Things to do in Fuerteventura
This is not the first time we have gone to the island, so I will share not the most trivial places for tourists. For example, a wild beach, a little trekking, and I’ll tell you about a good hotel with a beach. Plan for 3-5 days on the island.
How to fly to Fuerteventura?
The island has an international airport, cheap departure cities can be found here. We flew with Binter airline from Tenerife. We bought the ticket one day before departure, it was €66 per person. But I advise to buy in advance and fly with Canaryfly for €20. Catch the dates at my service lowcost.pro.
Renting a car
After my unsuccessful rentals with Pluscar, I choose other companies. I recommend renting from Hertz, Firefly, Thrifty, Cicar, Autorisen. Compare prices here. We chose Cicar with full insurance and no upfront costs on their website. Got a gas-powered Opel Mokka for €20 a day.
Where to live in Fuerteventura
By trial and error in past trips, we found the best place to stay – the town of Costa Calma. It’s close to a great beach and it’s convenient to get to all the sights on the island.
We chose hotel H10 Tindaya. Because of the covid some of the activities were closed. For example, the spa and water slides did not work. For this reason, the hotel was giving out solid discounts on accommodations. We managed to book a room with a view to the sea for €72 per night. Breakfast and dinner with beer and sodas was included. See the video review above.
The hotel is great, with 3 pools, water slides, restaurant and ample parking, located on the first line. The food is quite good, especially the salmon salads.
Now, what to see if this is not your first time on the island.
San Buenaventura Fortress
The fortress is a bit of a mouthful. More like a tower. It is located in Castillo Caleta de Fuste.
There’s a nice beach nearby and the promenade is full of cute seals.
Faro de La Entallada lighthouse.
This is one of the highlights of this trip. A narrow paved road leads to the lighthouse. There is ample parking in front of the lighthouse with an epic view of the ocean.
A great place to meditate, relax or have a romantic date. Coordinates. I won’t go into too much detail, just watch the video. It is better than a thousand words.
Playa de Sotavento de Jandia
The beach and lagoon in Jandia is a mecca for kite surfers, surfers, windsurfers. And for nudists, too. Miles of endless beach, cozy places to sunbathe in bushes and in homemade pebble forts.
While you’re watching the video, I’ll tell you about our route. We left on foot from our hotel H10 Tindaya . A very pleasant walk along the ocean. Don’t forget to bring swimsuits and a towel. The picture shows the Hotel Meliá Fuerteventura .
Keep an eye on the tide chart. At high tide, the lagoon fills with water and miles of sand disappear. It’s magical. The route is 13 km:
The route to Playa de Barlovento de Jandía beach
To experience the nature of the Canary Islands, you have to walk. Then a seemingly dry and lifeless landscape becomes alive. You see plants growing out of the rocks, lizards and squirrels running around, and you can smell the ocean.
The route begins at the parking lot (coordinates). Then we go through a deserted pass to the west coast. Yes! We will cross the island on foot. We meet a goat farm. We walk along a dry river bed. From the lookout we’ll admire the west coast.
On the way we meet a snow-white wall.
We reach the deserted beach Playa de Barlovento de Jandía, where no one but you will be there. If you think of swimming, be careful. The ocean is treacherous with its back currents. There are no lifeguards here, so swim with flippers or go no farther than waist-deep.
Check out the drone video above, it shows both back currents and waves.
Mirador del Salmo
Mirador La Pared Lookout.
A good and easily accessible lookout overlooking the west coast of Fuerteventura. I liked the textured rocks on the way up. And at the top of the hill we were surrounded by a flock of begging squirrels.
Mirador astronómico de Sicasumbre
The best place for an introvert is the astronomical observation deck. We were here during the day, so we didn’t look at the stars. We put the car in the parking lot (coordinates). Then we went up the nearest hill. On the way we read several information boards about stars and constellations.
But the most interesting part is at the end. A small structure made of stones to protect us from the wind and light. You should come here at night with your telescope. During the day look through free binoculars. I looked at the entire south coast.
Caves in Ahuja
We visited a town with an obscene name, Ajuy. This is an important place for the Canaries, this is where the history of Fuerteventura began. Jean de Betancourt and Gadifer de La Salle landed here in 1402 and conquered the island for the Spanish crown.
The town is also known for its enormous caves. At first I thought that Betancourt blew up the rock with dynamite to use the caves as warehouses or to hide ships in them. But it turned out the ocean waves had dug them. Pirates were hiding in the caves. They also mined limestone there.
Now there is a picturesque path along the coast. Walk along it to the giant caves.
Have lunch at Cafe del mar. I ordered pork shish kebab with potatoes and Lena ordered octopus. Pretty good for a rustic restaurant.
