Among the places to visit in Fuerteventura, you will find an interesting diversity of dream beaches and incredible natural landscapes, of which a large part are recognized as biosphere reserve or natural or cultural heritage of the island.
In this article of the Lopesan Group’s blog, we recommend places to visit in Fuerteventura to enjoy unforgettable holidays.
Let the adventure begin!
Fuerteventura is a Spanish island, which is located just 100 km off the northwest coast of Africa and is surrounded by the vast Atlantic Ocean. This gives Fuerteventura an African atmosphere with a mixture of European influence, making it one of the most popular tourist spots for travellers.
Together with Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura is one of the islands that receives most visitors in the Canary Islands and, also, where you can enjoy our accommodations to visit its heavenly beaches with the maximum comfort.
Apart from making water sports or sunbathing on the island’s paradisiacal beaches, there are also many interesting places where you will have several alternatives to enjoy the unique charms of the island.
That said, below we recommend some places to visit in Fuerteventura to make the most of your holiday:
At the north of the island is located the locality of Corralejo, where you can find the Natural Park of Corralejo. It has incredible dunes made of white sand and cristaline water.
In the old town of Corralejo you will find small stalls and restaurants, where you can taste the traditional local dishes. And just a few metres away you can see the Islet of Lobos, where a great variety of animal species live together. You can reach this islet by ferry.
A different environment to visit in Fuerteventura is the famous Popcorn Beach, where you can swim and spend your day surrounded by “popcorn”. Yes, popcorn! The peculiarity of this natural environment lies in the series of stone formations similar to popcorn.
Just ten minutes from Corralejo and the village of Majanicho you will find the Popcorn Beach. You won’t be able to take any of these peculiarly shaped stones with you, as they are protected, but you will be able to take photos and enjoy a fun day on the island.
If we are talking about beautiful places, in the west of Fuerteventura you can’t miss the old capital of the island until 1834, Betancuria. This was the first town in all the Canary Islands, founded in 1404 by the conqueror Jean de Béthencourt.
Betancuria undoubtedly represents an important part of the history and cultural heritage of Fuerteventura, which has one of the most beautiful historical centres of the whole island. Currently, only 800 inhabitants live here.
During your tour you can discover emblematic places to visit such as the Church of Santa María, the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, the Betancuria Rural Park, Las Peñitas and the viewpoints of Guise and Ayose.
On the FV-30 road that leads to the village of Betancuria, continuing on to Morro Velosa you will find the Guise y Ayose viewpoint, located in the so-called Corrales de Guise, between the Santa Inés Valley and the Betancuria Rural Park. It has become one of the obligatory stops for tourists who venture out to see the island.
You will be able to see one of the most beautiful views of the entire north of the island, but you will also have the opportunity to have your photo taken with the statues of the ancient kings of Jandía and Maxorata, which are more than 4 metres high. This geographical point has become a venue for various cultural and political events on the island.
If you are a nature lover, in the heart of Betancuria is located one of the most visited and photographed trails in Fuerteventura, the “Barranco de Las Peñitas”.
A gorge of vertical slopes that shelters the Ermita de Malpaso, the Arco de Las Peñitas (a natural enclave) and a native Canary Island palm grove. This route can be a somewhat demanding trail to walk, due to its length. Do you dare to do it?
Another of the places to visit on the west coast is the small fishing village of Ajuy in Fuerteventura, with a population of just 150 habitants, which is home to one of the most representative volcanic monuments on the island.
This town is home to one of the most representative volcanic monuments on the island, which you should not miss: the mysterious Ajuy Caves. Are you up for exploring them?
The trail through the Ajuy caves doesn’t take long and along the way you’ll be able to see all kinds of cliffs, fossilised sand dune formations, ancient marine gastropod fossils and igneous and volcanic oceanic sediments more than 100 million years old.
Before reaching the Ajuy caves, you’ll pass the 270-metre-long black sandy beach of Ajuy, where you can start the day with a refreshing dip!
Another place to visit in Fuerteventura is undoubtedly the magical Tindaya Mountain, which is located in the northwest of the island. Here you will find a great variety of engravings carved in stone up to 400 metres high, which show why it is considered a sacred area by the aborigines who inhabited this mythical mountain.
Before visiting Tindaya, you should know that it is protected as a Cultural Heritage of Fuerteventura. For this reason, it is forbidden to climb the mountain or to pick up and carry away its rocks. You can observe the grandeur of Tindaya from the viewpoint of Vallebrón.
