All Excursions in the South of Fuerteventura

Vacation in the south of fuerteventura.

The island of Fuerteventura has a remarkably elongated shape. Measured from the southern to the northern tip, it is about 95 kilometers as the crow flies. This particular expansion has resulted in a tripartite division of the island: the  north , the  center  and the south. You can count the Jandía peninsula in the broadest sense to the south of Fuerteventura, with Morro Jable at its southernmost tip, one of the island’s tourist pulsars. In addition, there is much more to discover in the south of Fuerteventura.

Along the south-west coast there are some towns whose tourist infrastructure is well developed and in which the majority of the annual visitors to Fuerteventura spend their holidays. The region in the south of the beautiful Canary Island offers everything that makes a vacation a highlight. Wonderful beaches, breathtaking mountain landscapes, a unique flora and fauna and last but not least excellent underwater areas for  divers and snorkelers . Read on to find out what you can expect in the south and what you should definitely visit.

South Fuerteventura

Things to Do in the South of Fuerteventura

Excursions fuerteventura south.

Excursions Fuerteventura South

Since the majority of the tourist locations are in the south of the island, a large number of operators for organized tours have settled there, due to the high demand. Excellent offers are available for all imaginable excursion categories. Countless  boats set off for trips  to the Atlantic every day in the port of Morro Jable. Or how about  a tour through nature by buggy or a quad ? And  sightseeing by bus and jeep  is just as popular as  hiking in the mountains  of the holiday island. At the end of this article you will find a wide range of organized excursions in the south of Fuerteventura.

Selection of Things to Do in the South of Fuerteventura

The number of providers for excursions is enormous in the south. Therefore, it is almost guaranteed that the hotel transfer is included for all your selected activities. Our website takes into account the tripartite division of the island so that you can easily find suitable excursions in the southern part of the island. Simply click on the south of Fuerteventura on the island graphic and you will be directed automatically to the excursions for this part of the island. In the rarest of cases, you will be picked up by operators from the north, if you are accommodated for example in Morro Jable. Therefore, when choosing your excursions, always check the information on the hotel transfer. You can find it in the detailed descriptions of our excursions in the menu bar under the large photo in the section “Services & Prices”. We will state exactly whether and from which locations you will be picked up, if this is included in the price or if it costs extra.

What to See in the South of Fuerteventura

There are so many attractions in this region. In addition to the ones described in the text below, you can find information about La Pared and Cofete on our  Fuerteventura attractions  page. We have also created special pages for  Morro Jable ,  Jandía Playa, Esquinzo ,  Costa Calma and Tarajalejo , on which you can find detailed information about each individual town.

Parque Natural de Jandía

What to see south Fuerteventura

The nature park is a mountain range that stretches from La Pared to Punta de Jandía. At 807 meters, the Pico de la Zarza is the highest mountain on the island. The Parque Natural de Jandía acts as a natural wall that protects the tourist resorts on the south and southeast coast from the strong winds. While the wind blows heavily on west side of the kilometer-long Playa Cofete beach. Only unpaved roads and narrow paths lead through this massif. Many of them can only be accessed by foot or bicycle. Therefore, this area is extremely popular with nature lovers and mountain bikers. Stop your exploration tours once in a while and enjoy the views, because they are spectacular.

The Faro de Punta Jandía Lighthouse

South Fuerteventura

This lighthouse is located on the extreme southwest tip of the Jandía peninsula. Getting there via unpaved tracks, past abandoned settlements and the mountain range of the Jandía Natural Park is a little adventure in itself. The lighthouse was put into operation in 1864 and is still in use today. It has been open to visitors since 2009 and you can admire at the remains of a sperm whale in the attached museum. You will also learn a lot of interesting things about the peninsula in the south of Fuerteventura.

Mirador del Barranco de los Canarios

South Fuerteventura

Seen from Playa los Canarios, the hiking trail to the viewpoint Mirador del Barranco de los Canarios starts on the opposite side of the FV-2. You should have a certain basic degree of fitness if you want to walk there. After all, it is about 12 kilometers to get to this viewpoint – one of the most impressive in Fuerteventura, as many say. In any case, the view rewards you for your effort, because from here you can let your gaze wander along the beautiful west coast up to El Cotillo. Only birds have a better view.

Interesting Facts About the South of Fuerteventura

The weather in the south of fuerteventura.

Fuerteventura south weather

The weather in the south of the holiday island is subject to a west-east division. The hours of sunshine on the eastern side of the Parque Natural de Jandía are very high with over 3,000 hours a year. In the western part, however, the climate is somewhat different. Because sometimes clouds accumulate in the mountains of the Bay of Cofete and therefore there are a few cloudy days here and again. And while the towns between Jandia and Morro Jable are more sheltered from the wind, a fair breeze will blow through your hair in Costa Calma. But this also has advantages and is particularly pleasing to surfers and kiters, but also to those who appreciate cooling off in summer temperatures. The thermometer in Costa Calma rarely climbs over 30 degrees due to the wind. Measured in absolute terms, it is the coolest place on the island. While instead the temperatures, on the climate table of the less windy south, correspond again to the average values on the Canary Island.

The Most Beautiful Beaches in the South of Fuerteventura

Playa risco del paso.

Best beaches south Fuerteventura

This popular white sandy beach lies between Costa Calma and Mal Nombre. It is a little out of the way and borders on high dunes in the south. This beach is particularly well known among surfers, because the Fuerteventura Windsurfing & Kiteboarding World Cups are held here.

Playa del Matorral

This is one of the beaches in the south of Fuerteventura that stretches in front of some hotels. Its sand is fine and light. Due to its excellent water quality, the beach has already been awarded with the Blue Flag. Here you will find umbrellas and loungers for rent and beach bars offer cool drinks and snacks. You can stroll down to Morro Jable on the adjacent beach promenade.

Playas de Matas Blancas

This section has become a Mecca for wind and kite surfers in recent years. It is very windy with sometimes high waves. Therefore, the beach is hardly suitable for swimming. In the meantime, a kite and windsurfing school has opened its doors there, so that also beginners can be introduced to the wet adventure.

Hotels in the South of Fuerteventura

South Fuerteventura resorts

The south is widely developed for tourism. You will also find a large number of hotels of all categories here. Many resorts in the south of Fuerteventura are built close to the beach and offer families, water sports enthusiasts and sun worshipers ideal conditions for a dream vacation. Popular hotels in the south of Fuerteventura are for example the H10 Tindaya, Melía Gorriones, Iberostar Playa Gaviotas and SBH Club Paraiso Playa, to name a few.

Our Tours and Excursions in the South of Fuerteventura

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Buggy Tours

Bus and Jeep Tours

Cycling Tours

Diving & Snorkelling

Dolphins & Whales

Fishing Trips

Horses & Camels

Quad Biking

Segway Tours

Walking & Hiking

Water Sports

South of Fuerteventura BOAT TRIPS

Relax & Dolphins in Jandía Fuerteventura

South of Fuerteventura BUGGY TOURS

Buggy Tour in Jandia Fuerteventura

South of Fuerteventura BUS & JEEP TOURS

Jeep Safari Cotillo in the North of Fuerteventura

South of Fuerteventura CYCLING TOURS

Segway Tour in La Pared Fuerteventura

South of Fuerteventura DIVING & SNORKELLING

South of fuerteventura dolphins & whales, south of fuerteventura fishing trips, south of fuerteventura horses & camels, south of fuerteventura quad biking, south of fuerteventura segway tours, south of fuerteventura walking & hiking tours.

Walking with Goats in Fuerteventura

South of Fuerteventura WATER SPORTS

Jet Ski Safari in Morro Jable Fuerteventura

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The South of Fuerteventura: A Road Trip

  • February 22, 2023

We are lucky enough to have a family home in Fuerteventura. The issue is, whilst this is great for a free trip, it is also in the northern part of the island. From the balcony, you can see the valley that leads to the northern coast. Even Lanzarote is visible some mornings. Because of that, most of our adventures have been around this area and not in the south of Fuerteventura.

This year however, we had a car and exploring the south of Fuerteventura was a priority. One morning, we woke up early, grabbed some coffee and donuts and made our way down the island to Morro Jable.

Morro Jable – The Town

places to visit in south fuerteventura

The road to the south of Fuerteventura ends in Morro Jable, a tourist destination on the southern tip of the island. When you enter the town, you will see a colour that isn’t found commonly on the island; green. In fact, there is actually grass here in the middle of the roads. There are even small white egrets everywhere. It’s very unfamiliar if you compare it to the northern part of the island.

The drive into the town is very much a tourist zone. In fact, it feels almost like a budget French Riviera along the coastline. There are a tonne of designer shops and restaurants and posh-looking hotels. Very different to Corralejo, but almost lacking a certain charm.

As we continued through the town, we eventually reached the old town. There was ample parking and, without further ado, we got out of the car and began exploring. The temperature of the south of Fuerteventura felt warmer than the north. In fact, I think I was sweating most on this part of the holiday.

places to visit in south fuerteventura

The old town itself was nice and different to the more modern part just up the road. In fact, I dare say that I loved it. There was a nice selection of local restaurants and bars and the coastal path was well done. The colour of the water was also gorgeous and inviting. I actually think I’m going to stay in this part next time I visit the island, it was just fabulous.

Playa del Matorral

places to visit in south fuerteventura

After a Fanta Limon and a stroll, we got back in the car and headed back to the newer part of town. We parked the car (after waiting a while for a space) and headed on down to Playa del Matorral. 

There were rustic wooden pathways from the pavements down the beach, with green plants either side. At the end of the path there was a quaint little lighthouse and a restaurant overlooking the sea. It really was a different vibe to other parts of the island; it felt more touristy.

places to visit in south fuerteventura

We dipped our toes in the ocean and walked along the beach. The beaches in the south of Fuerteventura are known for their beauty and warm waters. We saw divers coming out of the sea and lots of people relaxing and soaking up the rays. I could have stayed here for a while and grabbed a cocktail, but there was exploring to be done.

places to visit in south fuerteventura

We kept going along the beach and then eventually turned back to the car along another wooden walkway. In front of us was a large sperm whale skeleton in the middle of a park. These whale skeletons are scattered across the island and just shows how diverse the waters are here.

After slightly more wandering, we decided on heading back to the car to begin part two of the road trip.

Sotavento Beach

places to visit in south fuerteventura

On the theme of beautiful beaches, we decided to make a quick pit-stop at Sotavento beach. Easily one of the most famous beaches in the south of Fuerteventura, thousands of tourists flock here each summer. Be warned though as the track down is a bit rocky. If you are driving a hire car in particular, make sure you are careful. After a quarter of a mile down the track we made it to a large car park. Although it was only mid-morning, the beach was already busy and parking did take a while.

We eventually found a place to park up and we went for a walk to the beach. Guarded by steep sandy cliffs, the beach is a hidden paradise to any holiday maker. The sea is not too rough, but still has a good level of waves; perfect for swimming or surfing. There are small natural lagoons too, as well as masses of open space. We really could have stayed here all day, if not for all the exploring we had to do. Instead, we had a quick donut break, took in the view, and headed back to the car.

As a top tip, if you are thinking of making it down to Sotavento, make sure you get there early. It is easily on of the most popular beaches on the island and can get very busy.

places to visit in south fuerteventura

For our next destination, we wanted to go off the tourist trail. In the south of Fuerteventura there are lots of little fishing towns and we were heading to one now. La Lajita is nowadays more famous for the nearby Oasis Park, the island’s answer to Longleat Safari Park.

We decided not to go to the zoo which seemed very expensive and family said that it was underwhelming. Instead we thought that we would have a look around a traditional fishing village. From Sotavento, the drive is only about twenty minutes and you pass through some cool desert scenery.

Parking at La Lajita was easy. You just turn off the main road by Oasis Park and you shortly arrive at the town. It was void of tourism and instead we were greeted by local people just going about their lives.

places to visit in south fuerteventura

We headed down to the rocky cove and walked along the shore. There really is not a lot to see here other than a traditional fishing town. If you are looking for somewhere a bit livelier and instagrammable, then this probably isn’t the place. I did think that, whilst the place could benefit from some TLC, I could certainly just relax here. It was just simple and remote, somewhere that anyone with a busy life could shut off.

The scenery here is relatively pretty, but it is definitely not for everyone. There are a few bars jotted along the shoreline and one or two shops. I feel that it is a local place, which for people wanting to understand the canarian culture could be perfect.

Las Playitas

places to visit in south fuerteventura

From La Lajita we carried on heading north-east along the main road (FV-2). The journey is only about 20 minutes, but we did stock up on some more Fanta limon to keep us going. We drove through Gran Tarajal and decided not to stop, but it is certainly an option if you are using this to plan a trip.

Las Playitas is another fishing town, although it is more built up than La Lajita. In fact, there are a good number of large hotels in the area, which then feed into Gran Tarajal. The town of Las Playitas rarely sees many tourists.

Parking here was a bit of a nightmare. It was all one-way and there was a clear ‘residents only’ sign. We had to park on a dusty track nearer the outskirts, which we found after going through the one-way system. Fortunately though it was near the waterfront and an ice-cream stand.

After grabbing a white chocolate and strawberry ice cream, we headed to the pier. A lot of locals had gathered around it, with children jumping into the sea. It had a really friendly, quaint and chilled vibe. I would say though that once you had walked along the seafront, there was not much else to do.

places to visit in south fuerteventura

This is probably an optional pit-stop if you are planning this trip. La Lajita is definitely more rustic and is a truer example of a fishing village. That being said, it was good to break up the journey to Pozo Negro… And to enjoy an ice cream in the sun…

places to visit in south fuerteventura

Moving out of the south of Fuerteventura now, and hugging the east coast, we were driving up to Pozo Negro. Arguably one of the most famous fishing villages of the island, we were looking forward to seeing the place.

Again, the FV-2 takes you most of the way, until you have to turn right towards the village. You will see a large and ancient lava field as you make your way in. It is home to the ancient settlement of La Atalayita. This is believed to be an example of some of the first people on the island, before the European conquest. Since the conquest, it has been added to by native shepherds on the island, but still retains much of the original form. You can make a stop here on your way and I would definitely recommend it.

Continuing along the road, you will eventually see the village by the sea. Pozo Negro literally means ‘black pit’ and has ancient lava plumes either side of the village. Apparently, this village was very important a few hundred years ago, before being replaced as a key port by Caleta de Fusta.

We managed to park easily (just watch out for the large rocks!) and made it to the beach. There were quite a few local tourists here, all enjoying the warm day. The scenery was rugged and beautiful and had that rustic fishing village charm. There were also no tourists in sight, which again was a big plus.

We decided to sit on the beach, watch the waves and enjoy a cold drink. The next stop was Villaverde, with maybe a cheeky pit-stop for lunch. The rest of the afternoon would be spent by the pool relaxing and, of course, looking at all the stunning photos I had taken.

Top Tips for Travelling in Fuerteventura

If you want to see most of the island, definitely hire a car. Whilst expensive, the south of Fuerteventura is so different to the north. To truly understand the island, as well as its history and possible future, you just have to see both.

Driving is really easy here as the roads are like anywhere else in Europe. There are two main arteries in the island now too, with only a slower section around Puerto del Rosario. This day, along with our trip to Ajuy, were some of the best days of the holiday. I cannot recommend a car enough.

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  • Best Resorts in South Fuerteventura

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South Fuerteventura has some of the best and longest beaches in Canary Islands. Most of the beaches and tourist infrastructure are on the east/southeast coast – the resorts are (from north to south) Costa Calma, Esquinzo, and Morro Jable. The west/northwest coast is much more rugged and undeveloped (great for walking and solitude) – the only resort on that side (and a very small one) is La Pared.

Costa Calma, Esquinzo, Morro Jable, and La Pared are basically the four choices you have when selecting a place to stay in south Fuerteventura. Each has different character and would be suitable to a different kind of visitor. Let’s look at them in more detail; but to understand their differences you should first understand a bit of south Fuerteventura geography.

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Jandia Peninsula and Flat vs. Hilly Parts

Character of different resorts and beaches, costa calma, morro jable and esquinzo.

If you have never been to Fuerteventura and have only seen the island on a map, you have probably noticed the slightly curved peninsula running from the main body of the island in the south. This peninsula is called Jandia and the narrowest point where it starts, called the Pared Isthmus, is only 4.5 km coast to coast. Almost exactly at this narrowest point is Costa Calma (east coast) and the much smaller La Pared (west coast). The vast area between the two coasts is like a small desert – it is relatively flat and covered with sand and rocks. There are walking paths and you can easily walk from one coast to the other. In fact, the whole of south Fuerteventura is a paradise for walkers – both along the endless beaches and inland.

Further to the southwest the Jandia peninsula becomes hillier and eventually rises to the highest mountain range of the entire island, with the highest mountain Pico de la Zarza at 807 metres of altitude. Almost exactly under this mountain on the southeast coast lies the resort Morro Jable. Esquinzo is just a few kilometres to the northeast (between Costa Calma and Morro Jable, much closer to the latter).

Why the lengthy geography lesson? The location of the individual towns determines the character of the beaches and the entire resorts.

The longest, widest, and relatively flattest beaches are in Costa Calma and stretch many (20+) kilometres towards Esquinzo and Morro Jable. Costa Calma is entirely purpose built. There is nothing else going on than the hotels and the beaches – no “local” life. If you have been to Tenerife, Costa Calma may look a bit like Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje, but much much much quieter. There are good restaurants and a little tourist entertainment, but nothing close to the bars and clubs of south Tenerife. Costa Calma (and the whole of south Fuerteventura) is also quieter than Corralejo in north Fuerteventura. Depending on what you expect from your holiday, this can be either a good thing or a bad thing – just keep that in mind.

Costa Calma is the biggest of the Jandia resorts and some parts of it are quite far from the coast. The walk from your hotel to the beach can be as much as 20 minutes, so keep that in mind when selecting a place to stay. In the past the main road from the airport to Morro Jable was running through the middle of Costa Calma, but that has now been fixed with a new motorway bypass.

Overall, among all the Jandia towns, Costa Calma wins on infrastructure and convenience. It is also the most family friendly resort. On the other hand, if you want at least a bit of “local” feel, try Morro Jable instead – its western end has a small port and some local life besides the tourism.

These two resorts, being on the more mountainous section of the peninsula, are hillier than Costa Calma. Some hotels can be quite a climb from the beach, although distance-wise these towns are not that spread out towards the inlands as Costa Calma is (because there are steep mountains). Esquinzo in particular is very steep, whichever street from the coast you take – keep that in mind if walking uphill is a problem.

Morro Jable has a much wider and flatter coastal section. The beach there is very long and wide, with an iconic lighthouse in the middle (the southernmost tip of Fuerteventura), and separated from the town by a strip of natural reserve, which you need to pass through to get to the beach (it is not long – some 100-200 metres of pleasant walk). The beaches in Esquinzo are much narrower than in Morro Jable or Costa Calma, because the cliffs often start just a few metres from the shoreline. This is not to say that Esquinzo beaches are worse than the other places, just different. They offer amazing views and enless walks in ever changing scenery.

All of south Fuerteventura is naturist friendly. There are sections of the beaches which you will find more so than others, but all of the towns do have such sections nearby.

I have left La Pared to the end, because it is the smallest and the most different from the other three resorts. Being on the west coast, it often has stronger wind and bigger waves (Costa Calma on the other side tends to have much calmer waters, hence its name). La Pared is therefore popular with surfers. It feels very small and remote, and also lacks the comfort and wide choice of services. There just two restaurants (Bahia La Pared and El Camello) and accommodation options are also much more limited compared to the east coast. It does have some stunning beaches and views though – it depends what kind of holiday you are looking for.

These are the four resorts in south Fuerteventura. There is no “best”, as people’s needs and tastes are different. The basic takeaways:

  • There are beautiful beaches in all of them.
  • Avoid Esquinzo if you have problem walking uphill / up stairs. The frontline hotels in Costa Calma or Morro Jable are best for ease of access to the beach. At the same time, some hotels in Costa Calma (behind the old main road) are quite far from the coast.
  • Avoid La Pared if you want services and infrastructure, or if you come with children. Costa Calma is best for these things, followed by Morro Jable. If you want real nightlife, go to Corralejo, or Tenerife – no such thing in south Fuerte.
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21 best things to do in Fuerteventura (with our photos)

by Claire ROBINSON , Region Lovers | December 13, 2023 | no intrusive ads, no sponsored content, just some affiliate links - if you use them, we get a small commission (read more)

Things to do in Fuerteventura Lagoon beaches, desert mountains, sand dunes, rich seabeds, historic villages… don’t worry, there’s plenty to keep you busy! Here’s our selection of the best things to do in Fuerteventura , with our photos to help you choose!

BEFORE ALL OUR TIPS , OUR favorites

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Our favorite activities:

North: visit to Lobos Island – see availability South: dolphin-watching tower – see availability

places to visit in south fuerteventura

Our favorite hotels:

Boutique: Hotel INNSide Fuerteventura in Costa Calma 5 stars: Hotel Secret Bahia in Corralejo Adults-only: Hotel Barcelo Roya Level in Caleta de Fuste Family: Hotel Iberostar Playa Gaviotas in Morro Jable

What are the best things to do in Fuerteventura

This opinion is completely independent , based on our experiences. We visited the region anonymously, making our own choices and paying our bills in full.

1. Best thing to do in Fuerteventura: visit the island of Lobos

We know it’s strange, but one of our favorite activities in Fuerteventura is actually taking a boat to visit a small nearby island, our favorite!

What to do in Fuerteventura - Visit another island - Lobos

From Corralejo in the north of the island, it’s a 15-minute journey to the island of Lobos.

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The island has scenery like we’ve never seen anywhere else, with numerous small cones of volcanic rock. Sometimes we felt like we were on another planet, and we love that.

What to do in Fuerteventura - Visit another island - Lobos 2

You can spend the whole day on the island. There are no roads and only one car to collect the garbage. You can:

  • spend some time on the beach at the foot of a volcano, with golden sands and beautiful waters
  • walk around the island to discover its stunning landscapes, including a feeding lagoon for migratory birds
  • climb up to the lighthouse to admire the whole island
  • swim in the shallow waters of the small fishing village
  • or if you fancy a steeper hike, you can climb the volcano

And you can see more photos and info in our complete guide to visiting Lobos Island .

2. Dolphin watching

Dolphin tour in Fuerteventura

We love the whale and dolphin watching tours. We had high hopes, and were lucky enough to see a species we’d never seen before: pilot whales (also called pilot whales, but which are dolphins). A wonderful experience with the Fuerteventura landscape in the background. You can also often see bottlenose dolphins in the Canary Islands, including Fuerteventura.

dolphins in the Canary Islands

Sightings are never guaranteed, but in this corner of Fuerteventura, the chances are excellent!

There are tours in catamarans, speedboats and more traditional boats. We chose the more classic boat for its comfort and the ability to move around on board. We enjoyed it very much:

See program and availability – and book!

Most dolphin tours depart from Morro Jable , in the south of the island. There’s also a tour of Corralejo and Caleta de Fuste.

Learn more in our article .

3. Explore Betancuria and the mountain route

Visit Fuerteventura by car - Driving in the mountains 1

We know that many people come to Fuerteventura to enjoy the beaches. But we really enjoyed the small mountains in the center of the island.

Fuerteventura is an ancient volcanic land, and the peaks have been eroded for millions of years. The views are like waves of red, orange and brown soil. Viewpoints have been created to take advantage of these fantastic views.

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We recommend renting a car to take full advantage of these roads, and stopping for as long as you like. Driving is fairly easy (all our driving tips in this article ). It’s twisty but there’s always a good gap with a lane in each direction. The roads we took were in good condition.

Not-to-be-missed viewpoints:

  • Mirador Corrales de Quize (with giant statues)
  • Mirador de Las Penitas
  • Mirador Risco de las Penas
  • Mirador Sicasumbre

Unlike Lanzarote, Fuerteventura has not retained its traditional architecture and historic building codes. But on this road, you can find the village of Betancuria. Founded in 1404 by Jean de Béthencourt, it was the capital of the Canary Islands. And it remained the capital of Fuerteventura until 1834.

Where to go in Fuerteventura - former capital Betancuria 2

Here you’ll find charming historic buildings with white walls and beautiful brown-brick decor. These date back to the time when it was completely destroyed by the pirate Jaban in 1593. In the center of town is St. Mary’s church and garden. It was rebuilt in 1691.

You can even spend the night in one of the historic buildings, which has been converted into a guest house. Our room at Casa Princess Arminda had so much character, we loved it! See photos and availability

OUR TIPS FOR RENTING A CAR IN Fuerteventura

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  • A small car is all you need.
  • But you can also choose a larger one if you wish, as the parking spaces are rather large.
  • There’s a lot of demand and it’s an island, so book early .

driving in Fuerteventura

Read our tips

4. Get lost in the sand dunes of Corralejo

What to do in Fuerteventura Getting lost in the sand dunes 1

One of Fuerteventura’s main attractions is the Corralejo Dunes Park. It’s a fascinating protected natural park with sand dunes right next to the beach. Contrary to popular belief, sand does not come from the Sahara desert. It formed naturally on the island.

What to do in Fuerteventura Getting lost in the sand dunes 2

It’s a fascinating world of contrast with turquoise water, dark volcanic rock and golden/white sand.

More photos in our article on the Corralejo Dunes Natural Park.

5. Relax on Fuerteventura’s finest beaches (not just Jandia’s Sotavento lagoon)

Of course, when visiting the Canary Islands, one of the best things to do is enjoy the beaches. Fuerteventura has fantastic options all around the island.

Relaxing in Fuerteventura - Best beaches 1

The most famous are in the South. For example, you can easily reach the famous Jandia Lagoon (photo above). Here, you won’t have to fight for a place on the sand. There are a lot of them. It’s an impressive place, especially from the slightly higher vantage point. Younger children can play in the shallows, while older children can play in the waves.

most beautiful beaches Fuerteventura

But you can find many different beach styles to suit your needs:

  • The lagoon beaches of El Cotillo
  • The long, sandy Playa del Matorral beach at Morro Jable
  • The charming coves between Morro Jable and El Cotillo, with our favourite: Playa Tierra Dorada
  • The magnificent La Pared cliffs (see also section 11)
  • Black sand beaches such as Las Playitas or Gran Tarajal
  • and beaches with popcorn corals!

See our list of Fuerteventura’s most beautiful beaches .

WHERE TO STAY IN Fuerteventura

Option 1: Morro Jable

For its long sandy beaches, gastronomic and nightlife scene and activities. We recommend..:

  • Hotel XQ Palacete, small hotel above the beach – see prices, photos and availability
  • Hotel Buganvilla with its excellent spa – see prices, photos and availability
  • 5-star Iberostar Palace Hotel – see prices, pictures and availability

Hotel XQ Palacete

Option 2: Costa Calma

For its beautiful beaches and water sports. We recommend..:

  • Hotel INNSide Fuerteventura, our favorite on the island – see prices, photos and availability
  • Hotel H10 Playa Esmeralada – for adults – see prices, pictures and availability
  • Hotel H10 Tindaya for families – see prices, pictures and availability

Hotel Playa Esmeralda

Option 3: Corralejo

For the charm of the town, the number of activities, the choice of beaches and access to the island of Lobos. We recommend :

  • Hotel Secret Bahia, for elegant luxury – see prices, photos and availability
  • Hotel Boutique La Marquesina in the center of town – see prices, pictures and availability
  • Island Hotel Fuerteventura, pur un aparthotel – view prices, pictures and availability

Hotel Secret Bahia

6. Adventure

What to see in Fuerteventura Off the beaten track 1

If you’re looking for a little thrill coupled with stunning scenery, choose one of the options to get off the road and see some of Fuerteventura’s best spots. There are buggy rides and activities with different types of vehicles. These are the most popular excursions on Fuerteventura . This way, you can see the raw (and dry) beauty of Fuerteventura.

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7. Playing pirate in Ajuy’s sea caves

What to visit in Fuerteventura - Ajuy 1 sea caves

One of our favorite places to visit in Fuerteventura is Ajuy with its caves. It’s the best attraction for geology fans like us. You start your exploration on an old black sand beach. Then walk along the cliff to see the million-year-old rock that used to be the ocean floor. You can see every detail of the seabed crust. It is fascinating!

What to visit in Fuerteventura - Ajuy 2 sea caves

The walk along the cliff is pleasant, with beautiful rock shapes and magnificent views. And at the end, you can descend (via a staircase) to giant sea caves with beautiful black stones. The size is very impressive. See more photos

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8. Explore the end of the world in Cofete

Fuerteventura What to do? Explore the end of the world at Cofete 1

One of the most famous and grandiose places to see on Fuerteventura is Cofete. If you’re looking for a more wilderness adventure, this is an excellent option (unless you have back problems). There’s only one unpaved road to get there, and the journey is long and bumpy.

But once you reach the west coast of the island, you have this magnificent view of the impressive cliffs created by the landslide. And you can go down to the beach, when there are usually giant waves.

Fuerteventura What to do? Explore the end of the world at Cofete 2

  • Unsurfaced road from Morro Jable . This is not recommended with a standard car, especially as you are not covered by the rental insurance.
  • We advise you to join a 4×4 tour in a small group: see program and availability – and make a reservation

9. Swim in a natural pool

places to visit in south fuerteventura

If you’re drawn to clear waters, hidden spots and rock formations, you should go hunting for natural pools. But be warned: you’ll need to get there before low tide, and the tidal range must be high enough to make the most of it. We love it, for example:

  • Aguas Verdes, the most beautiful on the island, on the west coast
  • Caleta de Fuste’s “secret” swimming pool in a rock amphitheatre

See our article on Fuerteventura’s natural pools and lagoons .

10. What to visit in Fuerteventura: museums

Best museums Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is best known for its magnificent beaches and vast landscapes. But if you want to find out a little more about its geological, archaeological and cultural history, we recommend visiting one or two museums.

Among our favorites:

  • Museo del Queso Majorero : the cheese museum with interactive explanations, a tasting session and a cactus garden.
  • La Atalayita archaeological site : with ruins of houses built in the heart of a lava flow
  • Salinas del Carmen: salt marshes still in operation

See our complete list of our favorite museums .

11. Admire the cliffs of La Pared

places to visit in south fuerteventura

La Pared is one of our favorite spots on Fuerteventura. We could sit here for hours admiring the scenery. That’s because we love the cliffs and the waves crashing against them.

La Pared is a small village. To the north is Playa del Viejo Reyes beach. It’s well known among surfers, but strangely little visited by tourists. And yet it’s magnificent, especially if you love rock formations and geology, as the volcanic cliffs are magnificent. It has therefore naturally earned its place in our top secret places in Fuerteventura . We recommend descending at low tide, to observe all the formations there.

places to visit in south fuerteventura

But don’t miss the south of the village either. Meet us by the restaurant. Caretta Beach. Here you’ll find two smaller beaches with beautiful views of the cliffs. You can also climb the promontory between the two for even more spectacular views.

12. Learn a water sport: surfing, windsurfing…

places to visit in south fuerteventura

The coast of Fuerteventura is famous for water sports

  • Board to see
  • Kitesurfing

Playa La Barca also hosts the World Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Championship (Fuerteventura Grand Slam), one of the most popular competitions.

So there are plenty of opportunities to learn to surf or windsurf on the various beaches in the area. If it’s an idea that’s been on your mind for a long time, go for it!

WATER SPORTS IN Fuerteventura

  • Surf lessons – see options and possible locations
  • Windsurfing courses – see options and possible locations
  • Baptism diving – see options and possible locations

Morro Jable

13. Get away from the crowds in fishing villages

During our explorations, we discovered several tiny fishing villages around the island. We love the contrast between the white houses and the dark rocks.

Puertito de los Molinos

Their atmosphere is often very relaxing and peaceful. You can sit back and listen to the waves, or discover the small personalized decorations on the walls, for example with seashells.

  • Puertito de los Molinos with its beautiful beach
  • Pozo Negro and its pebbles
  • Giniginamar

Find out more in our article on Fuerteventura’s hidden gems, off the beaten track .

14. Enjoy the atmosphere of the old towns of Corralejo and Morro Jable

Corralejo in the evening

Fuerteventura was developed solely for tourism. As a result, the towns have lost much of their soul, filled with big hotels and international restaurants.

But we’ve found that the evening atmosphere in the old towns of Corralejo and Morro Jable is well worth the detour. That’s why these are our favorite places to stay in Fuerteventura .

15. Street art: outdoor paintings and sculptures – what to see in Fuerteventura

places to visit in south fuerteventura

Finally, for something a little different, we recommend discovering several cities with their efforts to incorporate art into the landscape:

  • Puerto del Rosario : the town of 150 sculptures offers a variety of works on the waterfront and in the center. And you’ll also find plenty of wall paintings
  • Gran Tarajal where large walls on the side of buildings have gigantic, fun street artworks.
  • Morro Jable and its sculpture exhibition along the seafront promenade

Places to visit in Fuerteventura - Street art in Grand Tarajal 2

16. Getting wet at Acua Water Park

places to visit in south fuerteventura

Fuerteventura has just one water park. It is located in Corralejo , in the north of the island. Here you’ll find a whole range of slides with different speeds and effects. There’s also a river to float in.

Reserve your entrances to take the fastest line .

17. Collecting windmills

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Fuerteventura also boasts a number of windmills. We love the way their white base contrasts with the dark floor. In these dry landscapes, they add life to the landscape. They’re very picturesque.

You can find them in many places, especially in the northern part of Fuerteventura. Keep your eyes open. Traditional windmills can be of different types, with different structures and functions: to make flour or to pump water. Given the wind in Fuerteventura, it made perfect sense. There’s even a museum dedicated to them (Museo Los Molinos).

Hiking in Fuerteventura

If you like walking, there are also some iconic hikes on the island. Just remember to start early and take plenty of water with you, as the sun is beating down hard and there’s no shade. For example, you can:

  • Hike to the summit of Volcan Calderon de Hondo – a short hike with beautiful views
  • Climb to Fuerteventura’s highest point, Pico de la Zarza, from Morro Jable . But this one is a 4-6 hour hike, and quite difficult.
  • Round the island of Lobos , as seen from the first point
  • Exploring other volcanoes…

19. Cooling off in Oasis Park

Oasis park

If you’re traveling with young children, there’s also a wildlife park and botanical garden in the center of the island (but no amusement park ). A strange idea on an island where water is scarce…

Book your tickets.

