Venture into the Unknown in Fuerteventura! Fuerteventura is the second largest Canary Island after Tenerife, and closest to Africa. Because Fuerteventura may not be the first island travelers think of when they think of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura remains somewhat of a hidden gem. Lucky for you, this article will give you the inside scoop on where to go and what to see in Fuerteventura!
With its large swaths of private beach surrounded by crystal blue waters, and charming villages dating back to the 1400s, nestled snug against valley walls, Fuerteventura has something for everyone.
Corralejo Sand Dunes
The Corralejo Sand Dunes are home to one of the top holiday vacation resorts on the island. Because of this, there are markeed roads and paths perfect for walking around and exploring. There are over 11km of clean white beaches, and for those that really want to get in touch with their natural side, the whole area is nudist- friendly (unless you start getting quite close to some of the hotels and resorts). Be careful if you decide to bare it all though, the sand can get a little rough on the skin. In addition to ofering travelers more than enough room to find a secluded place to relax and soak up some sun, Corralejo is also very popular with kitesurfers and windsurfers, so if you’re interested in practicing these sports while you’re in Fuereventura, this is the place to be!
Want to get out of the sun for a bit? Visit the small coastal town of Ajuy, located on the western coast of Fuerteventura. It is from this little village that you can follow some twisting coastal paths to a large array of caves. Pay close attention, and you might find some pirates! It is rumored here that these caves were a secret hideout for pirates that arrived on the island. A great place to get introduced to the sport of spelunking, and also get some stunning views of a black sandy beach, starkly contrasted against blue Atlantic waters. While you’re visiting, make sure to stop at one of the local village restaurants for some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever have.
Cofete and Balovento Beaches
If the Corralejo Sand Dunes aren’t fully satiating your need to get away fromo other people, try Cofete and Balovento Beaches! Located at the end of a twisted and rocky road from Morro Jable, the beaches are hidden far far away from the path of any typical Fuereventura tourist. Arriving at the end of the road, you’ll be greeted with over 10 km of white sand, and a feeling like you’re one of only a few people in this world aware of this solitary paradise. A quick note, swimming is discouraged here because of the unpredictable tide. If you decide to go swimming, be aware that there is no lifeguard on duty, and doing so will be at your own risk!
Scuba and Snorkeling
This one is a little more broad of a suggestion, but a suggestion of what to do while in Fuerteventura nonetheless! Scuba and snorkeling is an excellent way to get in the water, but in a completely different style. Equipped with your own breathing device and scuba gear, there are lots of experienced guides to help you out in the water and make sure you are well- prepared for your underwater adventures.
Rent a Car and Adventure on Your Own!
Lastly, what better way than renting a car to give you the true sense of freedom and option to explore the island on your own schedule? The island is a bit too big for just walking around on foot, so most tourists that aren’t visiting with a tour company opt to rent a car and keep it for the few days (or more!) that they are on the island. Don’t worry about the time, the day, or checking off boxes on your list of “Top Tourist Sights of Fuerteventura”. Just buckle in, and enjoy the ride!