If year round sunshine, more than 150 beaches, and dramatic volcanic landscapes weren’t enough to make Fuerteventura the ideal holiday destination for 2017, the island also boasts a variety of fun-filled festivals and fetes to add to its already enormous appeal.
Carnival is celebrated in towns and villages throughout the island of Fuerteventura but some of the biggest and best events are held in Puerto del Rosario, Corralejo and Morro Jable. In 2017, events in Corralejo get under way from the 9th of March, wrapping up on the 18th. In addition to the traditional parades during which floats with fantastic decorations fill the streets alongside dancers in glittering costumes and loud party music, there are plenty of funfairs, food stalls, concerts, and performances to keep the whole family entertained. Costumes are not compulsory but they certainly add to the fun with most revelers dressed up as everything from explorers to animals, ghouls to cowgirls and everything in between.
Fuerteventura Music Festival
The largest of the summer music festivals, the Fuerteventura Music Festival takes place in the beautiful setting of Playa de La Concha beach in El Cotillo. This year the festival runs from the 30th of June to the 1st of July and features contemporary bands and musicians from all over Europe performing in a variety of genres including reggae, rock, folk, and electronica.
Feria de Artesania
The Fuerteventura craft fair is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to the island to sample a wide range of traditional and handcrafted products, artisanal foods, and works by local artists. From furniture to musical instruments, locally produced cheeses to dried fish, handwoven textiles to paintings by local artists, the fair is a treasure trove of unique products. The craft fair takes place on the 10th of May in one of the oldest villages on the island, Antigua and is extremely popular with tourists and locals alike.
Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup
This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup in Fuerteventura. The high-speed action takes place on the beach of Playa Sotavento near Costa Calma between the 21st of July and the 5th of August and features top riders from all over the world competing for prize money of 55,000 euros. In addition to the competition, live music, family activities, and local delicacies make the event suitable for newcomers to the sport as well as aficionados. Lessons are even available for beginners who would like to try their hand at windsurfing or kiteboarding in one of the best spots in Europe for the sports.
International Kite Festival
The International Kite Festival takes place each year over three days on the second weekend of November. The spectacular setting of the sand dunes of Corralejo Nature Reserve provides the backdrop for this one of a kind event during which the skies above the beach of Playa Del Burro are filled with hundreds of kites in every shape and colour imaginable. Designs range from dragons to penguins, sharks to Santa Claus, crocodiles to squid, as well as an array of abstract shapes and patterns. A highlight of the festival takes place on Sunday when more than a hundred kites are handed out to children who help decorate the sky while parachuting teddy bears drop sweets to the children on the beach below. Festivities wrap up on Sunday night with dinner and a fireworks display. Truly an unmissable event, the festival attracts visitors from all over Europe.