20. Eat tapas

Artichoke tapas in Savalje

Seriously, the Canary Islands are in Spain… so tapas galore! Many restaurants make classic tapas, with shrimps, potatoes, cheese… But you can also find restaurants that offer a little more creativity.

21. Vister cities in Fuerteventura

As we wrote earlier, the main towns are essentially tourist-oriented, apart from the old centers of Morro Jable and Corralejo. But if you’d like to visit them, here are our guides:

  • Best things to do in Morro Jable
  • What to do in Corralejo
  • Best things to do in Costa Calma
  • Best things to do in Caleta de Fuste

Visit Fuerteventura – summary

And to finish off this sharing of all our favorite activities and places to see in Fuerteventura, here’s a short video of what it’s like to explore the island:

And if you’re still deciding between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, check out our comparison article here .

Frequently asked questions

What to do in fuerteventura with children.

Children love all the activities listed above:

  • Dolphin observation tour
  • Acua Water Park
  • The lagoon beaches of El Cotillo and Sotavento de Jandia

But in the 4 tourist towns you’ll be proving just as often:

  • arcade games
  • outdoor play areas

What to do in Fuerteventura when it’s too hot

The sun can sometimes be brutal in Fuerteventura. In hot weather,

  • visit one of our museums
  • take a boat trip, it’s always a little cooler with the breeze.
  • cool off in the Acua water park
  • stay in the hotel pool

Where to see squirrels in Fuerteventura?

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The locals are not happy with them, as they are a nuisance, but for travelers, these squirrels are totally adorable!!!! You can find them on the beach (at La Pared or Playa Esmeralda Norte, for example). There are also some in the mountains (at viewpoints) and on volcanoes. Look and smile, but don’t feed them!

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Sotavento Lagoon

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  • The must-dos

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There are countless things to do in Fuerteventura , the second-largest island in the Canary Islands. This paradise is home to all types of landscapes, from virgin beaches and sand dunes to a vast turquoise sea and volcanic terrain in shades of black, brown, and ochre.

In addition to its size, Fuerteventura is one of the most impressive Canary Islands because of its remote location. So, if you want to explore it, I suggest renting a car in Fuerteventura so you can move around in total freedom and reach those hidden places.

Of course, it can be tricky deciding which places to visit in Fuerteventura since there are so many to choose from. We’ve been to the island several times, so we’ve had the pleasure of seeing its most popular sites as well as its lesser-known gems. To help you out, I’m sharing the 25 best attractions in Fuerteventura , so you don’t have to worry about missing anything.

Use this guide to plan your ideal itinerary on the island, as well as where to stay and eat during your trip. I’ll also share some of the top excursions in Fuerteventura in case you prefer not to drive. Ready for an adventure?

1. Corralejo Natural Park, one of the best places to visit in Fuerteventura

First, visiting Corralejo Natural Park is one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura , so don’t miss it. This protected area is in the northern part of the island, close to the town of Corralejo. It encompasses over 6,400 acres of sand dunes and virgin beaches that will leave you speechless.

While the park is one of the most famous attractions in Corralejo , it’s also worth spending some time in the town itself. There, you’ll find great food, shops, hotels, and some of the best nightclubs in Fuerteventura . Plus, Corralejo’s rich fishing tradition makes it a lovely place to walk and take in some history, especially at iconic sites like Plaza Patricio Calero or Avenida de Nuestra Señora del Carmen.

If you have more time, I recommend spending a couple of nights in one of the top all-inclusive hotels in Corralejo . This way, you can discover its hidden corners and some other nearby attractions in Fuerteventura .

Beaches of Corralejo

I can’t mention this place without bringing up the beaches of Corralejo . These are some of the most impressive beaches in Fuerteventura , offering 5.5 miles of fine white sand. Plus, they’re surrounded by the unique virgin desert of the Great Dunes of Corralejo.

While there are several beaches in Corralejo to choose from, the ones in the north are the most popular. They border the town of Corralejo and have a more family-friendly atmosphere with convenient amenities and facilities like restrooms, chair rentals, and lifeguards.

Beaches of Corralejo, best fuerteventura attractions

To the south, you’ll find more secluded beaches and private coves where nude sunbathing is permitted. Of course, keep in mind that these wild beaches are more remote, so you should bring everything you’ll need for the day with you.

Personally, I recommend heading to Playa del Médano , especially if you enjoy watersports like kitesurfing and windsurfing.

Dunes of Corralejo

I mentioned the Great Dunes of Corralejo , and I definitely recommend visiting them, as they’re one of the best places in Fuerteventura . This desert landscape boasts amazing dunes as well as a beautiful environment where you can try some sports and activities.

If you have a car, you can take the road from Corralejo to the Great Dunes and follow it through the park. Another option is to book a tour like this buggy excursion . We took this tour and had an amazing time traveling through the sand on a dune buggy at full speed. Of course, you can also explore the dunes on foot by taking the marked paths, but it’s a lot of trudging through the sand.

Great Dunes of Corralejo, best things to do in fuerteventura

Another popular activity in Fuerteventura is sandboarding, which you can try here. if you’ve never done it, this is your chance to try something new. We had a great time surfing down the dunes on a sandboard, but I’ll warn you that it’s not as simple as it seems!

Finally, I recommend ending your day here at sunset, when the desert is bathed in a magnificent glow of colors.

2. Cofete Beach and Villa Winter, two interesting attractions in Fuerteventura

Next, you can’t miss one of my favorite places to visit in Fuerteventura : Cofete Beach . Here, you’ll be treated to a wild, natural landscape where you can enjoy the calm sea breeze and the sound of the waves.

This is one of the best beaches in Spain , a relatively untouched area where you can relax and disconnect. However, despite its isolated location, Cofete Beach is becoming more popular among tourists. If you want to visit, you’ll need a 4WD vehicle to traverse the rocky road and nearby gorge. We weren’t aware of the road conditions at first, so we came here with an economy car, and it was not the best idea. Next time, we plan to take a tour like this one to avoid another scary incident.

Cofete Beach, best places to visit in fuerteventura

Another reason why visiting Cofete is one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura is that you can also visit Villa Winter . This is one of the most curious places we’ve ever visited. It’s an abandoned house squatted by Pedro Fumero , a hermit-like majorero whom we met a few years ago during one of our trips. Pedro lives in Villa Winter with his family, and while he’s very kind, he didn’t seem concerned about a potential eviction notice when we talked to him!

Also, there are lots of legends and theories surrounding this house, including the common belief that it was a meeting place for German Nazis during World War II . Others claim that Villa Winter is the retirement home of Gustav Winter, a German engineer who came to the Jandía Peninsula to build several hotels. Either way, this is one destination in Fuerteventura that you won’t find anywhere else.

3. See Calderón Hondo, one of the coolest things to do in Fuerteventura

To the north of the island, you’ll see the Bayuyo Volcanoes , which were highly active about 50,000 years ago. The Bayuyo eruptions resulted in the creation of Lobos Island, as well as the expansion of Fuerteventura, which shaped the island’s appearance as you see it today.

One of the best-preserved volcanoes in this area is Calderón Hondo , which boasts a 230-foot-deep crater. You can actually see it from up close, and let me tell you, the views from up there are breathtaking. If you’re up for an adventure, this is one of the coolest things to do in Fuerteventura .

Calderón Hondo, fuerteventura best places

Climbing up Calderón Hondo takes about an hour, and the hike isn’t too difficult, so you can even do this route with kids. It’s totally worth the effort, as you’ll be rewarded with incredible views. The trailhead is in the town of Lajares, and the path is about 3 miles long. We hiked this route on our own, but if you prefer going with a guide, I recommend this hiking tour .

Also, if you’re interested in exploring this area further, you can take this guided tour of the north to see the town of El Cotillo and its surrounding natural environment.

4. Visit El Matorral Beach and other beaches in Morro Jable, Fuerteventura

Morro Jable is another awesome destination in Fuerteventura , offering a calm atmosphere and plenty of things to do. If you’re craving a few relaxing days by the beach, this is where to go. During our trip, we stayed in a Morro Jable hotel and spent a couple of days hanging out on the beautiful beaches. At night, we strolled along the promenade and explored the interesting streets of its old town.

That said, the main attraction of Morro Jable is El Matorral Beach , which features 7.5 miles of fine white sand and turquoise waters. The beach is divided into several different areas, so it’s like visiting multiple beaches in one. The southern region is the busiest, as it borders the town of Morro Jable and has amenities like chair and umbrella rentals as well as nearby bars and restaurants. To the north, things get much quieter, so it’s a great place to disconnect and enjoy some privacy.

El Matorral Beach, places to visit in fuerteventura spain

Moreover, the beaches of Morro Jable are surrounded by a fascinating ecosystem, the Salar de Jandía , a protected natural area. Despite the excess salt and continuous flooding of the tide, several plant species have managed to survive here by thickening their leaves.

Another point of interest in Fuerteventura is the Morro Jable Lighthouse , which is located in the middle of the beach and stands nearly 200 feet tall. In addition to being a navigational guide for sailors, the lighthouse has become a symbol of the town.

5. El Cotillo and its beaches, a must-see in Fuerteventura

El Cotillo is another one of the best places to see in Fuerteventura . This small fishing village maintains its simple and rustic charm, and while there isn’t too much to do in El Cotillo , it’s still worth visiting. If you come here, be sure to check out its small old town and the Tostón Castle, an 18 th -century watchtower.

You should also visit the beaches of El Cotillo , which are super beautiful and have become more popular in recent years. The beaches are particularly favored by beach bums who love to spend long days by the sea. Plus, the nearby port is still used by local fishermen, so you can get amazing seafood and fresh fish at the restaurants in town. The prices are phenomenal, too!

El Cotillo, what to see in fuerteventura

Another interesting sight in Fuerteventura is the promenade in El Cotillo, which has a display of giant whale skeletons. The display is meant to call attention to the cetaceans that have gotten stranded on the island’s coast, either due to natural reasons or human interaction. This initiative, known as the Senda de los Cetaceos , is active in several towns on the island, so if you visit other places in Fuerteventura , you’ll be able to learn even more.

Lastly, El Cotillo is home to the white houses that are indicative of authentic Canarian architecture. If you go up to the Mirador Alto Grande, you’ll get panoramic views of the coast and the white houses. Here, there are also some old lime kilns dating back to the time when this was the main export of Fuerteventura.

6. Costa Calma, a fun place to visit in Fuerteventura

Costa Calma is one of the busiest places on the island, and it’s home to some of the best hotels in Fuerteventura . Plus, the town has all kinds of things to do in Fuerteventura for families , couples, and groups of friends.

One of the best features of Costa Calma is its 1.2 miles of white sand beaches, where you’ll be tempted to take a dip in the calm, turquoise waters. While there are several beautiful beaches in Costa Calma , I think Playa Esmeralda is the most stunning thanks to its preserved, wild environment. If you travel a bit further past Playa Esmeralda, you’ll find Sotavento Beach , which will amaze you with its natural beauty.

Costa Calma, places to visit in fuerteventura

However, the main reason why Costa Calma is so popular is that it hosts the annual Windsurfing World Championship. Every year, people flock to this town to watch the best wind and kitesurfers on the planet compete for the top spot. If you’re planning a quiet vacation, make sure you check ahead to see if your travel dates are the same as the championship. And if you’re a fan of these watersports, you couldn’t ask for a better place to practice!

For those who prefer on-land activities in Fuerteventura , Costa Calma offers other fun things to do. For example, this quad or buggy safari is a one-of-a-kind adventure, and this e-bike tour is a relaxing way to explore the coast.

7. Go to Sotavento Beach, a relaxing thing to do in Fuerteventura

As I mentioned, Sotavento Beach is one of the nicest places in Fuerteventura , so be sure to add it to your itinerary. I first visited this spot a few years ago, and ever since then, I’ve been completely fascinated. Now, any time we visit the island, we take some time to lie out on the white sand and marvel at the surrounding landscape.

What makes Sotavento Beach so incredible is its 5.5 miles of coastline that includes the beaches of Playa de la Barca, Risco del Paso, Mirador de Sotavento, Playa de los Canarios, and Playa de Mal Nombre. When the tide is high, all of these beaches are connected. If you’re craving an oceanside walk, take a stroll along the shore and you’ll be able to see some of the most beautiful beaches in Jandía in one day.

Sotavento Beach, best place to go in fuerteventura

Best of all, these beaches rarely attract large crowds, so you can enjoy a quiet and relaxing visit. There are even more private spots where nude sunbathing is allowed, as well as areas with shallow waters that are perfect for families with kids. Just be aware that none of the beaches here have rental services, lifeguards, restrooms, or snack bars.

While you’re here, I suggest checking out another cool sight in Fuerteventura : the Risco del Paso . This nearly 2-mile sandbank is right in front of the beach, about 300 ft – 950 ft from shore. The landscape resembles that of a lagoon, with picturesque blue water. However, it gets quite windy, so most people come here to practice wind and kitesurfing.

8. Visit the Ajuy Caves, a little-known thing to do in Fuerteventura

The Ajuy Caves Natural Monument is another must-see in Fuerteventura . These spectacular caves date back more than 70 million years and emerged from about 10,000 feet deep underground, forming the basis of the islands as we know them today.

They’re basically made up of lava and sediment, so if you pay attention, you’ll be able to differentiate various levels of substrates from the depths of the ocean. These date back 150 million years, and if you go inside the caves, you’ll notice the rise in humidity and the drop in temperature.

Ajuy Caves, canary islands fuerteventura things to do

In addition to being a free thing to do in Fuerteventura , visiting the Ajuy Caves takes less than an hour, so you can fit it into your travel plans. Of course, I recommend taking your time here, as these formations represent one of the most important sites of geological interest in the world. In this area, you can find marine fossils (some of the oldest on the island) and lime kilns from the early 20 th century.

After seeing the caves, head to the small fishing village of Ajuy , which is 5 miles from Pájara. You can get there by car or bus, or by taking this legends tour , which includes a guided visit to the caves and interesting commentary.

9. Isla de Lobos, one of the best places to visit near Fuerteventura

Isla de Lobos is a small islet located in front of the town of Corralejo. Despite being just 1.7 square miles, it offers lots of attractions, so if you’re looking for fun things to do in Fuerteventura , consider a day trip to Lobos Island.

Here, you can immerse yourself in a unique natural environment, but be aware that the islet is a protected natural park that requires a special permit to visit, and staying overnight is strictly prohibited. You can request the permit here , which will grant you 4 hours to see Isla de Lobos.

Isla de Lobos, attractions near fuerteventura canary islands

Lobos Island (or Wolves Island ) got its name from the sea lions that used to live here. Also called monk seals, these creatures no longer inhabit the island. However, there are still other things to see and do here, such as cycling, snorkeling, and hiking . This destination near Fuerteventura is also known for having some of the best waves in the Canary Islands, so it’s a favorite among surfers.

During our trip, we took this ferry that included the permit to access the island. Keep in mind that all ferries to Isla de Lobos depart from Corralejo, and the journey takes about 20 minutes . There are other ways to get to Lobos Island , but I recommend booking an excursion since they usually include additional activities and transfers to and from the island. For example, this catamaran sailing tour and this glass-bottom boat tour include a snorkeling session off the coast, while this hiking excursion takes you to the most picturesque points on the island.

10. Dolphin-watching, one of my favorite things to do in Fuerteventura

My absolute favorite thing to do in Fuerteventura is dolphin-watching , and it’s an activity that all ages will enjoy. Seeing wild dolphins in Fuerteventura is such a magical experience, and it’s the perfect thing to do in Fuerteventura as a family .

Keep in mind that since these creatures are living freely in their natural environment, there is no guarantee that you’ll spot dolphins during your trip. That said, June is the best time to take a dolphin-watching tour, and the summer season offers the highest chances of spotting them. We opted for this tour and were lucky enough to see a group of 10 dolphins swimming and jumping next to our boat. It was incredible!

Dolphin-watching, best things to do in fuerteventura

There are more comprehensive tours like this one , which include extra time for activities like snorkeling and swimming, so you might see other fascinating species like manta rays. Another alternative is this glass-bottom boat cruise , which lets you stay dry while marveling at the underwater marine life.

11. Puerto del Rosario, an interesting place to visit in Fuerteventura

If you’re not sure what to do in Fuerteventura , you can’t go wrong with a visit to Puerto del Rosario . As the island’s capital, it’s one of the most important cities in Fuerteventura, offering lots of attractions and a vibrant nightlife scene. Not only that, but it’s a great place to get a taste of daily majorero life.

There are plenty of things to do in Puerto del Rosario , but I suggest starting with this free tour that goes to the main points of interest like La Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Rosario and the Unamuno House-Museum. You’ll also walk along Primero de Mayo Street, where a large number of shops are concentrated.

Puerto del Rosario, best place to visit in fuerteventura

Moreover, Puerto del Rosario is full of art, including around 400 colorful murals and 100 sculptures, so it’s a delight for your senses. In ancient times, the city was a principal port for lime trading, and was known as the Puerto de la Cal (“Lime Port”) by locals, and you can still find a few old lime kilns along the coast.

If you’re visiting on a hot day, there are several nearby beaches where you can cool off. The most famous is Playa Chica , which is a short walk from the city center. Another beautiful spot is Playa Blanca , which has golden sand and fewer crowds.

12. Caleta de Fuste, another place in Fuerteventura to visit

Caleta de Fuste is another point of interest in Fuerteventura that you’ll appreciate. It’s located close to the airport as well as the towns of Corralejo and Jandía and is home to a variety of hotels and attractions.

The liveliest areas of the city are the port and its promenade, where you’ll find local shops and restaurants serving authentic Canarian food . It’s also worth stopping by the Caleta de Fuste Market , a bustling place where you can mingle with locals and shop for treasures.

Caleta de Fuste, free things to do in fuerteventura

That said, the iconic symbol of Caleta de Fuste is the Torre de San Buenaventura , a 2-story castle from the 18 th century that was used by the Majoreros as a defense against pirate attacks. For the best views of the castle, head to Playa del Castillo . The beach has beautiful crystal-clear waters and all the amenities you need for a relaxing day.

If you’re looking for a more adventurous thing to do in Fuerteventura , consider this quad excursion , which takes you along the coast to see the old lime kilns and admire the panoramic views of the surrounding beaches.

13. Hike the Barranco de las Peñitas and other trails in Fuerteventura

Another fun activity in Fuerteventura is hiking the Barranco de las Peñitas . Known as one of the best trails in Fuerteventura , this route is located within the Protected Natural Space of Betancuria Rural Park. The 4.3-mile hike will take you past various landscapes ranging from mountain passes to lush vegetation.

Barranco de las Peñitas, fuerteventura most beautiful places

What I like most about this hike is that it’s less touristy than other walking trails on the island. Plus, it only takes about 2 hours to complete, so you can check out other attractions in Fuerteventura after your hike. The trail begins in the small town of Vega de Río Palmas and passes by caves, aboriginal rock carvings, the Malpaso hermitage, and a palm grove. Of course, you’ll also see the Peñitas Arch, a hidden gem in Fuerteventura that makes this hike worth the effort.

14. Visit Betancuria, something to do in Fuerteventura for history buffs

For those who love history, Betancuria is one Fuerteventura attraction you won’t want to miss. Serving as the island’s capital until 1834, Betancuria is now sparsely populated despite preserving some of the most important historical buildings in the area.

Be sure to check out its historic center, where you’ll find the 15 th -century Church of Santa María . There is also the Betancuria Archaeological Museum , which features exhibits dedicated to the mahos , the island’s first inhabitants.

Betancuria, fuerteventura destinations

However, for me, what makes this town worth visiting is its privileged location in the middle of the Betancuria Massif Valley, which boasts super lush vegetation in various shades of green. If you go up to the Morro Velosa Viewpoint , you can appreciate the panoramic views of the region.

Also, if you’re renting a campervan in Fuerteventura , you can spend the night in Betancuria for free at the authorized parking lot.

15. Check out the Del Carmen Saltworks Museum, another interesting thing to do in Fuerteventura

The Del Carmen Saltworks Museum is one of the top attractions in Fuerteventura and a blast from the past. Here, you can be a salt farmer for a day and learn the history of the Hondurilla Salt Flats, which stood here in the 1800s. There is even a small house exhibit here that embodies the daily life of a salt farmer back in the day.

Over the years, the Salinas del Carmen were built, and today, they’re the only active salt flats on the island. You can take a guided tour of this place to see how the machinery works, including a step-by-step look at the salt extraction process. The salt here is very pure, having had all the sea foam and contaminants removed from it.

Del Carmen Saltworks Museum, fuerteventura spain things to do

I really liked coming here and seeing the salt flats with the glistening sea in the background . There is also a whale skeleton here, which is part of the Senda de los Cetaceos initiative that I mentioned earlier. Admission to the museum costs €6, but if you plan to visit other museums on the island, consider getting this combo ticket , which includes the Majorero Cheese Museum and the Molinos Interpretation Center.

Stopping by the Del Carmen Saltworks Museum is a fun thing to do in Fuerteventura for families , and you can end your visit with souvenir shopping or lunch at the museum restaurant, which serves fish, paella , and other delicious dishes.

16. Visit the Majorero Cheese Museum, something to do in Fuerteventura with kids

The Majorero Cheese Museum is another interesting attraction in Fuerteventura and a venue that’s included in the combo ticket I mentioned in the previous section. The purpose of this museum is to educate visitors on the production of Majorero cheese, as well as its history and cultural significance.

Majorero Cheese Museum, best spots in fuerteventura spain

As you make your way through the museum’s exhibits, you’ll learn about the island’s volcanic origins and its fauna and flora, including the Majorera goat , which is where majorero cheese comes from. Guided tours through the museum are available, in which you can learn about the history of this local cheese and taste a sample of this star ingredient. The museum store has even more local products available.

Admission to the Majorero Cheese Museum is €4, but if you’re looking for an alternative activity in Fuerteventura , consider this food tour . It involves a full day of visiting local farms and scenic villages, followed by a traditional Canarian lunch with delicious tapas.

17. Spend a day at Acua Water Park, a fun thing to do in Fuerteventura as a family

If you’re looking for things to do in Fuerteventura with kids , I recommend visiting Acua Water Park . This attraction covers nearly 270,000 square miles and features over a dozen aquatic rides and activities for all ages. So, if you’re near the town of Corralejo and seeking refuge from the hot summer sun, this is the place to go.

Acua Water Park, places to visit in fuerteventura

It’s true that there are lots of beaches and playgrounds scattered throughout the island. However, none of them are quite like this water park, so if you’re a fan of waterslides and pools, you’ll want to check it out. Some of the coolest attractions here are the Rapid River, the Dark Cave, and the large wave pool , but there are other amenities too, including a kids’ club.

If you decide to go, it’s a good idea to buy your tickets in advance since this water park is very popular and often has long lines.

18. Puertito de la Cruz and Jandía Natural Park

Puertito de la Cruz is one of the most beautiful places in Fuerteventura , so keep it in mind during your trip. This village is right next to the Punta Jandía Lighthouse , one of the most popular attractions on the Jandía Peninsula where you can enjoy some peace and tranquility in nature.

In fact, this village is so small that only 30 people live here , and there is no electricity or potable water. The residents have just one generator to power the entire hamlet, so it’s quite a unique place to visit. Among its few tiny streets, you’ll find traditional Canarian architecture and the typical white houses of fishing villages in the area. Plus, the views of the coast are impeccable.

Puertito de la Cruz, best places to see in fuerteventura

To get to Puertito de la Cruz, start in Morro Jable and take the dirt track towards the hamlet. It takes about an hour to get there, but if you book this buggy tour , the time will fly by. While you’re there, don’t forget to try the delicious fish broth at one of the local restaurants . It’s said to be some of the best in Fuerteventura.

19. La Alcogida Ecomuseum, a traditional place to visit in Fuerteventura

Just 20 minutes from Puerto del Rosario, the town of Tefía is home to another interesting attraction in Fuerteventura : the La Alcogida Ecomuseum . Here, you’ll find seven traditional homes where you can immerse yourself in rural Majorera life.

La Alcogida Ecomuseum, fuerteventura spain things to do

Along with simple peasant houses, there are also stately manors with balconies, multiple stories, and wooden staircases. In addition to the homes, there are several exhibitions showcasing the customs and lifestyle of Majorera society in the 19 th century . You’ll be able to learn more about common trades and crafts like baking, basket weaving, goldsmithing, and stone carving.

Admission is €5 for adults, and kids enter for free, so this is a fun thing to do in Fuerteventura for families . You can even sign up for one of the guided tours, which occur daily at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

20. Visit Popcorn Beach, a unique thing to do in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

I’ve already mentioned several lovely beaches you can visit, but Playa del Bajo de la Burra , better known as Popcorn Beach , is a must-see in Fuerteventura . This curious-looking beach appears to be covered in popcorn, but it’s actually scattered seaweed fossils that have washed up on shore.

Popcorn Beach, places to visit in fuerteventura

Without a doubt, you can get some amazing photos here, and it’s just an interesting landscape to admire. To get to Popcorn Beach, start from Corralejo, as the drive from there is just 15 minutes. That said, the last section is a dirt track , so be careful if you’re driving.

Also, be mindful of the strong currents here; they’re not very suitable for swimming. If you want to take a dip, return to Corralejo and enjoy the calmer waters of one of its beaches.

21. Mirador de los Canarios, one of the best viewpoints in Fuerteventura

The Mirador de los Canarios is one of the best places to visit in Fuerteventura for spectacular panoramic views. It’s about 6 miles from Costa Calma, so it doesn’t take too long to get there. However, be careful because the dirt road leading to Barranco de los Canarios isn’t in the best condition.

Mirador de los Canarios, fuerteventura places to visit

Once you arrive, you’ll see a trailhead next to the gas station; this is where you can begin the 3-mile hike to the summit. The route takes about an hour and a half , although we made several stops along the way to take pictures, so you can probably do it in less time.

The views from here are magnificent, and you’ll be able to see different points of interest in Fuerteventura , like Pico de la Zarza, the Cofete Valley, and Cofete Beach. If you can, plan your visit for sunset so you can experience the amazing glow that descends over the island.

22. Climb Mount Tindaya, an adventurous thing to do in Fuerteventura

Another hiking activity in Fuerteventura that I’m sure you’ll love is climbing the Sacred Mountain of Tindaya . This isn’t just any old volcano on Fuerteventura . Mount Tindaya has a rich history shrouded in mystery, and it’s said that different religious rites and witchcraft practices were practiced here by the ancient aboriginal people. There are also over 300 rock engravings at the summit, and curiously, they form the shape of a foot.

Also known as “ The Mountain of the Witches ”, the volcano is just 2 miles from the town of Tindaya. Standing 1,300 feet tall, it’s believed to be around 18 million years old and one of the first mountain formations on the island.

Mount Tindaya, things to see in fuerteventura canary islands

Climbing Mount Tindaya is one of the most exciting things to do in Fuerteventura , and the path is very well-marked, so it’s not too difficult. That said, I recommend booking a guided hiking tour so you can learn more about this natural wonder and see its impressive rock engravings. The tour I mentioned also visits other Marjorero treasures like Betancuria Natural Park, the Ajuy Caves, and the Great Dunes of Corralejo.

23. Star-gazing at the Sicasumbre Observation Point, a magical thing to do in Fuerteventura as a couple

As you may know, one of our passions is photographing the Milky Way , so when a photographer friend told us about the Sicasumbre Astronomical Viewpoint , we knew we had to check it out. This is one of the best places in Fuerteventura to capture our galaxy, and we can say from personal experience that it’s a must-see during your trip.

Sicasumbre Observation Point, things to do in fuerteventura for couples

We always bring our own tripods when we go, but there are camera stands available to the public if you don’t have one. The observation point is located about 1,000 feet above sea level, making it an ideal spot for star-gazing and spotting different constellations. Of course, I recommend bringing extra layers when you visit since the temperatures tend to drop quite a bit after dark.

If you’re lucky, you might come across a more experienced visitor who has their own telescope. This happened to us, and we were able to get a better view of some starry wonders. Either way, coming here is a great thing to do in Fuerteventura as a couple , although it’s also suitable for the kids.

24. Walk through the Fuerteventura Botanical Garden, a romantic thing to do in Fuerteventura

The Botanical Garden of Fuerteventura is one of the most beautiful places in Fuerteventura . The gardens cover over 60 acres and contain more than 1,500 species of plants, trees, and flowers. It has three main areas, divided into tropical and subtropical plants; cacti and succulents; and native plants and migratory birds.

Fuerteventura Botanical Garden, things to do in fuerteventura for families

However, keep in mind that the entry fee includes admission to the Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura zoo , and you can’t pay for only access to the garden. You may already know this, but we don’t support animal exploitation and attractions that use animals for entertainment, so we haven’t been here.

Visiting the botanical garden seems like a nice thing to do in Fuerteventura as a couple , and we would really like to go there, but we don’t want to waste our money on a place that supports wildlife exploitation. In my opinion, it’s better to spend your time at one of the other attractions in Fuerteventura , some of which are free.

25. Practice kite or windsurfing, a popular thing to do in Fuerteventura

A visit to this island isn’t complete without trying your hand at windsurfing or kitesurfing . These are two of the most popular activities in Fuerteventura , which makes sense since Costa Calma is where the World Windsurfing Championships are held every year.

If you’re a sports lover, you can sign up for a class or bring your board and practice your movements in paradise. The coastline experiences strong trade winds, creating the perfect conditions for surfing enthusiasts.

Windsurfing, things to do in fuerteventura canary islands

Don’t be discouraged if you’re a beginner; there are classes for all levels, both on the southern and northern ends of the island. I signed up for these classes in El Cotillo , but there are plenty of other options. In my case, I preferred a small group session, so those classes were a good fit for me.

Traditional surfing is another fun thing to do in Fuerteventura , so you may want to take these surf lessons , which are suitable for all skill levels. They take place in Corralejo, but if you’re in the south of the island, you can opt for these classes in Morro Jable .

Best places to stay in Fuerteventura

There are many wonderful places to stay in Fuerteventura , including accommodation options for budget-conscious travelers and those seeking a more luxurious experience. Below, you can see my recommendations for your trip to the island:

  • Bahiazul Resort Fuerteventura – Located in Corralejo, this property has some of the best villas in Fuerteventura for a dreamy vacation. They have 1-3 bedrooms, private bathrooms, and fully-equipped kitchens with seating. There are even relaxing guest facilities like a private pool and a heated jacuzzi.
  • Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace – This Morro Jable accommodation offers modern rooms of different categories, with the Star Prestige suites being the most exclusive. They offer direct access to the pool and a private balcony overlooking the sea, making this one of the best hotels in Fuerteventura . This is also one of the best places to stay in Fuerteventura for couples , thanks to the elegant facilities like a spa, a bar, and several swimming pools.

Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace, best places to stay fuerteventura

  • Bahia Calma Beach – If you’re traveling as a group, consider staying at this Fuerteventura apartment in Costa Calma. Each rental has 1-2 bedrooms, a living room with a sofa bed, and a kitchen with a kettle, coffee maker, and microwave.
  • Barcel ó Fuerteventura Mar – As one of the best all-inclusive hotels in Fuerteventura , this is the place to stay if you want to enjoy a worry-free holiday. Located in Caleta de Fuste, it features three pools, a mini-golf course, tennis, and ping-pong. It also offers plenty of dining options, such as Italian, Japanese, and Mexican cuisine.

Where to eat in Fuerteventura – Best restaurants

One of the best parts about traveling is that you get to try the local cuisine. There are lots of delicious restaurants in Fuerteventura where you can eat like a true majorero , but these are my top recommendations:

  • La Lonja : This informal bar in Corralejo has a beautiful terrace where you can enjoy your meal in the fresh air. The menu is quite extensive, so take your pick from meats, fish dishes, pasta, pizza, and more. The house specialty is roasted octopus and generous portions of fried fish.
  • El Bounty del Muelle : This restaurant in Puerto del Rosario has a family atmosphere and affordable prices. It’s one of the best places in Fuerteventura for tapas and fresh seafood.
  • La Vaca Azul : Located in El Cotillo, this restaurant serves up tapas, soups, rice dishes, meat, and all kinds of fish and seafood. Plus, the staff is super friendly, so it’s an all-around great place to eat. Just remember to reserve your table in advance!
  • La Bodega de Jandía : Another eatery with outdoor seating, this rustic tavern in Morro Jable is ideal for drinks and tapas. The drinks menu is extensive, and the prices are excellent, so this place is a good choice for tight budgets.

Map of Fuerteventura

Below, you’ll find a map with all the Fuerteventura attractions , hotels, and restaurants I mentioned in this guide. You can download it and use it to plan your itinerary:

I also recommend checking out our Fuerteventura tourist maps if you want more specific maps for beaches, roads, and more.

How to get around Fuerteventura

In addition to choosing which Fuerteventura attractions to visit, you should also plan how you’ll get around the island. Hands down, the most convenient option is renting a car on Fuerteventura , which you can pick up from the airport as soon as you land. This way, you’ll be able to travel around in total freedom and on your own schedule.

We always use Rentalcars because it quickly compares all the local rental car companies to get us the best deal. We’ve used them several times in Fuerteventura and elsewhere, and we’ve always had great experiences.

Another option is to rent a campervan in Fuerteventura , which is a good idea if you’re like us and enjoy spending the night in different places during your trip. We like to use Yescapa , which has a good range of vehicles at affordable prices. I also recommend reading our guide to camping in Fuerteventura to see all the places where you can spend the night in an RV or camper.

Visit Lanzarote from Fuerteventura

Finally, Lanzarote is quite close to Fuerteventura, so if you have time, you might want to visit this neighboring island to discover all the top attractions on Lanzarote .

Timanfaya, fuerteventura what to see

If you only have one day to do so, then the easiest way to get to Lanzarote from Fuerteventura is with this tour . It includes your ferry ticket and visits to Timanfaya National Park , the Jameos del Agua , and a La Geria vineyard for a wine tasting.

If you’d rather visit Lanzarote on your own, check DirectFerries for ferry schedules and the best prices. You can also visit Kiwi.com for flight deals.

