All good things come to those who wait and finally the good weather is coming along with a chance to escape for the Easter week so what better plan than to discover the north of Fuerteventura with the kids. The fantastic sand dunes, endless beaches, boat excursions and a large selection of outside activities for kids and adults will make this trip an adventure holiday for all the family.
Fuerteventura is a relaxing, family island that is 97km from the north-west coast of Africa. It is 1659,74km2 in size making it the second largest island in the Canaries and the longest one. From a geographical point of view, it is the oldest of the Canary Islands and in 2009 was declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco for its special features.
It is an authentic beauty, a tropical paradise of volcanoes, turquoise waters and a natural landscape that will make children and adults fall in love with it, only around 4 hours from most UK airports and with a spring like climate most of the year.
You will find 150km of various beaches where you can practice a multitude of water activities, sports and games as well as eating on a terrace or just strolling around contemplating a beautiful sunset in all its natural glory.
Amongst the most fun plans that you can do to discover the north of Fuerteventura with children, we recommend the following:
1. Visit the Sand Dunes of Corralejo:
The main interest point for children and adults is the Sand Dunes Natural Park of Corralejo. There´s nothing more that the kids will enjoy than discovering and playing in the immense sand dunes of Corralejo. These dunes are made up of the disintegration of shells and molluscs and have an area of more than 2600 hectares and border with the north-east coast of Fuerteventura where there are long beaches with turquoise waters.
In addition, this area is a refuge for hundreds of endemic birds of the Canaries and we can also find mammals such as hedgehogs, squirrels, goats and rabbits. An ideal place to unwind, relax and play.
2. Spend a day at the Water Park:
A perfect plan is to spend a family day out at the water park. With more than 25000m2 the park is situated in Corralejo and is the only one on the island. It has many attractions for all ages to ensure a fun day; slides, Jacuzzis, wave pools, mini-golf, sandy solarium, kiddies pools, kiddies play area, etc. An excellent choice for a fun day out where all the family can enjoy.
3. Ferry excursion to Lobos Island
Its name comes from the sea lions that used to inhabit it, nowadays it´s a Natural Park and the seabed is an underwater reserve area. This is an excursion to an area of wild nature that you can´t afford to miss. The island is located between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote and you can travel to it on one of the many ferries that leave the Corralejo harbor. Until 1968 this little island was habited by the lighthouse keeper “Antoñito el Farero” and his family. Now the restaurant of the island is run by his family.
Once on the island you can take the kids trekking along the natural routes or to enjoy the beaches. It´s a perfect place to appreciate the different types of birds and small animals, typical of the fauna of the area.
4. Visit to the mountain of Tindaya:
In the middle of a plain and visible from many points of Fuerteventura is the prestigious Tindaya mountain located near to La Oliva. In this natural space, 300 engravings have been found on its 400m high stone walls.
It was a sacred mountain for the ancestors of the inhabitants of Fuerteventura and is a cultural and ecological reference today. Tindaya is arid, as arid as the landscape that surround it. It has an incalculable heritage value that the whole family can admire.
5. The Eco-Museum – La Alcogida:
Located in the village of Tefia close to Puerto del Rosario, visiting this museum is like going back to the way of life of the Fuerteventura farm people in the 19th century. It is one of the best cultural centers of the Canary Islands. It´s a rehabilitated village with stone houses, albeadas with lime to recreate the living and working style of the islands inhabitants a 100 years ago. There is also no lack of camels, donkeys, goats and other animals to make sure that the kids have a fun time. It is well worth a visit after going to see the Tindaya mountain.
6. Climb to the top of the Calderon Hondo volcano:
In the La Oliva area, one of the most curious things that both children and adults will enjoy is visiting volcanoes. The Calderon Hondo is one of the best preserved and you can easily reach its red peak, 278m above sea level, in around 45 minutes. It is part of a series of aligned volcanoes that formed around 50000 years ago. From the top you can admire the beautiful crater, the surrounding volcanoes and a large part of the north of the island – a complete adventure.
7. Watch the sunset at the Tostón lighthouse
The Toston lighthouse is located in Punta Ballena, only 5km north of the village of El Cotillo. It can be found on one of the most important paleontological sites in Fuerteventura. There is an easy interpretation route for all the family that takes around 30 minutes to complete. This is a traditional lighthouse located in an incredible place. From the Toston lighthouse you can see some of the most amazing sunsets and sunrises of Fuerteventura. Just outside the lighthouse there are some tables where you can enjoy a snack or picnic.
In short, travelling to Fuerteventura with the kids can be a wonderful experience. Whether it´s for the gorgeous beaches, the wide range of outdoor activities, its climate or the amazing villas and tourist apartments. Fuerteventura is a safe option to enjoy a family Easter break.