There are tons of things to do in Fuerteventura, the second largest island in the Canary Islands, Spain. However, it isn’t one of the most touristy islands of the archipelago since most visitors don’t know all the amazing places you can visit on Fuerteventura.
Since it’s the flattest, oldest, and driest one, many would say that it isn’t the most beautiful Canary Island. But you only need to see its golden dunes at sunset, its more than 93 miles of virgin beaches, or its turquoise waters to understand why Fuerteventura is special.
Since there are many places to visit in Fuerteventura, I recommend renting a car to explore the island.
Now, let’s dive into the 15 best things to do in Fuerteventura.
1. Corralejo Natural Park, the most popular place to visit in Fuerteventura
Corralejo Natural Park is one of the essential places to visit in Fuerteventura. It is located in the north of the island, next to the town that bears the same name, so it’s easy to find.
This park has been protected since 1994 and covers 2,600 hectares with 5 miles of beaches. In addition to its white sand and crystal clear waters, it stands out for its awesome dunes formed by the strong winds that hit the island and which make up the largest dune system in the Canary Islands. In the southern part of the park is the Red Mountain, where you can get unparalleled panoramic views from the summit. In Corralejo, you can also see endangered birds such as the Hubara, since the largest colony of this species is located within the park.
If, like us, you arrive at Corralejo by ferry from Lanzarote, you cannot miss this place, as it is the best place to visit in Fuerteventura.
Beaches of Corralejo
Corralejo, with a length of 5.6 miles of coastline, has the best beaches on Fuerteventura, with fine, white sand and turquoise waters.
While there are long and sandy beaches in the north, which are somewhat more touristy, as you head south, small, hidden coves appear, which are perfect for quiet solitude. The most popular beaches in the north are Medano, El Viejo, and Bajo Negro, while to the south, there are jewels such as El Dormidero, El Moro, El Rosadero, and Alzada. Nudism is allowed at all of them, so if you don’t want to get tan lines or want to enjoy the wild nature of the island, these are the best options for you.
If you skipped the Beaches of Corralejo, you would be missing the best of Fuerteventura. If you want to access the beaches by car, marked parking lots have been set up along the FV-1a road that runs along the coast. Parking anywhere else is not allowed.
Corralejo Sand dunes
If you are not passionate about the beach, you also have another reason to visit this natural park: the Corralejo Sand Dunes. Their organic origin, due to the pulverization of shells of mollusks, bivalves and the like, make them very peculiar.
They are on the other side of the FV-1a road, so to visit them, you must park your car in any of the parking lots at the beaches and cross the road. Once in the dunes, I advise you to find the highest ones so you can go sandboarding.
I expressly recommend visiting them at sunset, when the sun begins to set. You’ll definitely get impressive photographs. This is another mandatory place to visit in Fuerteventura.
If you are more adventurous, this buggy tour on the dunes of the north of Fuerteventura is the most fun thing you can do.
2. Morro Jable, the most touristy place to go on Fuerteventura
Morro Jable is, without a doubt, another popular town if you’re looking for nightlife and things to do on Fuerteventura at night.
As the most inhabited town in the municipality of Pájara, to the south of the Jandía peninsula, it is a huge space for tourism in Fuerteventura, and German tourists especially flock here. Gustav Winter, a German engineer that I will tell you about later, made Jandía his own empire after the Second World War, and today it’s one of the most important places to visit in Fuerteventura.
Morro Jable, in addition to its wonderful beaches, which I will tell you about later, stands out for its seawalk, where you can find the “Fobos” sculpture by the famous artist César Manrique from Lanzarote.
In addition, if you have the opportunity to visit the island on the last Friday of September, you can celebrate “The Volcanoes Night”, a very popular event in Morro Jable that is held simultaneously in different parts of the world to spread awareness of volcanic research.
3. El Matorral beach, one of Fuerteventura’s protected natural spaces
The Matorral beach is another of the lush fine white sand beaches of Fuerteventura.
