When I found out I was pregnant I had dreams of holidays and traveling then covid hit and I had the reality of walking up and down my road pushing a pram!
I was really keen to go abroad before toddlerasorous turned 2 so that I could utilise the free child space. At the point of booking things were looking better with covid, but then Omricon hit and things were up in the air again. We wanted somewhere warm so decided the Canary Islands were the best option, we took on board a recommendation for Fuerteventura.
We booked with jet 2 holidays, we went one month before she turned 2! I like Jet 2 because they allow 22kg of baggage and 10kg of hand luggage which was great with a toddler. We stayed at Las Marismas de Corralejo – Fuerteventura, it was about a 15-30 minute walk into the main strip and 10-15 minutes to a supermarket. We had 2, one bed apartments, they were clean and spacious and my daughter loved the bath! We asked for our rooms to be next to each other which was accommodated for us so toddlerasorous was able to run in-between the apartments. We were on the ground floor so she was able to run around on the grass in front of our apartments, and try to run away to the onsite shop! The hotel is quite big, there are 2 large pools and a smaller kids pool, there is a small crazy golf onsite and a kids playground and kids club. My daughter really liked going to the kids club area as they had a kitchen to play with!
We chose to be self catering as that has always been our preference, the we is myself and my parents! The hotel catered to all inclusive, the only place we ate was the pool bar which served typical pool bar food, my daughter really liked the pizza.
Her two favourite parts of the hotel, were a giant bird cage sculpture in the gardens and a pile of volcanic rock which she decided was Dinosaur Poo!!!
Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great and I wouldn’t go back in January, but I would definitely go back at a warmer time of year.
We were able to book a shuttle bus from the hotel to Grandes Playas Beach, I think it cost 3 Euros per adult and one of the journeys they provided a car seat. It was a nice sandy beach, there were toilets, a lifeguard and sunbeds you could rent. From the bus stop of it was about a 5 minute walk to the beach, there is a shop near the bus stop and a restaurant but we didn’t go in. There didn’t seem to be many restaurants or other shops. The beach was clean, and the sea looked lovely but was to cold! There were some shallow rockpools where the water was warmer and toddlerasorous decided she would take a dip! Which obviously meant I then had to carry a wet toddler across the beach as I hadn’t taken a towel!
There are a few beaches in Corralajo, due to the weather we didn’t spend all day at them but we did sit and play in the sand. There are bars on most of the beaches, there are a few water sport companies where you can hire / learn to do water sports.
There is a pretty harbour in Corralajo, we had one very beautiful day where it rained and the rainbow was amazing. You can walk up to the top of the island where you can catch a ferry to Lanzarote.
We ate in a few different restaurants, Asia Garden was a firm favourite! It had a mostly Gluten Free menu which was amazing. There are lots of restaurants to choose from.
HiperDino is the most common supermarket, they all had at least a small section of gluten free which was great. There was also a Spar but I didn’t get to go in because I didn’t realise it existed to the last night!
I would advise taking enough nappies as they are super expensive! Annoyingly I only needed about an extra 5 to make sure I got home with no drama!
Jet2 had excursions, but I didn’t feel it was a good idea with such a small human to go out on a 8/9 hour journey relying on a bus to get back.
We enjoyed our week and kept ourselves busy with attempting to sit by the pool sometimes in a towel! Walking into town, playing on the beach, hiding from the ran and chasing rainbows! A successful first trip abroad!