If you live in Europe and haven’t been to the Canary Islands, you’re crazy. If you have visited, but went during the summer, you’re crazier.
The Canary Islands are the perfect getaway from the cold winters in Northern Europe. Just under 3 hours travel time from London Gatwick and you’re in 20+ degree sun. And with regular cheap flights (booked a couple months in advance) you can escape some of the brutal weather back home during the coldest months. [This is the highlight of the destination, take advantage of the islands during the winter!]
Fuerteventura is my favourite island out of the ones I’ve visited (Tenerife and Lanzarote I’ve been to as well) because of numerous reasons listed below. Fuerteventura is the oldest island of the archipelagos and closest to Africa and Western Sahara, which means the outstanding feature of this island are the sand dunes… basically making it a doable desert you can visit and enjoy!
My Top 5 Highlights // Fuerteventura
- The island has the perfect culture mix. It’s a spanish speaking island, but just as many italians live there, and the majority of tourists are british. So let’s just say I was speaking all 3 languages in a northern African climate (my ideal place really!!)
- Food. The island is well supplied with supermarkets (I would know as I’ve been to most of them in the north of the island!!) Here you can get lots of fresh fruit (papayas are the one to go for) and lots of good food at cheap prices compared with western Europe. Restaurants also cook up the mediterranean favourites such as paella and seafood etc. You must try the famous papas arrugadas which are canary potatoes served with a spicy mojo sauce, they’re delicious! For my fellow veggies, you will be probably be surprised to hear that there a handful of vegan restaurants and cafes! (D. Sanchez Bar is the best for vegan burgers!)
- You will get the best tan in a short amount of time. The island is cooled by regular winds (fuerte viento in its name means strong winds but fuerteventura actually means strong fortune.) You will tan easier without having to deal with boiling and uncomfortable heat!
- There are endless activities from buggy riding alongside volcanoes to surfing in the ocean to camel riding in the dunes- if you love outdoor adventures you will be kept busy for sure! When you’re out and about on the beaches, just watch out for all the Adams’ and Eves’ walking around naked… definitely an interesting quirk to the island! You will find many of them settling in bunkers on the beach (beware before you go peeking inside them)
- The landscape is still very much untouched and unspoilt, the island coastline consists of white sand beaches and inland consists of jagged black volcanic rock. With a total island population of just 100,000 people all scattered around, it definitely has a deserted (and desert!) feel, which makes the island more intriguing and relaxing if you’re after some peace and quiet.
Have you been or planning a trip to Fuerteventura? Send me a message! 🙂