Fuerteventura Travel Guide: 21 Best Things to Do & Places to Visit on the Volcanic Island

Fuerteventura Travel Guide: 21 Best Things to Do & Places to Visit on the Volcanic Island

All you need to know about Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands including what to do, best beaches, when to visit and where to stay
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Breathtaking landscapes and spectacular beaches

Fuerteventura is one of the 8 main Canary Islands which are actually a part of Spain (even though they are located in the Atlantic Ocean west of Western Sahara and Morocco).

Because of their location, the weather is pleasant all year round on the Canary Islands and that’s exactly why we decided to travel to Fuerteventura in the middle of January 2022.

We must admit that we have always thought the Canaries to be a place mostly for retirees and families on package tours

But we researched some of the best things to do in Fuerteventura and discovered that there are so many incredible beaches, cool hikes and unique experiences on the volcanic island!

Hopefully, you will feel that way too after reading our travel guide to Fuerteventura. Enjoy!

Where to stay in Fuerteventura:

Search for the best value accommodation in Fuerteventura here.

Alex and Victoria on Cofete Beach in Fuerteventura
Cofete Beach is a must-visit in Fuerteventura if you like natural splendour.
Victoria sitting at a dune in Corralejo Sand Dunes in Fuerteventura at sunset
Fuerteventura is truly diverse with a wide variety of beautiful landscapes. These are the Corralejo Sand Dunes.
Sotavento Lagoons in Fuerteventura from a drone perspective
Tides play a big role changing the coastal landscapes – here they form the Sotavento Lagoons.

Why visit Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura (like the other Canary Islands) is mostly known for its resorts but there’s so much more to the island than all you can eat-buffets and swimming pools.

It’s the oldest island of the Canaries dating back 20 million years to a volcanic eruption and the landscape really reflects that.

In the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is the second-largest island after Tenerife but it’s only the fourth most populated after Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote (which are also the top three islands in regards to the number of tourists visiting).

That means Fuerteventura is not as crowded as the other islands, making it very pleasant to explore.

Fuerteventura also has the longest white sand beaches in the Canary Islands – and they are gorgeous!

If beaches aren’t your thing, don’t worry. There are many natural sights to see inland and by the coasts, like volcanoes, caves, natural pools, sand dunes, mountains and hiking trails for all levels.

Read on to learn about the best things to do and places to visit in Fuerteventura!

Fun fact: the name comes from the Spanish words “fuerte” (strong) and “ventura” (fortune) but it’s also a reference to the island’s strong winds.

Drone view of the coastal road to Corralejo natural park
You’re never far from the coast in Fuerteventura.
Drone view of Calderon Hondo volcano in Fuerteventura
The inland landscapes are pretty wonderful, too.
Lagoon and volcano on Lobos Island
Lobos Island is like a mini-Fuerteventura with great hiking, beaches, incredible water – and a volcano – all located just 15 minutes away by boat.

Map of Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is part of the Canary Islands; a Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean west of Western Sahara and Morocco in a region known as Macaronesia.

The island is 100 kilometres (62 miles) long and 31 kilometres (19 miles) wide, making it the second biggest of the Canary Islands.

Where to stay in Fuerteventura

There are generally three main areas where tourists stay in Fuerteventura: north, central and south.

The two main tourist areas of Fuerteventura are:
  • Corralejo in the north.
  • Morro Jable in the south.

Around Corralejo and Morro Jable is where most resorts, hotels, restaurants and tourist amenities are located.

Staying at either end of the island means you’ll stay near some fantastic beaches and other top attractions of Fuerteventura.

The downside is that you’ll naturally have a farther drive to the opposite end.

To make up for this, it can also make sense to stay more centrally on the island (as we did ourselves) – or to split up your time evenly between the north and the south and book accommodation at both ends.

Search for the best value accommodation in Fuerteventura here.

Playitas Resort, Fuerteventura
We stayed at Playitas Resort in an apartment with a kitchen during our time in Fuerteventura. By staying centrally, we could easily go everywhere on the island. The drawback is that few top attractions are really close-by.

Area overview of where to stay in Fuerteventura:

North: Corralejo – Hip vibe & close to amazing attractions

Corralejo is the most popular place to stay in Fuerteventura for a reason.

Staying here means you’ll be close to the small beaches of Corralejo, but also be just minutes away from the famous Corralejo Sand Dunes – the “desert” of Fuerteventura with absolutely stunning beaches.

Also near Corralejo? The climbable Calderon Hondo volcano, the protected natural area Lobos Island as well as El Cotillo and lots of other beautiful beaches.

Corralejo itself is a cosy town with lots of great restaurants and supermarkets. If you’re looking for plant-based options in Fuerteventura, Corralejo is probably your best bet. We had delicious vegan ice cream from La Nativa when we visited.

Where to stay in Corralejo

Search for the best value accommodation in Corralejo here.

Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa in Fuerteventura
The most stylish 5-star hotel in Fuerteventura. ©Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa
Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas in Fuerteventura
While it’s in some ways a shame that a hotel has been built here, it is amazing to be able to stay with direct access to the sand dunes of Corralejo. ©Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas
Island Home Fuerteventura
Stay near the center of Corralejo with a pool. ©Island Home Fuerteventura
Interior of Island Home Fuerteventura
We love the clean, light interior design. ©Island Home Fuerteventura

North: El Cotillo – Beautiful, family-friendly beaches

El Cotillo is located in the northwest about 20 minutes of driving from Corralejo.

This small, sleepy town maintains a very chilled-out atmosphere even though its popularity is on the rise.

The beautiful beaches here are protected by reefs, meaning waves and currents are minimal. This is why El Cotillo is a great place to stay for families with children.

Also, prices can be lower here than in Corralejo while you’re still close to many incredible sights. Basing yourself in El Cotillo is indeed a fine option.

Where to stay in El Cotillo

Search for the best value accommodation in El Cotillo here.

Coral Cotillo Beach in Fuerteventura
Staying at Coral Cotillo Beach means you’ll be close to some of Fuerteventura’s loveliest beaches while having access to a pool and a gym. ©Coral Cotillo Beach
TAO El Cotillo in Fuerteventura
TAO El Cotillo is one of the cheapest places to stay in El Cotillo with a pool and a kitchen. ©TAO El Cotillo

Central: Puerto del Rosario to Caleta de Fuste

Staying in the eastern central part of the island comes with some obvious positives: transport from and to the airport is minimal and you’ll be easily connected with the rest of the island.

That means staying here can be a good choice if you don’t rent a car.

On the other hand, the eastern central part of Fuerteventura is generally not the most interesting part of the island for most tourists.

Apart from the natural pools of Caleta de Fuste, the beaches here aren’t Fuerteventura’s best (although they’re still fine!). That means you’ll have to travel to get to Fuerteventura’s top sights.

If you’re into golf, though, Caleta de Fuste is a great place to stay.

Where to stay in Puerto del Rosario & Caleta de Fuste

Search for the best value accommodation in Caleta de Fuste here.

Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel
Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel is an adults-only hotel located within a golf resort. ©Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel
Sheraton Fuerteventura
Choose between 4 outdoor pools at the 5-starred Sheraton in Caleta de Fuste. ©Sheraton Fuerteventura Golf & Spa Resort
Hotel el Mirador de Fuerteventura
Stay centrally in Fuerteventura near a small beach at Hotel el Mirador. ©Hotel el Mirador de Fuerteventura
La Casita di Fuerte
La Casita di Fuerte in Caleta de Fuste is one of the cheapest places to stay in Fuerteventura. ©La Casita di Fuerte

Central: Betancuria – The central mountains of Fuerteventura

If you like hiking or don’t mind driving to the beach, staying in the central mountains (also known as the Betancuria Massif) in the western part of Fuerteventura can make sense.

Betancuria is known as the most beautiful town on the island and the mountains around here are stunning.

The roads are very popular with road cyclists and the trails are great for hiking.

Staying in the central mountains also means you’ll be close to Ajuy Caves and the black sand beach, Arco de las Peñitas, as well as several famous viewpoints.

Where to stay near Betancuria

Search for the best value accommodation near Betancuria here.

Casa Princess Arminda
If you wish to stay rurally and locally in Fuerteventura, look no further. ©Casa Princess Arminda

South: Costa Calma – Calm area for beach lovers

Staying in the south of Fuerteventura is heaven for people who love going to the beach. It’s especially popular with Northern Europeans (and Germans in particular).

As the name implies, Costa Calma is very calm. It’s smaller than some of the other resort towns of Fuerteventura and very laid-back.

The beaches in and near Costa Calma are veeery long, so you’ll always be able to find your own spot in the sand.

Sotavento (and its famed lagoon) starts from the southern end of Costa Calma, making Costa Calma a popular spot for wind and kite surfers who love the conditions here.

There’s a twice-weekly market in Costa Calma held each Wednesday and Sunday.

Where to stay in Costa Calma

Search for the best value accommodation in Costa Calma here.

Hotel Cooee Taimar in Fuerteventura
Hotel Cooee Taimar is a nice, new hotel in Costa Calma. ©Hotel Cooee Taimar
SBH Crystal Beach Hotel in Fuerteventura
Stay with direct access to the beach at Costa Calma at SBH Crystal Beach Hotel. ©SBH Crystal Beach Hotel & Suites

South: Morro Jable – Family-friendly & peaceful beaches

Morro Jable is the southernmost place to stay in Fuerteventura and one of the most developed areas of the island.

If Morro Jable’s own beach Playa del Matorral isn’t enough, you’ll also be very close to Playa de Esquinzo as well as the famous Sotavento Lagoon.

The real unique draw down south though? The natural park of Jandía, home to Cofeteour favourite beach in Fuerteventura.

Getting here is not easy, but it’s much easier if you’re already staying in Morro Jable.

Morro Jable itself is a lively place with lots of supermarkets, cafés and restaurants. There’s a local market each Thursday.

Where to stay in Morro Jable

Search for the best value accommodation in Morro Jable here.

Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace
5 stars, beachfront and a beautiful pool? Sounds good! ©Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace
Hotel Riu Palace Jandia in Fuerteventura
Hotel Riu Palace Jandia is also 5-starred and probably the best hotel if you wish to stay directly in central Morro Jable. ©Hotel Riu Palace Jandia
AltaVista Apartahotel in Fuerteventura
AltaVista Apartahotel is one of the cheapest places to stay in Morro Jable with your own kitchen. ©AltaVista Apartahotel

21 best things to do in Fuerteventura

Are you wondering what to do in Fuerteventura?

In this travel guide to Fuerteventura, we have summed up the top things to do, the best beaches and other places you can’t miss on your vacation to the Canarian island.

Most of them are even free things to do!

  1. Corralejo Sand Dunes – Desert by the ocean
  2. Corralejo beaches – Long white sand beaches
  3. Lobos Island – Best day trip
  4. Cofete Beach – Most remote and beautiful beach
  5. Calderon Hondo – Panoramic volcano views
  6. Arco de las Peñitas – Secret natural stone arch
  7. Playa de Sotavento – Amazing lagoon beach
  8. Betancuria – Oldest town in Fuerteventura
  9. Ajuy Caves – Ancient natural caves
  10. Playa Ajuy – Black sand beach
  11. Piscina Natural (Caleta de Fuste) – Secret natural pool
  12. El Cotillo + surrounding beaches – Calm lagoon beaches
  13. Sicasumbre Astronomical Viewpoint – Stunning mountain views
  14. Mirador de Las Peñitas – Scenic viewpoint
  15. Mirador de Guise and Ayose – Statues & expansive views
  16. Piscinas Naturales (Caleta del Marrajo) – Shallow lagoons
  17. Aguas Verdes rock pools – Wild natural pools
  18. Windmills (Molinos) – Cute whitewashed windmills
  19. Hiking on GR131 – The trail of the Canaries
  20. Water sports – Fly in the wind
  21. Faro de la Entallada – Remote scenic lighthouse

1. Corralejo Sand Dunes – Desert by the ocean

Exploring the Corralejo Sand Dunes in the north of Fuerteventura is definitely one of the top things to do on the island.

The golden dunes in Corralejo Natural Park span over a huge area and they are in fact the largest sand dunes in the Canary Islands.

It’s an incredible experience walking in the small desert by the ocean – especially in the afternoon and around sunset.

We loved the natural park so much that we actually went there three times!

Find the best spots and views in our full travel guide to Corralejo Sand Dunes here.

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Alex & Victoria on the sand dunes in Corralejo natural park
Visiting the Corralejo Sand Dunes is a must when in Fuerteventura!
Alex and Victoria at sunset in Corralejo natural park
Sunset was our favourite time to visit the Corralejo Sand Dunes.
Alex and Victoria at the Corralejo Sand Dunes in Fuerteventura
There’s just something magical about desert landscapes.

2. Corralejo beaches – Long white sand beaches

The Corralejo Natural Park also includes a coastline with kilometres of long white sand beaches that are perfect for sunbathing or water sports.

You can surf or kitesurf if you’re into water sports (El Medano and Flag Beach are especially great for that) or simply find a nice spot on a beach to relax and enjoy the incredibly turquoise waters.

We really liked the beautiful beach Playa del Moro in the southern part of Corralejo Natural Park.

Be careful if you go swimming as the currents are strong.

Parking tip: there are many free, marked parking spots along the FV-1 road next to Corralejo Natural Park making both the dunes and beaches easily accessible.

Beach at Corralejo natural park
Playa del Moro in the southern part of Corralejo Natural Park is a beautiful beach right next to the dunes.
The coastal road beside the dunes
The coastal road crosses the dunes and beaches in the southern end of Corralejo Natural Park. The closest beach on the photo is Playa del Moro – a crowd favourite.
The coastal road next to the Corralejo Sand Dunes in Fuerteventura
Driving on the FV-1 road next to Corralejo Natural Park is special. In the back, you can see the Montaña Roja volcano.

3. Lobos Island – Best day trip

One of the best day trips from Fuerteventura is to Lobos Island (Isla de Lobos) – a small protected volcanic island situated between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

Only a 15-minute ferry ride away from Corralejo, you can:

  • Chill out at the long beach Playa de la Concha de Lobos.
  • Swim in the crystal clear lagoon at Puertito Isla de Lobos.
  • Hike to the lighthouse Faro de Punta Martiño on the northern part of the island.
  • Climb the volcano crater Montaña de la Caldera.

In other words, there’s something for everyone on Lobos Island whether you want to relax, be active – or both!

Visiting Lobos Island is an easy and cheap excursion that we can certainly recommend going on.

Booking your boat tour in advance makes sense as only a limited amount of people can visit Lobos Island each day.

We went with Naviera Nortour on their glass-bottomed boat and they also took care of the permit for us which was really nice.

Learn how to visit Lobos Island and see the best things to do in our travel guide here.

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The lagoon at Puertito Isla de Lobos is not to be missed.
Puertito Isla de Lobos on Lobos Island
The water is absolutely stunning.
Playa de la Concha and Montana la Caldera on Lobos Island
Beach bumming or volcano hiking? The choice is yours at Lobos Island!
Drone view of Lobos Island in Fuerteventura
When we visited Lobos Island, the calima coloured the sky and it was a bit windy but we still enjoyed the day trip very much.
Lobos Island is just a 15-minute ferry ride away from the dunes in Corralejo.

