Fuerteventura is known for its crystal-clear blue water and the long and white sandy beaches. When I was living on Gran Canaria I visited the neighbouring island Fuerteventura for a long weekend. It was only 40 minutes by plane to get there and I paid 50€ for a return ticket.
Our accommodation was in Corralejo, which is a trendy surf-hotspot with a lot of hostels and young people. Fuerteventura is very popular among surfers because it’s always extremely windy. Corralejo also has a variety of nice shops, restaurants and bars and I’d recommend staying there.
Day 1: North of Fuerteventura
On the first day we explored the capital Puerto del Rosario and the north of the island by car. When we got to Puerto del Rosario we couldn’t even believe that this was the capital because it was so small and there were hardly any people. After walking around a bit we soon decided to leave again as we found that there wasn’t so much to see.
Then we continued our trip to the beach El Cotillo. The area around the beach is extremely calm and there are several surf shops and some cute cafés. When we left the car we were almost blown away by the wind. Even though it was too windy for us to enter the water we still enjoyed just being there and taking in the beautiful surrounding. The white sands of the beach and the blue water combined with the calmness of the nature were impressive.
The centre of Fuerteventura is completely dry and the landscape almost looks like a desert. I was surprised how different it is to Tenerife or Gran Canaria, even though the islands are so close. We didn’t stop at many places because there wasn’t much to see, but it was still nice to drive around and look at the scenery.
Day 2: South of Fuerteventura
On the second day we made our way down to the south of the island. The highlight of Fuerteventura are definitely its beaches, most of which are located in the south. I think the south is a bit more touristy in terms of resorts while there are more hostels and young people in the north.
Never have I seen so many beautiful and calm beaches in Europe before. They are huge and all of them were almost empty when we were there. This was an extremely pleasant change considering that we were coming from the crowded and touristy Gran Canaria.
After exploring various beaches we decided to visit the view point Cofete, which is located on top of a hill. A curvy and steep dirt road leads up there. The drive was bumpy and for a while we were wondering if we were still on the right track but then we finally reached the top.
The view from Cofete is impressive. Looking down, it seems like the waves are approaching the coast in slow motion. It’s relaxing to stand there and just watch the waves.
The wind in Cofete was at a whole new level. Fuerteventura is generally windy but that’s nothing compared to Cofete. First, we had to be extremely careful with opening the car door and second, I didn’t even dare to take my phone out because I was too scared that the wind would take it.
I truly loved the south of Fuerteventura and its beautiful beaches. But I was glad that our accommodation was in the north as there were mainly big resorts in the south and I’m not a big fan of those.
Day 3: Isla de Lobos
The third day was the highlight of the trip for me: A day trip to the little island Isla de Lobos. In the beginning I wasn’t too convinced about going there as I had read that it was too crowded and full of tourists. In the end I decided to give it a try and I was more than happy about it.
From the harbour in Corralejo it took us 15 minutes by boat to get to the island. The boat was packed with people so I was expecting the worst regarding tourist crowds.
When we arrived I was positively surprised: No crowds and a lot of nature. The landscape on the island is beautiful. There are tiny hills out of black rocks, some green areas and the ocean seemed to have an even deeper shade of blue than in Fuerteventura.
After exploring the area a bit we noticed a sign saying “lighthouse” pointing towards a little path which we started to follow. The path led us towards the centre of the island and later along the coast.
The scenery seemed to be so untouched and all you could hear was the sound of the waves. It was such a beautiful walk and there were only a few other tourists.
The sun was extremely strong and I was glad that I had brought my water bottle and sun screen along. It took us almost 1 hour to get to the lighthouse which was at the complete other side of the island. My toes were getting sore in the flip-flops and I had already regretted not bringing proper shoes, but the pretty scenery made up for it.
When we finally reached the lighthouse we rested there for a bit and then walked all the way back. We took the path on the other side of the coast, so basically we walked around the whole island. Before this trip I had thought that the Isla de Lobos was just about blue water and a beach but the whole island is actually really pretty. We ended up walking a total of 2 hours in flip-flops and my feet were dead afterwards – but it was definitely worth it.
On the way back to our starting point we found this little beach and I couldn’t have been happier to take off my flip-flops and go for a swim. The water was a bit fresh but it was perfect after having walked in the heat for so long.
After the well deserved relaxation on the beach we continued walking about 10 more minutes to the harbour where we took the last boat back to Fuerteventura.
I’m not sure if we were just lucky but the Isla de Lobos was not crowded at all and it was completely worth going there. I loved the landscape and the peaceful environment on the island.
In total, the whole trip to Fuerteventura was amazing. The island is way calmer than Tenerife or Gran Canaria. However, I felt like it didn’t have much more to offer than beaches and water sports and I think I’d get bored if I was there for too long. If you expect diverse nature or a city with a beautiful old town and a lot of cultural offers I wouldn’t go to Fuerteventura. Yet, Fuerteventura is perfect for a short beach get-away or if you want to go surfing. Also, the infrastructure in touristic villages is great including accommodations, restaurants, bars and shopping facilities.
- Fuerteventura is extremely windy. So make sure to bring shorts and not only skirts and dresses.
- Corralejo is a nice place to stay. There are a lot of young people and the infrastructure is well developped. Also, you’re right next to a beach and the harbour from where you can take a boat to the Isla de Lobos.
- Fuerteventura is a great place for surfing. There are surf schools and shops all over the place.
- There’s public transport on the island but it will be way more comfortable to rent a car as busses don’t go very often.
- Try the famous goat cheese.
- Visit Isla de Lobos.
- Isla de Lobos: Bring your own food if you don’t want to eat in the only overpriced restaurant on the island.
- Isla de Lobos: Bring proper walking shoes and do the hike around the island if you like walking through a calm natural environment.
Have you been to Fuerteventura? What was your experience? Tell me in the comments!