Fuerteventura is an excellent choice for family holidays. This sun-filled island in the Canaries comes with pristine Blue Flag beaches, buzzy beach towns, and an impressive collection of family-friendly hotels. Read on to find out where to stay if you’re a family with kids – we cover every age range, from tots through to teens.
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Best place to stay with toddlers (ages 1-4)
Caleta de Fuste is hugely popular with young families. Just 10 minutes from the airport, this pretty resort town is not only convenient, it also offers a wonderful stretch of beach with shallow water – perfect for safe splash-abouts. On Playa del Castillo, you’ll find changing rooms, showers, and shaded sunbeds for hire.
Little ones will love the mini train that runs from the marina to the beach, stopping off at all the major hotels along the way. At the marina, don’t miss a ride on the pink glass-bottom boat, taking passengers out to spot the island’s colourful sea life – a top experience for toddlers.
When it comes to choosing a hotel, look no further than Barcelo Castillo Beach Resort. Your mini-travellers will love the fun splash park, and the hotel has a choice of accommodation, with bungalows and suites designed for families. There’s also a babysitting service, so mums and dads can take time out to unwind at the spa.
Best place to stay with young kids (ages 5-8)
When your kids have all the energy in the world, there’s nowhere better than Costa Calma. Discover 5km of white sand to play with, along with dunes to slide down, and shallow water for paddling. Esmerelda Beach has everything you need for a family beach day, including changing rooms, showers and a beach bar.
Away from the beaches, you’ll find plenty of ways to stay occupied. The African Market makes for a fun afternoon out, offering everything from T shirts and watches to leather goods and bracelets. For a magical experience, hop on a boat trip from Costa Calma to watch whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.
One of the best hotels in the area for families is H10 Tindaya. Boasting year-round heated pools for children and adults, a splash park, and an all-day kid’s club for ages 4-12, there’s zero chance of boredom at this beachfront resort. Family fun includes pétanque, table tennis, board games, and lively evening entertainment.
Best place to stay with older kids (ages 9-12)
The southern resort town of Morro Jable is the smart choice if you’ve got older kids or tweens in tow. The beach is picture-perfect, with an endless stretch of light sand and clear, azure waters. Lifeguards man the beach year-round, and there are kiosks dotted along the sand for icy drinks. Just don’t forget the snorkel – this is one of the best places for spotting marine life on the island.
For nature lovers, there’s a turtle sanctuary to visit, home to injured and recovering sea turtles. It’s a great place to see these fascinating creatures up-close, and learn about their conservation. You also won’t want to miss a boat tour to Lobos Island, home to a stunning lagoon and a towering, extinct volcano – a captivating day out.
For a family stay in Morro Jable, Iberostar Playa Gaviotas is hard to beat. Offering direct access to the beach, and with 3 outdoor pools, (one heated) water lovers will be in their element. There’s tons to do on-site, including archery, tennis and squash, along with an excellent kids’ club for ages 8-12. Adults can indulge at the spa circuit, or enjoy a chilled cocktail from one of 5 bars.
Best place to stay with young teens (ages 13-15)
Tucked away on the northwest coast, El Cotillo is perfect for active teens. Here, you’ll find Fuerteventura’s best beach for beginner surfers – Playa del Castillo (not to be confused with the beach of the same name on the east coast!). There are around a dozen surf schools to choose from within walking distance, making it easy to shop around.
If your kids don’t fancy taming the waves, there are other fun activities in El Cotillo to try out, including horse riding along coastal paths, mountain bike rides, and segway safaris on the beach. There’s even a giant labyrinth made from stones – get to the centre first for bragging rights!
Our pick of the hotels goes to Coral Cotillo Beach Hotel, an all inclusive resort just yards from the white sands of Playa de Los Lagos. There’s a large pool for cooling dips, a modern gym, a padel court, and even a climbing wall. Rent bicycles for the day, challenge the other guests to a game of 5-a-side, or just chill out at the rooftop bar – it’s all here.
Best place to stay with older teens (ages 16-18)
Corralejo take the top spot when it comes to holidays with older teens – this vibrant resort town in the north offers an almost endless array of cool things to do. At the beach, there are all the water sports you could think of, from canoeing and paddleboarding to jet ski rides and kite surfing.
On land, there’s a water park for a day of splash-about fun, and a skateboard park offering surf-skate lessons. There are dune buggy adventures to go on, shopping streets full of cheap designer clothes, and a variety of fast food joints serving everything from burgers and pizza slices to tacos.
When it comes to choosing a place to stay, you’ll want somewhere with 2 separate bedrooms and, ideally, all inclusive dining – cue Las Marismas de Corralejo. This easy-going apartment-style hotel features 2 large pools, a tennis court, volleyball, and an 18-hole mini golf course. All just a short walk from the beach and the heart of Corralejo town.