Fuerteventura was one of those islands that had always been on my radar but had somehow never visited. Actually, come to think of it, there are so many things that I always wanted to do and place I’d love to visit (even at home in glorious London Town) but somehow never manage to experience. Case in point – St Paul’s Cathedral, Kew Gardens, chowing down on jellied eels in the east-end (still can’t get my head around this one but I’m willing to give this a try) or actually watching The Sound Of Music… (The list does go on of course).
A few weeks ago, I got to change this and visit Fuerteventura! A group of us went with Thomas Cook Airlines to explore Fuerteventura and get in some winter sunshine – both of which make me very happy!
In Fuerteventura, one of the things that really struck a chord with me was the natural beauty of the island’s coastline. I have a big thing for coastlines… and the beautiful beaches that come with them and this island has this in droves! Here are 4 coastal experiences I particularly loved in Fuerteventura.
1.) First Impressions of the Island
not so eagerly setting my alarm for 5am, Yaya and I boarded the train at Blackfriars station in Central London and headed straight for Gatwick Airport. I always get so excited when I’m travelling to the airport ! This is something that has inexplicably stuck with me since I was a kid. 🙂 The thought of a new adventure, that airplane smell (that always greets you when boarding) and even a cheeky glass of wine (that bit I didn’t do as a kid) always feels like a teat and still manages to excite me till date. Silly, I know but I love it!
A quick power nap and before you knew it, we were in Fuerteventura! We were given the warmest welcome we could have ever hoped for (I was genuinely surprised at how sunny it was – especially given the time of the year) and with my tummy rumbling for some tasty Spanish cuisine we hastily jumped in our airport transfer, raring to go!
On the way from the airport to the hotel, the island’s beauty hit me straight away, making me quickly forget my hunger monster and by the time we arrived at the sandy dunes, I had to beg our transfer for a little pit-stop to explore this amazing scenery.
2.) A Restaurant With A View…
Initial island exploring done, I couldn’t keep the hunger off my mind anymore and so we headed straight to the beautifully located Coco Beach Lounge in Corralejo. By now, my tummy was rumbling like an mini African thunderstorm and so we quickly sat down to have our first proper meal on the day, some delicious gazpacho. Made from raw vegetables, seasoned with garlic and filled with the freshest tomato base, it was a welcome respite from the Spanish heat.
3.) Exploring The BReathTaking Coast
With camera in hand, sunblock on nose and a pioneering spirit as strong as Christopher Columbus 🙂 we headed straight out to explore the rugged coastline. Straight away, the pristine nature of the northern coast struck me. It was so different from the other picture-perfect volcanic island of Santorini (in Greece) that we recently visited and in stark contrast to the calmer eastern coast of Fuerteventura. The western coast even started to remind me of the Pacific coast of California (especially the region around Monterrey). Stunning 🙂
As we headed down the west coast, we arrived at El Cotillo – a sleepy seaside village that’s become a must-visit coast for surfers from across the globe. We couldn’t resist going for a little paddle ourselves and decided to stay to watch the sunset, bathing the island in a warm orangey glow. What a way to end a perfect, relaxing day!
4.) Going To The Uninhabited Lobos Island
The next day we headed to the spectacular Lobos Island! A short 25 minutes catamaran journey where we toured its striking coast and watched the local fisherman that make a living on the island, I still have no idea how to fish, but it was cool watching. It was such a beautiful experience and with tours starting at a reasonable €15 – it’s one experience that I would not hesitate to recommend you doing.
By the time I went to bed that night, it was safe to say that I was knackered, but so happy to have seen so much just from the very start of our holiday. It was the start of a great adventure. More to follow soon! 🙂