Now you have everything you need to plan your trip! I hope this guide gave you some great ideas about things to do in Fuerteventura as well as where to stay and eat. Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below if you have any questions. I’d also love to hear about your experience and any Fuerteventura attractions you think I missed.

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Walking barefoot feeling the fine sand between your toes, taking a dip in the Atlantic, waiting for the best waves to surf, eating the freshest fish you have ever tried in front of the sea, or driving through charming towns and villages is what awaits in Fuerteventura.

This Canary Island never disappoints. Fuerteventura is a destination made for groups of friends looking for fun, families after peaceful places where their children can play and, also, those looking for a place to unwind and find themselves.

The best way to make the most of your holiday is by planning a stay with a little bit of everything.  A short break  on the island is a real treat. Visiting villages, doing day trips to natural spots and enjoying your free time by doing nothing; that is, sitting in front of the sea and enjoying its turquoise tones without thinking about the daily grind.  Pay close attention because the following places and  activities are those that we believe to be  must-visits on a trip to Fuerteventura .

Lobos Island

Corralejo dunes

Jandía peninsula.

Villa Winter

Aguas Verdes

Cofete beach

Sotavento beach

El Matorral beach

La Concha beach

  • Other notable beach

Puerto del Rosario

Morro de Jable

Costa Calma

Caleta Fuste

Must-visit places in Fuerteventura

Natural pools, astonishing caves, golden sand dunes, historical landmarks and even markets are some of the attractions that will please the most diverse array of people. Still having doubts over whether Fuerteventura is a simply perfect island?

If the idea of sailing gets you going, imagine what it would be like if your destination is considered a small paradise where you can go hiking, surfing or enjoy its quiet beaches away from the masses.

isla de lobos fuerteventura

When visiting  Lobos Island  you should bear in mind that it is a protected area and a special permit is required from the Island Council of Fuerteventura. If you are going as part of an organised excursion, you won’t have to worry about a thing because the agency will take care of the permits and adhere to the maximum number of visitors (two daily slots, each with no more than 200 people).

Once on Lobos, don’t miss the beautiful La Concha beach or a walk up to La Caldera volcano (don’t forget to wear suitable footwear for rocky, uneven ground) and Punta Martiño lighthouse. There is a beach bar on Lobos but bringing your own picnic wouldn’t go amiss.

This small desert, situated in the municipality of La Oliva, is part of the Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park  and is a great way to spend the day in touch with nature. Declared a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA), bird lovers will be able to keep themselves entertained trying to spot great bustards, Canarian houbaras, Eurasian stone-curlews and common kestrels.

Dunas de Corralejo

Corralejo Dunes

The white sand of Corralejo dunes contrasts beautifully with the turquoise blue of the sea and makes for a perfect backdrop to help you feel at one with nature. Spanning 2.5 kilometres in length and 10 kilometres in width, the park has beaches for all tastes including nudist beaches, beaches suitable for water sports (surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing) and games, etc. The most family-friendly beaches are situated in the north. If you are travelling with children, take note of El Pozo, El Viejo and Bajo Negro, which all have very calm water for swimming. The wildest beaches are in the south, such as El Burro beach, where the International Kite Festival is held, and El Moro beach.

Known as the magical mountain of Fuerteventura,  Tindaya  rises majestically in the north of the island, in the municipality of La Oliva. With a pyramid-like shape and eroded profile, it continues to intrigue visitors due to the archaeological heritage found on it. Standing at a height of just 225 metres and 400 metres above sea level, Tindaya is not particularly tall.

There are various marked hiking routes that lead to the mountainside and run through this Natural Mountain Area of National Interest, also declared a Natural Monument and given protected status as a Biosphere Reserve. Visiting as part of a guided tour is advisable so you can find out about the area’s flora and fauna.

When on an excursion to Tindaya, the best thing to do is head to the village of the same name, which has a population of under 1,000, and take the opportunity to see the Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad, declared a Cultural Interest Site. The restaurants Los Podomorfos and Casa Vieja are good places to recharge your batteries after a hike.

Tindaya

At the most southerly point of Fuerteventura lies the  Jandía peninsula , a beautiful natural area that is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Fuerteventura. The peninsula is connected to the island by the isthmus of La Pared and is home to Jandía Natural Park, which has areas of desert, lagoons and beaches.

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Beaches of the Jandia Peninsula.

It is said that a long time ago the peninsula was an island that became connected to Fuerteventura due to a volcanic eruption. In addition to its natural attractions, don’t miss beaches such as Sotavento, Morro Jable, Cofete, Costa Calma, Punta Jandía lighthouse and villages such as Pájara, which is very close by.

This is one of the most unusual places you can visit in Fuerteventura, since its history remains shrouded in mysteries that have yet to be unravelled. Villa Winter  is the name given to a house built in the 1940s in an arid, isolated setting. Some of the legends related to the building include one linked to the Nazi regime, an idea fuelled by the novel Fuerteventura , by the writer Alberto Vázquez Figueroa. Although no reliable data exists, the fact that it was the German engineer Gustav Winter who had it built, and that he was arrested by the British secret services, has contributed to the legend.

You can visit the villa, situated halfway between Jandía peninsula and Cofete beach, and walk through its large rooms set across two levels in a U-shaped formation and a watchtower.

Villa Winter

Piscinas naturales de Aguas Verdes

Visiting the  natural pools of Aguas Verdes , in Betancuria, is one of the essential things to do on a holiday to the beautiful island of Fuerteventura. All you need to do is pack a small picnic, as there are no restaurants or bars where you can eat, and some water shoes so you don’t hurt yourself on the sharp rocks.

Aguas Verdes

The area is an ideal place to relax, since it is not usually very crowded, where you will find six kilometres of natural pools, which fill up due to the force of the sea, meaning the water is constantly refreshed. Moreover, thanks to its green, crystalline waters, you can take some magnificent photographs.

The geological and palaeontological importance of the Ajuy caves  places them among the world’s 150 sites of primary geological interest, so it is advisable to set aside a morning or afternoon in Fuerteventura to visit them. The sheer size of the caves and their unusual interior formations are what are most impressive when visiting. Declared a Natural Monument, they span a surface area of almost 32 hectares.

The caves, forged by lava flows along the cliffs, were also the backdrop for pirate dealings. Reaching them is very easy: just head to the village of Ajuy, eight kilometres from the town of Pájara. From the village’s lovely beach there is a 500-metre-long path that leads directly to the caves. Take same warm clothing, because it is cold inside, as well as closed shoes.

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Fuerteventura’s markets

Visiting the markets in Fuerteventura when on holiday is something that is enjoyed more and more, and on the island you will find something for all tastes. They are the perfect place to buy crafts, find souvenirs to take home, and buy food directly from producers. Below are some of our recommendations:

  • Corralejo markets . This town has three options to consider including a traditional Canarian market in the Campanario Shopping Centre, another in the Acua Water Park and one, with a hippy feel, at Paseos del Arte.
  • Lajares market . An open-air market with lots of handicrafts.
  • Puerto del Rosario markets.  The organic produce at the Biosphere farmers’ market and the handicrafts at La Vega de Tetir market are a must in the capital of Fuerteventura.
  • La Caleta de Fuste market . There are two markets in this town, one selling crafts on the town square, and one by the bus stop, which sells a little bit of everything.
  • Costa Calma market . Excellent leather goods are available at its African market, which opens on Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • Morro Jable market . Imitation products and handicrafts every Monday and Thursday in the Cosmo shopping centre.
  • La Lajita market . Here you will find a farmers’ market, a craft market and a food market.

In Fuerteventura markets you will find all the information about opening hours and locations.

The best beaches in Fuerteventura

Magnificent beaches for all tastes await in Fuerteventura. Below we have selected some of our favourites.

The pretty Cofete beach , situated in the west of the Jandía peninsula, is one of the most recommended beaches in Fuerteventura. As it is located in a somewhat inaccessible area, far from any built-up areas, it has managed to maintain its calm, relaxing atmosphere. The beach can only be reached by four-wheel drives, as the only access routes consist of forest tracks.

Our recommendation is to set aside a day, or at least half a day, to do an excursion and enjoy its 12 kilometres of sand, next to Jandía Natural Park. The day out can be rounded off with a visit to Villa Winter, the small village of Cofete or Cofete cemetery.

Playa en Cofete

This is one of the prettiest, most unspoilt beaches on the island that is on a par with the transparent waters of the Caribbean. Situated on Jandía Peninsula, close to Pájara, Sotavento beach  is perfect for spending a day out by the sea, doing water sports and fishing. The beach has hosted numerous surfing competitions, since it has perfect conditions for the sport. The best place to see the coastline, which is divided into La Barca, Risco del Paso, Mirador, Malnombre and Los Canarios, is the Sotavento viewpoint .

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This beach located in the town of Morro Jable  (Pájara) is one of the most touristy beaches in Fuerteventura. Along its three kilometres of fine sand there is room for everything, including relaxing and enjoying the beach bar atmosphere, the areas with sun loungers and the range of water sports on offer.

playa del matorral fuerteventura

Although it is true that El Matorral beach is often very crowded, the way in which beachgoers are distributed along it means it is not overwhelming. The water here is very calm, which also makes it a great option for families. Don’t forget to take a stroll to Jandía lighthouse, which is situated more or less in the centre.

The beautiful  La Concha beach , which takes its name from its shape ( concha is Spanish for shell), is situated in the north-west of Fuerteventura, alongside the  town of El Cotillo . With calm, turquoise waters, it is a great beach to spend a lovely day out, with the added benefit of being close to town so you can combine swimming with a meal at a good restaurant. It also has lifeguards and a car park very close by.

playa de las concha fuerteventura

When the wind blows hard, you can use the corralitos (small stone walls) that locals have built on the sand to provide protection against gusts.

Other notable beaches

Those who love long days at the beach and water sports are in luck, because the best beaches in Fuerteventura  are around every corner. In addition to the aforementioned Cofete, Sotavento, El Matorral and La Concha beaches, there are also other magnificent beaches both in the north and south of the island. In the south, the beaches in and around the Jandía peninsula are particularly notable. In the municipality of Pájara, recommended beaches include the beaches of Costa Calma , with its palm-fringed coastline, and the lovely Esmeralda beach , which is sheltered from the wind with beautiful turquoise waters.

In the north, large dunes alternate with beautiful strips of white sand. One of the most exceptional places is the Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park. Finally, other beaches worth a mention include Gran Tarajal , in Tuineje, and B lanca beach , in Puerto del Rosario.

The most beautiful towns and villages in Fuerteventura

Travelling around Fuerteventura by car is a pleasure that holds some lovely surprises, especially when picturesque villages emerge in the distance in the midst of unusual landscapes and spectacular beaches. Stopping at all of them is not necessary, but it is worth knowing that the following are some of the most highly recommended.

The capital of Fuerteventura is a lovely town that bids you to stroll around, home to the island’s administrative services and cultural offerings. In addition to offering excellent hotels and restaurants, of course. Some places to visit in Puerto del Rosario  include the Unamuno house museum , where the writer spent part of his exile, La Alcogida ecomuseum and the Juan Ismael art centre .

If you’re staying in the capital, you will also have good beaches nearby where, in addition to sunbathing, you can do sports such as kitesurfing and surfing.

Puerto del Rosario

Set in beautiful surroundings, the old fishing town of Corralejo  encapsulates an urban way of life like few others. There is no shortage of shopping centres, good restaurants and boats in the marina. In the evening it is a pleasure to stroll through the old town while fish is grilled and the streets are filled with people after a good time.

If you would like to travel to Lobos Island, this is where you will need to go.

Corralejo

Morro Jable

The town of Morro Jable , located in the south of the Jandía peninsula, is one of the main tourist resorts in Fuerteventura, although it was originally a small fishing village. Belonging to the municipality of Pájar, it has a population of just over 8,000. Activities that can be enjoyed in Morro Jable are divided into those related to the natural world and the urban world. If you are a nature lover, be sure to visit Jandía Natural Park, discover its incredible beaches and explore the municipality by bike. You will no doubt love El Matorral beach, with its pretty lighthouse, and Cofete beach, so be sure to note them down among the area’s must-visit places.

In the afternoon and evening, stroll through the old town of Morro Jable to discover its many shops and excellent restaurants. Fun is guaranteed.

Morro de Jable

El  Cotillo  is a small town in the municipality of La Oliva, which encapsulates the good life in Fuerteventura. In other words, it has a bit of everything, including an old town, a wide range of restaurants and some exceptional beaches. The best places to visit before setting off to enjoy the crystalline waters of Piedra Playa or Caleta del Marrajo, are El Tostón castle, which dates from the fourteenth century and was used as defence against possible pirate attacks. El Tostón lighthouse , which today houses the Traditional Fishing Museum, is not to be missed either.

el cotillo

As you can guess from its name, in  Costa Calma  relaxation is guaranteed for those looking to unwind. There are also other fun options, however, such as Oasis Park Fuerteventura , a park centred on the protection of wildlife, offering shows and numerous activities. Those looking for beaches will find what they are looking for on the beaches of Costa Calma and Esmeralda. What’s more, Jandía Natural Park is just a stone’s throw away.

costa calma fuerteventura

This town is a favourite among those travelling with their families. Belonging to the municipality of Antigua, it stands out for its comfortable beaches with gentle waves and a good range of shopping and leisure activities. In  Caleta de Fuste  you won’t miss a thing, as you can make plans to see the latest films at the cinema, spend the morning at a shopping centre or take an afternoon stroll along the marina. Those looking for fun will also find lively pubs and nightclubs.

caleta de fuste

And, of course, you can spend the day at the beach or doing water sports. What more could you ask for?

Practical tips for your trip to Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura has the gift of offering so many different sides that it is always good to have some practical tips to help you put things into context and make the most of your time. If you visit the island on different occasions in the company of different people, you will realise that your perception of the place changes.  For this reason we have put together some recommendations whether you are travelling alone, with family, with friends or as a couple .

If you are travelling alone and you like sport, it could be the perfect opportunity to try your hand at water sports such as kitesurfing or windsurfing. There are dozens of academies where you can sign up for classes that will provide you with all the necessary equipment. You will also be able to meet other holidaymakers from all around the world, who also enjoy doing sport and are eager to have a good time. Routes through national parks of course come just as highly recommended.

If you are travelling with your family to Fuerteventura, however, your plan should be more relaxed with plenty of free time so the little ones can take it easy in each place. In Fuerteventura you will find beaches that are perfect to visit with children, with calm waters and very fine sand so they can play comfortably. You can also do a route taking in the island’s towns and villages and natural areas. Hotels also offer a wide range of entertainment options for kids.

There is also no shortage of options if you are travelling as a couple or with friends . As well as enjoying the beaches, diving, and routes through charming towns and villages, making an excursion to Lobos Island is also highly recommended. You can get to this small paradise by boat in just a few minutes. Don’t forget to visit the handicraft markets or sample some seafood a few metres from the shore at one of the island’s beach bars.

And one last tip: leave all your stress at home. The Canarian character combined with the pleasant temperatures, the excellent gastronomy and the beauty of the place can do miracles to lift your spirits.

places to visit in south fuerteventura

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time to visit Fuerteventura?

Fuerteventura is known as the island of eternal spring, and it is no exaggeration because its temperatures range between 15 and 25 degrees throughout the year. Therefore, any time would be ideal to visit. The months of April and October are the best for sunbathing and spending the day at the beach, while in May and August the wind is more intense, being a very good option if you like to practice sports such as surfing or windsurfing.

What is the best way to travel to Fuerteventura?

The best way is by plane. There are direct flights from the mainland but also from other islands such as Tenerife, Gran Canaria or La Palma. In the Canary Islands you can also use the boat to move between islands, it only takes 30 minutes from Lanzarote.

What can't I miss in Fuerteventura?

The main attraction of Fuerteventura is that it offers a wide variety of landscapes and activities for the traveler. Some essential places are the Natural Park of Corralejo, with its beautiful dunes, the beaches of El Cotillo and Cofete, and the sacred mountain of Tindaya.

What are the most beautiful villages of Fuerteventura?

Puerto del Rosario, Corralejo, Morro Jable or El Cotillo are among the most charming of the island, but you can also get lost and marvel at Cosa Calma or Caleta Fuste.

Related plans

Gran tarajal, a fuerteventura attraction off the beaten tourist track, la oliva: discover the wonders of northern fuerteventura, the best beaches in fuerteventura: a wealth of idyllic sands, playa de cofete beach: an unspoilt corner of fuerteventura.

Fuerteventura Travel Guide: 21 Best Things to Do & Places to Visit on the Volcanic Island

Fuerteventura Travel Guide: 21 Best Things to Do & Places to Visit on the Volcanic Island

Breathtaking landscapes and spectacular beaches.

Fuerteventura is one of the 8 main Canary Islands which are actually a part of Spain (even though they are located in the Atlantic Ocean west of Western Sahara and Morocco).

Because of their location, the weather is pleasant all year round on the Canary Islands and that’s exactly why we decided to travel to Fuerteventura in the middle of January 2022.

We must admit that we have always thought the Canaries to be a place mostly for retirees and families on package tours …

But we researched some of the best things to do in Fuerteventura and discovered that there are so many incredible beaches , cool hikes and unique experiences on the volcanic island!

Hopefully, you will feel that way too after reading our travel guide to Fuerteventura. Enjoy!

Where to stay in Fuerteventura:

  • Luxury : Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa – Stylish 5-starred adults-only hotel at the beach in Corralejo.
  • Value for money : Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas – Beach, pool and direct access to the famous sand dunes.
  • Budget : La Casita di Fuerte – Central location with a small pool. One of Fuerteventura’s cheapest options.

Search for the best value accommodation in Fuerteventura here .

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Why visit Fuerteventura

Where to stay in fuerteventura, 21 best things to do in fuerteventura, what not to do in fuerteventura, how to get around fuerteventura, how to get to fuerteventura, when to visit fuerteventura, tips for visiting fuerteventura, what to bring to fuerteventura, minimise your impact.

Alex and Victoria on Cofete Beach in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura (like the other Canary Islands) is mostly known for its resorts but there’s so much more to the island than all you can eat-buffets and swimming pools.

It’s the oldest island of the Canaries dating back 20 million years to a volcanic eruption and the landscape really reflects that.

In the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is the second-largest island after Tenerife but it’s only the fourth most populated after Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote (which are also the top three islands in regards to the number of tourists visiting).

That means Fuerteventura is not as crowded as the other islands, making it very pleasant to explore.

Fuerteventura also has the longest white sand beaches in the Canary Islands – and they are gorgeous!

If beaches aren’t your thing, don’t worry. There are many natural sights to see inland and by the coasts, like volcanoes , caves, natural pools, sand dunes, mountains and hiking trails for all levels.

Read on to learn about the best things to do and places to visit in Fuerteventura !

Fun fact: the name comes from the Spanish words “fuerte” (strong) and “ventura” (fortune) but it’s also a reference to the island’s strong winds.

Drone view of the coastal road to Corralejo natural park

Map of Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is part of the Canary Islands; a Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean west of Western Sahara and Morocco in a region known as Macaronesia.

The island is 100 kilometres (62 miles) long and 31 kilometres (19 miles) wide, making it the second biggest of the Canary Islands.

There are generally three main areas where tourists stay in Fuerteventura: north, central and south.

The two main tourist areas of Fuerteventura are:

  • Corralejo in the north.
  • Morro Jable in the south.

Around Corralejo and Morro Jable is where most resorts, hotels, restaurants and tourist amenities are located.

Staying at either end of the island means you’ll stay near some fantastic beaches and other top attractions of Fuerteventura.

The downside is that you’ll naturally have a farther drive to the opposite end.

To make up for this, it can also make sense to stay more centrally on the island ( adlink: as we did ourselves ) – or to split up your time evenly between the north and the south and book accommodation at both ends.

Search for the best value accommodation in Fuerteventura here (adlink) .

Playitas Resort, Fuerteventura

Area overview of where to stay in Fuerteventura:

North: corralejo – hip vibe & close to amazing attractions.

  • North: El Cotillo – Beautiful, family-friendly beaches

Central: Puerto del Rosario to Caleta de Fuste

  • Central: Betancuria – The central mountains of Fuerteventura
  • South: Costa Calma – Calm area for beach lovers
  • South: Morro Jable – Family-friendly & peaceful beaches

Corralejo is the most popular place to stay in Fuerteventura for a reason.

Staying here means you’ll be close to the small beaches of Corralejo , but also be just minutes away from the famous Corralejo Sand Dunes – the “desert” of Fuerteventura with absolutely stunning beaches.

Also near Corralejo? The climbable Calderon Hondo volcano , the protected natural area Lobos Island as well as El Cotillo and lots of other beautiful beaches.

Corralejo itself is a cosy town with lots of great restaurants and supermarkets. If you’re looking for plant-based options in Fuerteventura, Corralejo is probably your best bet. We had delicious vegan ice cream from La Nativa when we visited.

Make sure to check out this guide to vegan dine outs in Fuerteventura by Veganhaven for great places to eat on the island.

Where to stay in Corralejo

  • Luxury : Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa .
  • Value for money : Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas .
  • Budget : Island Home Fuerteventura .

Search for the best value accommodation in Corralejo here .

Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa in Fuerteventura

North: El Cotillo – Beautiful, family-friendly beaches

El Cotillo is located in the northwest about 20 minutes of driving from Corralejo.

This small, sleepy town maintains a very chilled-out atmosphere even though its popularity is on the rise.

The beautiful beaches here are protected by reefs, meaning waves and currents are minimal. This is why El Cotillo is a great place to stay for families with children .

Also, prices can be lower here than in Corralejo while you’re still close to many incredible sights. Basing yourself in El Cotillo is indeed a fine option.

Where to stay in El Cotillo

  • Value for money : Coral Cotillo Beach .
  • Budget : TAO El Cotillo .

Search for the best value accommodation in El Cotillo here .

Coral Cotillo Beach in Fuerteventura

Staying in the eastern central part of the island comes with some obvious positives: transport from and to the airport is minimal and you’ll be easily connected with the rest of the island.

That means staying here can be a good choice if you don’t rent a car.

On the other hand, the eastern central part of Fuerteventura is generally not the most interesting part of the island for most tourists.

Apart from the natural pool of Caleta de Fuste , the beaches here aren’t Fuerteventura’s best (although they’re still fine!). That means you’ll have to travel to get to Fuerteventura’s top sights.

If you’re into golf , though, Caleta de Fuste is a great place to stay.

Where to stay in Puerto del Rosario & Caleta de Fuste

  • Luxury : Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel .
  • Luxury : Sheraton Fuerteventura Golf & Spa Resort .
  • Value for money : Hotel el Mirador de Fuerteventura .
  • Budget : La Casita di Fuerte .

Search for the best value accommodation in Caleta de Fuste here .

Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel

Central: Betancuria – The central mountains of Fuerteventura

If you like hiking or don’t mind driving to the beach, staying in the central mountains (also known as the Betancuria Massif) in the western part of Fuerteventura can make sense.

Betancuria is known as the most beautiful town on the island and the mountains around here are stunning.

The roads are very popular with road cyclists and the trails are great for hiking .

Staying in the central mountains also means you’ll be close to Ajuy Caves and the black sand beach , Arco de las Peñitas , as well as several famous viewpoints .

Where to stay near Betancuria

  • Value for money : Casa Princess Arminda .

Search for the best value accommodation near Betancuria here .

Casa Princess Arminda

South: Costa Calma – Calm area for beach lovers

Staying in the south of Fuerteventura is heaven for people who love going to the beach. It’s especially popular with Northern Europeans (and Germans in particular).

As the name implies, Costa Calma is very calm . It’s smaller than some of the other resort towns of Fuerteventura and very laid-back.

The beaches in and near Costa Calma are veeery long , so you’ll always be able to find your own spot in the sand.

Sotavento (and its famed lagoon) starts from the southern end of Costa Calma, making Costa Calma a popular spot for wind and kitesurfers who love the conditions here.

There’s a twice-weekly market in Costa Calma held each Wednesday and Sunday.

Where to stay in Costa Calma

  • Value for money : Hotel Cooee Taimar .
  • Value for money : SBH Crystal Beach Hotel & Suites .

Search for the best value accommodation in Costa Calma here .

Hotel Cooee Taimar in Fuerteventura

South: Morro Jable – Family-friendly & peaceful beaches

Morro Jable is the southernmost place to stay in Fuerteventura and one of the most developed areas of the island.

If Morro Jable’s own beach Playa del Matorral isn’t enough, you’ll also be very close to Playa de Esquinzo as well as the famous Sotavento Lagoon .

The real unique draw down south though? The natural park of Jandía, home to Cofete – our favourite beach in Fuerteventura.

Getting here is not easy, but it’s much easier if you’re already staying in Morro Jable.

Morro Jable itself is a lively place with lots of supermarkets, cafés and restaurants. There’s a local market each Thursday.

Where to stay in Morro Jable

  • Luxury : Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace .
  • Luxury : Hotel Riu Palace Jandia .
  • Budget : AltaVista Apartahotel .

Search for the best value accommodation in Morro Jable here .

Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace

Are you wondering what to do in Fuerteventura?

In this travel guide to Fuerteventura, we have summed up the top things to do, the best beaches and other places you can’t miss on your vacation to the Canarian island.

Most of them are even free things to do!

  • Corralejo Sand Dunes – Desert by the ocean
  • Corralejo beaches – Long white sand beaches
  • Lobos Island – Best day trip
  • Cofete Beach – Most remote and beautiful beach
  • Calderon Hondo – Panoramic volcano views
  • Arco de las Peñitas – Secret natural stone arch
  • Playa de Sotavento – Amazing lagoon beach
  • Betancuria – Oldest town in Fuerteventura
  • Ajuy Caves – Ancient natural caves
  • Playa Ajuy – Black sand beach
  • Piscina Natural (Caleta de Fuste) – Secret natural pool
  • El Cotillo + surrounding beaches – Calm lagoon beaches
  • Sicasumbre Astronomical Viewpoint – Stunning mountain views
  • Mirador de Las Peñitas – Scenic viewpoint
  • Mirador de Guise and Ayose – Statues & expansive views
  • Piscinas Naturales (Caleta del Marrajo) – Shallow lagoons
  • Aguas Verdes rock pools – Wild natural pools
  • Windmills (Molinos) – Cute whitewashed windmills
  • Hiking on GR131 – The trail of the Canaries
  • Water sports – Fly in the wind
  • Faro de la Entallada – Remote scenic lighthouse

1. Corralejo Sand Dunes – Desert by the ocean

Exploring the Corralejo Sand Dunes in the north of Fuerteventura is definitely one of the top things to do on the island.

The golden dunes in Corralejo Natural Park span over a huge area and they are in fact the largest sand dunes in the Canary Islands .

It’s an incredible experience walking in the small desert by the ocean – especially in the afternoon and around sunset.

We loved the natural park so much that we actually went there three times!

Find the best spots and views in our full travel guide to Corralejo Sand Dunes here .

places to visit in south fuerteventura

2. Corralejo beaches – Long white sand beaches

The Corralejo Natural Park also includes a coastline with kilometres of long white sand beaches that are perfect for sunbathing or water sports.

You can surf or kitesurf if you’re into water sports (El Medano and Flag Beach are especially great for that) or simply find a nice spot on a beach to relax and enjoy the incredibly turquoise waters .

We really liked the beautiful beach Playa del Moro in the southern part of Corralejo Natural Park.

Be careful if you go swimming as the currents are strong .

Parking tip: there are many free, marked parking spots along the FV-1 road next to Corralejo Natural Park making both the dunes and beaches easily accessible.

Beach at Corralejo natural park

3. Lobos Island – Best day trip

One of the best day trips from Fuerteventura is to Lobos Island (Isla de Lobos) – a small protected volcanic island situated between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

Only a 15-minute ferry ride away from Corralejo, you can:

  • Chill out at the long beach Playa de la Concha de Lobos.
  • Swim in the crystal clear lagoon at Puertito Isla de Lobos.
  • Hike to the lighthouse Faro de Punta Martiño on the northern part of the island.
  • Climb the volcano crater Montaña de la Caldera.

In other words, there’s something for everyone on Lobos Island whether you want to relax, be active – or both!

Visiting Lobos Island is an easy and cheap excursion that we can certainly recommend going on.

Booking your boat tour in advance makes sense as only a limited amount of people can visit Lobos Island each day.

We went with Naviera Nortour on their glass-bottomed boat and they also took care of the permit for us which was really nice.

Learn how to visit Lobos Island and see the best things to do in our travel guide here .

places to visit in south fuerteventura

4. Cofete Beach – Most remote and beautiful beach

Cofete Beach in the southwestern part of the island is without a doubt the best and most beautiful beach in Fuerteventura.

So what’s the catch? Cofete is very remote and difficult to reach.

The drive to Cofete Beach is not for the faint-hearted – but think about it as a wild adventure.

When you do finally get to Cofete, you will have almost 14 kilometres of beach with golden sand and a backdrop of the 800-metre-high mountain range in the Jandia Natural Park.

The remoteness and difficult access has made Cofete Beach underdeveloped in the best way possible. There are no hotels, no restaurants, no loud music – just lots and lots of sand and the sound of the ocean.

A truly unique beach experience !

Caution: ​​swimming here isn’t the greatest idea as the currents are very strong and the waves are unpredictable.

Learn how to get to Cofete Beach in our travel guide to Fuerteventura’s wild paradise beach here .

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5. Calderon Hondo – Panoramic volcano views

Climbing to the top of the volcano Calderon Hondo is one of the coolest things to do in Fuerteventura.

The hike to the top of the 50,000-year old volcano is actually fairly easy (and free!) and you can have a look down the crater.

You will also have incredible panorama views of Lanzarote, Lobos Island , the ocean, the other volcanoes and the arid landscape of northern Fuerteventura.

Read our travel guide with all you need to know about hiking the Calderon Hondo volcano here .

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6. Arco de las Peñitas – Secret natural stone arch

Arco de las Peñitas is a beautiful natural stone arch in Barranco de las Peñitas in the western/middle part of Fuerteventura.

It is not the easiest to find but when you do, it’s all worth it.

And the hike through the rocky, arid landscape is magnificent.

Read our full guide on how to find Arco de las Peñitas here .

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7. Playa de Sotavento – Amazing lagoon beach

The 10-kilometres long Sotavento beach is definitely a beach you must see when in Fuerteventura.

It’s a strong contender for the most spectacular beach in Fuerteventura – especially if you time your visit right.

At high tide , the water comes in and creates beautiful lagoons with sandbanks.

The first time we drove to Sotavento to see the lagoons, it was really windy and we hadn’t really thought about what that would mean…

But the lagoon was filled with kitesurfers !

It’s pretty cool to look at but unless you plan to come for the watersports yourself, make sure to go on a day without strong wind for the best pictures of the lagoons.

When we returned the second time in the early morning, we were almost alone and could enjoy the rising tide as well as the almost 300-metres long sandbank forming in front of Risco del Paso.

A stunning beach for sure!

Check out our full travel guide to Sotavento beach (including when to visit for the best photos) here .

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8. Betancuria – Oldest town in Fuerteventura

Founded in the 15th century, Betancuria is the oldest town in Fuerteventura.

It was the capital until 1834 and while that’s no longer the case, it continues to be one of the best places to visit in Fuerteventura.

Situated in a mountainous region in the western part of Fuerteventura, this little village has traditional white houses , palm trees and a lovely square close to the Santa María church .

We enjoyed strolling around in the charming streets – and if they hadn’t closed just in front of us, it would have been wonderful to try the vegan burgers and crepes at La Sombra .

Betancuria square

9. Ajuy Caves – Ancient natural caves

Visiting the historic Ajuy Caves (Cuevas de Ajuy) on the west coast of Fuerteventura close to Betancuria is one of the most popular things to do in Fuerteventura.

It’s like travelling back in time!

The Ajuy Caves are the oldest formations in the Canary Islands , dating back some 100 million years – can you believe it?

Geologically and paleontologically, they are really interesting because of the fossil dune formations (solidified sand from the deep sea) and the ancient sediments and fossils from the ocean.

What we think is really cool is the fact that you can actually walk into the big caves and explore them on your own.

The 500-metre long trail leading to the Ajuy Caves offers amazing views of the cliffs and the ocean and most likely also some cute chipmunks (but please don’t feed them and interfere with nature).

Learn how to visit Ajuy Caves in our travel guide here .

How To Visit Ajuy Caves and the Black Sand Ajuy Beach in Fuerteventura

10. Playa Ajuy – Black sand beach

Playa Ajuy is the beach you will reach before the trail to the Ajuy Caves starts and it’s worth a visit for another reason: it’s a black sand beach .

If you haven’t seen one before, visiting the almost 300-metres long (and quite wide) Playa Ajuy is a unique beach experience.

The caves are interesting, and definitely merit a visit, but the path there and the black sand beach are certainly attractions in their own right , as well.

And for some reason, the area hasn’t turned into a big tourist trap (yet) – it’s free to visit!

Set aside about an hour for the hike and spelunking ( the exploration of caves! ), and more, of course, if you want to enjoy the beach while you are there.

Parking is free right next to the beach.

Get all of our best tips to visiting Ajuy Beach here .

Ajuy black sand beach

11. Piscina Natural (Caleta de Fuste) – Secret natural pool

Not far from the little resort town Caleta de Fuste, there’s a secret natural pool hidden in the rocks.

It goes under several different names: Piscina Natural, Caleta de Fuste rock pool and Krabbenfelsen Natural Pool. It’s all the same exceptional pool in the rocks.

When the tide is high, you almost cannot see the pool but when the tide is low, the water becomes calm, clear and emerald green . This is the best time to go for a swim.

Check the tides before arriving to make sure you’ll be able to see the rock pool. Come around an hour before the lowest tide to have the maximum amount of time there if you want to jump in.

Just going to the Piscina Natural to take a photo and head back to Caleta de Fuste might take 15 minutes but set aside at least 30 minutes if you plan to swim, or perhaps more if you like to relax and soak up the sun after your dip.

You can park just north of Caleta de Fuste town and walk from there easily. Look up “Piscina Natural” in that area on Google Maps for the precise location.

Shoe tip: the rocks are sharp so wear suitable footwear or at least thick sandals to avoid hurting your feet or slipping in flip-flops.

