I struggled this week with writing my top 5 favourites things about Fuerteventura as I could happily list about 20. Whether you’re there to surf, relax or even party the island has it all. I decided to list some of the things you might not have thought about rather than stating the obvious surfing holiday tick boxes.
1. The Landscape
Most island holidays you expect palm trees and tropical vegetation, but not so much in Fuerteventura. It’s a total contrast which makes it feel like you are on the moon. The volcanic landscape is strikingly harsh and quite empty but it’s beautiful in it’s own way. It seems to be hot and dry pretty much all year round which means there isn’t much greenery. However, I do remember surfing crystal clear waters in a bikini in December; which I have never managed to do anywhere else in Europe.
2. Lazy Lifestyle
Life on the Canaries is super laid-back (this makes popping to the shops a bit difficult at times as you never know when they will be open!) You’ll have a cruisey stroll through the local towns where the old guys gather outside at their local, have a natter and a game of chess in the sun. There seems to be a relaxed, no worries approach to life on the Island. You can easily fall into the same kind of lifestyle when you’re there.
3. Barrels for breakfast
My number one top tip for Fuerteventura is to get up early and go find some waves. The earlier the better. First of all you’ll avoid any wind that might pick up later in the day and secondly you’ll beat the crowds, as like I said life is laid back to say the least. The northern track is a gold mine for waves for everyone, whether you’re a cruisey longboarder hitting ‘German Rights’ or just want to get ultimately barrelled on some heavy reefs, it’s all there. There’s also heaps of beach breaks all over the island. A great day trip would be to get the boat over to Los Lobos for some amazing right hand peelers.
Unknown tucked into a nugget at Lobos
4. El Cotillo Bakery
If you’re ever in El Cotillo pay a visit to the bakery on the corner. You’ll know the one I mean, its the only one in the town. They serve the most delicious baked goods and fresh sandwiches topped off with a kick ass coffee! It tends to have great vibes with the local surf community too, so head there for some pre or post surf stoke.
5. One of many
A short flight or a ferry ride away and you’ve got Gran Canaria, Lanzarote or Tenerife on your doorstep. All ideal for surfing and exploring and epic in there own way with plenty on offer. Get amongst it!