Fuerteventura is an ideal destination for travelling with children. Whether for its beaches, its wide offer of activities, its climate or its fantastic hotels, Fuerteventura is a safe choice for an enjoyable family trip.
It is a friendly and calm island, which looks after and values its natural heritage, managing to combine it like nowhere else can with its culture, traditions and history. The most popular areas, with the best entertainment offerings and best hotels are Corralejo, in the north; Morro Jable, in the south; Caleta de Fuste, in the centre; and Costa Calma, in the southeast.
Discover the Corralejo Dunes
In the north of Fuerteventura, you’ll find the popular Corralejo Dunes. An extensive blanket of white sand where the young ones will no doubt have a good time. Also, at the start of November there is usually a spectacular kite festival which can’t be missed if you’re on the island.
Have fun in a great water park
Also in Corralejo, you can find the Acua Water Park, which is a great theme park that won’t disappoint anyone young or old.
Visit Oasis Park
Another popular activity for children in Fuerteventura is Oasis Park Fuerteventura, an enormous zoo and botanical garden with dozens of activities for kids. It is in La Lajita in the south of the island (Pajara).
A stroll through the Ajuy caves
Wherever you are on the island, you can always visit villages like Ajuy, which is a quiet village that is popular for its unique caves and gorgeous black sand beach.
A Short Trip to Lobos
If you are in the north of Fuerteventura, you can take a short trip to the small island of Lobos. A boat trip, and the possibility of visiting another island, is sure to be fun.
How to get around
Fuerteventura is a large island, which means the distances from one place to another are not exactly short. As a result, if you’re planning on visiting various points of interest – as is recommended – the best option if you’re travelling with children is to hire a car. There is still the option to travel around by bus, but that isn’t necessarily the easiest option with kids.
You can also move around by taxis, which can be recommended for short quick journeys. However, if you are planning several journeys between different areas or towns, hiring a car is ideal as it will be more economical.
Best beaches for families
The following is a small collection of beaches with good locations, plenty of services (both on the beach and nearby), calm waves, and in general, a relatively tranquil environment – perfect for visiting as a family. In any case, they are not the only ones, and you can take a look at the rest of Fuerteventura’s beaches and make your own call.
Playa del Matorral
A long sandy beach in the far south of Fuerteventura, in Morro Jable. Very popular and safe, and there are restaurants surrounding it [read more].
Playa del Castillo
In Caleta de Fuste. A horseshoe-shaped beach, with sand, hardly any waves, lifeguard teams, and hotels and shops close by [read more].
Playa de Costa Calma
In the town of Costa Calma, and an ideal beach for spending the day with kids in Fuerteventura. Safe and clean, with few waves and popular among families [read more].
El Bajo Negro
Right in the middle of the Corralejo Dunes. An immense beach, with sand and clear waters. It has a hammock and parasol rental service and small food stalls nearby [read more].
To bear in mind
The good weather is one of the island’s strong points, but the incessant sun that always shines can be a worry for families with small children, so always be sure to bring water, a hat, and good sun protection. If you’re going to the beach, which you no doubt will be, try to bring a parasol or go to a beach where you can hire one; choose a beach with calm waters and be careful with the tides.
Remember that according to Spanish laws, if a child is under 135cm tall they will need a car seat. Be sure to ask for one when you rent a car.
Other than that, Fuerteventura is a very safe island, like the rest of the Canary Islands, so will not have any issues if you stick to your everyday precautions.