Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Winter solar holidays to Fuerteventura with children


There’s nothing like a wet day to on the lookout for the closest winter solar holidays, particularly within the Canary Islands – and with so many issues to do in Fuerteventura with children, it’s an incredible guess for households year-round.

Girl on the beach Fuerteventura at Canary Islands of Spain - my top things to do in Fuerteventura with kids
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The Canary Islands have been certainly one of our common locations for household holidays – my daughter’s first ever journey was to Lanzarote, we’ve additionally explored Gran Canaria whereas I’ve been to Tenerife a number of instances, so I’m already bought on the concept of Fuerteventura with children.

So why select Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands? In addition to nice villas and resorts which gained’t break the financial institution, plus fabulous meals even on a finances, that is what’s tempting me to e book a vacation, with my decide of one of the best issues to do in Fuerteventura with children.

Benefit from the nice climate

Common temperatures of 24C in Fuerteventura in October are blissful in comparison with the UK…  and by February, when London’s common excessive is about 8C, I generally really feel like I haven’t seen daylight for about 100 years.

You will be unfortunate with cool and wet days, even off the coast of Africa, and Fuerteventura – because the identify (‘sturdy winds‘) suggests – is a windy island. In case you’re taking a look at summer time holidays to Fuerteventura, that does cool the solar down properly although.

Sculptures on the top of vulcanic Fuerteventura mountains, Spain - why I'm tempted by a holiday to Fuerteventura with kids

Hit the seashores

Is it a correct winter solar vacation with children when you don’t go to the seaside? And in addition to having the longest seashores within the Canaries, there are 152 of them throughout the island.

Fuerteventura’s seashores are perfect for children too – a number of the greatest seashores have very shallow waters reminiscent of Playa del Castillo at Caleta de Fuste and Playa del Matorral within the south of the island, in addition to the gorgeous calm waters of Playa La Concha close to El Cotillo.

In case you’re on the lookout for concepts of extra adventurous issues to do in Fuerteventura for youths than sandcastles, it’s additionally an incredible location for water sports activities like windsurfing and kite browsing, because of the winds – superb for teenagers and energetic tweens who need some extra thrilling actions than sandcastle constructing.

Playa de Sotavento, surrounded by sand dunes, is one great place, whereas clambering on the sand dunes of Corralejo Pure Park would positively be a success with my daughter too – it’s additionally the positioning of the island’s annual kite competition.

Costa Calma seaside is one other great place when you’re on the lookout for a surf lesson or to attempt windsurfing, plus loads of white sand and the crystal clear waters you possibly can count on round Fuerteventura.

You too can e book children and household surf classes with one of many island’s surf colleges – the seashores differ relying on the climate situations, however they’re all chosen for his or her light waves, excellent for learners

Or for one thing slightly completely different, take a look at Morro Jable – 4km of beautiful seaside with turquoise waters, a string of retailers lining the seaside and the Jandia salt marshes behind.

Kite surfers at one of the beaches in Fuerteventura - one of the reasons to visit Fuerteventura with kids

Go to Acua Water Park

This large water park in Fuerteventura is the one water park on the island. Beforehand referred to as Baku, Acua Water Park is ready in Corralejo, with wave pool and a kids’s splash pool in addition to extra thrilling water slides and rides.

There’s loopy golf as properly, which my daughter loves (and is impressively good at) plus 10-pin bowling when you don’t need to spend all day within the water.

It’s open from April for the principle summer time season till across the finish of October/early November, so when you’re contemplating visiting Fuerteventura in February half-term, that’s one to avoid wasting for subsequent time although.

You’ll be able to purchase tickets on-line in addition to tickets with free cancellation

Take a ship journey

We’ve taken boat journeys in Gran Canaria as we cruised alongside the coast to Puerto Mogan and now my daughter’s older, I’d like to attempt one of many dolphin and whale recognizing journeys in Fuerteventura.

This 90-minute dolphin recognizing journey is appropriate for age 3 years previous and above, whereas there’s additionally a two-hour dolphin recognizing tour with drinks – or this longer dolphin-spotting cruise consists of time to snorkel and a spot of tapas as properly.

You’ll be able to mix the possibility to see dolphins with a visit to Isla de Lobos too: this selection allows you to spend round 5 hours out on the water, snorkelling and kayaks included (in addition to lunch!), whereas a glass-bottomed catamaran journey  can also be tempting. Watch fish by means of the glass base earlier than heading into the water to snorkel.

There’s the Oceanarium Explorer glass bottomed submarine as properly however that has extra blended critiques (and I’m at all times reluctant to advocate swimming with sealions) nevertheless it appears one other well-liked choice.

In case you choose a somewhat completely different household enjoyable expertise, there’s additionally a four-hour Pirate Crusing Journey aboard the Pedra Sartaña pirate boat – as you sail alongside the coasts of the Pure Park, you possibly can study the hoist the sails, tie knots and even get behind the wheel. Anticipate loads of video games, and water actions together with swinging off the facet of the boat – much more enjoyable than strolling the plank. They’re additionally licensed whale and dolphin watchers so that you may nonetheless spot some throughout your pirate cruise.