It’s known by various names. In addition to Matorral beach, many call it Morro Jable beach, because it’s located next to this town; Solana beach, due to the salt flats that are there; or Jandía beach, because it’s on this peninsula.
The Matorral lighthouse, located in the center of this extensive beach, marks the limits of the nudist area, north of the lighthouse.
If you like to watch seabirds, one of the best activities in Fuerteventura, I recommend visiting the salt flats, which are right here. The fruitful exploitation of the Saladar de Jandía made Morro Jable grow rapidly in the mid-20th century, making it an interesting place to visit in Fuerteventura.
4. Calderon Hondo Volcano, a must-see place in Fuerteventura
If it weren’t for the Calderón Hondo volcano and the rest of the volcanic cones that are located in the north of the island, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy a paradise like Fuerteventura or Isla de Lobos. It was thanks to its volcanic activity that this islet arose and Fuerteventura spread north about 50,000 years ago.
To visit the volcano’s crater, which is about 230 feet deep and quite well preserved, you must hike the 3-mile circular trail that begins and ends in Lajares, the municipality of La Oliva. It will take you about an hour to complete the moderately difficult route, which has an elevation gain of 525 feet. You can also book this tour to hike with a guide.
From the top of the crater, you will have impressive views of the north of Fuerteventura and the south of Lanzarote, in addition to being able to observe the lava fields that were created by the eruptions of this chain of volcanoes. If you like hiking, visiting this volcano is an essential thing to do in Fuerteventura.
5. Cofete, one of the most beautiful beaches in Fuerteventura
Cofete is one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura. This unspoiled sandy beach has become one of the most popular beaches in the Canary Islands, making it a must-see in Fuerteventura.
Although it’s difficult to get there and they recommend you drive a 4WD to do so, we didn’t do so and we regretted it. The road to Cofete is in poor condition and crosses the Jandía mountain range, where the highest peaks of Fuerteventura are, at an elevation of more than 2,600 feet. Keep in mind that the descent to the beach is quite narrow and runs along a cliff edge, so next time we will hire this 4×4 tour for sure.
Upon arrival, you will find a small village with a bar, a picturesque cemetery, and the mysterious Villa Winter, which I will tell you about later.
Being in such a secluded spot, the beach receives few visitors even when it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain. In fact, we spent the whole day in Cofete and we didn’t see anyone on its 7.5-mile-long stretch. It is without a doubt one of the wildest beaches I’ve ever been on.
The Seven Widows Islet, which is accessible on foot, is 3 miles north of the parking lot. This islet borders the Barlovento beach of Jandía, the most remote area of Cofete, which can only be accessed on foot from Cofete or through the Degollada de Pecenescal trail.
2 miles south of the parking lot is Roque del Moro, a colossal boulder in the middle of the sea. If, instead of enjoying the soft sand of Cofete, you want to look for sea creatures among the natural pools in the rocks, I recommend you visit it, since it’s the best of Fuerteventura.
6. Villa Winter, the mysterious legend about Nazis on Fuerteventura
On Cofete Beach, you will find one of the most curious places to visit in Fuerteventura: the Villa Winter. Many stories related to the Nazis surround this property.
One of the most widely accepted is that it was used as a meeting point for the supply of the German submarine fleet during World War II. It’s also said that Nazi officers, who had undergone cosmetic surgery to flee to South America without being recognized after the fall of the Third Reich, celebrated parties there.
However, the most likely story is that Villa Winter is the house that Gustav Winter bought when he retired. This wealthy German engineer arrived in Fuerteventura in the 1920s and took complete control of the Jandía Peninsula. He even went so far as to encircle the peninsula and only allow workers from the rest of Fuerteventura to pass. In addition, it promoted German tourism in the area, where exclusive hotels for that nation’s tourists were built.
Today, Villa Winter looks ramshackle and abandoned. Pedro Fumero and his family live inside, although there is an eviction order for occupation because they are not the real owners. We had the opportunity to visit the villa and chat with Pedro Fumero, a majorero who looks like a hermit. Many people call him crazy, but with us, he was charming and allowed us to explore the villa. This is, without a doubt, a very curious place to go in Fuerteventura.
