Fun in Fuerteventura

by Pauline on August 27th 2017

It feels like a life time since I was on a beautiful beach doing nothing. But it was actually just a week a go, itโ€™s crazy how quickly time flows by when I got back to Sheffield!

I went to Fuerteventura for the annual family trip! Last year we went to Barcelona. Unlike my other adventures this year, this one was most of a relaxing trip so we didnโ€™t do much. Doing nothing and โ€œrelaxingโ€ was actually really difficult for me especially for the first few days! I had just finished my placement so my mind was pretty much occupied by worries of forgetting something.

Thankfully, this passed after a while and I got to fully enjoy the present moment on such a wonderful island.

Fuerte-what? ๐Ÿค”

For those who donโ€™t know, Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands. Located off the coast of Africa, in the Atlantic Ocean, and a part of Spain.

Apparently, Fuerteventura is translated to by some as โ€œStrong Windsโ€ which is no lie.

Even though the sun was scorching hot, it got pretty windy at times. It is divided into six municipalities: Antigua, Betancuria, La Oliva, Pajara, Puerto del Rosario and Tuineje. We mostly stayed in Antigua.

Once we landed after a 4-hour flight, we waited around an hour or so for our bus to the hotel. Only to find out that if we took a taxi, it wouldโ€™ve only taken 10-15 minutes. ๐Ÿ˜… After the long and uncomfortable flight (with RyanAir ๐Ÿ™„) all I wanted to do was drop all my stuff off and watch the sunset at the beach. Sadly, by the time we got to the hotel, the sun had already set and we were just looking for food!

Hotel ๐Ÿจ

We stayed at the Geranois Suites Hotel which is located right by the beach! To top it all off, I luckily scored a room that had a view of the beach. Whenever I organise hotels, I always try and get the best room (i.e. the one with the best view!) So far, Iโ€™ve been pretty successful with this (apart from the one in Nice, of course.)

Food ๐Ÿ‰

We had breakfast and dinner at the hotel. At first, this actually put me off and I was eager to look elsewhere for food because I was scared itโ€™d be the same as every other hotel, the same things every single day, and after a while (especially if itโ€™s not particularly healthy) it can get a bit sickening. BUT the food at Geranois was always varied and they had healthy options! I got my shot of fruit smoothies every morning just like I did at home. ๐Ÿ˜‹

At lunch, my dad went to some local supermarkets and cooked some food for us – it was such a treat because seafood was much cheaper ๐Ÿ˜ so we had seafood almost every day!

Things I did ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

As Iโ€™ve said, it was more of a relaxing holiday so compared to my previous travel posts I didnโ€™t do much at all, I did, however:

  • Go to the gym with my parents. On the photos, the hotel gym looked amazing. But in real life, just like the one in Lisbon, it was quite small with limited facilities.
  • Workout (in my hotel room, I actually filmed this on my Instagram story) because the gym opened at 8am. If you went any earlier, the machines wouldnโ€™t have any power. You could use the weights, but in the dark (because sunrise was at 8? I was confused too?) ๐Ÿ˜…
  • Workout at the beach ๐ŸŒด

  • Lay down on the beach -burning- tanning, reading, writing my positive habits posts, singing, listening to music, trying not to get sand in my eyes (because the winds were so strong omg)

  • Swimming. Nothing better than the waves pushing you back and forth. Itโ€™s so relaxing ๐ŸŒŠ

  • Go on walks with my family, but mostly by myself because my family got too tired and so literally just took naps in the hotel. I saw some beautiful places though – like small markets, colourful houses, shopping centres, more beaches!

  • Meditated on the beach ๐Ÿ’ญ

  • Force my sister to buy the same dress as me at a shady shop so we could take cute shots (she actually loved it!)

  • Break my selfie stick because I tried to get a cool shot and accidentally dipped it in the ocean. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Someone remind me to get water-proof cameras/equipment next time or in fact, someone remind me to just buy a drone??
  • Rent a car and explore La Olivia (my dad drove, obviously ;)) where we saw more of a โ€œcityโ€ – we went shopping, ate food, ice cream and found more beaches!!

  • Stop by a desert. It was incredible, Iโ€™ve never been to one before, but Fuerteventura was just full of them! After a walking around for a while, I started to understand why some people start imagining sources of water. The sun can get to ya!

  • Took a selfie with a camel who got scared and nearly attacked me (I have this on video and it shook me ok ๐Ÿ˜ญ Maybe I should stop taking selfies)

  • Spent most of the time in a bikini, running around frreeeeeeee~ (this is my natural state, oh and wearing GymShark but seriously why canโ€™t the UK allow me to do this)

  • Got a henna tattoo done. For 15 euros (yikes) but then I slept on my hand that night so I got a free one transferred onto my leg. Buy one get one free. Win.
  • Entertained groups of people by singing along (very loudly) to Little Mermaid songs.

