Descubriendo la Oliva: Senderismo en el corazón de Fuerteventura

Discovering La Oliva: Hiking in the heart of Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is not only characterized by its golden beaches and crystal clear waters, it is also a treasure for hiking lovers. Specifically, the municipality of La Oliva is the ideal environment for those fans of this activity. Without a doubt, its varied landscapes offer unique experiences to those who seek to venture along its paths and routes. Below, we present some of the most notable routes, all with a particular charm.

Villaverde – Llano Cave

Starting from Villaverde, a town located north of La Oliva, you can head towards the Cueva del Llano, a volcanic formation that houses a lava tube more than 600 meters long. It is the largest cave of this type in Fuerteventura and was caused by an eruption of the Arena volcano about 20,000 years ago. It is an ideal place to delve into the bowels of the earth and learn more about the geological history of the island.

Malpaís de la Arena

Malpaís de la Arena, also known as “Malpaís Grande”, is a protected natural area that extends over an area of ​​more than 1,000 hectares. This area features an impressive volcanic landscape, with extensive lava flows dating back 10,000 years. Therefore, hiking is one of the best ways to explore this area, where you can admire the endemic fauna and flora and enjoy unparalleled panoramic views.

Corralejo – El Cotillo

This route is perfect for those who want to enjoy the spectacular beaches of Fuerteventura. Starting from Corralejo, famous for its white sand dunes, the road will take you to El Cotillo, a picturesque fishing town. Along the way, you will not only find paradisiacal beaches, but also viewpoints from which to admire the vast Atlantic Ocean and the island’s desert landscape.

The Heritage Olive

La Oliva is not only nature; It is also history. A tour of the historic center of the town will allow you to see emblematic buildings such as the House of the Colonels or the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria. Without a doubt, these monuments are testimony to the rich historical and cultural past of the municipality, where traditions and legends are intertwined with the island landscape.

Lobos Island

One of the most notable routes is the one found on Isla de Lobos. This small island is located north of Fuerteventura and taking this route will help you discover points of interest such as the serene Lagunitas, the charming Puertito and the La Caldera mountain.


Another trail that you cannot miss is the one that takes you to the Tindaya Mountain. This mountain, in addition to being a challenge for those seeking to raise their pulse, is also a historical part of great importance. On its rocks are petroglyphs left by the island’s ancient inhabitants, and from its summit, the views of the northern coast are simply unmatched. It is important to mention that it is currently closed to the public and to access it it is necessary to request a permit from the Environment Department of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura. Despite this, it is completely worth taking this route.

Tindaya – Esquinzo – El Cotillo

Starting at the sacred mountain of Tindaya, adorned with ancient petroglyphs, this route takes us through the arid landscape of Fuerteventura towards the sandy beaches of Esquinzo, with the final destination being the town of Cotillo, a charming region that preserves its fishing essence and offers great architectural and gastronomic wonders.

Calderon Hondo

Located near Lajares, Calderón Hondo is an extinct volcano that invites you to follow this trail with panoramic views. Without a doubt, the crater and arid environment offer a unique perspective on the geological history and landscape of Fuerteventura.

Corralejo – Lajares

Combining the energy of Corralejo with the tranquility of Lajares, this trail runs through lava fields and desert areas. Likewise, while Corralejo shines with its dunes and activity, Lajares offers a haven of calm with an artisanal touch.