4. Cofete Beach – Most remote and beautiful beach

Cofete Beach in the southwestern part of the island is without a doubt the best and most beautiful beach in Fuerteventura.

So what’s the catch? Cofete is very remote and difficult to reach.

The drive to Cofete Beach is not for the faint-hearted – but think about it as a wild adventure.

When you do finally get to Cofete, you will have almost 14 kilometres of beach with golden sand and a backdrop of the 800-metre-high mountain range in the Jandia Natural Park.

The remoteness and difficult access has made Cofete Beach underdeveloped in the best way possible. There are no hotels, no restaurants, no loud music – just lots and lots of sand and the sound of the ocean.

A truly unique beach experience!

Caution: ​​swimming here isn’t the greatest idea as the currents are very strong and the waves are unpredictable.

Learn how to get to Cofete Beach in our travel guide to Fuerteventura’s wild paradise beach here.

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Victoria on Cofete Beach in Fuerteventura
Cofete Beach is the epitome of a remote beach experience.
The road to the beautiful Cofete Beach in Fuerteventura
Cofete Beach is wild, raw and beautiful beyond words. It’s also pretty difficult to reach.
Drone shot of Cofete Beach in Fuerteventura
Cofete Beach in all of its glory.

5. Calderon Hondo – Panoramic volcano views

Climbing to the top of the volcano Calderon Hondo is one of the coolest things to do in Fuerteventura.

The hike to the top of the 50,000-year old volcano is actually fairly easy (and free!) and you can have a look down the crater.

You will also have incredible panorama views of Lanzarote, Lobos Island, the ocean, the other volcanoes and the arid landscape of northern Fuerteventura.

Read our travel guide with all you need to know about hiking the Calderon Hondo volcano here.

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View of Calderon Hondo volcano in Fuerteventura with a drone
We flew our drone to see Calderon Hondo from above – the caldera is so impressive!
Victoria on the path to Calderon Hondo volcano in Fuerteventura
Hiking Calderon Hondo is very doable for most people.
Calderon Hondo volcanic crater from the viewing platform
Take a look into the 70 metres deep crater from the top of the volcano. It wasn’t crowded when we visited the crater in the afternoon.
Volcanoes in northern Fuerteventura
There are several volcanoes in northern Fuerteventura.

6. Arco de las Peñitas – Secret natural stone arch

Arco de las Peñitas is a beautiful natural stone arch in Barranco de las Peñitas in the western/middle part of Fuerteventura.

It is not the easiest to find but when you do, it’s all worth it.

And the hike through the rocky, arid landscape is magnificent.

Read our full guide on how to find Arco de las Peñitas here.

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Alex and Victoria in the Arco de las Penitas in Fuerteventura
We flew our drone to see the arch from a bird’s-eye view.
Rocky landscape in Barranco de las Penitas
The rocky landscape is a bit challenging to navigate in, but it’s very pretty!
Alex and Victoria in Arco de las Penitas in Fuerteventura
We enjoying hiking to Arco de las Peñitas on an overcast day.
Arco de las Penitas has several small holes in it
Look at all the incredible details in the arch.

7. Playa de Sotavento – Amazing lagoon beach

The 10-kilometres long Sotavento beach is definitely a beach you must see when in Fuerteventura.

It’s a strong contender for the most spectacular beach in Fuerteventura – especially if you time your visit right.

At high tide, the water comes in and creates beautiful lagoons with sand bars.

The first time we drove to Sotavento to see the lagoons, it was really windy and we hadn’t really thought about what that would mean…

But the lagoon was filled with kite surfers!

It’s pretty cool to look at but unless you plan to come for the watersports yourself, make sure to go on a day without strong wind for the best pictures of the lagoons.

When we returned the second time in the early morning, we were almost alone and could enjoy the rising tide as well as the almost 300-metres long sandbank forming in front of Risco del Paso.

A stunning beach for sure!

Sotavento's lagoons from the drone
Sotavento’s lagoons are a sight for sore eyes.
Sotavento Beach length from drone
The seemingly endless beach stretches on and on.
Sotavento Lagoon high tide in Fuerteventura
We enjoyed our time on one of the banks at high tide.

8. Betancuria – Oldest town in Fuerteventura

Founded in the 15th century, Betancuria is the oldest town in Fuerteventura.

It was the capital until 1834 and while that’s no longer the case, it continues to be one of the best places to visit in Fuerteventura.

Situated in a mountainous region in the western part of Fuerteventura, this little village has traditional white houses, palm trees and a lovely square close to the Santa María church.

We enjoyed strolling around in the charming streets – and if they hadn’t closed just in front of us, it would have been wonderful to try the vegan burgers and crepes at La Sombra.

Betancuria square
Step back in time in lovely Betancuria.
Betancuria cobbled streets
Walking slowly along the cobbled streets soaking up the vibe is a must when you visit.

