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Welcome to Fuerteventura

There are two sides to Fuerteventura—fly-and-flop beach resorts contrasting with wild, empty landscapes warmed by Saharan breezes. Most visitors to this Canary Island stay steadfastly on their sunloungers, breaking only to visit Corralejo’s billowing dunes, enjoy wine tastings, and explore Puerto del Rosario, the capital, as well as whitewashed villages such as Betancuria. Sporty types, meanwhile, find endless things to do in Fuerteventura—surfers, windsurfers, and kiteboarders scud Jandia’s big-skied seas; snorkelers and wildlife buffs sail to the turquoise-watered island nature reserve of Los Lobos; and adventure-seekers book 4WD, hiking, and bike expeditions into the jagged interior.

Top 10 attractions in Fuerteventura

Lobos Island

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Lobos Island (Wolf Island) is named after the “sea wolves” (monk seals) that used to live here. Now a protected nature reserve, the small, rocky island is home to wildlife—from birds to sharks—beaches, hiking paths, a visitor center, and, at the northern tip, the lonely Punta Martiño Lighthouse.More

Corralejo Dunes National Park (Parque Natural de Corralejo)

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The Canary Islands sit just 70 miles (113 kilometers) off the coast of western Africa. But the 6,425 acres (2,600 hectares) of rolling sand dunes within Fuerteventura’s Corralejo Dunes National Park (Parque Natural de Corralejo) might have you thinking you’re visiting the African continent as opposed to a beach-filled archipelago.More

El Cotillo

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This sleepy fishing village on the northwest coast of Fuerteventura is best known for its extensive stretch of sandy beach (Playa del Castillo that attracts surfers and windsurfers to its consistent waves. The town itself features a small harbor lined with cafes, tapas bars, and restaurants, all with excellent sea views.More

Majanicho 

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When it comes to remoteness and volcanic landscapes, the Canary Islands are good at making you feel like you’re a world away. And the barely-a-village, bayside Majanicho only adds to that magic. It will have you feeling like you’re on an expedition on the face of the moon – albeit one that includes surf-worthy beaches and an ocean.Located along the northern coast of Fuerteventura, Majanicho is—at least for now—less a village than it is a collection of somewhat ramshackle houses cuddled up around the watery finger of a bay. Don’t expect to find restaurants or shops here, and rather just a rocky coast, and crystal-blue waters filled with the occasional dinghy used for fishing.And then, of course, there are the surfers -- from windsurfers to kiteboarders and just regular old surfers – who know that these secluded waters offer up some great opportunities to catch either waves or wind. That is, however, as long as one takes great caution: the underwater volcanic rock makes these shores a natural booby trap for those not especially careful.How long this humble paradise will remain so quiet is yet to be seen: a nearby housing develop is underway, and there’s word that this charming little bay may be turned into a harbor. Really, though, all the more reason to see it for yourself before it transforms into a tourist hot spot.More

Betancuria

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Set against a dramatic volcanic backdrop, Betancuria is one of Fuerteventura’s oldest and most quintessentially Canarian towns which offers a laidback escape from bustling Corralejo. Admire Betancuria from above at the Morra Velosa viewpoint, before venturing into town to visit the Santa María Church, known for its elaborate baroque altarMore

Pájara

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If you’re looking to get a dose Fuerteventuran culture, then look no further than the inland village of Pájara, located in the central part of the island. Nestled up against Betancuria Natural Park, Pájara is where you’ll find whitewashed-building-lined streets, a famous church, and heaps of classic Canarian charm.Indeed, it’s that church, though, that draws many a visitor to this interior town. Called Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Regla, the holy building dates back to the late 1600s and is noted for its ornate and gilt altar (which allegedly came from Mexico) and elaborate façade that some speculate, with good reason, has Aztec influences (after all, Spaniards returned from the Americas with more than just corn and potatoes).Apart from its main sight, the church, Pájara’s sweet streets are worth a walk around. It’s a village where you can get a sense of days gone by as locals shoot the breeze in the pueblo’s main square, the wind rustles in the palm trees and through the patches of cacti, and a donkey demonstrates how the old mill works in front of Town Hall.More

Oasis Park Fuerteventura

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Oasis Park Fuerteventura comprises the island’s only zoological park, a place where visitors can observe some 3,000 animals representing 250 species, including large Savannah animals, such as hippos, elephants, and giraffe. Zookeepers demonstrate natural behaviors of sea lions, parrots, and birds of prey during live shows.More
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Morro Jable

