Most visitors to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands just chill out on the beach or hang out in their resort hotels. If you want to see more of Fuerteventura than your sunbed, check out these cool things to do in Fuerteventura to see more of the island, enjoy the food at the best local restaurants, and see a different side of Fuerteventura.
Things to Do in Fuerteventura
Getting Around the Island
There are bus services running between Puerto Rosario and the other towns on the island, although they are only around once an hour, so for a day of exploring a car is a better option. From the airport, there are buses to the main bus station in Puerto Rosario, or the easiest option is to arrange a shuttle service to take you directly to the hotel. It is much quicker, as you don’t have to change buses, and is only a couple of euros more expensive. I used Shuttle Spain, which worked well for me.
Hire a Car
The best way to see Fuerteventura is to hire a car for a couple of days and explore. We hired a car from Cicar in Corralejo town centre, which cost us just 30 euros for 24 hours, including all insurance and an extra driver. This seemed like a really good deal, especially when we split the price between four people. We only hired a car for one day, which was great for driving around, but I’d recommend at least two days to fully explore, with time to stop off along the way.
Hire a Bike
Cycling is a great way to get around parts of the island, in particular on the north coast. There are cycle paths that often run alongside the main road, and although there are a few mountainous volcanoes on Fuerteventura, most of the island is flat. Bear in mind though that there is very little shade here, so plan your route carefully and take plenty of water and sunscreen with you.
There are plenty of trails around Fuerteventura to explore, but in between the towns there are large expanses of nothing, so plan your hike carefully. There isn’t much shade on the island, so take plenty of water, sunscreen, and wear a hat.
Activities and Things to Do in Fuerteventura
Hike a Volcano
Fuerteventura is a volcanic island, and you can pick up a map of the hikes to the volcanoes at the tourist information centres.
Get into Watersports
There is a wide range of water sports in Fuerteventura to enjoy, from SUP stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, kite surfing, and surfing. You can even take a sea kayak to Isla Lobos (depending on the weather).
Learn to Surf
I came to Fuerteventura to stay at a surf camp in Corralejo, and spent a week trying to learn to surf in Fuerteventura. The location of the islands and its beautiful sandy beaches makes it a great destination for beginners to learn to surf, as well as more advanced surfers to catch some waves.
Kayak to Isla Lobos
Kayak Fuerteventura offer a sea kayaking excursion to Isla Lobos across the bay from Corralejo. I didn’t do this as it was very windy when I was in Fuerteventura, but the trip gets great reviews on Trip Advisor, and sounds like fun for more adventurous types!
Snorkel in Isla Lobos
On the north side of Fuerteventura, close to Corralejo, is Isla Lobos, named after the sea lions (lobos marinos in Spanish) who used to live there. The sea lions are gone, but the island is home to lots of seabirds, and a short ferry ride to the island gives you access to great places to snorkel, or hike around the island in a couple of hours.
Check out El Cotillo
El Cotillo is a tiny town on the coast, about 30 minutes’ drive from Corralejo. The beaches are great for surfing, or you can just wander the streets, and eat some amazing food at one of the restaurants here.
Go Horse-riding along the Coast
Close to the little northern town of El Cotillo, Granja Tarar offers horse rides along the coastal paths. Suitable for beginners, this is a unique way to enjoy Fuerteventura.
Go to a Cheese Museum
We sadly missed this, but I have read excellent reviews of the museum, which is more about the history of the island than cheese, but also has a beautiful cactus garden and a shop where you can buy some delicious goat cheese to take home.
Get Lost in the Sand Dunes
The national park of Corralejo Dunas is an expanse of sand dunes that stretches for miles. Look out for wild goats, or just wander around in the sand for a while. You can also head down to the beach to watch kite-surfers battling against the wind.
Spot the Windmills
Dotted around Fuerteventura there are several windmills in varying states of repair. Originally built by farmers to grind their corn using the wind power that was so prevalent here, they are now mostly unused. Larger male windmills “Molinos” are two-storey windmills and were used first. Smaller, single-storey female windmills “Molinas” came later, and were easier to operate and maintain.
Go to Blackpool
Pozo Negro is a tiny little fisherman’s village, south of Puerto Rosario. Translated as Black Pool, it did remind a little of Blackpool in England, with biting winds on the day we visited! This is a black sand beach, common in Lanzarote but unusual here on Fuerteventura. On calmer days, have a beer or a coffee at one of the little cafes in the bay, or pick out your favourite black and white stones on the shore.
Visit an Aloe Vera Farm
I heard mixed reviews about these, so didn’t go myself, but there are several aloe vera farms and shops around the island, where you can learn about the production of aloe vera, and buy aloe vera products. Aloe vera is great for sunburn, so if you overdo it on the beach this would be worth investigating!
Things to Do in Fuerteventura – Eat!
Enjoy Local Cuisine
Food on the Canary Islands is delicious – if you can tear yourself away from the picture menus and pizza joints, try the local specialities like goat cheese, goat stew, ropa vieja (meat or seafood stew), papas arrugadas (salty boiled potatoes with mojo sauce), and delicious mojo (mo-hoe) red pepper sauce that is seriously addictive. Unsurprisingly, seafood on Fuerteventura is also incredible! My favourite restaurants in Fuerteventura were Meson Las Lajas (Corralejo) which had incredible seafood mixed grills, Bar La Lonja (Corralejo) which had an excellent range of good value tapas, and Bar La Parada (Morro Jable) which had killer local specialities. To satisfy your sweet tooth, don’t miss French bakery El Goloso de Lajares (Lajares) for beautiful and delicious cakes, quiches and sandwiches.
Where to Stay in Fuerteventura
Hostels and Hotels in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura isn’t really a backpacker destination, so hostel options are limited. In the south of the island, accommodation is mostly in resorts or hotels, or independently with Airbnb. In Corralejo, you can book surf camp or hostel accommodation without the surf classes if you wish, or if you want to learn to surf in Fuerteventura then you can stay at a surf camp like I did at Planet Surf Camp.
Airbnb in Fuerteventura
Have you been to Fuerteventura? Do you have any recommendations I’ve missed? I’d love to hear your views in the comments below.
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