9. Ajuy Caves – Ancient natural caves

Visiting the historic Ajuy Caves (Cuevas de Ajuy) on the west coast of Fuerteventura close to Betancuria is one of the most popular things to do in Fuerteventura.

It’s like travelling back in time!

The Ajuy Caves are the oldest formations in the Canary Islands, dating back some 100 million years – can you believe it?

Geologically and paleontologically, they are really interesting because of the fossil dune formations (solidified sand from the deep sea) and the ancient sediments and fossils from the ocean.

What we think is really cool is the fact that you can actually walk into the big caves and explore them on your own.

The 500-metre long trail leading to the Ajuy Caves offers amazing views of the cliffs and the ocean and most likely also some cute chipmunks (but please don’t feed them and interfere with nature).

Ajuy Caves coastline
The coastline by the Ajuy Caves is very rugged and beautiful.
Ajuy Caves trail
The trail is well-maintained and is certainly doable for most people.
Ajuy Caves exploring
Explore the Ajuy Caves at your own risk!

10. Playa Ajuy – Black sand beach

Playa Ajuy is the beach you will reach before the trail to the Ajuy Caves starts and it’s worth a visit for another reason: it’s a black sand beach.

If you haven’t seen one before, visiting the almost 300-metres long (and quite wide) Playa Ajuy is a unique beach experience.

The caves are interesting, and definitely merit a visit, but the path there and the black sand beach are certainly attractions in their own right, as well.

And for some reason, the area hasn’t turned into a big tourist trap (yet) – it’s free to visit!

Set aside about an hour for the hike and spelunking (the exploration of caves!), and more, of course, if you want to enjoy the beach while you are there.

Parking is free right next to the beach.

Ajuy black sand beach
The black sand beach was the main reason we wanted to visit Ajuy.
Black sand in Fuerteventura
The sand is not completely black, but certainly not white, either!
Ajuy Beach swimming
Swimming here can be rough, so be very careful if you step out into the waves.
Ajuy town
Ajuy town, a small fishing village.

11. Piscina Natural (Caleta de Fuste) – Secret natural pool

Not far from the little resort town Caleta de Fuste, there’s a secret natural pool hidden in the rocks.

It goes under several different names: Piscina Natural, Caleta de Fuste rock pool and Krabbenfelsen Natural Pool. It’s all the same exceptional pool in the rocks.

When the tide is high, you almost cannot see the pool but when the tide is low, the water becomes calm, clear and emerald green. This is the best time to go for a swim.

Check the tides before arriving to make sure you’ll be able to see the rock pool. Come around an hour before the lowest tide to have the maximum amount of time there if you want to jump in.

Just going to the Piscina Natural to take a photo and head back to Caleta de Fuste might take 15 minutes but set aside at least 30 minutes if you plan to swim, or perhaps more if you like to relax and soak up the sun after your dip.

You can park just north of Caleta de Fuste town and walk from there easily. Look up “Piscina Natural” in that area on Google Maps for the precise location.

Shoe tip: the rocks are sharp so wear suitable footwear or at least thick sandals to avoid hurting your feet or slipping in flip-flops.

Secret pool of Caleta de Fuste
Could this be the best pool of Fuerteventura?
Exploring the tide pool at Caleta de Fuste in Fuerteventura
Exploring Fuerteventura’s tide pools was one of our favourite activities on the island.
Looking the other way towards Caleta de Fuste
Looking the other way towards Caleta de Fuste.

12. El Cotillo + surrounding beaches – Calm lagoon beaches

El Cotillo beach and the surrounding beaches are so incredibly pretty!

The many rocks create calm lagoons with shallow, clear turquoise water.

The shallow water also makes it ideal for families with small children to hang out at these beaches (and apparently a lot of nudists, too).

We found a wonderful lagoon close to La Concha (which is also an amazing beach!) where we relaxed for a few hours and later we enjoyed the gorgeous waters at El Cotillo beach.

There’s lots of free parking along all the roads close to the beaches, for example on Av. los Lagos or the big Aparcamientos (parking lot) close to La Concha.

The calm lagoons of El Cotillo
The calm lagoons of El Cotillo invite you for a swim with their dazzling colours.
El Cotillo beach-goers
Sunbathers also enjoy this part of the island with soft sand and a mild breeze.
El Cotillo drone shot
We loved spending the day at the beaches of El Cotillo.

13. Sicasumbre Astronomical Viewpoint – Stunning mountain views

The Sicasumbre Astronomical Viewpoint is one of the best places for stargazing in Fuerteventura.

It’s located 300-metres above sea level and surrounded by nature making the skies exceptionally clear at night. You will even find a sundial and a vertical clock up there.

Even if you don’t come for the starry skies, it’s worth making a quick stop at the observation point during the day if you find yourself in the southwest of the island.

It’s a great viewpoint with stunning views over the mountains and the inland in Fuerteventura.

It’s just a 5-minute climb from the parking lot and both parking and visiting the observation point is free.

Tip: bring extra layers of clothes if you stay after the sun goes down. And perhaps also if you visit during the day – the winds up there are pretty strong.

The views at The Sicasumbre Astronomical Viewpoint
The views at The Sicasumbre Astronomical Viewpoint are amazing.
The views at The Sicasumbre Astronomical Viewpoint wind
It can be quite windy up here, so bring an extra layer.

