If it’s a sun-kissed break at any time of the year that you’re after then Fuerteventura should be top of your list of destinations. Flight time from Shannon is roughly four and a half hours and the haul is worth every second, especially when sun, sea and sand are waiting for you from the moment you arrive.
Much quieter than its more renowned Canary Island neighbour, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura provides the perfect relaxing get-away. The resorts of Caleta (sometimes referred to as Caleta de Fuste) and Coraralejo are the most popular spots for visitors here – transfers to Caleta take roughly 15 minutes, while it’s a 40-minute trek to Coraralejo.
A shuttle bus to Caleta costs roughly €5 per person or you can get your holiday started in style by booking a private pick-up service at roughly €11 per head. The same options to ship you off to Coraralejo are priced at roughly €7 and €25 per person respectively.
Mind the wind
Both resorts are cleverly put together. A favourite spot for wind-surfers, gales can certainly blow in Fuerteventura. However, as majority of wind comes from a north/north-easterly direction, the towering hotels have been erected in such a way that it’s rarely noticeable when you’re relaxing by the pool or bathing on the beach.
Almost all staff and locals around the resorts in Fuerteventura speak excellent English so communication is never a problem. And conveniently, the euro is the main currency here.
If resorts don’t so it for you, there’s also the option to rent apartments or villas here depending on your budget. Some private residences come fully equipped with a pool so you can dip at your leisure.
Things to do
Golfers are well catered for too. Most of the courses offer club hire, while the tracks themselves pose unique challenges, the most daunting of which is perhaps Fuerteventura Golf Club. Host to the Spanish Open in 2004, the course is beautifully designed and provides a stiff test for even the most seasoned among you. Those seeking a less troublesome round should visit Las Salinas and Las Playitas. Beware though – the wind can prove the most difficult obstacle of all, even when you’re confronted with fairway-side lakes and treacherous bunkers that guard the lush greens.
The island is a Mecca for watersports enthusiasts too, while the fishing potential attracts visitors from all over the world. Kayaking, snorkelling, and diving are particularly popular and you’ll find plenty of local operators willing to accompany you for a price!
To keep the kids occupied, try out the tranquil paradise of Oasis Park, the local zoo. For older children, join them on a quad bike on a safari trip around some of the island’s natural wonders including six volcanoes.
Those looking for something a little more cultured should head for the island’s capital, Puerto Del Rosario, which is just a short hop from Caleta. In fact, it’s ideal for a day trip when you’ve had your fill of lounging in the sun. Before you go, make sure to check out the schedule at Casa de la Cultura – the town’s main culture centre. Exhibitions, plays and concerts are regularly held here so you can combine your shopping visit with some local entertainment as long as you plan it properly in advance. Reception staff at your hotel will be able to provide you with up-to-date timetables.