7. Costa Calma, one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura
Costa Calma is also located in the municipality of Pájara, in Jandía, and if you’re passionate about windsurfing or kiteboarding, two of the most popular activities in Fuerteventura, you cannot miss its beaches. The world championship of these two sports is held here every year. The main beach, to the north, is a large, white sand beach, but there are other smaller coves that are accessible between them when the tide is low and that you can explore during this Quad or Buggy tour or by E-bike.
It’s also one of the most popular places to stay in Fuerteventura, since along its 1.25 miles of beach, you will find beachfront hotels, perfect for taking a dip first thing in the morning.
In addition, if you are one of those people who enjoy observing the starry sky, Costa Calma is the perfect outlook in Fuerteventura; both the scarcity of light pollution and the physical location of this town make Costa Calma the ideal place to photograph the Milky Way. That is why it’s close to the astronomical outlook of Sicasumbre, which I will tell you about later.
8. El Cotillo beach, the best place to see the sunset in Fuerteventura
If you’re traveling as a family and you wonder what to do in Fuerteventura with kids, the town of El Cotillo is a good place to start enjoying the island.
Located to the northwest, its beaches are beautiful and calm, since its waves are very low due to the natural reef that softens the sea’s strong impact.
The most popular beach in Cotillo is La Concha beach, which stands out for its fine white sand, its horseshoe shape that limits the waves, and its perfect seabed for snorkeling. This beach has a lifeguard post, as well as several beach bars, making it one of the most visited beaches.
Los Lagos, a group of coves with white sand and crystal clear waters, is also frequented by families with kids and stands out for its natural pools formed in volcanic rock.
If you want to enjoy more remote beaches, I recommend going to Los Charcos, which is a 2.5-mile-long series of small coves, located north of Cotillo. Here, again, volcanic activity has formed dozens of natural pools, but even in peak tourist season, you can enjoy some of its coves in total solitude.
A fairly popular beach in this area, which doesn’t match the typical image of Cotillo beaches, is Piedra Playa. With ocher sand and strong winds, it’s a favorite for kitesurfing and windsurfing lovers.
All of them are west-facing, so El Cotillo is the best area of Fuerteventura to watch the sunset.
9. Fuste Castle in Caleta de Fuste, the best attraction in Fuerteventura
If you’re fascinated by ancient maritime history, you will find one of the main places of interest in Fuerteventura in Caleta de Fuste. This town, which belongs to the municipality of Antigua, houses the Tower of San Buenaventura, a curious castle that I recommend visiting.
With a circular floor plan and two levels, this 18th-century defense tower was built to defend the bay from Berber, French, and English pirates who, until recently, ruthlessly plundered the island.
If you aren’t passionate about history and, for you, this isn’t one of the main things to visit in Fuerteventura, the municipality of Antigua also has a wide variety of beaches that you can explore during this Quad tour or this E-bike excursion.
Cala de Fuste is, in fact, one of the most touristy towns in Fuerteventura, since it’s only 5 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes from the capital, Puerto del Rosario, and in the heart of the island, equidistant between Corralejo and Jandía. In addition to having one of the largest shopping and leisure offers on the entire island, it’s popular for its windsurfing schools and nightlife.
10. Lobos Island, a great excursion to do in Fuerteventura
Lobos Island is a small islet of 1.70 square miles, across from Corralejo, that owes its name to the monk seal colony that inhabited it not so long ago. Today it’s a nature reserve that cannot be visited without a special permit, which gives you access to the island for a maximum of 4 hours.
Staying overnight on Isla de Lobos is not allowed. However, visiting it is one of the best one-day trips to do from Fuerteventura. We arrived at the Islote de Lobos with this ferry tour that includes the permit.
However, there are other ways to get to Lobos Island apart from by ferry that you may want to check out.
