Many people say that Fuerteventura is the jewel of the Canary Islands. It is the second largest island in the Canaries, after Tenerife and is unspoilt and tranquil, but its popularity is growing every year. Fuerteventura has a very relaxed atmosphere.
Its beaches attract surfers and familys. The island is also home to some of the best beaches in Europe and therefore, it is the perfect holiday destination for a true beach lover.
Fuerteventura is the easternmost of the Canary Islands and closest to the coast of Africa.
It is often affected by the strong winds of the Sahara, which have helped to carry sand to the beaches here, straight from Africa´s desert. The sand dunes of Fuerteventura are a major tourist attraction on the island.
If you are looking for an active holiday or a more relaxing holiday destination, Fuerteventura is a fantastic choice. Here you can spend your days relaxing on the large beaches, savouring delicious local food and discovering the amazing parts of the island.
We will now introduce you to many places that will make your holiday in Fuerteventura:
- El Cotillo: the charming village of El Cotillo is located on the northern tip of the island and is becoming a very popular day trip destination in Fuerteventura.
El Cotillo is a very small village, but you can find many good seafood restaurants here. Locals come here during the weekend to spend a day on one of El Cotillo´s amazing beaches and to enjoy a fantastic meal with the family.
El Cotillo also owes some of its popularity to La Concha beach.
- Betancuria: Fuerteventura´s former “capital” town, Betancuria, lies in a deep valley next to an old, dried-up riverbed.
A frenchman named Jean de Béthencourt founded this town in 1405, thinking that it´s sheltered location would keep intruders away.
Luckily he didn´t live to see the total destruction of the village in 1593, when a pirate named Jaban tore it down completely.
Nevertheless, the diligent townsfolk began rebuilding the village immediately and thus, the town held the position of island capital until 1834. Until the neighbouring town of La Oliva became the capital before Puerto de Rosario took its place in 1860. These days, Betancuria´s small economy runs mainly on tourism. You´ll find many souvenir and handicraft shops in the town centre, along with some nice restaurants and cafes.
- Ajuy Cave: This small coastal village of Ajuy is located on the western coast of the Fuerteventura and has something truly amazing to show you.
From the centre of the village, take the small coastal path leading to the north and here you´ll find mind-blowing caves, which were once the secret hideouts of pirates.
It was along these rocky shores that Jean de Béthencourt dropped anchor for the first time when he arrived to this island in 1402.
- Cofete: You can only say you know Fuerteventura when you have driven down the rocky road to the remote beaches of El Cofete and Barlovento.
If you take this road from Morro Jable you´ll probably regret it straight away and consider going back.
But, if you persevere and reach the viewpoint of Frail y Pico de la Zara you will see the breathtaking view of the beaches and know the journey was well worth it.
This stretch of sand is over 12 km long, the first beach being El Cofete and the next Barlovento.