Calm wild beaches
The blue Atlantic ocean is refreshing and one feels extremely good. The beach here is still unspoiled and the sand is soft and beautiful. Even windy days, its fun to be with wavy water - jumping up and down when waves come.
Visit La Olivia
From the 17th to the 19th century, this village La Olivia, was the home of military governors and the capital of the island. The governor’s townhouse, Casa des Coroneles, has been renovated and is now open to the public. In the centre of the village, there is a stunning church which features a painting of the Last Judgment, a Baroque-style painting by Juan de Miranda. The village is also home to an art gallery exhibiting work from local artists.
- Arts and Culture
Fiesta Vega de Rio
In September, thousands of residents and visitors descend upon the church of Vega de Rio. They travel by foot, by cart, by vintage vehicles and most bearing candles to get to the site, to celebrate.
Some of the Pilgrims walk from Puerto del Rosario to Vega de Rio Palmas, via Tesjuate, Triquivijate, Antigua, Betancuria. We took the off-road between Triqui and Antigua, we looked up at the night sky star gazing as it is so clear in this area, which was beautiful and very peaceful.
Started at 18:00 hrs and arrived at 01:30hrs, just in time for fireworks. 3 rests in between, totalling about 45mins, the walk is approx. 34km.
Later everyone carrys on with an all night party where you will see typical Canarian Wrestling competitions, firework display, local crafts and food traditions, Canarian dancing, and many of the residents dressed in local costume.
Dates vary slightly each year. Bus to and from the fiesta leaves from Antigua. The buses continually run from Antigua, and return all through the night.
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The International Kite Festival is a gorgeous celebration of colourful kites, held over three days in November, around the 8th, on the Playa del Burro, Glass beach sand dunes, which are south of Corralejo.
Europes best kiters come together each year to create a spectacular display. On average there are about 240 highly individual kites on display.
Corralejo Dunes and Beaches
The vast gorgeous area of sand, the famous Corralejo dunes, have featured in films and TV shows, and are a protected national park.
The white, scorching hot sand can cook your feet in seconds, so take care! Never forget that these Canary Islands are closer to the African Sahara than they are to the European mainland. The sunlight reflected from it can barbecue your skin in minutes, whether you fly a kite or just laze in the volcanic nests beside the sea. The cooling breeze can be deceptive to your skin, it feels comfortably warm, when really you are frying!
Many nudists here! Especially on Playa del Pozo.
The main beach is known as Flag Beach which is a series of beaches that run between Punta de Tivas and the Tres Islas hotels, called Playa del Pozo, Playa del Medano and Playa de Viejo.
Exposed to the ever present wind, these beaches are popular among the water sports fraternity; particularly windsurfers, surfers and kite boarders. Many competitions are held here annually.
- Water Sports
Feed the chipmunks in Caleta de Fuste
These tiny creatures live in the rocks along the shoreline of the resort of Caleta de Fuste.
They constantly pop their heads up out of the rocks and peer around and when its reasonably quite, dash out to feed. They love nuts - there is no need to shell them. They will tamely come up and feed from your hand.
The chipmunks also live on the hill overlooking Caleta, which the English have called 'Chipmunk Mountain'.
El Campanario Shopping Mall in Correlejo
As well as the main street of shops in Corralejo, the El Campanario shopping centre located at the entrance to the town has a bell tower you can climb, with fantastic views all around. The bell makes a racket when it rings on the hour, so don't choose that time to go up into the tower.
In the centre of the mall there is a public square that holds live musical events and a Canarian Market each Sunday.
Open daily 10am until 10pm
Canarian wrestling is called Lucha Canaria on the island and is a popular local sport on all the Canary Islands.
Opponents are called Luchardores and respectfully shake hands before the fight starts between two people. Each round of fighting lasts 1 to 2 minutes. There are clubs in most of the towns. The aim is to force your opponent to touch the ground with any part of the body other than the soles of the feet.
Each team sends one opponent into the sand ring, they touch the ground and cross themselves. They then bend towards each other and grip the opponents shorts, and try to force each other over. Then the next team member is sent to fight.
There are no weight categories in the wrestling, opponents use their toppling skills, not brute force.
The sport originates from 15th century.
There are so many places to see the wrestling its best to look at the website below or ask at your hotel for the nearest one. It costs a few euros to be a spectator and each Lucha Canaria can last an hour or more.
Magical Los Lobos
Overlooking the harbour of Correlejo is the tiny uninhabited island of Los Lobos. It is full of heavenly peace and quite, so lacking in these times and is a protected national park with only a handful of buildings.
A stroll around the harbour reveals a handful of boats that advertise excursions to the island, including M Y Isla de Lobos which leaves at 10.15 and collects you from the island at 16.00. Take a picnic as there are no facilities or eateries on the island.
