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Language: Spanish | Currency: Euro (€) | Local time: (GMT) | Average flight time: 4 hours
Most British travellers bound for Fuerteventura wind up staying in Corralejo, and for good reason.
This low-rise resort on Fuerteventura’s north coast welcomes all to its straight-from-the-holiday-brochure shores, from salty-haired surfers fresh from the wind-whipped waves to snoozing sunbathers.
The accommodation scene, which lines the sugary-white beaches and town streets, is dominated by three-star and four-star Fuerteventura family hotels, though you’ll also find a sprinkling of Fuerteventura’s luxury five-star hotels here.
Though Corralejo has a charming old quarter near the harbour and a cluster of superb seafood restaurants and authentic tapas bars, its real ace card is Corralejo Natural Park, which extends south of town and inland. Here, development laws have kept the rippling sand dunes and broad beaches mercifully free from construction and only a handful of Fuerteventura hotels have set up shop in the area.
Fuerteventura is probably the most laid-back of the Canary Islands when it comes to nightlife, with folks coming here to either surf or slumber. That doesn’t mean everyone on the island goes to bed at 10pm. Far from it, as you will see if you hit up the karaoke bars and clubs of Corralejo’s centre before crashing back at your Fuerteventura hotel.
You can find out more about the island’s after-dark scene on our Fuerteventura nightlife page.
Further down Fuerteventura’s coast is the purpose-built resort town of Caleta de Fuste, centred on a small cove on the east of the island.
Here, you’ll find plenty of cheap hotels in Fuerteventura in 2017, lounging among large expanses of holiday cottages and bungalows that give guests easy access to sand and water sports, as well as a few parks and mini-golf courses.
If you are not content to simply stretch out on a sunbed for seven days straight in Fuerteventura, you may want to join the board-toting masses further south on the Jandía peninsula.
As well as many cheap Fuerteventura resort hotels, this region has two chief delights.
Firstly, there’s the traditional fishing village of Morro Jable, which retains its old-world charm despite the passing of time. Secondly, there’s the surf-beaten coastline. A prevailing breeze blows in from the ocean here, creating near-perfect conditions for windsurfers, kitesurfers and surfers alike.
There are a few quieter beaches here too, for those who have absolutely no intention of exerting themselves beyond turning the pages of a book while on their holidays.
If your sole goal for your holiday is some hard-core R&R, you will be hard pressed to find anywhere as easy-going as El Cotillo, on Fuerteventura’s wilder west coast.
Besides the cohort of eager surfers who are drawn to the breaks of this region, this one-time fishing village doesn’t really get much footfall, particularly when compared to the busier resorts of Fuerteventura’s north and south coasts.
The main beach, Playa del Castillo, is safe, sandy and shallow – perfect for kids to splash about on – while the wilder, more windswept stretches of Playa del Aljibe de la Cueva and Playa del Águila further south, promise foam-flecked jumbo waves suitable only for the bravest of surfers.