Island of Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is the second largest island of the archipelago. Its area is 2020 km². The island is rather deserted and sparsely populated. The population of Fuerteventura is only 42 thousand people. Despite active construction in recent years, the number of beaches still exceeds the number of hotels. At last count, there are 152 beaches on the island, most of them covered with a thin layer of golden sand. These beaches can rightly be called the best in the Canaries. The island is only 115km away from the North African coast and the sand is blown in by the wind from the Sahara giving the words “desert island” a very special meaning.
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Fuerteventura is a harsh and windswept island, but there’s a special majesty to its appearance. Rocky mountains, dry barrancos and sand and pebble-filled wastelands are typical features of the island’s landscape.
The wind on Fuerteventura blows with terrible force. Perhaps this is what the island owes its name to: El viento fuerte in Spanish means “strong wind”. But the constant trade winds have been of great benefit to the island: since tourism began to develop in the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura has become one of the world’s windsurfing centers.
North of Fuerteventura
Most tourists come to the island by ferry, which arrives in the capital of Puerto del Rosario. The capital of Fuerteventura is located on the east coast. Just south of the city is the airport. At the northern tip is the fishing port of Corralejo, which has successfully transformed into a busy ferry terminal, where ships from Lanzarote (40 minutes from Playa Blanca) arrive. The town has turned into a lively resort, popular with English tourists. The modern buildings are not too pretty, but the old port still retains its flavor. The harbor is filled with colorful fishing boats, old bars and excellent fish restaurants. You’re bound to enjoy a stroll through the narrow streets of the old town. Nightlife is not as hectic, but still more active than in other parts of the island.
People come to Fuerteventura for its spectacular beaches. Corralejo is famous for its long white beaches and dunes, which stretch for 10 km. Although access to the beaches is not restricted, this entire region has the status of the Corralejo Dunes Nature Park. Even away from the coast there is no vegetation other than succulents and you get the impression of being in the Sahara. At 3 km from the coast, behind the narrow strip of water is a tiny island of Isla de Lobos, which is also part of the nature park. The beaches here are even more deserted, and the conditions for fishing are amazing. The glass-bottomed boats depart regularly from Corralejo.
Puerto del Rosario can be reached by two routes. This town was the capital of the island in 1860. It was once called Puerto de Cabras (Goat Port) because goats are abundant there. The FV-1 runs along the east coast past the dunes and the FV-101 runs inland. If you turn west, you’ll reach the lacemaking town of Lajares. At the School of Canarian Crafts (Escuela de Artesania Canaria; open: Mon-Fri 9.00-19.00, Sat 9.00-15.00, admission free) you can see the artisans at work and buy lace and embroidery.
On the northwest coast of Fuerteventura is the town of El Cotillo. Thanks to its gorgeous beaches and excellent windsurfing conditions, the town has become a lively resort with many bars and restaurants.
Returning to the main road, you reach the small town of La Oliva, where the ochre houses blend harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. The most interesting colonial house is the Colonel’s House, Casa de los Coroneles, which housed the military governors of the island in the 18th century. The building is now under restoration, but you can see the magnificent balconies and feel the melancholy grandeur of the old architecture. Opposite the Colonel’s House is the Casa Mane Canarian Art Center (hours change, entrance fee is charged). It’s a vibrant, modern building displaying works by some of Canary’s best contemporary artists, including Lanzarote native César Manrique.
A little further south, just beyond Tindaya, where the road winds toward Puerto del Rosario, there is a monument to Unamuno at the foot of the Kemada Mountains. A writer, philosopher and professor at the University of Salamanca, Unamuno (1864-1936) was a staunch Republican. In 1924, during the reign of General Primo de Rivera, the professor was exiled to Fuerteventura. He spent six years there and often described the beauty of the island in his books. He called Fuerteventura “an oasis in the desert of civilization.
During his exile, Unamuno lived in Puerto del Rosario in a typical Canarian house on Via Virgen del Rosario. Today this is home to the Unamuno House Museum (open Mon-Fri 9:00-14:00, admission free) where you can get acquainted with the life and work of the writer.