  • I saw a real life mermaid and lined up with all the little kids who wanted a photo with her. I have no shame.
  • Bonded with my family ๐Ÿ’– We’re always so busy with work life that sometimes we forget to spend some quality time together; this was a great chance for all of us to bond! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Video

Because words and photos donโ€™t do the place justiceโ€ฆ I created a quick video with all the clips I took! Watch till the end or skip to 3:52 for the best part ๐Ÿ˜† โœจ

I came back refreshed and ready to take on my upcoming placements after finishing a year of full-time work at the University! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

Side note: Thank you for all the comments and messages on my last post, it warms my heart so much knowing I’ve motivated and inspired some of you. Always choose to live your best life, folks. Prioritise yourself!


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12 comments

  1. Nancy says:

    You’ve been going to all sorts of places lately! Fuerteventura looks like a beautiful place! Your fam chose a great spot to relax! The best hotel rooms are the ones where you can have a nice view of whatever’s outside ;). Gyms at the hotels are letdowns most of the time so I just do rubber bands in my room.

    The beaches look amazing! Your sister is so adorbs! Glad to see you having a fun time out there. This is a great way to transition back to school :).

    • Pauline says:

      I wish I actually brought my rubber bands but I didn’t – instead, I did a bodyweight workout in my room and that worked out fine! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      She’s adorable, I love her so much ๐Ÿ’–

  2. Chynna says:

    I MEAN I JUST CAME BACK FROM HOLIDAY, BUT I WANT TO GO ON ANOTHER ONE. HELLO.

    Fuerteventura looks beautiful! (Look at that booty, tho) Love the video – you’re so cute singing ‘Under the Sea’ haha.

    I’m glad you had such a relaxing time, you definitely deserved it ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. It sounds so relaxing and awesome! I haven’t been to a beach in years! Just the sight of all that water is awesome. =3 Sounds like you had a great time!

  4. Amy says:

    So glad you had an amazing holiday. Fuerteventura looks so beautiful! I love all your photos and that video is so amazing. Also, enjoyed watching your singing at the end. My sister disowns me for things like that too!

    I love the henna you got done. It’s so pretty! And I laughed so much at the leg thing! May as well get your money’s worth!

    Omg my sister would never have bought the same dress as me, even if I paid her haha. You both look so cute together! #InstaGoals

    I can’t believe that happened with the camel. That’s so scary! Hope you’re okay. And you only live once, take ALL the selfies!

    Glad you had a good time!

  5. Cat says:

    I love that your family has an annual trip together! That sounds so nice to have a trip that is relaxing. The beach you were at looks beautiful and like a great place to unwind. I also think that’s interesting that you went to a desert! I haven’t been to one myself, and I think it’s also beautiful in its own way. I’m glad you had a fun time with your family!

  6. Micah Lee says:

    Oh man, this entire post makes me want to go on holiday there!
    Your pictures are beautiful and your family looked like you guys had an amazing time. You definitely deserved this relaxing holiday, you’re always on the go but to be able to relax must have been refreshing for you too!
    GURL, give us tips on how to get the best view too please. The best thing is waking up to such beautiful views. Eek, cannot wait for your next holiday post. You’re just giving us more places to put on our travel bucket list!

    ALSO, you and your entire family at the gym?! family goals or what!

    Love you lots,
    Micah A Lee

    • Pauline says:

      I FELT LIKE THIS READING YOUR POST IN GREECE! I’m still really to convince Matt to have a trip there with me ๐Ÿ˜‚

      It was incredibly refreshing – yes!!! It was much needed after working full-time all year, I really enjoyed it ๐Ÿ’–

      Hahaha yes! My mom can’t do much weight lifting because of a problem with her joints but she does low-impact cardio to get herself moving so she joins us sometimes. Dad is just as hardcore as me or I’m as hardcore as him, you choose ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Tara says:

    Fuerteventura — I never heard of this place, so I’m glad you blogged about it. I learnt something new, haha! You know, I don’t think I’ve ever travelled somewhere to just do nothing and just “relax”, and now I wonder if I will be able to do just that. I guess for me, I’d rather travel somewhere to do and see as much as I can, and I’ll relax and do nothing at home XD;

    Sucks to hear about the uncomfortable flight (is RyanAir that bad of a budget airline?) and that you could have saved time with the taxi! But yay for the hotel by the beach and scoring a nice view!

    Woot for a diverse and healthy breakfast! Even better that you were able to get a lot of cheap seafood cooked by your dad. I can see that you had a relaxing vacation, and that’s good! Travelling is usually exhausting, but I am glad you were able to return home refreshed.