Once on the island, I recommend you visit Puertito cove, the Punta Martiño lighthouse, and La Concha beach. I also recommend going up to the Montaña de la Caldera, one of the best things to do in Isla de Lobos, as I tell you in our guide.
For us, visiting Isla de Lobos was an essential thing to do in Fuerteventura, and I can assure you that it exceeded our expectations. If you visit it, I recommend taking a bike to the island so that you have time to explore it fully.
11. Sotavento beach of Jandía, a wild paradise to visit in Fuerteventura
With white, fine sand, no facilities, and no crowds, Sotavento beach is ideal for those who want some privacy. It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful beaches in the south of Fuerteventura.
There are 5.60 miles in total of paradise to visit. There are 5 entrances, which are Barca Beach, Risco del Paso, Mirador, Los Canarios beach, and Malnombre beach. It’s not necessary to wait for low tide to be able to cross it from end to end, which is one of the most pleasant walks to do in Fuerteventura.
The most remarkable thing about Sotavento is the 2-mile sandbank that forms in front of the Risco del Paso, between 300 and 1,000 feet from the shore, which creates a lagoon of celestial waters where windsurf or kitesurf beginners practice. For this reason, many know it as the beach of the Blue Lagoon of Fuerteventura.
Although it is common to find naturalists on the beach, the northern area, Playa Barca, is the most popular area for nudism and one of the best naturalist beaches on Fuerteventura. In addition, it’s perfect if you go with kids, since there are lakes that are hundreds of feet long and just a few inches deep so you can cool off safely.
12. Sacred Mountain of Tindaya, the most beautiful hike in Fuerteventura
The Sacred Mountain of Tindaya, located in the town of the same name, is another of the places of interest in Fuerteventura. To the northwest of the island and rising 1,300 feet above sea level, this mountain’s arid landscape hides unique flora and fauna. With a pyramidal shape, in the middle of the Esquinzo plains, it’s estimated to be 18 million years old, making it possibly one of the first formations to emerge in Fuerteventura.
However, what makes Tindaya Mountain an essential place to visit in Fuerteventura is its archaeological value. The mountain was a place for religious rituals, and the island’s aborigines, known as majos, left more than 300 foot-shaped rock carvings around the top of the mountain. Many studies have concluded that these podomorphic engravings symbolize that it was a sacred place, another example of the Berber cultural influence of North Africa on the island.
The age of these foot shapes is not known for sure, but it’s undoubtedly one of the most curious things to see in Fuerteventura. Hiring this guided tour to hike there is recommended. At 1.85 miles round-trip and 755 feet of elevation gain, the difficulty lies in a rocky ridge with a steep drop on both sides, which is not recommended for those with vertigo.
13. Betancuria, the oldest town on Fuerteventura
Of all the cities on Fuerteventura, Betancuria is the oldest and was the island’s capital until 1834. However, today it’s one of the least populated towns. It is in the Betancuria valley, the greenest area on the island.
Founded in the 15th century by Jean de Bethencourt, the conqueror of the island, it’s the most important historical place in Fuerteventura, even if it doesn’t have access to the sea or any nearby beaches.
In Betancuria, you can visit places like the Santa María church, which also dates from the 15th century; the Betancuria Archaeological Museum, which presents the story of the ancient inhabitants of Fuerteventura, the majos; and the Morro Velosa outlook, another of the places to visit in Fuerteventura if you are want to see a starry sky.
This is undoubtedly a mandatory visit for those who want to learn more about the first settlers on the island of Fuerteventura.
14. Majorero Cheese Museum, a great thing to do in Fuerteventura if it rains
There are many things to see and do in Fuerteventura, but one that you shouldn’t miss is enjoying Majorero cheese, which is very typical of the island, at the museum where they tell you how they make it.
At the Majorero Cheese Museum, you’ll find everything from a room dedicated to Fuerteventura, its volcanic origin, and its flora and fauna, to a space dedicated to the Majorera goat, detailing information on the grazing and the milk of this goat, which is used to make cheese.
