A lot of 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 the island than your sunbed, check out these fun Fuerteventura activities for some ideas of things to do in Fuerteventura so you can enjoy a different side of this beautiful Spanish island.
Where is Fuerteventura & When to Visit?
Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the coast of Morocco. It is the southernmost Spanish autonomous community and is a great place to visit in Europe while being tantalisingly close to Africa. The climate here is warmer and drier than the rest of Europe, and is lovely to visit at any time of year – especially in the winter to escape the cold further north! It does get hot in the summer, so if you’re sensitive to high temperatures then going to Fuerteventura in the shoulder or off-season in Spring, Autumn and winter might be best for you. I went to Fuerteventura in January, and we had some sunshine, some rain and quite a strong wind, which was unusually poor for the time of year. Generally speaking, you can expect good weather all year round.
How to Get to Fuerteventura
Flights to Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura Airport, also known as El Matorral Airport, is close to the capital of Fuerteventura, Puerto Rosario. The airport has flight connections to over 80 destinations worldwide, including several airports in the UK. If you are flying from outside of Europe you may need to change flights in Spain before flying to Fuerteventura.
Ferries to Fuerteventura
If you are already in the Canary Islands, there are regular ferries from the other islands of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. The ferry from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura takes around 25-35 minutes, and Gran Canaria is about 2 hours away so it is easy to travel between the islands. There are also ferries from Tenerife which take about 6 hours to get to Fuerteventura.
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Transport on Fuerteventura
Getting Around Fuerteventura by Bus
If you arrive in Fuerteventura by air, there are buses from the airport to the main bus station in Puerto Rosario, where you can catch another bus service to a different part of the island. There are bus services running between Puerto Rosario and the other main towns on the island, although they are only around once an hour. The easiest option is to arrange a shuttle service to take you directly to your accommodation. 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.
For exploring the island, hiring a car is a better option so you have more freedom and flexibility and don’t have to schedule your activities around the bus timetable.
Hiring a Car in Fuerteventura
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 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 the Island, with time to stop off along the way.
Activities in Fuerteventura to Get Your Heart Pumping
Cycling in Fuerteventura
Cycling is a great way to get around parts of the island, in particular on the north coast. There are various places to hire bikes in Fuerteventura and you can take several days to cycle around and explore. 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.
If you aren’t going to have access to Wifi, maps.me is a useful app which you can download in advance to show you the route and your GPS location, or ask your bike hire company for an old school paper map! If you prefer to explore Fuerteventura with a guide and without the effort of cycling the whole time, you could also consider an e-bike tour.
Hiking in Fuerteventura
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 and make sure you know where you are going. Also bear in mind that there isn’t much shade on the island, so take plenty of water, sunscreen, and wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Again, consider downloading maps.me to help you to follow the right path while you are hiking, or get a good quality map of Fuerteventura before you go.
Hiking a Volcano
Fuerteventura is a volcanic island, so hiking up a volcano is a challenging and beautiful way to explore the island. You can pick up a map of the hikes to the volcanoes at the tourist information centres. This guided volcano hiking tour including wine tasting also sounds like a great option!
Quad Biking Tours of Fuerteventura
One of the best ways to explore Fuerteventura is to go off-road. There are various companies which organise quad biking or buggy tours of the island for an adrenaline-filled adventure – I didn’t do these myself but they get great reviews!
Watersports on Fuerteventura
There is a wide range of water sports in Fuerteventura to enjoy, from sailing to stand up paddleboarding, windsurfing, kite surfing, and surfing. All of these activities are easy to arrange; some hotels have their own instructors and can arrange classes or watersports sessions for you or just ask one of the operators in town how to book
Surfing in Fuerteventura
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. You can arrange individual classes or sign up for a week to give you more time to practise!
Read all about my experience learning to surf at Planet Surf Camp Fuerteventura.
More Relaxed Activities in Fuerteventura
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 windmills or “Molinos” are two-storey windmills and were used first. Smaller, single-storey windmills or “Molinas” came later and were easier to operate and maintain. Keep an eye out for them all over the island.
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.
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!
