What to visit in Fuerteventura, 19 must-visit places
Walking barefoot feeling the fine sand between your toes, taking a dip in the Atlantic, waiting for the best waves to surf, eating the freshest fish you have ever tried in front of the sea, or driving through charming towns and villages is what awaits in Fuerteventura.
This Canary Island never disappoints. Fuerteventura is a destination made for groups of friends looking for fun, families after peaceful places where their children can play and, also, those looking for a place to unwind and find themselves.
The best way to make the most of your holiday is by planning a stay with a little bit of everything. A short break on the island is a real treat. Visiting villages, doing day trips to natural spots and enjoying your free time by doing nothing; that is, sitting in front of the sea and enjoying its turquoise tones without thinking about the daily grind. Pay close attention because the following places and activities are those that we believe to be must-visits on a trip to Fuerteventura.
- Must-visit places in Fuerteventura
- Best beaches in Fuerteventura
- The most beautiful towns and villages in Fuerteventura
Must-visit places in Fuerteventura
Natural pools, astonishing caves, golden sand dunes, historical landmarks and even markets are some of the attractions that will please the most diverse array of people. Still having doubts over whether Fuerteventura is a simply perfect island?
If the idea of sailing gets you going, imagine what it would be like if your destination is considered a small paradise where you can go hiking, surfing or enjoy its quiet beaches away from the masses.
When visiting Lobos Island you should bear in mind that it is a protected area and a special permit is required from the Island Council of Fuerteventura. If you are going as part of an organised excursion, you won’t have to worry about a thing because the agency will take care of the permits and adhere to the maximum number of visitors (two daily slots, each with no more than 200 people).
Once on Lobos, don’t miss the beautiful La Concha beach or a walk up to La Caldera volcano (don’t forget to wear suitable footwear for rocky, uneven ground) and Punta Martiño lighthouse. There is a beach bar on Lobos but bringing your own picnic wouldn’t go amiss.
This small desert, situated in the municipality of La Oliva, is part of the Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park and is a great way to spend the day in touch with nature. Declared a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA), bird lovers will be able to keep themselves entertained trying to spot great bustards, Canarian houbaras, Eurasian stone-curlews and common kestrels.
The white sand of Corralejo dunes contrasts beautifully with the turquoise blue of the sea and makes for a perfect backdrop to help you feel at one with nature. Spanning 2.5 kilometres in length and 10 kilometres in width, the park has beaches for all tastes including nudist beaches, beaches suitable for water sports (surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing) and games, etc. The most family-friendly beaches are situated in the north. If you are travelling with children, take note of El Pozo, El Viejo and Bajo Negro, which all have very calm water for swimming. The wildest beaches are in the south, such as El Burro beach, where the International Kite Festival is held, and El Moro beach.
Known as the magical mountain of Fuerteventura, Tindaya rises majestically in the north of the island, in the municipality of La Oliva. With a pyramid-like shape and eroded profile, it continues to intrigue visitors due to the archaeological heritage found on it. Standing at a height of just 225 metres and 400 metres above sea level, Tindaya is not particularly tall.
There are various marked hiking routes that lead to the mountainside and run through this Natural Mountain Area of National Interest, also declared a Natural Monument and given protected status as a Biosphere Reserve. Visiting as part of a guided tour is advisable so you can find out about the area’s flora and fauna.
When on an excursion to Tindaya, the best thing to do is head to the village of the same name, which has a population of under 1,000, and take the opportunity to see the Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad, declared a Cultural Interest Site. The restaurants Los Podomorfos and Casa Vieja are good places to recharge your batteries after a hike.
At the most southerly point of Fuerteventura lies the Jandía peninsula, a beautiful natural area that is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Fuerteventura. The peninsula is connected to the island by the isthmus of La Pared and is home to Jandía Natural Park, which has areas of desert, lagoons and beaches.
