According to Thedressexplorer, Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, an archipelago belonging to Spain that lies west of the mainland of Africa. Fuerteventura is a volcanic island where Saharan sand has blown over to partly reshape the dry landscape. Fuerteventura has a large number of sandy beaches, where a fairly strong trade wind often blows. The island owes its name to the trade wind, Fuerteventura literally means “strong wind”. Fuerteventura is a popular holiday destination among sun lovers who can enjoy pleasant summer weather here almost all year round. On the north side of the island and along the west coast, the especially water sports enthusiasts who go their own way.The conditions are often ideal for windsurfing.
Top 10 things to do in Fuerteventura
#1. El Cotillo
The old port of the fishing village of El Cotillo used to be very important as an export port of Fuerteventura. Today the village has two harbours, namely the old one and now a new ‘Puerto Commercial’. The part of El Cotillo that lies around the old harbor exudes a pleasant atmosphere. The picturesque streets along the white and blue houses exude a certain tranquility. The new harbor in the south has a number of wonderful restaurants where you will of course find the most amazing fish on the menu.
The former capital of Fuerteventura has a number of historic buildings in its centre. There is a parish church of Santa Maria, a few palaces and old townhouses with beautiful, charming balconies. The Santa Maria church is open to the public and guided tours are even given. From the viewpoint ‘Mirador de Morrovelosa’ you have an excellent view over the island.
In the northeast of Fuerteventura are the most beautiful white beaches. The large beaches (Grandes Playas) are part of the larger natural park that you will find here. These beaches of Corralejo are frequented by surf and kite enthusiasts. The wind on this island makes it very popular for experiencing these sports. But the old town and harbor of Corralejo are also very popular with tourists. The village is built around the harbour. Various boat trips depart from here.
#4. Pico de la Zarza
If you like a brisk walk, you’re in the right place on Fuerteventura. Climbing the Pico de la Zarza is one of the possibilities. Just don’t be mistaken about the rapidly rising temperatures that occur on the island. Climbing this highest point on the island takes about five hours. It is especially tough because there is almost no shade to be found and it is quite steep. But the treat at the end is of course phenomenal. From here you have the most beautiful view of Fuerteventura.
#5. Parque National de Jandía
Fuerteventura has three large natural parks. Parque National de Jandía is the largest of these. The park is located on the Jandía peninsula, which also has the highest mountain on the island. This is the approximately 800 meter high mountain called La Zarza. Many species of birds like to visit the protected area of this park. The nature park is characterized by desert-like dune landscapes, volcanic rock and many unique plant species.
#6. Morro Jable
In the south of the Jandía peninsula is the famous tourist town of Morro Jable. This cozy village has a lot to offer in terms of (fish) restaurants and shops. Because the beach is nearby, it attracts many tourists who like to stay in one of the nearby hotels. At the beach is a beautiful lighthouse that also separates the “normal” beach from the naturist beaches in the north. Morro Jable is quite well known for its Aloe Vera. There is even an information center about this plant and its beneficial effects.
On the west coast of Fuerteventura you will find Ajuy. Via a black sand beach you reach cliffs and caves that have been created by centuries of erosion. Close to Ajuy is the fishing village of Puerto de los Muertos, where you can enjoy delicious fish dishes.
#8. Caleta de Fuste / Costa Caleta
This seaside resort is popular for its various water sports and golf tournaments. Because it is located in a reasonably sheltered bay, you have less problems with the wind. Furthermore, all holiday facilities are available. There are plenty of hotels, restaurants, shopping centers and entertainment venues. Close to Caleta de Fuste are the salt pans of Salinas del Carmen. Nowadays a well-attended salt museum is located here.
information about salt museum Museo de la Sal
#9. La Lajita Oasis Park
In the south of Fuerteventura is a beautiful park with various animals, animal shows and botanical gardens. This is the ‘La Lajita Oasis Park’. The park has a lot to offer for children. There are seal shows, parrot shows and a bird of prey show to visit. The most special thing to do is the camel safari.
#10. La Atalayita
Close to the fishing village of La Lajita lies the archaeological site of La Atalayita. The presence of fresh water, the opportunities for cattle to graze and the sheltered location together provided good conditions to build a settlement here many years ago.