Best places to stay in Fuerteventura
Puerto del Rosario
The capital of Fuerteventura and also very close to the airport Puerto del Rosario is more of an industrial and working town than geared up for tourism. The harbour is probably the most typically Spanish place on the island and is pleasant to wander round for an hour or two. There is plenty of free seating and shaded areas to enjoy tapas and a beer or two and watch the fishing boats and cruise ships come and go. Leading off from the harbour are many small alleyways lined with old Canarian style houses.
The wide street of Calle Primero de Mayo runs parallel with the sea and is partly pedestrianised with shops, banks and pavement caféterias that are ideal for relaxing in under shady umbrellas with a cool drink in the summer heat. There is a small museum in the home of Miguel Unamano, a former exiled poet and in the Casa de la Cultura there are plays, exhibitions and concerts.
There is one hotel facing the port that offers a decent standard of accommodation with a few smaller hotels and hostels scattered through the town.
If your transfer from the airport takes the coast road and this is your first time staying in Fuerteventura you will be breathless as you pass through mile upon mile of uninterrupted sand dunes. The white, white sand stretches into the distance with just the odd clump of gorse to break up the view.
With a mix of traditional and new Corralejo really does have something for all ages and will keep visitors on their toes from dawn until dusk. As the sun goes down the bright lights come up and the clubs and bars open ready for another night of partying. The night life is good and will be enough for most people looking for a good time and somewhere to dance the night away and the many karaoke bars play host to X Factor hopefuls.
The main street has dozens of places to eat ranging from tiny tapas bars where you can rub shoulders with the locals to Chinese restaurants where a cheap daily menu costs a few euros. The harbour is lovely and there are many places to eat here that specialise in the freshly caught fish that is delivered daily. There are trips to neighbouring Lanzarote from the harbour and across to the tiny island of Los Lobos where you can relax on the golden sands. Beware though, clothes are sometimes optional.
There are dozens of smaller shops scattered throughout Corralejo selling all the necessary beach items and souvenirs. For high street brands the El Campanario Shopping Centre by the Baku Aquapark and the Las Palmeras Shopping Centre have all the usual names plus supermarkets that cater to the needs of those on self-catering holidays.
For accommodation there is a vast choice of low rise self-catering complexes set around beautiful pools with top quality family entertainment in the evenings. There are plenty of good hotels in the centre but for sheer beachside luxury a short distance out of town at Caleta del Bajo there are two hotels right on the beach. As far as location goes you cannot get any better!
Caleta del Fuste
Along with Corralejo this is one of the major tourist destinations on the island. There is one long main street, Avenida J. Ramon Soto Morales, where the main concentration of bars and restaurants can be found. Night life is varied and there is live music and karaoke and a good selection of Spanish and international restaurants to choose from.
The sheltered beach with golden sand and clear blue water is definitely the main attraction for anyone choosing to stay in Caleta de Fuste. The original beach was improved by importing sand to make it into the safe horseshoe-shaped beach that it is now. Beach facilities include toilets, showers, beach bars, sunbeds and umbrellas and for families looking for a safe beach for small children it really is a great resort to stay in.
There is a golf course just south of Caleta de Fuste and right opposite the entrance the Atlantico shopping centre has some fine shops, a supermarket, a bowling alley and a multi-screen cinema.
There are some beautiful hotels to stay in close to the beach offering everything from B&B to all-inclusive meal plans. Radiating out from the main street and the beach are tree-lined streets where most of the accommodation consists of self-catering apartments. If being within walking distance to the beach is important to you be careful where you book as some of the accommodation can be quite a way from the sea.
Costa Calma grew up round a small village called Cañada del Rio although the original pueblo seems to have been lost as the resort has developed. There is no real centre to Costa Calma but a pleasant green zone walkway links one end of the resort to the other and this is a haven for wildlife. Along the way there are several small shopping centres that have restaurants and bars that serve the hotels and apartments immediately around them.
The focal point of Costa Calma is without doubt the Sunday market when the area suddenly becomes a crowded and colourful place filled with traders and shoppers of all nationalities selling and buying just about everything under the very hot sun.
The beach is amazing: white, white sand gently lapped by turquoise seas. It is long enough to have a large amount of joggers and Nordic walkers early in the morning getting fit before the heat of the sets in. Later in the day a more relaxed feel takes over as the sunbathers spread their towels out and prepare to enjoy another day in paradise.
There are two opulent hotels with waterfalls and lush gardens to stay in as well as smaller hotels and a whole range of self-catering apartments. None of the accommodation is very far from the sea and the ones furthest away are slightly raised and have good views of the surrounding dunes.
Morro Jable and Solana Matorral
If you travel to the south of Fuerteventura the long sandy Playa del Matorral eventually leads you into Morro Jable. This once tiny fishing village with a couple of hundred inhabitants now is one of the biggest resorts for German tourists and has a resident population of about 8000.
There is plenty to do and the varied selection of shops, bars and restaurants attracted thousands of mainly German visitors every year. The older parts of the village have been blended into the new and the streets are lined with small shops and a few small shopping centres and supermarkets cater for essential daily needs.
Despite the rapid growth the old village still remains intact and the quaint harbour is used by the local yachtsmen and fishermen on a daily basis. For an exciting day out it is possible to take the jet foil over to neighbouring Gran Canaria.
There are a few hotels but in common with the rest of Fuerteventura accommodation is mainly self-catering apartments. Some of these are on complexes close to the beach with beautiful swimming pools while others can be found further back in the town located in small independent buildings.
Just before you get to Morro Jable is the small resort of Solana Matorral. Comprised of a few hotels and lots of apartment complexes the resort is a short walk across the grassy covered dunes to the astonishingly white beach. There is a small strip of bars, restaurants and places for entertainment but the prime reason to stay in this location is the beach.
The beaches stretch for tens of kilometres and while naturists can be spotted pretty much anywhere on Fuerteventura the southern part of the island around Morro Jable and Jandia is well-known for the sight of naked bodies of shapes and sizes.