Read our full guide on how to find the natural rock pool in Fuerteventura here .

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12. El Cotillo + surrounding beaches – Calm lagoon beaches

El Cotillo beach and the surrounding beaches are so incredibly pretty!

The many rocks create calm lagoons with shallow, clear turquoise water.

The shallow water also makes it ideal for families with small children to hang out at these beaches (and apparently a lot of nudists, too).

We found a wonderful lagoon close to La Concha (which is also an amazing beach!) where we relaxed for a few hours and later we enjoyed the gorgeous waters at El Cotillo beach.

There’s lots of free parking along all the roads close to the beaches, for example on Av. los Lagos or the big Aparcamientos (parking lot) close to La Concha.

The calm lagoons of El Cotillo

13. Sicasumbre Astronomical Viewpoint – Stunning mountain views

The Sicasumbre Astronomical Viewpoint is one of the best places for stargazing in Fuerteventura.

It’s located 300-metres above sea level and surrounded by nature making the skies exceptionally clear at night. You will even find a sundial and a vertical clock up there.

Even if you don’t come for the starry skies, it’s worth making a quick stop at the observation point during the day if you find yourself in the southwest of the island.

It’s a great viewpoint with stunning views over the mountains and the inland in Fuerteventura.

It’s just a 5-minute climb from the parking lot and both parking and visiting the observation point is free.

Tip: bring extra layers of clothes if you stay after the sun goes down. And perhaps also if you visit during the day – the winds up there are pretty strong.

The views at The Sicasumbre Astronomical Viewpoint

14. Mirador de Las Peñitas – Scenic viewpoint

Another scenic viewpoint is Mirador de Las Peñitas in the southwest, not far from Betancuria and Ajuy.

See the views over the arid mountain landscape and Barranco de las Peñitas with the fascinating natural stone arch ( Arco de las Peñitas ).

Stop for a few minutes and admire the landscapes if you are nearby.

Mirador de Las Peñitas

15. Mirador de Guise and Ayose – Statues & expansive views

Just a few kilometers away from Mirador de Las Peñitas and a little north of Betancuria, you will find the ~ 4 meters tall Morro Velosa Statues at Mirador de Guise y Ayose (also known as Mirador Corrales de Guize).

You don’t particularly have to travel all the way just to see this spot but if you are in the area, it’s worth a quick stop.

The statues represent two of Fuerteventura’s former kings and being on one of the highest accessible points on the island, there’s a spectacular view over the volcanic landscapes.

The Morro Velosa Statues high above Betancuria at Mirador de Guise and Ayose

16. Piscinas Naturales (Caleta del Marrajo) – Shallow lagoons

Lots of beautiful shallow, blue lagoons emerge at low tide in Caleta del Marrajo.

Find your own piece of sand or a rock to lay on and enjoy a swim in the rock pools for a couple of hours.

The Piscinas Naturales in Caleta del Marrajo are located in the northwestern part of Fuerteventura close to the red and white striped lighthouse named Faro del Toston (El Toston Lighthouse).

Faro del Toston

17. Aguas Verdes rock pools – Wild natural pools

You can find Aguas Verdes (meaning green pools ) on Fuerteventura’s wild west coast in Playa del Valle.

When searching for Aguas Verdes on Google Maps, you will be guided to a holiday complex so make sure to put in “ Playa del Valle ” as your destination.

When you get there, there’s a little beach and on both sides, you can go explore the shallow pools hidden between the rocks if you come at the right time.

We would recommend coming about an hour before low tide but even then the waves can be pretty crazy .

Be careful and use your common sense before you jump in. The tides can change very quickly.

After some climbing, we found two cool rock pools to the left of the beach. We only swam in one of them as the waves came crashing in on the other one but both were really beautiful and crystal clear .

Later, we explored the rocks to the right of the beach and found a few small pools there as well but we skipped jumping in as the tide had started to come back in.

Expect to spend 1-2 hours in Aguas Verdes depending on how much you want to climb on the rocks and if you want to swim.

Shoe tip: the rocks are pretty sharp so wear suitable footwear or at least thick sandals to avoid hurting your feet or slipping in flip-flops.

 Aguas Verdes rock pools

18. Windmills (Molinos) – Cute whitewashed windmills

If you find local old architecture interesting, you should check out Molinos De Villaverde in La Oliva .

These two well-preserved whitewashed windmills are super cute and it’s one of the best places to visit in Fuerteventura to get a traditional feel of how milling was once done.

There’s not much to do besides taking a few photos of the mills, so we would only recommend going here if you’re already in the area.

For the really cultural ones, consider visiting Molino de Valles De Ortega , Molino Del Dulcero , Tefia Windmill or even the museum Centro de Interpretacion de los Molinos if you can’t get enough of windmills.

The whitewashed Molinos De Villaverde in La Oliva

19. Hiking on GR131 – The trail of the Canaries

If you’re into hiking, you will inevitably run into GR131 – a hiking trail that spans across seven of the Canary Islands, including Fuerteventura.

You can walk across the island all the way from Lobos Island in the north to Punta Jandía in the south.

Fuerteventura actually has the longest piece of GR131 with around 160 kilometres of trail over 9 stages.

If you (understandably enough) don’t care for all 160 kilometres, you can just hike any section of the route you find exciting.

We parked in the cosy little town of Páraja and hiked towards Betancuria as we had heard this particular stretch was beautiful – and it was!

After enjoying the dramatic volcanic landscapes and getting our steps in for the day (!), we turned around when we reached Vega de Rio Palmas (where you can also start the hike to Arco de las Peñitas ) as we had to get back to our car. A nice return trip of about 20 kilometres and a few hundred metres of elevation gain.

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20. Water sports – Fly in the wind

If water sports are your thing, you’re in for a treat.

The strong Fuerteventura winds are ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing but you can also try your hand at surfing, jet skiing, parasailing, standup paddleboarding, scuba diving, snorkelling or go on a boat tour.

There’s something to do for all the active ocean lovers!

Windsurfers and kitesurfers flock at Sotavento Lagoon

21. Faro de la Entallada – Remote scenic lighthouse

We probably wouldn’t have visited the lighthouse of Faro de la Entallada if we hadn’t stayed closeby at Playitas Resort (adlink) .

But the drive there is quite scenic and the views from the top are beautiful, so we can easily recommend visiting this rather remote part of Fuerteventura if you like a bit of an adventure .

Be aware that the final, short drive up to the lighthouse is steep and narrow at times. If you don’t feel comfortable, it’s possible to park your car at the bottom and walk up.

The lighthouse if free to visit and the road is open 24/7 .

The lighthouse of Faro de la Entallada

Don’t visit Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura

We know it might be controversial but we urge you to not visit the Oasis Wildlife zoo.

Even though children (and adults) find it entertaining to watch wild animals up close and most zoos brand themselves as being important for education and conservation, they are not always as good as they seem…

Oasis Wildlife has shows where animals are performing as well as close interactions with some of the animals, like camel rides and swimming with sea lions. This can be very stressful for the animals.

And while it may seem harmless, these activities are not for the sake of the animals but for the profits they generate for the zoo…

With a few exceptions around the world, zoos are seldomly acting in the best interest of the animals as their first priority.

If you want to learn more, take a look at these 9 reasons not to visit zoos .

Don’t feed the chipmunks

Fuerteventura is full of adorable chipmunks (called Barbary Ground squirrels) and they are very interested in people – or at least in the food that they’ll get if they come close enough.

But there are signs everywhere saying you shouldn’t feed the squirrels.

Unfortunately, we saw so many people doing it anyway.

We know they are cute and even though it might be tempting to lure them closer with food, you should avoid feeding them .

First of all, it’s unhealthy for the chipmunks to eat human food or even nuts (as they are often salted).

Furthermore, the chipmunks are considered an invasive species in Fuerteventura and the authorities don’t want their population to grow as they actually cause damage to native animals and plants .

So take all the photos you want of the funny squirrels but don’t feed them .

The chipmunks of Fuerteventura

Renting a car in Fuerteventura

Renting your own car in Fuerteventura is definitely the easiest way to get around and the best option for exploring the island.

You can pick it up at the airport and return it again when you leave Fuerteventura so it’s really easy.

There are numerous car rental companies with different price ranges .

We rented the absolute cheapest one from a company called Turisprime which ended up costing us around 185 EUR / 195 USD for 14 days (~ 13 EUR / 14 USD per day).

To be honest, it wasn’t the newest, most amazing car and we could have used a 4x4 car on some of the gravel roads, but it took us to all the best places on Fuerteventura so it was a nice budget option.

Parking in Fuerteventura is generally free and you can often park close to the attractions and beaches. Awesome, right?

Rent a small car in Fuerteventura

Public transport in Fuerteventura

We actually didn’t use any public transportation in Fuerteventura but we have heard that there are few public transport options available.

However, there are public buses running between some of the towns. Check the Fuerteventura bus routes and timetables here .

The best way to get to Fuerteventura is by plane or ferry.

Fuerteventura is well-connected to the other Canary Islands by ferry to three different ports on the island.

There are also direct domestic and international flights to Fuerteventura’s airport Puerto del Rosario.

If you are putting together your own flight schedule and can’t find a direct flight, a stopover on mainland Spain might be worth checking out.

Alternatively, you can fly to one of the neighbouring islands (like Gran Canaria or Lanzarote) and take the ferry.

Search for the best and cheapest flights to Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura here (adlink) .

Fuerteventura desert, volcano and ocean

Best season to visit Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura can be visited in all seasons. But what’s the best season?

With 3,000 sunshine hours a year and a dry and warm climate, Fuerteventura is famous for its perfect weather all year round .

Fuerteventura doesn’t get much rain. However, it’s very windy most of the time.

The summer is dry, hot and the sun is really strong.

It’s also even windier, if you can imagine. Which is perfect for kitesurfing and windsurfing and probably also pretty nice when you’re on the beach so you don’t overheat.

The hottest months are from June to October.

In the winter , Fuerteventura is warmer than the rest of Europe but it’s not super warm – again, also because of the wind.

Spring or autumn might be the best times to visit Fuerteventura for lovely beach days and warmer weather.

As with other destinations, you should avoid peak seasons and popular holidays if you would like to explore the best sights of Fuerteventura without the crowds (and save on flights and accommodation as well).

Average min and max temperatures in Corralejo, Spain

(These charts show weather averages from Lanzarote as the two islands have very similar weather patterns – especially in the north.)

Fuerteventura weather

Our weather experience

When we visited Fuerteventura in January, the weather was pleasant and optimal for hikes and other outdoor activities. We can imagine it’s fine for watersports, too.

In our first week on the island however, a calima (sandstorm from Sahara) came and clouded the sky, lowering the visibility and temperature for a few days followed by rare intense rain showers. This is a normal phenomenon that can happen throughout the year.

It was a little too cold if you ask us (we should have brought some extra warm clothes) but the following week was amazing and we had some hot and sunny days.

Calima sunset on Fuerteventura

  • How long to stay in Fuerteventura? Most people visit Fuerteventura for about a week on a packaged holiday. This is enough time to get a feel for the island and check out some of the main sights. We stayed for two weeks which allowed us to take in everything in a relaxed tempo with lazy days in-between exploring Fuerteventura’s attractions, mountain viewpoints and hidden beaches.
  • Parking is generally free and easy to find making it ideal to rent a car to get around Fuerteventura on your own. The main roads are excellent and there’s almost no traffic. Be aware that some roads leading to attractions and beaches are gravel roads.
  • Internet access / 4G can get spotty in some remote areas, for example at Cofete , Aguas Verdes or on some hikes. Downloading or carrying an offline map is a good idea.
  • Check the tides before visiting the beaches, lagoons and rock pools if you want to be able to swim without putting your life in danger! In some places, the tide needs to be high and in other places, it needs to be low.
  • Pack layers of clothing . As mentioned several times, Fuerteventura is windy and you never know when you might want a jacket. Don’t underestimate the sun though – wear sunscreen even when overcast.
  • Electrical plugs in Fuerteventura are like most other standard European plugs with two round pins (type C, E and F and in some properties also the three pinned type L plug).
  • Credit cards are widely accepted in shops and restaurants but some smaller businesses might prefer cash so it cannot hurt to bring some Euros.

Mountain trails in Fuerteventura

  • Travel insurance (adlink) . Never travel without it!
  • A good camera – here’s a guide to the gear we use .
  • Sunscreen (adlink) .
  • Clothes for both warm and cool weather . While it’s never really cold in Fuerteventura, it can get a bit chilly and very windy sometimes. In hindsight, we should have packed a few more pieces of warm clothing ourselves…
  • Hiking boots or sturdy sneakers . There are so many places to go for beautiful hikes. You can find trails that take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours.
  • Swimwear and a towel .
  • A refillable water bottle and snacks for hikes .

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To minimise your impact during your visit, follow these guidelines:

  • Bring your own drinking water in a refillable bottle.
  • Avoid single-use plastics , including straws.
  • Dispose of waste properly . While putting your trash in a nearby trashcan is convenient, wrappers and other small items are prone to get taken by the wind and end up in the ocean.
  • Check your sunscreen before going in the water. Many brands contain oxybenzone and other chemicals that are harmful.
  • Take only photos, leave only footprints . Let everything stay in its natural place.
  • Respect wildlife.

Alex & Victoria on the sand dunes in Corralejo natural park

Thanks for reading

Thanks for getting all the way to the end!

We hope this Fuerteventura travel guide has been useful.

What do you think about Fuerteventura?

If you’ve been there (or to any of the other Canary Islands) it would be awesome to hear your best tips in the comments.

If you haven’t been yet, please don’t hesitate to ask us anything. We’re glad to help.

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  • Panasonic GH5 . Used for all of our photos and videos.
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  • Sirui Tripod . Lightweight and strong.
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  • Travel Guide to Calderon Hondo in Fuerteventura: How to Climb the Volcano Crater - All you need to know about hiking the Calderon Hondo volcano
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10 thoughts on “ Fuerteventura Travel Guide: 21 Best Things to Do & Places to Visit on the Volcanic Island ”

The best times to visit my beloved Fuerte are September-November and April-May. December-January are nice enough but chilly in the evenings. Febuary-March is the rainy season (yes, it does rain!). June-August far too hot and touristy.

Thank you so much for the weather tips!

We love Fuerteventura! Such a beautiful island – we have visited twice and stayed in Corralejo and Costa Calma in the south. Would love to go back again!

It sure is beautiful! Staying in Corralejo and Costa Calma sounds amazing. We would also love to go back!

How is Playitas resort for a digital nomad? I want to stay there, but I need a decent wifi connection to do videomeetings with no interruptions. So any feedback on working conditions over there is appreciated

Hi Samir, good question! From memory, we did work from our room without any problems (although we didn’t make video calls), but we can’t speak of the exact internet speed. It could also easily vary between different buildings etc. Having a personal data plan could work as a backup, but there’s a slight “risk” that connectivity isn’t great all over the resort as it’s located remotely. Asking Playitas directly is probably your best bet 🙂

The best complete website for Fuerteventura, congratulations!

Thank you so much! We are happy you can use our travel guides!

Hi Alex and Victoria, Thank you for the amazing tips! Do you have any suggestions regarding drone flying? We’ve heard there are a lot of regulations regarding national parks and so on. Would love to create pictures similar to the ones on your blog!

Hi Xenia, Thank you so much! Drone laws change quite rapidly and we can’t say with certainty how they’ve changed since we visited Fuerteventura. The main authority is the Spanish Civil Aviation Authority (AESA). What we can say though is that there are no national parks on Fuerteventura – but there are quite a few nature parks (parque natural) 🙂 Safe travels!

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30 best things to do in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

  • Sofía Pozuelo
  • UPDATED: 08/12/2023

In this post I’ll share with you some of the best things to do in Fuerteventura. This island is located in Las Palmas region, in the Canary Islands, and it is known to have the best beaches. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Fuerteventura such as volcanoes, sand dunes, natural pools, amazing viewpoints and incredible landscapes.

The weather is very pleasant as well. You will also definitely enjoy the food and the peace you’ll feel when you visit Fuerteventura. I spent a week there road tripping and I was still unable to visit all the places I wanted to visit. There are so many! I was still able to go on incredible hikes and visited many incredible beaches.

Below, I will list some of the best places to visit in Fuerteventura and some tips. If time is a limiting factor for you, I recommend creating a list of some of the places that most interest you prior to planning your trip to Fuerteventura.

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Things to do in fuerteventura.

One of the main steps when planning a trip to Fuerteventura is to write down all the places you want to visit. Here you will find the best ones!

1. Corralejo, one of the main towns to visit in Fuerteventura

things to do in Fuerteventura

Corralejo is an old fishing town located in the northeast of Fuerteventura. It is a town full of bars and restaurants, which makes it an ideal base to visit the northern part of the island. Corralejo is perfect for going on long walks, going out for a drink, relaxing on one of its small beaches or if you want to have fun. You can even go to the water park.

If you decide to stay in Corralejo, I recommend staying at Avanti Lifesyle Hotel . We stayed at this place for three nights and we loved it. I recommend eating at Tapas Oscar, Me Gustas Tú, Pizzeria Pepperoni, Los Monos Sabios (for a drink), H2O Juice Bar & Vegan Cafe and Baobab.

2. Lobos Island, the best day trip from Fuerteventura

lobos island

A visit to Lobos Island is a very cool trip to do from Fuerteventura. It is an islet located northeast of Fuerteventura, just 20 minutes by boat from Corralejo.

You can get on a boat from the port in Corralejo. Before visiting the island, it is necessary to obtain an authorization. You can request one on this website . The visiting schedule to Lobos Island are the following: from 10am to 2pm and from 2pm to 6pm. We chose the morning schedule. We left Corralejo at 10am and returned at 4pm. The return schedule is a bit flexible from Lobos Island to Corralejo.

How to get to Lobos Island

I decided to purchase my tickets to Lobos Island on Civitatis because they take care of both obtaining your authorization and reserving the ferry. They will send you the permit by mail and on the day before your visit is scheduled, they will send you an email with all the necessary information and the exact location where you have to go. Everything is taken care of when you book with Civitatis.

In Lobos Island, I recommend hiking the full loop and visiting El Puertito, Las Lagunitas, the Punta Martiño Lighthouse (you can see Lanzarote from here), La Caldera Mountain (I recommend going to the top) and La Concha Beach.

If you like snorkeling, El Puertito is a very good place to do as the water is very clear and there are many fish. If you want to visit all these places without rushing and bathe at the beaches, I recommend being on the island for about 5 and a half hours.

You can bring your own food or eat at the only restaurant on the island, located in El Puertito. If you want to eat in the restaurant, I recommend that you first stop at the restaurant to reserve a table.

  • Complete guide to visit Lobos Island from Fuerteventura .

3. Popcorn Beach, a unique place to visit in Fuerteventura

popcorn beach

A very unique place to visit in Fuerteventura is Popcorn Beach. It is a beach with millions of popcorn-shaped pebbles. Yes, popcorn! It is located about 10 minutes by car from Corralejo. You must go through a dirt road but if you drive carefully, you will not have a problem.

It is totally forbidden to take one of the “popcorn pebbles” as a souvenir. Near the beach, there is a tiny town called Majanicho where you can also make a short stop.

4. Hiking Calderon Hondo Volcano

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One of my favorite memories during my trip to Fuerteventura was hiking to the crater of Calderon Hondo volcano. To start the hike, you must go to Lajares. Once you’ve arrived and have parked your vehicle, you can choose between two paths. One of the paths is a bit shorter than the other one. However, the shorter path is a bit more steep as well.

I opted for the the short path. The hike is about 40-45 minutes long. It wasn’t a hard climb to me. Getting to the top and finding a huge crater in front of you makes the climb totally worth it! The crater is mind blowing.

5. Corralejo Natural Park, Fuerteventura (Canary Islands)

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Located in the northeast of the island you will find the Corralejo Natural Park. Visiting this desert is one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura. The largest dunes in all the Canary Islands are located in the park. Whenever I visit a place where there are dunes, I need to go see them. They are beautiful. I recommend visiting them at sunrise or sunset. It is much more magical during golden hour.

You can also enjoy kilometers of white sand beaches with turquoise water. In the southern part of the park, you can visit Red Mountain. A very fun way to get to know this place is by going on a dune buggy tour .

6. El Cotillo, a must see in Fuerteventura

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I recommend visiting El Cotillo, which is located in the north of Fuerteventura. You can expect a great atmosphere and several restaurants (La Vaca Azul is one of the most popular).

In addition, you can also visit incredible beaches nearby. You can bathe and enjoy the sunset at every beach: La Concha Beach, Los Lagos Beach, etc. Although my favorite beach in El Cotillo was the one I’ll talk about in the following paragraph.

7. Piedra Playa, my favorite beach in Fuerteventura

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Piedra Playa is one of my favorite beaches in Fuerteventura. It is located just south of El Cotillo. I liked it so much that we visited this beach in two separate occasions: the first time we stayed to watch the sunset on the cliffs and the second time we went for a walk along the seashore and sat on the beach to watch the sunset. I liked it so much because it is a huge beach and the view from the cliffs is beautiful.

You must traverse a dirt road to get to the beach, be careful. If you continue along this path, you will arrive at Playa del Aguila (also known as Playa de la Escalera). It is also very beautiful.

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8. Barranco de los Enamorados

I did not visit this place but a visit to Barranco de los Enamorados is definitely one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura. Barranco de los Enamorados is located in the region of La Oliva. It is a ravine of fossilized sand that resembles the landscapes you’d find in the midwest United States.

You can visit this ravine by going on a one and a half hour hike. The complete route is 6 kilometers long. I recommend looking for a route in Wikiloc to find the beginning of the route and avoid getting lost. Nearby you will find Esquinzo Beach. You’ll want to bathe at the beach after walking so much.

9. Windmills in Villaverde and Tefia

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There are many old windmills in Fuerteventura. You’ll definitely encounter a couple of them during your trip to Fuerteventura. The oldest windmills date back to the 17th century. Some windmills were use to extract water while others were used to grind corn, barley and wheat. I recommend visiting the windmills in Villaverde and Tefia which are the most popular windmills in Fuerteventura.

10. Vallebron Viewpoint (Tindaya Mountain)

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Tindaya Mountain is considered the most important natural monument in Fuerteventura. The mountain was a sacred place for the Majos, the aboriginal population of Fuerteventura. On the mountain there are 300 rock carvings. It is 400 meters high and on clear days you can see the highest points in Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

You can enjoy an incredible view of the mountain from Mirador de Vallebrón.

11. Puertito de los Molinos

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Los Molinos Port is a very small town worth visiting. Apart from being able to visit caves which you can visit when the tide is low, you can also go on small hikes to several nearby beaches and cliffs.

Once you leave the car in the parking lot, head up the hill on the right hand side and continue walking. After walking for an hour, I arrived at Jarugo Beach. You can keep waking and get to Playa de la Mujer or even Playa de Tebeto. On the way back, I recommend eating fresh fish in the only restaurant in Puertito de los Molinos.

12. Natural pools in Aguas Verdes

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Visiting natural pools is one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura. Many pools are formed on the coast when the tide is low. One of most popular pools are the natural pools of Aguas Verdes. You’ll first have to visit Playa del Valle to get to the pools. On the right side of the beach you will see some rocks. You have to climb this rocks and walk carefully until you find the different pools.

Remember to visit the pools when the tide is low and be very careful with the waves if the tide starts to rise.

13. Guise Viewpoint and Ayose Viewpoint

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On the way to Betancuria, after visiting Morro Velosa viewpoint (I wasn’t able to visit this place because it was close on the day I was in the area), I recommend visiting Guise and Ayose Viewpoint. You’ll be able to enjoy some amazing views of northern Fuerteventura on one side and Betancuria Valley on the other side.

In addition, you can find two bronze sculptures by Guise and Ayose, who reigned in the two regions (Jandía and Maxorata) until the Spanish conquered the islands in 1402.

14. Betancuria, the oldest town in Fuertventura

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Betancuria is a very famous town and one of the best places to visit in Fuerteventura. It was founded by Jean de Béthencourt in 1404, becoming one of the oldest towns in the Canary Islands. Betancuria was once the capital of Fuerteventura.

It is a picturesque and charming town although, I’ll be honest, I was a bit disappointed. I don’t know if it was because it seemed very small or because it was made for touristic purposes. I don’t know, I expected more.

15. Caleta de Fuste Natural Pools

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Visiting Caleta de Fuste is one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura and a great option if you feel like visiting more natural pools. This town is located a few kilometers south of the airport. Between Caleta de Fuste and an urban neighborhood nearby, there is a beautiful natural pool where you can bathe when the tide is low.

I’ll leave the exact location on this here . In Caleta de Fuste you can also go on a catamaran trip along the eastern coast of Fuerteventura .

16. Barranco de Las Peñitas

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If you’re interested in hiking in Fuerteventura and enjoying different landscapes, you don’t wan’t to miss Las Peñitas Ravine. You can visit the ravine by going on a hike in the area or visiting the viewpoints that are scattered around the ravine.

If you are going to walk, you can go to the Casa de La Naturaleza restaurant, leave your car and start walking through the gorge. If you prefer to see the landscape from above, I recommend visiting Las Peñitas viewpoint and the Risco de las Peñas viewpoint.

17. Hiking to Las Peñitas Arc, one of the top things to do in Fuerteventura

Las Peñitas Arc

Las Peñitas Arc is located inside Las Peñitas Ravine. It is a very unique and cool place to visit in Fuerteventura.

It is not easy to access. You have to climb over some rocks and the path is not very well marked; however, I wouldn’t say that it’s a difficult climb either. You have to drive to to a place called “Camino Buen Paso”. There is a parking lot at the end of the road where you can leave your vehicle.

There are two paths in the ravine. You have to take the path where there is a little house with a palm tree. If you follow the path, you’ll run into an abandoned stable. Head right around the stable and continue walking straight. You will see a set of large rocks once you’ve arrived! Go up and you will find Las Peñitas Arc. It is incredible!

18. Ajuy Caves

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Ajuy is a small coastal town located near Peñitas Ravine. Apart from being able to visit an incredible black sand beach, you’ll be able to visit the incredible Ajuy Caves. The caves have great geological importance as they are the oldest formations in the Canary Islands.

In order to visit the caves you must go up a path located on the right side of the beach (facing the sea). It is a very beautiful path that runs along the cliff until it reaches the caves.

19. Astronomical viewpoint Sicasumbre

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You’ll be able to enjoy some incredible viewpoints in Fuerteventura. However, the most incredible viewpoint is hands-down Astronomical viewpoint Sicasumbre. We arrived a few minutes after sunset. It was already empty and windy but the sky had incredible pastel tones. It seemed like a magical place to me. I recommend visiting the viewpoint during sunset, you will be amazed!

20. Entallada Lighthouse

Visiting Entallada Lighthouse is one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura as it is very beautiful and unique. It is located in the Tuineje region, near the town of Las Playitas. Its location is quite special since it is located on top of a 200-meter cliff and is the closest place in the Canary Islands to the African continent, only 100 km from the coast of Africa.

The lighthouse is worth visiting both for its natural environment and for its style and architecture.

21. La Pared Beach

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One of the places I enjoyed the most due to the peace and tranquillity that one can enjoy in its beaches was the town of La Pared, located in the northwestern part of Jandía. The name (“La Pared”), which mean “the wall” in english, comes from the old stone wall that crossed Fuerteventura from one coast to another, dividing the island into two halves: Jandía and Maxorata.

On the right side the beach you can climb some rocks until you reach Punta Guadalupe, a place also known as La Pared viewpoint. The views to both sides are very nice.

22. Playa del Viejo Rey, a really nice beach

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At the viewpoint located in La Pared Beach, you’ll be able to see some large beaches. We decided to visit one of them and it turned out to be Viejo Rey Beach. We did not have this beach on our list of what to see in Fuerteventura but we loved it and highly recommend visiting it.

Viejo Rey Beach is very long and well known by surfers. Walking along the beach, we discovered a small cave, the perfect place to take a photo and take a nice memory of the place with us. I recommend watching the sunset at the beach.

23. Costa Calma Beach

Costa Calma Beach

Jandía has the best beaches in Fuerteventura . They are amazing! If you visit Fuerteventura in search of white-sand beaches and turquoise water, you’ll definitely find them here. One of the best beaches in Fuerteventura is Costa Calma Beach which is 1.3 kilometers long and 60 meters wide.

Costa Calma is one of the most touristic places in Fuerteventura. The amount of buildings and infrastructure around the beach makes this place a bit less charming, look at the bright side, you’ll have plenty of restaurants and shops at your disposal. There are plenty of hammocks, bathrooms, showers, food-stands, etc. The beach is perfect for bathing because there aren’t many waves.

24. Sotavento beach, a must see in Fuerteventura

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Sotavento Beach is one of many jewels in Fuerteventura. What makes this beach so special are the sand tongues and the lagoons that form when the tide is low. It is ideal to enjoy a relaxing bath. You won’t find any kind of shop or restaurant therefore, don’t forget to bring water and something to eat if you plan to stay for several hours.

I’ll link the exact address where the parking lot is located. I also recommend visiting Salmo Viewpoint for an amazing view of this beach.

25. Mal Nombre Beach

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One of my favorite beaches in Fuerteventura is Mal Nombre Beach. It is not as well known as other beaches in the area, which makes it even more special. You can go on relaxing walks and bathe while enjoying a wild environment surrounded by black cliffs. This beach is easy to access.

26. Morro Jable

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Morro Jable is one of the most touristic places and the gateway to the wonders located in the south of Fuerteventura. Morro Jable offers a wide variety of shopping centers, hotels and restaurants; however, what attracts visitors the most are the incredible white sand beaches with turquoise water. One of the best things to do in Fuerteventura and Morro Jable are walking around town and getting to know the nightlife.

Although Morro Jable is a very popular place to base yourself and discover the south of the island, we decided to stay in Tarajalejo, a small town north of Jandía. We stayed at the R2 Bahía Playa .

27. Playa de Cofete, one of the best places to visit in Fuerteventura

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Cofete Beach is second to none as far as wild beaches are concern. This majestic beach has about 14 kilometers of coastline and is surrounded by Jandía Natural Park. In fact, Zarza Peak is the highest point on the island at 807 meters high. Strolling along Cofete Beach gives you a huge feeling of peace and serenity, as well as making you feel small.

Accessing this beach isn’t easy, you must first go to Morro Jable and then drive through a dirt road. It takes about 45 minutes to travel about 20 km because it’s a dirt road. We drove there and had no problem but if you are hesitant, you can book a 4×4 tour . Once you’re on the beach, you may also be interested in visiting Casa Winter, a place full of mystery and legends.

28. Visiting Roque del Moro, one of the top things to do in Fuerteventura

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Roque del Moro is located in the southern part of Cofete. It is a gigantic monolith that is well worth visiting. You can visit this place by taking a pleasant walk along Cofete Beach or you can also take an alternate route, which is what we did, from the road that leads to Cofete Beach. You will see the sign. This path is a bit bad therefore I recommend going with an all-wheel-drive vehicle.

29. Playa de Ojos

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Ojos Beach is located south of Jandía . You have to drive along the dirt road that goes to Puertito de la Cruz. Here you can make a stop to drink or eat something and to visit Punta Jandía Lighthouse. Then follow the path to the right until you reach this beach.

It is a small beach perfect for bathing. Also, when the tide is low, it is possible to visit some caves. I visited the beach when the tide was high and did not find the cave.

30. Punta Pesebre

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Once you’ve visited Ojos Beach, drive further down the dirt road until you reach Pesebre Point. It is not a very touristic place. This place surprised me because I thought it wouldn’t interest me. You can enjoy a very beautiful view of Cofete. I conclude my list of the top things to do in Fuerteventura by mentioning this corner located at the southern end of the island.

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Where to stay in Fuerteventura

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I you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, check my post on where to stay in Fuerteventura . You might be interested in this article about the best boutique hotels in Fuerteventura too.

I spent a total of 7 days in Fuerteventura. That is why I decided to spend half the nights in the northern part of the island to be close to many of the best places in the north and the other half in the southern part of the island. I spent the first 3 nights in Corralejo ( check hotels in Corralejo ) and the las 3 nights in Tarajalejo ( check hotels in Tarajalejo ) which is located in the north of Jandía.

If you’re planning on spending several days in Fuerteventura, I recommend staying several nights in the north and also some nights in the south. If you have a few days, you intend to visit as many places as possible and you want to stay in one place, a good option would be to choose a hotel that is located in the center of the island. You can look at hotels in Caleta de Fuste , Puerto del Rosario or Antigua .

My hotels in Fuerteventura

In Corralejo, I stayed in Avanti Lifestyle Hotel . I really liked the location, the decoration, the staff, the room and the restaurant. It is very beautiful. It is one of the best hotels to stay in Corralejo based on its reviews. If you stay at this hotel, you won’t regret it.

In Tarajalejo, I stayed at the R2 Bahía Playa , an all-inclusive hotel facing a black sand beach. The rooms are very spacious, all meals are buffet-style, there are shows at night and it has two pools, gym and spa (this was closed during my stay). A good place to relax after a long day visiting the island.

Map of best places to visit in Fuerteventura

All the places listed above are also shown on this map. You’ll be able to find the best beaches, restaurants and all the best hotels in Fuerteventura.

If you are visiting other areas, check my Spain travel guide .

I hope this post about the best things to do in Fuerteventura has been informative and helpful to plan your trip to this island. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment down below. See you next time, traveler!

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12 Top-Rated Things to Do on Fuerteventura

Written by Michael Law and Lana Law Apr 14, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Authors Michael and Lana Law island-hopped through the Canary Islands in the fall of 2022 and enjoyed their time on Fuerteventura.

Fuerteventura is the island loved by those interested in a beach holiday . This long, slender island is the home of the Canary Islands ' most beautiful stretches of blindingly white sand lapped by crystalline waters.

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But it's not all about the beach. The island also has a decent assortment of interesting things to do on and off the sand. Some of the best places to visit are the pleasant little towns with good dining options, the rugged interior for a little adventure, and the wild Atlantic coastline where your only company will be the seabirds.

Explore all the island has to offer with our list of attractions and things to do in Fuerteventura.

