Located just off the coast of Africa, Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands and a paradise for outdoor sports lovers! A relaxing holiday destination due to its year-round sunshine climate... its incredible beaches and volcanic landscape also create an amazing Nature's playground for anyone looking to explore island-life in a more active way!
Here are my top 5 adventure sports to have a go at on Fuerteventura ... and trust me if I can give them a try, anyone can!
1) Surf's up!
Whilst there are so many adventure sports to choose from, it's a total no brainer that surfing has to feature on the list! Known as the 'Hawaii of Europe', the turquoise waters are the perfect setting for all manner of water sports and a surfer's dream (even if you're a total novice like me!). With some of the best waves in Europe, especially on the North Coast, Fuerteventura attracts top-surfers year-round from all round the world.
As someone who is definitely is NOT in that category, in fact firmly in the 'non-surfer' camp, I decide rather than jumping straight in the water, it was a much safer idea to put myself in the expert hands of 7 Island Surf on one of their taster sessions.
Having scoped out the best time and conditions for us newbies, on this particular day lead instructor Tom takes us to Flag Beach near Corralejo's impressive sand dunes, where we start the session with a yoga-style stretch and practical lesson on the beach. Then we head to the water, where under the watchful eye of Tom, we start to put into the practice the paddling, popping up and (fingers crossed!) standing on the board!
It's bloody hard work! But with some persistence and LOTS of pointers from Tom, I AM UP! Ok, it is only for about 5 seconds and there's no photographic evidence, but I'll take that as a win! Lots of work to do, but I'll definitely be back surfing! Thanks 7 Island Surf!
2) What's SUP!?
Stand up paddleboarding or SUP is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world and with good reason! (Sup)er accessible (sorry!)... you can hire a board from from one of the water-sports schools on Corralejo beach and within 10 or 15 minutes be paddling around the bay, enjoying this fun activity.
Having got to grips with the basics this way, I feel inspired to go on a bit more of a adventure, so joined Flag Beach's SUP excursion to the stunning island of Los Lobos! What an experience!
Swimming out a short way from Flag Beach, our small group and instructor Paul climb into the awaiting speedboat and head off at full-tilt towards the small island of Los Lobos just a few kilometres away. Pulling up at a small jetty, we moor ourselves in a perfect little bay of crystal clear turquoise waters, where our SUP boards await.
The next few hours are spent developing our skills, discovering hidden coves and my first outing at SUP-yoga all in the safety of the shallow waters of beautiful Lobos! The most perfect island-life experience ... I'm hooked!
3) Under the sea...
Whilst Fuerteventura is renowned for sports on and in the water, some are surprised that under the surface there are equally exciting adventures to be had!
Having scuba-dived once before in Greece and loved it, for my birthday treat, I signed up for Abyss Fuerteventura's 'Discover Scuba Diving' course and hoped that 15 years out of the water hadn't done anything to dampen my enthusiasm for all things sub-aquatic.
Driving out of Corralejo with Hannah from Abyss Fuerteventura, we arrive at the teeny port of El Jablito and Hannah runs through a safety briefing and reminder of the basic diving techniques I'll need during the dive. Thankfully it comes back to my grey cells quickly and soon we're into the water to discover what lies beneath!
And Fuerteventura does not disappoint ... there's a whole different world down there! We spot shoals of colourful fish, an octopus, angel sharks hiding under the sand and my favourite, a teeny-tiny yellow seahorse! Definitely an activity not to miss ... and one that I can't wait to try again! Thanks for a great morning Hannah ... and the cold beer afterwards! :)
4) Climbing a mountain!
If there's one thing for sure, Fuerteventura has more than its fair share of volcanoes! And with the island's UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve status, it's internationally recognised that the island's incredible landscape is something special!
So what better way to spend a day than heading out an hiking adventure to explore the island's secrets on foot!
With something for every fitness level, you can walk the dry river beds (Los Barrancos) close to Lajares, Rio de Vega Palmas near Betancuria, climb up the Calderons of Corralejo and Lajares, or for those looking to push themselves ascend Mount Escanfraga in Villaverde for the most incredible view over the whole island.
Why not check out The Fit Retreat's guide to their 3 favourite hikes ... a map, some decent walking shoes and a picnic and you're all set!
5) Let's go ride a bike!
Fuerteventura is a cyclist's paradise! Whether you're looking to challenge yourself on the island's mountain-road climbs up to Betancuria, go off road and explore volcanic trails or simply potter on Corralejo's bike paths to the beach, two wheels is the way to go!
As part of Azulfit's 'Fit For Life' Retreat, which combines yoga, Pilates, surfing and cycling, you can enjoy a guided bike ride following the North Shore track out of Corralejo behind the bus station, along the coast to the small fishing village of Majanicho before swinging back inland to a lunch stop in Lajares. Feeling refreshed, you have the opportunity to climb the Calderon Hondo and feed the chipmunks before heading back through the volcanoes towards Corralejo.
It's a great route to see the landscape of the north of the island, easy to access to at any point along the circular route and has plenty of places to rest or grab a bite to eat if you're wanting to take a leisurely pace.