Wild, blustery, and gorgeously edged with glistening waterfronts, Fuerteventura is legendary for its boondocks. The second-largest among Spain’s famed Canary Islands, it is a terrain where amber-hued miradors keep a watch over the crashing tides. You will find here endearing hamlets that are full of life, Spanish hideaway towns, bumping bars and taverns. The astounding days of bright sunshine here in Fuerteventura make it quite the ace for winter warmness and beachfront merrymaking.
Between all the long stretches of sand and volcanic landscapes, you are sure to fall in love with this island. From its alluring fiestas and many quirky attractions, the visitors can’t resist the sunlit island. On that note, here are the best things to do in Fuerteventura
Corralejo Natural Park
Extending to the north-east coast of the island, a simple visit to Corralejo Natural Park presents you with an amusing opportunity to experience Fuerteventura in a wholly different light. It is rather interesting to note that this coastal zone has two divergent yet harmonious sides.
Towards its north, you will get to see the largest dune spread in all of the Canary Islands. This mammoth extension of white sands is doused by the aquamarine water inundate of the Atlantic. On the contrary, headed for the south, you will see histrionic volcanic landscapes that are red and rugged.
Playa de Cofete
Veiled in the windward division of the peninsula, Playa de Cofete is often thought of as one of the most desirable beaches in all of the Canaries. Without a doubt, it is a place that you really can’t afford to miss when visiting Fuerteventura. Boasting of a well-preserved and a thoroughly impressive 12 kilometre-long coastline, it is simply one of the most breathtaking spots that you’ll thank yourself over and over for visiting. The first thing one will most likely note when they arrive is its spectacular landscape.
Particularly on a day exploring, be cautioned- the sea can be pretty fierce here. Be warned, the peninsular mountain range’s abrupt drop on the same side of the beach, combined with its problematic access renders Playa de Cofete quite difficult to get to. However, hopping on one of the tour hire cars can actually make the course of action quite simpler.
In the track towards Lajares, standing beautifully amongst the several aligned volcanoes is Calderon Hondo. As one of the best-preserved of its kind, the silhouette of it looms in the horizon. All of that combined with the accessibility makes this impressive volcano a popular tourist attraction for its surrounding landscape.
The access to the volcano is quite trouble-free and is fitting for everyone; climbing atop is unquestionably a unique experience. The highest point of the crater provides you with an incredible occasion to witness a totally different side of Fuerteventura. From here, one can also delight their eyes with the imposing view of other volcanoes that renders this region rather distinctive.
Even though it is not a destination you would spend a whole day, Las Playitas forms an admirable stop especially if you are going down the eastern coast. This quaint village quite successfully upholds the spirit of Fuerteventura’s coastal township. Situated towards the south-east of the island, it sits on a steep cliffside and is marked by its narrow, winding streets.
If you are planning to make it into an active holiday stay over, you can plan your day by the sea and have accommodation at any of the modern hotel complexes that come decked with laudable facilities. In addition to that, the village also boasts of an array of fun-filled activities such as fishing harbour, a range of sporting facilities.
This gorgeous viewpoint very well deserves a stop if you are traversing on the inland road. From here, one can see the whole of the island and observe the beauty of the ocean. That being said, you will have to climb for five to ten minutes to get atop. If you are visiting during the winters, it’d be advisable to carry a jacket as you are likely to experience the harshest winds in Fuerteventura.
Despite this place not being a characteristic tourist destination, you are definite to enjoy the visit. In addition, Mirador Sicasumbre is a remarkable station for astronomical observation-one can bring their own telescopes and other pieces of equipment for the skyline images.
With a character that makes an amazing stop, Betancuria is a wonderful option if you are looking for a pretty little place to visit in Fuerteventura. Nuzzled in the highlands of the island interior, this colonial town is quaint and striking. Although sparsely populated, this place is known for its exquisite charm and stands as a mark for Fuerteventura’s history prior to its facelift. You can very well stopover here while discovering the western outer reaches of the island.
