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
Where to Stay…
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
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
Caramel panna cotta
Coming soon… beaches & places to visit in Fuerteventura.