It is said that a long time ago the peninsula was an island that became connected to Fuerteventura due to a volcanic eruption. In addition to its natural attractions, don’t miss beaches such as Sotavento, Morro Jable, Cofete, Costa Calma, Punta Jandía lighthouse and villages such as Pájara, which is very close by.
This is one of the most unusual places you can visit in Fuerteventura, since its history remains shrouded in mysteries that have yet to be unravelled. Villa Winter is the name given to a house built in the 1940s in an arid, isolated setting. Some of the legends related to the building include one linked to the Nazi regime, an idea fuelled by the novel Fuerteventura, by the writer Alberto Vázquez Figueroa. Although no reliable data exists, the fact that it was the German engineer Gustav Winter who had it built, and that he was arrested by the British secret services, has contributed to the legend.
You can visit the villa, situated halfway between Jandía peninsula and Cofete beach, and walk through its large rooms set across two levels in a U-shaped formation and a watchtower.
Piscinas naturales de Aguas Verdes
Visiting the natural pools of Aguas Verdes, in Betancuria, is one of the essential things to do on a holiday to the beautiful island of Fuerteventura. All you need to do is pack a small picnic, as there are no restaurants or bars where you can eat, and some water shoes so you don’t hurt yourself on the sharp rocks.
The area is an ideal place to relax, since it is not usually very crowded, where you will find six kilometres of natural pools, which fill up due to the force of the sea, meaning the water is constantly refreshed. Moreover, thanks to its green, crystalline waters, you can take some magnificent photographs.
The geological and palaeontological importance of the Ajuy caves places them among the world’s 150 sites of primary geological interest, so it is advisable to set aside a morning or afternoon in Fuerteventura to visit them. The sheer size of the caves and their unusual interior formations are what are most impressive when visiting. Declared a Natural Monument, they span a surface area of almost 32 hectares.
The caves, forged by lava flows along the cliffs, were also the backdrop for pirate dealings. Reaching them is very easy: just head to the village of Ajuy, eight kilometres from the town of Pájara. From the village’s lovely beach there is a 500-metre-long path that leads directly to the caves. Take same warm clothing, because it is cold inside, as well as closed shoes.
Visiting the markets in Fuerteventura when on holiday is something that is enjoyed more and more, and on the island you will find something for all tastes. They are the perfect place to buy crafts, find souvenirs to take home, and buy food directly from producers. Below are some of our recommendations:
- Corralejo markets. This town has three options to consider including a traditional Canarian market in the Campanario Shopping Centre, another in the Acua Water Park and one, with a hippy feel, at Paseos del Arte.
- Lajares market. An open-air market with lots of handicrafts.
- Puerto del Rosario markets. The organic produce at the Biosphere farmers’ market and the handicrafts at La Vega de Tetir market are a must in the capital of Fuerteventura.
- La Caleta de Fuste market. There are two markets in this town, one selling crafts on the town square, and one by the bus stop, which sells a little bit of everything.
- Costa Calma market. Excellent leather goods are available at its African market, which opens on Wednesdays and Sundays.
- Morro Jable market. Imitation products and handicrafts every Monday and Thursday in the Cosmo shopping centre.
- La Lajita market. Here you will find a farmers’ market, a craft market and a food market.
In Fuerteventura markets you will find all the information about opening hours and locations.
The best beaches in Fuerteventura
Magnificent beaches for all tastes await in Fuerteventura. Below we have selected some of our favourites.
The pretty Cofete beach, situated in the west of the Jandía peninsula, is one of the most recommended beaches in Fuerteventura. As it is located in a somewhat inaccessible area, far from any built-up areas, it has managed to maintain its calm, relaxing atmosphere. The beach can only be reached by four-wheel drives, as the only access routes consist of forest tracks.
Our recommendation is to set aside a day, or at least half a day, to do an excursion and enjoy its 12 kilometres of sand, next to Jandía Natural Park. The day out can be rounded off with a visit to Villa Winter, the small village of Cofete or Cofete cemetery.
