Walking in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is probably not the most ideal destination in the World for a Walking Holiday, that is not to say that there are no good walks, it is just that the conditions are very Hot, Dry, Dusty (especially when the wind comes from the Sahara) and Windy. While it is not the best place for a week's walking, there are definitely a few enjoyable walks that could occupy 1 or 2 days of your holiday, especially in Winter when the conditions are less windy and cooler.
It is essential that you use adequate Sun Protection (Sun Screen, Headgear etc.), have good footwear suitable for very rough ground, some light snacks and enough water for your trip. It is also very important to note local weather conditions, especially around Pico de Zarza which can be extremely windy and is virtually always covered in cloud making it quite dangerous in the wrong weather. Finally, Valuable Items should not be left in your car, no matter how unlikely robbery may seem!
Suggested Routes
Hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña and Embalse de las Peñitas Dam.
This route can be started from either end, either from the village of Vega de Rio Palmas or from Mezquez near Pajara .
To begin the walk from the bottom of the ravine:
Take the right hand turn-off from the FV621 at Mezquez and park near the dirt track that leads up the gorge. From here follow the trail right up the centre of the Gorge to the Hermitage and the Dam above it. The trail leads all the way to the Village of Vega de Rio Palmas.
To begin the walk from Vega de Rio Palmas:
Park in Vega de Rio Palmas and follow the dry river bed towards the reservoir. Keep to the path at the edge of the reservoir as there is another upper path that leads to a dead end. The path continues past the Dam to the Hermitage (built into the side of the gorge) and down towards the Casas de Mesquez.
The Wetland/Reservoir behind the Dam is a very important site for nesting and migratory birds as well as a watering hole for Birds from the surrounding mountains. The dry river bed that feeds the Dam was a permanent river when the Europeans first arrived here, but now only flows after heavy rain. The rocks here are also of interest, being some of the oldest in Fuerteventura with sedimentary rock older than the island itself along with White Granite exposed in the dry river bed.
Pico de la Zarza
Some care should be taken when climbing Fuerteventura's highest mountain as winds can be very strong, visibility very low and there is a sheer drop from the top of the ridge.
The path begins behind the Riu Ventura Hotel and there are two routes from here to the summit; The first follows the ravine and the second involves an immediate steep climb up onto the Tabla de Vinimar Ridge, both routes converge later. It is said that on a clear day it is possible to see Gran Canaria and Mount Teide in Tenerife from up here.

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Fuerteventura Excursions
There are a wide variety of mostly marine excursions available from the major resorts as well as Guided Walking, off-road Motorcycle Tours and Camel and Jeep Safaris. The following is a sample of what is a available.

Corralejo
El Majorero is the name of the Glass-Bottomed Boat which makes regular crossings to the small Island, Isla de Lobos, which is located off the northern tip of the Island.
Catlanza offer the opportunity to sail across the Bocaina Strait to the beaches of Papagayo in Lanzarote aboard a Luxury Catamaran.
The Camel Safari in Lajares (11km from Corralejo) offers the opportunity to explore the Calderon Hondo Volcano on the back of a Camel!

Caleta de Fuste
The Oceanarium Explorer offers submarine excursions from the Marina.
A Catamaran Cruise is also available from the Marina.

Morro Jable
The Subcat Submarine dives to 30 meters in the beautiful waters just south of Morro Jable
The Pedra Sartaña is a Pirate-style sailing ship that sails from Morro Jable Harbour.

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Fishing in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura offers game fishing for species such as Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Swordfish, Longbill Spearfish, Albacore Tuna, Bluefin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Skipjack Tuna Wahoo, Dorado, Atlantic Bonito, Sting Ray, and Mako Shark. The best time of year for deep-sea fishing is between April and November, with October being the best month.
Closer to the shore, fish such as Barracuda and Garfish can be caught with a spinner, but Parrot Fish seem to be the favourite target of local Anglers who use small live crabs as a lure.
A permit is required to fish in Fuerteventura and this licence can be obtained from the Cabildo at the following address:
Consejeria de Agricultura, Ganaderia y Pesca
Calle Lucha Canaria, 112
Puerto del Rosario
35600
Fuerteventura
Tel: (+34) 928 53 12 03

Sport fishing is subject to the following restrictions:
No more than 3 hooks or 2 Rods can be used by any one person at a time.
Maximum catch of 4kg of fish per person per day. Groups of 4 or more are limited to a maximum catch of 16kg per day.
The collecting of Mussels and Limpets is strictly forbidden.
Fishing excursions are available from several Marinas, although reports are mixed and some people.

