With its swaying palm trees, wide white sandy beaches and clear blue water, Fuerteventura is not only the perfect destination for an utterly relaxing holiday in the sun, but also a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Fuerteventura also has great sights to explore.
Several of the best sights of Fuerteventura are found in Betancuria, the former capital of the island – currently Puerto del Rosario. The centre of Betancuria is beautifully picturesque, with lovely historic mansions. The city also has an impressive church dating back to 1691, the Iglesia Santa Maria. Art lovers are sure to be impressed by its sculptures, carvings and Flemish paintings. If you have time to spare, make sure to visit the Mirador Betancuria and enjoy fantastic panoramic views from two sides.
El Cotilla is a lovely little harbour town. The old harbour was once a very important export harbour. Today, there are two harbours, the old one and the new one, which is called Puerto Commercial. The section of Cotilla around the old harbour is especially nice to explore, as you can stroll through charming narrow streets and admire picturesque white-and-blue houses. The new harbour is highly recommended if you’re in for a delicious fish meal at one of the exceptional local fish restaurants. The true taste of Spain!
Want to enjoy the very best views of Fuerteventura? Climb to the top of the Pico de la Zarza. This isn’t something that should be done in flip-flops, but rather by seasoned hikers: the steep climb takes around 5 hours and all of them are spent in the blazing sun. So make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen with you. But once you reach the top and see the views, you’ll quickly forget all the effort it took to get there!
Parque Natural de Corralejo is located just south of the seaside resort of Corralejo. It is a beautiful nature park with dunes, some vegetation and unique fauna. The park covers around 24 square kilometres and borders directly on the sea. If you love wind or kite surfing, this is the perfect destination for you: there’s virtually always enough wind so you’ll most likely not be complaining about a lack of waves. If you’re not the active type, you can spend your time working on your tan.
If you feel like going on a day trip, you should definitely take a boat trip to Isla de Lobos (famous for its seals). This 6-square-kilometre-large island is located north of Fuerteventura and has a national park that is delightfully peaceful. You can also visit the old lighthouse. The boats ‘El Majorero’ and ‘Isla de Lobos’ have glass bottoms and since the water is so clear, you can enjoy great views of the Spanish underwater life. Lots of fun for kids!