Fuerteventura – Island of Sand Dunes and Beautiful Beaches
Beautiful beaches, turquoise sea, Sahara sand, arid landscape, beautiful cities, windmills, fishing, and surfing... this is Fuerteventura, the second largest island of the Canary Islands.
While exploring the island, be sure to stop in one of Fuerteventura’s prettiest villages, Betancuria, located in the central part of the island. You will be amazed by the beautiful colonial architecture and the Iglesia de Santa María with its baroque altar and original stone floor. Another no less beautiful village is La Oliva on the northern tip of the island. Visit some of its museums or galleries that introduce the traditions and history of Fuerteventura. On the way from Betancuria to La Oliva, you will come across the open-air museum of Ecomuseo de la Alcogida, where seven reconstructed houses will show you the former agricultural and craft life of the islanders.
If you like fishing, don’t miss out on the distinct scent of the old fishing village of Corralejo. In addition to fishing, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the islands of Lanzarote and Lobos or try the excellent local conditions for surfers and windsurfers. To the south of Corralejo, visit the Corralejo Dunes Natural Park, home to hundreds of huge sand dunes blown up from the Sahara Desert. This dune complex is the largest desert landscape in the entire Canary Islands. Last, but not least, the ideal place to discover the beauty and diversity of the local nature offerings is the Jandía nature reserve.
One of the most picturesque places on the island is Sotavento beach, which is rightly called the “European Caribbean”. Don’t forget to stop at Lobos Island in the north of Fuerteventura during your trip, as it offers beautiful beaches, turquoise bays, and breathtaking views. If you want to discover the rich underwater world by snorkelling and diving, you will definitely appreciate the local beaches, which are calmer and without waves. Conversely, beaches that are more open to the ocean are ideal for surfers. The island is also crisscrossed with hiking trails and cycling paths, along which you will discover the most beautiful places of Lobos.