After learning more about the history of Majorero cheese, you’ll enjoy a tasting of this important product of Fuerteventura gastronomy. There is also a store where you can buy the cheese to continue savoring it after your visit.
You can also visit this museum during a food tour, something you can do in Fuerteventura to experience the authentic flavors of the island.
15. Los Molinos-Jarugo beach, a excursion you must do on Fuerteventura
One of the hikes on Fuerteventura that we liked the most is the one that goes from Los Molinos to Jarugo beach along the coast.
The route begins in the town of Puertito de Los Molinos, where you can park your car and start walking along the path, with hardly any elevation gain. You will pass along vertiginous cliffs where hundreds of seagulls usually nest, whom you must try not to disturb. In addition, you will find more or less inaccessible coves in which to cool off, such as La Soga beach, Yepa beach, and Bajas Amarillas.
After traveling 3.1 miles, you will reach Jarugo beach, an extensive beach of extravagant beauty.
If you have any energy left, you can follow the furrow of the Jarubio Ravine to find the lava fields of the Montaña Quemada volcano, or follow the coast to get to the Tebeto beach. You’ll cross the Playa de la Mujer and go 1.85 miles along the Tindaya cliffs. This is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful things to see in Fuerteventura.
16. La Alcogida Ecomuseum, a recreation of traditional rural life in Fuerteventura
Near the town of Tefía is another of the museums in Fuerteventura that I recommend you visit. There, you will find the La Alcogida Ecomuseum, which is dedicated exclusively to the conservation and display of traditional rural life in Fuerteventura.
La Alcogida Ecomuseum is made up of seven traditionally built houses which showcase the trades carried out by t 19th-century Majorera society: goldsmithing, basketry, stonework, and baking, etc. are represented through crafts workshops. In addition, there are exhibitions on what the lifestyle of the peasants of the time was like.
The little ones will also enjoy seeing the livestock of the time, which includes goats, donkeys, and camels, making it one of the best museums to visit n Fuerteventura with kids.
17. Del Carmen Saltworks Museum, something you have to visit on Fuerteventura
Del Carmen Saltworks Museum is another museum to write down on the list of places to visit on Fuerteventura with kids. There, you’ll be able to learn the history of the Hondurilla saltworks, which date from 1800, and on which the Salinas del Carmen were built. Today, after various rehabilitation processes, they are the only active saltworks on the island.
Throughout the tour, you will learn about the operation and peculiarities of salt extraction methods. The visit to the salt flats is also quite pleasant, since you have the sea in the background and a whale skeleton decorating the landscape.
It is undoubtedly an ideal place to get to know the more traditional side of the island, and that’s why it is one of the most popular tourist attractions on Fuerteventura.
18. Puerto del Rosario, one of the most important towns in Fuerteventura
I can’t forget the island’s capital, Puerto del Rosario, one of the most important cities in Fuerteventura.
Among Puerto del Rosario main attractions you will find a large commercial area, fine sandy beaches such as Playa Blanca, parks, and a leisure area, which is why it has many things to do in Fuerteventura at night.
You can enjoy the sculpture park, which has more than 100 sculptures scattered throughout the city; the large and colorful murals on the streets; and the simple and bright Our Lady of the Rosary church. Don’t forget the Unamuno House-Museum and the Lime Kilns. For all this, it’s one of the cities to visit in Fuerteventura.
19. Acua Water Park, the best thing to do in Fuerteventura with kids
As if the beaches weren’t enough, on Fuerteventura, you can enjoy a water park with more than 14 attractions. Spending the day at Acua Water Park is another of the most popular activities to do in Fuerteventura with kids.
You can enjoy attractions such as the Rapid River, the Dark Cave, and even a large wave pool. It is in Corralejo and, in addition to attractions, it has shows and a kids’ club.
20. Whale and dolphin-watching, the best thing to do in Fuerteventura
If you visit the island in the summer, you can’t miss a whale and dolphin-watching tour. Plus, if you travel in June, your chances of seeing cetaceans are extremely high. Watching these wild animals swimming freely in the sea is one of the most incredible things to see in Fuerteventura.
