With the promise of warm weather all year without having to do a long-haul flight, Fuerteventura is a popular destination for a family holiday. So here is our quick guide to going on a family holiday in Fuerteventura, the second largest island of the Canary Islands.
When to go
Summers in Fuerteventura are warm and dry, with average temperatures of around 25oC. However, the mercury can comfortably hit the 30s in July and August, which may be a little too warm for some children. As the weather remains relatively warm the rest of the year though, it’s great if you are looking for a family holiday outside of peak season. There is more rainfall outside of the summer months, with March, October and December being the wettest months but still nowhere near as wet as the UK!
Where to stay
We went to Fuerteventura when Sophie was just 10 months old and stayed on the North of the island, in Corralejo. We spent a week in a one-bedroom apartment at the Oasis Papagayo and had a great time. Corralejo itself is a popular resort but still manages to retain some of its traditional fishing village charm. Costa Caleta is close to the airport and is a good option for watersports and golf enthusiasts. To the South of the island there is Jandia, which enjoys a beautiful white sandy beach, which is also a popular choice for watersports and mixes modern hotels and bars with the more traditional side of Fuerteventura. See our recommended Fuerteventura hotels for some family-friendly hotel suggestions.
With over 125 miles of sandy beaches, including six Blue Flag beaches, Fuerteventura is perfect for families who love spending time on the beach. And, with its strong winds, it is also a great location for watersports and kite-surfing for the more adventurous family members. But for those families looking to spend some time away from the beach, there is still plenty on offer. For animal lovers, there is Oasis Park, a zoo and botanical gardens home to over 3,000 animals and 250 species. Or discover a taste of the Sahara with a visit to the expansive sand dunes of Parque Natural de las Dunas, in Corralejo. And, if you happen to be in the region of Cofete beach in August, why not join in the releasing back into the sea of sea turtles that have hatched on the beach.
Although Fuerteventura is a great destination for a family holiday, it also offers parents the chance to enjoy some “me-time” – if you’re able to take advantage of a kids’ club or tag team the childcare for a few hours. For golf lovers, there are some fantastic golf courses, with Fuerteventura Golf Club being one of the most popular, having hosted the Spanish Open in 2004. For those looking for a more relaxing treat, there are some wonderful spas on the island, often linked to a hotel. So if your own hotel doesn’t have one or if you are staying in a villa, a nearby hotel is sure to offer you the chance to escape for a few hours.
The food in Fuerteventura is very Spanish-influenced and features a lot of seafood. A popular fish is the local Parrot Fish (Vieja), which is often served salted. They are also very fond of goat and goat’s cheese, from which the local speciality cheese, Majorero Cheese (Queso Majorero), is made. And of course there is the Fuerteventuran version of the Canarian favourite, mojo picón sauce. This slightly spicy sauce is usually made from olive oil, vinegar, paprika and garlic but there are many variations of the recipe.
Good to Know
- Fuerteventura’s official language is Spanish but English (and German) is widely spoken in tourist areas.
- Menu prices usually include service but most people leave a tip and 5% is considered reasonable.
- It can be windy on the island (the name “Fuerteventura” roughly translates as “strong winds”) so be careful in the sun as it may feel cooler than it actually is.
- The emergency number is 112.
- The time zone is GMT+1.
- Although there is a good bus service in Fuerteventura, car hire is recommended for those wanting to explore the island beyond the more popular towns.