Antigua, Fuerteventura, Spain

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Antigua, Fuerteventura, Spain

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Antigua gets an A+ for authentic Spanish charm

One of the oldest villages on Fuerteventura, Antigua is crammed with old Spanish charm. Begin your Canarian adventure by booking a Antigua vacation rental in the heart of this 18th-century village. Centered around the whitewashed Cruz de los Caldos church, visit the old windmill and cheese museum, pad around the quirky arts and craft shops, before raiding the weekly market to stock up for a picnic on the beach. And if you fancy trying out the famous Fuerteventuran nightlife, then the buzzy Costa de Antigua beach resort is just a 15-minute drive away.

Antigua - Spanish village life at its best

Away from the beaches, the picturesque village is perfect for a spot of retail therapy. Quaint cobbled streets are lined with dazzling whitewashed shops, each selling an array of colorful handmade arts and crafts. Once a week the village holds a popular food market, where you can stock up on fresh fruit, smoked meats, and local cheeses. For lunch, feast on fresh Fuerteventuran seafood in a rustic local taverna. The nearest beach is Costa de Antigua, a 15-minute drive away, where beach bunnies can try a variety of watersports including parasailing and jet skiing.

Cheese, windmills, and cacti, oh my

As old villages go, Antigua has dusty Spanish charm in spades. Where else can you spend the afternoon milking at virtual goat? At the Antigua Windmill of course! This restored and working mill on the outskirts of the village is also home to the Museo del Queso Majorero, a cheese-making museum with stacks of interactive displays and hands-on exhibits. It also has a cool cacti garden and an impressive craft shop. Many Antigua vacation rentals come with their own pool, so why not kick back on a sunny afternoon with a nice cooling dip.

Stock up on the Canary Island's year-round sun

Fuerteventura earned the nickname 'the island of the eternal spring', thanks to its appealing year-round climate. Boasting nearly 300 days of sunshine every year and an average temperatures in the mid 70s, it's the perfect spot for some winter sun. August is the hottest and the busiest month, but December and January are equally popular times to visit too, as the snowbirds descend to escape Europe's long, gray winters. However, that's not to say this lush island is rain-free. Showers are sometimes frequent, but brief, especially come November and December, so pack an umbrella.

The golden glow of Fuerteventura's volcanic desert

Situated in the center of the island, Antigua is ideally placed to explore Fuerteventura's natural parks. A half-hour drive from the village is Betancuria Rural Park, the island's volcanic desert landscape which has been given protected status for its birdlife. Amongst the wildflowers, spot flocks of canaries, blue tits, and the rare shelduck. For some of the best views on the island, drive up to the Las Penitas viewpoint, which has sweeping views of the island's rugged, volcanic landscape. Come at sunrise or sunset and watch as the park glows like a smouldering, fiery desert.