We organized our trip in such a way as to spend the last full day in Fuerteventura, which is probably the most popular destination.
It is here that direct charters from Poland fly in the greatest number. Interestingly, driving around the island you can clearly see where the various nations rest, and what each region specializes in. Welcome to our “Fuertaventura in 24 hours” report ;-)
As in Gran Canaria, we rented a car in Fuerteventura and picked it up first thing in the morning at the airport. We wanted accommodation close to the airport, so we stayed overnight in Calete de Fuste, a resort not far from the airport. The first time we decided to stay with Airbnb – we stayed at the home of a very nice Italian woman who has permanently settled in the Canary Islands. We agreed to leave our luggage first thing in the morning, freshen up after the trip and set off to conquer the next island without any unnecessary ballast.
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Fuerteventura in 24 hours!
Fuertaventura is the second largest island in the archipelago and is famous for its largest and most beautiful beaches. Tourism on the island began in the 1960s, and it is the main income for locals. In fact, everything here is made for tourists, and as we drove through the smaller villages we wondered what people living away from the resorts do for a living. We tried to consult the language, but all we learned was that from goat farming and modest agriculture.
Initially, the weather was not optimistic, but neither the clouds nor the cool air discouraged us from setting out. We headed to the north of the island, towards Corralejo. Along the way we passed desert landscapes and the vast beaches of Corralejo Natural Park. It is not necessarily your must have on the island, however, it is worth a drive here if only for 10 minutes on the way ;) The beaches nearby are also noteworthy.
Tourist Corralejo and the north of the island
The closer you get to the center, the more tourists, beaches and windsurfing schools. In the village itself, there is a main promenade with numerous stores where you can buy almost anything and many pubs. Despite the early hour, many stores were already open and yesterday’s partygoers were slowly appearing on the streets.
We stopped for a mini-breakfast at one of the cafes and went to the city beach. This part is dominated by tourists from the UK, and it is for them that stores, restaurants and all kinds of attractions are prepared.
After resting for a while, we headed to Los Lagos and Las Playas de Cotillo. It is by far one of the prettiest beaches in the Canary Islands. It is not the typical long and straight coastline, but numerous small “bays” that ideally help naked people to sunbathe as they like. Mind you, there are quite a few of them here. Although, in general, we noticed that throughout Fuerteventura (as opposed to Tenerife and Grna Canaria) there is a “looser” atmosphere on the beaches when it comes to swimwear ;)
On the way south…
We then headed south of the island toward the picturesque village of Betancuria.
Just driving around Fuertaventura is a lot of fun. Straight roads, scenic views, multicolored soil and rocks make this area unique. We recommend stopping at vantage points where you can meet cute squirrels just waiting for tourists.
In Betancuria we saw the town buildings and the Iglesia de Santa Maria.
Our target destination was the very south of the island. Our next destination was Morro Jable – another tourist resort with hills and a huge beach. This one, unlike Corralejo, is geared toward tourists from Germany. It is a typical tourist destination and apart from the beach (a huge beach!) there are no major attractions here. North of the village is Parque Natural Jandia with a paved road and numerous hiking trails, so if you plan to stay here longer it’s worth getting trekking shoes :)
Very impressive is Playa del Matorral, separated from the road and the city by a strip of greenery. You walk to the beach via a long bridge, and the beach itself stretches for 4 kilometers!
Fuerteventura perfect for a lazy vacation
This was the last point we saw in Fuerteventura. We headed to Calete de Fuste where an overnight stay with Airbnb awaited us.
In general, Fuerteventura is an interesting place for a vacation, but provided that you want to spend most of your time on the beach. Because if one is interested in sightseeing or mountain excursions then one should consider a trip to the neighboring islands. Although the numerous bike paths and interesting roads tempt you to go there for a few days on a bike…. ;)
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We also recommend you our post from our second visit to Fuerteventura:)