Fuerteventura, Lava and Sand Island
The volcanoes of Corralejo and El Cotillo
From a geological point of view, Fuerteventura is considered the oldest of the Canary Islands. Its strange form was created by a series of volcanic eruptions, many thousands of years ago.
From north to south, the whole territory is dotted with extinct volcanoes, some really huge: among the most visitable are the volcanoes of the north, between the towns of Corralejo and El Cotillo.
Corralejo stretches west to the foothills of Morro Francisco, an ancient hemicycle-shaped volcano, very easy to explore (Although we always recommend suitable boots and water reserve). In just under an hour you can reach the top and admire the mouth of the volcano from above, studded with “drawings” made by explorers and tourists moving the stones of the bottom. There is no surveillance, so we recommend maximum attention both in the ascent and downhill.
On the right side of Morro Francisco a small dirt road (easily walkable) leads to a few hundred metres from the Bayuyo volcano and the final destination, the Calderón Hondo. For the latter, getting to the top is quite easy: you continue walking on stone paths until the climb, tiring only in the last fifty meters, a little more steep.
The show from the top is absolutely magical. The mouth of the Calderón Hondo, as deduced from the name, is almost entirely circular and profound. There is an incredible magnetism, an almost mystical natural force.
These volcanoes were formed about 50,000 years ago, extending the form of Fuerteventura to the north and creating the Isla De Lobos: From the top of the small “Mirador”, at 278 meters above sea level (possibly skirting the mouth of the volcano very carefully) you can observe at 360 degrees the surroundings, with the series of volcanoes to the southwest, the park of the dunes to the east and with El Cotillo, Majanicho (west) and the coast of Lanzarote to the north.
But certainly one of the largest and best preserved among the natural landscapes of the island of Fuerteventura is undoubtedly the volcano of Caldera de Gairía: It is located in the center of the island, near the village of Tiscamanita.
You can visit the volcano from August to March (the other months the area is inaccessible because here it nests a protected species), and to climb you take the path that starts from Casillas de Morales (right in Tiscamanita), always following the left accompanying the Shape of the mountain.
For excursions You can use the car and leave it near the slopes of the volcanoes.