Mills near Almacigo
Molino de Los Llanos de La Concepción
Passed photogenic mills. In the town of Almacigo you will find several of them. Coordinates of the Molino de Los Llanos de La Concepción mill with photos.
A whale skeleton near the salt museum
I found a second whale skeleton near the salt museum (Museo de las Salinas del Carmen). Coordinates. We didn’t get to the salt museum itself, it was late. But I guess it is not very interesting. The main exhibit, Salinas – the cells in which salt was evaporated, can be seen.
By the way, the first whale skeleton is on Tenerife near Los Silos.
So passed our next trip to the desert island of Fuerteventura. Check out my Fuerteventura Island Guide for even more interesting locations.
Fuerteventura is one of the islands of the Canary Archipelago, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Africa.
In recent years, the Canary Islands are attracting more and more tourists from around the world, it really can be a good holiday, but the rest in the Canaries in general and Fuerteventura in particular has its own characteristics.
I would like to start with the pros of vacationing on this island.
So, the first advantage of Fuerteventura are its long sandy beaches, and the beach season, which lasts there all year round. The beaches are very clean and the water is clear. In principle, to bathe on the island really can be in December and in January, but should take into account that the water temperature in the Atlantic is substantially lower than in Europe – it is about 19 – 22 degrees and varies almost throughout the year. Lovers of warm water in Fuerteventura unlikely to like – the water in the ocean is frankly cool, of course, you can swim, but not to get cold, you have to keep moving, and two hours in the water are unlikely to spend. In summer the air temperature is a little higher – the thermometer rises to 30 degrees, and in winter the average temperature is about 25 degrees. Also note that Fuerteventura is always blown by the winds, so on most beaches all year round there are waves – somewhere they are a little more, somewhere a little less.
The second advantage of a holiday in Fuerteventura is a very beautiful and almost untouched by man nature. Residents.
When best to relax in Fuerteventura?
Fuerteventura is a Spanish resort, which is great because the rest here can be practically all year round. In general it is generally recognized that the Canary Islands are islands of eternal spring, because it is always warm and sunny and there is never a debilitating heat.
And yet, among the locals, especially in large cities all the same is customary to dress warmer in winter, while tourists are happy to swim and sunbathe in any season.
The fact that the resort is located close to the mainland, creates its own special effect – we can say that it is much warmer in Fuerteventura than, for example, in the other Canary Islands. However, do not forget that the name itself comes from the word combination “strong wind”, so be sure that the winds from the ocean is always blowing.
Summer at the resort is considered the hottest period. During this time the temperature rises much higher and even reach plus 28 – plus 30 degrees. It almost never rains in this period, and the water in the ocean warms up to its maximum.
But it’s worth noting that it doesn’t get as warm as “fresh milk”, so even in the warmest months it’s refreshing to swim in the Atlantic. But in the summer the resort has the largest number of tourists.
With the advent of autumn in the resort at first almost nothing changes, but in late September already the temperature begins to decline and even the occasional rain. In November, the air. read completely.
Where to stay in Fuerteventura?
The island of Fuerteventura can be conditionally divided into five areas for tourist accommodation. The first is the south of the island, which is actually the peninsula Jandía, then comes the central part of the east coast, then the northern part of the island from El Cotillo to Puerto del Rosario, the west coast and the inner part of the island.
Jandía Peninsula is separated from the rest of the island by a fairly narrow isthmus, which is covered by high, reaching up to 800 meters high mountains and forms a kind of narrow coastal strip of beautiful beaches, there are actually the best resorts in Fuerteventura.
This part of the island is considered more expensive and respectable, so it mainly rests German tourists. Here you can even see a lot of signs, duplicated not in English, but specifically in German.
We can say even more – that the main part of the hotels here, and entertainment is also oriented to an older audience and to families with children, or older people, although in principle, young people will find something to do here as well. The main resort in this part of the island is Morro del Jable.
The central part of the east coast is a series of small and quiet resorts with beautiful beaches. The most convenient way to get from the airport is here, and so this area is often chosen by tourists with the kids. There are picturesque coast, cozy towns, lighthouses and hospitable locals. All this… read in full
How to get there?
Fuerteventura is one of the islands of the Canary archipelago, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean. The flight from the European part of the country takes about 6-7 hours and there are no direct flights from Moscow, Saint-Petersburg or other cities.
Nevertheless, to Fuerteventura, of course, you can get by plane, but you have to fly with connections. The island has an airport, which receives international flights. It is located five kilometers north of the island’s capital, Puerto del Rosario.
