With its year-round sunshine, Fuerteventura is a superb destination for the sports enthusiast. Surfing the waves or sailing the breeze are the most famous sports here, but there are also more specialist activities such as freediving. Fuerteventura’s peaceful but stark landscape offers some superb 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.
The sea offers most of the action in Fuerteventura. From Caleta de Fuste, Morro Jable and Corralejo, you can both dive and windsurf, though the best spot for the latter is in the gusty breezes off Playa de la Barca along the beaches that make up Playa de Sotavento de Jandía on the southeast coast; kitesurfing is excellent here too. The coast between Corralejo and Los Molinos offers excellent surfing possibilities, as do the waters around La Pared. El Cotillo stands out as a place with excellent surfing and bundles of character too.
Grab a copy of the handy Surfer Map, available from most tourist offices and surf shops; it lists surf schools, surf camps, speciality stores and surf cafes and lists a tide table. The map also marks and rates the top surfing beaches on the island as well as the top spots for windsurfers, kitesurfers and for SUP (stand-up paddleboarding).
Hiking, Golfing & Kiting
Leaving behind those hiking trails, mountain biking in Fuerteventura is a completely different experience from the other very hilly islands of the group such as Gran Canaria. Most resorts have bicycle rental outfits. Ask at the tourist 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 might catch the three-day international kite festival on the beach, when hundreds of kites speckle the blue sky like a flock of brilliantly coloured butterflies.