10 places to see and visit on the island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands
Surely the reason that will take you to travel to Fuerteventura is to enjoy its paradisiacal beaches, and if you also travel in winter, enjoy the pleasant temperatures of the island.
But in your holidays or getaway to Fuerteventura you will not spend all day on the beach or in the hotel pool. Surely you will want to know the main tourist attractions of this island of the Canary Islands.
Canary Islands to see Fuerteventura
Therefore, we are going to propose a tourist route through Fuerteventura, which you can do in one or two days.
This will depend on the time you dedicate to each visit, more taking into account that from end to end of the island there is little more than 100 kilometers.
To get to know the island, you have the option of joining an organized group that, with the company of a tour guide, will transfer you to the island in a minivan.
Here you have the information about the Tour of Fuerteventura in which, during an eight-hour day, you will visit places like La Oliva, Pájara, Betancuria, Ajuy and Corralejo.
What to see in Fuerteventura
But if you prefer to visit on your own, we suggest this route that goes from north to south of the island.
It starts in Corralejo, one of the most tourist areas of the island, and is the same as I did on my last trip to Fuerteventura.
Depending on the area of the island where you are staying, from this information you can plan your own route or specific visits.
Here I detail different places of interest that you can visit.
Natural Park of Dunes of Corralejo
The biggest attraction of the north of the island of Fuerteventura is, without doubt, the natural park of Corralejo.
In front of the island of Lanzarote, which you can cross by ferry in just 20 minutes, and the small island of Lobos, a natural enclave with great wealth of fauna and flora, you have the great dune area of Corralejo.
It is a place where you can enjoy endless beaches of fine sand, which is enough argument to explain the tourist development of the small town of the same name.
El Cotillo and Faro El Toston
To the west of Corralejo, you should go to the area of the small town of El Cotillo.
It is very close, only 20 kilometers away, but the landscape change is total.
In front of the coastal area with beaches of fine sand that you find in the aforementioned natural park of dunes, when passing to the western side of the island you will find an area of cliffs, coves of black sand and stones, as well as natural pools.
It is a little-visited corner of Fuerteventura, which mainly concentrates local Canarian tourism, and whose most outstanding enclave is the El Toston Lighthouse, which are actually three lighthouses.
The olive – La Oliva
A little further south of El Cotillo you will find the small town of La Oliva, where the church of La Candelaria, from 1711, the largest in the island, stands out.
There you will also see the Casa de los Coroneles, a stately building from the early 17th century that reflects the system of military government of the island in the early stages of colonization.
En route to the south, and through the interior of the island, you will pass through the mountain of Tindaya, which will not seem anything special … but that was considered magical by the ancient inhabitants of the island.
You will arrive at the town of Tefia, near the La Alcogida ecomuseum, a recreation of an old agricultural farm on the island.
During your visit, in its various rooms, including animal pens, you can see what was the way of life in rural areas of Fuerteventura in the nineteenth century.
In addition, you will see various artisan products and you can try one of the gastronomic specialties of the island, the rich Majorero cheese.
What was the first capital of the Canary Islands, Betancuria, will be your next stage on this route.
It was founded by the first conquerors in 1404, and now you find a small village with beautiful examples of rural architecture and what was the first cathedral on the island, the church of Santa María.
In Betancuria you can also visit a small archaeological and ethnographic museum.
Before reaching Pájara, you will pass through Las Peñitas viewpoint.
You are in one of the most mountainous areas of the island and, also, from this viewpoint you can see the coastal area where the first conquerors who landed on the island agreed.
Already in the small town of Pájara you must stop to see the church of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, from the 17th century.
Specifically, look at his curious portico with Aztec decoration made at the initiative of an Indian from the Americas.
The church of Pájara is one of the most interesting monumental corners of Fuerteventura.
Natural monument of Ajuy
Then you return to the west coast to see another of the most outstanding places on the island, the beach of Ajuy, which opens before a small fishing village where you can taste the cuisine of the area.
Here is the so-called natural monument of Ajuy, the first area that emerged to the surface in the process of formation of the Canary Islands.It is a corner of great geological interest, with an estimated age of more than 100 million years.
Costa Calma and Jandía
On this route through Fuerteventura, you arrive to the south of the island.
Or maybe you’re staying in one of its hotels, with numerous resorts all included, it is the most tourist area of the island, since in Jandia are concentrated 70 percent of tourists who visit this island, mostly, the British.
It is another area of extensive beaches of fine sand. and with an ideal wind to practice surfing.
No doubt you will be struck by the area of dunes that as a natural isthmus joins the rest of the island with the promontory of the natural park of Jandia, which millions of years ago was a small island.
Here is located one of the most famous beaches of Fuerteventura for its almost virgin status, that of Cofete, which I could not visit on my trip to the island.
To this twelve-kilometer-long beach you will arrive from Morro Jable along a sinuous track in a faulty state (4 × 4 vehicle is recommended), which runs through a mountainous area and at the end leads you to the village that gives its name to the beach. Cofete.
With all this information you can now configure your own route through Fuerteventura, according to your preferences.
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