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Diving in Fuerteventura
Mild water temperatures of between 18°C and 23°C and excellent visibility of up to 50 meters make Fuerteventura a very popular place for Scuba Diving. The multitude of PADI Diving Centres around the island offer courses at every level as well as Guides and equipment hire.
Species such as Barracuda, Moray Eels, Octopus, Grouper, Angelshark and Parrot Fish are common and can be encountered at most popular Dive sites.

Dive Sites
Isla de Lobos
The Dive Sites around this small island are famous for their Volcanic Cornices and excellent visibility. Shoals of friendly Guelly Jacks, Two-banded Bream and Barracuda abound as well as the possibility to see Eagle and Spotted Rays and even the occasional Hammerhead Shark. The island and it's waters have been a nature reserve since 1982.

Caleta de Fuste
The waters around this resort offer many Dive Spots consisting of mixed Sand and Rock floor. The local fish are well-accustomed to Divers and large Groupers of up to 1.5 meters can be hand fed. Other possibilities in this area are Dolphins, Turtles, Pilot Whales and even Whale Sharks.

Jandia
There are several Dive Sites around Jandia as this area has been used by Scuba Divers for quite some time. Colonies of Garden Eels, Groups of Striped Bream and Moray Eels are just some of the species that can be encountered here amongst the Volcanic Cornices, Sand and the strange Sandstone Wall.

Ajuy
Ajuy is a village on the west coast of Fuerteventura and it's waters contain huge caves, overhangs and other volcanic rock formations. Stingrays and Angelsharks are common in this experts-only location.

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Fuerteventura Kite Boarding
Kiteboarding, Kitesurfing or Fly Surfing – whatever you want to call it - this is currently the fastest growing water sport in the world. As with Windsurfing, the most important factor in a good Kiteboarding location is the wind and Fuerteventura provides this in plentiful quantities with international competitions regularly held here. The consistent North-easterly Tradewinds of the summer months provide the best Kiteboarding conditions when they combine with local thermals to produce winds of up to 8 or 9 Bft. Winter provides more waves, but wind conditions are less reliable.
The many surf centres on the island provide courses for every level from the absolute beginner upwards, with the Island providing a variety of conditions from beginner-friendly shallow lagoons to expert-only open water with strong offshore winds.

Main Kiteboarding Locations
Flag Beach – cross shore winds from left to right, great for all levels of ability. A rescue service is available from the local Surf School.

Sotavento – This is where the World Cup events are held, the strong offshore wind make the area outside the lagoon an experts-only zone. The area inside the sand bar is perfect for beginners.

El Cotillo – Gusty conditions with large waves and dangerous currents make this another experts-only zone.

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Fuerteventura Nightlife
The main centre of Nightlife in Fuerteventura is Corralejo, so if you are looking for lively Nights out, you should make sure that you are staying in this resort - Taxi fares between Corralejo and Costa Calma will set you back quite a bit!

That said, all of the resorts do have their fair share of Bars and Clubs, however these can be quiet especially in low-season.

Corralejo
The centre of nightlife in Corralejo is the Centro Comercial Atlantico on the main strip (Avenida del General Franco), where you will find plenty of disco bars upstairs. Elsewhere on the main strip there are some popular discos, British pubs and live music venues. For something more relaxed, the pedestrianised area at the northern end of the main Avenida has many open-air bars and restaurants as well as a few small bars where you can hear Latin and Spanish music.

Corralejo is a real 'town' as well as a Tourist resort and if you wander into this part of town (the northern end away from the coast) you can probably forget that you are in a Tourist Resort – for a few minutes anyway!

Caleta de Fuste
Nightlife in Caleta de Fuste (besides the in-house entertainment provided by Hotels) is centered around the various commercial centres located along the main avenida.

Morro Jable
There are two centres of entertainment in this predominantly German resort, the first is upstairs in the Centro Comercial de Jandia (on the main strip) where you will find many small bars and a few disco bars. The second place that can be lively is the Plazoleta de Cirilo Lopez, which contains some cocktail bars and a pub that sometimes has acoustic live music.

