FUERTEVENTURA: COSA VEDERE E FARE
in addition to surfing and kitesurfing
Are you about to leave for a surf trip or a kitesurf trip in Fuerteventura? Great! But between a surf session and a kitesurf session, why not take the opportunity to visit the island a bit? In Fuerteventura surfing and kitesurfing definitely dominate any list of things to do on the island, and during a holiday it is easy to find suitable conditions to go to the sea every day, whether you surf, or kitesurf, but between a session and other you might need to rest your muscles a little and you might want to look around a bit while exploring this wild island, maybe even just to please any non-surfer escorts who might want to see something different from the usual spots!
Here is a list of the 8 things you can't miss in Fuerteventura : everything you need to see and do absolutely during a vacation in Fuerteventura, one of my favorite choices, out of the water .
1. The North Shore
At the top of any ranking of things to see, and to do, in Fuerteventura there is for me the whole north coast of the island, to be reached through the long dirt road that runs along the sea. From Corralejo to Cotillo some of the most beautiful and wild landscapes of Fuerteventura are concentrated: very white beaches and turquoise water that seem to come from a postcard of the Caribbean alternate with black lava and some of the best waves of the Canary Islands. No bar, no houses, no resorts. Only sand, sea, lava, sun, some sporadic farms and some fishermen's shacks. Any self-respecting surfer knows this part of the island like his pockets, because here the majority of the spots are concentrated, while those who do not come to Fuerteventura for surfing often lose these views, which I advise you to explore far and wide. The dirt road is not excessively bumpy and it is possible to travel with any car, even if every now and then some deeper holes are there and in any case it is important to be very careful because breaking the oil sump here is really frequent (also for us happened a couple of years ago).
Starting from Corralejo, in the direction of Cotillo, the first stretch of dirt road runs alongside numerous surf spots, including Caletta Inside (also very popular with schools). Here is also the curious Pop Corn beach , a small beach with remains of white coral that really look like popcorn!
Continuing on the dirt road you reach the beach of Majanicho . The village of Majanicho is made up of a few fishermen's cottages overlooking a small bay. Here are some very popular peaks for both beginners and experts, as well as some kitesurfing when conditions are favorable.
After passing Majanicho continue in the direction of Cotillo. Here the first spots that meet are the Derecha and El Hierro , the two most famous waves of Fuerteventura, both of world class level, then again beaches and inlets, some of very black lava, some of white sand, up to Los Charcos near the Toston lighthouse. These are some lagoons of clear blue water, surrounded by sand so white and fine that they look like talcum powder and punctuated by very black lava. In the background stands the Toston beacon of its bright red. The lagoons are generally not frequented by tourists but are really ideal for younger children, also because the water here is always warmer. At high tide they are big enough to fill up with kitesurfers, and in fact our friend Lorenzo runs his courses right here ( click here if you want to contact Lorenzo's Tarponsbay school ).
2. The Cotillo
El Cotillo is a small town, once inhabited mainly by fishermen, still quite far from mass tourism that has invaded much of Fuerteventura, despite being in one of the most suggestive corners of Fuerteventura, very close to some postcard beaches like La Concha and in the middle of several unpaved paths leading both to the North shore and to the west.
I really like coming here for dinner at night, eating something in one of the fish restaurants and then taking a walk to the marina (La Marisma and La Vaca Azul are my favorites).
But the real attraction of the Cotillo is the long beach that can be reached by going west immediately outside the village. A dirt road runs along it from the cliffs that surround it. A suggestive and wild place populated by surfers and kitesurfers capable of offering breathtaking views, especially at sunset.
Fuerteventura is the island of beaches. Here you can really find it for all tastes, of all colors and of all sizes and mentioning one among many is really difficult, but I have chosen to include in this list the beach of Esquinzo because it is one of my favorites. Esquinzo is a small cove that can be reached in about 10 minutes by road from the Cotillo heading west. A dirt track in a desert landscape on the edge of the world. Once in Esquinzo, park up high on the cliff overlooking the cove. The descent and the climb are a bit tiring but it's worth it. From the top what impresses are the colors: the gold of the sand and the thousand shades of turquoise of the ocean, almost always interrupted by very long right and left. Here there is hardly crowding, but if you arrive early in the morning it is easy to find someone who does yoga after sleeping in a tent on the beach. A small tranquil paradise away from it all. If you are in Fuerteventura to kitesurf and those who accompany you ask for a little respite from the wind, this can be a good option because the beach is well sheltered.
If, on the other hand, you are in Fuerteventura for a surf trip, you should know that Esquinzo is also an excellent spot capable of offering truly varied conditions depending on the swell: from small soft waves suitable for longboards, to fast bars and high well above the head, with sections cooing.
Note: not to be confused with the town of the same name near the beach of Sotavento.
