There are many good reasons why you should visit Fuerteventura, one of Spain‘s Canary Islands. For instance, some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches can be found here – beaches that you ought to visit are those in the southern part of Corralejo. The island itself is a just a hundred kilometers from Africa’s coast. It has an epic eleven kilometer of white dunes in Parque Natural de Corralejo. It constantly changes its shape as the wind blows across it. If you ever find yourself in the dunes on a windy day, don’t worry. There are windbreak shelters built by the locals where they used the volcanic stones found in the islands. Sounds exciting? Let’s take a look at some of the other things to do in Fuerteventura.
Relaxing in a Resort
Fuerteventura is not just your typical holiday resort in Spain. There, you’ll find waterfront bars where you can enjoy your drinks as you relax. There are also plenty of local restaurants where you can taste different kinds of traditional cuisine. You can also visit old fishing towns such as Morro Jable. In Corralejo, it is a working town filled with holiday spots. It attracts a wide array of visitors. In Caleta de Fuste, they have high-end restaurants as well as fancy shops. Many of its visitors even arrive in their own yachts.
Get to Know the Way of Life in Betancuria
In Fuerteventura’s more interior villages is a way of life that is more laidback. The beaches are so white. There are stone houses with tiled roofs and trims from volcanic stones. The palm trees are inviting, and the mountain views are fascinating. Make time to visit Betancuria while you’re on the island. It is rich in history, being the capital up until 1834. Learn more about the place in the Betancuria Archaeological Museum and the Artisans Museum. Also, try to visit the Baroque altar of the Iglesia de Santa Maria. It is a church from the 17th Century.
Eat All the Seafood You Want in El Cotillo
The fishing fleet of Fuerteventura is always serving up some exotic surprises straight out of the sea. There are limpets as well as parrotfish that are so meaty. Make sure to try the black limpets. They may not look as appetizing as the orange limpets, but you’ll find that they are much tastier.
In Corralejo, there are a variety of restaurants just at the seafront. But you will experience something different in El Cotillo. There is a French-owned restaurant called La Vaca Azul. They prepare dishes from their fish of the day. Try those! They also have the best-grilled octopus in the Canary Islands.
Be Amazed by the Volcanic Landscape
The Canary Islands are made up of volcanic landscapes. While you’re in Fuerteventura, you can hike along the natural wonders. On the northeast side is the Montana de Tindaya. It is the Canary Islands’ oldest mountain. The mountain is also sacred to the Majorero people, the indigenous peoples of the island. While you may not be allowed to go up the mountain, you can still take photos of it while on your way to La Olivia village.
There are also routes that can take you to Corralejo’s lava crates. Walking from Lajares to Corralejo will take you four hours. You can park your car by the Camel Center. Don’t forget to wear your favorite hat and sunglasses because there won’t be a lot of shade.
Take a Trip to the Colonel’s House
In La Olivia, you will see a glorious 18th Century hacienda. It is the former residence of the military officials of the island. In it are exhibits of Fuerteventura’s history as well as the powerful families who once took up residence in the hacienda. You can walk to the hacienda from the La Olivia village. While you’re there, try to go to Centro de Arte Canario as well. It is an art gallery featuring the many Canarian artists such as Cesar Manrique. He is known for his architecture and lava art found in Lanzarote, a neighboring town.
Fuerteventura is a favorite among many surfers, kiteboarders, and windsurfers. The more popular spot is in the Corralejo dunes, but if you want somewhere less crowded, you can go to El Cotillo where there are wild beaches. You can catch great waves there. Another place away from the more touristy track is the Playa de Esquinzo. It is about six kilometers from Cotillo.
Indulge in Goat’s Cheese
You may find it rather interesting that there are more goats in Fuerteventura than there are people. It’s a good thing because the town is able to produce very delicious Majorero cheese. It is praised by food lovers around the globe, and it has even been awarded a protected status to make sure that you only buy the real deal. There are several farmsteads outside of the resorts that sell their goat’s cheese. To best experience the goat’s cheese, have it grilled and add some Canarian palm honey. It will be heavenly!
Try Going Naked
Fuerteventura is a destination for nudists. If you enjoy an overall tan, you’re in the right spot. In Morro Jable which is a part of the Jandia resort is a very nudist-friendly location. Even in the Corralejo dunes, there are places where you can get naked. But before you do, check the place first. You’ll always know if you’re in the right spot if there are other people doing the same thing.
These are among the most fun things to do while you’re in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. Now that you know the many activities you can do while there, the next thing you ought to do is to book a ticket to get to the place already! The island is waiting for you. It’s a place that you really should visit at least once in your life. But once you’ve experienced the place, you’re sure to want to go back again and again. Fuerteventura will give you so many memories to cherish for a whole lifetime. To make things more fun, tag your family and friends along!