A selection of activities in Fuerteventura which are sure to delight children.
Children love nature, and Fuerteventura is a natural paradise, so young visitors to the island always leave their holidays with fabulous memories. In Fuerteventura there are exotic fish, rugged trails, and picturesque villages. Fuerteventura is a quiet island, an easy place for a family to have a holiday.
What follows are some examples of the fun that children can have on Fuerteventura:
El Molina de Antigua, or The Old Mill
At the Old Mill children are amazed by the intricate engineering of an enormous structure. They will stare in wonder at the machinery. In the past this mill was used to grind cereal in order to make the special Canary Islands flour called gofio. The old mill, easily reached by car, is close to the beautiful town of Antigua. A history museum is within close distance to the mill. It allows visitors to discover more about the peasants who used to inhabit Fuerteventura. This exhibition space is a great location for children to educate themselves about the past.
Corralejo Water Park
This water park will be an instant hit with the kids. There are many slides and other attractions designed to cater to every taste. The children’s play area has an extensive repertoire of water based entertainment facilities. There is a wave pool, a giant Jacuzzi, an artificial river, slides, and a cave.
The Corralejo Dunes
For a desert experience the Dunes of Corralejo, located in the Corralejo Natural Park, can’t be missed. Views of the dunes do wonders to the imagination (and get loads of likes on Instagram). All the family will be able to feel the undulating sandy desert floor between their toes then take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the nearby beaches.
The Ajuy Caves
The Ajuy caves are a fascinating experience on Fuerteventura. They can be reached from the small town of Ajuy which is part of the Betancuria Rural Park. The caves, surrounded by a black sandy beach, are free to access. The rocks that make up the caves are of great geological importance. They are some of the oldest in the archipelago and contain precious marine fossils. The caves are a great spot to start telling your children the story of how the earth was made millions of years ago. Ajuy is also a good location for eating out and contains several notable restaurants.
Excursion to the small island of Lobos
In Spanish “lobo” means “lion”, so “the island of Lobos” means “the island of wolves”. This name originates in the past when a colony of sea lions once lived in the waters around the island. Lobos is a great place for the whole family to enjoy a day of sea and sun. This uninhabited islet is blessed with dreamy beaches, coves, and intense turquoise water. There is a circular walking path to explore the island. Snorkelling and paddle surfing are recommended activities.
Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura
Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura is one of the largest zoos and botanical gardens in the Canary Islands. It is a great place for children to indulge themselves watching animals. The space contains creatures such as parrots, kangaroos, primates, elephants, giraffes, hippos and sea lions. There are also camels, and brave visitors can try the camel safari.The botanical garden is a place of serenity where some of the plant based wonders of the world are showcased.
Sports for all tastes (and levels)
Fuerteventura is a mecca for sports fans. All water sports, sports such as surfing, paddle surfing, diving, kitesurfing, and sailing, are catered for on the Canary Islands. There is no need to be an expert to have a go. There are many schools for beginners to get lessons and rent equipment. Other outdoor sports available on the island include skydiving, segway, horseback riding, and jet skiing. Fuerteventura is a great place for children to discover adventure sports under the safe supervision of experienced teachers.