14. Mirador de Las Peñitas – Scenic viewpoint

Another scenic viewpoint is Mirador de Las Peñitas in the southwest, not far from Betancuria and Ajuy.

See the views over the arid mountain landscape and Barranco de las Peñitas with the fascinating natural stone arch (Arco de las Peñitas).

Stop for a few minutes and admire the landscapes if you are nearby.

Mirador de Las Peñitas
From the Mirador de Las Peñitas you can see how green Fuerteventura can be where water flows.

15. Mirador de Guise and Ayose – Statues & expansive views

Just a few kilometers away from Mirador de Las Peñitas and a little north of Betancuria, you will find the ~ 4 meters tall Morro Velosa Statues at Mirador de Guise y Ayose (also known as Mirador Corrales de Guize).

You don’t particularly have to travel all the way just to see this spot but if you are in the area, it’s worth a quick stop.

The statues represent two of Fuerteventura’s former kings and being on one of the highest accessible points on the island, there’s a spectacular view over the volcanic landscapes.

The Morro Velosa Statues high above Betancuria at Mirador de Guise and Ayose
High above Betancuria at Mirador de Guise and Ayose, the Morro Velosa Statues stand guard over Fuerteventura
Looking back down towards Betancuria from Mirador de Guise and Ayose
Looking back down towards Betancuria. This is one of the highest accessible points of the island.

16. Piscinas Naturales (Caleta del Marrajo) – Shallow lagoons

Lots of beautiful shallow, blue lagoons emerge at low tide in Caleta del Marrajo.

Find your own piece of sand or a rock to lay on and enjoy a swim in the rock pools for a couple of hours.

The Piscinas Naturales in Caleta del Marrajo are located in the northwestern part of Fuerteventura close to the red and white striped lighthouse named Faro del Toston (El Toston Lighthouse).

Faro del Toston
Faro del Toston behind the blue lagoons of Caleta del Marrajo.

17. Aguas Verdes rock pools – Wild natural pools

You can find Aguas Verdes (meaning green pools) on Fuerteventura’s wild west coast in Playa del Valle.

When searching for Aguas Verdes on Google Maps, you will be guided to a holiday complex so make sure to put in “Playa del Valle” as your destination.

When you get there, there’s a little beach and on both sides, you can go explore the shallow pools hidden between the rocks if you come at the right time.

We would recommend coming about an hour before low tide but even then the waves can be pretty crazy.

Be careful and use your common sense before you jump in. The tides can change very quickly.

After some climbing, we found two cool rock pools to the left of the beach. We only swam in one of them as the waves came crashing in on the other one but both were really beautiful and crystal clear.

Later, we explored the rocks to the right of the beach and found a few small pools there as well but we skipped jumping in as the tide had started to come back in.

Expect to spend 1-2 hours in Aguas Verdes depending on how much you want to climb on the rocks and if you want to swim.

Shoe tip: the rocks are pretty sharp so wear suitable footwear or at least thick sandals to avoid hurting your feet or slipping in flip-flops.

 Aguas Verdes rock pools
The Aguas Verdes rock pools felt very undiscovered.
 Aguas Verdes rock pools drone view of Victoria floating
Be very careful swimming here and always check the tide tables.
 Aguas Verdes rock pools water colour
When the water reaches just the right depth, magical colours appear.
Drone view of the area
Drone view of the area. The west coast of Fuerteventura is quite wild.

18. Windmills (Molinos) – Cute whitewashed windmills

If you find local old architecture interesting, you should check out Molinos De Villaverde in La Oliva.

These two well-preserved whitewashed windmills are super cute and it’s one of the best places to visit in Fuerteventura to get a traditional feel of how milling was once done.

There’s not much to do besides taking a few photos of the mills, so we would only recommend going here if you’re already in the area.

For the really cultural ones, consider visiting Molino de Valles De Ortega, Molino Del Dulcero, Tefia Windmill or even the museum Centro de Interpretacion de los Molinos if you can’t get enough of windmills.

The whitewashed Molinos De Villaverde in La Oliva
The whitewashed Molinos De Villaverde in La Oliva.
Windmill, Molinos De Villaverde in La Oliva.
There’s not much else to see here – but it’s a very relaxing, short excursion.

19. Hiking on GR131 – The trail of the Canaries

If you’re into hiking, you will inevitably run into GR131 – a hiking trail that spans across seven of the Canary Islands, including Fuerteventura.

You can walk across the island all the way from Lobos Island in the north to Punta Jandía in the south.

Fuerteventura actually has the longest piece of GR131 with around 160 kilometres of trail over 9 stages.

If you (understandably enough) don’t care for all 160 kilometres, you can just hike any section of the route you find exciting.

We parked in the cosy little town of Páraja and hiked towards Betancuria as we had heard this particular stretch was beautiful – and it was!

After enjoying the dramatic volcanic landscapes and getting our steps in for the day (!), we turned around when we reached Vega de Rio Palmas (where you can also start the hike to Arco de las Peñitas) as we had to get back to our car. A nice return trip of about 20 kilometres and a few hundred metres of elevation gain.