The cobbled streets present you with a great opportunity to have a little scenic stroll. After that, you can grab a quick snack at any of the cafes nearby. When you are here, do not forget to see the main square and pay a visit to Iglesia de Santa María de Betancuria- the first church to be built on the island. If you are planning to head north, the roofless San Buenaventura monastery is also worth a visit.
There’s a reason why the modest towny is known to quite ‘cheesy’- it is famed for Majorero cheese that is prepared from the canary island goats. So we highly recommend visiting them if you get a chance. If you are lucky, you might even get to witness the whole process of preparation from scratch.
You cannot finish your visit across Fuerteventura without bumping into at least one windmill along the way. The most iconic of them has to be one in La Olivia, Tefia, and Antigua. Standing the test of time, most of them have undergone recent renovations.
Morro Velosa Statues and Observatory
Not too far away from Mirador Las Peñitas is the Morro Velosa Statues. Sculptured by Emiliano Hernandez, these striking statuettes overlook Fuerteventura and are believed to the representation of the ancient kings of the island-Ayoze and Guize. One can also hop on to Mirador de Morro Velosa observatory that lets you catch the glimpse of half of the island. After that, you can have a moment of respite and snack at the special bar inside the observatory. These gorgeous statues also provide a conducive spot where one could briefly stop just to admire the landscape and panorama before gearing up to Betancuria or Pajara.
Huddled just off the coastline of Fuerteventura, Lobos Island is a breathtaking haven of protected species. It is home to rare plant and bird species; of particular note being the herring gull, the bustard and Cory’s shearwater. The isle itself is sheltered and entry to it is commissioned only if you have a permit. The isle can be reached by the means of a ferry from the port of Corralejo.
With astonishing beaches that boasts of white sand and crystal clear water, Lobos Island is a division of the Corralejo Dunes Natural Park. Here, you will witness an undeniable rustic allure that is beautiful. This ecological retreat is a great option if you are looking for an absolutely striking stopover to enjoy a short and enjoyable day trip. For the most part, Lobos Island is unoccupied; you will not find many distractions to indulge in. However, you can hop on a catamaran for the feel of it and partner it up with some snorkelling.
Barranco De Los Enamorados
A hidden gem is how we’d like to describe Barranco De Los Enamorados. Although it does not make it big, this is a great option if you want to spend some time away from the shore.
Situated at the farthest south of Fuerteventura is the pulsating resort town of Morro Jable. If you’re heading out in the morning, start your day with the buoyant esplanades that extend from the marina to the protracted, florid coastlands of Playa Matorral. It stretches its way past several opulent villas and ultimately merges with the city centre. One will likely never run out of spots to enjoy here. The Irish Pubs serve sumptuous English breakfasts and the burger joints here are to die for. The cafes on the walkways are always a great way to observe the passerby while witnessing the waves crashing against the galvanic outcrops and the shore.
Playa del Matorral
Hovering on the water's edge by Morro del Jable, this beach is absolutely striking. This protected natural space is renowned for its salt marshes. Several of the atypical attractions here have to be its Suaeda vera, and Canary Houbara Bustard. What makes Playa del Matorral an ideal travel destination is undoubtedly its picturesque tourist resorts. Those, combined with an excellent array of bars, cafes and restaurants make it quite a catch.
With its turquoise waters and absolutely stunning seascape, Sotavento beach is one the island’s most famed stretch of land; a supreme favourite of the sunbathers and swimmers. It is not without reason that this beach is among the most photographed stretches- with its crystal clear lochs, cherry-hued sand, and dashes of luminous ashen residues, all against the milieu of jagged volcanic mountains.
Altogether Sotavento sprints across 4 km, stretching past tidal pools and not-so-deep swimming spots. If you were to go a little south you will quite a number of people stripping in the act of “bathing au naturel.”