4. The Dunes of Corralejo (and Flag beach)
The natural park of las Dunas just south of Corralejo is perhaps one of the most famous places in Fuerteventura: a natural park of a couple of km wide by 10 of length, which houses the largest sand dunes of the Canary Islands. If you drive along the FV1 highway that runs along it, you can walk through it and climb to the top from which you have a marvelous view of the famous Flag Beach(the immense beach south of Corralejo which is part of the park itself as well as one of the most famous kite spots of the Canary Islands and not only) and on the islet of Lobos which is not far away. The best place to park is at the beach of El Burro. My advice is to visit them just before sunset, possibly choosing a time when they are not invaded by flocks of tourists who are brought here continuously with big tourist buses from every hotel on the island.
Once on the summit, take a moment to admire the landscape, then ... roll down like children!
5. Isla de Lobos
The islet of Lobos is a small uninhabited island of just 4.5 square km just off the coast of Corralejo. If you surf you surely know it because it is here that the longest right wing of all the Canary Islands is formed and probably of Europe ... but I will not speak now since I had promised to list things to do out of the water .
The islet of Lobos can be reached in 15 minutes crossing with the regular ferries that depart regularly from the port of Corralejo, or with a water taxi (often preferred by surfers because it avoids the 40-minute walk from the marina to the peak). Obviously you can't bring your car on the island, but you can possibly bring a bicycle with you. On the island there is no electricity, no bar or anything, just a small restaurant in the port area, so bring with you everything you need for a day at the beach. Once landed you can explore the surroundings on foot along the 7km path that covers the entire circumference of the island. Once you visit the old salt pans, the lighthouse and the remains of the you can relax in the ancient waters in the crystal clear waters that surround the island. The marvelous Concha beach is undoubtedly the most famous, but in Lobos the crystal-clear lagoons, practically natural pools, are also famous. Also ideal if you pop in here with small children.
6. Sport climbing
If you think that in Fuertevenuta you can have fun only at sea, you are wrong. Of course surfing, kitesurfing and sup are the most common sports on the island, but they are not the only ones. Mountain biking is widespread, as is running and trail (just look around to see why), but also sport climbing is very popular. Of course if you think about climbing in the Canaries the first destinations that come to mind are Tenerife and Gran Canaria, but despite Fuerteventura being mostly flat, here too there are several possibilities for climbing. Between the two small towns of Pájara and Ajuy, in the center of the island of Fuerteventura, Barranco de las Peñitas is a renowned center for Boulderingwith granitic formations that offer routes from 4 to 7b + therefore truly for all tastes. In addition to the Boulder it is also possible to climb streets near Ajuyu where there are about 30 routes of different degrees of difficulty and a maximum height of 40 meters.
Of course bringing with you the climbing equipment, in addition to the surfboards, may not be easy ... but you can contact the local school Climbing-Fuerteventura to hire everything or book a course if you are a beginner ( La found on Fb by clicking here )
7. Jandia and Sotavento
The Jandia peninsula is the southern tip of Fuerteventura and extends south of the famous Sotavento beach (the other famous fuerteventura kitesurf spot, along with Flag beach in the north of the island). Sotavento is actually a collection of various beaches that extends for over 9 km forming a very long stretch of white sand that plunges into the ocean and completely changes its appearance depending on the tides that regulate the immense lagoons that are formed here every day. A postcard paradise with shocking wind statistics, more suitable for kitesurfing than relaxing on the beach ... fortunately for us!
8. Excursion to Lanzarote
The two islands are so close that it is really easy to visit both during a vacation, even a short one. There are two companies that operate regular connections between Corralejo and Playa Blanca in Lanzarote. The round trip cost for 2 people and a car is around € 100 and the crossing takes about half an hour.
Once in Lanzarote, my advice is to venture to Yaiza and then cross the Volcanoes natural park , then head north to the Santa where you can stop to admire the Quemao and Santa spots . From here in a few minutes you reach Famara where you can stop for lunch or enjoy the beach. On the way back you can take the wine route which passes by the Geria and take advantage to taste the wine in the local cellars, just for the hour of the aperitif.
Rental cars: tips
To explore Fuerteventura I highly recommend a rental car, especially as here you can rent a car with really low prices (around 70 € a week to get an idea).
Local companies are, in my experience, reliable and safe, as well as more convenient. I've always turned to Autoreisen or Cabrera Medina and I've never had any problems. Furthermore the second driver and the child seat are free and included in the price of your rental.
Just pay attention on the dirt road and in general to damage to the "under" of the car because the insurance will hardly cover you if you break the oil sump if you went off-road.
If you are planning an excursion to Lanzarote, you should know that many rental companies do not allow it (your car will not be insured if you bring it to another island). If you plan to do this excursion, ask the rental company. Among the two I mentioned Cabrera medina permits, autoreisen generally no.