Fuertaventura is a stunning island with over 150 km of white sand beaches and natural landscapes. The climate remains very pleasant and mild throughout the whole year, making it a great winter holiday destination. The island is quite windy, as the name states itself, Fuertaventura meaning ‘Strong wind’. The Canary Islands were formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. The islands are dominated by lava soil and volcano craters landscape. I am absolutely fascinated by volcanoes so this was a magnificent destination, although Lanzarote offered much more lava ashes to hike and admire than Fuerta. There are few volcanoe hikes in Fuertaventura, which are a great idea for a day-tour on your own. If I was to recommend where to stay – I’d definitely say Corralejo! South of the island (just like Lanzarote) is very touristic with dense hotel infrastructure. Best way to explore the island is by renting a car, although local transport is quite well developed. You can easily travel between the cities. The island is famous for aloe plantations and aloe vera natural cometics which you can buy in local shops. Here are top places not to be missed while traveling around the island.
Cheap/free outdoor things to do in Fuertaventura:
- Go for a volcanoe hike in Fuerteventura – there is a great trail from Corralejo to Lajares. You can catch a bus on the way back.
- Spend a day on a nudists beach 😉
- Discover sand dunes near Corralejo, Fuerteventura.
- Go snorkeling in Fuerteventura.
- Try kitesurfing or surfing in Fuerta
- Have coffee in one of the local surfing bars 😉
Here are the best places to discover in Fuertaventura.
Corralejo town – in my opinion best place to stay in Fuertaventura. The main street is pretty busy with some shops and restaurants, although this is not extremely crowded part of the island. 5 minute drive from the city centre near Calle el Hierro and a small round about, you can enjoy an amazing street craft market with local handmade objects, natural cosmetics and delicious cuisine – cheese, vegetables and unforgetable fruits!
Dunas de Corralejo – discover amazing sand dunes in Fuertaventura.
Parque natural de Corralejo is a protected area with gorgeous small-scale desert 😉 These are the largest sand dunes of the Canary Islands and one of the best places to discover in Fuertaventura. The breathtaking sand dunes are located on the north – east part of the island, spreading near Corralejo. You’ll have a great chance to try rolling down the dunes! There are number of fantastic beaches along the park, some of them are fantastic for kitesurfing.
Hike the volcanoes – one of the best things to do in Fuertaventura for a day-trip.
It’s been 135 000 since the fire went out but the colour still remains lively. Calderon Hondo is a must! Take a route from Corralejo to lajares which leads through number of calderas and mountains. We took a bus which dropped us near Lajares to start our hike from there toward Corralejo direction. There’s a lovely surfing bar on the start of the trail in Lahares, where you can enjoy very tasty coffee. The whole route is about 12 km and if you are not feeling fit enough there are paths around volcanoes, so you can avoid climbing.
Day trip to Lobos Island, located short distance from Corralejo.
Ferry tickets available from every local tourist office. Taste freshly cought fish. Ask in the restaurant what’s the fish of the day and for menu of the day – very popular everywhere in Spain. This is usually a separate small menu with fresh option for the day. You can also enjoy tapas, which small portions of main courses, which gives a chance to taste more of local cuisine.
Diving and watersports. Use the wind – enjoy most fascinating water sports. Most of the shores in Fuertaventura offers kitesurfing. But surfing is the one popular here, small surfer bars and even Surf map available in tourist offices and restaurants www.Surfermap.com. Immerse yourself in the depth – Turquise water makes snorkeling and diving very popular too. I dived with Deep Blue Diving Centre near Puerto del Rosario. Wonderful experience and nice people.
Montana de Tindaya – the holy mountain. You need to check with two goverment offices (Corralejo and Puerto del Rosario) if it’s possible to hike the mountain. Unfortunately in December 2019 it wasn’t. There are rectrictions to hike this area, as the owner does not give a permission to enter his territory.
Take a drive along the cost from Corralejo to El Cotillo which leads through an amazing scenery. El Cotillo is a nice fisherman and crafts men village with amazing beaches and a view at the open ocean. El Cotillo is a small town with a scenic ocean view and el Toston lighthouse located 2 km north the town. Most of the beaches in Fuerta are nudists 😉
Visit La Oliva – previous capital of Fuertaventura.
La Oliva – used to be a capital of the island before Puerto del Rosario. It must have been famous for olive trees. It’s a quiet town that lives on agriculture and it’s famous cheese. There’s one of the most famous traditional market – Mercado de las Tradiciones’ with local products and handicraft, it’s opened from 10am – 2pm/only one or two days a week (check before you go!). If you don’t fency museums there is still one worth seeing – Centro de Arte – Casa Mané. It is much more than an art centre, it’s a great piece of cultural historic art, located in a historic place, with a pleasant relaxing environment among palms and cactuses for a coffee break and different spaces to enjoy a magnificent sculptural work. Entrance fee 5 Euro, opening times Mon-Friday 10.00am – 5.00 pm. Sat 10.00am – 2.00pm.
Betancuria – is a must destination to visit in Fuertaventura. It’s a small town with a gothic style Cathedral Santa Maria de Betancuria. Betancuria is a lovely town with amazing restaurants and atmosphere. Take a long walk through the tiny streets of the upper part of the town.
Southern part of Fuertaventura.
South of Fuertaventura is purely wilderness of nature. Peninsula de Jandia – located on the south of the island with the highest peak Zarza (807m). This is a place where you can plan hiking adventures.
El Cofete – situated in one of the most isolated parts of the island offers virgin landscapes of the surrounding mountains.
Read more about Canary Islands and Lanzarote, located north from Fuertaventura: https://freestyletraveling.com/10-best-places-to-see-in-lanzarote/