Fuerteventura: “The quiet island” ? Well maybe !

We think that it’s difficult to beat a beach holiday on Fuerteventura.

Fuerteventura is an archetypal holidaying paradise. With its soft, golden beaches and its endless sunshine and good weather, it is the perfect spot to travel to during the summer months, or indeed at any time of the year.

As soon as you land at Fuerteventura Airport, right on the soft sands and next to the crystal blue sea, you immediately get a feel for the island and what it is all about.

With no real must-see sights, the temptation when visiting the idyllic location is to spend your days lounging about on your sunbed, reading your holiday paperback or topping up that tan.

After all, Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands, is made of 60 miles by 12 miles of beaches, with blue skies as far as the eye can see. More than 100 beaches exist along that golden stretch, with the most popular being Caleta de Fuste and Corralejo.

However, the island is not solely about sea, sand and suntans and has a variety of different activities that holidaymakers can take part in to make the most of the gorgeous weather.

Well regarded as a top-spot for sailboarding, visitors to the island might want to try their hand at the water sport, from the surfing family of activities. Although it might seem daunting, sailboarding is easy to pick up and is fun for all the family.

The more adventurous of water sports enthusiasts might want to take part in the Fuerteventura Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup, which is taking place for the 21st time on the island.

What makes the location so ideal for windsurfing is the perfect wind direction and speed, according to experts.

This year, Speed Surfing, a new discipline in the sport, will be taking place on Fuerteventura’s Speed strip.

Rene Egli, organiser and funding sponsor of the event, recently told Surfersvillage Global Surf News: “The discipline ‘Speed’ will not only be a chase for records but also a battle between David against Goliath.
The best amateurs can enter professional competition and they will for sure try everything to have the show.”

Those who want to escape the beaches packed with British holidaymakers might be put off from getting a cheap flight to Fuerteventura for fear that it will be packed full of tourists. However, despite being one of the most beautiful of the Canary Islands, its tourism industry is not highly developed, which has led to its nickname as “the quiet island”.

The fact that it has only 40,000 inhabitants makes it an ideal setting for family holidays, with few of the noisy late-night clubs found on some of the other islands which are more built-up and attract a younger clientele of holidaymakers.

Life in Fuerteventura is a lot more mellow, with a number of restaurants and bars in which to while the evening hours away and to sample some of the local delicacies. La Guanxia, a restaurant found in a small village just a few miles out of town in El Mattoral, is perfect for a good meal, while La Marquesina and El Patio in Caleta de Fuste is also a must-visit eatery.

So if you would like to visit this beautiful Canary Island, hop on a plane at one of the various UK airports that provide cheap flights to the destination and see for yourself what it has on offer.

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