5 Best Fuerteventura Activities

It's impossible to ignore the fact that Fuerteventura's greatest attraction are its beaches. The Canary Island boasts the sort of playas that automatically have the theme of Lawrence of Arabia enter your head... if you're old enough to remember it. Whilst it's impossible to ignore them, there are other qualities that give the second largest Canary Island a personality that sets it apart from the other islands.

Explore this Island by staying in a Fuerteventura holiday villa and discover all that this wonderful Island has to offer. 

Sunbathe au natural

Dunes at Corralejo, Fuerteventura

I did say it was impossible to ignore the beaches. If you're going to go to Fuerteventura to perk up the tan, why not do it properly and not be left with a two-tone body for a change. If there's anywhere to strip off completely to soak up the sun, it's Fuerteventura.

The golden dunes around the north and in the south are so large that even the shyest naturist should be able to find a discreet area to expose all in complete privacy. Consider renting a villa in Corralejo, or an apartment in El Cotillo, both towns are located next to the golden beaches. 

You don't have to go all the way to enjoy Fuerteventura's gorgeous beaches. However, if others sunbathing naked is an issue, stick to the beaches closest to the resorts.

Eat cheese

Majorero cheese, Fuerteventura

With Fuerteventura's legendary weather and waves drawing surfers, windsurfers, and kite-boarders to the island, the obvious thing would be to suggest people take to the water. But jumping on a board is a niche activity that not everybody is either able or particularly wants to do. We can all pop a chunk of cheese into our mouths though.

On Fuerteventura, goats rule. There are far more of them than human residents. The capital, Puerto del Rosario was once known as Puerto des Cabras – Port of the Goats. The cheese from Fuerteventura is famous across the Canary Islands for being a savoury sensation. In fact, it's renowned internationally, winning prestigious awards every year.

Known as Majorero, after the breed of goats it's produced from, it is sold as fresco (or tierno), semi-curado and curado. Fresco would suit people who don't like their cheese to have much of a personality. Semi-curado is matured for between 20 and 60 days and packs a decent, tangy punch. Curado is the choice for cheese die hards. Matured for over 60 days, it strains at its packaging to unleash its assertive flavours in your mouth.

For the more adventurous who'd like the full Fuerteventura cheesy experience, there's also goat milk liqueur. It's not as bad as it sounds, trust me, but I won't be replacing my red wine with it.

Aloe vera

Aloe Vera, Fuerteventura

The volcanic curves of Fuerteventura's landscape are lacking in plant life, which makes endless fields of spiky aloe vera all the more surreal and surprising when you come across them. Aloe vera is one of the world's wonder plants and has been for years. Alexander the Great used it to heal battle wounds and Cleopatra slapped it on to make her more beautiful.

You can wash your hair with it, use it as shower gel, keep your skin young, use it as sun protection, spray it on as perfume and even drink it. It's claimed that Fuerteventura's climate is responsible for making the aloe vera grown there the best in the world.

A trip to an Aloe Vera factory isn't only a fascinating eye-opener, you might come away looking years younger.

Salt Museum

Salinas del Carmen, Fuerteventura

The Salt Museum and Salinas del Carmen, nearby to Caleta de Fuste, consist of a museum dedicated to the history of salt and rows of neat white beds, the salinas. The museum is interesting, and you can pick up bags of salt in the shop next door. The salinas beside the museum are the real attraction.

The people of Fuerteventura have been working these salt basins since the late 19th century and they're the only working salinas left on the island. Miniature snowy white mountains of salt sharply contrast against burnt orange earth and ebony volcanic rocks to create a scene that is almost zen-like in its tranquil beauty. It is strangely soothing to explore the paths that dissect the salinas and fascinating to watch the old men 'rake' the salt.

Get the most out of your visit to Fuerteventura and rent a villa in Caleta de Fuste, situated within distance of the Salinas Del Carmen.

Barbary squirrel watching

Barbary squirrel, Fuerteventura

Anyone who knows the Canary Islands will know that even though they are near Africa, there's a lack of wildlife. The Barbary squirrel might not exactly be in the 'big five' league but when there's a lack of other animals, spotting one can be something to get quite excited about. Fuerteventura has lots of them.

We can kid ourselves that we head to the Mirador Risco de las Peñas, near Betancuria, to be overwhelmed by Fuerteventura's vibrant orange, volcanic scenery. But when the ardillas (Barbary squirrels) start hopping from rock to rock and striking up poses they've nicked from a meerkat documentary, the vistas are forgotten about. Their antics also serve to distract visitors from the signs advising 'Feeding or giving water to the fauna alters the balance of the colonies. Please avoid doing this.'

They are possibly the cutest sight you will see on any Canary Island.

With quaint and pretty historic towns, unusual museums set in caves, lighthouses and windmills and a capital city with an obsession for sculptures to discover as well, it's worth dusting off the sand every so often and taking time to find out what makes Fuerteventura such a special place to visit.