Although there are no architectural sights in the capital, it is very pleasant to walk around the city. The embankment is beautifully restored and landscaped. There have been preserved several beautiful old houses. In local restaurants you will be offered inexpensive traditional dishes. In the city there are many interesting sculptures, which give it extra charm.
10 km south of Puerto del Rosario, behind the airport, is the cosmopolitan resort of Caleta de Fustes. The center of life is a beautiful horseshoe-shaped beach (the most popular sport is windsurfing) and an excellent yacht club. The yacht club has a corner where you can constantly see fish swimming by. There are quite a few water rides at your disposal. The circular fortress Castillo de Fustes, which gave its name to the resort, was built in the XVIII century to repel the attacks of English pirates.
Return to the main FV-20 road and head for Antigua. The architecture of this beautiful old town, founded by the first conquerors, combines Moorish and Spanish elements. The city is surrounded by old windmills, of which there are many on this windy island. One of these windmills, El Molino Centro (open: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00, entrance fee), has been restored and converted into an art gallery. There is also a center of crafts and a restaurant. The mill is surrounded by a beautiful garden of cacti.
Heading south you pass through the mirador de Morro Veloso, which offers a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and the faraway Atlantic. The road then takes you to Betancuria, the most beautiful and most visited town in Fuerteventura. Although there is almost never any water in the riverbed, the town is surprisingly green for such a deserted island. Because Betancuria is away from the coast, it was theoretically invulnerable to pirates. In the early fifteenth century the city became the first capital of the island. But in 1539 Berber pirates overcame the mountain range (even today it is very difficult to drive on it), captured the city and destroyed the cathedral.
The town is adorned by the church of Santa Maria, built at the beginning of the XVII century (open: Mon-Fri 11.00-17.00, Sat 11.00-15.00, admission is charged). The church is very beautiful. In its appearance there are elements of different architectural styles. Note the painted choir and decorative wooden ceiling. The gold and silver religious utensils are kept in the Museum of Religious Art. The 16th century farmhouse is home to the Casa Santa Maria restaurant, which serves local cuisine.
Take a walk through the town and admire the view from the bridge. Behind the bridge is a small restaurant and souvenir store. On the main street there are two interesting museums (both are open: Sun 10.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-14.00): one devoted to archeology, the other to traditional crafts. To the north of the town you will see the ruins of a Franciscan monastery, Ermita de San Diego de Alcalá, which is a pilgrimage center.
Just south of Betancuria is the pretty, neat little town of Pajara, whose shady square features the church of Virgen de la Regla with a very beautiful carved portal.
South of Fuerteventura
The main attraction in the south are the enormous sandy beaches of the Jandía Peninsula, which stretch from Matas Blancas in the narrowest part of Fuerteventura to Morro Jable. At the northern tip of Jandía stretches the magnificent beaches of the Costa Calma – the first urbanized emerged in Canadia del Rio. There are many hotels lined up along the coast, and many of them are quite beautiful. Low cliffs form cozy coves that alternate with long stretches of sand.
The beach of Playa de Sotavento is 28 km long. The beach is well known to windsurfing enthusiasts around the world. A large windsurfing school is located at the Melia Gorriones Hotel. The beach here is very wide and flat, well protected from strong winds. After the tide, it is still heavily saturated with water. An idyllic resting place is the dunes behind the beach and just south of it.
Residential complexes and apartments spread along the entire coast to Morro Jable, a modern port and resort. From here ferries go to Gran Canaria and Tenerife, and catamarans go out on boat trips along the coast.
Great beaches and cozy coves are closer to the southern tip of Fuerteventura, Playa de Juan Gomez and Playa de las Pilas, but you will need a four-wheel drive to get there. Only the brave (and those accustomed to jeep safaris) venture to the windy cape of Punta de Jandía and the secluded sandy beaches on the other side of the peninsula, Playa de Cofete and Playa de Barlovento. Wind and kite surfing on these beaches can only be done by the most experienced athletes. And ordinary tourists just bask in the sun – most often in the nude. Of the existence of the civilized world here is nothing to remind. Isn’t it supposed to be like a real vacation?
