Fuerteventura is a stunning island with not only over 150 km of white sand beaches but also beautiful 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, because Fuerteventura mean ‘Strong wind’. The Canary Islands were formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. That’s why 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 Fuerte. There are few volcano hikes in Fuerteventura, 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 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. Because of that you can easily travel between the cities. The island is famous for aloe plantations and aloe vera cosmetics which you can buy in local shops. Here are top places not to be missed and things to do in Fuerteventura.
Cheap/free outdoor things to do in Fuerteventura:
- Firstly go for a volcano hike in Fuerteventura – there is a great trail from Corralejo to Lajares. You can also catch a bus on the way back.
- Secondly spend a day on a nudist beach.
- Then discover sand dunes near Corralejo, Fuerteventura.
- Go snorkeling in Fuerteventura.
- As well as kitesurfing or surfing.
- Also remember to have coffee in one of the local surfing bars.
Here are the best places to discover in Fuerteventura
Corralejo town – in my opinion best place to stay in Fuerteventura. 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 Fuerteventura
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 Fuerteventura. 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! Also there are number of fantastic beaches along the park, some of them are fantastic for kitesurfing.
Hike the volcanoes – one of the best activities to do in Fuerte for a day-trip
It’s been 135 000 since the fire went out but the colour still remains lively. That’s why Calderon Hondo is a must! Take a route from Corralejo to lajares which leads through number of calderas and mountains. Firstly we took a bus which dropped us near Lajares. Then we started 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. While being there, you should 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, small portions of main courses, which gives a chance to taste more of local cuisine.
Try diving and watersports. Use the wind and enjoy most fascinating water sports. Most of the shores in Fuerteventura offers kitesurfing. But surfing is the one more popular here. That’s why you can find small surfer bars and even Surf map available in tourist offices and restaurants (www.Surfermap.com). Try to immerse yourself in the depth – Turquoise water makes snorkeling and diving very popular too. I dived with Deep Blue Diving Centre near Puerto del Rosario, which was a wonderful experience and I met some nice people there.
Explore local festivals in Fuerteventura
Kite Festival (November), Half marathon in Dunas de Corralejo (Novemeber), International Blues Festival (October), Surf Festival (Septemeber), Pedal at FuerteBike (September), Fiesta de Corralejo (July), Fuerteventura en Musica (July), San Juan bonfires (June), Corralejo Carnival (March).
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.
Also 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. If you plan to go to the beach there just remember that most of the beaches in Fuerte are nudist 🙂
Visit La Oliva – previous capital of Fuerteventura
La Oliva – used to be a capital of the island before Puerto del Rosario. It’s a quiet town that lives on agriculture, it’s famous cheese and also olive trees. There’s one of the most famous traditional market – Mercado de las Tradiciones’ – with local products and handicraft. It’s opened from 10am to 2pm and only one or two days a week (so better check before you go there!). If you don’t fancy museums, there is still one worth seeing – Centro de Arte – Casa Mané. It is much more than an art centre, because it’s a great piece of cultural art, located in a historic place, with a pleasant relaxing environment among palms and cactuses. Because of that, it’s a perfect place for a coffee break and different spaces to enjoy a magnificent sculptural work. Entrance fee cost 5 Euro and opening times are Mon-Friday 10.00am – 5.00 pm. Sat 10.00am – 2.00pm.
Betancuria – is a must destination to visit in Fuerteventura. It’s a small town with a gothic style Cathedral Santa Maria de Betancuria. Betancuria is a lovely town with amazing restaurants and atmosphere, so you should check it out while traveling there. Also remember to take a long walk through the tiny streets of the upper part of the town.
Southern part of Fuerteventura
South of Fuertaventura is still purely wilderness of nature. Peninsula de Jandia – located on the south of the island, with its highest peak Zarza (807m). This is a place where you can also plan your 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/