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Jogging on the beaches of Costa Calma
Costa Calma has long stretches of sandy beaches which spread to Playa Barca in the south west of the resort.
Costa Calma always seems sunnier in the winter when I visit. It is the beginning of the stretch of some of the best beaches on the Canary Islands, leading into Sotavento and beyond down the Jandia Peninsula. The difference between Costa Calma's golden sandy beach and Sotavento is that it's much more sheltered and ideal as a family beach - so very safe sheltered bathing. There's peace and quiet here, as the place is so huge, especially outside of the peak summer season.
The resort itself is designed with streets lined with palm trees. Accommodation is generally low built, with lots of bungalow and studio styled apartments and apart-hotel complexes. Why is it so popular with German holidaymakers? There are a few upmarket hotels in Costa Calma, and many accommodation complexes with swimming pool and leisure facilities.
- Sailing and Boating
Hot sunny Beaches
As the second largest Canary Island, Fuertuventura has some of the best beaches, particularly the saharan sand beaches of Correlejo. The trade winds provide that cooling breeze on a hot day.
Many of the beaches are not near any facilities, always carry at least a litre of water with you if your spending the day by the sea.
For July and August wear a good sun cream or you will look like a barbequed suckling pig in an hour!
- Sailing and Boating
In the south of the island lies the resort of Morro Jable. From a small fishing village, Morro Jable is now a major holiday resort very popular among holidaymakers, especially German.
Thousands of tourists a year are attracted by its golden sandy beaches, blue sea, and its shops, bars and restaurants lining the main road.
The resort is 100 kms from the airport. It used to be a long, bad and bumpy journey. In 2006 a new expressway between Pecenescal and Bayvelo spanned the mountains, it takes around 20 minutes of the old journey.
The beaches are among the best in the Canary Islands. Water sports enthusiasts are catered for from windsurfing to jet skiing.
Despite tourism, the old village retains a certain charm and there is a quaint harbour where you can watch local fishermen. The jet foil for Gran Canaria also leaves from Morro Jable.
Morro Jable takes its name from the French invaders, Jable is a corruption of the word sand in French, sable.
Isla de Lobos
If you're bored of the beach and want to explore a new terrain then take a boat to Lobos Island. The landscape is incredible - like a lunar surface. You can easily see what our Earth looked like millions, if not billions, of years ago.
Home to species of flora and fauna not found anywhere else on the planet, Lobos is a protected national park and only a handful of buildings are found there, mostly belonging to the one family who live on the island. There are beautiful lagoons, huge rocky hills and mountains and only scrubland in between.
From Lobos you can look back at the miles of sand dunes - an amazing sight. With an unfortunate hotel marring the view you could easily think you were looking over Dubai or the Sahara itself (where the sand has blown in from.)
That reminds me - when you first step off the boat - beware of the wind. If you think it's bad on Fuerteventura...well!
Book from the kiosks on the harbour. We took a ferry out at 1pm, wandered, then got onto a glass-bottomed boat to see all the fish, then back onto the island 'til the 4pm ferry (which gets crowded!)
Tips: Wear good, enclosed walking shoes or trainers (lots of gravel) and take plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen. Not at all ideal for pushchairs - we managed, but it was VERY hard work!
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
The white sandy beaches of Corralego stretch far and wide along the east coast.
Most of the beaches have sunbed and umberella rental.
You can walk up along the sandunes, many photographers film in this area.
Oasis Park: Botanical Gardens & Zoo
This was the most beautiful zoo I have ever seen! The scenery was amazing and the enclosures were stunning and mostly on the large side.
The walk around the zoo was sheltered by many plants and trees which made for a refreshingly cool day out on the Island. Also the numerous water features around the grounds added to the cooling effect.
One of the otters took a shine to Paul and wouldn't leave him alone which Emma & Lucy found highly amusing!! In fact, quite a few of the animals seemed to be very friendly and wanted to see who could get the most attention!
We didn't arrive until around 1.20 pm so we missed a couple of the shows, but we did get to watch the parrot show and the sealion show - both very funny and a clear demonstration of how intelligent animals can be. The kids loved the sealion show - especially as Coco (the sealion) was keen to come and say hello to the audience and give kisses to anyone she could get close enough to!! They also loved being soaked by a mischevious Coco later on in the show.
As well as a number of shows on offer throughout the day, the zoo also offers the opportunity to take an excursion on a camel to the top of the hill overlooking La Lajita.
The care and enthusiasm that evidently goes into caring for the grounds and animals at this zoo makes for a stunning day out. The only criticism I would have is that the monkey enclosures are a bit on the stingy side and could benefit from an imaginative overhaul.
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