Corralejo beach on the Canary Island Fuerteventura, Spain with a view of Lobos island in the distance - my top things to do in Fuerteventura with kids

See Isla de Lobos

In addition to the boat journeys round Fuerteventura and close to Isla de Lobos, it’s tempting to go to Lobos island itself.

A nature reserve since 1982, there are not any everlasting inhabitants – the identify ‘Wolves Island’ comes from the monk seals that when lived right here, often known as sea wolves.

There are strolling trails everywhere in the island, or you possibly can sit back on Playa de la Concha, a small sheltered lagoon with a sandy seaside. Carry all the things you’ll want for a day exploring (or lounging on La Concha seaside) as there are not any outlets to pop to when you’re there.

There’s a speedy water taxi – waterproof bag suggested for this 15 minute journey – or you possibly can take the ferry for a barely extra sedate journey that takes about the identical period of time.

Head to Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura

Animals are at all times a success with my daughter and whereas this Fuerteventura zoo isn’t the most cost effective round, there’s a powerful quantity to see – plus it’s the one animal park on the island.

Together with flamingos, hippos, monkeys and giraffes, plus birds, reptiles and sea lions, you too can be part of a camel safari (for an additional payment) and trip by means of the palm groves outdoors the park in addition to an choice to fulfill the lemurs (once more, for an additional payment).

There’s additionally a botanical backyard hooked up with over 2,300 kinds of cacti and free buses run to the park, not removed from La Lajita.

There’s a concentrate on schooling and conservation at Oasis Wildlife (beforehand often known as Oasis Park Zoo), in addition to a piece on ethics on the web site, which is reassuring to see as properly.

You’ll be able to purchase entrance tickets with free cancellation, together with choices together with the camel trip

Windmill on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura - my top reasons to visit Fuerteventura with kids

Uncover Fuerteventura’s wild facet

On each Canary Island I’ve visited, I like getting away from the vacationer resorts on the coast to find the wilder facet – the volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote, the black sands and plush inexperienced north of Tenerife (to not point out its personal volcano), and the mountainous inside of Gran Canaria.

Fuerteventura is just round 60 miles lengthy and beneath 20 miles huge, and solely takes two hours to drive from finish to finish, so you may rent a automobile to discover the island’s quiet roads – there are extra goats than folks right here.

You’ll be able to even take a tour with goats as you head off the crushed monitor, discovering areas the place goat herders nonetheless dwell and getting an opportunity to feed them (after which having some goat cheese in return). The five-hour trek is just appropriate for older kids, aged 9+.

Uncover the historic city of Betancuria, its white buildings sitting within the shadow of the mountains, or secluded stretches of sand like Juan Gomez seaside in the direction of the south-western tip of the island.

I like the concept of discovering the normal windmills dotted round too – apparently these that are one storey excessive are ‘feminine’, referred to as molinas, and the two-storey variations are ‘male’ often known as molinos, with heaps close to the oldest village on Fuerteventura referred to as Antigua.

There’s automobile rental at Fuerteventura’s airport however you too can hire vehicles in many of the main vacationer centres if you wish to do a day journey.

In case you don’t fancy driving in any respect, there are day excursions to discover – this off-road tour of Fuerteventura is unquestionably on my checklist, heading to Jandia Nationwide Park and stopping at one of many island’s secluded seashores.

In case you’re planning to rent a automobile to discover Fuerteventura, I’m an enormous fan of Zest Automotive Rental or you too can examine charges at Uncover Vehicles

Discover the Ajuy Caves (Cuevas de Ajuy)

The Canary Islands’ volcanic previous nonetheless shapes them immediately, whether or not that’s the blackened panorama of Lanzarote or Mount Teide on Tenerife – and the identical goes for Fuerteventura, which has a sequence of caves to find.

The Ajuy Caves are a part of Betancuria Rural Park they usually’re the oldest formations within the islands, so strolling inside is like stepping again into Fuerteventura’s previous. In an odd twist of geology, some components of the caves are older than the island itself, courting again 100 million years (whereas Fuerteventura is just round 30 million years previous).

On the stroll to the caves, you possibly can see fossilised sand dunes and blowholes within the rocks, earlier than discovering the rock formations and tunnels of the caves, with some deep swimming pools inside.

Set on the western coast of Fuerteventura, they’re round 5 miles from Pájara, and a brief stroll from the black sand Ajuy seaside – sturdy currents imply this black sand seaside isn’t an incredible place to swim with children although, as you’ll inform from the ocean crashing across the rocks on the entrance to the caves.