Fuerteventura has always been famous for its craftsmen. The clay is processed here according to the ancient technology. From the clay are made traditional vessels, such as tofio – special bowls for milk. Baskets, hats and brushes made of palm leaves are very popular.
Island of Fuerteventura (Spain, Canary Islands) – reviews
A long and hard docking of my last trip to the Canary Islands. With the flight cancellation, with the emergency of coming up with new connections instead of the cancelled ones. At some point it came to me that I was already confused about my own logistics, then I had to.
I did not expect such emotions.
Greetings everyone!:) We came to Fuerteventura by chance, it’s not by chance they say: God works in mysterious ways. At a tourist show in Moscow my husband won the lottery 4 days stay in a hotel 5 * (I have already written about it, Hotel Atlantis.
For lovers of surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing and just huge waves with deserted beaches.
Fuerteventura. little-known island to the Russians, so well known to everyone of the Canary Islands. To understand the scale of the elements that awaits you there, I want to start a review with these photos. I got there by chance, back in 2011.
Comfortable tourist island for a great time.
Not much change in weather and temperature, good tourist development, good transport ways, beautiful views, charming beaches.
Few attractions, heat (dangerous for the skin), few specialized businesses, stores, etc.
Fuerteventura is quite (at first sight) an unremarkable place among the Canary Islands. I got there with my parents, they were advised by an acquaintance; I was there only as a tourist and a bit keen on looking at property prices. Coming from.
In a tent on the ocean.
We accidentally discovered this place on our vast planet. Many have heard of Tenerife (one of the islands in the Canaries), but Fuerteventura is still just gaining popularity. The place where the wind blows all the time, around the ocean and serenity.
One can only breathe in the wind.
Quiet, beautiful, clean beaches, mild climate, year-round beach season, you can rent a car, not crowded.
When the window is wind and rain, there is no rays of sunshine, I always take out albums of photos and immediately look at me bright sunshine, clear sea-ocean, greenery and scenic views, which quietly crept up to me.
An island with beach dunes I haven’t seen yet, and I think you have too! (PHOTO)
I visited this island in the fall of 2019. The weather was great, hot, the only downside I can immediately name, because it is immediately noticeable (as soon as you first set foot on the island:)) – is the wind! the wind is incredible.
Good day and good humor to all! A few years ago, a friend and his family and I “went” to sunbathe on Fuerteventura Sun Island. This island is actually purely beachfront, but the locals drop off every year.
Depressing impression of the scenery of the island
We flew to the island in August in the daytime, when it was just the heat. We took a long ride in a big double-decker tourist bus across the deserted, black and gray island. For more than 2 hours we saw only 2 cars.
But the island is very interesting and not at all dull.
The third day on Lanzarote we dedicated to the trip to the island of Fuerteventura. Tickets for the ferry company Armas, we bought the day before at 23 euros per person (round trip), plus 23 euros for the car. It turned out in principle, budget. From Costa.
Paradise on the ocean.
So, I’ll start with a little introduction. The island of Fuerteventura is the second largest of all the Canary Islands – somewhere around 100 kilometers long and an average width of thirty (but not at the narrowest point.
A great vacation for anyone who wants a break from the noise of the cities
Fuerteventura, with an area of 1.700 square kilometers, is the second largest of the Canary Islands. With 300 days of sunshine a year, it is the ideal holiday destination for all sun and beach lovers.
Fuerteventura – Canary Islands – surf or family vacation
In April 2015, fate took me to one of the Canary Islands. I can’t say that I’ve always dreamed of flying to the Canary Islands, but, as it happened, in April it fell out on vacation, I wanted to fly to the sea, to.
It was a perfect place for surfing, fantastic volcanic landscapes, huge waves, ocean.
I got to this island I can say by chance, there was no specific purpose to visit this place. My acquaintance was going to a group to study surfing and the place of training was the island of Fuerteventura Spain. About surfing on the island, read my review.
A wonderful place to relax Russians from the Russians!
I visited this wonderful corner of the planet in April 2015. I will try to give a brief account of my impressions, though, from emotions me is bursting! In general, we (I and my young man) have arrived about 17:00 local time. Transfer is not.