrooms. It is the premium area and is separate from the sister hotel across the road which is the Barcelo Castillo Beach Resort. This area is exclusive to premium guests. It is very quiet with just a handful of guests hanging around the pool and ever so clean.
Situated just across the beach front, this unassuming cafe serves very good pizza and with a view. I can still imagine biting into my delicious Margherita staring straight out into the beach with the warm breeze on my face. Service is quite slow as it can get quite busy especially at peak times but the good food and the view are worth the wait. Reasonable prices as well with us paying only twenty-two Euros for two large pizzas, nachos and drinks at one point.
This buffet style restaurant is the hotel’s own and is located just across the road with equally incredible sea views from its balcony. The spread is not extensive but with enough variety and with menus that change daily. Food is delicious with a choice of having your meat and fish cooked right before you. Service is great and very friendly staff. Our favourite is the juice machine that slices and squeezes oranges straight into your glass with just a touch of a button. El Ancla is open for breakfast and dinner.
There is so much to do in Fuerteventura, particularly in Caleta De Fuste where Barcelo hotel was located. As it was right on the seafront, there were a lot of water activities to enjoy. The Oceanarium Explorer offers different activities from active ones namely Aquatic bikes, Kayak and Jetski among others to the more relaxed glass bottom boat exploration, Catamaran excursions and fishing.
There are several places which rent out bikes to holidaymakers in the island. They have a lot of bikes on offer for kids and adults. The rental is very cheap at ten Euros for twenty-four hours. One of the activities that I enjoyed most in Fuerteventura was biking along the seafront promenade. A very picturesque bike ride with the warm sea breeze on my face has got to be my most favourite memory of our first beach holiday.
WATCH THE SUNRISE
I am not a morning person but for some reason, I am wide awake and out of the bed before six in the morning in Fuerteventura. The first time I managed to catch the sunrise and realised how beautiful it was in this corner of the earth, I made it a point to actually wake up before sunrise so I can revel in its beauty with an equally beautiful cup of coffee in on hand. Looking at the photos, need I say more?
It was without a doubt the best discovery of all my travels, the discovery that The Canary Islands is sun-kissed all year round and is only a four-hour flight from the United Kingdom, the same United Kingdom that only sees the sun a handful of times a year. As of this writing, we are already planning our next visit.