Oasis Park Fuerteventura
Easily reachable via the main highway, the Oasis Park packs in a range of experiences that are sure to keep amused a whole lot of people. From multihued parrots to slithering beast, this place is a must-visit. The safari expedition by the camelback is sensibly pleasurable and therefore, has many people waiting for their round. For taking in the thespian backdrops of Fuerteventura, there would not be a better option than to take a ride on any of the desert dwellers here.
At a stone’s throw away from the park, we have the Jardin Botanico where the beautifully up kept vegetation is sure to awe you. You can also use this visit as a learning curve to educate yourself about Fuerteventura’s distinctive ecosystems.
Formerly an untried fishing hamlet, El Cotillo is currently spastic with board rentals and surf camps. Positioned in the north-western coastline of Fuerteventura, this village is an enjoyable surfing hub. If you are someone who is just starting out, you can head on to the beach breaks at the south. However, if you are into hardcore surfing, you will have to move further along the coast.
When you are not surfing, it would be a good plan to visit La Concha- another beach that is well-known for its spotless lagoons and impeccable white sands. We bet it would be extremely relieving to chill and unwind after a strenuous surf session. You can always grab a quick drink at any of the beach bars and snack at the Canarian cafés
A pastoral farming village that takes a seat beneath the gaze of antique clinker cones, La Oliva tenders a foretaste of the Fuerteventura of old. What makes it quite the favourite of the visitors is its tranquillity-it is undeniably a far cry from the larger towns’ hustle and bustle. Situated towards the south of the bustling Corralejo, you will find here a plethora of Gothic-styled walls and imposing colonial architectures. Besides that, the palm-lined parks and the dominating landscape of the surrounding volcanoes are equally astounding.
If you get a chance, we highly recommend paying a visit to the La Oliva Market that occupies the hamlet street sides and avenues. This marketplace with the resonating hullabaloo of chitchatting locals has scores of farm-to-table shops. This is also the perfect place to scavenge for keepsakes and gifts. From the hot mojo sauces to shell jewellery, there is plenty of stuff to splurge your money on.
La Alcogida Ecomuseum
Near to the town of Tefir, we have this peculiarly odd museum. This sentient museum stands out for its action-packed inside- you can see here the many artisans and artists in action and even interact with them. This ecomuseum has varied architectural styles that are exhibited at its assorted interiors- from the rustic homes known for their minimalism to intricate mansion styled ones. One can also peer into many other aspects such as the local domestic livestock and the long-established irrigation system among many others.
Del Carmen Saltworks Museum
Situated in the very heart of the island, the alluring Salinas del Carmen Saltworks is as charming as it gets. As the only operational saltworks, there is plenty to observe and learn here. It is found very close to the oceanfront and has the views of the lovely beach. You can learn in great depth about the traditional method employed for salt extraction in the fascinating realm of Salt Museum. In the cultural complex and the exhibition centre it houses, the museum has put together the demonstrating need for salt production.
Sacred Mountain of Tindaya
This solitary mountain standing at a height of 400 metres is located in the north-eastern part of the island. What makes Tindaya Mountain quite prominent is its history; the novel aboriginal residents considered this space to be sacred and believed it to have possessed miraculous properties.
The many engravings contoured in the shape of the foot at the pedestal are of distinguished archaeological significance. Towards the south-western crest, the trail that lets the tourists stand out in its beautiful colours- the panorama is saturated with a sense of harmony while being mystifying. Head to the south, and you will find a chain of stores and eateries.
Cuevas de Ajuy
Another great option, Cuevas de Ajuy is a great option if you want to see something different. It is worth stopping by for its proud standing as a testimony to the rich bequest of the Canary Islands. It is indeed an authentic gem that is refreshing, to say the least. On entering the cave, you will experience the pastness like none other given that their genesis predates the island itself.
That alone makes it quite the ideal place for geology enthusiasts. The Ajuy beach which is believed to have been fossilized millions of years ago is another superb standout in the region. It is nothing but basalt composite that materialized at some stage in Fuerteventura’s formation itself. The entry to this time-honoured relic is absolutely free, so don’t miss the opportunity to visit it.