23 August 2022
Fuerteventura, un tour dell'isola
Fuerteventura, is a small island in the Atlantic Ocean belonging to the Canary Islands. It is characterized by a unique landscape, a combination of deserts, volcanoes and ocean, creating spectacular shapes and colors. Due to its peculiarity it was proclaimed Biosphere Reserve in 2009 by the Unesco.
The climate is mild, the sun reigns almost all year round. There isn't a harsh winter, the days pass from autumn to spring with an average temperature rounding 14-24 degrees (min-max). Thanks to a constant wind it is never too hot, even in summer when the sun is at its peak and temperatures can exceed 35 degrees.
The whole island is full of beaches, each one different with its features. A wide range of colors varying from the white sand of the desert to the volcanic black pebbles, passing from different shades. The coast is the longest and most varied of all the Canary Islands, about 150 km of beach surrounding Fuerteventura.
The distance from north to south is about 100-120km depending on the route, it's rather easy to move around with daily trips, making excursions and discovering the island.
Traveling in Fuerteventura is relaxing, the speed limit (on paved roads) is 90 km/h, with no traffic or queues, wonderful landscapes will brighten your journeys.
Nearby there is Playa Blanca, a strip of coast that was declared in 2018 among the best beaches by the European Environment Agency.
For many years the island has been frequented by young travelers who, with rucksacks, flip flops and surfboards, come to the island to practice water sports, thanks to the numerous and varied spots that the island offers, accessible the whole year.
What to do in Fuerteventura?
We can start a tour of the island starting from the far north, the town of Corralejo, a lovely place to stay, perfect for tourists. Here you can find a wide choice of accommodation, hotels, residences, apartments, villas.
There are many tourist offices offering any kind of tour and excursions.
Countless schools to take lessons of: surf, kitesurf, windsurf, diving, snorkeling and all water sports or just to rent equipment.
Numerous shops for buying at great prices. And a wide selection of clubs, bar and restaurants of all kinds to brighten up your breaks and evenings.
A stop not to be missed is a visit to the dunes. Just two minutes away from Corralejo there is a natural park (declared a natural reserve in 1994) an endless desert of clear sand, framed by the shades of the ocean and by the clouds, with a background of volcanic mountains: a set that forms a unique landscape. in this incredible scenery every year in November takes place the Internaciònal Kites Festival, bringing together hundreds of fans.
Fuerteventura is located about 100 km west from Africa, sometimes the wind that blows from Africa brings the desert sand to Fuerteventura, it's a phenomenon called “calima” that forms a light yellow fog, with a thin cape of sand dust covering the sky.
Walking about 8 km south, you'll reach the Montaña Roja (red mountain) an old volcano which interrupts the landscape. From this point begins the Malpais, an arid land where volcanoes and rocks form shapes, colors and shades.
From Corralejo you can see both the islands of Lobos and Lanzarote, that can be easily reached from the port by taking a ferry.
The small Lobos island is only 10 minutes away, but it can be visited only after a formal request, because in 2018, in order to protect this natural park and its fauna and flora, the daily access was limited.
In the north-west side of the island there are some nice places that well worth a visit, Lajares, El Majanicho, and El Cotillo.
In the middle of the road that joins Lajares with El Majanicho, you can park your car and start an easy footwalk, accessible to all, to reach the top of the Calderòn Hondo volcano, enjoying the panorama of the entire north coast from the volcano's mouth (that is 70 meters deep).
Here we are usually greeted by squirrels, typical of the island, who are friendly and used to tourists.
From Lajares you can easily reach the El Cotillo, on the west coast, a delightful village with beach and lagoons, suitable for both families and those who practice water sports, due to its winds and waves.
Following the internal road of the island, from Corralejo you will find the little village of Villaverde and La Oliva, administrative center of the north area, with monuments and historical buildings. Folling toward south, we reach the sacred mountain of Tindaya, which rises in a pyramidal form, with its 400 meters, in the Esquinzo plain. The Aborigines considered it a Sacred place.
Shortly afterwards you can turn right towards Tefia where there is the Alcogida museum, a complex of typical stone houses where the “Majoreros” (name of the inhabitants of Fuerteventura) lived in the 70's. A little further on, making another detour to the coast, we reach Los Molinos, a small charming bay that was once a small marina.
Going on from Tefia to Llano de la Concepciòn you can reach Aguas Verdes where you can discover the natural pools that form between the rocks depending on the tides.
Going up instead you reach Betancuria, the most characteristic village of Fuerteventura which in 1404 was the first capital and where the first cathedral of the island, Santa Maria, was built. White houses surrounded by greenery where you can walk and then stop to taste typical dishes of the island such as goat cheese or roast kid.
Coming down from Betancuria you pass by Pajara. Deviating to the west, there is also Ajui where there is the black volcanic beach and where you can visit the caves.
In this area there is also the wonderful Mirador of Sicasumbra from where on clear days you can see the tail of the island.
We have already arrived in the southern area at La Pared from where the road to Jandia begins, in the Pecenescal valley, where you can look for the famous href="http://www.corralejo.info/en/home/sport-e-tempo-libero/places-to-visit/item/cofete" target="_blank"> Cofete beach, a place with a special charm, a long wild and virgin beach of 12 km. surrounded by a mountain range. It seems to be in a magical and mysterious place and in this area they have shot scenes of many world-famous films such as Star Wars or Exodus.
The peninsula of Jandia is the tail of the island and has been declared by visitors as one of the best beaches in Spain thanks to the ratings and visitors made on Tripadvisor.
In the south is Morro Jable, a renowned tourist center, surrounded by greenery and frequented by northern European tourists.
Heading east, we reach the Costa Calma where the famous Sotavento beach is located, where every year the world of Kitesurfing and Windsurfing takes place, the ideal place thanks to its peculiar characteristics, renowned internationally.
At Lajita, surrounded by greenery, there is a huge park of animals, Oasis Park, a visit that the little ones can't miss.
Going back north is Gran Tarajal, a fishing village where there are the Negro beaches; you can make a stop for the Faro de la Entallada (Tuineje), a lighthouse that is 200 meters above sea level on a cliff and where on a clear day you can admire a wonderful Ocean landscape.
A typical stop on the Fuerteventura tour is a visit to the Salt museum (Salinas del Carmen) and a visit to the Museo del Queso in Antigua is a must.
In the middle of the island, still on the east coast, there is a delightful tourist center Caleta de Fuste (Castillo) with residences, hotels, shops, clubs and a nice bay.
The tour is over and we are back at the airport but there are lots of other hidden and fascinating places and lots of tourist destinations yet to visit and after spending only a week on the island it is perhaps worthwhile to schedule the next holidays to come back again and enjoy every corner of Fuerteventura, an island of many colors that remains in the heart.
by: Angela Pasquali
photos by: Maurizio Bertuccelli
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