The North of Fuerteventura was the first area on Fuerteventura to be developed for tourism in the early 60'ties. Ideal surfing conditions, splendid beaches and an existing infrastructure - although primitive at that time - were the decisive elements. The North of Fuerteventura is home to the following important villages:
Corralejo, El Cotillo, Lajares, Villaverde, La Oliva, Tindaya.
Corralejo: ancient fishing village with a modernised town centre. There is one main street with a handful of short side streets that contain the majority of Shops. Worthwhile visiting for Restaurants and Bars are the music square, Calle La Iglesia, Muelle Chico, Paseo Maritimo (all 3 in the old town), Shopping Centre La Menara and surroundings (Centre of town) and Shopping Centres El Campanario and Palmeral.
The centre of Fuerteventura has economically two major areas: the capital and the recently built tourism and golf centre Castillo or Caleta de Fuste. The centre of Fuerteventura is very diverse in geography, history and economic activity. The most important villages/towns are:
Puerto del Rosario, Caleta de Fuste, Betancuria, Antigua, Ajuy.
Puerto del Rosario: evolved from an ancient mooring spot in 1426 to take in water and food for the journey to the actual capital of Fuerteventura. Puerto del Rosario is not affected by mass tourism. Once a week the Cruise ship AÏDA docks in the harbour and streets in Puerto become somewhat livelier. There are 4 main streets for shopping, a couple of museums and some nice bars and restaurants.
The South of Fuerteventura was the last area to be developed as a tourist area on the island as there was a need to create an infrastructure first. Nowadays, it represents the most important tourist area of Fuerteventura with sandy beaches, optimal surfing conditions and plenty of recreational and nightlife possibilities. The most important villages are:
Costa Calma, Jandia, Morro Jable, Pajara, Gran Tarajal, Cofete.
Costa Calma: once a barren area, this place has been transformed into a little oasis with user-friendly accommodation. They recently built a new promenade along the main street that joins the 2 roundabouts. Miles of white sandy beaches invite old and young to enjoy beach-time at full. But here, at “Playa Barca”, is also a hot spot for windsurfers due to unique geographical conditions that provide stronger winds than in the surrounding areas. No wonder that the international surf centre “Rene Egli” is located here. You can walk on the beach for miles. This is beach holiday at its best.