Best things to do in Fuerteventura whether you’re after lazy days or adventures

Fuerteventura has everything you could want for fun family holidays packed with adventure.

There are breathtaking beaches where you can soak up the sunshine or take a dip in the blue waters, rugged coastal spots for leisurely strolls, spectacular landscapes from salt flats to caves, and plenty of charming towns filled with history.

No wonder it’s a hit with those who want a beach holiday with plenty to see and do.

Then there’s the fact that there are plenty of cheap Fuerteventura packages to be found for a budget-friendly break.

We take a look at the top things to see and do when you’re there…

You can also find out more about Fuerteventura in our Canary Islands guide.

1. Corralejo Natural Park

Corralejo Beach

You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived in the likes of the Caribbean with a trip to this breathtaking natural park, filled with magnificent sand dunes and pristine beaches boasting white sands and turquoise waters.

Spend a day on the beach or take a leisurely stroll along the coast to take it all in.

Looking for a bit more of a thrill? There are plenty of dune buggy tours of the sand dunes for a fun, adrenaline-inducing way of exploring the landscape.

2. Isla de Lobos

Isla de los Lobos is set to charge visitors

Just a short ferry ride away from Fuerteventura sits this picturesque island is filled with beautiful landscapes and a wide range of wildlife, despite being less than five square kilometres.

Then of course there are the postcard-worthy shores with their crystalline waters which are ideal for those who fancy a dip.

Just be warned that the island may soon charge visitors a small fee in a bid to combat overtourism.

3. The beaches

One of the reasons Fuerteventura is so popular is thanks to its brilliant beaches; think everything from sandy shores surrounded by resorts, to rugged coastal spots where intrepid explorers can get their fill.

Check out our round-up of Fuerteventura’s best beaches for a dose of inspiration.

 

4. Salinas del Carmen

Salinas del Carmen

Watch salt being mined across the eye-catching plains here and then head to the nearby Salt Museum to learn all about the fascinating history of the region and how the salt is mined.

The site also boasts a bar and shop where you can pick up your own pack of the salt, not to mention there are a few restaurants nearby where you can tuck into local delicacies.

You can also reach the salt plains by foot along the dedicated coastal path which makes for a pretty scenic route.

 

5. Punta La Entallada Lighthouse

Punta La Entallada Lighthouse

This picturesque lighthouse is still fully functional so it isn’t open to the public to visit, but it’s well worth going up if only to take in the brilliant views (there’s a dedicated viewpoint and car park if you go).

Then there’s the building itself to discover with its beautiful, distinctive facade and colourful stones.

Take note; some visitors have said that the drive isn’t always the easiest and you’ll sometimes find yourself on roads right by some steep drops.

6. El Cotillo

If you’re looking for brilliant sandy beaches, local cafes and restaurants and a vibrant atmosphere that’s still a little quieter compared to busier resorts, then El Cotillo needs to be on your radar.

Spend the days lazing on the beach or wandering around this laidback fishing village, before heading to the harbour at sunset for dinner and drinks with unforgettable views.

 

7. Puerto del Rosario

Puerto del Rosario

Fuerteventura’s capital caters to all types of holiday thanks to its vibrant nightlife, wide array of shops, beautiful beaches and picturesque promenade.

Art fans can also get their fill thanks to the open-air artworks, eye-catching sculptures and museums to be found throughout the city.

Thinking of making it your base for the trip? Booking.com has a round-up of its 30 best hotels not to miss.

8. Calderon Hondo


Those who prefer to go exploring instead of lying on a beach may want to consider a visit to this volcanic crater.

There are paths you can follow to walk to the top but it is a 20 minute or so trek and climb so make sure to bring water and pack some sturdy shoes.

Still, when you get to the top, the views are pretty incredible!

9. Caves of Ajuy

The sea caves at Ajuy

Walk along the coast from the small fishing village of Ajuy and you’ll find these spectacular caves amidst the cliffs, boasting eye-catching rock formations.

Give yourself around two to three hours if you want to walk along the whole path and take your time, then head back to the village itself which has plenty of great restaurants and cafés for those who fancy a spot of lunch. 

10. Oasis Park

Oasis Park

Looking for a day out at the zoo? This nature reserve has over 3,000 animals (250 species), and even a unique botanical garden that’s hailed as the largest cactus garden in Europe.

The park offers live shows and educational sessions with the likes of parrots and sea lions, not to mention it’s home to animals such as elephants and camels.

There are also three restaurants on-site and a children’s play area.

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