Many people think that in on this Island in the Atlantic Ocean there are only wind, sun and beaches. But we assure you that there is much more to do during your holidays in Fuerteventura. To prove it, we are going to dedicate today’s article to show you a selection of the things you can do. So if you have, for example, a week or 10 days of holidays, we suggest an itinerary to visit the island from north to south.
1º day of holidays: The north in Fuerteventura
The first day of holidays in Fuerteventura, tired of the trip, you can take advantage of it to relax in the wonderful Dunes of Corralejo that, just seeing them from the car window, will leave you breathless. It is a magical place that never tires, where you can walk for kilometers without meeting anyone or simply sunbathe on one of the wonderful beaches with crystal clear waters that are right next to the dunes. At night a walk along the main avenue of the town of Corralejo is mandatory.
2º day of holidays : The emblematic Lobos Island y Cotillo
You will realize that the Isla de Lobos is a completely virgin islet and that is really its charm. On this island there is a circular route that passes through Las Lagunitas (it is recommended to visit them at full tide) and that allows you to reach the Lighthouse where you will have a beautiful view of Lanzarote. Continue to the island’s volcano, the highest point with its 127 meters, from the top the views are spectacular and if you are passionate about Ornithology, let yourself be surprised by the stories of the Cinderella Shearwater and other birds that have made La Caldera de Lobos your home. At the end of the tour you will arrive at La Concha beach, a very beautiful beach with fine sand and crystal clear waters where you can snorkel, dive or simply rest for a while after the climb to La Caldera.
When you return, we recommend you finish the day in the small fishing village of Cotillo along with one of the best sunsets in Fuerteventura and have dinner at a restaurant that this beautiful town offers.
3º day of holidays: The crater of Calderon Hondo and the Caves of Ajuy
The roads in Fuerteventura are in excellent condition and it is worth renting a car to explore all the charms of the island also because public transport services are scarce. So this day you could dedicate some hiking trails: starting from the north you will find Calderón Hondo near the small town of Lajares this route will take you to the volcano just over an hour (3km ascension) to get to the top of the crater It’s worth seeing that “big hole” in the first person! In the crater itself it is very characteristic to see a lot of squirrels who eagerly ask for some food.
After finishing this tour, you can head south to the island to visit the Ajuy Caves that are located in the village of Ajuy. The contrast of the powerful blue water of the Atlantic Ocean with the black volcanic rock of the caves create a beautiful landscape and the energy inside is special. The village of Ajuy is very small and has some restaurants where you can enjoy a typical Canarian food and fresh fish, and has a black sand beach so characteristic of the volcanic islands.
4º day of holidays: South of Fuerteventura
In the south of the island there are two villages to visit: Costa Calma and Morro Jable. The first is a very touristy place with plenty of atmosphere in summer and common for lovers of surfing in Fuerteventura, and in Morro Jable you will find a fine sandy beaches with stunning and very extensive crystalline waters, In this beach you will find a chiringuito in the sand where you eat well but a little more expensive than other restaurants distributed by the town. Something recommended if you are in this area, is to go to see the sunset in La Pared, just 15 minutes from Costa Calma.
5º day of holidays: Cofete y el pico de la Zarza
Staying in the south and you can go to visit the magnificent beach of Cofete passing by the Natural Park of Jandía. You will enjoy stunning views from the road, and you can not miss the photo from the famous viewpoint of Cofete Beach. We recommend bringing food and drink as it is not accessible there to get a place to eat. And of course, don’t leave anything there please, all the garbage you generate back with you, you have to keep this paradise intact.
For lovers of hiking who are in Jandía we recommend climbing the Pico de la Zarza, also called Pico de Jandía, which, with its 807 meters of altitude, is the highest mountain on the island. The route to climb on foot to the summit allows a walk of just over two and a half hours; here the atmosphere is uneven, especially the Saladar de Jandía. The road, perfectly signposted and equipped, is part of the entire network of trails of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura.
6º day of holidays: Water sports in Fuerteventura
As we are on holidays in Fuerteventura, how not to try one of the water sports on the island? From the north to the south we have a great variety of places where we can hire the adventure we like: kitesurfing, puddleboard, windsurfing, diving or snorkeling.
We’re in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, a place full of life. In this area of the Canary Islands there are currents that favor animal life with excellent visibility, thanks to the transparent waters of Fuerteventura. If you have more days of holidays and you like these sports, it might be worth taking a surf course or other sport that usually lasts between 3 days to a week.
7º day of holidays: A visit to the old capital of Fuerteventura
Betancuria is a charming village, considered one of the most beautiful in Spain, here is the first cathedral of the Canary Islands. If you want more hiking surely the path of “la Virgen de la Peña” you will love. The route begins in Betancuria, where the natural path invites you to travel the old town of this town, declared a Historic-Artistic Monument. Built over a valley, safe from pirate attacks.
Betancuria is the smallest municipality in Fuerteventura. From the fifteenth century it represented the capital of the island until the middle of the nineteenth century, when it moved to Puerto de Rosario. The capital will allow you to find places of great interest, such as the Cathedral of Santa María. In this building you can observe different styles, from Gothic to Baroque, through the Renaissance and Mudejar, after a hundred years of construction.
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
In addition, for the Culture and museum enthusiasts will also be happy to know that there are not only beaches! Fuerteventura has a lot of history and among traditional fishing museums, Ecomuseo La Alcogida, La Casa Alta de Tindaya and many others, surely no one will be bored. For detailed information on museums, please consult the following link: Red de Centros y Museos de Fuerteventura.
Lovers of hiking and sports we recommend you to download the topoguide of the Fuerteventura trail network free of charge at: Red de Senderos de Fuerteventura.
In Fuerteventura you will not lack Yoga classes, Pilates, courses, workshops and many more group or individual activities, we leave the link to the Agenda de Ocio y Cultura de Fuerteventura where you can find many events that will take place all over the island and always up to date.
Basic data about Fuerteventura
Language: Spanish with a beautiful accent
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Schedule: UTC+0 (same time as London and one hour less than on the Peninsula)
Vaccines: There is no compulsory vaccine
Climate: mild 20 degrees all year round. In summer we are around 30 degrees maximum and in winter 21 degrees. It’a not common for the temperature in Fuerteventura to drop below 14 degrees. The wind is an important factor on the island, as there are currents that keep it fairly constant all year round. Perhaps the best months to visit Fuerteventura are September, October and November.
Thank you and to the next article!