The GR131 seemed very well-maintained.
Hike from Páraja towards Betancuria
We hiked from Páraja towards Betancuria which is one of the hillier sections of the route.
GR131 sign on Fuerteventura
Signs often point you in the right direction on the GR131.
The palm trees of Vega de Río Palmas
The palm trees of Vega de Río Palmas are quite wonderful.

20. Water sports – Fly in the wind

If water sports are your thing, you’re in for a treat.

The strong Fuerteventura winds are ideal for windsurfing and kite surfing but you can also try your hand at surfing, jet skiing, parasailing, standup paddleboarding, scuba diving, snorkelling or go on a boat tour.

There’s something to do for all the active ocean lovers!

Windsurfers and kitesurfers flock at Sotavento Lagoon
Windsurfers and kitesurfers flock to the Sotavento Lagoon at high tide.

21. Faro de la Entallada – Remote scenic lighthouse

We probably wouldn’t have visited the lighthouse of Faro de la Entallada if we hadn’t stayed closeby at Playitas Resort.

But the drive there is quite scenic and the views from the top are beautiful, so we can easily recommend visiting this rather remote part of Fuerteventura if you like a bit of an adventure.

Be aware that the final, short drive up to the lighthouse is steep and narrow at times. If you don’t feel comfortable, it’s possible to park your car at the bottom and walk up.

The lighthouse if free to visit and the road is open 24/7.

The lighthouse of Faro de la Entallada
The lighthouse of Faro de la Entallada.
View from the lighthouse
The lighthouse itself is cool, but it’s the views that are truly stunning.

What not to do in Fuerteventura

Don’t visit Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura

We know it might be controversial but we urge you to not visit the Oasis Wildlife zoo.

Even though children (and adults) find it entertaining to watch wild animals up close and most zoos brand themselves as being important for education and conservation, they are not always as good as they seem…

Oasis Wildlife has shows where animals are performing as well as close interactions with some of the animals, like camel rides and swimming with sea lions. This can be very stressful for the animals.

And while it may seem harmless, these activities are not for the sake of the animals but for the profits they generate for the zoo…

With a few exceptions around the world, zoos are seldomly acting in the best interest of the animals as their first priority.

If you want to learn more, take a look at these 9 reasons not to visit zoos.

Don’t feed the chipmunks

Fuerteventura is full of adorable chipmunks (called Barbary Ground squirrels) and they are very interested in people – or at least in the food that they’ll get if they come close enough.

But there are signs everywhere saying you shouldn’t feed the squirrels.

Unfortunately, we saw so many people doing it anyway.

We know they are cute and even though it might be tempting to lure them closer with food, you should avoid feeding them.

First of all, it’s unhealthy for the chipmunks to eat human food or even nuts (as they are often salted).

Furthermore, the chipmunks are considered an invasive species in Fuerteventura and the authorities don’t want their population to grow as they actually cause damage to native animals and plants.

So take all the photos you want of the funny squirrels but don’t feed them.

The chipmunks of Fuerteventura
The chipmunks of Fuerteventura are very cute (and curious if you have any food!)
You shouldn’t feed them as they disrupt the natural flora and fauna of the island.

How to get around Fuerteventura

Renting a car in Fuerteventura

Renting your own car in Fuerteventura is definitely the easiest way to get around and the best option for exploring the island.

You can pick it up at the airport and return it again when you leave Fuerteventura so it’s really easy.

There are numerous car rental companies with different price ranges.

We rented the absolute cheapest one from a company called Turisprime which ended up costing us around 185 EUR / 195 USD for 14 days (~ 13 EUR / 14 USD per day).

To be honest, it wasn’t the newest, most amazing car and we could have used a 4x4 car on some of the gravel roads, but it took us to all the best places on Fuerteventura so it was a nice budget option.

Parking in Fuerteventura is generally free and you can often park close to the attractions and beaches. Awesome, right?

Rent a small car in Fuerteventura
We rented a small car in Fuerteventura which took us all around the island.
Driving in Fuerteventura
Driving here is a dream when you stick to the paved, main roads.

Public transport in Fuerteventura

We actually didn’t use any public transportation in Fuerteventura but we have heard that there are few public transport options available.

However, there are public buses running between some of the towns. Check the Fuerteventura bus routes and timetables here.

How to get to Fuerteventura

The best way to get to Fuerteventura is by plane or ferry.

Fuerteventura is well-connected to the other Canary Islands by ferry to three different ports on the island.

There are also direct domestic and international flights to Fuerteventura’s airport Puerto del Rosario.

If you are putting together your own flight schedule and can’t find a direct flight, a stopover on mainland Spain might be worth checking out.

Alternatively, you can fly to one of the neighbouring islands (like Gran Canaria or Lanzarote) and take the ferry.

Search for the best and cheapest flights to Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura here.

Fuerteventura desert, volcano and ocean
Fuerteventura is far away. Which is also why you can see landscapes like this.

When to visit Fuerteventura

Best season to visit Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura can be visited in all seasons. But what’s the best season?

With 3,000 sunshine hours a year and a dry and warm climate, Fuerteventura is famous for its perfect weather all year round.

