A Sporting Chance

Fuerteventura is a superb year-round destination for the sports enthusiast. Although surfing the waves or sailing the breeze are the most famous sports here, there are less adrenalin-spiked activities available. Fuerteventura’s peaceful but stark landscape offers some great walking opportunities, with oases, volcanic craters, abandoned haciendas and rugged coastlines awaiting the intrepid. The Isla de Lobos nature reserve is also excellent for walkers; turning right as you hop off the ferry will take you on a circular tour of the island. There’s also a climb up Caldera de la Montaña here – well worth it for the dizzying views.

Leaving behind those hiking trails, mountain biking in Fuerteventura is a completely different experience. ‘Cycling in the interior is a bit like cycling on the moon’, one enthusiast was heard remarking. Most resorts have bicycle rental outfits. Ask at the tourist information offices for a copy of the Eco-Fuerteventura map, which details hiking and biking routes across the island.

If you fancy swinging a golf club, Caleta de Fuste is home to the island’s first PGA championship-rated golf course, the Fuerteventura Golf Club. Or just make use of the blustery climate by flying a kite. If you’re in Corralejo in early November you may catch the three-day festival on the beach, when hundreds of kites speckle the blue sky like a flock of brilliantly coloured butterflies.

Worth a Trip: Scenic Drives: Fuerteventura

The drive between Betancuria and Pájara on the FV-30 is one of the most spectacular on the island, although possibly not for those suffering from vertigo. The narrow road twists and turns steeply between a flowing landscape of volcano peaks and lava fields, with the sea visible (at times) in the far distance. In spring, the peaks are surprisingly lush; a vivid green contrasting with the rich ochres and reds of the soil.

The journey via La Pared south towards Península de Jandía is almost as dramatic. Fuerteventura is relatively flat when compared to Lanzarote and the other islands to the west, but you would never know it as you wend your way through this lonely and spectacularly harsh terrain.