1. Relax on a Beach

2. play in the dunes at parque natural corralejo, 3. oasis wildlife park fuerteventura, 4. take a scenic drive, 5. dune buggy trips, 6. morro jable town, 8. kiteboarding, 9. corralejo town, 10. faro de toston, 11. acua water park, 12. museo de la sal, fuerteventura (la oliva) - climate chart.

Playa de Butihondo on Fuerteventura

For most tourists, the main reason for coming to Fuerteventura is to lie on a beach and bask in the sun. Many of the resorts and holiday destinations are clustered around the beaches in the south of the island.

Fuerteventura's beaches are as varied as they are spectacular. A mix of developed, manmade, and wild and uninhabited beaches are all on offer. Most are easy to get to; a couple require a bit of perseverance to reach.

Beaches in the South of Fuerteventura: In the far south at Morro Jable, the wonderful Playa del Matorral is a popular beach that fronts a lively tourist town packed with restaurants and shops.

Beach at Morro Jable

Up for an adventure? Take the 45-minute drive on a dusty, rough road across a lunar landscape to the wild side of the island and spend a bit of time on the legendary Playa de Cofete . This huge sweep of sand is backed by mountains. While you're out here, swing by the mysterious Casa Winter, a relic from WWII that may have been a spy outpost.

Perhaps one of the most beguiling and beautiful beaches is Playa de Sotavento . Impossibly huge and shallow, this beach is one of the best beaches for families on Fuerteventura. The water slowly comes in and out with the tides, making small pools ideal for wading and lolling about. Once a month for about a week, the tides come in during the day and create a huge shallow lagoon where kiteboarders and windsurfers can race across the water when the wind is up.

A roadside beach in Parque Natural Corralejo

Beaches in the north of Fuerteventura: In the north, the best beaches are located within and near the Parque Natural Corralejo . These beaches are huge, wide sections of beach that stretch out almost endlessly. Some of these are developed, and others are just beautiful roadside stops. One of the unique features is the massive sand dunes behind.

Located in the park is the Hotel Riu Olive Beach Resort , a mid-range option with a pool. The real advantage of staying here is the location, right on the beach, and you can walk out onto the sand dunes.

People walking in the dunes at Parque Natural Corralejo

One of the true highlights of a visit to Fuerteventura is a day spent at Parque Natural Corralejo. This stunning 2,600-hectare park is a sight to be seen and experienced. Massive sand dunes flow back from the water's edge, and the white sands contrast sharply with the dark volcanic peaks in behind.

The main road, FV-104, passes through the park and it's easy, in most places, to pull off and go sightseeing. Let your inner Lawrence of Arabia loose and climb to the top of the dunes (minus the camel, of course!) for spectacular views in all directions. The farther back you get from the water, the larger the dunes. Be prepared for a shoeful of sand after your expedition.

Playing in the dunes at Parque Natural Corralejo

The dunes are only part of the attraction here. The coastline is, for most sun-starved people, the main highlight. Beaches stretch for miles northwards with clear, cool water lapping up against impossibly white sands. Pictures don't quite do this stretch of beach justice — the stunning cobalt waters are a sight to behold.

One of the park's beaches, Playa Alzada , is one of the most popular places to visit on the island to learn how to surf . Swimming at the park's beaches is naturally a popular pastime; lifeguard stations are posted along the most popular parts of the beach.

The park, unlike some other national parks in Spain, is free to enter.

One very important tip to remember if you are driving: do not pull off the highway into the soft sand. If you do, you'll become hopelessly bogged down, and a tow-out is very expensive.

Read More: Top-Rated Attractions & Places to Visit in the Canary Islands

Giraffes at the Oasis Wildlife Park in Fuerteventura

If you've had enough of the beach or you have a rare bad weather day and are looking for something to do with the kids, make the trip to the Oasis Wildlife Park . This massive zoo features over 3,000 animals and is home to the largest cactus garden in Europe .

Oasis Park features live animal performances by sea lions and birds of prey and many others. If you want to get up close and personal with the animals, consider one of the one-on-one encounters. These are available with giraffes, lemurs, sea lions, camels, and elephants for an additional fee.

Address: Museo del Campo Majorero, Carr. Gral. Jandía, s/n, 35627 La Lajita, Las Palmas, Spain

Coastal scenery on Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is a place that just begs to be explored. Each part of the island is quite different from the other, and with the distances being relatively short, it doesn't take long to go from one interesting area to another.

Many of the top sights are along the east coast. If you start from either Corralejo or Morro Jable, you'll be able to see them all in a day. Without stops, it takes about two hours to drive one way between the two places, but count on a full day to really enjoy the trip.

Depending on where you're starting from, head up or down the coast on FV-2, which is the main highway running north-south on the island. You can drive this route in both directions, and the view is different each way. Or, if you prefer, return through the center along FV-10, FV-20, FV-30, FV-511, and FV-56.

The entire trip is about 300 kilometers in total.

Dune buggy in Parque Natural Corralejo

If you are looking for some off-road adventure, consider signing up for a 2.5-hour Fuerteventura Off-Road Excursion . You'll get off the beaten track with your powerful 600cc dune buggy and explore some areas of the island that many people never get to see up close.

It's a dusty and dirty experience that takes you along both paved roads and dirt tracks. Highlights include a stop at the sand dunes (which you are not allowed to drive on), a trip through a vast volcanic landscape, and a few laps around a figure-eight race course.

The dune buggies are a popular family thing to do on Fuerteventura. Anyone with a driver's license can drive.

Morro Jable

Home to some of Fuerteventura's best beaches, Morro Jable is the place where you'll most likely end up if you've arrived on an air/hotel package trip. Huge resorts line the hills above the stunningly beautiful Playa de Jandia , and sun seekers fill the loungers on the golden sands.

The town is a lively and fun place, with countless restaurants that feature menus created with tourists in mind. You'll have no trouble locating a decent Indian curry, hamburger, or mushy peas. Spanish restaurants also make the scene here, with traditional mainland and Canary Island fare.

Take a stroll down Avenida del Saladar and do a bit of shopping at the unique shops selling souvenirs right through to some of the latest fashions. Or, if you prefer a bit more nature in your stroll, wander out to the beach past the Morro Jable Lighthouse and walk along the seashore.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Morro Jable

Kids surfing on a beach in Parque Natural Corralejo

If you've ever wanted to try surfing, Fuerteventura is an excellent place to give it a try. The island boasts plenty of experts offering surf lessons. The breaks here are perfect for beginners, with shallow water and easy entries. For those who need a bigger challenge, jumbo reef waves are on offer and are not for the faint of heart.

The best time to surf in Fuerteventura is in the fall, followed closely by the winter. Spring is iffy, and summer is a washout. The water is cool; most people wear shorty wetsuits to ensure they can stay out as long as possible.

One of the most popular spots to learn surfing is at Playa Alzada. A gentle beach break makes it easy to get your first ride, and as you advance, the break at the southern end of the beach provides a bit more excitement and longer rides.

You'll find 14 main surf spots, plus a few more if you get to know the locals well enough, that will provide lots of wave-riding action.

Kiteboarders in front of Isla de Lobos on Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is one of the top destinations for kiteboarders visiting the Canary Islands. Wide-open beaches and strong, consistent winds make for the ideal combination, ensuring adrenaline-filled days out on the ocean.

Most of the action takes place at Flag Beach , also known as Playa del Medano . This long stretch of golden brown, almost white sand, makes for an excellent launch and landing spot. There's nothing quite like racing along the water here with the peak of Isla de Lobos off in the distance. The wind blows steadily, and occasionally gustily, out of the northeast, and the shore break can be a bit tricky for less experienced riders.

Kiteboarding near Faro de Toston on Fuerteventura

Another spot that is known for having the ever-coveted flat water that every kiteboarder craves, is near Playa Punta Aguda . This is for advanced riders only. If you crash your kite and end up washing ashore, the razor-sharp lava rock will likely destroy your gear.

If you've not tried the sport, the local kite shop, Flag Beach Kitesurfing Centre will hook you up with gear and lessons.

Corralejo Town

This town at the northern end of Fuerteventura is one of the main ports on the island and where you'll arrive by ferry if coming across from Lanzarote. Home to many of the island's inhabitants, the town is a mix of locals and visitors and exudes a relaxed air.

Corralejo has a pleasant waterfront area with a couple of small beaches. Back from the beaches are waterside restaurants with pleasant patios offering wonderful views out to Isla de Lobos. In the center of town is a pedestrian-only walkway with additional restaurants and shops.

If you are staying in a condo and need to stock up on supplies, Corralejo is the place to do it.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Corralejo

Faro de Toston (Toston Lighthouse)

For a fun trip that's a bit off the beaten track, make the journey out to the Faro de Toston (Toston Lighthouse). Located in the far northwestern region of the island, this lonely sentinel stands guard at the entrance to the Bocaina Strait between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

The original lighthouse dates from 1897, and it has been expanded outwards and upwards several times since then to now stand at nearly 40 meters high. Inside the lighthouse is the small, but interesting Museum of Traditional Fishing .

The area around the lighthouse has some of Fuerteventura's most striking coastline. Ancient lava flows meet the sea, and jagged black rocks shelter small, spectacular beaches. It's frequently windy here, and if it's blowing hard, kiteboarders can be seen just offshore racing back and forth under colorful kites.

Address: 35650 La Oliva, Las Palmas, Spain

Entrance to Acua Park

If the kids have had enough of the beach or you are just looking for something different, consider a day at Acua Water Park . Spread out over 25,000 square meters, this splish-splashy world of water and fun is a must-do family activity.

The park boasts 14 different water features ranging from traditional waterslides right through to a giant wave pool. See how brave you are by taking a ride down the Kamikazes, a steep and straight high-speed slide. For something with twists and turns that will have you unsure of which way is left or right, try the curved slides.

Over at the wave pool, you can ride different-sized waves or frolic under the waterfalls. Out of the water, you'll find a snack bar and a Children's Club complete with games and face-painting experts.

The Acua Water Park is located in Corralejo, just look for the giant pirate at the front entrance.

Address: Av. Ntra. Sra. del Carmen, 41, 35660 Corralejo, Las Palmas, Spain

Museo de la Sal (Salt Museum)

As you drive south or north on the island, a quick pit stop at the Museo de la Sal (Salt Museum) is worthwhile. This low-key attraction provides insight into the process of making salt from seawater. Numerous displays explain the process in a well-done museum.

Outside the museum building are the salt ponds. They are well worth a look, and information boards provide additional insight. Perhaps the Salt Museum's most interesting thing to see is the colony of small Barbary squirrels. These active little guys are non-stop entertainment for people of all ages. You'll find them right by the pathway in a pile of rocks on the righthand side.

Address: Barrio las Salinas, 2, 35610 Antigua, Las Palmas, Spain

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WHAT TO DO IN FUERTEVENTURA? WHICH ARE THE BEST BEACHES IN FUERTEVENTURA? IS FUERTEVENTURA A GOOD DESTINATION FOR COUPLES?

We traveled pretty much everywhere in Fuerteventura and fell in love with this island in the Canary! We compiled this guide for you, with lots of great tips to prepare for your visit to Fuerteventura.

ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FUERTEVENTURA

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Quick facts about Fuerteventura:

  • It is the second-largest island of the Canary archipelago in terms of size
  • Fuerteventura is an all-year-round destination
  • Fuerteventura is one of the best places to surf in Europe during winter
  • This island has unique landscapes from Volcanoes, huge sand dunes, and incredible beaches
  • You can visit the majestic neighboring island of Lobos
  • There are so many things to see in Fuerteventura, it’s best to rent a car to visit the island
  • Staying a week is the ideal time to visit Fuerteventura

Here is a glimpse of what you can expect during a visit to Fuerteventura

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About fuerteventura, the “african island”.

El Cotillo in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is nicknamed “the African”. The red color of its soil, its beaches as far as the eye can see, its blue and green waters, fantastic waves and its arid landscape make it look more African than any other of the Canary Islands .

Fuerteventura attracts many tourists because of the perfect climate all year round . Very little rain and temperatures not lower than 15°C in winter make this island an ideal location for your holidays.

In this post, we will let you know about the best things to do and see in Fuerteventura. Starting from the North of the island as this is where we arrived with our ferry from Lanzarote and finishing in the very south, as this is where we left Fuerteventura to take a ferry to Gran Canaria .

We stayed for 3 weeks, completely in love with the island. ( read: how to take the ferry in the Canary Islands )

We explored most of the places, hiked volcanoes , surfed some of the best spots on the islands, and drove to hidden beaches ( top 10 beaches in Fuerteventura ) Indeed, we were so excited about discovering Fuerteventura that we kept very busy.

Best things to do in Fuerteventura

1. corralejo natural park and sand dunes, one of the most amazing things to see in fuerteventura.

What to do and see in Fuerteventura

In Corralejo Natural Park , you will feel like in the Sahara. In the middle of the desert but with a fantastic beach all along. This is THE must-see in Fuerteventura. This is also why we were so excited about visiting Fuerteventura.

It is located in the north of the island, next to the city of Corralejo (more about Corralejo in the next part of this article).

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Corralejo Natural Park is a 10-kilometer-long coastal area with huge dunes. If you want to spend a day alone by the beach, this is the place to be. You won’t be disappointed, trust us 🙂

The natural park has two faces: to the north an expanse of sand with a seaside character, and to the south wild spaces of intense beauty. By following the FV-1 road, you can discover this magical place. It is also a famous spot for kitesurfing.

READ: full guide for visiting Corralejo Dunes Natural Park

2. Corralejo, the best place for entertainment and to join a surf camp in Fuerteventura

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Corralejo is the largest resort on the island of Fuerteventura. The town is very popular due to its beautiful beaches, ideal weather, scenic countryside and festive atmosphere.

This is where we set our base for the first week in Fuerteventura. We would recommend it if you are staying in Fuerteventura for the first time, or if you arrive from Lanzarote .

Corralejo has it all and is for everyone. If you are visiting Corralejo with children you will enjoy attractions like aqua parks, mini-golf and the aquarium etc.

If you are in Fuerteventura for surfing, then Corralejo is probably your best choice. There are many surf schools in the town. Also, most of the best surf spots are located in the north of the island. However, it can get quite busy, so booking in advance is recommended. You can book your surf lesson here .

Corralejo is also a town where you will find many restaurants along the beach and great shopping experience in town. There is a wide variety of activities you can do in Corralejo, which makes it a great place to stay.

READ: the best outdoor activities in Fuerteventura and 8 best things to do in Corralejo

3. Take a boat trip to the majestic Lobos Island

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If you want to explore a wild island off the coast of Fuerteventura (and even spot some dolphins on the way), then take a trip to Lobos Island. Lobos Island is located at only 15min by boat from Corralejo .

The small Isla de Lobos offers a relaxing stopover away from the hustle and bustle of the largest seaside resort in the north. Bordered by crystal clear water, this island of barely 4.5 square kilometers is dominated by a huge volcanic cone, culminating at 127 meters.

Classified as a natural park, the Isla de Lobos (Island of the Wolves) is strictly forbidden to cars. Everything is done on foot.

In Lobos, you can hike to the caldera de la Montaña , you can visit the small village of Puertito de Lobos and the Lobos lighthouse. Finally, there are several gorgeous beaches. Among the most beautiful, playa de Concha de Lobos and playa la Calera.

To get there hop on a ferry from Corralejo, which you can book here .

Lobos Island is also a good spot to surf. Many surfers will take a day trip to hit some of the best waves in the Canary Islands .

4. Pop Corn Beach, the most Instagrammable beach in Fuerteventura

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This beach was still unknown a few years ago, but thanks to social influencers, it became one of the best things to see in Fuerteventura . Why Pop Corn Beach?

Well, don’t expect a sandy beach here, like most of the beaches in Fuerteventura. On this beach, you will see algae that look like popcorn. This beach is called El Hierro. It is just a few minutes’ drive from Corralejo. It is also one of the best surf spots in Fuerteventura.

The photos of this beach from many social influencers made this place very popular. For most tourists, a trip to Fuerteventura without visiting Popcorn Beach wouldn’t be complete.

However, like many places in Fuerteventura, you need to drive through unpaved roads. If you rent a car, we highly recommend a bigger car a big car or 4×4.

We took the cheapest and smallest car at the agency, a Fiat 500, and although it was super cute, we regretted it. It was quite scary to drive those unpaved roads in Fuerteventura sometimes for many kilometres. Every time we were praying for not having to change a tire…

Listen to us on this one, adding a few bucks for a better car will make a huge difference in Fuerteventura.

Location : here (20min drive from Corralejo)

5. Visit El Cotillo with its amazing beaches. One of the best spots to watch the sunset in Fuerteventura

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We continue on the north of the island to El Cotillo . A visit to Fuerteventura without visiting this old fishing village would be a pity. The village is bordered by 2 of the most beautiful beaches on the island , with golden sand where you can swim in the crystal clear waters.

In the surrounding area, many natural pools and lagoons dot the coastline, as is often the case in the Canary Islands . To the north of the village, Playa Marfolín looks like a tropical Southeast Asian beach: an ideal “spot” for sunbathing in the middle of Winter!

To the south, Playa del Castillo – named after the castle del Tostón which once protected the island from pirate attacks – is a haunt for surfers who come to enjoy the strong waves. Playa del Castillo (photo above) is actually one of our favorite beaches in Fuerteventura. When we drove there for the first time, we were in complete awe! Make sure to check it out.

Location of El Cotillo: here (20min drive from Corralejo )

READ: full guide for visiting El Cotillo

6. Hike on top of the volcano Calderón Hondo , the best hike in Fuerteventura

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If you want to go on a hike in Fuerteventura, then pick this one. You can hike all the way up Calderón Hondo a gorgeous volcano to see its crater.

The access is simple and the hike is relatively easy. The path to the summit is well-marked. It only takes 40min to reach the top. Once at the top you can walk around the entire crater with incredible views. From there you can admire the whole northern part of Fuerteventura.

The best time to visit Calderón Hondo is just before sunset. The colors are amazing. On the way to the volcano, you will see many chipmunks. Although it is not recommended, many tourists feed them.

We spot a lot of them at the parking lot and at the top of the volcano. They are definitely super cute!

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To get to Calderón Hondo , you need to drive through an unpaved road for 15-20min (again get a bigger car, you won’t regret it…). There is a parking at the bottom of the volcano. From there the path is well indicated.

Location of the parking to start your hike: here

READ: FULL GUIDE TO HIKE CALDERÓN HONDO HERE & BEST TRAILS IN FUERTEVENTURA FOR HIKING

7. La Oliva, to check out some impressive windmills

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Still on the north of the island, after Calderón Hondo, you will head toward La Oliva. Pass through the Malpaís de la Arena Park, a natural park formed by the volcano and its lava. Make a stop at La Oliva.

It is a small peaceful village perched in the middle of the desert. The center of the village has a beautiful church worth a visit.

All around Fuerteventura, you will also see those giant windmills. The mills of Villaverde, a neighboring town of La Oliva, are among the most beautiful ones on the island. Worth a quick stop if you are driving by.

Location of La Oliva: here

Location of the Windmill at Villaverde: here

8. Check out la Casa de los Coroneles, the most historical sight in Fuerteventura

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Casa de los Coroneles is located right on the outskirts of La Oliva. This is one of the main historical sights in Fuerteventura. This palace was built in the second half of the 17th century by Ginés de Cabrera Bethencourt (1650-1722).

It is one of the most important architectural elements of the artistic heritage of the Canary Islands .

This building, also known in the municipality of La Oliva as the Casa de la Marquesa, is undoubtedly the most representative building in the area.

You can visit the interior of the house with a beautiful courtyard and learn more about the history of this place.

Location:  here

Opening Hours:  10AM–6PM (close on Sunday and Monday)

Official website: here

Admission:  3€

9. Playa de Jarubio, one of our favorite beaches in Fuerteventura

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Getting to Playa de Jarubio is not an easy journey. With our Fiat 500 we took a good 40min driving through a pretty awful road. The way to get there wasn’t pleasant at all, let us tell you!

We thought we lost a tire many times. But we didn’t want to give up. We knew that often the best places are not the ones with easy access. And oh boy! We weren’t disappointed after arriving there. Totally worth the horrible drive!

Jarubio is for us one of the most stunning beaches in Fuerteventura . And there are many beaches on the island. Here, you will most likely have the entire beach to yourself. We flew the drone just to show you how beautiful this place is (see photo above).

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Bring water and some food, and you can spend one of the best day in Fuerteventura. When you are at the main beach, you can walk to your left and cross a few rocks. There you have a smaller beach which is more protected. Much better to swim when there are big waves in Fuerteventura.

From there you can also admire the entire west coast of the island, which is the most beautiful part of Fuerteventura. We made a reel on Instagram here about Playa Jarubio.

There is a small parking once you reach Playa Jarubio.

Location of Playa Jarubio: here

10. Check Puertito de los Molinos, a small fishing village in Fuerteventura

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Puertito de los Molinos is a small and charming fishing village with a pebble beach and two restaurants. At the parking lot, you will see many ducks under a small bridge. What a nice welcome to this village.

We absolutely loved walking through the quaint streets of the village. We brought our sandwiches and found a perfect spot by the beach to watch local surfers while having our lunch. A perfect moment in Fuerteventura!

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We then enjoyed a coffee at one of the restaurant, just enjoying the sound of the waves against the pebbles .

To get there, the good news is that the road is paved, which is a rare thing in most places in this guide to Fuerteventura. However, if you want to head there directly from Playa Jarubio don’t follow the Google Map itinerary.

According to Google map, there is a way to get there in just a few minutes’ drive by the coast from Playa Jarubio. We started to head there but got almost completely stuck on the sandy road.

So unless you have a 4×4, head back to the main road first and head towards Puertito de los Molinos via the paved road.

Location: here

11. Betancuria, one of the best towns to visit in Fuerteventura

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Let’s head more center of the island, our first stop is Betancuria. This former capital of Fuerteventura is truly unmissable. This little village in the mountain was founded in the 19th century by Jean IV de Béthencourt, a French explorer . This place is a real delight!

Around the Santa Maria church, small alleys cascade down the hill, in the middle of traditional white houses. From the top of the village, the view of the palm grove that surrounds the town is spectacular.

Start by visiting the Church-Cathedral of Santa Maria de Betancuria, then stroll through the alleys of Casco Antiguo. You can also visit the Sacred Art Museum and then take a detour to the San Diego Hermitage.

12. Museo del Queso Majorero, the cheese museum of Fuerteventura

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The Museo del Queso Majorero is located near Betancuria. The museum offers a beautiful garden and great view of Fuerteventura from its rooftop.

Spread over more than 500 m² with explanatory panels translated into several languages, the museum introduces visitors to the history of Fuerteventura’s breeding and cheese-making culture, with particular emphasis on the Majorera goat and its natural habitat.

To be honest, we did not like the museum that much. I think we were too eager to get to the tasting part. Indeed, the museum also has a restaurant where you can taste some of their cheeses.

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Make sure to also check out their cactus garden at the back of the museum. Of course not as impressive as the Cactus Garden in Lanzarote , but we took some pretty nice shots there.

There is also a small shop with local produce.

Opening Hours:  9:30AM–5:30PM

Admission:  Adult:  4€ / Children 2.5€

Website: here

13. Ajuy Caves, a special place in Fuerteventura

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A few kilometers from Betancuria on the west coast of the island, Ajuy is one of the prettiest villages on the island. With its white houses and black sand, it is beautiful.

The village, however, is mostly known for its magnificent cliffs , formed by two ravines just nearby. To get there, plan a short hike of about two hours, just to admire the view.

Before arriving at the caves, you will pass in front of a fossilized dune dating back more than 5 million years! The path will allow you to see the white cliffs falling into the dark blue water of the Mediterranean, a sublime spectacle.

14. Astronomical viewpoint Sicasumbre, the best place to watch the stars in Fuerteventura

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A little bit more south of Ajuy you will reach one of the most unique viewpoints on the island. This is the best astronomical vantage point on the island, set up here thanks to the area’s low light pollution, making it the perfect place to gaze at the stars.

There are even information panels that will help you identify the constellations and stands so fans can set up their own telescopes and photographic equipment.

If you don’t go there at night, go there during the day, the views are fantastic too! This is what we did…

15. Puerto del Rosario, the main city of Fuerteventura

Puerto del Rosario

Before continuing our visit south of Fuerteventura, let’s explore the east coast of the island.

First let’s focus on the capital of Fuerteventura, Puerto del Rosario. The city has almost 30,000 inhabitants.

This is where the airport of Fuerteventura is located. If you arrive late on the island by plane and do not want to head straight to one of the main tourist resorts, you can decide to spend your first night here.

Some parts of the town are actually quite charming with many white houses right by the sea . The city has many hotels and shopping centers. It makes it a comfortable anchor point to start your vacation and visit Fuerteventura.

As the location is quite central, it is easy to visit the north and the south of the island.

16. Salt Museum Salinas del Carmen

Salinas del Carmen

While you are exploring the east coast of the island, make a stop at the Salt Museum Salinas del Carmen.

There you can visit a small village with a dozen houses around the only active salt marshes on the island. Apparently, they were built in 1910 and since then the sea salt has been extracted with the traditional method directly for the nearby restaurants.

If you are interested to know more about the whole process, you can learn about it at the Salt Museum, which is right next door.

Otherwise, the panoramic view of the colorful houses of the salineros that welcome you with a smile and the contrast of the white mountains of salt and the black mountains of the island are already worth it.

You can also see a whale skeleton on display by the sea.

Before leaving, there is a small beach and one of the best fresh fish restaurants in the area: Los Caracolitos ( here )

Location of the museum: here

17. Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura, one of the best things to do with kids

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The only zoological park in Fuerteventura, it is also the only park in the Canary Islands with African elephants and hippos. Visiting Oasis Park means treating yourself to a beautiful, unique experience.

The park was launched in 1985, starting with the flora part.

At the time, ornamental plants from all over the world were offered. The fauna then found its place. A natural habitat had to be created, especially to deal with environmental threats.

The Oasis Park started with a few small animals, like parrots or kangaroos.

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Today, visiting the Oasis Park, allows you to discover giraffes, elephants or even hippos. We actually spent 5 hours inside this beautiful park as there are many shows as well. We really had a great time there.

Visiting Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura is a great option on a windy day for instance. The area is more protected, allowing you to enjoy a wonderful day.

READ: we wrote a full guide about Oasis Park here.

Admission: Adults: 35 EUR / Children: 20.5 EUR (you can pre-purchase your ticket here )

Opening hours: 9AM – 5PM (closed on Monday)

18. La Pared, our favorite beach for surfing!

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Whether you are a surfer or not, La Pared should not be missing on your list of things to do in Fuerteventura. This beach is easily accessible by a paved road.

This place has become a surf mecca for having some of the best waves on the island , as well as one of the most beautiful beach.

READ: BEST SURF SPOTS IN THE CANARY ISLANDS

19. Costa Calma, a great place to stay during your trip to Fuerteventura

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During our trip to Fuerteventura, we first stayed in the north at Corralejo which was perfect to explore most parts of the island. We then spent another 10 days in the south at Costa Calma. A perfect place to relax with its 2km long beach.

The town of Costa Calma is very convenient with a few restaurants, supermarkets, shops, car rental agency. It’s a great location to combine beach days and exploration of Fuerteventura. Y ou can also join the exceptional surf and yoga camp of Rapa Nui (website: here )

We joined their camp for a few days, and this was definitely the highlight of our trip in Fuerteventura. We went every day to the surf spot of La Pared and received outstanding instructions from the surf coaches.

Our surf skills improved dramatically after a few days of surfing with them. We can only highly recommend them.

Location of Costa Calma: here

In Costa Calma we stayed in a wonderful hotel directly by the sea. We could admire the sunrise every day before heading to Rapa Nui surf camp. Check out R2 Maryvent Beach Apartments Costa Calma here . One of the best hotels in Costa Calma.

Here is the list of the top 10 beaches in Fuerteventura.

20. Playa de Sotavento, the most famous spot for Kitesurfers in Fuerteventura

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From Costa Calma, you can easily visit Playa de Sotavento. This is another must-see in Fuerteventura. You can either walk there from Costa Calma by the coast. It will take you a little less than 1 hour, or drive there in just a few minutes.

Fuerteventura is characterized by the beauty of its sandy beaches. Sotavento is one of the most stunning beaches on the island . It is simply spectacular since it extends over 10 kilometers.

A dune barrier almost 300 meters long leads to the formation of a huge lagoon creating an ideal playground for the practice of windsurfing or kitesurfing. The day we went there, we probably saw more than 100 kitesurfers inside this beautiful lagoon.

Best things to do in Fuerteventura: Kitesurfing

Don’t miss to check out Sotavento if you are exploring the south of Fuerteventura. It is one of the most impressive beaches on the island.

Learning how to kitesurf in Sotavento is the perfect place due to its protected lagoon with shallow water. We highly recommend joining Rene Egli for a kitesurf lesson or renting kite gear, this is an institution in Fuerteventura.

You can even stay at their hotel right by the beach. Check out their website here .

21. Visit the beautiful town of Morro Jable in the south of Fuerteventura

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Morro Jable is another great spot to stay in Fuerteventura. As it is more south than other resort areas, it usually gets sunnier and warmer than the rest of the island. There are many shops, great restaurants, and beautiful hotels.

The main attraction at Morro Jable is Playa del Matorral. Another awesome beach in Fuerteventura.

From Morro Jable you get a ferry to get to Gran Canaria (which we did), but it is also the starting point to explore THE BEST beach in Fuerteventura: COFETE . See next to know everything about Cofete.

Location of Morro Jable: here

22. Cofete, the indisputable best beach in Fuerteventura (well even in the Canary Islands in our opinion)

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Imagine a village lost at the end of the world, facing the ocean, nestled at the foot of an immense mountain range. Welcome to Cofete , one of the most magical places in Fuerteventura and the Canary Islands .

After about 1 hour of driving through a very bad road, you will discover a sumptuous panorama on the beach and the Pico de la Zarza, the highest mountain on the island which rises to 807 meters above sea level.

This panorama is absolutely unforgettable . There are no words to describe the beauty of this place.

The fact that not many people are aware of this place in the Canary Islands is very astonishing. Well, we had no clue about this place before going to Fuerteventura.

Even some people who came to Fuerteventura did not even go to Cofete , what a shame really. It’s an absolute must-see in Fuerteventura. We can’t stress that enough!

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How to get to Cofete?

We made it there we our little Fiat 500, I guess we were very lucky again, as we don’t recommend anyone to drive there with such a small car.

If you don’t want to risk it, no worries we fully understand, in that case, you can get there with a special 4×4 bus from Morro Jable or join a Jeep excursion here .

Once you reach this very special beach, you can take a long walk to discover this 12-kilometer-long beach. Be careful though, swimming or surfing are strongly discouraged, the ocean is raging and the currents very dangerous.

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There is a small restaurant at the village just before reaching the beach in case you didn’t bring your own lunch. During your trip to Fuerteventura, dedicate 1 full day to visit Cofete, it’s really worth it.

READ: FULL GUIDE TO DISCOVER COFETE IN FUERTEVENTURA

23. Check out Villa Winter, a place with so many mysteries and legends

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From the beach of Cof e te, you will see this isolated house in the middle of the mountain, called Casa Winter. There is only 1 house, you will spot it straight away. So far so good…

The villa was built in 1937 by Gustav Winter , a German engineer who lived in Fuerteventura for fifteen years. However, this place is full of mysteries and legends. Indeed, it was apparently a hideout for the Nazis !!?

This is the main legend around this house: it would have served as a base for SS submarines, which would have used its tower as a beacon. But not only: it is famous for hiding tunnels in the mountains and in its basements.

Besides, you will also find a bunker and a room resembling a very scary old hospital.

The most astonishing legend about Casa Winter is that after the second world war ended, some Nazis came to Villa Winter for plastic surgery in order to change their face before fleeing to South America so that no one will find them. Some also say that Hitler visited this place during the war and brought people from concentration camps to work on the extension of the villa.

If you like this kind of legend, you can actually visit the villa.

Opening hours: 10AM–2PM and 3PM–5PM

Admission fee: there is no entry fee, but a donation box.

24. Check out the Lighthouse at punta de Jandia

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On your way back from Cofete , you can make a little detour to Faro punta de Jandia. There you will see a nice lighthouse. You will feel at the end of the world.

This is a perfect spot to watch the waves and chill in Fuerteventura. On low tide, there are nice pools in the rocks for swimming.

There is also a small village nearby with a few restaurants. There is another beach right in front of the village called Playa el Puertito, usually a great place for swimming.

25. Go on dolphins and whales watching tour from Morro Jable

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To finish your holiday in style, hop on one of the boat at Morro Jable and go check out the many dolphins and whales in the Canary Islands. Seeing these animals in their wild habitat is something unique and unforgettable.

Every time we have the opportunity to join such a trip we are always so excited. We never get bored of seeing dolphins jumping out of the water.

To experience this, we recommend joining this tour here .

Best Activities in Fuerteventura

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Fuerteventura is one of the best islands in the Canaries for surfing. It has been one of the best surfing destinations in the Atlantic for many years! With about thirty spots on its coasts, Fuerteventura has become one of the favorite destinations of European surfers who go there from October to May.

Fuerteventura is an ideal destination because it is not very far away from most European capitals. The spots are suitable for both beginners and experienced surfers with a high concentration of beach breaks and reefs.

Some of the best spots are:

  • Rocky point

If you are staying in the South, we highly recommend joining Rapa Nui Surf Camp. Here is their site.

2. Windsurf / Kitesurf

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Fuerteventura is sometimes nicknamed the windy island. We stayed there quite some time, and indeed we had more windy days than calm day in general… ( we wrote a full post here on the when is the best time to visit Fuerteventura ). If you just like to lay down by the beach this might not be a great news. However, if you are a kitesurfers, then Fuerteventura is close to paradise.

Fuerteventura is the ideal place to practice kitesurfing all year round, although experts recommend especially the months of May to August, since the wind conditions are better at this time.

Some of the best spots for kitesurfing are:

  • Plage El Burro

3. Kayaking and snorkeling

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The cost of Fuerteventura is absolutely stunning. One of the best ways to explore its beauty is to go on a kayak excursion. At the mid point, you will be able to go snorkeling to admire the rich sea of the Canary Islands.