This is one of the prettiest, most unspoilt beaches on the island that is on a par with the transparent waters of the Caribbean. Situated on Jandía Peninsula, close to Pájara, Sotavento beach is perfect for spending a day out by the sea, doing water sports and fishing. The beach has hosted numerous surfing competitions, since it has perfect conditions for the sport. The best place to see the coastline, which is divided into La Barca, Risco del Paso, Mirador, Malnombre and Los Canarios, is the Sotavento viewpoint.
El Matorral beach
This beach located in the town of Morro Jable (Pájara) is one of the most touristy beaches in Fuerteventura. Along its three kilometres of fine sand there is room for everything, including relaxing and enjoying the beach bar atmosphere, the areas with sun loungers and the range of water sports on offer.
Although it is true that El Matorral beach is often very crowded, the way in which beachgoers are distributed along it means it is not overwhelming. The water here is very calm, which also makes it a great option for families. Don’t forget to take a stroll to Jandía lighthouse, which is situated more or less in the centre.
La Concha beach
The beautiful La Concha beach, which takes its name from its shape (concha is Spanish for shell), is situated in the north-west of Fuerteventura, alongside the town of El Cotillo. With calm, turquoise waters, it is a great beach to spend a lovely day out, with the added benefit of being close to town so you can combine swimming with a meal at a good restaurant. It also has lifeguards and a car park very close by.
When the wind blows hard, you can use the corralitos (small stone walls) that locals have built on the sand to provide protection against gusts.
Other notable beaches
Those who love long days at the beach and water sports are in luck, because the best beaches in Fuerteventura are around every corner. In addition to the aforementioned Cofete, Sotavento, El Matorral and La Concha beaches, there are also other magnificent beaches both in the north and south of the island. In the south, the beaches in and around the Jandía peninsula are particularly notable. In the municipality of Pájara, recommended beaches include the beaches of Costa Calma, with its palm-fringed coastline, and the lovely Esmeralda beach, which is sheltered from the wind with beautiful turquoise waters.
In the north, large dunes alternate with beautiful strips of white sand. One of the most exceptional places is the Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park. Finally, other beaches worth a mention include Gran Tarajal, in Tuineje, and Blanca beach, in Puerto del Rosario.
The most beautiful towns and villages in Fuerteventura
Travelling around Fuerteventura by car is a pleasure that holds some lovely surprises, especially when picturesque villages emerge in the distance in the midst of unusual landscapes and spectacular beaches. Stopping at all of them is not necessary, but it is worth knowing that the following are some of the most highly recommended.
Puerto del Rosario
The capital of Fuerteventura is a lovely town that bids you to stroll around, home to the island’s administrative services and cultural offerings. In addition to offering excellent hotels and restaurants, of course. Some places to visit in Puerto del Rosario include the Unamuno house museum, where the writer spent part of his exile, La Alcogida ecomuseum and the Juan Ismael art centre.
If you’re staying in the capital, you will also have good beaches nearby where, in addition to sunbathing, you can do sports such as kitesurfing and surfing.
Set in beautiful surroundings, the old fishing town of Corralejo encapsulates an urban way of life like few others. There is no shortage of shopping centres, good restaurants and boats in the marina. In the evening it is a pleasure to stroll through the old town while fish is grilled and the streets are filled with people after a good time.
If you would like to travel to Lobos Island, this is where you will need to go.
The town of Morro Jable, located in the south of the Jandía peninsula, is one of the main tourist resorts in Fuerteventura, although it was originally a small fishing village. Belonging to the municipality of Pájar, it has a population of just over 8,000. Activities that can be enjoyed in Morro Jable are divided into those related to the natural world and the urban world. If you are a nature lover, be sure to visit Jandía Natural Park, discover its incredible beaches and explore the municipality by bike. You will no doubt love El Matorral beach, with its pretty lighthouse, and Cofete beach, so be sure to note them down among the area’s must-visit places.
In the afternoon and evening, stroll through the old town of Morro Jable to discover its many shops and excellent restaurants. Fun is guaranteed.
