Excursions in Fuerteventura

What to see in Fuerteventura

The best destinations selected by the Blog

Fuerteventura is not only an island for sea lovers. Of course, the long beaches that embrace the coast are all to see and enjoy, but for those looking for some particular route here are some excursions that we recommend to do to enjoy the hinterland too.

1. Isla de Lobos

So called because years ago still were present the Seals (Los Lobos), the islet, about ten kilometers from Corralejo, is reachable through the services of ferry and taxi offered by various operators in the area of the marina.

The characteristics of this small volcanic formation are different: The crystalline ocean, the unspoiled nature with the presence of flora and fauna, a small village of semi-desert fishermen to explore, some paths for those who love trekking and fabulous bays where Rest, including Playa La Concha.

The island also has a small restaurant, although the guided tours usually offer a cold table service on board the boats.

2. Path of Vallebron

Path with a high degree of difficulty, you will discover the wild nature composed by Flora (Hawthorn, Broom, Mata) and fauna (Guirre, Tarabilla) endemic to Fuerteventura, through sixteen kilometers of breathtaking walk for about five hours.

It develops through a path that runs along the mountain of Tindaya, a mystical and sacred place for the archaeology of the island, where some pedomorphic inscriptions have been found, conserved in the nearby museum of the country.

You then pass through the mountains of Enmedio and La Muda, until you reach the flat area of the island that houses the town of Tefia, with the hermitage of San Agustin (1714). We recommend suitable clothing and water supply.

3. Jandia’s Great Valley

A dirt road linking Morro Jable to the south with Jandia leads through the spectacular mountain pass to the red expanse of Cofete, one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. The trekking route, about 7 km. (Two and a half hours), it rises from Jandia north of the ravine bordered by local Flora (Cardone and Tabaiba) and crosses the inventories of an Aboriginal village.

From the mountain pass you descend towards Cofete: during the journey you can admire the spooky Winter House (built by an ex-Nazi who fled during the war), a small abandoned farmhouse and a strange cemetery immersed in the sands.

4. Northern Volcanoes

White Road practicable also by car, the path of the volcanoes between Corralejo, Lajares and El Cotillo leaves open-mouthed for the lunar and mystical landscapes, the marvellous views from the top of the island and the magnetic power induced by these ancient geological formations

Going up from Corralejo to the west, you get to Morro Francisco, the ancient volcano that towers over the village: A road that runs alongside it to the North allows you to reach the majestic crater of the Bayuyo volcano. Going up is easy and enchanting, also some nice wild squirrels (ardillas) will keep you company.

Continue on the road to the west, letting the eye collect other phenomenal mouths that have been extinguished for millennia on the left, to get to the volcano El Calderon, the phenomenal symbol of the island. A crater almost perfectly circular and deep, reachable with a climb of medium difficulty leading to an extraordinary Mirador.

5. Oasis Park and Botanical Garden

More than a hike is the tip for a fun outing. Oasis Park is close to Costa Calma and a zoo with free animals within a predefined perimeter. You will arrive proceeding towards Costa Calma, following the signposts.

Excellent opportunity for families but also for the curious, in fact the park hosts many species and can be for sure an opportunity to insured.

Not far away is also the Jardin Botanico of La Lajita, an immense expanse of native cactus species, visitable on foot or on the back of the magnificent dromedaries.

6. Cueva de Los Molinos

For almost the whole month of September you can make this spectacular excursion. Thanks to the tides of pine, present in this month, some submerged caves become practicable and you can inspect up to fifty meters.

The spectacle offered by the sandy bottom inside the natural cavity and absolutely unmissable.

7. Tour with the Desert Quads

There are many operators that offer this service. Generally for about 40/50 minutes they offer an adrenalin-pumping experience on the desert dunes of Parque di Corralejo or inside the island, with tours predefined by the guides.

Lately a law of safeguard of the Saharian dunes has prohibited the use of quads and Dune Buggy, which can still be used in neighboring areas for paths in any case very entertaining.

8. Morro Velosa and Betancuria

One of the most beautiful and interesting natural landscapes of Fuerteventura is the one offered by the Mirador of Morro Velosa.

It is located a few kilometers from the town of La Oliva and you get there quietly by car or with organized bus. From the top of the Mirador, if the day is clear, you can clearly see the coasts north West and north East, from El Cotillo to Caleta de Fuste. Morro Velosa offers a spacious dining area and a small permanent> Museum in the immediate vicinity you can also reach the statues of the two giants, the first kings of Fuerteventura.

From Morro Velosa you can descend on foot to Betancuria, the magical city from which everything began, founded in 1404 and repeatedly destroyed.

Reconstructed faithfully from 1650 about, is now one of the best preserved places in the history of the island.

9. La Oliva, Caldereta and Antigua

If you have rented a car, this little tour of the city can not be missed in your plan-holidays.

La Oliva is one of the most docile and clean cities of Fuerteventura: It has a beautiful church (Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria), a very spacious and welcoming square and an interesting historical implant, the Casa de Coroneles. The latter served as military support and was completely restored, while still there are ancient inventories of soldiers and servitu dwellings.

The road to Caldereta reserves some wonderful surprises: moving towards Puerto del Rosario from La Oliva, you will cross a valley with numerous telluric splits. It is worth soaking in these little canyons to admire the sky of Fuerteventura from the inside of its belly.

In Antigua you can walk through one of the most historic cities of the island, with palaces of good architectural value and lanes of great romance: one of the characteristics of the city are the large mills, situated just outside the town. You can visit the Museum of the Mill, where it explains in detail the exact use of these prodigious inventions.

10. Barranco de Las Penitas

Inside the natural park of Betancuria you can visit the ancient rock formation dating back millions of years ago, worked by the ocean and wind in an artistic way until you get a wave folded on itself. The natural monument, called Arco de las Penitas, is part of the massif of Betancuria, a vast rocky area formed millions of years ago under the ocean and subsequently emerged.

Las Penitas is a very hard rock concretion, suitable for climbing, with more than 30 different steps for climbers depending on the experience

To get to the Barranco del Las Peñitas you have to take the FV-621 direction Ajuy, and turn towards Buen Paso. Then take the FV-627, which leads directly to the esplanade of the land of Barranco, where you can park your car. After a few meters begins the path that leads to Las Peñitas.

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