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. Although the island is quite windy, as the name states itself Fuertaventura meaning ‘Strong wind’. I purly love volcanoes so this was another fascinating destinations, although have to say Lanzarote offered much more lava ashes to hike and admire. If I was to recommend where to stay – I’d say only Corralejo! South of the island (just like Lanzarote) is very touristic with heavy hotels pretty everywhere. Best way to explore the island is by renting a car, although local transport is quite good developed. The island is famous for aloe plantations and natural cometics which you can buy in local shops. Taking a trip around the island here are most interesting things not to be missed.
Corralejo – the main street offers lots of busy shops and restaurants but 5 minutes from it’s centre (near Calle el Hierro and a small round about) you can enjoy an amazing lively local street market with hundreds of handicraft, natural cosmetics and local food – cheese, vegetables and unforgetable fruits!
Dunas de Corralejo – discover Parque natural de Corralejo protected area. This breathtaking sand dunes are located on the north – east part of the island, spreading along Corralejo. You’ll have a great chance to roll down the dunes!
Hike the volcanoes – walk along lava path. 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 walk back. There’s a lovely surfing bar, where you can enjoy tasty coffee. The whole route is about 12 km and if you are not feeling fit enough there are smaller patch which lead around the volcano, so you don’t need to climb it.
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.
Explore local festivals: 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), Fuertaventura 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.
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 with 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 nudist 😉
La Oliva – perfect place to visit.
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 – a small town you can’t miss and it’s 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.
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).
El Cofete – situated in one of the most isolated parts of the island offersing virgin landscapes.
Read more about Canary Islands and Lanzarote, located north from Fuertaventura: https://freestyletraveling.com/10-best-places-to-see-in-lanzarote/