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Fuerteventura Surfing
Fuerteventura has become a very popular Surf Destination with waves suitable for every level of expertise. Water temperatures vary between 18°C and 23°C, so a Summer Wetsuit should be fine – some people surf in just shorts. Autumn/Winter provides the best and most consistent conditions for surfing with the arrival of the Atlantic Swells, although good surfing can be had all year round. The season for Windsurfing is the exact opposite, with Summer providing the best conditions for this sport.
Most of the best breaks are located along the North Track, a dirt track that follows the coastline between Corralejo and El Cotillo. Some of these Waves can be dangerous such as the aptly named 'Suicides' and plenty of local Surfers carry scars from their experiences of surfing onto Rocky Lava Reefs. Other Surf-spots of note on the Island are El Cotillo (when the conditions are right), Playa de la Pared and the remote Punta del Tigre in the extreme south-west of the Island.
Talking to locals is always a good idea (if you don't want to break your equipment and bones!) and the multitude of Surf Bars in Corralejo and El Cotillo are a good place to seek advice. Corky's Bar in Corralejo post a Surf Report every morning with wind conditions and advice on the best places to surf on any given day.
Since many of these locations are only accessible by dirt-track, hiring a 4x4 is recommended. If you cannot hire a 4x4, most of the Surf Schools offer Surf Safaris that bring you to the best locations and can offer equipment hire if needed. These Surf Schools can cater to your needs whether you are new to Surfing or are looking to improve your skill.

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Fuerteventura Windsurfing
Many places around the world claim to be world-famous or world-class Windsurfing Destinations, however Fuerteventura is truly one of the World's elite windsurf locations with World Championship events being held here annually at Sotavento in the south of the island. Windsurfing is the most popular Sport on the island and there is a large community of resident Windsurfers and Surfers.
Generally, the constant Trade Winds of the Summer months provide the best Wind Conditions for Slalom and Speed while the Winter months provide the best waves. Fuerteventura offers conditions ranging from the notorious, expert-only Shooting Gallery near Corralejo to gentle areas such as Costa Calma that are perfect for the beginner.
Tuition, at every level from Beginner to Advanced, as well as equipment hire is available from the many Windsurf Schools located at Flag Beach (just south of Corralejo), Sotavento (between Costa Calma and Morro Jable) and at the Main Resorts.

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Golf in Fuerteventura
While Fuerteventura is not yet well-known as a Golfing destination, it soon will be with the island's third Golf Course (in Jandia) due to open later this year and 3 more Golf Courses either in-construction or in the planning stages. These Golf Courses will be located in Pajara, El Cotillo and Puerto del Rosario.

Fuerteventura Golf Club
Fuerteventura's first golf course, the Fuerteventura Golf Club was completed in 2002 and played host to the Spanish Open two years later in 2004.
Located in the resort of Caleta de Fuste, the course was designed by Juan Catarineu who carefully considered local conditions (the wind) in the design. The 18-hole, par 70 Championship Course features large greens (average of 614 square meters) and fairways of up to 50 meters wide.
The course has a good balance of challenging and easier holes and besides the wind there are also several water features to contend with. There is a Driving Range on site and the club house doubles as a 5 Star Hotel.

Salinas de Antigua
Salinas de Antigua, located in Caleta de Fuste, is a 5500 metre, Par 70 course with four water hazards. The course, which was completed at the end of 2006, was designed by Manolo Piñero.

La Pared Golf Academy
This small Golf School with a 6 hole Pitch and Putt course, putting green and driving range is located in the south-west of the island.

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The American Star (shipwreck):
In January 1994, during a force 11 storm, she ran aground on the 'Playa de Garsey', Fuerteventura, she broke in two and was declared a total loss.

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The Beaches of Fuerteventura

A page seems hardly sufficient to cover the beaches of Fuerteventura, after all there are around 125 miles of beach on the island. In time this page may become two or three or even more, but to be going on with here is a summary of some of the magnificent beaches to be found here on Sunny Fuerteventura. Naturism, or nudism is acceptable all over Fuerteventura, but with so much beach available they tend to use the quieter stretches of beach away from the general family holidaymakers.
If you have a favourite beach you would like us to mention, we will be more than happy to go and road test it.

Costa Calma
This beach is part of the Playa de Sotavento (Leeward beach) de Jandia. It is a long wide beach with a narrow band of scrubland between the beach and the rise where the buildings begin. This area is popular with naturists. The beach is cleaned daily to remove weed that washes up there. The sea is pleasant for swimming and there are a couple of sanitary blocks on the beach itself. Naturists in this area tend to frequent the area where there are some shrubs, for privacy.

Corralejo Grandes Playas
The beaches to the south of Corralejo, along the east coast, are situated in the Parque Natural de Corralejo. Those between Corralejo and the two large hotels are used for umpteen things. From beach to beach the conditions vary and sports enthusiasts use them for surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding. Naturists use the quieter parts of the beach about 200 metres either side of the large hotels. There are some large circular rock constructions that can give shelter or privacy. When the tide is out there are rockpools and small waders come in to feed. The bus between Corralejo and the hotels runs every 30 minutes in either direction, and a walk along the beach is a lovely way to pass a couple of hours; more if you like to stay a while.