Fuerteventura doesn’t get much rain. However, it’s very windy most of the time.

The summer is dry, hot and the sun is really strong.

It’s also even windier, if you can imagine. Which is perfect for kitesurfing and windsurfing and probably also pretty nice when you’re on the beach so you don’t overheat.

The hottest months are from June to October.

In the winter, Fuerteventura is warmer than the rest of Europe but it’s not super warm – again, also because of the wind.

Spring or autumn might be the best times to visit Fuerteventura for lovely beach days and warmer weather.

As with other destinations, you should avoid peak seasons and popular holidays if you would like to explore the best sights of Fuerteventura without the crowds (and save on flights and accommodation as well).

Average min and max temperatures in Corralejo, Spain Average precipitation (rain/snow) in Corralejo, Spain Average rainy days (rain/snow) in Corralejo, Spain

(These charts show weather averages from Lanzarote as the two islands have very similar weather patterns – especially in the north.)

Fuerteventura weather
Fuerteventura is generally hot, dry and windy.
Palm trees of The palm trees of Vega de Río Palmas

Our weather experience

When we visited Fuerteventura in January, the weather was pleasant and optimal for hikes and other outdoor activities. We can imagine it’s fine for watersports, too.

In our first week on the island however, a calima (sandstorm from Sahara) came and clouded the sky, lowering the visibility and temperature for a few days followed by rare intense rain showers. This is a normal phenomenon that can happen throughout the year.

It was a little too cold if you ask us (we should have brought some extra warm clothes) but the following week was amazing and we had some hot and sunny days.

Calima sunset on Fuerteventura
The calima coloured the sky completely red at sunset.

Tips for visiting Fuerteventura

  • How long to stay in Fuerteventura? Most people visit Fuerteventura for about a week on a packaged holiday. This is enough time to get a feel for the island and check out some of the main sights. We stayed for two weeks which allowed us to take in everything in a relaxed tempo with lazy days in-between exploring Fuerteventura’s attractions, mountain viewpoints and hidden beaches.
  • Parking is generally free and easy to find making it ideal to rent a car to get around Fuerteventura on your own. The main roads are excellent and there’s almost no traffic. Be aware that some roads leading to attractions and beaches are gravel roads.
  • Internet access / 4G can get spotty in some remote areas, for example at Cofete, Aguas Verdes or on some hikes. Downloading or carrying an offline map is a good idea.
  • Check the tides before visiting the beaches, lagoons and rock pools if you want to be able to swim without putting your life in danger! In some places, the tide needs to be high and in other places, it needs to be low.
  • Pack layers of clothing. As mentioned several times, Fuerteventura is windy and you never know when you might want a jacket. Don’t underestimate the sun though – wear sunscreen even when overcast.
  • Electrical plugs in Fuerteventura are like most other standard European plugs with two round pins (type C, E and F and in some properties also the three pinned type L plug).
  • Credit cards are widely accepted in shops and restaurants but some smaller businesses might prefer cash so it cannot hurt to bring some Euros.
Mountain trails in Fuerteventura
There are so many trails, mountains and coves to discover in Fuerteventura. This was right next to our hotel, Playitas Resort.

What to bring to Fuerteventura

  • Travel insurance. Never travel without it!
  • A good camerahere’s a guide to the gear we use.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Clothes for both warm and cool weather. While it’s never really cold in Fuerteventura, it can get a bit chilly and very windy sometimes. In hindsight, we should have packed a few more pieces of warm clothing ourselves…
  • Hiking boots or sturdy sneakers. There are so many places to go for beautiful hikes. You can find trails that take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours.
  • Swimwear and a towel.
  • A refillable water bottle and snacks for hikes.
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Drone view of Fuerteventura mountains
Don’t forget your camera when you visit Fuerteventura!

Minimise your impact

To minimise your impact during your visit, follow these guidelines:

  • Bring your own drinking water in a refillable bottle.
  • Avoid single-use plastics, including straws.
  • Dispose of waste properly. While putting your trash in a nearby trashcan is convenient, wrappers and other small items are prone to get taken by the wind and end up in the ocean.
  • Check your sunscreen before going in the water. Many brands contain oxybenzone and other chemicals that are harmful.
  • Take only photos, leave only footprints. Let everything stay in its natural place.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.
  • Respect wildlife.
Alex & Victoria on the sand dunes in Corralejo natural park
A great rule of thumb for sustainable travel: Take only photos, leave only footprints.
Thanks for reading

Thanks for getting all the way to the end!

We hope this Fuerteventura travel guide has been useful.

What do you think about Fuerteventura?

If you’ve been there (or to any of the other Canary Islands) it would be awesome to hear your best tips in the comments.

If you haven’t been yet, please don’t hesitate to ask us anything. We’re glad to help.

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4 thoughts on “Fuerteventura Travel Guide: 21 Best Things to Do & Places to Visit on the Volcanic Island

  1. The best times to visit my beloved Fuerte are September-November and April-May. December-January are nice enough but chilly in the evenings. Febuary-March is the rainy season (yes, it does rain!). June-August far too hot and touristy.

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