We first visited Fuerteventura in 2002 when we started what was to become a 5-month tour of the Canary Islands in our quest to find one of the seven in which to live. Oh yes, just one. But which one? Back then, we dismissed moving to Fuerteventura based almost entirely on the fact there is little greenery and a lot of tourism. Instead, by way of complete contrast, we chose the opposite side of the Canaries in which to live, La Palma, which is known as La Island Bonita. To sum it up, in the words of the song, La Palma would be ‘Hey there mountain scenery, Where God makes the greenery’ whereas Fuerteventura is straight out of the blockbuster film Laurence of Arabia.
But tourism and beaches not withstanding, on a second visit in 2012, I started to notice that there was quite a bit more to Fuerteventura than ‘just another holiday island.’
With more time to explore (Corralejo in particular) what really impressed me was the underlying vibe of the place which seemed to be generated somewhere between the cosy old quarter, the working harbour, shopping malls, outdoor market and the eclectic mix of people – locals, tourists, ex-pats and of course the sun-kissed surfers.
So whilst on another visit in May this year with the hope of exploring more of the island, how would I feel about moving to Fuerteventura?
Again, the base was to be in Corralejo – heck I like that place – and so we took the bus from the airport to Puerto Rosario and then on up to the north east and accommodation at Atlantic Apartments. The apartments are right next door to the attractive Campanario shopping centre which has been made to feel like a little village complete with balconies and cobbled streets. If you have ever lived in a highly rural area, you will understand what the prospect of having shops next door means to a person! And it seems luck was really on our side as it was fiesta time with displays of flamenco dancing and Andalusian horses.
Apart from walking almost every inch of Corralejo (and it takes some doing), we also ventured over to Cotillo on the north west coast. Here we checked out the little harbour with traditional fishing, slimline streets, watched the fearless wind-kiters and visited the mini-castle – Castillo el Tostón. It’s small but worth it so don’t be put off by the minimal entrance fee!
But a trip over to Los Lobos remains high on my many happy memories of our short holiday to Fuerteventura. Los Lobos is just a small island and the temptation to walk right around it is in strong. Plus of course to climb its peak at 127m. And we couldn’t resist.
Would I recommend Fuerteventura as a place to live? It depends entirely on what you are looking for. But I can tell you, it’s severely tempting. So let’s just leave you with some more photos of finding Fuerte … and you can make up your own mind …