A Quick Guide to the Best Things to do in beautiful Fuertaventura

I have long yearned to come to Fuerteventura, one of the lesser-known and quieter Canary Islands. Imagine a volcanic island surrounded by warm, turquoise waters, where empty ribbons of road stretch from one white sand beach to the other one, and were free-running goats roam the sun-baked landscape.

The second largest of Spains Canary Islands (beaten to first place by Tenerife), located just 100 km off the West Coast of Africa, is impressive and diverse enough to bless venturous voyagers with many experiences.

Our main reason for visiting  Fuerteventura island was to relax and enjoy the sunshine. Living in a country where the weather is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, making it very wet and unpredictable, is why we are always on the lookout for sunny escapes.

Ericeira curled up and peacefully fell asleep in my arms shortly after takeoff, putting our minds at ease about four and a half hour flight to the island. After we landed at Fuerteventura airport, located a few miles south of the capital Puerto Del Rosario, we grabbed pre-ordered hire car and drove to meet our Airbnb host, Maria.

We were surprised to find the little holiday house nicely tucked away in a quiet residential area, sitting on a slope of the rolling hill overlooking Costa Caleta and providing an uninterrupted view of the East Coast region.

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Our ‘home’ for a week in Fuerteventura where we could watch sunsets from the roof terrace.
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Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

 

A Quick Guide to the best things to do in beautiful Fuerteventura

Even though Fuerteventura is well known as a beach holiday destination, we learned that beauty isn’t just about the surrounding water.

Further inland, patiently waiting to be uncovered,  were howling mountain passes, shielded coves and savaged cliffs, shaped by untamed ocean waters.

And, there’s even more! The island itself is a Biosphere Reserve due to its volcanic landscapes, and because the skies are free from pollution, you can enjoy starry moments at night. You’ll also have a chance to sample tasty cheeses, wrinkly potatoes and loads of fresh fish.

Let me shine a light on a few fantastic and energetic places we had a chance to visit while driving around the northern part of the Fuerteventura island.

 

#1. Walk around Corralejo Town

Don’t let the large numbers of tourists and holidaymakers scare you away, by all means; this isn’t your typical holiday resort town. Situated in the North, Corralejo, with its historic centre and the attractive harbour is very lovable.

Sure, it makes a big difference visiting Fuerteventura off-season as we did. Crowds were gone, restaurants were unfilled and the little town, surrounded by tons of sandy beaches to the left and right, was very appealing.

Day trips to nearby Lanzarote where you can visit Timanfaya National Park and to uninhabited Lobos islands where you can climb a volcano are popular with tourists.

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The residents of Fuerteventura are known as “majoreros”.

 

#2. Visit Ajuy fishing village

Ajuy, one of the smallest fishing villages on the West Coast, is only a short drive away from Pájara.

A pathway over the cliffs offers a beautiful walk to see the fire pits and impressive limestone caves. Pitch black sand covers the main beach, and the local restaurant beside it serves fresh fish.

The large caves are well worth a visit, but keep in mind that the slopes and steps are steep and you need sensible footwear to access them.

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Fuerteventura is the oldest island of all the Canary Islands.
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Just one of many roads connecting Fuerteventura villages.

 

#3. Roam around Betancuria town

Islands former capital (until 1834) was a pleasant surprise. Positioned in a lush green valley and surrounded by palm trees, Betancuria projected such a stark contrast, if compared to rest of Fuerteventura sun-scorched terrain.

Betancurias main attraction is beautiful and fully restored Iglesia de Santa María church, open to visitors for a small fee, and the little town itself is protected as an area of ethnographic significance.

There are plenty of restaurants offering Canarian dishes and little gift shops selling local pottery and crafts.

During the third week of September, Fuerteventura celebrates one of the most important traditions, the Pilgrimage of Peña. People gather together from all over the island to travel to Vega de Rio Palmas, situated in Betancuria region, to pay tributes to Fuerteventura’s patron saint, the Virgen de la Peña. Markets, live music, traditional foods are all part of the annual celebration.

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Betancuria town, situated in a beautiful valley, was founded during the Castilian invasion.
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Iglesia de Santa María church.

 

#4. Take in the views from Morro Velosa

The winding road to Betancuria village can undoubtedly test your driving abilities. If you look it up on Google Map, you can see VF-30  literary zigzag through the barren landscape.

On our way to Betancuria, we noticed a signpost for a Morro Velosa viewpoint located on top of the Tegú Mountain (669 meters).

What we found was a beautifully designed building with a wooden porch delivering tremendous views to the left and right. Looking over rounded hills, I was feeling grateful for this journey; it made me realise that even the smallest things can take your breath away.

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Did you know that Fuerteventura and Lanzarote were once connected by land?

 

#5. Watch a sunrise at Corralejo Dunes Natural Park

Don’t you think that sand dunes are a very interesting place to explore? To see how they change in a matter of a day, how light reflects the tiny sand particles?