Food and Drink
Island difficult to pronounce the name, Fuerteventura, well oooh very beautiful and romantic. And restaurants here too, for every taste. Tapas and seafood are local favorites, you can try them on every corner. But Fuerteventura also has Italian, Chinese and American restaurants.
For starters, I’d like to point out a couple of Inexpensive but good-looking restaurants on Fuerteventura .
El Goloso de Cotillo (Pedro Cabrera Saavedra, 1, El Cotillo, La Oliva)
This restaurant is located in the northern part of the island. The restaurant offers very tasty French pastries, macarons, sweets and coffee. This cafe would be an excellent choice for a light breakfast and lunch. The menu includes a good selection of sandwiches made with fresh local produce.
Restaurante Puerto de la Peña (Calle del Puerto Azul, 4, Ajuy)
Opened in 1992. Located in a small village of Ajuy (sorry). And this is one of those cafes if you dream to have lunch in perfect silence. They serve great local food. And there are also delicacies, fried goat meat, raw fish and other interesting things that have made the little restaurant quite famous all over the island. True, and these unusual dishes are more expensive. Plus, dining here, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the harbor.
Altamarea (Calle La Marina
This hotel is located close to the sea in a very picturesque place. The cafe serves healthy food at an affordable price.
What are the best tours in Fuerteventura?
During a vacation on the Spanish island of Fuerteventura, you can, if you want, go on an excursion to the huge national park “Dunes of Corrolejo”, which stretches along the road on both sides on the way to the city of Corrolejo. In fact, this park contains sand dunes that occasionally reach heights of up to 50 meters.
Since 1982, this area has been protected and considered a nature reserve. Many tourists are perplexed – where did this desert come from all of a sudden? In fact, it is the most natural sea sand, which was left by clam shells and other inhabitants of the ocean and deposited for centuries on the shores of Fuerteventura. Today, the area of this reserve is more than 2.5 thousand hectares.
Another national nature park on the island is considered to be Handia, which covers more than 14,000 hectares and includes the beaches of Cofete and Barlovento. These are two long beaches flowing into each other and stretching for several tens of kilometers. Civilization here ends in a tiny village called Cofete.
Well, behind it begins a stunning expanse, accompanied by a deafening roar of waves. If you walk to Cofete on the paved hiking trail, from the mountain open such panoramas, which is simply breathtaking. This is an unusually beautiful stretch of coast and it is a must visit, even though the road there is not easy, and to swim there is not allowed because of too strong waves.
What to see on Fuerteventura?
This is a strange thing, but on the island of Fuerteventura there are a lot of interesting cities, which are the monuments of architecture and antiquity, but nevertheless the most attractive here all the same was and remains a nature.
Here you can see the strange, almost bald mountains with almost no vegetation, except for the many cacti and aloes, as well as endless beaches and beautiful ocean. When you come here, it seems that this island is located somewhere at the very edge of the world, and therefore it is more and more charming to its guests.
There are a lot of cacti on the island, and among them there are some species that do not grow anywhere else in the world. But there are also palm trees, but they are mostly stunted and are very resistant to the arid climate.
But there are very few animals on the island – only chipmunks, mountain goats, lizards, and donkeys, and maybe some domestic camels. But it is very surprising to watch the birds on the island – there are hundreds of different species, and then there is a stopover for migratory birds.
The Canarians, who are sensitive to their nature, specially create protected areas for birds, in which not only can not be engaged in any construction, but you can not even go there. You can only observe and, of course, admire.
Of course, of great interest on the island is the old capital of Betancuria. Now it is quite a charming town, which… read completely
How to have fun?
What the Spanish island of Fuerteventura is ideal for is action sports. There are opportunities for these throughout the year. The ocean waves are the perfect place to board and sail here.
The best surfing town in Fuerteventura is without doubt Corralejo. There is almost always a breeze and very strong waves and the beaches are incredible, so there is plenty of room for everyone.
Local schools offer training programs for beginners. Please note however that all beginners begin their first surf training on the shore, as they will first have to learn how to operate a kite. The very first few days all beginners are not allowed on the water at all.
Rental equipment is available, as in all schools, and in many hotels. As a rule, the cost of renting a board per hour costs from 10 euros, and the lesson of 30 euros. But there are places where the cost of renting a board is included in the accommodation price. Well, those who are not yet ready to “catch a wave” and prefer to lie on the shore, can safely observe the winged surfers, because it is incredibly beautiful show.
Quite a number of tourists, as well as locals prefer to move around the island of Fuerteventura on bicycles.
What to buy?
The best gift you can take as a memento for your friends and relatives after your trip will be something created right here in Fuerteventura.
The clear leader in this case of all varieties is the aloe products and many tourists are sure to buy it here. Aloe is used to make a variety of cosmetics, including creams, soaps, shampoos, and more. Prices for such things start from 3-5 euros.
