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.
Our 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 between.
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 cocktail.
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.
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 iconic lighthouse.
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 II.
Set 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.
Continue 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.
Betancuria 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.
Just a few miles from Betancuria is another impressive viewpoint, the Mirador de Las Peñitas. If you’re lucky, you may spot a squirrel or two hopping around the edge of the walls.
Continue through 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.
Take a 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.
Another village worth visiting is La Pared. It is home to stunning beaches backed by cliffs which provide the perfect vantage point to watch the sunset.
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.
Still 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.
Right 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.
End 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.
We’re 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.
After your 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.
Spend 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 garden.
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:
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 popular festivities.
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