I have to say that visiting Dunes Natural Park was the highlight of our stay! There was so much scenic goodness in this place,  twinkling white sand, beautifully coloured sunrises, unique plants and fresh air in our lungs.

The FV 1 road runs right through the park with plenty of parking spaces. To the north of the park is the Atlantic ocean with fabulous beaches and on the other side is more rugged and volcanic landscape(ideal for landscape photographers).

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Fuerteventura lies at the same latitude as Florida and Mexico.

 

#6. Explore Fuerteventura Beaches

November sun was hot enough to make my shoulders bronzed within days as we galloped around the island from dusk till dawn, discovering undeniably appealing and unspoiled beaches.

Pick any beach on the island, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the soft white sand and the fresh scent of the ocean. Don’t hold back if it’s windy, use the little circular windbreak shelters build from stones by locals.

Scuba diving is a favourite activity due to thousands of species living in depths of the Atlantic ocean. The coast of Fuerteventura stretches on for more than 300 kilometres and underwater you can explore submarine lava rivers and see amazing sea creatures like angelfish, turtles, corrals, and whales.

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Beautiful view of the Isla de Lobos.
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Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

 

#7. Drive to El Tostón Lighthouse

What made this place to stand out was natural lagoons and beaches, separated by black volcanic rocks, and we felt like we are on another planet entirely.

The Tostón Lighthouse or Ell Cotillo lighthouse is situated near El Cotillo village on the north-western coast of the island. By car, it took us about half an hour to reach it from Corralejo. The beautiful tower, striped in white and red,  was initially opened in 1897.

Its light, shining bright in the dark, can be seen for 14 nautical miles and the lighthouse keeper’s house is now a museum and cafe.

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There are over 150 beaches on Fuerteventura island, each of them beautifully appealing.

 

How to get to and around Fuerteventura

The main airport serving the island is Fuerteventura Airport, located 5km from capital Puerto del Rosario. Loads of budget and charter airlines are offering flights to Fuerteventura, including Ryanair and EasyJet.

You can also arrive at Fuerteventura by boat from other Canary islands. The fares are reasonable, the services are frequent, and you might even be able to see dolphins.

The only way to see the scenic spots and wander away from the tourist crowds is to rent a car. We found driving around the island very easy as there was very little traffic. Take extra care when driving on mountain roads, always wear a seatbelt and use common sense.

 

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Now, over to you!

Have you been to Fuerteventura Island? Let us know in comments!

Let us know if you are plotting a visit to Fuerteventura and have travel-related questions!

 

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19 thoughts on “A Quick Guide to the Best Things to do in beautiful Fuertaventura

    1. Lovely ..I’m here now and just came back from a grand tour. We drove to Betancuria Ajuy Costa Calma and back to Correlejo. Had a great day. Nice photos.

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      1. Thanks so much, hope you had a fun time exploring Fuertaventura and soaking up the sunshine, it’s one of our favourite Canary Islands, would love to go back one day to see more of it. Safe travels 😀

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    1. Thanks so much, Fuerteventura is photographers dream with incredible colours, neverending sky and vast, volcanic landscapes and it is also a perfect place for outdoor adventures, thanks for stopping by, safe travels xxx

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  1. Great post! I visited Fuerteventura last summer as I was living in Gran Canaria for 6 months. I really loved that it wasn’t as crowded as Tenerife and Gran Canaria and my highlight was definitely the day trip to the Isla de Lobos☺️

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    1. Thanks so much! We had a chance to visit Tenerife and Gran Canaria too, but we loved Fuerteventura, where we drove from Corralejo to Playa de Cofete, more than the others, would like to go back one day to see its rolling sea of dunes and rugged coast. Safe travels x

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  2. I’ve never been to Fuerteventura and this post made me want to visit. Thanks for sharing 😀
    Your baby is a cutie pie.

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    1. Thanks so much, this was our first time visiting Fuertaventura and we absolutely loved every minute of it, you should see how bright the stars shine at night here – we were litterary blown away by it! It says your blog is no longer available, is it true? Have a good day 😀

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! Living in a country with near constant drizzle, we are always on a lookout for sunny places and Fuerteventura was a perfect choice because the amount of beauty and serenity that this island beholds is something to be seen in person. Safe travels 🙂

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    1. Thank you, All the Canary Island are beautiful and charming in their own way yet we absolutely loved Fuerteventura. Even with tourists crowds, it didn’t feel cluttered and it wasn’t challenging to find a quiet spot to unwind and relax. Have a good day 🙂

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  3. Beautiful article and great pics! In Spain I would invite you to my neck of the woods, the Comunitat Valenciana. Here you will find many lovely areas and many trails for hiking as well. You have the mountains to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the east and all along the coast are incredible places! In any even, you have a lovely site with very nice articles and lovely photographs.

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Spain is a beautiful country worth visiting and exploring, it’s actually been a very long time since our visit which means we very much would love to go back. The Valencian Community looks like a place we would love to visit especially to see those beautiful coastal views. Thanks so much for reading and for your suggestions too. Have a good day

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