Visiting the caves isn’t an incredible choice with toddlers and younger kids, however enjoyable for older children: do put on wise sneakers somewhat than flipflops and remember it’s a windy stroll on this facet of the island. In case you time your go to for near sundown, it’s among the finest locations in Fuerteventura to observe it dip under the horizon.

Stone path leading to Calderon Hondo, the caldera of the extinct volcano in the north of Fuerteventura - one of the unusual things to do with kids in Fuerteventura

Climb Calderon Hondo

This extinct volcano within the north of the island is one other reminder of the Canary Island’s volcanic previous, and you may nonetheless go to the caldera immediately.

It’s not the one one on the island, nevertheless it’s probably the most accessible for households – you climb a stone path to succeed in the highest at 278m above sea stage, the place there’s a viewing platform to look proper down into the 70m deep crater.

At this peak, it may be windy, so when you can stroll across the crater, it’s not really useful with children (and never for adults if there’s sturdy wind both). In case you’re visiting within the hotter months, there’s no shade so it’s greatest to go to early within the day or later within the afternoon, although do test the sundown instances.

There’s parking at Camino Calderas, with the stone path ranging from right here – the final part of street resulting in the automobile park could be very rocky, so remember when you’ve received a rent automobile (except it’s a 4×4).

See the Salt Museum, Salinas del Carmen

Fuerteventura’s Salt Museum, or Museo de la Sal, sits proper beside the salt pans of El Carmen, within the space the place the island’s first salt fields have been constructed centuries in the past.

Salt farming has lengthy been a practice throughout the Canary Islands, with an exhibition sharing data on how salt was extracted from the ocean water. After trying out the shows, you possibly can stroll by means of the salt fields, that are nonetheless in operation, to see the normal strategies in follow – plus there’s a store the place you should purchase the completed product too.

The museum isn’t removed from Caleta de Fuste, there’s additionally an enormous whale skeleton outdoors the whitewashed museum constructing.

Salt pans, or salinas near Caleta de Fuste, with pyramids of salt piled up next to the seawater pools - the salt museum is one of the quirky places to visit in Fuerteventura with kids

Try Puerto del Rosario sculpture park

In case you’re passing Fuerteventura’s small capital, Puerto del Rosario, on the island’s east coast, it’s properly price stopping to discover.

Changing Betancuria because the capital in 1860, the small fishing village has grown over the previous 150 years however you possibly can nonetheless discover its previous city, with buildings courting again to the early nineteenth century.

Alongside the best way, look out for the sculptures dotted round – whereas it’s referred to as the Sculpture Park, there isn’t only one single location to discover, as so much are set in several parks, alongside varied promenades and in the course of roundabouts.

There are heaps to see across the port although, together with ones impressed by the island’s goats and whales. Preserve a watch out for the city’s murals too, a part of an initiative began in 2011, with a whole bunch now brightening up its streets.

Close by Playa Blanca seaside – to not be confused with its namesake in Lanzarote – is one other beautiful seaside to chill out on or benefit from the water actions too.

Go to Lanzarote

The 2 islands are so shut that I’ve seen Fuerteventura once we’ve stayed in Playa Blanca on Lanzarote – I’ve contemplated taking the ferry to Fuerteventura fairly just a few instances however have by no means fairly managed to.

So whereas there’s lots to entertain on Fuerteventura for youths, I like the concept of a fast hop again with the ferry to Playa Blanca, wandering alongside the waterfront with the seaside on one facet and eating places on the opposite – you possibly can see a few of my favorite locations to eat in Playa Blanca with children right here and there’s lots to tempt the entire household.

Or additional down is Marina Rubicon with its market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. The crossing takes round 30-45 minutes with three to 4 boats per day.

With a number of corporations working between the islands, you possibly can examine ferry costs from Fuerteventura to Lanzarote on the Ferryhopper website to seek out the most cost effective day journey from Fuerteventura

Planning a household vacation in Fuerteventura

In case you’re on the lookout for low cost flights to Fuerteventura, there are some nice choices from the UK, particularly when you’re on the lookout for a package deal deal.

In addition to TUI and Jet2, you too can discover a number of the low-cost airways with flights to Fuerteventura from the UK, together with easyJet out of Gatwick and Ryanair from Stansted – though after my final expertise, personally I’m not satisfied that individual airline will high my very own private checklist…

There’s additionally a large alternative of family-friendly resorts in Fuerteventura if you wish to e book independently, in addition to villas and self-catering residences to select from.

For extra concepts, take a look at my information to the Canary Islands with children

*First revealed 2019, final up to date 2023*

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The top things to do in Fuerteventura with kids - along with cheap flights to this Canary Island and plenty of winter sun, Fuerteventura is a great option for a holiday with kids. From zoos and dolphin spotting to beaches and historic windmills, here's my pick.

Disclosure: This submit accommodates affiliate hyperlinks – any purchases you make are unaffected however I could obtain a small fee. All opinions about visiting Fuerteventura with children are my very own, together with the truth that sunshine is important by the point it’s February.

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