Things to do in Fuerteventura, Spain - 4-day itinerary
Only 100km off the coast of Africa, Fuerteventura is a stunning
Canary Island renowned for its paradisical beaches. Being close to
Africa means the weather is much warmer here, with an estimated 3,000
hours of sunshine all year round. You could spend all day by the beach,
but there’s much more to see, from charming villages to iconic
viewpoints overlooking mountain valleys ideal for stargazing.
four-day itinerary will show you the best things to do in Fuerteventura.
We will take you from the coast to the mountains and all the way in
We’re beginning our journey on the west side of the island. It’s around
here that you’ll find the Jandía Peninsula, renowned for its pristine
beaches. At Playa de Sotavento, you’ll have plenty of space for a walk.
During high tide, a large lagoon emerges here, attracting many kite
surfers. Playa de la Barca, Playa Risco del Paso and Playa de Mal Nombre
are other great beaches on this stretch.
Continue along the coast until you reach Playa del Matorral, a beach
and nature reserve near the town of Morro Jable. Most people head here
to surf or to follow one of the surrounding nature trails. These pass
through the reserve and the nearby lighthouse. Like many beaches in
Fuerteventura, Matorral also has a naturist section, mainly on the left
side. Backing the beach is a series of bars where you can unwind with a
The town of Morro Jable itself is also worth a visit. What started as a
small fishing village is now one of the most touristy places on the
island, home to over 8,000 people. Beyond the beach, this is the perfect
starting point for a bike tour or a visit to the Jandía Natural Park.
The town comes alive at night when all the bars fill up.
From Morro Jable, slowly make your way down to the Faro de Punta Jandía.
The concrete road eventually turns into a dirt road as you get closer
to the edge of the peninsula. It is one of the most scenic rides on the
island, with views of both the sea and the black volcanic mountains. At
the end of the road, you'll find a lighthouse and a viewpoint where you
can watch the waves crash into the cliffs.
Afternoon: Playa de Los Ojos and Faro Punta Pesebre
Back on the road, head to the nearby village of Puerto de la Cruz. Enjoy
a swim at Playa el Puertito or continue to the hidden cove of Playa de
Los Ojos further up. Then drive off to Punta Pesebre to visit another
Our next stop is the Mirador de Cofete. To get there, you should follow
the road back to Faro de Punta Jandía and turn left towards the
mountains. Standing at the top, you’ll have one of the most incredible
views of the whole island. If you want, you can continue the journey
down to Playa de Cofete. However, we recommend taking a jeep or booking a
tour to cover this stretch as the road is in poorer condition. The
challenging access means that the 12km beach is never too crowded, and
you may have the beach all to yourself. Note that the currents can be a
bit strong here, so be careful if you’re going for a swim.
Within Playa de Cofete, you’ll find a striking 20th-century house known
as Villa Winter. Erected in the 1940s, this remote settlement has often
been connected with the Nazis. Legend says the villa was used as a
meeting point for supplying a German submarine fleet during World War
off to explore the island’s interior, starting at Tarajalejo. This
picturesque village doesn’t receive many visitors, meaning it’s often
pretty quiet. It is a perfect place to stay on the island if you want to
escape the crowds but still enjoy access to restaurants and bars. Its
central location makes it the ideal base to explore the island from
north to south.
Heading east, you’ll soon
reach the town of Las Playitas. Further down the coast is a lighthouse
called Faro de la Entallada. From here, you can enjoy beautiful views of
the east side, filled with impressive cliffs and mountains. This is
also a perfect place to watch the sunrise.
your journey to Pozo Negro, a small fishing village with whitewashed
houses and a large pebble beach. Once a thriving port town, now you can
only spot a few fishermen hanging around the colourful boats. After
wandering through town, settle down with a coffee at one of the local
cafés overlooking the sea.
is one of the oldest settlements in Fuerteventura, being the island's
capital until 1834. Founded in the 15th century by Jean de Béthencourt,
it is renowned for its historical attractions. Start by visiting the
Santa María church, then head to the Betancuria Archaeological Museum,
where you can learn more about the ancient inhabitants of Fuerteventura,
known as the majos. Finally, head up to the Morro Velosa viewpoint to
take in the lush mountainous landscape.
the FV-30 to the end, and you’ll reach the small village of Pájara. Take
your time wandering around the traditional houses before venturing
inside the Iglesia de la Virgen de la Regla. The church features Baroque
altars and stunning porticoes with Aztec elements, influenced by the
architects' travels through South America.
small detour to the coastal village of Ajuy, and unwind by the beach.
On the north side, there is a trail that leads you to the Cuevas Negras.
These caves were formed millions of years ago by lava flows, making
them one of the most important geological formations on the island. The
site covers nearly 32 hectares, so there’s plenty to capture.
Although La Pared is
a beautiful place to end your day, we recommend heading to Mirador
Astronómico de Sicasumbre for the night. Located 300 metres above sea
level, it is an ideal spot for stargazing. There are information panels
dotted around, which explain the different constellations you can see.
Make sure to bring an extra layer, as it can get pretty cold up here.
