7 activities for all the family in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is one of the most popular destinations for families looking to enjoy some sunny downtime in the archipelago of the Canary Islands.

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

There's 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.

So, 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 engage families of all ages.

Getting to Fuerteventura: this has never been easier thanks to Jet2holidays, which offers great value breaks* for all budgets to the island from airports across the UK.

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
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 little expert guidance to your trek.

2. Cycling

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

Cycling in Fuerteventura © stefan wakeham - photo courtesy of www.easyriders-bikecenter.com
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 some serious 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
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 Lobos Island, a reserve 2 km from the harbour at Corralejo.

Why not consider staying at one of the Atlantis Hotels & Resorts in Corralejo? Jet2holidays offers holidays to these 4 and 5 star hotels* from airports across the UK.

You can hire gear or join one of Watersports Fuerteventura's organised trips from Tarajalejo.

4. Kayaking

Kayaking is a fantastic family-friendly activity not to mention 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 Lobos Island, a designated nature reserve bursting with flora, fauna and stunning shallow turquoise waters.

Fuerteventura kayaking - photo courtesy of kayakfuerteventura.com
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

Still not tried SUP? Well this brilliant water sport which, although it traces its origins back to 1940s Hawaii, has only recently caught on elsewhere, is a real crowd pleaser.

Stand up paddleboarding is a winning combination of paddling and surfing, which is easy to learn and great 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
Stand up paddle surfing, Fuerteventura - photo courtesy of supschoolfuerteventura.com

6. Surfing

Another great attribute of Fuerteventura is its wind, which has helped it 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 young 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.

Weather in Fuerteventura

If there's another reason Fuerteventura is so family-friendly, it has to be the weather. The island is drenched in sunshine all year round, and temperatures are delightfully but not too hot, which is often important for those with young kids.

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Whether you like you to get your feet wet or prefer your to keep your tootsies on the reassuring feel of terra firma, you can see that there are plenty of things to do in Fuerteventura for all the family.

Fancy fun-filled family time in Fuerteventura? This beloved Canary Island is easily and affordably reached when you book a break with Jet2holidays. Check out the latest deals on family holidays to Fuerteventura today.

Matthew Hirtes

Matthew Hirtes
Article updated on Sunday 31st March 2019 in: Adventure Europe Family Summer

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