Fuerteventura is the second largest island of the Canary Archipelago and is located 100 km from the north coast of Africa. Fuerteventura is most known for the lovely weather, long beaches with white sand, turquoise waters, and its dunes, indicating that the island originates from the Sahara Desert. Explore the beautiful island of Fuerteventura on Ferryhopper. Learn about beaches, sights and activities, as well as ferry routes and prices, to easily book ferry tickets for the Canaries!
Vacation in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is located on the east side of the Canary complex, and -rumor has it- that due to its geological formation, it looks like Mars! Undoubtedly, you will be surprised by the beauty of its beaches and the originality of its morphology. The weather there is always perfect, with temperatures from 15 - 28 °C (59 - 82 °F), and you will find some of the most majestic beaches of the Canary Islands.
The capital of Fuerteventura is Puerto del Rosario, which is located on the east coast. The biggest port of Fuerteventura is also near the town of Puerto del Rosario, and along with the ports of Morro Jable and Corralejo, they constitute the gateways to the other Canary Islands. The 3 port towns of the island are the most touristically developed and you can find many things to do and see.
The volcanic island of Fuerteventura.
Beaches in Fuerteventura
There are literally over 30 beaches to choose from in Fuerteventura. All of them have crystal clear waters that invite you to swim your cares away. In the east of the island, you will find many family-friendly beaches with white or golden sand, umbrellas and a variety of facilities. There is also the unique Popcorn Beach in the north, as well as secluded beaches for those seeking a more peaceful experience.
Ferryhopper suggests that you visit the following beaches in the east of Fuerteventura:
- Grandes Playas
- Caleta de Fuste
- Gran Tarajal
- El Caserón
- Playa de la Barca
On the west coast, you will find mostly beaches of wild beauty with rocks and deep waters. Here are some suggestions:
- El Cotillo
- Natural Sight of Ajuy
- Viejo Rey
- Los Charcos
- Aljibe de la Cueva or Escalera
- La Concha
Tip: The island of Fuerteventura is one of the top destinations in the world for water sports, due to the strong winds and the great climate. Every summer the Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Championship is held on the island and it attracts many water sports lovers.
Activities in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is a big island with an abundance of beautiful landscapes and countless options for outdoor activities. Ferryhopper suggests that you try:
- Scuba diving
- Sailing trips
Enjoy the sun and the blue waters at the sandy beaches of Fuerteventura.
Sightseeing in Fuerteventura
The island of Fuerteventura is of remarkable beauty. In fact, UNESCO has declared the whole island as a Biosphere Reserve! The island has a strong cultural element too, as there are many museums, churches and beautiful buildings for you to visit. We have prepared a list of some of the most popular sights in Fuerteventura:
- Lobos Island
- Betancuria Rural Park
- Jandia Beaches & Lighthouse
- Oasis Wildlife Zoo
- Villa Winter
- Tindaya Mountain
- Natural Park of Corralejo with the sand dunes
- Zarza Peak
- Entallada Lighthouse
- Aloe Vera Fields
- Sicasumbre viewpoint
- Risco de las Peñas viewpoint
Food in Fuerteventura
All Canary Islands have a unique cuisine with many traditional, tasty recipes and local products of excellent quality. The recipes are based mostly on local cheeses and seafood and they are surely worth a try. There are restaurants and bars in every major town in Fuerteventura, where you can enjoy a meal or a cocktail. Here are some great local dishes to try:
- Papas arrugadas: boiled potatoes served with chili pepper garlic sauce
- Red or green mojo: pepper-based sauce with olive oil and garlic
- Pejines and jareas: sun-dried salted fish
- Sancocho: fish stew with potatoes
- Braised or roasted goat
- Queso majorero: cured goat milk cheese
Tip: You can visit the Museum of Queso Majorero in order to taste different varieties of the famous Canary cheese.
Useful information and phone numbers for Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is a destination that welcomes a big number of tourists all year long and is easily accessible by air and sea. The Fuerteventura Airport, also known as El Matorral Airport, is located near the El Matorral settlement, around 5 km from Puerto del Rosario. The airport connects the island to over 80 European cities in Italy, France, Germany and other countries. There are also 3 ports in Fuerteventura: Puerto del Rosario, Corralejo and Morro Jable, all servicing ferry routes to the other Canary Islands like Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
The island of Fuerteventura is quite large and the best way to explore it is by car. For that reason, consider bringing your own vehicle or renting one. In case you want to get around the island using public means of transport, there are over 20 bus lines and taxis that connect the towns to various points of interest.
In terms of accommodation, Fuerteventura offers many options for different budgets. The most popular areas are Puerto del Rosario, Corralejo, Caleta de Fuste and Morro Jable. There, you can find amenities like supermarkets and health centers, as well as heliports in case of emergency.
Some useful contact numbers for Fuerteventura are:
- Health Center (Corralejo): +34 928 535 480
- Health Center (Puerto del Rosario): +34 928 862 000
- Local Police (Puerto Del Rosario): +34 928 850 635
- Tourist Office (Puerto Del Rosario): +34 928 530 844
- Fuerteventura Airport: +34 913 211 000
- Emergencies: 112
Stone windmill near the sand dunes of Corralejo.
Ferry schedules and ferry tickets from Fuerteventura
As noted, Fuerteventura has 3 main ports. Corralejo is in the north, Morro Jable is in the south of the island and the port of Rosario, in the capital of the island, is located in its eastern part.
Fuerteventura is on the east side of the Canary Islands and very close to Lanzarote. The two islands are connected by ferry through the port of Corralejo. From the port of Corralejo, there are daily ferry crossings to the small island of Lobos, as well. Furthermore, through the port of Morro Jable and the port of Rosario, you can travel by ferry to the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife. More specifically:
- Fuerteventura - Lanzarote: The two neighboring islands are connected to each other with over 17 daily crossings from Corralejo to Playa Blanca of Lanzarote. The duration of the ferry trip from Corralejo to Lanzarote is between 25min and 45min.
- Fuerteventura - Tenerife: There are 2 options to travel by ferry to Tenerife from Fuerteventura. You can start your journey from either the port of Morro Jable or from the port of Puerto Del Rosario and reach the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The frequency of the sailings is 6 per week for both and the ferry journey lasts 6hr 15min and 11hr 30min respectively.
- Fuerteventura - Gran Canaria: There are also 2 options to reach Gran Canaria, as you can take a ferry from the port of Morro Jable or Puerto del Rosario to the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. There are 10 weekly crossings to Morro Jable with a ferry duration of 2h 30min on average. For the crossing to Puerto del Rosario, there are 5 weekly crossings and the trip lasts 6 hours.
Ferry to the island of Lobos
The ideal one day getaway from Fuerteventura is the small island of Lobos. Situated only 5 km from Fuerteventura, the island of Lobos is of great natural importance and it is a perfect opportunity to visit a traditional and simple place, where you can enjoy your time, and swim in the sea of La Concha. The only option to get there is by ferry from the port of Corralejo. The frequency of the ferry routes is 6 per day and the duration of the trip is about 15min, usually provided by the ferry company Naviera Nortour.
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