The Canary Island of Fuerteventura is second in size to Tenerife and the closest to the North African continent. Luxury holidays in Fuerteventura cater for those who wish to relax and, those who are looking for action. Boasting a relaxed and typically Spanish way of life, it is fantastic for water sports enthusiasts, with a year round sunny climate and a fabulous coastline of sandy beaches.
Fuerteventura is blessed with miles and miles of lovely soft sands and its beautiful coastline attracts visitors seeking glorious beaches and fantastic waters. Inland, the rugged peaks of extinct volcanoes are separated by wide lowland plains dotted with small traditional villages and old-fashioned windmills. The relaxed and typically Spanish way of life combined with more than 150 splendid beaches of soft sand and virtually constant sunshine, entices sun worshippers and watersports fanatics, and beginners, ideal for luxury holidays in Fuerteventura all year round. Geographically, Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands. It lies 12 miles to the south of Lanzarote and is the closest to the African continent with Morocco lying 60 miles to the east.
Formerly a sleepy fishing village, Corralejo is now Fuerteventura’s premier resort. Happily managing to retain a laid back Spanish atmosphere, the resort offers numerous facilities with fine seafood restaurants, chic bars, cafes and shops lining the streets around the bustling harbour. Corralejo boasts some of the island’s best beaches and there are several small sheltered coves located close-by, and, just 4km away, one of the area’s major attractions, Dunes Nature Reserve with its immense 10km stretch of desert-like sand dunes. Thanks to the favourable trade winds there is excellent windsurfing and surfing as well as a whole host of watersports, plus golf courses and a waterpark.
At Classic Collection Holidays we offer excellent luxury hotels in Fuerteventura with some fantastic options in the Corralejo area.
Caleta de Fuste
Situated on the east coast, the modern resort of Caleta de Fuste (also known as Costa Caleta) boasts a sheltered beach skirting a wide horseshoe shaped bay. Popular with families and for all luxury holidays in Fuerteventura, this attractive beach resort features a bustling harbour perfect for al fresco dining, tree-lined streets with cafes and restaurants, a shopping complex with stylish boutiques, and numerous music bars for livelier nightlife. Although well placed for exploring the whole island, the airport is only a 20 minute drive away so some aircraft noise may be experienced.
The leaf-shaped island of Fuerteventura can be geographically divided into two and in the south the long narrow Jandia Peninsula is fringed on the eastern side with excellent sandy beaches stretching for over 30km between the resorts of Costa Calma, Morro Jable and down to the landmark lighthouse at Punta de Jandia. About 4km from Costa Calma, on a wonderful sweep of golden sands with a spectacular mountainous backdrop, is the tranquil resort of Playa Barca where the sheltered beach and clear waters are perfect for windsurfing and diving.
There are plenty of restaurants although nightlife tends to centre around the hotels. Further south lays the modern, sleepy resort of Playa de Jandia. Popular with couples and honeymooners, it boasts a cluster of high quality hotels, a quiet stretch of beach and a few restaurants. We offer a great range of 4 and 5 star hotels in Fuerteventura with many in Jandia boasting the peninsulas stunning views. Within easy walking distance is Morro Jable; once a small fishing village, now a pretty and bustling resort, it is built on a steep hill with a promenade lined with bars, restaurants, cafes and shops stretching the length of the beach. Great for family beach holidays, there are plenty of watersports on offer and further along the coast are some excellent surfing beaches.
The gastronomy of Fuerteventura is essentially inspired home cooking based on fresh ingredients including a plentiful supply of freshly caught fish, meat and vegetables and with the emphasis very much on simplicity.
Hearty stews are made with fish or meat with the addition of various locally grown vegetables, gofio, a staple of these islands and made from roasted wheat, barley and maize or chick peas are added to broths and soups, and of course fish cooked in a variety of ways, with parrot fish, sea bass and wreck-fish some of the favourites.
Papas Arragudas is a very popular side dish, small potatoes cooked in their skins in very salty water (preferably sea water) and accompanied by a spicy sauce, mojo picante (hot) or mojo verde (a milder version).
Local desserts include bienmesabes, made with ground almonds and honey, or frangollo with gofio, milk and dried fruit and thanks to the favourable climate of the Canaries many exotic fruits such as papaya, mango, passion fruit and kiwi are readily available.
A wide range of international and traditional restaurants can be found throughout Fuerteventura with tapas restaurants in plenty supply in Costa Caleta, Jandia and Corralejo.