Fuerteventura has got has sandy shores, blue skies and landscapes that deserve a second look. Sculptures hide behind trees, sand dunes line beaches that have been elected nature reserves and there are idyllic islands to be discovered just a short boat ride away. And the weather isn’t too bad either…
Vanilla-hued sands and cobalt waters personify the beaches you’ll stumble across in Fuerteventura. And stumble upon them you will – there’s more than 150 to find. From family-friendly Caleta de Fuste and the pearly seas of Corralejo to the mountain-lined, isolated Cofete, you’ll be tempted more than a few. Caribbean-esque shores are much nearer than you think.
Corralejo Nature Reserve
The Corralejo Nature Reserve is home to some of Fuerteventura’s favourite beaches, and the shores are backed by famous sand dunes which stretch six miles down the coast. The dunes are popular enough, but the optimum waves offshore caught the eye of surfers and the wind, the kite lovers. Both flock to this portion of coastline. Sunbathers will be still find plenty of peace and quiet though – this nature reserve is long enough that you can feel secluded just about anywhere.
Mirador Morro Velosa
Climb up 650 metres or so and you’ll be afforded one of the best viewpoints in Fuerteventura. The Mirador Morro Velosa offers a panorama of the north of Fuerteventura, the Corralejo dunes and even Lanzarote, on a good day.
Isla de Lobos
The direct translation of Isla de Lobos is actually the Isle of Wolves – not to worry, there are none. There aren’t that many beach spots (but there is an idyllic cove which boasts turquoise waters). There is plenty to keep walkers occupied, however. Pearly inland pools, salt marshes, a lighthouse and salt pans round off this wonderfully isolated island. Just hop on the 15-minute ferry from Corralejo and see for yourself.
The Salt Museum
South of Caleta de Fuste you’ll find the Salinas del Carmen and the Museo de la Sal. Making salt from the ocean is an intricrate process and you can learn all about it. Pick from two different tours and wander around the salt mines – it has been the basis of many people’s livelihoods in the Canary Islands – and it’s a suprisingly interesting way to spend the afternoon.
The Sculpture Park
The town of Puerto del Rosario is an open-air museum and home over 100 different sculptures created specially by various artists. The pieces change annually for the International Symposium of Sculpture competition. Wander around and spot these artistic treasures along pavements, by the harbour and hidden beneath leafy trees.