Things to do in Fuerteventura for families

Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands, and one of the archipelago's most popular destinations for families looking to escape and enjoy some downtime. The beautiful beaches are well-known, however, less is made of other activities that make ideal things to do in Fuerteventura for families.

Things to do in Fuerteventura © Hansueli Krapf - Wikimedia Creative Commons

Fuerteventura has plenty to offer the adventurous, allowing you to enjoy the classic surf/turf combo on one tectonic plate, either at your own speed or as part of an official guided tour.

Things to do in Fuerteventura

Ignore the call of the sun lounger and steal your little ones away from the hotel pool: there's a wealth of exciting things to get families of all ages engaged with. Here's our pick of the best outdoor things to do in Fuerteventura for families:

1. Hiking

Now we know not all children love walking far, let alone hiking, but Fuerteventura offers great diversity and scenery to help tempt your brood along the way. You'll find many trails to follow with one of the most family-friendly treks close to the island's major resort of Corralejo.

Hiking in Fuerteventura - photo courtesy of fuertescout.com

Well-marked paths from Corralejo and Lajares lead to the Calderón Hondo volcano. Formed over 50,000 years ago, it's an impressive sight with a crater 70 metres deep. Check out Fuertescout if you fancy adding a guided trip to your list of things to do in Fuerteventura.

2. Cycling

If you'd rather be exploring on two wheels rather than two feet, fear not, as you're spoiled for choice in Fuerteventura with 34 cycle tracks snaking across the island, covering a total distance of 225 kms.

Cycling in Fuerteventura © stefan wakeham - photo courtesy of www.easyriders-bikecenter.com

You can rent bikes of all sizes at spots islandwide, and either embark on your own tour or join an expert-led one with the likes of Easy Riders Bike Center Fuerteventura.

3. Snorkelling

Perhaps Fuerteventura's greatest natural asset is the fantastic Atlantic which laps its shores. If you're on the hunt for things to do in Fuerteventura that include water sports, you've come to the right place. From the absolute beginner to the seasoned expert, Fuerteventura caters to all levels of ability and, indeed, enthusiasm.

Snorkelling in Fuerteventura - photo courtesy of watersports-fuerteventura.com

Don your flippers, mask and snorkel to see what lies beneath the crystal-clear waters off the Isla de Lobos (Wolves Island), an island reserve 2 kms from the harbour at Corralejo. You can hire gear or join one of Watersports Fuerteventura's organised trips from Tarajalejo.

4. Kayaking

Kayaking is the perfect thing to do in Fuerteventura for families, as well as ideal for those less confident in the water or who simply don't like getting wet. A manageable and beautiful route is from Corralejo to Isla de Lobos, a designated nature reserve bursting with flora, fauna and stunning shallow turquoise waters.

Fuerteventura kayaking - photo courtesy of kayakfuerteventura.com

Explore the various coves, bays and hidden beaches of this paradisical place while soaking up the year-round sunshine and joy of getting everyone involved. You can hire kayaks to go it alone or sign up to a guided tour with the likes of Kayak Fuerteventura.

5. SUP

What's this SUP you ask? Well it's a brilliant water sport which, although it traces its origins back to 1940s Hawaii, has only recently caught on elsewhere, with a growing following. Aka stand up paddle surfing, it's a fun combination of paddling and surfing, which is easy to learn and a great activity for all the family (minimum age may apply). Check out SUP School Fuerteventura, which offers special courses for beginners.

Stand up paddle surfing, Fuerteventura - photo courtesy of supschoolfuerteventura.com

6. Surfing

Another great attribute of Fuerteventura's is its wind, helping it to earn the nickname of the Hawaii of Europe, making it a mecca for surfers and international surfing competitions alike. Whether it's straight up surfing or kite surfing, both are great things to do in Fuerteventura, and ideal for learning or practising.

There are surf schools across the island to teach you all types, including bodyboarding. Star Surf Camps in the northern town of El Cotillo offers family packages with qualified instructors to help turn your amateurs into pros.

7. Boat rides

From daily catamaran excursions to Maxi Power sailing, Fuerteventura is stuffed with exciting boat trips to suit all ages. For a family-friendly adrenaline rush, book yourselves a banana boat ride, complete with lifejackets, and be prepared for a dunking.

Whether you like you to get your feet wet or prefer your to keep your tootsies on the reassuring feel of terra firma, there are plenty of things to do in Fuerteventura for all the family. If you're tempted to test drive this list of things to do in Fuerteventura for families for yourself, don't miss our collection of the latest holiday deals from big names such as On the Beach and Monarch among many others.

Matthew Hirtes

Matthew Hirtes
Posted on Wednesday 30th April 2014 in: Adventure Europe Family Summer

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