26 March 2017

Fuerteventura - Beaches

There’s something quite mesmerising about the sea, I find that it’s not until that beauty is taken away & I’m land locked again that I fully appreciate my time spent by the sea. & that feeling is no different to the hypnotic turquoise sea & white sandy beaches in Fuerteventura.


Fuerteventura is blessed with over 150 beaches & there’s probably even more that don’t make it to the official map as they might be a little harder to get reach.

Here’s some of my favourites captured on my Olympus Pen & trusty Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Glass Beach
A 10 minute drive out of Corralejo along the dunes & you're greeted by the most turquoise of seas I've seen for a long time. & there are even little waves which are perfect for beginners like me or Sup'ers.


Flag Beach
A 5 minute drive or 20-30 minute walk from Corralejo & across the dunes you'll discover Flag Beach, a long white sandy beach. & because of its location is usually perfect for kite / wind surfers.


Caleta (Creek) de Maria Diaz
About 20-30 minutes along the north track, half way between Majanicho & El Cotillo you'll discover Caleta de Maria Diaz which is actually a creek & not a beach (playa). A reef based break made for a sunny afternoon catching a few waves on my foam board. 


Isla de Lobos
No trip to Fuerteventura is complete without visiting Lobos, which I bigged up on my blog last year here. I'm not sure if it was the time of year, but the sea just looked so much more turquoise, it almost felt like we were in the Caribbean. 

The line up...
Ripping it up

Playa Jarugo
On our first day exploring Fuerteventura we headed to Tindaya Mountain & followed the rough track down to the sea, & after a bit of exploring discovered Playa Jarugo. There was one lone surfer trying his upmost to catch a wave with not much success. A quiet beach with a few camper vans rocking up for lunch, is definitely worth a visit if you fancy going off the beaten track. 

Playa de Ajuy
A black sandy beach located near Ajuy a remote little fishing village to the west of the island. Its a bit of a trek to get there, but definitely worth visiting for the views & to see the Ajuy sea caves.

Trying to get arty with the Olympus Pen
Inside the Ajuy Caves
Ajuy Caves

19 March 2017

Fuerteventura Travel Tips - Where to stay & eat!


Just over a week ago we were sunning ourselves in 25C + heat on the roof top terrace of our Airbnb apartment without a care in the world, soaking up the last of the Canarian sunshine before heading back to grey old Blighty….Now I’m trying to get cosy in my kitchen sipping mint tea, burning fragrant candles & trying to evoke my inner hygge!!

It was our second trip back to the windy island to make the most of the winter sun & consistent swell. Last time I shared a photo blogpost, but thought this time it would be helpful to share some top tips from our 10 day stay for those about to jet off to Fuerteventura or for those torn between which Canary Island to visit. Below are some top tips on where to stay & eat…

Where to Stay…

Airbnb

If you’re looking to avoid the standard package holiday with a tour operator or the thought of dinning en-masse with a bunch of strangers sends a shiver down your spine – then check out some of the properties in Fuerteventura on Airbnb & you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

We stayed in a £50 a night 2 bed apartment about 3km just outside Corralejo in a friendly neighbourhood called Geofond. Our highlight was the private roof top terrace with panoramic views of Corralejo, Lobos Island & the extinct volcanoes; all day sunshine which was perfect for sunbathing & a Weber BBQ. It was our first time booking with Airbnb & we've been converted, I’m not sure why we’ve never done it before?!


Where to Eat...

During the 10 days in Fuerteventura we split our evening meals in half with 5 eating at our apartment with 3 of them being BBQs on the terrace & 5 trying out the local hot spots, below are my fave 3.


If you like tapas, red wine & that shabby chic look & feel - then check out Pincha Cabra in Corralejo! Tucked out the way from the main street and a favourite with the locals. Make sure you give this quaint restaurant a visit either for lunch or dinner. It gets busy in the evening, but if you head there for 7pm you’ll be able to grab a table. The staff are really friendly & great with helping you with the menu & wine! Portions are pretty big, 4-5 dishes between 2 people is ample.

 
Make sure you choose Paella & spicy chorizo!
Maybe avoid the Canarian potatoes - although the sauce is rather yummy!


The village of Lajares is about 11km from Corralejo, & worth a visit in itself. It has a real hippie / surfy vibe with lots of funky shops & cool bars. Rojo Tomate is an Italian restaurant with a-mazing pizzas. If you’re going in the evening, make sure you have a light lunch & if you can’t manage to eat everything, the staff will offer to make up a doggy bag.

Cheese glorious cheese!

** Larejes has a market every Saturday with stalls & live music. Think mini Glastonbury with the smell of joss sticks & people in harem pants!


Hands down Casa Marcos in the nearby village of Villaverde was the best restaurant we visited during our 10 days in Fuerteventura. It has a traditional rustic Spanish vibe. The staff are super friendly & knowledgeable. They love taking the time to talk you through the menu on the blackborad – even if you don’t quite understand what they’re saying in Spanish! From the tapas style menu we chose 3 dishes – calamari with bacon, an omelette which looked like aliens & hake for main, plus panna cotta in caramel for desert washed down with red wine – of course & all for about 30 Euros each. Top tip - make sure you book in advance, this place gets really busy.

 
Calamari & bacon
Alien omelette! 
Caramel panna cotta

Coming soon... beaches & places to visit in Fuerteventura.
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