The Alternative Guide To Fuerteventura
Known as the beach capital of the Canary Islands – Fuerteventura is the perfect place to relax and catch a few rays. But step away from the sand and you’ll find natural wonders and centuries-old villages to explore…
Experience village life
Head inland to explore quaint villages untouched by time and tourism – some of them dating back to the 14th century. Hidden in the folds of the mountains, Betancuria was the original capital of Fuerteventura and is where you’ll find monasteries, museums and traditional food. Pajara is a 17th century village with a pretty church and lush vegetation, and El Cotillo is a small coastal village where you can still see fishermen land their catches.
Visit the salt museum
At the salt museum, you can learn more about that crystalline compound you sprinkle on your chips. Discover how it’s produced and then take a walk amongst the salinas to see rows of neat salt beds and miniature white mountains. You’ll get a glimpse of workers raking the salt and can even take home a little sample for yourself. Look out for an eerie skeleton sculpture of a huge whale between the salinas and the sea.
Go fly a kite
Channel your inner Dick Van Dyke and join hundreds of kite fliers who descend on the Dunas de Corralejo National Park for the annual three-day International Kite Festival in November. You can get involved and fly your own kite, or watch as professionals show off their skills. These aren’t your simple paper and sellotape creations either – expect stunt kites, fighter kites and some weird and wonderful animal-themed designs.
Casa de Felipito picnic area
The limestone house, walls and corrals of Casa de Felipito were built by one man single-handedly. Now, this is a picnic area perfect for BBQs with family and friends. You can enjoy the landscape and learn how the Majorero people were able to farm in aric lands. Be sure to include some internationally-reknowned Majorero goat’s cheese in your spread.
Take to the water
The waves at the Parque Natural De Las Dunas are huge here – making it the perfect place for kite-surfers and body-boarders. Fuerteventura is particularly popular for watersports and you can try your hand at jet skiing, windsurfing and sailing, to name a few. If you’re more of a spectator than a sporting-enthusiast, the Windsurfing World Championships are held here every July.