If you like this activity, we recommend you to join this tour .

READ: we listed the 8 best outdoor activities in Fuerteventura here.

Where to stay in Fuerteventura?

There are many places to choose from when it comes to finding a place to stay in Fuerteventura. It may depend on the type of activities you want to do during your stay or the time of the year you are visiting the island. It may also be based on your budget.

Vacation rentals, all-inclusive hotels, seaside villas with swimming pools… there is something for everyone in Fuerteventura!

However, we recommend choosing amongst the following 3 locations:

Where to stay in Fuerteventura

Best if you like more actions during your holidays. Plenty of bars, restaurants, a very young crowd, surf school, boat trip to Los Lobos, perfect beaches etc. There are so many things to do.

However, it may not be the most romantic gateway. We stayed at Atlantic Garden Beach Mate hotel. The location was perfect near the main beach and right next to a supermarket. The place was clean and modern.

>> BOOK HERE

Costa Calma

Where to stay in Fuerteventura

If you are a couple, this is probably the best place to stay. Costa Calma is much quieter than Corralejo but there are also a few restaurants, cafes, and bars.

From there you can easily explore Morro Jable, Cofete, and many other attractions in Fuerteventura. We probably stayed in the best hotel in Costa Calma. It’s called R2 Maryvent Beach Apartments Costa Calma. We had a fantastic sea-view apartment.

>> CHECK IT OUT HERE

Morro Jable

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This is probably the most convenient place for families or retirees. You will find all you need in Morro Jable and it’s mostly flat, which makes it very easy to walk around.

In Spain, we love the Iberostar chain hotel. We only had fantastic experiences in their hotels. At Morro Jable they have a stunning palace facing the sea. It’s beautiful.

>> MORE INFO HERE

READ: BEST PLACES TO STAY IN FUERTEVENTURA, FULL GUIDE

How to get to Fuerteventura?

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The easiest way is by plane! Plane tickets between the island and the major cities in Europe are generally very affordable. Easyjet has many great offers, however, book early as during peak seasons the prices are going much higher. Compare the best prices here .

If you are visiting multiple Canary Islands , then you can easily take the ferry between each of them. We started our journey in Lanzarote and then we took the ferry to Fuerteventura, which is just a 30-minute ride. Use Direct Ferry for booking your ferry, you can compare the price amongst all ferry companies. Check it out here .

READ: OUR FULL GUIDE FOR VISITING THE CANARY ISLANDS

Once you reach the Canary Islands, it is highly recommended to rent a car . To get the cheaper rate we used Rentalcars.com . Check it out here for the best deals. However, we suggest that you rent a better car in order to tame some dirt tracks all around Fuerteventura 🙂

Best time to visit Fuerteventura?

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The Canary Archipelago is famous for its perfect weather all year round.

However, despite what you might think, the summer months are not necessarily the best to go to Fuerteventura. The sun is very strong and it is very windy. Therefore we recommend going there in spring and autumn, or in winter if you like surfing.

READ: Full guide on the best time to travel to Fuerteventura

In conclusion about the best things to do in Fuerteventura

Best things to do in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is an island most famous for its spectacular beaches. And it did not disappoint! Its coastline is dotted with huge beaches of yellow or white sand of great beauty. In some places, you may even feel in the Caribbean with the turquoise color of its water. Yet we are in Europe, a few hour’s flight from the mainland.

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Among the stops not to be missed in Fuerteventura, Cofete tops the list for us. In the north of the island, the coast near El Cotillo is a true paradise. Finally, the Isla de Lobos is also a very beautiful memory of our trip to Fuerteventura.

However, when we went hiking the volcano Calderón Hondo , this is where the landscape was the most beautiful.

Fuerteventura, although a bit lesser known than Lanzarote , is absolutely beautiful.

If you have any questions about Fuerteventura, feel free to leave a comment below.

All our posts about the Canary Islands can be found here .

HAPPY TRAVELS!

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We are in Fuerteventura and absolutely love your website. We loved Cofete and Los Lobos the most! We have three days left and will probably head back to Il Cotillo and the big beaches near Corralejo.

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Joanna Booth

Friday July 14 2023, 09:58am

With its spectacular volcanic terrain, sandy beaches and year-round sunshine, Fuerteventura is an island-sized adventure playground. Activities here tend towards the energetic and open-air, whether you’re exploring the wilder parts of the island on foot, by bike, dune buggy, jeep or even camel. Winds and waves also make Fuerteventura a windsurfing, kiteboarding and surfing hotspot, with rentals and lessons widely available. 

Boat trips are popular too, with pleasure cruises for sightseeing, swimming or watching the sunset on offer alongside dolphin and whale-watching trips. The waters around the island are home to resident pods, but are also crossed by the migration superhighways of larger species, offering cetacean spotters both volume and variety.

Top it off with cultural and cerebral fun, including food and wine tastings, and exploring those historic towns. 

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Buggies in Corralejo Natural Park

1. Buggy beside the dunes

A protected area since 1982, Corralejo Natural Park is the largest area of dunes anywhere in the Canary Islands . The shifting sea of shining sand is a marvel — mile upon mile of golden peaks you can scale for wonderful views. To the south and west the landscape is volcanic and rocky; to the east is the park’s other attraction, a series of white sand beaches. The FV-1 road runs through the middle, and one of the most fun ways to explore is on a buggy tour. These rugged vehicles can’t be driven on the protected dunes, but once you’ve stopped to climb and explore here, the trip will take you bumping and whooping off-road amid the dramatic geology of the park’s southern extent. You’ll need a driving licence to get behind the wheel but it’s suitable for kids over three years as a passenger. Bring sunglasses and wear old clothes — it gets dusty.

A visitor on a boat encounters a dolphin off Fuerteventura

2. Spot dolphins and whales

There’s little more breathtaking than watching dolphins leap out of the water or whales snooze at the surface. While sightings can’t be guaranteed, there are a host of resident species in large numbers in the waters around Fuerteventura, so the odds are good – you might spot common, bottlenose, spotted, striped or even the snub-nosed Risso’s dolphin if you’re lucky, and short-finned pilot whales make their home here too. Dolphin and whale-watching trips run from Corralejo and Morro Jable, and different vessel types are available. Avoid the large, crowded boats and go for a catamaran for a more comfortable journey with facilities, or a rib for the thrill of speed and proximity to the water.

The Iglesia de Santa Maria, a church in Betancuria

3. Explore the original capital

The pretty town of Betancuria isn’t just the former capital of Fuerteventura, it also operated as the capital of the Canary Islands during the 15th century. Its inland location didn’t stop it from being regularly ransacked by pirates, who destroyed Fuerteventura’s first church. Only the original gothic bell tower of the Iglesia de Santa Maria remains among the baroque reconstruction, and the cost to visit this handsome church also includes entry to the Museum of Sacred Art. A visit to Betancuria makes for a relaxing stop on a wider tour of the island’s interior — many include visits to Pajara to see the elaborate carvings at the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Regla and the viewpoint of Las Penitas.

4. Cycle among the volcanoes

A cyclist on Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura may be most famous for the beaches that ring its coast, but the interior shouldn’t be ignored. Head south of Corralejo and you’ll find vast expanses of volcanic terrain — craters and lava fields in a paintbox of terracotta tones. With their pillowy wheels to cushion the bumps, fat bikes are perfectly suited to this landscape, and electric versions can take the strain if your quads aren’t up to the gradient. Tours will take to you to the top of Calderon Hondo for views inside the crater and across the north of the island. You might well encounter curious chipmunks along the way, but don’t feed them — this invasive species is becoming almost too numerous.

The Majorero Cheese Museum and windmill

5. Learn to make goat’s cheese

Majorero goat’s cheese is so typical of Fuerteventura that there’s an entire museum dedicated to it, housed partially within one of the historic windmills that are dotted around the rural interior. It’s a fun visit, explaining how the volcanic origins and biodiversity of the island, plus the indigenous goats, produce the unique flavour. There’s even a virtual goat milking station, and a tasting room. To get more involved, book a cheese-making workshop at a local farm, where you can milk the goats, make your own cheese and enjoy a large breakfast before your creation is wrapped up for you to take away.

A dromedary in Fuerteventura

6. Ride a camel

The Oasis Wildlife park is a family favourite, home to all sorts of big-ticket wildlife including elephants, cheetahs, hippos, lemurs and sea lions. However, this place started life as a plant centre and camel farm, and you’ll still find the largest cactus and succulent garden and the largest dromedary reserve in Europe. There’s also a freshwater wetland area which provides a habitat for migrating birds, and a children’s farm. On top of general admission, or as a separate experience, you can book a camel-back safari around the park or through the island’s rocky landscape.

Playa de Cofete, a beach in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

7. Leave footprints on Fuerteventura’s wildest beach

On the western side of the Jandia peninsula, battered by strong waves, is Fuerteventura’s wildest and most beautiful beach. Playa de Cofete is eight miles long — an epic sweep of cappuccino-coloured sand backed by some of the island’s highest peaks. It feels deserted — the currents that make swimming dangerous puts off casual sunbathers and it’s so gigantic other visitors become pinpricks. Hard to access via dirt roads, it’s easier to visit on a jeep tour and let someone else drive. The journey will take you past the mysterious Villa Winter — an abandoned homestead rumoured to have once been a Nazi hideout — to the Punta Jandia lighthouse at the island’s southwestern tip.

Lava-stone walls protect vines from the wind on slopes near Playa de Cofete

8. Taste island wines

While arid Fuerteventura produces nothing like the volume of wine of greener Tenerife, it was the pioneer of viticulture in the Canaries, with vines first planted here in the early 15th century. The family who owns Bodega Conatvs has spent 30 years trawling the island for ancient vine stock and experimenting with different varietals, and now their vineyard is the only one with DOP status on Fuerteventura. Tour the vines thriving in ravines in a mixture of fine sand and volcanic soil, learn about the making and bottling process and then taste the wines — a fruity red, mineral white and berry-heavy rosé. 

Visitors taking in the view at Isla de Lobos

9. Visit an uninhabited island

A short ferry or water taxi ride from Corralejo is Isla de Lobos — a nature reserve since 1982 with a wide variety of wildlife-rich habitats despite its diminutive size and deceptively lunar landscape. Walking trails criss-cross the island, so you can spot native flora and breeding seabirds, visit the lighthouse and climb to the top of the volcanic caldera, 127m (416ft) above sea level. There’s a pretty, sheltered bay, so bring your swimming things, and refreshments — the café on the island isn’t up to much. The name comes from the Spanish for wolf, referring to a historic colony of monk seals, known as sea wolves, that were hunted to extinction.

Surfers at El Cotillo beach

10. Ride the waves

Exposed to powerful Atlantic swells, the Canary Islands are up there among Europe’s most popular surfing spots. With its large size and long beaches, Fuerteventura rarely feels crowded, and there are conditions to suit all standards from beginners up to pros. Winter is the best time for big waves; summer is often calmer for new starters. Beaches with the best waves for first-timers are found in the north — along the Corralejo coast and at El Cotillo in the northwest. There are plenty of surf camps with multi-day packages available — or you can try a one-off taster session.

A hiker among the boulders at Las Penitas

11. Hike to caves and gorges

Leave the sun lounger behind and swap flip-flops for sturdy shoes and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most striking and photogenic places on Fuerteventura. The Ajuy caves are the oldest part of the island, itself the oldest of the Canaries, created by lava 100 million years ago and accessed via a gentle walk along the black sand beach. A couple of miles inland, the spectacular ravine of Las Penitas is a more challenging hike that’s scattered with boulders but crowned with a curving rock arch you can scramble up to for views and photos.

12. Splash down slides

Acua Water Park in Corralejo is the only full-size waterpark in Fuerteventura, and is big enough to keep the whole family happy. Racing slides and kamikaze drops are countered by a lazy river, kids’ splash area and plenty of sun loungers, and there’s an activity pool with water polo and other social games to suit teenagers, plus free wi-fi. There’s free parking on site, or you can book a bus transfer the day before your visit at an extra cost, with departures from Costa Calma, Caleta de Fuste and Jandia. The park closes for the winter from November to March.

The starry night sky over Fuerteventura

13. Stargaze with an expert

The trade winds that prevent clouds from forming give the Canary Islands some of the clearest skies in Europe, and Fuerteventura was designated a Unesco starlight reserve in 2015, meaning light pollution here is minimal. All this contributes to a night sky that blows city dwellers away with its clarity and sheer abundance of stars. For DIY viewing, the Sicasumbre viewpoint in the island’s south has a star chart to help you identify what you see, but you’ll get far more from an expert-led experience. Stars by Night has purely observational and astrophotography excursions suitable for beginners.

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A fin whale skeleton display in Puerto del Rosario

14. See art in the open air

Unless there’s a cruise ship moored at the dock, you’ll find few tourists in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura’s rather underrated capital. Instead of the colonial architecture of Betancuria, here you’ll find modern artistic expression, both on the blank canvasses of the whitewashed walls and in over 100 pieces of public sculpture dotted through the streets. As yet there are no street art tours, but there’s a joy in stumbling across striking murals or intriguing statues as you wander. With the main bus station at its heart, Puerto del Rosario is the easiest place to access by public transport in Fuerteventura; line 6 runs to Corralejo, line 3 to Caleta de Fuste and line 1 to Morro Jable.

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Two people with kitesurfing gear on the beach at Corralejo

15. Harness the wind

Fuerteventura is famously gusty, so why not make the most of the breezes and have a go at one of the sports the island is famous for? Windsurfing and kiteboarding both work on the same principle — the power of the wind caught in a sail propelling you through the water — but while the sail is attached to the board in windsurfing, in kiteboarding the board attaches to your feet and the sail to your body via a harness. When it comes to picking up the basics, windsurfing is easier — you can make a decent fist of it in a couple of hours — whereas starter kiteboarding courses last two to three days. The Sotavento lagoon has one of the largest windsurfing and kiteboarding schools in the world, and the conditions around Corralejo are also suitable for beginners.

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25 Best Things to Do in Fuerteventura

Best things to do in Fuerteventura

Are you looking for a winter sunshine holiday destination in the Canaries that’s easy on the pocket and not too commercialised? Welcome to Fuerteventura. You can use the following list of the 25 best things to do in Fuerteventura , to help you plan what you want to do and see away from your sunbed.

The second-largest island in the Canary Islands archipelago , Fuerteventura lies around 60-miles off the coast of Morocco, and has some of the longest golden sand beaches of all the islands.

With over 300-days of sunshine a year, it is a favourite island destination with couples, singles and families seeking some winter solace. 

It is also particularly popular with surfers, windsurfers and kite-surfers , who enjoy the big Atlantic breakers rolling onto the north and west coast beaches.

For those who prefer time away from the coast, the quieter, volcanic island interior is a photographer’s paradise . Being just 60-miles in length, wherever you want to visit on the island is easily reachable with a hire car. 

So read on for 25 of the best things to see and do in Fuerteventura.

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25 Best things to do in Fuerteventura

1. corralejo natural park and sand dunes, top of everyone’s things to see in fuerteventura.

Close to the town of the same name, with over six miles of gorgeous yellow sand, this wild barren coastal area is one of the island’s favourite things to see in Fuerteventura. 

With a warm turquoise sea lapping the sandy shoreline and high mountains in the distance across the sound, the scenery is breath-taking.

Walking a couple of hundred metres inland will take you into the protected Corralejo Sand Dunes , a vital island conservation area for various bird species.

If you have chosen to stay in Corralejo, you have easy access to the dunes and beaches either by hire car, public transport (number 06 bus runs every 30-minutes) , or organised coach trips.

Travelling from outside the area by car, the FV-1a highway heads north and passes through the park with dunes on your left and coast on your right. With plenty of parking, you can spend a day stopping at the numerous beaches and exploring different areas of the dunes.

Be sure to take everything you need, including plenty of cool drinks and snacks. Trainers rather than flip-flops are a good idea, as the sand gets very hot in the heat of the day.

You can also book tours and excursions to Corralejo Natural Park and Sand Dunes , or if you want to do things a little differently, consider a dune buggy tour , which can be booked online or through your hotel.

2. The best places to surf, windsurf and kite-surf on Fuerteventura

Surf in Fuerteventura

Staying in the north of the island, there are a whole host of activities to do in Fuerteventura if you like the sea and the surf. 

Surfing is big business on the island, with a large selection of surf schools and beaches to suit everyone from the raw beginner to the semi-pro.

Check out some of these favourite surfing beaches to see in Fuerteventura. Even if you’re not into surfing, put them on your list of things to do in Fuerteventura and check them out anyway.

  • Los Lobos Beach: Not one for the beginners. Los Lobos has one of the most magnificent settings on all the islands. A volcano with sharp, shallow coral, it provides an exhilarating ride for the experienced surfer of over 500-metres on a good day.

Access is via ferry, which will drop you off in the morning and pick you up late afternoon.

  • Hierro Beach: Sitting in the north of the island, with a left-hand break, it offers head-high waves with deep water below, making it less hazardous than some of the close-by reefs. 

Due to its long line-up, it never appears that crowded. Another one not really suitable for the holiday surfer.

  • Flag Beach: Just east of north, on the edge of Corralejo town, Flag beach is a popular surfing area for new and intermediate surfers , and used by the local surf schools to teach newbies the basics of surfing.

With miles of golden sand, it is also popular with visitors who just want sun, sand, sea and relaxation.

  • The Bubble Beach: Providing some of the best surf in Fuerteventura , this is definitely one for the experienced surfer . However, novices can learn a lot by sitting on the beach for a couple of hours and studying the wipe-outs. 

Offering a right-hand break over a sharp, shallow reef, surfers have to be fully focused if they are not to get damaged on the rocks.

  • El Cotillo Beach: Popular with surfers at all levels, El Cotillo lies on the west coast, close to the town of the same name. With surf suitable for beginners upwards and with its ruggedly beautiful scenery, you can hone your surfing skills, or just grab some rays as you watch how the pros do it.

3. Fuerteventura International Kite Festival

Started in 1987 by a group of passionate local kite flyers, Fuerteventura International Kite Festival has grown in stature, and today attracts amateur and professional kite flyers from a host of European countries.

Held between 11th and 14th November at Playa del Burro inside the Corralejo Sand Dunes Park, it is an event well worth taking some time away from the beach for.

The festival includes kite-making workshops and music from live bands , ensuring the whole family can have the best day out enjoying this colourful spectacle of some of the largest (and strangest) kites you’re ever likely to see.

Read also: Where to stay in Fuerteventura

4. Oasis Park Fuerteventura

Located just outside La Lajita, at Carretera General Jandia, 35627, Oasis Park is the largest animal sanctuary in the Canaries . 

Not only can you enjoy a colourful selection of parrots, raptures, small mammals, reptiles , animal shows and exhibitions, but also camel rides; and browse a lively on-site market where you can seek out those one-off souvenirs.

If you’re a collector of succulents , next to the park is Jardin Botanico , full of aloe vera and spiky cacti, where you can learn about the island’s ecosystem. 

Tickets include entrance to the park and botanical gardens, and four animal shows during your stay. You can buy your ticket online here .

5. Visit Betancuria, the island’s first capital

Betancuria, Fuerteventura

If culture and history are your interests, the village of Betancuria was founded way back in 1404, and is the one-time capital and oldest settlement on Fuerteventura.

Even your journey up there is an experience not to be missed, with some of the best views of the island’s west coast, as you climb 600 metres above sea level to Mirador Morro Velosa.

A village little changed by time. Betancuria still retains its quaint, whitewashed terraced cottages, clay-tiled roofs, and cobbled streets , with pots, tubs and baskets of colourful blooms scattered liberally outside doorways, stairways and on balconies.

On your explorations around town, you will find Santa Maria Church with its pretty whitewashed bell tower and the ruins of a 13th-century convent. 

There is also the archaeological museum , which charts the history of the settlement pre-colonial times.

If you feel the need for a little light refreshment, grab a pavement table at one of the numerous café/bars, order some tapas, and let the warm sunshine transport you back in time to the days of the Norman conquerors.

6. The Isla de Lobos, total relaxation or active sports away from the holiday crowds

Virtually uninhabited since the 1960s, save for a few fishermen’s huts, Isla de Lobos offers the peace and tranquillity so often missing from many destinations on this popular group of islands. 

If your perfect is pristine golden sand beaches , exploring in-land, surfing or scuba diving in clear emerald waters, put a day aside for a visit when you’re making your list of things to do in Fuerteventura.

A designated nature reserve , the only signs of human habitation you will find are an old lighthouse, a few fishermen shacks, and one remaining road. 

You can navigate the island by foot in around four hours, but one of the most popular hikes is past the few remaining salt pans up to Caldera Mountain.

If sun, sand and sea are your thing, head fo r Playa de la Concha for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling.

Access is only by a regular ferry from Corralejo , with round-trip tickets available online . In addition, organised snorkel trips to explore the rocky coastal areas are also available online.

7. Cofete Beach, do a little trail-blazing of your own

If you’re staying in the southeast of the island at the busy resort town of Morro Jable (and even if you’re not), consider a day at Cofete Beach.  

Although the approach can be a little fraught at times, with plenty of potholes, humps, bumps and blind bends on a poorly maintained mountain road, what awaits is well worth the time and effort.

Gloriously deserted (pretty much), the stunning views as you approach Frail y Pico de la Zarza are what memories are made of. 

Continuing the drive towards Cofete Beach, look for another viewpoint with more magnificent views before you hit Cofete and the beginning of over seven miles of golden sand , fabulous scenery, and a backdrop of the island’s highest mountain, Pico de la Zarza .

As you stroll the beach, you will come across an old whitewashed building sitting on the shoreline. Known as the Villa Winter , legend has it that it was used during WW2 by the Nazis planning how to refuel and supply their Atlantic submarines. 

Another myth maintains that, at the end of the war, it became a stop-over for Nazis who had received plastic surgery and needed time for the scars to heal, before heading to South America.

8. Hiking the Pico de la Zarza will take you up in the world

If hiking and trekking is your thing, and you want a little more than just a view of Fuerteventura’s highest mountain, pack your hiking boots, sunhats, sunblock, drinks and snacks. 

Starting at Morro Jable, using the well-worn trails out of town, the climb to 807-metres above sea level will take around three hours for the average hiker.

Although the hike is not particularly arduous , suitable footwear is recommended (not sandals or flip-flops), as are high SPV sunblock and sun hats, to protect against the sun’s strong rays. 

As you get closer to the summit, the air becomes more humid, and you will see flora and fauna not found in lower areas of the island. Organised tours are available .

9. Enjoy some together time at Piscinas Naturales Aguas Verdes

What to do in Fuerteventura: Piscinas Naturales Aguas Verdes

While the north and east coasts of Fuerteventura provide miles of immaculate beaches, the west side coastline is more rugged, with a charm all its own that really shouldn’t be missed from your list of things to see in Fuerteventura.

Considered one of the best things to see and do in Fuerteventura, Piscinas Naturales Aguas Verdes in Betancuria, is a six-kilometre stretch of coas t, where volcanic action has formed natural rock formations providing individual pools for the whole family to enjoy.

The pools are flooded with fresh water at high tide and warmed by the strong African sunlight as the tide retreats. Couples can find their own away-from-it-all pool for a little together time, while parents can relax with their little ones in one of the larger pools.

For those with hire cars, the main road takes you close to the pools, before you use the short dirt track, which leads down to the front.

10. Climb to the summit of Mount Cardon, great hiking to do in Fuerteventura

Another one for the explorers amongst us. In the southern central area of Fuerteventura, south of Pajara City lies the small village of El Cardon , and the start of the trail to climb Mount Cardon. 

Although not particularly high at 665 metres, the mountain was designated a Protected Area in 1987. 

What makes this area such an attraction is the arid, dusty soil, red-hued boulders and vegetation that resembles the tumbleweed and cacti more likely to be seen in an American Desert.

Climbing (or descending) from the eastern slopes will bring you to the “Chapel of Tanquito” , the finishing point of a procession up the mountain held every year from the village of El Cardon.

Not an especially strenuous climb, but a hard one with its steeply sloping paths, the views across the south of the island and Cofete from the summit are superb. Wear good hiking boots, and carry a backpack with the essentials.

11. Visit La Oliva with its food and craft markets

Located in the north of Fuerteventura and close to the larger resorts of El Cotillo, Corralejo, and the National Park, La Oliva’s history dates back to 1500 , when it was founded by two brothers. 

The name is believed to have originated from the large numbers of wild olive trees that grew in the area.

Although La Oliva attracts visitors in its own right, it is a popular excursion with tourists staying in the nearby busier resorts. 

The island’s capital for just 24 years, from 1836 to 1860, it has always retained its historical roots and Spanish village type appeal. The old 17th-century Gothic style Colonel’s House and surrounding whitewashed buildings are a case in point.

After a light lunch at a terrace café, a stroll around the palm-fringed park provides stunning views of the near-by volcanoes. 

Lovers of local markets are advised to visit on Tuesday or Friday when you can peruse the markets selling everything from fresh local produce to souvenirs and mementoes, to saffron and spicy mojo sauces to crafts and handmade jewellery.

12. Learn about the therapeutic value of Aloe Vera

While visiting La Oliva, you can book a visit to the local Aloe Vera Farm , although organised trips are available from many resort hotels or online.

If you prefer to use natural remedies for various ailments, you probably already know about the healing properties of Aloe Vera . All over the Canary Isles, you will see these succulents growing wild. 

At La Oliva’s 90,000 square metres Aloe Vera farm, you can learn more about the cultivation of this plan t and the many products it produces.

The farm also offers a little health and beauty pampering with full massages and reflexology therapy using aloe vera as the base product. Samples are available for purchase in the farm shop.

The farm is also surrounded by other places of interest, such as the Cueva de las Burras, the Cueva de Los Picos, and the Cueva del Diablo.

13. Visit the superb white sand beaches of Morro Jable & Jandia

Morro Jable

Located on the far south coast of Fuerteventura, Morro Jable is just over 50 miles (80kms) from the airport, and popular as a base resort with many mainland European visitors. 

It is also a favourite with day-trippers who want a change of scenery, and arrive to enjoy the fabulous white and golden sand beaches , water sports and close-by nature reserve. 

The beaches are also popular with visiting naturists , so don’t be surprised if you come across a few au-natural sunbathers.

With the opening of its first hotel in 1968, Morro Jable began to morph from a sleepy Canarian fishing village to a holiday resort. 

Although much quieter than many larger resorts, with few late-night bars and little in the way of international restaurants, it is a popular staying place with older visitors.

The grassy avenue behind the beach takes you into Jandia, and the edge of the nature reserve, with well-worn trails into the park.

From the harbour at Morro Jable, you can catch a ferry to Gran Canaria , o r book whale and dolphin watching trips and other waterborne excursions. 

From here, if you’re feeling energetic, you can also pick up the track which will take you to Cofete Beach, without having to negotiate the old road.

14. Visit Antigua, home of the windmills

Driving (or being driven) from the airport to your resort hotel, or maybe when you’re out in your hire car, you’ll have seen the numerous windmills scattered around the coast and countryside, and wondered what they were all about.

Located in the centre of the island, the small, typically Canarian town of Antigua, with its Windmill Museum, will answer all your questions about which grains were milled and how. 

You can also visit the nearby bell towe r and the impressive old building next to it. Here you can browse (and purchase) the different artisan products and carvings on display in the craft centre, before strolling through the cactus garden.

15. La Alcogida Eco-Museum, a step back in time to the 19th century

If you want to see what life on the island was like 200 plus years ago, add a visit to La Alcogida Eco-Museum to the top of your list of things to do in Fuerteventura.

Located in the middle of north Fuerteventura and close to the village of Tefía , La Alcogida is a village of seven properties. 

Restored in the manner of an 18th-century village using materials and tools of the time, this eco-museum contains craft workshops, exhibitions, and the type of livestock that were available in the 1800s.

It depicts the lifestyles of both the peasants and the wealthy. Activities shown include goldsmiths, baking, weaving, stone carving and flour making. While majorero camels, donkeys and goats make up the livestock.

Craftsmen and women can be seen working at their various tasks in the buildings, and are happy to answer any questions from visitors. The village also contains a small bar for refreshments and a gift shop, an excellent day out for the whole family.

16. Visit Sotavento beach, rated one of the best beaches in Europe

Sotovento Beach, Fuerteventura

If you believe a beach is a beach, you’ve never spent time at Sotavento. 

Situated south of Costa Calma , Sotavento stretches for 11-kilometres (5.5 miles) around the southeast coast, and comprises the five smaller beaches of La Barca, Risco del Paso, Mirador, Malnombre and Los Canarios.

A popular excursion with beach-loving families, couples, surfers and nature lovers, it is an exceptional area of natural beauty . 

Desert landscapes behind the beach , and the high volcanic mountains in the distance, makes it a favourite location with landscape photographers.

As the tide retreats, large lagoons are formed, providing safe splash pools for the kids, and ideal conditions to learn the basics of windsurfing in the larger lagoons.

If you visit at the end of July through to the middle of August, you can see some of the world’s best windsurfers at the Kitesurfing and Windsurfing World Championships .

The almost continuous on-shore breeze that makes it so popular with wind-surfers can be somewhat off-putting for those wanting to spread their towels on the sand. However, you can find some respite behind many of the dunes if topping up the tan is a priority. 

The dunes area is also popular with naturists , so don’t be surprised if one pops up in front of you.

If touring by car, picking up the FV-2 main road will skirt the beach area with its many stopping points, where a short walk down one of the tracks will lead you right onto the beach.

17. Visit the centuries-old Ajuy Caves, one of the oldest cave formations in the Canaries

Located on the beach, at the village of Ajuy on Fuerteventura’s west coast, and 5 miles from the town of Pajara, the caves are included in the world’s 150 most important primary sites of geological interest.

Covering an area of almost 80 acres, you can explore deep into the caves and go back millions of years to the initial volcanic eruptions that formed both Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

The village is easily reached by road, and the walk to the caves is around 500 metres. The pathway is mainly rock and pebbles, so be sure to wear closed shoes. 

The cave tour will take around an hour, so you can also spend some time on the beach, or explore the village streets before enjoying some tapas and a drink at one of the small café-bars in the village centre.

Organised trips are available to visit the caves and other places of interest around the area.

18. Visit Puerto del Rosario, capital of Fuerteventura

Established as the capital of Fuerteventura in 1860, Puerto del Rosario is still very much a working city and the main shipping port on the island with regular ferry services to Tenerife and Las Palmas. Fuerteventura’s airport is also close by, just 6km south near El Matorral.

Although not big on tourist attractions, the city has some interesting street art to see, and the Church of our Lady of the Rosary, the Unamuno House-Museum , and the Lime Kilns can be visited.

Combining your sightseeing with a more relaxed, less crowded day doing a little shopping or spending some time on the seafront makes a visit to Puerto del Rosario worth adding to your things to do in Fuerteventura list. 

Also, a few years back, the city fathers commissioned 100 plus sculptures to be installed around the city, so, if you have the children with you, asking them to count how many they can find should keep them busy.

19. Visit Poblado de la Atalayita, home to the Mahos aborigines

Laying in the east of Fuerteventura, in the valley of Pozo Negro, is one of the island’s most significant archaeological sites, and a must-visit when deciding what to see and do in Fuerteventura.

The Mahos aborigines occupied the island pre-Norman times, and the settlement of La Atalayita dates back over six hundred years . 

The colony is set in barren rocky surroundings, with volcanic hillsides in the background that are referred to locally as the Badlands.

The whole settlement covers 1200 square metres and comprises over 115 dwellings , most built below ground level. Even as you get close to the structures, they are not easy to see. 

Being built dry stone style, using the local rock surrounding the area and standing just 1.5 metres high, they were well camouflaged against the prying eyes of Norman invaders. Most of the paths around the village are also below ground level.

If travelling by hire car, the village is not particularly well signed, and you should follow the FV-2 road and watch for the sign to Pozo Negro.

As you approach, look for ‘Poblado de La Atalayita’, which is signed on a wall. From there, you can follow the track down into the settlement.

Facilities are sparse, but there is a large car park , visitor centre, and covered tables and benches to enjoy your packed lunch.

20. Visit the Majorero Cheese Museum in Antigua

You won’t come across many museums in Fuerteventura, but this one will make an outing enjoyed by the whole family.

The museum is situated just south of the town of Antigua , and on grounds shared by a large cactus garden and the Antigua flour mill, the oldest one on the island.

Majorero Cheese is produced solely in Fuerteventura from goat’s milk and exported around the globe. Like the UK’s Cheddar, only Majorero cheese made in Fuerteventura can carry the label.

Over 500 square metres in area, the museum is split into four segments around a central patio.

  • Segment one: An introduction to the island and its flora and fauna
  • Segment two: Meet the Majorera goats and their cheese
  • Segment three: The history, culture and gastronomy of the cheese
  • Segment four: The tasting room where you can sample the various flavours and the shop where you can purchase your choice of cheeses

After your tour of the museum, a stroll around the cactus garden and a visit to the mill will round off the perfect excursion of some of the best things to see in Fuerteventura.

21. Acua Water Park, one of the top things to do in Fuerteventura with kids

If you’re considering a half-day excursion to see the attractions in Corralejo, better have a re-think and make it a day. 

Considered one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura with kids , Acua Water Park has more than 14 waterways, flumes and a wave pool, to ensure the little darlings never get bored.

In between riding the waves in the wave pool, they can ride the Rapid River or whoosh silently through the Dark Cave. The park also hosts several shows and a kids club throughout the day.

22. Climb Calderon Hondo Volcano, one of Fuerteventura’s geological wonders

What to see in Fuerteventura: Calderon Hondo Volcano

If you fancy a little vigorous exercise, get the hiking boots back out and head for the small northern village of Lajares . 

Dating back some 50,000 years, the Calderon Honda Volcano was one of those that formed the original shape of Fuerteventura.

Starting and ending in Lajares, the trail covers around three miles , rises some 500 feet, and takes about 90 minutes to complete for the average hiker.

Impressive views await you at the top of the crater , where you can look out across the north of Fuerteventura or the southern part of Lanzarote. All around, you can see the lava fields and cones created during the eruptions.