The most common species that you’ll find on this island are bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales. However, if you take this tour, you can also see stingrays, which also inhabit the waters around Fuerteventura. I recommend reading my guide on the best whale-watching and dolphin tours in Fuerteventura so you can check out my other favorite excursions.
Most tours depart from Morro Jable, and since it’s one of the most popular things to do in Fuerteventura, I suggest booking in advance.
21. Garcey beach, one of the most famous beaches to go to in Fuerteventura
Yes, another beach. But I have to mention Garcey beach, which is practically virgin and has some of the strongest waves on the island. One of the recommendations in Fuerteventura is not to visit it with young kids because it can be quite dangerous for them.
Its landscape is beautiful, making it the best in Fuerteventura. However, what makes it unique compared to the rest of Fuerteventura’s beaches is the presence of a ship that sank in 1994, the ocean liner SS America, which is 723 feet long and still has visible remains.
22. The Botanical Garden of Fuerteventura, the largest cactus garden in Europe
The Fuerteventura Botanical Garden is 250,000 square meters and has more than 1,500 species of flora. We didn’t visit it because it is within the Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura animal exploitation center, and, unfortunately, you can’t just pay to visit the botanic garden.
The botanical garden is divided into three main areas. In the first section are tropical and subtropical plant species. The next is dedicated to cacti and succulents, and the third is an area of native plants and migratory birds.
We’re really looking forward to visiting the botanical garden someday, as we really believe that it’s something interesting to visit in Fuerteventura, but we don’t want to finance a cruel industry like zoos, where animals are deprived of their freedom. I advise you not to do so either.
23. Sicasumbre Astronomical outlook, the best place for stargazing in Fuerteventura
The Sicasumbre astronomical observation point is located 1,000 feet above sea level and is one of the best places to enjoy the starry skies in Fuerteventura.
At the observation point, there are information panels which mention where the different constellations can be observed. In addition, it has the necessary equipment for even the most experienced visitors to place their own telescopes and cameras, since it’s the best area on Fuerteventura to photograph the Milky Way.
If you decide to spend the night looking at the stars, I recommend bringing warm clothes, since when the sun goes down, it usually gets cooler.
24. Ajuy Caves, a curious place to visit on Fuerteventura
Cuevas de Ajuy Natural Monument, in the town with the same name, is another great place to visit on Fuerteventura.
Entering the caves is like taking a trip to the past, since their formation predates Fuerteventura itself, which is why it is an enormous attraction for those who enjoy geology. This is, without a doubt, an authentic gem that is appreciated worldwide.
Ajuy beach, which fossilized more than 4 million years ago, is also a standout in the area. It is a basalt complex that emerged during the creation of Fuerteventura, with rocks created in the abysses of the oceanic crust 70 million years ago. This is, without a doubt, a relic worth visiting, since the visit to these caves on Fuerteventura is free.
25. Windsurfing and Kitesurfing, the best activities in Fuerteventura
Although the origin of the name “Fuerteventura” has a different explanation, it could be due to the strong winds that hit the island and make Fuerteventura a paradise for those who do windsurfing and kitesurfing.
In addition to its paradisiacal beaches, its coasts are known worldwide for their excellent conditions for these two sports.
On the southern beaches of Fuerteventura and on the northern beaches of Fuerteventura, there are windsurfing and kitesurfing schools for all levels.
Throughout this article, I’ve already mentioned the most popular areas for windsurfing and kitesurfing, with the favorites being Costa Calma and Sotavento, so if you do these sports or want to learn them, don’t hesitate to visit Fuerteventura.
To finish up, here is a map of Fuerteventura with everything to see marked. I recommend that you download and save it on your smartphone so you have it accessible during your trip to Fuerteventura.
And that’s all. If you have any questions or want me to add some other important place to see on Fuerteventura, leave me a comment.
Have a safe trip!