The trekking route through the Barranco de los enamorados will delight you from start to finish. Its 6 km of unevenness and slopes with unique colours and shapes will leave you open-mouthed.
This geological jewel was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and for some years now it has been one of the most visited routes on the island of Fuerteventura (as the inhabitants of the Canary Islands call Fuerteventura). The easiest way to get there is through the village of Tindaya.
Can you imagine walking through volcanic plains? The protected landscape of Malpaís Grande is a geomorphological formation of black plains, created by the lava flows emitted long ago by the Caldera de Liria and Caldera de La Laguna.
The Malpaís Grande natural monument covers 3,245.3 hectares of craters, furnaces and volcanic tubes. It is part of the history and unique beauty that characterizes Fuerteventura. What’s more, once you get up there you will see one of the most spectacular views imaginable.
If we are talking about memorable views, we cannot exclude the sunsets that you can contemplate in El Cotillo, a small fishing village located in the extensive municipality of La Oliva.
You can spend a peaceful day strolling through its cobbled streets, strolling around its port, eating delicious seasonal fish and ending the day enjoying the sunset at the Tostón lighthouse.
There is no doubt that this is one of the many places you need to visit in Fuerteventura on your next holiday.
Among the secrets you can’t miss if you explore the island of Fuerteventura are the natural pools of Aguas Verdes, known by the locals as the Charco de Aguas Verdes.
To access this thousand-year-old volcanic formation, you must pass through Playa del Valle beach. On the right-hand side are some rocks; climb up them, and you will find the Charco de Aguas Verdes, where you can take a refreshing dip. Be careful, however, with the strong waves.
If you want to swim in another natural pool, we recommend a stop at Caleta de Fuste, also known as the Castle, due to the military fortification located on the site.
Caleta de Fuste is located in the tourist village of the same name, in the east of Fuerteventura. It is undoubtedly one of the best natural environments to enjoy with the family, as it has all kinds of facilities and services such as spaces to play football or beach volleyball, an ideal place to spend fun times in a group!
In addition to the coastal towns and beaches, we also recommend that you visit the capital of Fuerteventura: Puerto del Rosario. This city concentrates the main services and is where the nightlife and leisure offer for the local population of the island is mainly located. In addition, you will appreciate the friendliness that the inhabitants offer to the tourists who visit it.
Among the most interesting places to visit in the city are the Auditorio Insular de Fuerteventura and the Casa Museo de Unamuno, where activities and shows of cultural interest are often organized.
While in the north you will find Corralejo, in the south you can visit the village of Morro Jable. This village is one of the most recommended places to visit in Fuerteventura because of the beautiful white houses scattered around a golden sandy beach and turquoise sea.
The town of Morro Jable has a main avenue that is lined with busy shops and bars. In this picturesque village you can also take part in various daytime and evening leisure activities so that you won’t be bored for a second during your holiday.
On the Jandía Peninsula you will be able to appreciate one of the most beautiful landscapes of Fuerteventura. Jandía offers travellers the possibility of finding tranquillity on its white sandy beaches and letting themselves be carried away by the sound of the waves in turquoise waters.
Also, if you like to practice water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing, Jandía is one of the best alternatives to visit in Fuerteventura to enjoy these activities. You can also have lunch in some of its restaurants, where you will taste delicious typical dishes with marine ingredients, such as rice with seafood or grilled fish.
In addition to the abovementioned places to visit in Fuerteventura, we also recommend you visit other interesting places such as the Calderón Hondo and the Salt Museum: Salinas del Carmen.
In the former, you will find an alignment of inactive volcanoes, which are 50,000 years old. And in the Salt Museum, you will be able to appreciate the formation of salt foam and how this business boosted the island’s economy centuries ago.
And as we mentioned at the beginning, close to Corralejo is the Islote de Lobos, an excursion that you should not miss the opportunity to do. If you decide to leave the island to visit this natural beauty, you can go to the port of Corralejo and check the availability of ferry transfers.
Furthermore, if you are interested in art and history, we recommend you visit La Casa de los Coroneles, a former residence of colonels during the 18th century, located in the largest municipality on the island, La Oliva. It is also the venue for interesting art exhibitions.
There is no doubt that the diversity of the island of Fuerteventura is truly unique. Now that you know several alternatives to visit in Fuerteventura for an unforgettable holiday, all you need is good accommodation.
Remember that you can request information about accommodation in the hotels of the Lopesan Group, located in the south of the island, from where you can make your itinerary and make the most of what Fuerteventura has to offer.