You can book a Calderon Hondo Volcano Tour here.

23. Visit Fuste Castle, and do a little shopping in Caleta de Fuste

Caleta de Fuste is just ten minutes from the island’s capital and five minutes from the airport, making it a preferred destination for many visitors. 

The castle, full name the Tower of San Buenaventura, was constructed in the 18th century, to guard the bay from marauding French, English and Berber pirates who regularly plundered the coastal areas.

On two floors and of circular construction, the tower is small but well maintained, and well worth visiting, as are the many attractions in town such as the shopping malls and leisure facilities.

24. Visit Tindaya Mountain, the sacred mountain of the Mahos Aborigines

Laying close to La Oliva in Fuerteventura’s northeast, Tindaya Mountain is one of the island’s most treasured archaeological finds.

It is believed to have been of great religious or magical significance to the Mahos Aborigines , who occupied the island before the Normans arrived. 

Around the base of this 400-metre high cone are 300 engravings of what appear to be feet.

Visitors will find a path on Tindaya’s southwest crest that allows them to get close to the rockwork and admire the many hues that time and the weather have brought to the mountain. 

On the southern side of the base, you will find a small village with shops and a cafe where you can buy souvenirs and food and drink.

25. Los Molinos to Jarugo Beach, blow away the cobwebs on this beautiful coastal walk

If you prefer your hiking to be mainly on one level, this could be the walk for you. 

Starting from Puertito de Los Molinos, on Fuerteventura’s west coast, the three-mile-long coastal path will take you along high sheer cliffs , that during the breeding season are chock full of nesting seabirds, and picture-postcard coves with waves lapping the base of the cliffs. 

The end of the walk will bring you out on the picturesque Jarugo beach. Close to the town of Tindaya, at just 260 metres long and 60 metres wide, the beach nestles below tall, intimidating cliffs that provide a sense of the wildness to the surrounding area.

Fewer visitors use this area as the beach is unsuitable for swimming due to high swells and undertow. Nonetheless, with its golden sand, it is popular with sunbathers and naturists who arrive for that very reason of remoteness.

There are no snack-shacks or bars here, so be sure to wear a backpack with fluids, snacks and sunblock.

If your enthusiasm for a winter break in the Canaries is tempered with thoughts of large, noisy resorts, all night drinking and crowded beaches, look to Fuerteventura. 

Consider a stay at one of the smaller resort towns mentioned in this blog, and start making your list of some of the things you want to see and do in Fuerteventura.

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18 best places to visit in fuerteventura (for first-timers).

Are you looking for the best places to visit in Fuerteventura for an upcoming trip to the Canary Islands? If so, keep reading!

If youʻre booking your trip to Fuerteventura  last minute, we have you covered. Below are some of the top tours, hotels, and more!

🌊 Top Activities Tours in Fuerteventura:

  • Fuerteventura: Panoramic Highlights Tour (my TOP pick – loved it!)
  • Corralejo: Round-Trip Ferry to Isla de Lobos (popular half-day trip!)
  • Fuerteventura 3-Hour Dune Buggy Tour
  • 4-Hour Catamaran Trip with Lunch to Lobos Island

🛌  Top Hotels in Fuerteventura:

  • Hotel Vacanzy Urban Boutique (adults-only in Corralejo- my top pick!)
  • La Buena Vida by Comfortable Luxury (Corralejo)
  • Hotel el Mirador de Fuerteventura (Luxury in Puerto del Rosario)

🚗  Looking for the best way to get around Fuerteventura? Click here to check rental car rates for Fuerteventura!

Fuerteventura is honestly one of the most underrated places in Europe. The island sits off the coast of Africa a bit and is known for its dry, rugged landscapes and beautiful (yet wild!) beaches.

It is renowned for windsurfing and there is truly something magical about this place. So magical that I eventually want to buy a place there!

Best places to visit in Fuerteventura

While we left out most of the cities from this guide and covered parks, beaches, islands, and more… we did include a few throughout.

But, we skipped my favorite, Corralejo, in favor of some of the smaller towns on the island. To be fair, we do mention Corralejo National Park…

Did we miss any amazing destinations in Fuerteventura? Let us know in the comments! Thanks!

Best Places to Visit in Fuerteventura

1. sotavento beach.

Located in the southern part of Fuerteventura, Sotavento is blessed with some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands archipelago.

It is divided into five sections- La Barca, Mirador, Risco del Paso, Malnombre, and Los Canarios.

The coastline stretches for kilometers, and the beaches are never crowded. The only drawback to the beach is that it is shallow, and you have to walk deeper into the water. 

Every year from April to September, hundreds of surfers visit Sotavento for surfing, and in July, Playa Barca hosts the World Kitesurfing Championship.

Sotavento

Steady winds off the beach attract both professional and amateur surfers, but you can always stay on the beach to watch the show. 

If you are planning to spend a day on the beach, make sure to bring everything you will need because you won’t find bars or rental services on the beach.

The only place to find food and drinks is the town of Costa Calma.

Don’t forget to visit the African market in Costa Calma on the weekend to buy souvenirs.

2. El Barranco de los Enamorados

El Barranco de Los Enamorados (Ravine of the Enchanted) is truly a unique place in Fuerteventura with lots of hidden gems to explore and get the most stunning photoshoots ever.

You can reach the dunes of the Encantados from the south and north, but the north direction is more exciting with dramatic sand scenes.

Hiking to the Barranco Encantado , the flat trail will take about 2.5 hours to complete, but the scenery won’t make you get bored.

Barranco

Still, navigation instructions and road markings will be limited, so look around to find secret canyons hidden from sight. 

Keep in mind that you can reach the dunes only in an off-road car. Don’t climb on any sites and leave nothing after yourself but your footprints. 

3. Piscinas Naturales Aguas Verdes

There is nothing more relaxing than sitting around and watching the waves at Piscinas Naturales Aguas Verdes , an unspoiled place in the Canary Islands.

The six kilometers of waterline will take you away from the crowds to the natural pools. At high tide, the pools, flooded with pure water, get warm in the sun, making them a superb place for relaxation.

It may be very dangerous to swim in the pools as the tides change very quickly, and the waters on the coast are often strong.

Piscinas

Wear shoes while hiking and climbing to the pools because rocks are very sharp and slippery.

Also, keep in mind that there are no amenities or services close to the area, so make sure to bring all the necessary things with you. 

Tired and happy, you can stop by one of the restaurants on your way back to Fuerteventura: Los Podomorfos de Tindaya to taste goat meat burgers, El Restaurante Don Antonio with local food, and La Jaula de Oro with the best-fried fish served on the oceanfront. 

4. Betancuria

Betancuria is one of the most charming and oldest historic towns in the Canary Islands. The former capital of Fuerteventura is far from the coast, but it still has its unique flair.

Start exploring Betancuria with the Mirador Corrales de Guize, a viewpoint with huge ancient statues of kings.

Another hidden gem just a few kilometers from Betancuria is Arco de las Peñitas, a natural stone archway and the most popular spot for photoshoots. 

Betancuria

To explore the nature of Betancuria, head to Parque Rural Betancuria, which occupies 90% of Betancuria municipality. Hike in the special protection area with wild birds in ravines and hills.

The park is home to a Nicotiana glauca-protected plant that is often mixed with tobacco for cigars and cigarettes. 

Betancuria will welcome you with beautiful landscapes and amazing restaurants to try local food.

For an excellent gastronomic experience, visit La Sombra in the heart of Betancuria, with its original interior and the best tapas on the island. 

5. Parque Natural de Corralejo

The dunes of Corralejo are known under different names: Corralejo Natural Park, Parque Natural de Corralejo , the Corralejo Dunes, and Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo, but they all refer to one of the most amazing places in Fuerteventura. 

To get lost in the small desert with white sand beaches and experience its wonders, drive on the FV-1 road. On the right, you will see dunes, and on the left, the endless blue waters.

All these blend on the high-speed highway. You can stop anywhere and head to the beach.

Parque Natural de Corralejo

For surfing, the best spots are El Medano and Flag Beach, with moderate waves for water sports. 

Traveling to Parque Natural de las Dunas won’t cost a thing because the dunes and the beaches are open for everyone 24/7. 

If you have time, take a ferry to the uninhabited Isla de Lobos to snorkel in the turquoise waters. It’s one of the best tours from Corralejo !

6. Playa de Cofete

Playa de Cofete , the top-rated beach in Europe according to TripAdvisor, is the jewel of Fuerteventura. With constant waves and winds, it is also one of the most dangerous beaches for swimming.

The wild beaches are crowned with an 800-meter-high mountain range in the Jandia Natural Park, often covered with cloud formation.

Getting to Cofete is no less adventurous. You can rent a car , take a bus, or go on a tour.

For car rental, choose an off-road vehicle. Plus, keep in mind that it is forbidden to drift in the sand- the rental company may impose penalties.

Cofete

If you want to drive on the sands, you can take a jeep safari tour to Cofete Beach and the Jandia peninsula. 

Finally, when visiting Cofete, be respectful to nature: take only photos and leave only footprints.

P.S. Cofete is a popular place for sunbathing in the nude. 

7. Calderón Hondo Volcano

Hiking enthusiasts will love the idea of hiking the Calderón Hondo Volcano in the northern part of Fuerteventura.

This 50.000-year-old volcano is 278 meters high with a 70-meter-deep crater and sulfur deposits. Hiking to Calderón is truly an unforgettable experience.

There are different trails taking you to the volcano, but you can start hiking from Lajares. It is a 4.7-km (moderate) loop trail that will take you about half an hour to complete.

Calderón Hondo

Once you reach the crater, you will embrace the row of volcanoes to the north, forming the Isla de Lobos. Hike around the crater and stay to view the colors of the sunset.

It can be a little windy at the top, so make sure to have a jacket in your bag. 

On your way to the top of the volcano, you will see cute chipmunks, but don’t be excited to feed them because it is not healthy for animals to eat human food.

Of course, you are allowed to take photos of those funny squirrels.

8. Isla de Lobos

Isla de Lobos (Lobos Island) is an uninhabited island of serenity with nothing but land and a pristine habitat with 130 species of flora and marine life.

The only human traces on the island are an abandoned lighthouse, several fishermen’s shacks, and an old road. 

For €15 per person, you can take a ferry from Corralejo to the island and book a round trip to several attractions, including Isla de Lobos. 

Isla de Lobos

Start hiking on the island from the southern part to the lighthouse, visiting the La Caldera volcano. You can also climb the mountain and view the crater with the nearby San Dunes of Corralejo. 

The only allowed beach to swim at is El Puertito, a natural pool protected from waves. The water is transparent and ideal for snorkeling. 

Once done with snorkeling and hiking, you can climb the neoclassical Punta Martiño Lighthouse, located 5 km from El Puertito. You will see the island from above and the colors of the water changing from light to dark. 

9. Morro Jable

Once a fishing village, Morro Jable is today the largest town in Fuerteventura. From hiking to boating and water sports, there will be plenty of fun things to do. 

The main beach of Morro Jable is Playa del Matorral, stretching for several kilometers with all the contemporary amenities: sunbeds, umbrellas, and a beach bar. 

Another lovely beach to consider is Butihondo, one of the prettiest coves on the island. One tiny detail to keep in mind: the beach is a favorite spot for nude sunbathers.

Morro Jable

From things to do in Morro Jable, you can visit the Turtle Nursery, where the activists try to repopulate the waters with turtles. The entrance is free, but you can donate to show your support. 

Food is a big part of Fuerteventura and the whole Spanish culture, and your visit to Morro Jable should definitely be spiced up with local tastes in the beachfront Restaurante Saavedra Clavijo, with a great variety of fish and steaks.

10. Mirador Morro Velosa

Mirador Morro Velosa is the most beautiful viewpoint in Fuerteventura, located between Antigua and Betancuria.

From the viewpoint, you can admire the Corralejo dunes, all the way to El Cotillo, Montana de Tindaya (if it’s not cloudy), and Lanzarote. 

The viewpoint is located on the top of Montaña Tegú (669m). There used to be a visitor center, but it is permanently closed now. But you can still enjoy the amazing views from the lookout point!

Morro velosa

Here, the weather is mostly windy, and sometimes the wind can be strong, so put on a jacket.

11. El Cotillo

El Cotillo was a small fishing village that is now a picturesque touristic center with stunning La Concha beach, named one of Europe’s best beaches.

The lagoon beach is an amazing place for snorkeling in the calm waters of the natural pool with plenty of sea creatures in the reefs.

The village has two harbors, and the old one is worth your attention. It is used once a year during Fiestas del Cotillo in honor of Our Lady of Good Voyage.

El cotillo

The festival takes place in the second half of August and lasts for ten days, transforming this quiet village into a noisy and busy tourist center. 

One thing not to miss in El Cotillo is the Historic-Artistic Monument of Cultural Interest, El Tostón Tower, which used to spot pirates in the waters.

Today you can enjoy the magnificent views of the beaches and visit temporary exhibitions. 

12. Parque Natural Jandia

Parque Natural Jandia is the southwest territory of Fuerteventura with a semi-deserted, mountainous landscape of volcanic origin.

The Martian or lunar terrain is interrupted by Cofete, Barovento, Playa de Sotavento de Jandía, and other beaches.

You can also take one of the hiking trails to see several attractions in one go. You can take a 13-km out-and-back trail from Pico de la Zarza to the Jandía peninsula. It is a bit challenging, but the views are worth it.

Jandia

For a shorter hike, try the 5.3-km loop trail from Esquinzo to the Jandía Natural Park. 

13. Tindaya Mountain

Tindaya is the sacred mountain of Fuerteventura, known for its magical properties.

According to the ancient peoples, the mountain was a place of spirits and mysticism. True or not, you’d better check it out yourself. 

The 400-meter mountain is part of the Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park with numerous cave art examples, religious inscriptions, and burial constructions.

You can start hiking to Tindaya from different parts of the island.

Tindaya mountain

Regardless of your starting point, you will pass through the municipality of La Olivia. To access Montaña Tindaya, you need to visit Corralejo to acquire a permit from the Fuerteventura Cabildo’s Department of the Environment.

Your next destination is the village of Tindaya, where you can stock up on water and snacks and follow the path for two hours. Watch out for rock engravings on your way.

Those who have experienced mystics say that when around the mountain, the sick get well, the lost find their way, the sinners get a deserved rebuke, and so on. 

14. Faro de la Entallada

Faro de la Entallada is one of the most magical places in Fuerteventura, with the flair of Spain and the vibes of Africa. It is the closest point to Africa, only 100km from Cape Juby in Morocco. 

The complex has three enormous towers; the tallest, a 200-meter-high tower, is used as a lighthouse.

To get there, you need to visit the village of Las Playitas first, with its white-washed tiny houses and blue-striped promenade.

Faro de la Entallada

Before heading to Faro de la Entallada, dine in one of its cute restaurants and then take an exciting climb to the lighthouse.

The 5.9km trail is of moderate difficulty, with a picturesque panorama all the way to the top.

After enjoying the magnificent views and the lighthouse, you can visit Gran Tarajal city on your way back and taste the local cuisine.

15. El Matorral Beach

Playa del Matorral is the far south beach in Fuerteventura, close to Morro Jable, with turquoise waters and calm waves.

In fact, there are several beaches within El Matorral Beach, and knowing where to go will save you time.

The northern part is more popular among sunbathers, while the southern part is a semi-urban beach with all the amenities like public restrooms and water sports rentals. 

Playa del Matorral

Most of the year, the waters are calm, but there is an occasional wind that turns the beach into quite an attractive place for surfing and windsurfing.

You can also find shops and schools where you can take classes or rent equipment. For extreme surfing, head to the Matorral Lighthouse, the place where the Red Cross wave is formed. 

Continue exploring the beach, now its underwater area, diving in El Veril Grande, the coastal part close to the lighthouse. Only 200 meters away, there is another great spot, Veril Chico, for diving. 

16. Ajuy Caves

Fuerteventura is truly a wonderful destination in the Canary Islands with its pure beaches, dunes, and hidden gems.

One such treasure not to miss in Fuerteventura is the Ajuy Caves , a geological monument and a significant part of the island’s volcanic history.

The Ajuy Caves and the surrounding area are part of the Natural Monument, occupying 31.8 hectares. 

Your tour of Ajuy Caves starts in the seaside village of Ajuy. A short 500-meter trail, crossing fossil dunes, takes you to the cave’s entrance.

Ajuy Caves

From the observation deck, you will see the cliffs and caves. You can enter one of them, but make sure to wear comfortable shoes and a warm jacket. 

The beach has black volcanic sand, and the waters are dangerous for swimming, but there is a 270-meter-long cove with calm waters. It is also nudist-friendly. 

Take advantage of the opportunity to sample majorera cuisine in one of the Ajuy village restaurants after exploring the caves and the beach. 

17. Puerto del Rosario

Once a small fishing village, Puerto del Rosario is now the capital of Fuerteventura and the starting point of a trip from the airport or the port.

It is a wonderful day trip destination in case the weather is cloudy or if you are tired of beaches (if it is ever possible). 

Start exploring Puerto del Rosario from Calle Primero de Mayo, the main street with shops and restaurants. Look around to spot street art here and there, breaking the whiteness of the buildings.

There are now about 400 artworks around the city, and they are even marked on the map. 

In front of street art in Puerto del Rosario

Along with the open-air art gallery of Puerto del Rosario, you will find 150 statues by local and international artists. 

Before you head to the next destination, stop at Arepas Llaneras Venezolanas, a hidden restaurant to taste arepas and nachos.

Finally, take a coastal path to the Playa Blanca, a wild beach perfect for surfing and kitesurfing.

18. Sicasumbre Astronomical Observation Point 

Sicasumbre is an astronomical observation point in Pájara where visitors come to watch the constellations.

With scarce light pollution and the location of Sicasumbre, it attracts astronomers and enthusiasts to gaze at the stars and enjoy the landscapes.

The location has a vertical clock, a sundial, and signs to locate the constellations.

Before it is completely dark and stars are seen in the air, you can admire the volcanic landscape, copper-colored hills, and ravines. 

Sicasumbre

In early spring, you can see the stars of the Virgo, Bootes, and Corvus constellations. If you’re lucky, the sky will be clear, and you’ll be able to see incredible scenery.

Don’t forget to take a warm jacket or other warm clothing because it is pretty windy at night.

Did we miss any of the best places to visit on Fuerteventura?

Let us know your favorite Fuerteventura destinations in the comments. Thanks!

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Best things to do in Fuerteventura, 15 places you must visit!

21/10/2023 - Ruth & Jorge

In this article, we are going to share with you the best things to do in Fuerteventura , the second largest Canary Island. Beyond its dreamy beaches, this island hides unique spots to explore. From secluded lighthouses, charming villages, viewpoints, volcanoes, markets, unique sunsets, and of course, its cuisine . However, two factors to bear in mind: it’s a very arid and windy island. In fact, it’s a paradise for windsurfing, kitesurfing, and surfing in general . But if you’re into hiking and nature, you won’t find forests here. Though, when it comes to beaches, it boasts the best in the Canaries . Now, let’s dive into the list of Fuerteventura attractions . Join us!

What to see in Fuerteventura

Below, you can see the index of content you’ll find in this article about Fuerteventura: things to do and see, restaurants, and essential tips.

Tips for organising your trip to Fuerteventura

  • Top things to do in Fuerteventura north
  • Best things to do in Fuerteventura central
  • Best places to visit in Fuerteventura south
  • Video: things to do in Fuerteventura in 4 days
  • Best activities in Fuerteventura
  • Best area to stay in Fuerteventura

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As mentioned, Fuerteventura is the second largest Canary Island and thus, we recommend at least 4 days to cover the must sees in Fuerteventura . Similarly, consider that you’ll need to hire a car , as the best beaches in Fuerteventura are accessible only via dirt roads (which public transport doesn’t reach). Moreover, to make the most of your time, we suggest splitting your stay between a few nights in the north and a few in the south . We’ve divided the best things to do in Fuerteventura by areas to make your journey easier. Let’s start with the north.

Best things to do in Fuerteventura north

1. corralejo dunes and grandes playas de corralejo.

One of the must-visit Fuerteventura attractions is the Corralejo Natural Dunes Park. You have two ways to visit it: walking from the Grandes Playas de Corralejo (next to the RIU Oliva hotel) or driving along the road that goes through the dunes. If you opt for the Grandes Playas, venture beyond the initial area near the RIU hotels. A top thing to do in Corralejo is to stroll along the beach until you find yourself surrounded by crystal-clear waters, views of the dunes, and Isla de Lobos . It’s also a great spot for nudism , being one of the nudist beaches in Fuerteventura .

Grandes Playas in Corralejo, Fuerteventura things to do

2. Corralejo Village, best things to do in Fuerteventura

Another activity in Fuerteventura is exploring this small fishing village . Today, it has evolved, without losing its essence, into a vibrant and colourful destination. Check out the pedestrian streets filled with restaurants to taste the local cuisine . You’ll also find boutique stores, especially surf brands. Besides the dunes mentioned earlier, other places to visit in Corralejo include the town’s coves and the pier – perfect for cooling off on hot days. Lastly, note that this is one of the places to enjoy the nightlife in Fuerteventura . Consider visiting the Waikiki Beach Club and La Platanera for drinks .

🍽️ Restaurants in Corralejo : Gregorio El Pescador offers the best fresh fish. Try the spinach biscuits – they’re delightful! We recommend booking in advance.

Corralejo town, things to do in Fuerteventura

💡 One of the best areas to stay in Northern Fuerteventura is Corralejo, due to its extensive range of restaurants and nearby activities. You can view all the offers for apartments, holiday homes, and hotels below:

3. Trip to Isla de Lobos, things to see in Fuerteventura and its surroundings

From the very Corralejo pier , you can either head over to Lanzarote or visit the idyllic Isla de Lobos , just 2 kilometres from Fuerteventura. This island, declared a Natural Park, is a haven of peace with just a lighthouse and a single restaurant. Overnight stays are forbidden, so you can only visit during the day. You can check the ferry schedules to Lobos island and book in advance on this page . There’s also a trip to Lobos island with snorkelling that comes highly recommended. Once there, the trails will lead you to discover untouched beaches, salt flats, and a diverse ecosystem. All in all, if you’re pondering what to see in Fuerteventura in 4 or 5 days , Isla de Lobos should be on your list.

Isla de Lobos, activities to do in Fuerteventura

4. El Cotillo Fuerteventura, best things to do in the north

Another of the places to visit in Fuerteventura (northern area) is the coastal town of El Cotillo . With a more relaxed vibe, pristine beaches, and hidden coves, it’s perfect for those seeking a calmer experience. It’s also an ideal spot to witness one of Fuerteventura’s finest sunsets due to its north-western orientation. The most renowned beaches in Cotillo are: Los Lagos, La Concha, and Piedra Playa , with the latter being perfect for wind and kite surfing due to its breezy conditions. Another attraction in El Cotillo is its market held every Friday evening from 18:00 to 22:00.

Cotillo Beaches, places to see in Fuerteventura

🍽️ Restaurants in El Cotillo : Roque de Los Pescadores , we recommend trying the grilled fresh fish and the octopus carpaccio with burgaos – simply stunning! It’s a good idea to book ahead. We also suggest Azurro Chill out for a drink while watching the sunset.

5. Tostón lighthouse and Los Charcos beach

The Faro del Tostón lighthouse , located in El Cotillo, is an emblematic lighthouse with incredible panoramic views. Just a 5-minute drive from El Cotillo, Los Charcos beach offers a tranquil setting with crystal-clear waters. It’s the perfect spot for those wanting to avoid the crowds and experience a more serene atmosphere. Don’t forget your camera; the scenery is breathtaking!

Faro del Tostón, places to visit in Fuerteventura

6. La Escalera beach and Esquinzo beach, places to visit in northern Fuerteventura

If you’re looking for more wild and less crowded beaches in Fuerteventura, consider Playa de La Escalera and Playa de Esquinzo (note there’s another with this name in the south of the island). These are pristine beaches with no amenities. To get there, you need to take a dirt road south from El Cotillo. They’re ideal on windy days as the cliffs offer some shelter. One of the best things to do in Fuerteventura is taking surfing lessons , and La Escalera has several schools offering this. If the waves are strong, it’s advisable to swim at its edges where the water tends to be calmer. Stay safe!

La Escalera beach, one of the top Fuerteventura attractions in the north

💡 If you’re in search of a local atmosphere and fewer tourists, we believe that El Cotillo is the best area to stay in Fuerteventura . Plus, as you can read, there are plenty of things to do in El Cotillo . Check out all the offers and availability for your dates below:

7. Majanicho and Pop Corn Beach, Fuerteventura

About 10-15 minutes between Corralejo and El Cotillo, you can visit Majanicho , a picturesque fishing village and a place to visit in northern Fuerteventura . Few tourists make their way here as it’s not surrounded by bars, resorts , and restaurants. You can pair this visit with the famous Pop Corn Beach of Fuerteventura (Playa de Las Palomitas). It’s named this way due to the tiny corals (rhodoliths) that resemble popcorn .

Majanicho, a fishing village worth visiting in Fuerteventura

The beaches with rhodoliths include El Hierro Beach and Bajo de la Burra Beach (known as Playa el Mejillón on Google). This is just 15 minutes by car from Majanicho along a dirt road . Remember, you can find these rhodoliths in various areas of Fuerteventura . For example, on the beach of Playa Vista Lobos in Corralejo. That is, you don’t have to come all the way here for the photo.

8. Los Lajares, a foodie and shopping stop to do in Fuerteventura

When travelling between Corralejo and El Cotillo, you’ll inevitably pass through Lajares. This quaint inland village is brimming with restaurants and cafes and is known for its Saturday market. For breakfast, consider La Panateca and Amiga mía . For goat meat, a Fuerteventura specialty, try Los Pinchitos . If you’re craving a burger, we recommend Kuma . If it’s pizza you’re after, visit La Cancela . With nearly 10,000 Italians living on the island, you’ll certainly find some excellent Italian cuisine. Additionally, another of the best things to do in Fuerteventura is to explore the craft market in Los Lajares , perfect for purchasing unique island souvenirs. It’s open from 10 am to 2 pm and usually features live music.

Lajares Craft Market

Before we delve further into places to visit in Fuerteventura (central area), we’d like to offer some additional dining recommendations in the area, courtesy of the community. Consider visiting restaurant El Horno and Casa Marcos , both located in Villaverde . And, if you find yourself here, don’t miss the opportunity to photograph the Villaverde windmills , one of Fuerteventura’s iconic landmarks. Also, consider a visit to the renowned Casa de Los Coroneles .

Places to visit in Fuerteventura central part

9. fuerteventura cheese museum, best places to visit in fuerteventura.

If there is a Canary Island that can boast about cheese, it’s Fuerteventura, with numerous global awards such as the cured Maxorata cheese . The island is full of goats native to Fuerteventura. You will see them yourself as you tour the island since they are part of the landscape. Therefore, if you want to learn more about the island’s cheesemaking tradition and discover the history of the famous Fuerteevnntura cheese, this stop is a must. In addition to the visit, we recommend booking the commented tasting from Tuesday to Saturday at 12:00 pm, which costs 5€. Spaces are limited, but you can reserve by calling 928878041. You can find more information on their website .

Canarian cheeses

The Majorero Cheese Museum is in the town of La Antigua , about 10 minutes from the next stop on this route around Fuerteventura.

10. Betancuria, must sees Fuerteventura

Betancuria was the first capital of Fuerteventura, founded in 1404 . This charming town still preserves beautiful corners: from its cobbled streets to its traditional white houses. The Church of Santa María, an emblem of Canarian architecture, stands out . The village is tiny, so you can walk through its main streets in about half an hour, although you can also visit the Archaeological Museum . Another place to see in Betancuria just a few minutes away is the Guise and Ayose viewpoint (sculptures of aboriginal giants), with panoramic views of the Betancuria Valley . Also nearby is César Manrique’s Mirador Morro Velosa. In short, make a note of these places of interest in Fuerteventura if you want to get to know the most authentic side of the island.

Fuerteventura what to do: Betancuria

11. Ajuy Caves, what to do in Fuerteventura

The quaint town of Ajuy is renowned for its caves, carved by the ocean’s erosion over 70 million years ago . These caverns can be explored through a brief trail offering panoramic views alongside the cliffs. Moreover, Ajuy beach, with its volcanic sand, is among the black sand beaches in Fuerteventura to see . This stop is roughly 40 minutes by car from Betancuria. Thus, we’d only recommend it if you’re pondering what to see in Fuerteventura in 7 days or longer. For those keen on hiking in Fuerteventura , you can trek the coast from the Caves to the Jurado Arch or Peña Hordada – essentially a large basalt rock with a hole in its centre . You can also drive there via a 3-kilometre dirt track.

Trail towards Ajuy Caves

In this central area, there are more places to see in Fuerteventura , like Caleta de Fuste (very touristy) and the capital, Puerto del Rosario . Nonetheless, we don’t consider them to be must-visits. Of course, if you’re looking into what to see in Fuerteventura in a week , you might want to allocate more time to this region. Personally, I’d favour more authentic locales such as the natural pools of Aguas Verdes and Valle beach , roughly a 30-minute drive from Betancuria.

What to do in the south of Fuerteventura

12. esmeralda beach and the palmita pepe and antonia beach bar.

Located near the touristy area of Costa Calma , Esmeralda Beach is a small cove distinguished by its mesmerising emerald-toned waters . It’s one of the spots for snorkelling in Fuerteventura , so don’t forget your goggles. It also ranks among the naturist beaches of Fuerteventura to keep in mind, perfect for unwinding and basking in the Canarian sun.

Esmeralda Beach, naturist beaches of Fuerteventura

On the other hand, another of the things to do in Costa Calma and its vicinity, just steps from this cove, is the Palmita Pepe and Antonia beach bar . We relished our dips while dining there, given its direct stair access to the sea. We suggest the local fresh fish like vieja and their homemade desserts . Although the beach bar caters somewhat to tourists (offering sandwiches, paella, and sangria, etc.), it’s certainly worth a visit. Its owner, Pepe, was very attentive throughout our meal – sending him our regards!

Chiringuito Palmita, Playa Esmeralda

If you’re looking for the best things to do in Fuerteventura with children , one visit to consider is Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura , where you can see species such as giraffes, elephants, and zebras. It’s located on the outskirts of the town of La Lajita, very close to Costa Calma. However, think carefully before supporting animal exploitation.

13. Sotavento Beach, best beaches to see in Fuerteventura

Sotavento is one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura and has also been awarded as one of the most beautiful in Spain according to media outlets like Condé Nast Traveler. It’s characterised by its expansive stretch of golden sand and turquoise waters . It’s also the perfect place for water sports, especially windsurfing and kitesurfing. So, bear in mind that it can be windy. The lagoon that forms at low tide is a sight to behold.

Sotavento Beach, Fuerteventura

Here you will also find the hotels Meliá Fuerteventura (formerly Meliá Gorriones) and Innside by Meliá Adults Only , possibly the best place to stay in Fuerteventura . They are precisely the complexes that can be seen to the left of the next photo, surrounded by a unique landscape.

14. La Pared and Playa del Viejo Rey, Fuerteventura’s best sunsets

La Pared , named after the historical wall that once divided the island, is another tourist attraction in Fuerteventura. Here, you will find the Playa de Viejo Rey . Stretching for nearly a kilometre, this sandy stretch is not only one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura for surfing , but also a haven for those looking for a naturist spot. Do take care when swimming, as the waves can be strong. For those always in pursuit of the best sunsets, this is one of the top spots to visit in Fuerteventura due to its orientation.

La Pared and Playa de Viejo Rey

15. Playa del Matorral or Jandía Beach, Fuerteventura attractions

Another must-visit in southern Fuerteventura is Playa del Matorral , also known as Jandía Beach, La Solana, or El Saladar . Starting in Morro Jable , it stretches for more than 4 kilometres . Thus, it’s an ideal spot if you love strolling by the sea. Although not visible in the next photo, its waters are crystal clear and turquoise . Here, you’ll also find the iconic Morro Jable Lighthouse . As you might have noticed, there are plenty of free things to do in Fuerteventura , as its main attractions are its beaches.

Playa del Matorral, Morro Jable

The beach’s name possibly comes from the shrubs found alongside it, a protected natural area home to various species . Also, if you look closely, you might spot a squirrel, an invasive species that has spread across all of Fuerteventura.

If you’re planning out what to see in Fuerteventura in 5 or 6 days , the list continues for you – keep reading!

16. Cofete Beach, things to do in Fuerteventura south

Located within the Jandía Natural Park , away from typical tourist trails, is Cofete Beach, boasting over 12 km of golden sand and mountains sheltering it . It’s among the most beautiful untouched beaches of Fuerteventura , a true paradise for those seeking a getaway. However, note that there are no amenities of any kind here . The only structure you’ll see is the Winter House upon arrival . Despite its proximity from Morro Jable (22 kilometres), reaching it by car only possible via a dirt road, taking approximately 1 hour . Hence, if you’re planning on what to see in Fuerteventura in 3 days , you might want to save this beach for another time.

Cofete Beach, Things to Do in Southern Fuerteventura

17. Jandía Point and its Lighthouse, secluded spots to visit in Fuerteventura

The southernmost tip of Fuerteventura, Jandía Point, is an area of great ecological value . Not only does it offer breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean, but it’s also home to numerous endemic species. Unlike Cofete, there are some restaurants here, all located next to the fisherman’s village of Puertito . However, getting here also requires nearly an hour’s drive on a dirt road . A few minutes drive from Puertito beach, you’ll come across another lighthouse worth visiting in Fuerteventura , the Jandía Lighthouse. A standout spot in this area is Ojos beach . If you’ve made it this far, don’t miss it!

Jandía Point, secluded spots to visit in Fuerteventura

And here concludes our list of places to visit in Fuerteventura . We hope you found it helpful, and if you have any recommendations, we’d love to read them in the comments.

Video: places to visit in Fuerteventura in 3, 4, 5 or 7 days

Below we leave you with a video summary of the places to see in Fuerteventura in 4 days , although we also mention several places to visit if you have more time. We look forward to seeing you on our YouTube channel with more videos about the Canary Islands and other places to travel around the world.