Morro Jable

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Yes, the resorts and out-of-towners have landed on the Fuerteventuran shores of Morro Jable. But for good reason, as this coastline, which spans the dogleg corner of the south, is lined by virtually unending, white-sanded shores.Although the bulk of the city’s foreign residents and visitors hail from Germany, the former fishing village still retains some of its previous, more old-fashioned vibe. Go up hill from the port, and that’s where you’ll find it—in Morro Jable’s old town. It’s hardly anything fancy to be sure (or super historic), but the Mentos-colored buildings, and narrow streets lend a sweet nod to days gone by. Of course if you head farther eastward, you’ll come across the more luxurious, palm-tree-lined housing developments that make this such a coveted enclave for non-Canarians.But really it’s the beaches that are the draw, spanning several kilometers of the coast. Along these shores, you can lounge in the sun, walk the lengthy and often restaurant- and bar-lined promenade, or take to the sea to enjoy various watersports. And, if you tire of the beaches here, you can always catch a ferry that will whisk you off to neighboring Gran Canaria.More
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Acua Water Park

Acua Water Park

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At Acua Water Park—the only park of its kind in Fuerteventura—you can enjoy more than a dozen family-friendly attractions, including the Lazy River, the Wave Pool, and more. After zipping down slides and playing games in the Activity Pool, refuel with onsite dining options, relax in the Jacuzzi, or lie back on comfortable lounge chairs.More
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Antigua

Antigua

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There was a time when the town of Antigua represented the center of Fuerteventuran life—not only is it situated in the middle of the island, but it once served as its capital. Relinquished of that capital title only a year after it was granted (in 1834), Antigua remains one of the island’s most historic towns, and maintains some of that old-fashioned charm today, making it an intriguing stop during your visit to this corner of the Canaries.The 18th-century pueblo ticks all the usual Canarian boxes: whitewashed buildings, palm-tree-lined streets, and an abundance of cacti scattered among the volcanic landscape. It’s also home to the 16th-century Nuestra Señora de la Antigua Church, which looks over a square of still more palm trees, that give way to a hilly horizon beyond.Perhaps the most notable sight, though, sits just north of town: the windmill and cactus garden. Called El Molino de Antigua, the mill itself is in pristine condition and sits next to a complex where you can discover a whole lot more about the region’s culture. There’s an artisanal shop complete with purchase-able local crafts, as well as a cactus garden in which you can wander. Perhaps best of all, you’ll even come across the recently opened Museo del Queso—the Cheese Museum—which highlights Fuerteventura’s majojero cheese, via exhibits on the island’s farming culture, flora and fauna, and, of course, especially through cheese sampling.More

Top activities in Fuerteventura

Buggy Fuerteventura Off-Road Excursions

Buggy Fuerteventura Off-Road Excursions

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Exclusive Sailing Catamaran Experience to Lobos Island with lunch and drinks
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Catamaran Half-Day Cruise from Caleta de Fuste
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Pirate Adventure Boat Tour in Fuerteventura
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Fuerteventura: Ferry ticket to Lanzarote with wifi
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Odyssee 3: The Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Fuerteventura
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Round-Trip Ferry Ticket from Corralejo + Lobos Island entry, Fuerteventura
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Quad And Buggy Safari In Costa Calma From Jandia Or Esquinso
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All about Fuerteventura

When to visit

Fuerteventura draws serious sun worshippers between June and August, when temperatures shake range from 75°F (24°C) to 82°F (28°C), the sea is inviting, and the skies are clear. The downside is that this is the high season, so beaches and resorts are busy. Luckily, Fuerteventura has also plenty of good weather other times of year. Visit in winter for mild, sunny days and the island’s vibrant February-to-March carnivals, or come or in the spring or fall, when temperatures hit an average of 73°F (23°C) and peak-season crowds have thinned.

Getting around

Renting a car is the easiest way to see Fuerteventura. Rates are very reasonable, and the island is pocket-sized, so even the furthest corner is doable in a day trip. Fuerteventura’s public buses are efficient too, with routes radiating across the island, although fares can mount up and you may have to change buses at Puerto del Rosario on longer distances. Alternatively, if you’re not planning to travel much, you can get around town by cab and explore more distant spot by taking the occasional guided tour.

Traveler tips

Hikers should prioritize taking a trek up the Montaña de Escanfraga volcano. Book a guided hike for safety, and follow the trails up to the plateau for cinematic views of northern Fuerteventura and the Atlantic. After descending, you can refuel at the nearby village of Villaverde, which boasts a number of hidden-gem restaurants. Feast on prawns in garlic at Escanfraga or keep things simple with a scrumptious custard donut from the family-run Mi Dulce Hogar bakery.

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