Fuerteventura is one of the largest in the Canary Islands and a quite diverse and special island to explore. It is one of those islands that has a little bit of everything and such a varied landscape that is amazing for a vacation trip. This is exactly why I wanted to share some of my favorite and best activities in Fuerteventura after our trip.
Well, just like the other islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote; Fuerteventura is a real gem, but is sometimes overlooked that it is not “off the grid” enough for certain travelers. However, in my opinion it is completely irrelevant as there are so many breathtaking and interesting things to do in Fuerteventura.
I don’t think it’s fair to judge a destination just because it has good transport links (to the rest of Europe) and is very popular with sun seekers. Fuerteventura is beautiful and has a natural beauty that is worth exploring in the Canary Islands.
With this in mind, on your next trip, I wanted to introduce some of my favorite and best activities in Fuerteventura. It is really a beautiful island. Have fun!
1.) Barranco De Los Enamorados
Okay, if you want to spend some time off the coast and on your own, a visit to Barranco De Los Enamorados is the place to go. It’s not the most famous (or most visited) place, but it’s just one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura if you love hidden gems.
Now it can be quite difficult to find something on your own, especially since it is not the most obvious place to visit. This is the place where it makes most sense to work with a local or guide organized from your accommodation. Besides that Patricia (an Airbnb guide) offers customized tours that they take if you want to book before your arrival.
You need a car to get here. So make sure that everything is organized before booking a tour. You should also always wear good shoes. Walking / hiking is relatively easy, but there are no flip-flop conditions yet.
2.) Playa del Matorral
Playa del Matorral is on the coast of Morro del Jable and has a stunning beach and nature reserve that is worth a visit if you want to spend a day in the surf.
Now a good thing (if you are like me and get fidgety if you are lying on the beach) is that there are a lot of paths that lead through the nature reserve and to the lighthouse.
One thing to remember as clothing is optional on some beaches on Fuerteventura. This is especially true if you are to the left of the beach. naughty!
Don’t worry, you don’t have to undress if you don’t want to. There are plenty of umbrellas to rent on the beach and places to sip cocktails to relax and enjoy the well-deserved chillout time.
After a day at the beach, head to downtown Morro Jable for a bite to eat. If you fancy something to eat, have a look La Bodega de Jandia for some traditional tapas and delicious Iberian ham. However, book early if you are arriving at peak times.
3.) Corralejo Natural Park
Now it is said that the best sand dunes of all the Canary Islands are in the Corralejo Natural Park on Fuerteventura. That’s a great statement, but after spending some time in the park myself, I can absolutely understand why.
Exploring the dunes on the northeast coast of the island is one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura if you want to see a completely different landscape.
It is also really easy to visit if you live in the city of Corralejo yourself.
Just make sure you have enough sun protection factor and some water with you. Once you’re in the dunes, this thirst is real!
4.) Playa de Cofete
Nowadays, it is often assumed that Playa de Cofete is one of the best beaches in all the Canary Islands and a place that you should not miss when visiting Fuerteventura.
With its pristine and dramatic coastline, it is easily one of the most beautiful places to see on the island. Although the sea can be quite wild here, it is still worth exploring, especially in one day.
Although warned, the roads aren’t the best way to get here, and getting into a rental car can be difficult. It’s out of the question, but it’s something that isn’t particularly advisable. If you can, join one of Morro Jable’s 4X4 tours.
5.) Calderon Hondo
You can easily go to Calderon Hondo alone, but if you prefer, you can hire a guide from most cities. If you choose to go it alone, there are two important ways to go. At the fork in the road, you can see an easier route that is fairly well established. But you can also take the somewhat harder route.
Personally, I would recommend the tourist route, which takes about 2 hours if you walk leisurely. The crater is totally beautiful to see and it’s worth it if you want to see a completely different side of Fuerteventura.
6.) Las Playitas
Though Las Playitas is a relatively small place, it is a great little stop if you are driving along the east coast. Now it’s not the kind of place you will spend half a day in, but it’s a great place to stretch your legs by the sea and have a bite to eat at the Las Playas restaurant.
As I said, a small and beautiful little pit stop, but not necessarily in a place where you would go out of your way.
7.) Mirador Sicasumbre
Probably one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura if you are on the country road (FV-605). It is a beautiful vantage point that is definitely worth stopping for as you drive across the island.
From the Sicasumbre viewpoint you can see the whole island, especially on clear days! Still, one of the best times to come here is in the dark to see the sky and planets without light pollution. After all, it is one of the best places in this region to see it so clearly. Frankly it’s so impressive and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many stars!
Betancuria is probably one of the most beautiful small towns on Fuerteventura and a great place to explore the western edges of the island. Now there may be less than a thousand people living here, but it has a nice charm and character that makes it a great little stopover.
Take a short stroll through the cobbled streets, see the main square and immerse yourself in the church. It’s great for a couple of hours and a perfect little break for lunch with the cafes and small restaurants.
Also, don’t forget to try Majorero cheese from one of the cheese houses when you’re here. It is made from Canarian goats, is absolutely delicious and makes Betancuria one of the cheesiest places on Fuerteventura! 😉
We stopped Finca Pepe It’s only a few minutes from the cobbled streets of Betancuria and it was delicious! You make the cheese (usually in the morning) and you can sometimes see this process as well.
Read more: Explore Betancuria
9.) Fuerteventura windmills
If you are traveling in Fuerteventura, you will probably come across at least one windmill. The best known is in La Olivia, Antigua and Tefia.
Now the La Olivia windmill is fairly easy to find, but you can also go inside the windmill Antiqua windmill to see the inside of a centuries-old property.
10.) Morro Velosa statues
Just a few kilometers from Mirador Las Peñitas, the statues of Morro Velosa Fuerteventura overlook and are the ancient kings of the island. They were created by Emiliano Hernandez and are simply stunning when you drive through this area or look a little at the stars in the evening (which we did too).
Read more: Stargazing at the statues of Morro Velosa
11.) Lobos Island
Lobos Island is located just off the coast of Fuerteventura and is a stunning place for a half (or full) day trip. The mostly uninhabited island has a few small houses and a totally rustic charm that is beautiful to see. You can also board a catamaran to take the trip and coordinate with snorkeling and time at sea.
That’s exactly what we did and we really enjoyed it.
It was so beautiful and cold and the sea was beautiful too. To be honest, it’s one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura if you want to venture beyond the island.
Read more: Explore Lobos Island
12.) Playa del Castillo
Playa del Castillo is not far from El Cotillo and is a breathtaking and quite dramatic beach that you can explore on the west coast of Fuerteventura. Now the beach is beautiful and a great place to surf. However, it can be a little bit restless, so always be careful.
For me, the biggest thing I loved about Playa del Castillo is the breathtaking sunset that you get from the cliffs. exactly here,
13.) Discover the other Canary Islands
As I’ve probably mentioned many times before; There is a lot of variety between the Canary Islands. This makes the archipelago a great place for island hopping, especially as they are connected by boats and air travel.
Take a look at some of the other breathtaking islands; Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria to discover.
24 things to see and do in the Canary Islands
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