Fuerteventura is a subtropical island in the Canaries (Spain), located in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Africa. It is 150km west of Morocco.
Here you will see fine sand, clear sea, and beautiful backdrops.
Fuerteventura is always caressed by the wind and this makes it an ideal destination for lovers of windsurfing and kite surfing.
It’s also a very hospitable island, with many fragrances, colors and places to discover.
Let’s see six things you can do in Fuerteventura.
1. Puerto del Rosario – Capital of Fuerteventura
Puerto del Rosario is located in the north of Fuerteventura and is the capital. The city is developed around the port, known as Puerto de Cabras, which today is an important point of arrival and departure.
To the south of Puerto del Rosario, you can visit the beautiful Playa Blanca. This beach is characterized by a sea with beautiful waves and this makes it a paradise for surfers. Do not miss nearby, two beautiful beaches: El Pertito and Puerto Escondido.
In the city, it is worth a visit to the Parque Escultórico, an open-air museum where you can see very characteristics statues.
Do not miss also Puerto Lajas and Casillas del Angel.
The major event of Puerto del Rosario is the carnival. A feature of this festival is Los Achipencos, a parade of marching rafts in the sea.
2. Caleta de Fuste
Caleta de Fuste (or simply Caleta, as it is often called) is located in the central area of Fuerteventura.
Caleta means bay, and Fuste is a typical boat used for fishing.
Caleta de Fuste is protected from the wind because it was built around a bay.
This place was created during the years when tourism has been developed. For this reason, it has not a historical aspect.
Here the tourism development led to the birth of several hotels and tourist complexes. These facilities are located in the city center and in Nuevo Horizonte (Costa Antigua).
Among the things to do in Caleta de Fuste, worth of visit is Piero’s Cafe. A pub with different atmospheres, where you can eat, drink, watch sports on TV and watch life shows.
3. El Cotillo
El Cotillo is located north-west of Fuerteventura and is fishing town devoted to the Virgin de Buen Viaje.
In El Cotillo the time has stopped. So quiet, people engaged in fishing and women in the kitchen.
The beaches are easy to reach, but you must be careful with the waves, especially in winter. Worth of mention are Playa del Aguila, Puerto Ajibe, Playa del Castillo and Playa de la Cueva.
Apart from the beaches, you should visit the Fortaleza del Toston, built in 1790 to defend El Cotillo from pirate raids.
Last, but no less, it’s interesting the old port of El Cotillo.
Betancuria is located in the central-west of Fuerteventura. It is named after Juan IV de Bethencourt, who founded it in 1404.
It was the capital until 1835 when this status was assigned to Puerto del Rosario. Betancuria is a very peaceful and relaxing place and has not yet been affected by mass tourism.
Worth visiting is the Church Santa Maria de Betancuria as its year of construction is the same foundation: 1404. However, compared to the origins, there are today only the base and the bell tower. Destroyed by an attack in 1593, it was restored in 1620.
At 610 meters high, there is the Mirador Morro Velosa. From here you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Fuerteventura. Do not miss it.
5. La Oliva
La Oliva is located north of Fuerteventura. And it’s one of the most tourist areas of the island.
We recommend a visit to Casa de Los Coroneles, that would be the current town hall (once the home of the Colonels). This palace exhibits typical Canarian architecture, characterized by wooden balconies decorated with features sculptures.
Noteworthy is also the Church of Nuestra Senora characterized by the Mudejar. A part of the church was built with black lava stones.
The Oliva is famous for its beautiful beaches: El Cotillo, the small island of Los Lobos, El Rio, los Charcos III, los Charcos I, El Charcón, Beatriz, Punta Blanca, El Rosadero and Calas of Puertito.
Do not miss, finally, La Cueva del Llano. It is located in the village of Villaverde. This is a cave where, accompanied by a guide, you can discover a hidden and antique place of Fuerteventura, which is also home to a species of spider, which is now dying.
Tindaya is located north of Fuerteventura.
It is a protected area at the foot of a mountain high just 401 m. Many years ago this mountain was called Esmeralda and was a sacred place for worship and reflection.
This history is still evident today thanks to the sculptures on top of the mountain.
There was a belief that these strange sculptures did guard against evil spirits. They were found in 1978.
There are many other things to in Fuerteventura.
Discover yourself when you visit it!