Corralejo
Corralejo is at the northern tip of the island and is built around what was originally a small fishing port. There are several beaches in the immediate area. The ones closest to the town centre are family friendly as they provide a safe environment, and they are also close to the facilities that a family may need. A family beach with no naturists.


Caleta De Fuste / Costa Caleta
Caleta De Fuste is a purpose built resort. It is based around the large horseshoe shaped cove. The natural features of this cove, or caleta, mean that there is a gentle slope into the sea, it is protected from waves, and there are no dangerous currents. The beach has been created from imported sand, and other bathing areas have been made around lagoons created by digging into the rock behind the shoreline and then importing sand, the new beaches going down toward the Atlantico centre, are now completed. As Caleta is a family resort, there is only a little naturist activity in the quieter area toward the Atlantico centre.

Sotavento
Sotavento beach is quite different in nature depending on whether the tide is in or out. When it is out it is a an expansive beach where you tend to be sand-blasted. When it is in the beach disappears to be replaced by a spit that runs for a couple of kilometeres

Playa Blanca, Puerto Del Rosario
Playa Blanca is a short walk from the centre of Puerto del Roasario. The white sand stretches for about half a mile and at the far end of the beach there is a warning sign about the nature of the currents, however during the summer ther is a flag system to show when it is safe to bathe. There are also lifeguards there at busy periods. It is used by the locals when they fancy an hour at the beach and by surfers as there is usually some surf there. There is very little topless bathing, so naturism is probably not acceptable here. This beach is currently undergoing a facelift to extend and improve the beach.

El Cotillo Beach
The white sandy beaches stretch for miles to the south of El Cotillo. They are on the west coast of the island and therefore the waves tend to be larger than average. The size of the beaches means that even on a busy day it is possible to have lots of space to yourself. You can get the number seven bus from Puerto Del Rosario, or the number eight from Corralejo. The beach to the south of El Cotillo is huge and so it is easy to find a quiet spot for naturist bathing.

Jandia
The beach at Morro Jable is also known as the Playa del Matorral, and also as Playas de Jandia. The beach has the usual water sports activities going on and it is possible to go sailing in a hired boat. The beach at Jandia is informally divided into a naturist section to the left of the lighthouse when looking out to sea, and a clothed, but not many, to the right. There are sunbeds available on both sections and the sea is pleasant for swimming. Morro Jable's naturists tend to frequent the area to the left of the Lighthouse as you are looking towards the sea.

Cofete
The beach at Cofete is a white sandy beach that is about 5km in length. It is not easily reached and this means that there is plenty of room to get away from other people, if you wish to do so. We found the surf to be a bit on the rough side and would recommend taking great care if bathing. As the beach is huge there is pleanty of room for naturists.

Ajuy
Ajuy has a long black sandy beach, where you can see some interesting geological features. There is a nice walk along the cliffs to a cave and a viewpoint looking out to the sea. The restaurant on the beach and those close by are Spanish owned. The day we went there we didn't do any bathing and we didn't see anyone else bathing either so we are not sure what the water is like.


Lobos Island
A trip to the Island of Lobos will give you access to a beautiful sandy beach which has a gentle slope into the water. We can recommend this for bathing and there are plenty of fish to be seen if you fancy trying snorkelling.

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Theme Parks in Fuerteventura
There are two principal Theme Park attractions in Fuerteventura – The Baku Water Park in Corralejo and the Oasis Park Zoo in La Lajita (near Costa Calma).

Oasis Park – La Lajita
Oasis Park is a Zoo and Botanical Gardens in the south of Fuerteventura.
The Zoo features over 200 species including Alligators, Monkeys, Giraffes, Zebras and Birds. The 200,000 Square meters of Botanical Gardens, which feature many Endemic Species and Cacti, can be enjoyed from the back of a Camel on the Camel Safari.

Baku Water Park – Corralejo
As well as being a Water Park, the Baku Village has Ten Pin Bowling, Crazy Golf, a Driving Range, Restaurants and Shops. The rides and facilities in this Water Park are very modern (the park opened at the end of 2004).

Animal Experience
Animal Experience is part of the Baku Theme Park and is located beside the Water Park in Corralejo. Highlights include a Shark and Stingray in the Aquarium, Sea lions and the Santa Ana Pirate Galleon – where you can experience being shipwrecked!

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