El Cotillo is a
small town on the west coast of Fuerteventura. It has an old town full
of history and incredible beaches resembling the Caribbean with its
white sand and crystal clear waters. These include Caleta del Marrajo,
Playa de Los Lagos and Playa de la Concha. Other beaches like Piedra
Playa or Playa del Águila are more popular among surfers. Another place
worth visiting is the El Tostón Castle, a 14th-century fortress used to
defend the town against pirate attacks.
near El Cotillo, you’ll find the impressive Faro del Tostón, a remote
lighthouse which now houses a traditional fishing museum. The beaches
around this area often have fewer crowds, like the Playa de Los Charcos.
in the heart of the island is Tindaya Mountain, a place that is said to
have magical properties. According to a legend, sick people would head
to the mountain and return cured. The best place to take in this natural
landscape is from the Mirador de Vallebrón.
your day with a visit to the quiet fishing village of Los Molinos. Take a
wander through its narrow streets lined with whitewashed houses. Then
head to a bar and enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the sea.
spending our last day exploring the northernmost part of the island,
starting in Calderón Hondo. It is due to the eruption of this volcano
that the island of Fuerteventura and the little islet of Isla dos Lobos
emerged 50,000 years ago. You can explore the volcano’s crater by hiking
the three-mile circular trail starting in Lajares. The route can be a
bit challenging as there are a few steep sections. Although everything
is signposted, we recommend coming up with a guide who can tell you more
about the history of the place. From the top of the crater, you can
capture the north of Fuerteventura and even a bit of the neighbouring
island of Lanzarote. You’ll also see lava fields created by volcano
eruptions over the years.
morning hike, head down to the coastal town of Corralejo. The
surrounding natural park of the same name is a protected area stretching
2,600 hectares. It includes beaches and the largest dune system in the
Canaries. In this stretch, you can find both well-equipped beaches, such
as Grandes Playas de Corralejo and other secluded spots, like Playa
Alzada or Playa del Moro. Also, make sure to visit Red Mountain on the
southern side of the park.
your afternoon exploring the nearby Isla de Lobos, catching the boat
from Puerto de Corralejo. Just 2km off Fuerteventura, this little islet
is full of trails and stunning beaches like Playa de La Concha and
Puertito. This last one is a favourite spot for snorkelling thanks to
its crystal clear waters. After relaxing by the beach, you can hike up
to La Caldera volcano or the Punta Martiño lighthouse. It takes around
15 minutes to reach the Isla de Lobos by boat. Note that there is a
limit of people that can visit the island per day, so you need to
request permission in advance from the Council of Fuerteventura. If you
join a tour, however, this will be done for you.
Fuerteventura has all the facilities for a relaxing family holiday.
There are plenty of beaches to explore, and the calm waters are ideal
for a swim. For even more options, hop on a boat to nearby Isla de Lobos
and enjoy a snorkelling session. When you get tired of the beach, you
can always visit the island’s coastal towns, explore volcanic caves or
follow one of the many trails through the mountains. Kids will also
enjoy Oasis Park, a zoo with several animal shows and a large botanical
As the second largest island in the Canaries, Fuerteventura offers a
wide range of restaurants where you can sample local cuisine or
international treats. Goat meat is a popular ingredient, part of the
traditional Majorero stew paired with vegetables. The goat’s milk is
used to make Majorero cheese and frangollo, a dessert which also has
sugar, almonds, raisins and gofio (roasted corn flour). Of course, there
is plenty of seafood too, including limpets, wreckfish, and croaker.
Below are some of the best places to eat in Fuerteventura:
La Bodega de Jandia: This traditional bodega is located in Morro Jable.
It serves a variety of Spanish tapas and other popular dishes like ropa
vieja (beef stew with vegetables) and gofio mousse.
Restaurante Marabú: Enjoy a meal on the outdoor terrace of Marabú,
surrounded by palm trees and flowers. The menu focuses on local
ingredients, with the chefs using mainly homegrown produce. There is
also a cellar with a wide range of Spanish wines and liquors.
Cantante Café: Overlooking the sea, this laidback spot offers a variety
of international dishes, including an affordable breakfast deal. The bar
is stocked with more than 100 types of rum, making it the ideal place
for an afternoon cocktail.
The Ugly Duckling: You’ll find this cosy restaurant in the heart of
Corralejo. It specialises in Scandinavian cuisine, a good alternative if
you want to try something beyond the regional dishes. It is quite
popular, so make sure to book a table in advance.
Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace (5 stars): This luxurious hotel
offers easy access to the island's southern beaches. Most rooms feature
balconies with sea views. Guests also have access to multiple
restaurants, pools, a gym and a spa. All-inclusive packages are
Playitas Resort (4 stars):As the name suggests, this resort is located
in Las Playitas. It offers multiple sports facilities, including paddle
tennis, climbing and golf. Families can take advantage of the kids club
and explore all the restaurants, bars and pools.
Castillo Playa (2 stars): If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative,
Castillo Playa is a perfect choice. Located in Caleta de Fuste, it
features a series of bungalow-style apartments equipped with kitchens
and terraces. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a sauna and a
Although the weather is great for visiting all year round, the best time
to visit Fuerteventura is around late spring or early summer. The warm
temperatures and the lack of rain make this the perfect time to hit the
beach. You’ll also have the chance to capture some of the island’s most
Carnival: Around February and March, Fuerteventura comes alive with
carnival celebrations. People dress in costumes, and parades fill the
streets of many towns on the island, especially around the capital,
Puerto del Rosario, but also in Antigua, Tuineje, Betancuria and Pájara.
Highlights include the election of the Carnival Queen and the bands'
Fiestas de la Virgen de la Peña: This is one of the oldest festivities in the Canary Islands and by far the most important in Fuerteventura. Held on the third Saturday of September, it is dedicated to La Peñita, the island’s patron saint. During the event, locals carry the statue of Virgen de La Peña to her shrine. Beyond the procession, you can also count on live music and Canarian wrestling.