Also worth paying attention to the products of folk crafts, for example, on brand ceramics, made by Guanches method, and what is remarkable – it is made without a potter’s wheel at all. Also particularly beautiful here is the elegant lace and more calados embroidery, as Fuertoventura has one of the largest schools for embroiderers in this style. The cost of such things start from 8-10 euros.
Be sure to take with you and canary sauces – they are sold in small glass jars as a souvenir in principle, and their prices start from 4 euros. Also by the way a very original and funny, but at the same time very tasty gift will be a cactus jam, which costs from 2 euros.
In general Fuerteventura well can not be called a perfect place for shopping, but still there are large shopping centers, which presents well-known European brands. For shopping in general is best to go to cities such as Corralejo and Morro Jable, well… read in full.
Holidays with children on Fuerteventura?
The Spanish resort of Fuerteventura has a fairly mild climate, there are great big sandy beaches, and also a very high level of safety and, probably, therefore, this place is ideal for holidays with children. The only slight minus is that it is quite cool ocean water, so it is impossible to sit there without laziness.
However, nevertheless, many parents do not stop it, and they come here with the kids and eventually remain very happy. Kids usually very easy to adapt to the climate and even they do not happen acclimatization.
For a holiday with children on the island is better to choose such a quiet and peaceful resorts, which are available on the peninsula Handiya, and then there are not as strong waves, so it will be easier to swim. However, under no circumstances should not leave children alone in the ocean, even in shallow water. There are reverse currents and they are quite dangerous for children.
Visit with children can be very interesting “Oasis Park”, which is located near a town called La Lahita. This is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary, but it is worth bearing in mind that in this place just 30 years ago was a completely bare desert.
Well, today it is a gigantic area covered with greenery and is home to almost several hundred species of animals, sea creatures and birds, including some that are not found at all on the island in the middle of the wilderness.
Tickets for adults and teenagers. read in full
Weather in Fuerteventura by month:
Fuerteventura is the best island in the Canaries
Fuerteventura is an island poorly familiar to Russian tourists, because when choosing the Canaries, they usually go to Tenerife. But I fell in love with the photos of this particular island and set a goal to go only there. Tours of Fuerte in Russia are not sold, planes do not fly there directly. Mostly Germans, the British and the French rest there. I flew with a German low-cost airline through Dusseldorf and the return ticket from Moscow cost 18,000 rubles. I booked my hotels online. The first week I spent in the northernmost resort on the island, Corollejo. This is a youth village for surfers and windsurfers, with camps, yoga studios, hostels, nightclubs, a couple of malls and a water park. The winds in this part of the island are really strong all year round, so surfers here do some wetsuits in the winter as well. The beaches are huge in length, clean with white sand. The sand here is white in contrast to the black volcanic sand of the other Canary Islands, as Fuerta is the closest island to Africa and the sand is swept from there. Because of this sand, the water in the ocean is of some incredible beauty, all shades of turquoise, blue and blue, depending on the depth. In February, it is cold to swim in the ocean, despite the hot sun and a temperature of about 22 degrees. But you can sunbathe quite well. On the main beach of Corollejo is an excellent restaurant Waikiki, which is an excellent seafood paella. From the port of Corollejo, you can take a large… read full
Fuerteventura – the island of tranquility and serenity
The desire to escape abroad to exotic countries closer to the salty warm waves and the bright sparkling sun always increases as the time of vacation approaches. In September 2013 my dream also came true – I visited the island of Fuerteventura. On the advice of acquaintances, who have been here a year earlier, I chose this place mainly because of the small number of noisy young people. Its main mass gathers in neighboring resorts, where a lot more different discos and nightclubs. So I calmly and without too much noise enjoyed his vacation.
All 10 days of my stay on the island the sun was shining hospitable. I completely forgot about the warm clothes, even at night the air was warm, somewhere in the region of +23, +24 degrees. It was even warm at night, around +23, +24 degrees. Days were comfortable +25, +28. The absence of exhausting heat, which I experienced in Egypt at the same time, was very encouraging. In old age it is not easy to bear high temperatures – Fuerteventura was the perfect place for my relaxing and comfortable stay. The water in the sea in September is still warm, +24 degrees. The winds, which often remind me of themselves, brought a fresh and spicy smell of the sea rather than bothering me. And thanks to the wind, the island got its name, which translates roughly as “strong wind.
Spread out on the warm sand of golden hues, more than once admired the bold figures of surfers, in great numbers conquering the swift waves. Especially a lot of surfers on Barlovento beach. Heard about the southern beaches of Juan Gomez and Viejo Rey, where.