El Cotillo is a small town in the municipality of La Oliva, which encapsulates the good life in Fuerteventura. In other words, it has a bit of everything, including an old town, a wide range of restaurants and some exceptional beaches. The best places to visit before setting off to enjoy the crystalline waters of Piedra Playa or Caleta del Marrajo, are El Tostón castle, which dates from the fourteenth century and was used as defence against possible pirate attacks. El Tostón lighthouse, which today houses the Traditional Fishing Museum, is not to be missed either.
As you can guess from its name, in Costa Calma relaxation is guaranteed for those looking to unwind. There are also other fun options, however, such as Oasis Park Fuerteventura, a park centred on the protection of wildlife, offering shows and numerous activities. Those looking for beaches will find what they are looking for on the beaches of Costa Calma and Esmeralda. What’s more, Jandía Natural Park is just a stone’s throw away.
This town is a favourite among those travelling with their families. Belonging to the municipality of Antigua, it stands out for its comfortable beaches with gentle waves and a good range of shopping and leisure activities. In Caleta de Fuste you won’t miss a thing, as you can make plans to see the latest films at the cinema, spend the morning at a shopping centre or take an afternoon stroll along the marina. Those looking for fun will also find lively pubs and nightclubs.
And, of course, you can spend the day at the beach or doing water sports. What more could you ask for?
Practical tips for your trip to Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura has the gift of offering so many different sides that it is always good to have some practical tips to help you put things into context and make the most of your time. If you visit the island on different occasions in the company of different people, you will realise that your perception of the place changes. For this reason we have put together some recommendations whether you are travelling alone, with family, with friends or as a couple.
If you are travelling alone and you like sport, it could be the perfect opportunity to try your hand at water sports such as kitesurfing or windsurfing. There are dozens of academies where you can sign up for classes that will provide you with all the necessary equipment. You will also be able to meet other holidaymakers from all around the world, who also enjoy doing sport and are eager to have a good time. Routes through national parks of course come just as highly recommended.
If you are travelling with your family to Fuerteventura, however, your plan should be more relaxed with plenty of free time so the little ones can take it easy in each place. In Fuerteventura you will find beaches that are perfect to visit with children, with calm waters and very fine sand so they can play comfortably. You can also do a route taking in the island’s towns and villages and natural areas. Hotels also offer a wide range of entertainment options for kids.
There is also no shortage of options if you are travelling as a couple or with friends. As well as enjoying the beaches, diving, and routes through charming towns and villages, making an excursion to Lobos Island is also highly recommended. You can get to this small paradise by boat in just a few minutes. Don’t forget to visit the handicraft markets or sample some seafood a few metres from the shore at one of the island’s beach bars.
And one last tip: leave all your stress at home. The Canarian character combined with the pleasant temperatures, the excellent gastronomy and the beauty of the place can do miracles to lift your spirits.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best time to visit Fuerteventura?
Fuerteventura is known as the island of eternal spring, and it is no exaggeration because its temperatures range between 15 and 25 degrees throughout the year. Therefore, any time would be ideal to visit. The months of April and October are the best for sunbathing and spending the day at the beach, while in May and August the wind is more intense, being a very good option if you like to practice sports such as surfing or windsurfing.
What is the best way to travel to Fuerteventura?
The best way is by plane. There are direct flights from the mainland but also from other islands such as Tenerife, Gran Canaria or La Palma. In the Canary Islands you can also use the boat to move between islands, it only takes 30 minutes from Lanzarote.
What can't I miss in Fuerteventura?
The main attraction of Fuerteventura is that it offers a wide variety of landscapes and activities for the traveler. Some essential places are the Natural Park of Corralejo, with its beautiful dunes, the beaches of El Cotillo and Cofete, and the sacred mountain of Tindaya.
What are the most beautiful villages of Fuerteventura?
Puerto del Rosario, Corralejo, Morro Jable or El Cotillo are among the most charming of the island, but you can also get lost and marvel at Cosa Calma or Caleta Fuste.