Planning a family holiday in Fuerteventura but wondering about the best things to do with kids?
Family holidays are the highlight of our year and we’ve been going to Fuerteventura for years. It’s one of the only chances we get to relax, have fun and spend quality time together. But planning a holiday with kids can be challenging, especially finding the best things to do in Fuerteventura that’ll make everyone happy.
You’ll be spoilt for choice as Fuerteventura is an outdoor-lover’s paradise, with loads of outdoor activities, sports, excursions, water parks, zoos, diving, surfing, buggy and quad tours, fishing or boat trips.
Whether you’ve got littles ones or older children, there’s plenty of things to do with kids in Fuerteventura. To help you decide, I’ve put together a checklist of the best things to do in this Canary Island paradise that you’ll all remember forever.
1. Beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters
Fuerteventura is famous for its sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. Relax in the sunshine while the kids play games in the sand, snorkel amongst the fish in waters that are so clear they can see their feet on the seabed. Remember to take plenty of SPF50 sunscreen and drinking water in your bag wherever you go.
Corralejo Dunes National Park
The Corralejo Dunes National Park is just a short ride from the town of Corralejo, a resort with lots going on and a good choice for a fantastic family holiday in Fuerteventura. A huge expanse of soft white dunes leading to sparkling turquoise waters where the children can play pirates, roll down the dunes and get covered in sand.
One of my favourites, this is a quieter town on the north-west coast with a large sandy beach at one end for the surfers among us. At the other you’ll find shallow turquoise lagoons which are perfect for paddling and sunbathing. Round it off with fresh fish and cold beer in one of its beachside bars.
Jandia is a more low-key, relaxing affair but has some of the best beaches on the island. Some of the long sweeping beaches that line the coast between Morro Jable and Costa Calma include Sotavento, Playa de Cofete, Playa de la Barca, Playa de Butihondo and Playa de Costa Calma.
2. Oasis Park
This is one of the best things to do with kids in Fuerteventura and it’s also fascinating for us adults! Oasis Park is the island’s biggest theme park and home to over 3,000 animals, including snakes, lemurs, sea lions, tropical birds and is also Europe’s largest camel reserve.
The little ones particularly love Oasis Park Kid’s Farm where they can meet the ponies or play in the sand and a range of game and attractions. You can either buy tickets only or go for an excursion that includes transport.
3. Aqualava Waterpark in Lanzarote
Aqualava Waterpark is located on the neighbouring island of Lanzarote and is always a hit with the kids. This trip to Aqualava water park from Fuerteventura includes the ferry from Corralejo harbour to Lanzarote. My two always love the thrill of the 45-minute ferry trip from Corralejo to Playa Blanca with Lineas Romero.
You have the full day in Playa Blanca, so you can enjoy the beach or the market if you go on a Wednesday. Alternatively, refuel their energy in one of the lovely beachside restaurants before a fun-filled afternoon.
4. Whale and dolphin watching
The Canary Islands have around 30% of the world’s marine life making this an ideal location for whale and dolphin watching in Fuerteventura.
The dolphins come up so close you could touch them, and the whales often swim under the boat. The look on the kids’ faces’ is priceless and my husband was pretty excited too! This is an amazing experience that you’ll all remember forever – one not to be missed.
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5. Sport fishing
Experience a sport fishing trip aboard a catamaran for a from Corralejo harbour. No experience is necessary, and you’ll learn how to fish like a local in the captain’s safe hands.
The kids will love the feeling of catching a fish! Be sure to choose a reputable company who knows where to fish and what to catch, depending on the conditions on the day.
6. Guided Tour to Timanfaya National Park
Discover the Fire Mountains in Lanzarote, a spectacular sight and an educational experience for all the family. The kids will be amazed by over 25 volcanoes caused by the 17th-century eruptions that left behind 51 square kilometres of Martian landscape.
This day trip includes the return ferry trip from Corralejo. You’ll also visit one of Lanzarote’s best wineries for wine and cheese tasting (they offer soft drinks for the kids). La Geria is Lanzarote’s magnificent wine-making region with stunning landscape that you’ll never see anywhere else.
Before the return ferry trip to Corralejo, you’ll get some free time in the beautiful resort of Playa Blanca to enjoy the beach or a meal, as you prefer.
7. Water sports galore!
Fuerteventura is a paradise for water sports. The island is probably most famous for windsurf and hosts world-class competitions every year. Flag Beach is a friendly surf school based in El Cotillo and offer one day beginner courses in the calm, waist-deep waters of the lagoons.
There is nothing quite as exhilarating as surfing a wave. Most people manage to stand up on the first day with the help of good instructors and the right equipment, like Kailua Surf School in Corralejo, among many others.
8. Quad or buggy safari
Fancy a bit of excitement and off-road adrenaline? This is the perfect way to discover the rugged parts of Fuerteventura that you wouldn’t get to in your rent-a-car. There are different tours depending on where you’re staying, either starting in Corralejo or in Costa Calma.
This is a great adventure to enjoy with older kids and you can hire either a buggy or an individual or two-seater quad. As it’s only a three or four-hour trip (depending which one you choose), Mum and Dad could even enjoy this one together when the little ones are in the kiddies’ club!
The Canary Islands are perfect for stargazing as the skies clean and free of light pollution in remoter areas. Dine on traditional local food and observe the North Star, learn about the moon and the various constellations and their myths with the help of a telescope and expert guidance.
A dreamy night-time activity you can enjoy with your older children. If you have little ones, then arrange a babysitter and enjoy a romantic dinner and contemplation under the stars.
Now I love hiking as a way of discovering new places, but the kids don’t always share my passion! Segway to the rescue!
Segway is an ecological two-wheeled vehicle which is self-balancing and easy to drive. It’s really fun and you all get to explore Fuerteventura’s beautiful landscape without too much “effort” from the teenagers.
I hope this has helped you plan your activities in Fuerteventura with the kids, so you can relax and look forward to your well-deserved holiday. May you bring back some wonderful memories!