Top-Rated activities to do in Fuerteventura

Another way to enjoy the island is by partaking in the activities and sights in Fuerteventura that we suggest below. All have a score of more than 8.5 based on the experiences of other travellers .

  • Spot dolphins in Fuerteventura on a speedboat and, with luck, even whales!
  • Sailing trip with cetacean spotting , departing from Morro Jable
  • Fuerteventura buggy tour , one of the top-rated things to do in Corralejo
  • Surfing lessons in Fuerteventura , in the Caleta de Fuste area and the north of the island
  • Hiking on Lobos Island , northern Fuerteventura
  • Trip to Corralejo, El Cotillo, and Ajuy , for those based in the south of the island
  • Trip to La Oliva, Betancuria, and Corralejo Dunes , departing from the north
  • Trip to the Timanfaya National Park , a quick visit to Lanzarote

Which is the best area to stay in Fuerteventura

As we mentioned at the beginning, the island is large and elongated, with a journey of about 2 hours from one end to the other on the highway. If we add to this the trips inland to the virgin beaches, there’s even more reason to save time and distribute your stay in Fuerteventura by area. We recommend either El Cotillo or Corralejo in the north . On the other hand, in the southern part, take a look at the hotels in Jandía and Costa Calma, although these two areas of Fuerteventura to stay are much more touristy . Keep in mind that often the best place to stay in Fuerteventura can be a wonderful private villa; it doesn’t necessarily have to be an all-inclusive resort.

To get to Fuerteventura, you can fly from the Peninsula and many European cities, as well as from other Canary Islands, in case you’d like to combine visits to several Canary Islands . You can also arrive by ferry from Gran Canaria (about two hours) and from Lanzarote (less than an hour) . If you’re not going to rent a car and/or need a transfer from the airport to your hotel, you can check the prices and reviews of other travelers on this page .

More about traveling to the Canary Islands

If you’re interested in visiting other Canary Islands, we recommend checking out our post on which is the best Canary Island , as this will depend on what you’re looking for. For example, in this post, you will have seen that Fuerteventura is 90% a sun and beach destination . On the other hand, we also have specific guides for other islands that you can check out below.

  • Things to do in Gran Canaria . This is where we live, so we have many tips.
  • Things to do in Tenerife . We often visit it due to its proximity and everything it offers.
  • Things to do in La Gomera . We go every year, as my mother is from here.
  • Things to do in El Hierro . We’ve been several times, we love it!

El Cedro, Island of La Gomera, what to see in Garajonay National Park

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And now, indeed, our digital guide to all the things to see in Fuerteventura comes to an end. Remember, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. These questions might also be common to other travelers, so we look forward to reading your comments!

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The 15 Best Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain

One of the lesser-known Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever lay your eyes on. From golden sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see to rugged volcanoes just begging you to hike to the top, this natural paradise is a wonderful destination if you want to get back to nature.

Although Fuerteventura is part of Spain , it’s located just off the northwestern coast of Morocco . Because of this, the island enjoys blissfully warm and sunny weather all year round, making it a great place to escape to in the middle of winter.

Whatever type of vacation you’re seeking, you’ll never be stuck for what to do in Fuerteventura. With hiking trails, excellent surfing spots, volcanic beaches, and natural lagoons, the island is ideal for lovers of the great outdoors. Throw into the mix sleepy fishing villages, stunning viewpoints, hidden caves, and fascinating local wildlife, and Fuerteventura is the ideal place to get away from it all.

With such a great choice of things to see and do, you may not know where to begin. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of the absolute best things to do in Fuerteventura. Add these activities and attractions to your Fuerteventura bucket list, and you’re guaranteed to have an amazing time exploring the Hawaii of Europe!

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15 Fun and Unique Things to do in Fuerteventura

1. drive a buggy through the corralejo natural park.

Unique Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: Corralejo Natural Park

The Corralejo Natural Park is one of the top Fuerteventura attractions – and for good reason, too. The park is tucked away in the very north of the island and boasts a massive 5 miles of beaches. While these golden stretches of sand are absolutely stunning, the real star of the show is the collection of sand dunes.

These giant mounds cover 6,425 acres and will make you feel like you’re in the middle of the Sahara Desert. There’s far too much ground to cover on foot, so we recommend you sign up for a buggy tour to make the most of your visit.

Best Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: Corralejo Natural Park

This adventurous tour begins by going up and down the undulating sand dunes in the Corralejo Natural Park. After that, it’s on to the magnificent volcanic area of Villaverde before arriving at your final destination – Parque Holandés. It’s the perfect balance of high-speed adventure and island sightseeing.

Experience the Corralejo Dune Buggy Tour

2. Pick Up Gourmet Salt at Museo Las Salinas del Carmen

Fuerteventura, Spain Bucket List: Museo Las Salinas del Carmen

You’ll find one of the most unique things to do in Fuerteventura on the eastern side of the island, just south of Caleta de Fuste. This spot is home to the salt museum Museo Las Salinas del Carmen . Wandering around a salt museum may not sound like the most exciting way to spend a day, but the salt-collecting process is surprisingly fascinating! 

When you arrive at the museum, the first thing you’ll see is the collection of salt ponds. There are around 10 collection ponds where the saltwater is taken from the sea and almost 1,000 condensation ponds where the salt is extracted. 

Fun Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: Museo Las Salinas del Carmen

Here you can find out how salt is naturally taken from the foam of the sea. If you want to get a little more involved, you can even sign up to be a salt worker for the day.

The best part of the museum is the gift shop. It’s loaded with one-of-a-kind items you’ll only find in Fuerteventura. As well as natural salt in all kinds of colors and shapes, you’ll also find local wines, dipping sauces, chocolates, lava jewelry, and artwork. 

3. Fall Over Laughing at the Tran Tran International Clown Festival

What to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: Tran Tran International Clown Festival

Planning on visiting the island in September? Then you’ve got to check out the Tran Tran International Clown Festival. One of the most fun things to do in Fuerteventura at this time of year, this festival attracts more than 100 circus performers from all over the world who wow audiences with 60+ shows.

All the performances are free and take place in various locations throughout Gran Tarajal. While locations do vary from year to year, you’ll find most shows on the Gran Tarajal Beach, the main square, and various streets. One of the highlights of the event you’ve got to check out is the main parade. Be on the lookout for posters announcing the time and location.

Despite its name, the festival isn’t filled with just clowns. You can see shows from all kinds of fun performers, from magicians, acrobats, and jugglers to comedians, street artists, and dancers. 

4. See Where it all Began at Calderón Hondo

Cool Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: Calderon Hondo

For some of the best Fuerteventura sightseeing opportunities, spend the day at Calderón Hondo. This giant volcano is the reason the island exists! It was thanks to its volcanic activity 50,000 years ago that the paradise of Fuerteventura came to be.

The only way to get to the crater of the volcano is to hike the 3-mile circular trail from Lajares in La Olivia. If you keep up a decent pace, it should only take you about an hour to complete. The trek has a fairly moderate elevation of 525 feet, so you need to have a decent fitness level to get through it.

Fuerteventura, Spain Things to do: Calderon Hondo

Your efforts will be greatly rewarded when you reach the top with astounding views that stretch across Fuerteventura and all the way over to the south of Lanzarote. The lava fields that were created after the volcanic eruption look truly spectacular from here.

The landscape is completely volcanic, and there’s absolutely no natural shade. Because of this, we suggest you wear plenty of sunscreen and bring a lot of water with you.

See the Calderón Hondo Volcano

5. Test Your Palate With Goat Meat

Unique Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: Goat Meat

The Canary Islands are home to loads of interesting dishes, and one of the top things to do in Fuerteventura is to try goat meat. Sheep and cows are pretty scarce on the island, making alternative meats such as goat and rabbit very popular.

Fuerteventura boasts its own breed of goat (the Majorera goat), which has become a symbol of the island. It’s such a loved animal that locals often have bumper stickers on their vehicles with “Fuerteventura” written in the shape of the goat!

Fun Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: Goat Meat

When cooked properly, goat meat has a really tender feel and delicate flavor. It has a similar texture to lamb, but the taste is much more subtle. It’s most commonly pan-fried and doused in a rich tomato-based sauce or simmered for hours in a stew.

Casa Luis is one of the best places in Fuerteventura to try goat meat. This traditional Canarian restaurant doesn’t have a set menu. Instead, your server will tell you which dishes are available that day. Because it’s so popular, stewed goat and fried goat are always available. 

6. Stock up on Wellness Products at Finca Canarias Aloe Vera

Fuerteventura, Spain Bucket List: Finca Canarias Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is one of the latest wellness trends, featuring in all kinds of products designed to keep you healthy. Because it’s so popular, many places are charging an arm and a leg for the stuff. If you want to try aloe vera but don’t want to empty your bank account, stop by Finca Canarias Aloe Vera during your trip to Fuerteventura!

Finca Canarias Aloe Vera invites you to visit the farm and see how the plant is harvested and transformed into all kinds of products. As you explore the farm, you’ll learn all about the amazing health benefits of this simple plant and the best ways to use it.

Must do things in Fuerteventura, Spain: Finca Canarias Aloe Vera

There’s an excellent gift shop at the end of the tour teeming with healing aloe vera products that have been made onsite. You’ll find everything from body washes, shampoos, and conditioners to serums, moisturizers, and face creams. The farm also sells a cooling aftersun product which is the perfect thing to ease the pain of sunburn. 

7. Let Your Cares Wash Away at El Cotillo

Cool Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: El Cotillo

There are many peaceful fishing villages dotted along Fuertventura’s coastline, and El Cotillo is one you’ve absolutely got to visit. Tucked away from the major tourist resorts on the northwestern side of the island, El Cotillo is the best place to catch a glimpse of what the island looked like before it became a popular vacation destination.

The highlight of the sleepy town is the collection of stunning beaches. Almost too good to be true, these tranquil bays feature powder-soft golden sand dotted with dramatic volcanic rock formations and warm turquoise waters that gently lap the shore. They really are some of the best sights in Fuerteventura! 

Fuerteventura, Spain Things to do: El Cotillo

Most of the beaches have gentle waves that are perfect for swimming. But a number of them have excellent conditions for watersports, such as surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle surfing, and wing foiling. 

As well as the beaches, El Cotillo is also home to a small harbor lined by tempting fish and seafood restaurants. It’s a wonderful place for a sun-kissed stroll before stopping for lunch.

Learn to Surf at El Cotillo Beach

8. Pick up Local Ingredients at Mercado de las Tradiciones

Unique Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: Mercado de Las Tradiciones

If you’re planning on making a lot of your own meals, you’ve got to visit Mercado de las Tradiciones. One of the must-do things in Fuerteventura, this market is a paradise for foodies, brimming with all kinds of fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.

Located in La Oliva, this gastronomic market is open from 10 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays inside a marvelous building known as Casa del Coronel. Take a look around, and you’ll find all sorts of delicious treats – from fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices to freshly-baked bread, cookies, cakes, and candies.

Mercado de las Tradiciones also offers a tempting array of locally-made jams in flavors you’re probably not used to (cactus jam, anyone?), as well as local wines, liquors, cheese, and charcuterie. As most of the shoppers here are local, the prices are great. You’ll pay much less and get better quality ingredients shopping here than you will in a supermarket. 

9. Take a Day Trip to Isla de Lobos

Fun Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: Isla de Lobos

While there are countless excellent things to do in Fuerteventura, taking a day trip to the nearby Isla de Lobos is a great idea. Located off the northeastern coast of the island, visiting Isla de Lobos is as close to being stranded on a deserted island as you ever want to be.

If you’re staying in the popular vacation resort of Corralejo and you want a bit of downtime, head to the port and hop on the ferry to the island. Once populated exclusively by monk seals, today Isla de Lobos is home to just a handful of people who live in rustic shacks along El Puertito.

Must do things in Fuerteventura, Spain: Isla de Lobos

You won’t find any major attractions or landmarks here, but that’s the point. There are plenty of gorgeous beaches where you can take a siesta in the sunshine and hiking trails you can follow to explore the volcanic island. When you’re ready to rejoin society, hop on the ferry, and in a few minutes, you’ll be back in bustling Corralejo. 

Get a Lobos Island Ferry Ticket

10. Fall in Love with Majorero Cheese

What to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: Majorero Cheese

Not only does the Majorero species of goat produce excellent goat meat, but they also create some of the most delicious cheese you’ll taste in your life. Made with 100% goat milk, Majorero cheese is a one-of-a-kind local product you’ll find for sale in markets, grocery stores, and restaurants throughout Fuerteventura. 

This unique cheese tastes so great that it’s won national and international awards! Although it’s a hard cheese, it has a smooth, creamy texture with a slightly spicy and acidic flavor. It comes in large rounds and is often coated on the outside with olive oil, paprika, or roasted gofio.

In restaurants, it’s most commonly served cold in slices as part of a cheese and meat platter. You can find it in almost every grocery store on the island. But for a fun day out, we suggest buying it from the Majorero Cheese Museum . Here you can find out exactly how the cheese is made and browse many different varieties before choosing your favorite. 

11. Explore the Secret Caves in Ajuy

Cool Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: Ajuy

You’ll find one of the coolest things to do in Fuerteventura in Ajuy. This remote part of the island is home to a number of remarkable caves that were created by lava flowing underwater around 100 million years ago. The rocks emerged from almost 10,000 feet under the sea and formed the base for these caves, as well as the rest of Fuerteventura. 

Declared a natural monument in 1987, these mysterious caves form part of the Betancuria Rural Park and are located on the coastline, just steps away from the water. You need to follow a short trek along the coast to visit the caves, but it’s definitely worth it. Along the way, you’ll spot some ancient fossil dunes, as well as natural blowholes that allow the water to surge from the sea through the rocks.

Best Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: Ajuy

When you first enter the caves, you’ll be overwhelmed with a feeling of insignificance. The caves are so huge, ancient, and dramatic that they can’t help but put everything into perspective.

Discover the Caves of Ajuy

12. Be amazed by the International Kite Festival

Unique Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: International Kite Festival

If you’re planning on visiting the island in November, you’ve got to check out the International Kite Festival . One of the most fun Fuerteventura activities, this family-friendly festival takes place in the Corralejo Natural Park, among the sand dunes.

The festival has been running since 1987, and it gets bigger and better every year. It started out with a small group of people who were passionate about flying kites and gradually expanded until it became the internationally-recognized festival it is today.

Fun Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: International Kite Festival

During the event, the sky above the park is filled with kites of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Look up, and you’ll see kites that look like everything you could possibly imagine, from jellyfish, killer whales, and tigers to teddy bears, gnomes, and crabs. Some of the kites are so large that it’s amazing they stay up in the air!

As well as all the kite flying, there are loads of other events and activities that make up the festival. Check the website to find out exactly what’s happening and when. 

13. Hike to the Top of Pico de la Zarza

Must do things in Fuerteventura, Spain: Pico de La Zarza

If you’re up for a challenge, make plans to hike to the top of Pico de la Zarza. The highest point in Fuerteventura, Pico de la Zarza is more than 2,500 feet above sea level and rewards anyone who reaches its point with unbelievable views.

The mountain is found within the Jandía Natural Park in the south of the island, and climbing it is the best way to understand just how diverse the landscape of Fuerteventura is. The further you climb, the more the landscape changes from golden sand and turquoise waters to thick bushes and pine trees. By the time you reach the peak, you’ll find yourself in an alien-like landscape surrounded by multi-colored volcanic rocks and soil.

From the top of Pico de la Zarza, you’ll discover one of the top things to see in Fuerteventura. From so high up, you can see all across the island and even over to the neighboring island of Lanzarote on a clear day.

14. Go Swimming with a Sea Lion

What to do in Fuerteventura, Spain: Swimming with a Sea Lion

There aren’t too many places you can go swimming with a sea lion, but the Canary Islands is one of them. Definitely one of the most fun things to do in Fuerteventura, you can swim with two resident sea lions in Caleta de Fuste.

Donna and Debbie have been living in the area for 16+ years, and they’ve recently been accompanied by newbie Nami who is currently being trained to swim with children with disabilities. Although all the sea lions were born in captivity, they’re not stuck in pools. They’re free to swim around in the port and do whatever they like while waiting for human visitors.

Fuerteventura, Spain Things to do: Swimming with a Sea Lion

After you’ve donned your wet suit and life jacket, you’ll be ready to get into the water with the fun and friendly sea lions. You’ll get kisses and hugs from them and get to play games with them while they show you their tricks and talents. It’s a great way to get up close to animals that don’t have to live in zoos.

Caleta de Fuste Sailing Experience

15. Experience a True Taste of Fuerteventura with Gofio

If you want to experience the authentic side of the island, one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura is to try gofio. This traditional food dates back to the original settlers of the Canary Islands and is used in everything from savory appetizers to sweet desserts.

Gofio is a kind of flour made from roasted corn. It’s incredibly nutritious and has a nutty, almost cookie-like flavor. The powder can be eaten on its own, kneaded into a dough, or combined with other ingredients to complement dishes.

Some of the most popular gofio dishes include gofio ice cream, gofio escaldado (a type of savory stew), gofio mousse, and gofio soup. Sometimes it’s even sprinkled on the top of completed dishes to add an extra boost of nutrition and flavor. 

You can buy gofio from farmers’ markets and grocery stores. If you don’t want to make it yourself, you can also find it on most restaurant and cafe menus in some form throughout the island.

There you have it! The 15 best things to do in Fuerteventura. What’s your favorite thing to do in Fuerteventura? 

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Where To Stay in Fuerteventura - 7 Best Areas & Hotels 2024/2025

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If you're planning a trip to Fuerteventura any time soon, you are probably looking for the best areas where to stay in Fuerteventura, especially if this is your first time visiting the island. In this article, we will share with you where the best places are, which are the best hotels and our favorite beaches and things to do while you're here. 

Best places to stay in Fuerteventura

Best resorts and areas in fuerteventura, 1. corralejo, 2. caleta de fuste, 3. el cotillo, 4. costa calma, 5. morro jable, 6. puerto del rosario , 7. costa de antigua.

Fuerteventura is the oldest Canary Islands and it's home to some of Europe's best beaches, and in consequence, it is considered to be one of the best destinations for a beach holiday in Europe.

No matter in which resort you decide to stay in Fuerteventura, you'll always be close to some of the most stunning beaches you've ever seen, with turquoise crystal clear waters and white or gold fine sand. The island is truly a paradise, situated only four hours away from home for most European visitors coming from countries like the UK, Germany, Norway, Sweden, etc.

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What makes Fuerteventura ideal for a holiday all year long?

The wonderful weather, of course.

Because of their location , the Canary Islands have over 3000 hours of sunshine per year, with average daily temperatures of 20°C - 21°C during the daytime in December.

  • Weather reports for Fuerteventura  (every month of the year)
  • Best time of the year to visit Fuerteventura
  • Best place to stay in Fuerteventura for couples: Corralejo
  • Best place to stay in Fuerteventura for families: Caleta de Fuste
  • Quiet & relaxing location: El Cotillo
  • Amazing beaches: Morro Jable
  • Perfect place to stay for surfers: Costa Calma
  • Local atmosphere: Puerto del Rosario

Fuerteventura is a favorite destination for beach lovers and surfers everywhere, with a year-round tourist season, due to the great weather. It has great waves, hundreds of kilometers of coast and sunny weather from January until December.

But there is more than surfing to Fuerteventura. The island also has many small beaches with calm warm waters, ideal for small children to play with no risk of getting hurt. You can try a different beach every day or you can lay back and enjoy one of the resorts that offer both relaxation and entertainment.

The airport in Fuerteventura is placed on the east coast, very close to the capital Puerto del Rosario. If you rent a car you will be able to get anywhere on the island in less than an hour after you pick up your rental.

So which Fuerteventura resort is best? 

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Corralejo is the best place to stay in Fuerteventura for couples and romantic holidays. 

Corralejo is situated in the very north of the island and is the most popular resort in Fuerteventura. Here you will find everything you can wish for in order to have a memorable holiday. If you're looking for both relaxation and fun, Corralejo is the place to go.

Best places to stay in Corralejo

  • Best Villas & Apartments: Atlantic Garden Beach Mate Apartments   (renovated apartments; kids playground) • Fuertenpark Apartamentos   (close to the beach; tropical gardens) •  Dunas Club Apartments (excellent location & price) • 
  • Luxury Hotel: Gran Hotel Bahía Real ***** (5-star luxury hotel; amazing amenities)
  • Adults Only Hotels: H10 Ocean Dunas - Adults Only **** ( outdoor pool, tennis court and gym) • Barceló Corralejo Bay - Adults Only **** (close to the beach; all rooms have a balcony)
  • Mid Range: Hotel Arena Suite **** (large outdoor swimming pool; sunny balcony) • Hotel Vacanzy Urban Boutique Adults Only (air-conditioned rooms; terrace)
  • Budget Hotel:  Surfing Colors Hotel (modern complex; good quality for the price)

Why stay in Corralejo?

In our opinion, Corralejo has the best nightlife in Fuerteventura , lots of great bars and let's not forget the Music Square, which is one of the places with the best atmosphere in town (day and night).

Corralejo also has some great restaurants, like 5th Avenue, Fado Rock, Tuxedos or Avenida Restaurante, so you'll be able to enjoy incredible food every day of your holiday. 

What to do in Corralejo

Corralejo Natural Park is a must-see on the island and the scenery looks like it's part of the Sahara. After you are finished exploring the Corralejo sand dunes , you have to cross over to the beach, where you can enjoy the fantastic Corralejo Grandes Playas. 

From Corralejo, it's easy to make short trips either to El Cotillo, Lajares or La Oliva.  Corralejo also offers some of the best opportunities for shopping in Fuerteventura .

Las Palmeras Shopping Center is right on the main road and has underground parking which is free. Here you will find many international brands like Zara or Pull and Bear.

El Campanario is another commercial center where they also host a fair with souvenirs and local artisan products. When you get tired of all the shopping you can stop and have brunch or enjoy a cup of coffee while you enjoy the music shows.

As you can see, there are plenty of things to do in Corralejo and there's a lot more to discover close by if you feel like exploring.

  • Best tours and excursions in Corralejo

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Caleta de Fuste is the best place in Fuertevenura for families.

If you are coming to Fuerteventura on a family holiday with your kids, then Caleta de Fuste may be the best choice for you. It is close to the airport and the resort is home to the Barcelo Thalasso Spa Hotel, one of the most popular hotels on the island.

Best places to stay in Caleta de Fuste

  • Best Apartment: Bungalow Montecastillo   (patio, free wifi) 
  • Beachfront Hotel: Barcelo Thalasso Spa Hotel (lots of amenities; luxurious spa)
  • Family-Friendly Hotel:  Castillo Playa (children’s play area, quiet location)
  • Popular Hotels: Eurostars Las Salinas **** ( luxurious resort located a few steps from Caleta de Fuste Beach) • Hotel Ereza Mar (2 outdoor swimming pools, a sauna & gym)
  • Luxury Hotel:  Sheraton Fuerteventura Golf & Spa ***** (incredible luxury hotel) • Barceló Castillo Royal Level **** (next to Caleta de Fuste Beach)

Why you should stay in Caleta de Fuste (El Castillo)

Caleta de Fuste has a central location on the island, which makes it the perfect starting point for exploring Fuerteventura, especially for first-time visitors. 

Since Caleta de Fuste is a resort town developed especially for tourism on the island, it has all the facilities needed for a relaxing holiday, as well as a beautiful beach, Playa El Castillo, which has been updated recently. There are plenty of good bars and restaurants and the resort has a more relaxed atmosphere compared to Corralejo, which makes it more suitable for families with small children.

What to do in Caleta de Fuste

Playa El Castillo is ideal for kids since the water is always calm and children can play safely while parents can relax. The beach has many facilities like sunbeds, umbrellas and beach showers.

There are lots of activities available from Caleta de Fuste, like boat trips, inflatables on the water for the kids to play on, a weekly market for souvenirs, as well as a rock pool where you can swim in crystal clear water.

A few minutes out of town there's a golf course and if you're looking for a bit more adventure, you can take a trike tour from Caleta de Fuste and drive through the stunning landscape of Fuerteventura.

For a half-day trip, you can go to Betancuria , a charming village situated inland, which used to be the capital of Fuerteventura. The route is quite scenic, so make a lot of stops on the way there and enjoy the beautiful views.

Don't miss the Morro Velosa statues and the Morro Velosa Mirador, with one of the most spectacular views, then take a walk through Betancuria, a typical Spanish town and enjoy the rural side of Fuerteventura.

Oasis Park is the best day trip for a fun family day away from the beach. The zoo is situated in La Lajita, a 40 minutes drive from Castillo Caleta de Fuste. Oasis is a great park, with many animals to see and several shows. 

For a full view of the resort, see our article about things to do in Caleta de Fuste .

  • Best tours and excursions in Caleta de Fuste

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El Cotillo is the ideal place to stay for a quiet holiday in Fuerteventura.

El Cotillo is laid back and quiet in comparison to other bigger resorts in Fuerteventura, but it retains its old charm since it used to be a fishing village before the tourism on the island grew.

Best places to stay in El Cotillo

  • Best Villas & Apartments: Cotillo Lagoons Apartment (fully fitted with a washing machine, satellite TV, kitchen terrace) • Apartamentos Juan Benítez (outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, large terrace) 
  • Best Hotels: Cotillo Ocean Views (beachfront; modern) • TAO El Cotillo (two swimming pools)

Why in El Cotillo?

El Cotillo is a bit remote and it's the only place on our list located on the northwest side of Fuerteventura. If all you want to do is to sit on the beach and relax, away from the noisy bars and the hustle and bustle of big resorts, El Cotillo should be the perfect place to stay in Fuerteventura for you.

El Cotillo is also a popular place to stay for surfers, due to the proximity of Piedra Playa, a good beach for surfing in the north of Fuerteventura.

What to do in El Cotillo

First of all....sit back and relax. Take in the views and especially try not to miss the sunset from El Cotillo, which is probably the best on the island.

Go to Playa La Concha for a day on one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura, but make sure to bring some snacks and drinks with you. 

Don't miss out on a day of exploration around the lagoons near El Cotillo, or Los Charcos, as they are called in Spanish. These lagoons are among our top 3 favorite places in Fuerteventura, and we highly recommend you to go there.

  • See our detailed guide for El Cotillo

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Costa Calma and the Jandia peninsula is the best area of Fuerteventura for surfers.

Costa Calma is situated in the south of the island and it's a very popular area to stay in Fuerteventura among German visitors. There are many hotels, restaurants, clinics, that cater to Germans. Even driving through Costa Calma you will notice that the radio program is in German and many business names or adverts are also written in German. 

Costa Calma is located 65 km away from the airport, which means about a 1-hour drive if you decide to rent a car.

Best places to stay in Costa Calma

  • Best Apartments: Apartments Casa Roja   (well-fitted kitchen with a dining area; free wifi)
  • Popular Hotels: Melia Fuerteventura (family-friendly; good for kids) • Bahia Calma Beach (perfect location)
  • Family-friendly Hotels: H10 Tindaya (family-friendly; good for kids) • Labranda Golden Beach (400 m from Sotavento Beach; many types of family rooms)

Why stay in Costa Calma?

Costa Calma is a smaller resort than Caleta de Fuste or Corralejo and it's geared mostly towards the German crowd and popular also with tourists from northern Europe. The resort town of Costa Calma was developed with tourism in mind, so you'll find all the amenities needed for a smooth holiday, but with fewer crowds than in the previous two resorts. 

What to do in Costa Calma?

The famous Sotavento lagoon is situated close to Costa Calma and is one of the beaches that you will see on many Fuerteventura postcards.

Playa Barca is popular among surfers since the winds are favorable for water sports. During the summer this is where Fuerteventura Windsurfing Championship takes place. If you are interested in surfing in Fuerteventura, then you can also try Playa del Viejo Rey, situated on the west coast, only 10 kilometers from Costa Calma.

On Wednesdays and Sundays, there is a weekly market in Costa Calma where you will find anything from souvenirs, handmade jewelry and also fake goods, like watches and handbags.

  • See a full guide for things to do in Costa Calma

stay in morro jable fuerteventura

Morro Jable is the ideal place to stay in Fuerteventura if you want easy access to the incredible beaches of the Jandia Peninsula.

Morro Jable is the southernmost town in Fuerteventura and it has a long history as a fishing village. This is also a popular destination for German tourists, with many restaurants and bars having a German specific. It is located a bit far from the airport, at an 85 km distance and the journey here takes around 75 minutes if you decide to drive hire a car and drive yourself.

Best places to stay in Morro Jable

  • Best Villas & Apartments: Apartamentos Igramar MorroJable - Adults Onl y   (short walk from the beach) • Villas Monte Solana   (2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a living room)
  • Best Hotels: Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace (5-star; world-class service) • Occidental Jandia Playa (2 outdoor swimming pools, 1 heated pool & spa)

Why stay in Morro Jable

Morro Jable has a lovely old town, where you can walk and enjoy all the small shops. If you get tired of the old town's charm, you can go on the promenade in the harbor, where the new town began to develop. Since Morro Jable used to be a fishing village, it retains its authentic Spanish charm, as opposed to the resorts which were purposely developed for tourism.

What to do in Morro Jable

Morro Jable has one of the best beaches on the island, with parking spots all along the beach, so you can get here by car. Playa del Matorral is a popular beach, but since it stretched for many kilometers, you will always find a place to stay near the ocean. There are amenities like sunbeds, umbrellas and beach showers.

Cofete is the pride and joy of Fuerteventura's beaches, with a truly spectacular landscape that takes your breath away. Morro Jable is the closest town to Cofete and from here you can even take a public bus, which will take you all the way to the beach and so you will avoid driving on the dirt road yourself.

Cofete retains her unspoiled beauty, with the ocean on one side and the high cliffs on the other side. It was included as one of the Top 10 most beautiful beaches in Europe by Tripadvisor.

Similar to the other resorts, Morro Jable has a local market which happens every Thursday, between 9 am and 2 pm.

Address: Avenida Del Saladar, Cosmo Shopping Center

There are many other shops both in the new town and old town, with local products and also international brands.

  • Full guide for what to do in Morro Jable

playa chica fuerteventura puerto rosario

Puerto del Rosario is the best place in Fuerteventura for digital nomads and to experience the local atmosphere.

Puerto del Rosario is not a resort town, instead, it's the capital of Fuerteventura and so it's a residential city, where many of the island's residents live. 

But with the increased number of cruise ships arriving in the harbour each winter, the town has started to make changes and has improved its tourism infrastructure, trying to attract more tourists and daily visitors.

Best places to stay in Puerto del Rosario

  • Best Villas & Apartments: Mc Apartments   (fully equipped kitchen, seating area, flat-screen TV, washing machine)
  • Best Hotel: Hotel el Mirador de Fuerteventura  (beachfront) 

Why stay in Puerto del Rosario

If you want to experience local life in Fuerteventura, Puerto del Rosario is the best place to be. It's the largest city on the island, it has supermarkets like Hiperdino and Lidl, a beautifully renovated beach and bus connections with all other towns and resorts on the island. Plus, prices for accommodation in Puerto del Rosario are lower than in the other resorts, but you will not find as many options for hotels.

What to do in Puerto del Rosario

Puerto del Rosario has a lovely beach, called Playa Chica, which has been redone in recent years and it now looks great and has all the facilities found on the beaches in the resorts.

From Puerto del Rosario you can also easily reach Playa Blanca, which is another massive and beautiful beach in this area.

C.C. Las Rotondas is a big shopping mall, where many people come to shop from all parts of the island. It has international brands like Zara, C&A, as well as a big Hiperdino supermarket, a food court, and other local brands.

Puerto del Rosario is also a great place to stay in Fuerteventura without a car since you can use the local buses to explore the island. From Puerto del Rosario you have a direct bus to Corralejo, Caleta de Fuste, Morro Jable and even to the airport, so most places are only a bus ride away and since the distances are not that big, the trips shouldn't take too long.

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These are the main areas in Fuerteventura where you can stay during your holiday on the island. Corralejo is by far Fuerteventura's most popular resort, followed by Caleta de Fuste and then Costa Calma. Wherever you decide to stay, Fuerteventura is an amazing island for a beach holiday and you can enjoy her lovely beaches even in winter, due to the warm climate.

Costa de Antigua is a great place to stay for a laid-back and relaxing holiday in Fuerteventura.

Costa de Antigua is a purposely built resort in Fuerteventura, located on the east coast, between the airport and Caleta de Fuste. 

Also known as Nuevo Horizonte, you have nearby all you need for a relaxing holiday in Fuerteventura: there are bars and restaurants, a large Mercadona and it's easy to get around just using the public buses. If you want, you can walk over to Caleta de Fuste using the picturesque coastal path, since it's not that far away and in Caleta, you will find lots more bars and restaurants. 

Best places to stay in Costa de Antigua

  • Best Apartments: Apartamento SUN Relax en Fuerteventura (2 km from Caleta de Fuste Beach; has its own balcony) • Aparthotel la Piramide (restaurant on-site; balcony with pool views)
  • Best Hotel: Elba Lucía Sport & Suite Hotel (free shuttle bus to Caleta de Fuste Beach; apartments and studios have a terrace) 

Why stay in Costa de Antigua?

Costa de Antigua is more laid back compared to the bigger resorts, there are not so many big hotels here, as most of the developments are apartments and villas. So if you're looking for a quiet place to stay in Fuerteventura, with more affordable accommodation compared to Corralejo or Caleta de Fuste, Costa de Antigua might be the best option.

  • Best apartments in Fuerteventura: Apartments in Atlantic Garden Beach Mate (renovated complex w pool, Corralejo) •  Dunas Club Apartments 3* (Corralejo)
  • Popular hotels in Fuerteventura: • Barceló Fuerteventura Castillo 4* (Caleta de Fuste) • Barceló Corralejo Bay - Adults Only 4* 
  • See our dedicated guide for the best places to stay in Fuerteventura
  • Best Tours & Excursions: Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura •  Fuerteventura 2.5 Hour Dune Buggy Tour

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In our opinion, Corralejo is the best resort for couples and people looking for fun nightlife activities, while Caleta de Fuste is the best resort for families in Fuerteventura.

Corralejo is the liveliest resort and also the best resort for nightlife in Fuerteventura.

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