Go to a Cheese Museum
We sadly ran out of time before we had the chance to visit the Cheese Museum, but I have read excellent reviews of it so wanted to include it here. The Museo del Queso Majorero 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.
Enjoy Local Cuisine
OK so it’s not an activity per se, but eating is definitely one of my favourite things to do in Fuerteventura! Food on the Canary Islands is delicious – so try to tear yourself away from the picture menus and pizza joints and try the local specialities. Dishes such as goat stew, ropa vieja (meat or seafood stew), papas arrugadas (salty boiled potatoes with mojo sauce), goat cheese and delicious mojo (mo-hoe) red pepper sauce (which is seriously addictive!) are some of my favourite foods from Fuerteventura. Unsurprisingly, seafood on Fuerteventura is also incredible!
Where to Eat in Fuerteventura
My favourite restaurants in Fuerteventura were Meson Las Tejas (Corralejo) which had spectacular seafood mixed grills, Bar La Lonja (Corralejo) which had an excellent range of good value tapas, and Bar Parada (Morro Jable) which had killer local specialities like goat stew. To satisfy your sweet tooth, don’t miss French bakery El Goloso de Lajares (Lajares) for beautiful and delicious cakes, quiches and sandwiches.
Other Places to Visit in Fuerteventura
As I said; I based myself in Corralejo but hiring a car to explore the island is a great way to see what else Fuerteventura has to offer. If you have several days to explore you will be able to see much more than I did, but this is a taste of what to expect.
Explore 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. There are various ways to get to Isla Lobos, including a ferry, water taxi, joining a tour or kayaking to the island.
Kayak Fuerteventura offers a sea kayaking excursion to Isla Lobos, although I didn’t do this as it was very windy when I was in Fuerteventura, the trip gets great reviews on Trip Advisor, and sounds like fun for more adventurous types!
Check out these tours on GetYourGuide for other Isla Lobos excursions:
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. It’s on the west coast of the island so is a lovely spot to watch the sunset – although it was quite cloudy when we were there!
Morro Jable & Punta Jandia
On the southern tip of Fuerteventura, Morro Jable is a pleasant town with some excellent restaurants, a turtle nursery and one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura. The wide sand stretches out along the coast and is a wonderful place to soak up the sun or stroll along the beach. It is on the edges of Jandia National Park which is also worth exploring if your hire car will handle it, or a quad bike tour might be a better bet so you don’t end up paying for damage to the car! Further along the coast is Punta Jandia Lighthouse which you can drive to along a dirt road. There is a museum and a small shop there, but bring water and snacks with you in case it’s closed.
Pozo Negro (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 in January! This is a black sand beach, common in Lanzarote but more 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.
Where to Stay in Fuerteventura
Hostels 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. However, in Corralejo in the north of the island, there are plenty of surf camps which offer hostel-style accommodation with or without the surf classes if you wish. However, as one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura is to learn to surf, I highly recommend booking a surf camp to have some lessons like I did at Planet Surf Camp.
Hotels in Fuerteventura
I stayed in the north of Fuerteventura in Corralejo which has more things to do than in the south which seemed to be more beach resort hotels. If you are looking for fun activities in Fuerteventura, I’d suggest staying in Corralejo where there is more action! The south of the island is still easy to reach if you hire a car. Corralejo Lodge is at the lower price range but it is clean and quiet and has a swimming pool. Katis Villas Boutique Fuerteventura is more upmarket and has a pool, sauna and spa available, as well as various other activities. You can browse all hotels in Fuerteventura here.
Airbnb in Fuerteventura
There are plenty of options for Airbnb in Fuerteventura, such as this apartment close to the centre of Corralejo which also has a swimming pool, or this great value private room with private bathroom. You can check all options for Airbnb here. If you have never used Airbnb before, use this link to sign up & get up to $40 credit to use on your first trip. Read more about how it works in my full Airbnb guide or click below for your Airbnb coupon:
Have you been to Fuerteventura? Do you have any recommendations for fabulous Fuerteventura activities that I’ve missed? I’d love to hear your thoughts, please leave your comments below.
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