THE SUNSEEKERS GUIDE TO FUERTEVENTURA
BY SARA DARLING
While the UK is buying winter bonnets and stocking up on Lemsip, sun lovers are stocking up on sun screen and flip flops and looking more than a little bit smug.
If you want to banish the winter blues, and get away from premature fairy lights, Fuerteventura offers laid back luxury at any time of year; But is particularly pleasant in the winter, as it’s a hidden gem.
Blessed with year-round sun, azure waters and miles of sandy beaches, Feurteventura has lots to tempt warm weather lovers. With legendary sunsets, the clear sky is also a paradise for night owls and star-gazers wanting to explore all aspects of the island.
Stay in the luxury Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real, which has a prime beachside location and you will be at the heart of the unique island vibe, and have access to the best action, wellness and culture that the island has to offer.
WATER SPORTS AND ADVENTURE
Winter in all the Canary Islands just means less crowds, but those in the know flock to Fuerteventura for the waves. The weather conditions are perfect for surfing, kite surfing, waterskiing, paddle-boarding and swimming- with the Windsurfing World Championships are hosted in Fuerteventura every year on Sotavento Beach.
However, you don’t have to be a pro- the island wide beaches also have plenty of inlets for beginners and an abundance of surf schools available to help you perfect your hang ten. Divers, snorkelers and swimmers are also catered for, with marine life and sheltered beaches which don't get the water sports fans.
If inland adventures are more your bag, join a jeep safari (cycle or hike) through Europe’s largest desert, which includes the Betancuria, Pajara or El Cardon mountains. Stop at the Corralejo National Dune Park which houses the dormant volcanic craters, and take time to feed the friendly chipmunks.
Apart from the sand, sea and sunshine, the island’s diverse landscape deserves a mention and the Ajuy Caves on the west side of the island attracts many visitors. Consisting of cavernous chambers they were formed 70 million years ago and are the oldest rocks of the Canary Islands. The black sand fossilised beach offers a very different, almost mythical experience similar to Mount Tindaya.
The Del Carmen Saltworks provide insight into the inner workings of salt mines and the use of the island’s most natural and renewable property, whilst the Atalayita Archaeological Interpretation Centre enables visitors to take a step back in time to discover how life once was including the old Aboriginal houses built into caves.
Although it’s an island, the food in Fuerteventura is very advanced, with Casa Santa Maria restaurant having appeared in Guide Michelin multiple times. Housed in a renovated 17th century farmhouse, this diners enjoy a rustic experience of locally inspired food with a creative, international twist.
Further Michelin stars, can be found at the romantic bolthole- La Cúpula at Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real. Head Chef, Carles Gaig wines and dines his guests with locally sourced seafood, with remarkable results!
Sushi fans will love the immersive Yamatori restaurant on site, which offers a Teppanyaki experience along with freshly made sushi.
And the Alacena Real restaurant features over 230 healthy breakfast options and a huge range of natural tropical juices to set guests up for a day by the pool or on an adventure.
The perfect end to a strenuous day is a massage, and the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is the proud home of the largest spa on the island. Offering a huge range of treatments and massages designed to synchronise mental and physical health and wellbeing, the Spa specialises in local ingredients, such as Aloe Vera, which has many holistic benefits.
Guests can also start their day with yoga or Pilates classes on the terrace at the Beach Club. Overlooking the ocean and neighbouring islands of Lobos and Lanzarote, you can’t get much more zen than this.
If you need any more inspiration on getting away from it all, check our this winter offer from Love Holidays for a seven-night stay at the five-star Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real (atlantisbahiareal.com)
Prices starting from £650 per person, based on two people sharing a bed and breakfast basis. Flying from London Stansted on 30 November 2019.
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