We all know that Fuerteventura’s beaches are among the best in the world. But the Fuerteventura island has many other charms to reveal to the curious traveller. Today we tell you what to do in Fuerteventura as well as touring its beaches.
Windsurfing in privileged places, visiting old Castilian villages, eating the best cheese in the world, seeing dolphins jumping by your side or appreciating all the virtues of aloe vera are some of the experiences that the island offers you. You can’t miss them…
Surfing the waves by windsurfing
You are probably aware that windsurfing is one of the highlights of Fuerteventura, with spots considered to be among the best in the world for the practice of this sport (host of the PWA world championship, for more details).
Whether you are an expert or if you want to take your first steps on a board with a sail, you won’t find a better occasion. The most stimulating enclaves are in the north (Cotillo, Corralejo, Burro), but you can learn anywhere on the island.
Proof of this is that Sotavento beach, in Jandía, is probably the best known of all. There you will find schools, equipment rental shops, clubs and all the necessary facilities for windsurfing, kitesurfing and much more.
Visit Betancuria, the first capital
In the heart of the island (and in the middle of a perfectly preserved rural area), the village of Betancuria maintains the spirit of the first European settlers of the island, who arrived at the beginning of the 15th century. Walking through its streets is a leap into the past.
Norman and Castilian capital, ephemeral episcopal seat and target of pirate attacks for centuries, Betancuria has a rich architectural heritage; if you are looking for something cultural to do in Fuerteventura, this is a great option.
The main parish of La Concepción, the church of the convent of San Buenaventura (in ruins) and the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de La Peña are the most important elements of this heritage. You will be amazed.
TRAVELLER TIP: If you are interested in archaeology and nature, take a leap to La Pared which separates the Jandía peninsula from the rest of the island; Adriano’s wall from the first islanders of Fuerteventura.
Savour the majorero cheese
Since it is more than confirmed that the best cheese in the world is in Fuerteventura. You can’t pass through this place without knowing how it’s produced and above all, without trying it! It is an experience that is at the forefront of what to do in Fuerteventura.
The Museum of Majorero Cheese in Antigua is the perfect place for this. It is perfectly integrated into a space with a garden of native plants and a gofio mill and a visit to the place would be well worth it on its own.
Here you can get to know the whole process first hand, from milking the distinguished goats originating from the island to curing the different types of cheese. And, of course, you can taste it together with experienced experts who will guide you to discover the different nuances of each variety.
What to do in Fuerteventura with children? The answer is easy and straightforward: go see dolphins. Well, dolphins, porpoises, pilot whales and the wide range of cetaceans that roam the Canarian coasts.
If you don’t know what to do in Fuerteventura during your stay, we would strongly recommend that you reserve a day for this. Corralejo and Morro Jable are the most common starting points and where you will have more opportunities.
There are several companies that will help you enjoy this unique and enriching experience that leaves no one indifferent. It goes without saying that the animals are not waiting for the boat (we say this to avoid unnecessary disappointments).
Visiting an aloe vera farm
Aloe is a plant with enormous properties that has acclimatized perfectly to the desert climate of Fuerteventura, becoming a fundamental element of the landscape, like volcanoes or camels. You’ll see it all over the island.
With 25 years of tradition, Pure Aloe is the largest organic plantation of its kind in Europe. At the foot of La Gairía volcano, you can walk around the plantation (if you go between February and April you will see the flowering, which is quite a spectacle).
You can also visit the factory museum to learn about the entire process of making their products and of course, buy some to take care of yourself. The visit to the plantation and the factory are free of charge. A reliable option to choose from in Fuerteventura.
One of the least known islands of the Canary archipelago, Fuerteventura offers enormous surprises to the visitor.
Although we’ve given you a few ideas, it doesn’t stop there. What to do in Fuerteventura depends on you.
Contact us if you would like to be informed in detail about the prices and options you have regarding flights, accommodation, activities and experiences.
If you wish, you can leave the entire preparation of your visit in our hands.
Remember that at the end of this article, you have the possibility of sending us a message with your requests or doubts and we will respond promptly.
Fuerteventura has a lot of options of all kinds for those who are willing to go beyond its seductive beaches.
In any case, since going to the beach is something essential on this island, we have a post on the subject that will certainly do you good if you read it: The most paradisiacal beaches of Fuerteventura.
Because its more than 150 kilometres of coastline it is easy to get lost, here you can find out where to go for the best sun, water and sand baths.
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