For sun that shines pretty much year-round, plus the best beaches in the Canaries, a holiday to Fuerteventura is spot on.
The unsung island
Fuerteventura is one of the more organic of Spain's Canary Islands. It’s a no-added-sugar sort of place, where the buildings are low-rise and the landscape has been shaped by biology rather than builders. But that’s not to say nothing goes on here. In fact, as most of the Canaries creak to life around mid-morning, Fuerteventura has been up for hours catering for the people who want to fit it all in.
Surf spots and sand dunes
The island’s enormous beaches attract surfers from sunrise. And at places like Dunas de Corralejo National Park, in the northern resort of Corralejo, sunbathers follow hot on their heels. Once you see the desert-like landscape here you won’t want to stay in bed, either. It’s a sea of wind-rippled white sand, with miles of footprint-free dunes.
That said, holidays to Fuerteventura aren’t just for morning people. In resorts like Costa Caleta on the east coast, and Jandia, in the south, afternoons are filled with watersports, mini-golf and trampolining for the kids. Fast-forward a few hours, and the smell of fresh fish cooking on hot coals fills the island’s harboursides, giving the chequered flag to dinner time.