The ultimate beach lover’s paradise, Fuerteventura is home to the best sandy spots in the Canary Islands, while the interior is a beguiling blend of lofty volcanic peaks, towering palms and pretty rural villages. Thanks to the breeze that drifts in off the Atlantic, it’s also a haven for watersports fans.
Fuerteventura’s capital Puerto del Rosario might be small but it more than makes up for its lack of stature with its pretty harbour and plethora of lovely old churches. Calle Primero de Mayo is where most of the action happens and is awash with street cafés and well-preserved examples of 19th-century Canarian architecture. Elsewhere, you’ll find the Casa Museo Unamuno (Calle Virgen del Rosario), a tiny museum dedicated to the poet Miguel de Unamuno who once lived in the little house that contains it.
Cheese is a serious business in Fuerteventura and having a nibble is one of the island’s greatest pleasures. Queso majorero is the name of the local type and it comes in several different varieties, albeit all made from goat’s milk; rolled in pimento, rubbed with oil or smothered in roasted cornmeal. Although you can pick up a slice in most restaurants and delis, a visit to Betancuria’s Finca Pepe (Granja la Acaravaneras), a working dairy farm and cheese museum, lets you sample the wares while getting a glimpse of how queso majorero is made.
Its famously breezy beaches mean that a holiday to Fuerteventura from Glasgow Airport wouldn’t be complete without attempting a new watersport or two. Sotavento in the south of the island is where you’ll find the best of the action, with kitesurfing, windsurfing and plain old surfing all among the activities on offer. For those who don’t fancy hitting the waves, the island’s famously long sandy beaches are the perfect alternative.