Fuerteventura Photo Diary
Last month I went on holiday to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, and it was one of the prettiest yet unusual looking places I've ever been to.
It was my first time visiting the Canary Islands (that I remember - I went on holiday there when I was a baby) and I had such a nice time.
I went with my family. I haven't been away with them for a few years now so it was super nice to just spend some time with them without having to worry about driving back or anything else.
We stayed in Corralejo which is in La Oliva in the northern part of the island. The lively town is brimming with bars and restaurants - there's a square where bars spill onto and there's entertainment every night in the form of music and performers. There's a strip full of shops, which is a little commercialised with shops like Bershka, Zara and Mango, and the classic, tourist shops, however if you avoid this there are lots of independent shops to browse. I found a little shop not far from the aforementioned square full of trinkets from all over the world. The lady who owned it had set up home in Fuerteventura in the 80s after leaving America and has been running her jewellery shop since then. After making me a cord necklace with a tree of life charm on it, she showed me a photo of the 'town' when she arrived which was only a fraction of the size it is now! It was lovely to meet a fascinating woman.
However we also took a few tips to see more of the island. We explored El Cotillo, a charming, slow-paced town where my brother surfed for hours. On a cloudy day we visited Puerto del Rosario, the capital city for a touch of shopping. We also went on a rib boat across a rather choppy sea to the volcanic island of Lobos, where we climbed to the highest point. This tranquil island was great to see - it was so peaceful. There are no permanent inhabitants on the island, just a few fishermen buildings and a restaurant, and the untouched scenery was so beautiful.
Getting some winter sun felt so good. I hate winter, I'm really not a fan of cold days and dark nights, I feel so much more *alive* in summer with the warmth and sunshine.
I just had such a lovely time, the location, weather, company was perfect and I'm so grateful my mum got us altogether for a holiday. As me and my siblings get older, we see less and less of each other but it was great being with them.
I'd also really recommend Fuerteventura for a holiday - it's got a bit of something for everyone. Watersports and hiking if you're active, lots of lovely beaches if you prefer a more chilled out holiday. And the scenery is really striking. Plus, for October, the weather was great.